An article in the Daily Yomiuri Online goes behind the scenes of the Black Jack anime TV series currently airing in Japan. The series, about a brilliant but unlicensed surgeon, debuted in October 2004 and is now in its second season, while a live-action movie was released last week. The movie was directed by Macoto […]
In 1984, a young animator named John Lasseter left Disney to work for George Lucas’ special effects group. 21 years, six feature films, 10 short films, and fifteen Academy Awards later, Pixar Animation Studios has firmly established itself as one of the finest American animation studios in the history of the medium. To commemorate their […]
Three new short films will debut at the Studio Ghibli Museum starting on January 3. Details and still frames from all three movies (House Hunting, Mon-mon the Water Spider, and The Day I Harvested a Star) are available at walkerplus.com, with a translation of the picture captions and the accompanying article provided by Nausicaa.net.
Newsarama.com has an article and several preview pages from Mark Andrews’ Colossus, a 224-page original graphic novel to be published by Image Comics in March 2006. Andrews is a Pixar animator and co-director of their latest short film, One Man Band. The comic book will have a forward by Incredibles director Brad Bird and will […]
BBC News is reporting that some rare and very early Disney animation, sketches, and background pictures have been discovered in a warehouse at Chiba University, near Tokyo, Japan. The material includes “Flowers and Trees” from 1932, which was Disney’s first color short film. The material was apparently donated in the 1960s to the National Museum […]
Kagan Research, a consulting and publishing research firm, has released a study estimating that animated films were the most profitable “genre” for films released between 2000 and 2004. According to the report, animated films in that time period averaged $194.5 million in gross profit and $166.3 million in net profit. The full report is available […]
My favorite Japanese comedy programs are so similar to Saturday Night Live that sometimes I forget how bizarre the Japanese sense of humor can get. I was quickly reminded by The Fuccons, one of the most outlandish TV series ever seen on either side of the Pacific. Like many people, I find department store mannequins […]