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"Howl's Moving Castle" Debut Press Release

Nausicaa.net has published the press release for the debut of Howl’s Moving Castle at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. The movie is scheduled to debut on June 9, 2005; tickets are available by phone at 1-800-DISNEY6 or at the El Capitan Theatre website.

Ad Exec Praises Animation

Mark Tutssel, chairman of the advertising industry’s Clio Awards organization, is urging advertisers to investigate the use of animation in their commercials, AdWeek reports. Tutssel’s remarks, which were provoked by worries that people are increasingly tuning out advertising, were meant to spur advertisers into making “fresh, interesting and engaging” commercials that use creative techniques. Tutssel […]

"Appleseed": The Fantastic Tale of a Girl and Her Cyborg. And Lots of Bullets.

In contrast to American animated films, a large percentage of anime features are adaptations of popular Japanese comic books, or manga (and they say Hollywood has run out of ideas). Such adaptations make perfect sense, of course, because they supply a powerful brand name, loyal fan base and plenty of material for possible sequels. On […]

Toshio Suzuki Speaks About Ghibli's Next Film

A report on Nausicaa.net summarizes comments made by producer Toshio Suzuki on NHK about Studio Ghibli’s next project. Suzuki and director Hayao Miyazaki are currently planning a movie targeted at smaller children.

"Pom Poko" and "Yamadas" on R1 DVD on August 16

Ultimate Disney reports that Pom Poko and My Neighbors the Yamadas are due on region 1 DVD from Walt Disney Home Entertainment on August 16. Voice casts are included on the announcement for both movies. (via Nausicaa.net)

"Pocahontas 10th Anniversary Edition": A Brave New World for Disney

In 1995 the world lay at Disney’s feet. The studio had amazed worldwide audiences with four critically acclaimed blockbusters in a row, and with no significant competition they were free to pursue any project they pleased. And so Disney surprised pundits by doing what they had never done before, a historical romance. Pocahontas featured no […]

Pixar Announces First Quarter Financial Results

Pixar Animation Studios today reported financial results for its fiscal first quarter ended April 2, 2005. For the quarter, Pixar reported revenues of $161.2 million and earnings of $81.9 million, compared with revenues of $53.8 million and earnings of $26.7 million achieved in the year-ago quarter. These earnings per share calculations reflect the adjusted share […]

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 […]

Toon Disney May 2005 Programming Highlights

Toon Disney has announced programming highlights for the month of May. Please note that schedules are subject to change without notice. The Force of 5 Marathon Thursday, May 5 (7:00pm – 12:00am, ET/PT) Action, adventure, and the Power of Five-theme is in the spotlight during a five hour marathon featuring episodes from Power Rangers: Space […]

"Howl's Moving Castle" Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing New

Howl’s Moving Castle is an anomaly. It’s a film that is at once beautiful, artistic, and stunning and yet also pandering, silly and na├»ve. Parts of it are as inspired and surreal as Spirited Away, others are jarringly dull. Sometimes the plot flows forward as engagingly as Mononoke, at other times it grows stilted, simplistic, […]

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