"Magistical" Gets Funding

Out of Our Minds Animation Studios has lined up $2 million in private funding for its feature-length animated feature Magistical, AWN reports. The film has a budget of $3.5 million, and the studio expects to complete work on the project in August 2007.

Anime Festival Announces Guest Line Up

Tony Oliver, Steve Yun and Tom Bateman will be attending Anime Festival Orlando 6, festival organizers said today. Other guests slated to appear at the convention include Chris Sabat, Bob Bergen, Michael Richard Dobson, Lex Lang, Sandy Fox, Steve Bennett, Doug Smith and Jan Scott-Frazier. The festival will be held from August 5-7 at the […]

Cole, Willems Profiled

The Capital Times has a profile of character actor Gary Cole, who’s known to Adult Swim fans as the voice of Harvey Birdman. Separately, the Clarion-Ledger talks to Mo Willems.

LAIKA Greenlights Klubien Film

LAIKA (formerly Vinton Studios) has greenlit Jack & Ben’s Animated Adventure for production, the company said yesterday. The CG-animated adventure film will be written and directed by animation veteran Jorgen Klubien. [Source: Business Wire]

ADV Announces Four DVDs for September 13

ADV Films will release Full Metal Panic? FUMOFFU: Full Metal Fervor!; Peacemaker: Decision; Area 88: A Lonely Crossing of Paths; and Rune Soldier: Complete Collection to DVD on September 13, the company said today. Full Metal Panic? FUMOFFU: Full Metal Fervor! will feature episodes 7 through 9 in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with […]

Stan Berkowitz Talks Spider-Man's "Venom Saga"

Toon Zone’s Marvel Animation Age site interviews writer Stan Berkowitz about his work on Spider-Man: The Animated Series.

Animated 'Spider-Man' DTV Rumored For 2007 Release

Citing unidentified sources, www.development-hell.com reports that an animated direct-to-video Spider-Man feature is in development, in time for release with Spider-Man 3, slated for release in Summer 2007. The DTV will feature Spider-Man battling one of the upcoming movie’s villains, The Chameleon. It is not known if the feature will be created in the style of […]

LA Times on Technology's Role in Animation

The Los Angeles Times has published a brief article about technology’s role in advancing animation, ranging from the invention of rotoscoping by Max Fleischer to today’s use of CGI to generate or enhance animation (free registration required). The article is printed in conjunction with the “Animated Performance: Art Meets Technology” seminar scheduled on July 29 […]

"Long John" Baldry 1941 - 2005

The New York Times is reporting that “Long John” Baldry passed away at his home in Vancouver on Thursday from a severe chest infection (free registration required). Baldry was extremely influential in the Britsh rock scene in the 1960’s, coaching and playing with artists like the Rolling Stones, Elton John, and Jimmy Page. In recent […]

Frank Espinosa Talks "Rocketo"

Animator Frank Espinosa, who redesigned the Looney Tunes characters in 1992 and provided artwork for a series of Looney Tunes postage stamps, has spoken to Newsarama about his new comic book series Rocketo, which details the adventures of an explorer and mapmaker living 2000 years in the future. Rocketo #1 is scheduled for release in […]

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