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New York Times on "Kung Fu Panda"'s Success in China

The New York Times has taken a look at the success of Kung Fu Panda in China (free registration required), discussing how many in China are asking why an American studio could produce a movie using Chinese symbolism when Chinese moviemakers cannot. The article also briefly follows Asian-influenced entertainment in Western art from Gilbert & […]

Briefly: WALL-E to Dolly?; Chowder Creator Comics; "Space Chimps" Rescue Real Ones

* The prominent use of two songs from the movie Hello, Dolly! in Pixar’s WALL-E has “unexpectedly amplified the buzz” for a revival of the musical on Broadway. [Variety] * On his weblog, Chowder creator C.H. Greenblatt has posted the two-page autobiographical comic that was published in Nickelodeon magazine a few months ago. * The […]

Marvel Animation Age Posts 3 New Images from "Next Avengers" DTV

The Marvel Animation Age has received three screengrabs from the upcoming direct-to-video movie Next Avengers, inspired by the Avengers comic book franchise from Marvel. The screengrabs also came with information about the panel for the movie at San Diego Comic Con on Friday, July , 2008, at 8:30 PM in room 6A. The panel will […]

Christopher Drake on Scoring "Batman Gotham Knight"

Comic Book Resources has interviewed composer Christopher Drake on his work scoring two of the six short films in Batman Gotham Knight, the direct-to-video animated movie from Warner Home Video available now. Drake discusses how he worked with the producers and the other composers, his love of Batman and how it inspired his work, and […]

"Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade" Put This Wolf To Sleep, Before It Puts Me To Sleep

Japan is under attack. The class struggle between the government and its citizens has reached a fever pitch; young girls have been cast in the role of suicide bombers. As part of the Panzer Cops, Kazuki Fuse knows he’s supposed to fire when he sees a bomb, no matter who is about to detonate it. […]

Briefly: DreamWorks Goes Intel; Disney Goes On Ice; Thailand Goes for Wedding Videos

* The Wall Street Journal reports that DreamWorks Animation has signed a deal with Intel to supply chips and hardware for their large-scale computer operations, costing AMD one of its largest and most well-known customers. * DVD sales in the U.K. have shown continuing growth even in the face of an economic downturn, with Disney/Pixar’s […]

Ana Ortiz on Being Detective Anna Ramirez in "Batman Gotham Knight"

Warner Home Video has issued a new press release interview for Batman Gotham Knight. Actress Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty) had originally auditioned for the role of Detective Anna Ramirez for The Dark Knight. She lost the role to Monique Curren, but was cast in the same part in the direct-to-video movie by Andrea Romano, who […]

"Kung Fu Panda" Success in China Triggers Introspection and Questions

The Guardian has noted that the success of DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda in China (previously reported by Toon Zone News here) has triggered a round of soul-searching in the country asking why Hollywood could make such a sucessful movie using Chinese symbols when China itself cannot. The movie’s popularity caused a parliamentary cultural affairs […]

TV Guide Hosts "Wonder Woman" DTV Poster

TVGuide.com has revealed the poster for the Wonder Woman direct-to-video animated movie, currently scheduled for release in early 2009. The article also briefly talks with voice actors Keri Russell, who voices Wonder Woman, and Nathon Fillion, who plays Col. Steve Trevor. (via Comic Book Resources Comics Reel)

Imagi News: "Astro Boy" Won't Stray Far; Lands $40m in New Financing

Sci Fi Wire has comments from David Bowers, the writer for Imagi Animation Studios’ Astro Boy movie, stating that his adaptation won’t stray far from the source material, saying “It is the original characters, but we have new characters, and Astro’s basic journey is the same.” (via Comic Book Resources Comics Reel) Elsewhere, Variety reports […]

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