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Friedman, Beard: RIP

Ed Friedman, a long-time animator and director with Walt Disney, Ub Iwerks, UPA, and other studios, died on April 29, AWN reports. He was 92. Separately, AWN reports that Blue’s Clues animator Paul Beard died on April 22 in a Kansas City car crash. He was 27.

Fox Toons Score Strong Ratings

Fox’s animated shows did well in the ratings, despite stiff competition from ABC’s Desperate Housewives, Reuters reports. The 350th episode of The Simpsons was watched by 10.4 million viewers; the 8:30pm installment of the series was watched by 11.7 million. Family Guy, returning to Fox, had an audience of 11.9 million. The debut of American […]

Florida Man Wins Pokemon Contest

Chris Darling of Orlando, Florida, has won the title of Pokemon Emerald Ultimate Frontier Battle Brain, Nintendo said today. Darling defeated twelve other finalists to win a trip for two to the new Pokemon The Park 2005 in Nagoya, Japan. [Source: Business Wire]

CritterPix Names Creative Team to "Ollie the Otter"

Animation alums Gary Goldman, Chris Rock and Sandra Joy Lee have joined the creative staff working on CritterPix’s Ollie the Otter, the company said today. Goldman, who has worked on Don Bluth productions The Secret of NIMH, Anastasia and The Land Before Time, has been named to a management role, while Pixar’s Rock has signed […]

FUNimation Acquires "Desert Punk" for 2006

FUNimation has acquired Desert Punk and will bring the series to North America in 2006, the company announced at Anime Boston on Saturday. Updates on the series can be found at www.desertpunk.tv. [Source: FUNimation] Correction: Stupid, mistaken reference to title corrected. Thanks, Karl.

Blue Sky Animator To Lecture at Williams College

Blue Sky Studio’s Michael Reed will lecture on computer animation at Williams College during the week of May 2, iBerkshires.com reports. Reed will speak on Thursday, May 5, at 8:00pm on “Computational Aspects of Feature Animation” in Wege Auditorium in The Science Center. On Friday, May 6, at 2:35pm, he will speak on “Lead Character […]

'Constantine' Announced on DVD

DVD Answers has put the official specs and cover art for the DVD of the DC Comics / Vertigo title, Constantine. Expect two versions of the DVD, a double disc collectors edition and a single-disc, regular edition.

Bandai Acquires Namco

Bandai Co. has agreed to buy “Pac-Man” designer Namco Ltd. for about 175.3 billion yen ($1.7 billion) in cash and stock to create Japan’s second-largest maker of toys and video-game software. Bandai purchased 6.3 percent of Namco for 10.5 billion yen in cash, according to a joint statement released today. Namco shareholders will receive one […]

SpongeBob Starts Fourth Season This Friday

After many months of reruns, Nickelodeon’s cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants returns with new episodes starting May 6 at 8:00pm (ET). This new season will consist of 20 half-hour episodes, as reported by Yahoo! News.

NY Times Covers "Family Guy Live!"

The New York Times covers “Family Guy Live!”, where cast members performed a script for live audiences last Friday and Saturday (free registration required). The article notes Family Guy’s resurrection on network TV and briefly analyzes the show’s fans.

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