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"Igor" Gets Short Film Prequel

Steve Buscemi, John Cleese and Jay Leno will lend their voices to “Igor: Unholy Frijoles,” a computer-animated short that will serve as a prequel to the upcoming 2007 release Igor, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Buscemi will voice a super-intelligent lab rabbit, while Cleese will play Dr. Glickenstein and Leno will play Brian the Brain. […]

Vinton Morphs Into LAIKA

Vinton Studios will be absorbed into a new company, LAIKA Entertainment, which is being set up by businessman Phil Knight, the company announced today. LAIKA will produce animated films in a $50 to $70 million budget range, and it has recently greenlit Coraline, a CGI project based on the Neil Gaiman children’s book, which Henry […]

Korean Toon Market Booming

The domestic Korean market for animation grew to US$314 million in 2003, Digital Chosunilbo reports, and the number of animated works produced in Korea rose 25 percent.

Nadelman Joins Curious Pictures

Stefan Nadelman has joined the staff of Curious Pictures, AWN reports.

"Ferngully" Coming to DVD in October

Fox will release Ferngully: The Last Rainforest Special Edition to DVD on October 18, Animated Bliss reports. The two-disc set will feature commentary track, featurettes, and games. It will retail for $19.98. Animated Bliss has further news on DVD releases, including Pet Alien; Garfield Prime Time Giftset; South Park: Season 6; Tripping The Rift: Season […]

"Orphen," "North Star" Get Thin-Pack Releases

ADV Films will release two thin-pack collections to DVD on August 30, the company said today. Orphen 2: The Revenge Collection and New Fist of the North Star: Complete will collect their complete respective series. Orphen 2: The Revenge Collection will present all 23 episodes in both English 2.0 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles.  […]

San Diego Comic Con Comic Book News Roundup

Numerous comic book announcements were made at this past weekend’s San Diego Comic Con International. Newsarama.com has posted a summary page of their coverage of the event; highlights include a feature on the Slave Labor Graphics/Disney Comics deal (including images from Wonderland and Haunted Mansion), the future of J.M. DeMatteis and Mike Ploog’s Abadazad at […]

"NY Times" on Anime's "Mean Girls"

The New York Times has briefly reviewed three anime DVD releases, using them as examples of anime’s trend towards hypersexualized female killing machine characters (free registration required). The shows reviewed are Saikano, Gunslinger Girl, and Elfen Lied.

Disney and Dolby to Install Digital Projection Systems

A joint press release is reporting that the Walt Disney Co. and Dolby Laboratories will be installing 100 digital movie projection systems this autumn. The projectors, worth $10 million, will debut along with Disney’s Chicken Little feature film.

"The Boondocks" Comes to CN October 2

Adult Swim will premiere The Boondocks at 11:00pm (ET/PT) on October 2, Cartoon Network said today. The series is based on Aaron McGruder’s comic strip of the same name, in which two kids move from the south side of Chicago to live with their grandfather in suburban Woodcrest. McGruder serves as creator and executive producer […]

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