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"Howl's Moving Castle" to Receive Hollywood Film Festival Award

Nausicaa.net is reporting that Howl’s Moving Castle will be receiving the Hollywood Animation of the Year Award at the Hollywood Film Festival’s Awards Gala on October 24. The same referring article at Nausicaa.net also reveals the role that My Neighbor Totoro‘s theme song “Sampo” (Stroll) played in the space shuttle Discovery‘s latest mission.

Pixar's Joe Ranft Killed in Car Accident

News outlets are reporting that Pixar’s Joe Ranft was killed on Tuesday in a car accident. Ranft was riding in a vehicle which veered off the road and fell 130 feet before landing near the mouth of the Navarro River. In addition to working on stories and storyboards on Pixar movies, Ranft also voiced Heimlich […]

Wallace and Gromit Feature Film Gets North America Debut at Toronto Film Festival

Wallace and Gromit — The Curse of the Were-Rabbit will be getting its North American debut at the Toronto Film Festival next month. The movie is the second feature-length film from Aardman Animations and will be released in the United States on October 7.

NYT on the State of Webcomics

The New York Times has examined the state of webcomics (free registration required), noting controversies within the comic book field about the subject, the convergence of comics and animation in many of the best webcomics, and availability issues with webcomics today. The article is drawing fire in the webcomics community, with the most detailed and […]

"Howl's Moving Castle," "My Neighbor Totoro" DVDs Scheduled for Spring 2006 Release

Nausicaa.net is reporting that Howl’s Moving Castle and My Neighbor Totoro are scheduled for a Spring 2006 release on DVD, according to a trailer on Disney’s website for the Studio Ghibli DVD collection.

Frank Espinosa Talks "Rocketo" Comics

Frank Espinosa has spoken to ComicBookResources.com about Rocketo, his new comic book series set after a major cataclysm. Espinosa’s prior work included redesigning the Looney Tunes characters for Warner Brothers in 1992 and 2002. Rocketo is published by Speakeasy Comics, and issue #1 is available at comic book stores starting today.

"Stroker and Hoop" Needs Puppets, And More Talking Car

I remember when the first promos for the pilot episode of Stroker & Hoop aired. Since the actual animation wasn’t finished yet, the guys and gals at Williams Street decided to make some early promos using paper puppets to simulate the actual plots. Now the actual show has arrived with its actual animation, and it’s […]

"Stroker and Hoop": A Bad Comedy Central Cartoon Posing as a Bad Adult Swim Cartoon?

I think I now see why Adult Swim is starting to branch out to Burbank and outside studios for their animated material. It seems clear that their Atlanta studios just can’t cut it anymore. I don’t know what else to say. Sealab was cancelled because the writers knew they ran out of ideas and jokes […]

"Stroker and Hoop": The Case of the Dull Detectvies (sic)

A number of Adult Swim’s early comedy staples have been canceled or rerun enough that the more dedicated fan has likely committed them to memory. Thus, a number of new shows are set to premier in an effort to bring new life to the lineup. Unfortunately, one such show entitled Stroker & Hoop is dead […]

Manning Brings Dracula to "The Batman Strikes"

A name any DC Animated Comic reader should know, writer Matthew Manning will return to familiar ground with The Batman Strikes #15, hitting shelves this November. After the heavy praise for The Batman Strikes #10, Manning couldn’t wait to return to the title. Despite www.matthewkmanning.com erroneously soliciting the issue as a Riddler story by the […]

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