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"Anime: Drawing a Revolution" is Garbage

Not too long ago, lots of mainstream news outlets were running articles that had headlines like, “Biff! Bam! Pow! Comic Books Aren’t Just for Kids Any More!” These articles were often poorly researched, superficial fluff pieces that expressed great surprise that modern comic books had four-letter words, graphic violence, and provocative themes. The idea that […]

Rossum, Tamura, and Park join live action 'Dragon Ball Z'

The James Wong directed live action adaptation of the popular Japanese comic by Akira Toriyama has found itself three new actors. Eriko Tamura (Heroes) will play Mai while Joon Park (Speed Racer) will play Yamcha. Emmy Rossum (The Phantom of the Opera) also joins the cast. [Source: Super Hero Hype]

"The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" to Get US Theatrical Release in 2008

Bandai will release The Girl Who Leapt Through Time in 2008, and will give the film a limited theatrical release, the company announced today at the New York Anime Festival. Exact dates for the release will be announced soon, but New York and Los Angeles will be the first locations to get the film. The […]

"Ratatouille," "Happy Feet" Composers Get Grammy Nominations

Michael Giacchino and John Powell are two of the competitors for the Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack Album, and Prince will be competing for the Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television, Or Other Visual Media Grammy. Giacchino got a nomination for his score for Pixar’s Ratatouille, while Powell and Prince received nominations for their […]

NRB Honors "Ratatouille," "Persepolis"

Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille has been named the best animated film of 2007 by the National Board of Review. The organization recognized Sony’s Persepolis with the Bvlgari Award for NBR Freedom of Expression. [Source: National Board of Review]

"The Jungle Book": A Bare (No, Absolute) Necessity

Almost any way you look at it, Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book (you can hardly call it “Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book“) was a pivotal film in the history of the Disney Studios. It was the last animated feature that Walt worked on personally, and one of the first to make extensive use of celebrity […]

2007 Annie Award Nominations Announced

The nominees for the 35th annual Annie Awards were announced today. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Friday, February 8, 2008 at UCLA’s Royce Hall, in Los Angeles, CA. Among the big news is that Pixar’s Ratatouille leads the field with 13 nominations, followed closely by Sony Pictures Animation’s Surf’s Up with […]

PR: 35th Annie Awards Nominations Announced

BURBANK, CA (December 3, 2007) – The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced nominations today for the 35th Annual Annie Awards recognizing the year’s best animation across film, television, commercials, video games and short subjects. The Annie Awards, the industry’s oldest and most prestigious awards, are considered an important industry benchmark and an annual predictor […]

NY Times on "Ratatouille" Oscar Dilemma

The New York Times covers the dilemma facing Disney/Pixar over Ratatouille over Academy Award nominations for 2007 (free registration required): whether to lobby for a Best Picture award or for the Best Animated Film award. While the Best Picture is considered a more prestigious award, the Best Animated Film award is an easier one to […]

"Justice League: The New Frontier" DVD Release Date and Specs Announced

Warner Brothers Home Video has announced the full release information about the direct-to-video animated movie Justice League: The New Frontier. The movie will be released on February 26, 2008, in a single-disc standard edition and a two-disc special edition. The movie will be anamorphic widescreen on both editions, with a 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack, two […]

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