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Ward Jenkins Talks "Twice Upon a Time" with Taylor Jessen and Harley Jessup

On his weblog, Ward Jenkins has posted two separate interviews about the cult animated film Twice Upon a Time, which used an innovative cut-out animation technique called Lumage and was executive produced by George Lucas. The first interview (posted in early September) was with writer Taylor Jessen, who focuses on the lack of a DVD […]

San Francisco Animation Festival Announced for November 8-11, 2007

The San Francisco Film Society will host the 2nd annual San Francisco International Animation Festival between November 8-11, 2007, at the Embarcadero Center Cinema. Festival highlights include an opening night screening of the Leslie Iwerks documentary The Pixar Story, panel discussions, special screenings, and the feature film debut of Film Noir. Full details on program […]

Jerry Seinfeld on Making "Bee Movie"

Newsarama’s Animated Shorts column covers a press junket for DreamWorks’s Bee Movie with comedian Jerry Seinfeld and co-director Steve Hickner. Among the topics discussed are how Seinfeld got involved with the project, the basic plot points of the movie, casting choices, and the prospect of a sequel.

"The Tick vs. Season 2:" Laughs Still Can't Beat the Lawyers

Last year, The Tick Season 1 was released on a two-disc DVD set with no small number of deficiencies. One episode was missing—tied up in legal limbo. It had no special features to speak of, and it lacked chapter stops within episodes. In August, The Tick vs. Season 2 was released. Buena Vista Home Entertainment […]

"Persepolis" Wins Best Animated Feature at Ottawa International Animation Festival

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) has announced a full list of the prize-winning films screened over the festival weekend. The French movie Persepolis won the Mercury Filmworks Prize for Best Animated Feature, while Franz Kafka’s A Country Doctor from Japan won the Nelvana Grand Prize for Best Independent Short Animation. For a full list […]

IESB.net Posts "Justice League: The New Frontier" Featurette

IESB.net has posted a ten-minute streaming video preview of Justice League: The New Frontier, the next direct-to-video animated movie underway from DC and Warner Brothers Animation. The preview includes comments from writer/artist Darwyn Cooke, director Dave Bullock, WB Animation’s Bruce Timm and Stan Berkowitz, and DC Comics’ Dan Didio and Paul Levitz. The featurette seems […]

France Chooses "Persepolis" for Foreign Language Oscar Contender

France will use the animated film Persepolis as its representative for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. The movie is based on the graphic novel memoir of Marjane Satrapi about her life growing up during the Islamic Revolution of Iran. The film has drawn criticism from the Iranian government, but has been selected to […]

Joe Clokey Finds Gumby Essential

Anyone born before 1990 is almost surely familiar with the fantastic claymation adventures of Gumby and his equine pal Pokey. In recent years however the malleable green guy has had a somewhat lower profile. Last year he bounced back into the spotlight with a new comic series, and just recently the Gumby Essentials collection was […]

Cartoon Art Museum Benefit at Pixar Animation Studios on Sept. 15

The Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, CA, will be holding its annual fundraiser at Pixar Animation Studios this Saturday, September 15, 2007. Tickets will be $200 apiece. Guest speakers will include Mark Andrews, Dylan Brown, and Sharon Calahan, and the new short film “Our Friend the Rat” will be screened with in person commentary […]

"Ratatouille" Coming to DVD and Blu-ray on November 6, 2007

Disney has announced that Pixar’s Ratatouille will be released on DVD and Blu-ray high-definition DVD on November 6, 2007. Special features for the discs will include a featurette with director Brad Bird and French Laundry chef Thomas Keller on melding film with food, a new short film titled “Your Friend the Rat,” deleted scenes, and […]

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