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Travis Knight Named President and CEO of LAIKA, Inc.

Travis Knight has been named the new President and CEO of LAIKA, Inc., the animation studio whose first feature film was Coraline. Knight will be succeeding Dale Wahl, who was President since 2005 and is stepping down at his own request. In addition, Coraline producer Claire Jennings was named to the new position of President […]

"The Mighty B! We Got the Bee" is More Admired than Loved

The Mighty B! is a show that I find I admire more than I truly love. There is prodigious talent behind it and its wonderfully energetic, boisterous comedy. It’s clearly trying very, very hard to be entertaining and largely succeeds. However, despite doing all of its component parts well, The Mighty B! generates more smiles […]

How "Coraline" Will Save the Economy of Oregon

An article in the Oregonian takes a look at “the Coraline Economy” in Oregon, named for the Laika Animation Studios movie and based on the idea that “The creatives — hanging at the local coffee shops and clubs and brewpubs, huddling in the corners and madly pounding their laptops — will lead us back to […]

"SpongeBob Vs The Big One": Lazy Day Beach Antics

Like most adults who enjoy animation, I appreciate it as a versatile medium limited only by the ideas of the people who work in it, and believe that it’s perfectly possible to make a story with dark and mature themes. But that doesn’t mean I’ve lost sight of the simpler fun you can have with […]

Corus Kids Announces April 2009 Programming Highlights

Canada’s Corus Kids has released scheduling details for YTV and Treehouse for April 2009. Highlights on Treehouse include the debut of SpongeBob vs. The Big One, guest-starring Johnny Depp; the 22nd Annual Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards; and an airing of It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown. Meanwhile, Treehouse will also be celebrating Easter with themed […]

"Wonder Pets! Join the Circus" & "Backyardigans: Robin Hood the Clean" Good Clean Fun

Music and kids’ television have gone together for decades, so it’s no surprise that two of Nickelodeon’s most popular pre-school shows—The Wonder Pets! and The Backyardigans—make clever use of music in their animated adventures. Both shows have gotten new DVD releases recently, and both are sure to please the tots they’re targeting while also charming […]

IFC Talks to Henry Selick on "Coraline"

IFC.com has interviewed director Henry Selick about directing Coraline. Among other topics, Selick discusses how children process scary stories like Coraline, what scared him as a child, the painstaking stop-motion animation process, filming in 3-D, in-jokes and references that may or may not be present in the movie, and how he feels about the fact […]

Briefly: New Nick Toys; "Sound Effects in Animation" Seminar; Disney Studio Tour

* Nickelodeon has announced new toys and merchandise based on long-time hit SpongeBob SquarePants and new show Ni Hao, Kai-lan at this year’s Toy Fair 2009. * A special presentation on “Sound Effects in Animation” will be presented on Saturday, February 21, 2009, at the Arts Exchange in White Plains, NY, as part of the […]

Viz Media Announces New May/June Titles Including "Naruto" Uncut Vol. 14

New DVDs set for May and June releases from Viz include: * Death Note: Re-Light vol. 1: 6/16/09 – $24.98 * Bleach vol. 16: 5/12/09 – $24.98 * Bleach vol. 17: 6/16/09 – $24.98 * Naruto Uncut vol. 14: 5/26/09 – $49.98/$69.98 (Special Edition) * Pokemon Diamond and Pearl: Battle Dimension vol. 1 & 2: […]

PopPhoto on How to Print a 3-D "Coraline" Puppet

PopPhoto.com has taken a look at the 3-D printing technology from a company called Objet that enabled Laika Animation Studios to print puppets for Coraline. Objet’s line of printers spray layers a UV curable liquid that hardens into a solid, which allowed Laika to produce more than 200,000 unique facial expressions for its title character […]

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