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 naïve. 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, […]
Jerry Seinfeld has written the cartoon comedy Bee Movie, for which he will provide the key voice and will produce the tale for DreamWorks Animation. Bee Movie follows a bee just out of college who sues humanity for mass theft of his winged species’ honey. Steve Hickner (The Prince of Egypt) and Simon J. Smith […]
Beginning September 2005, the Department of Electronics at the UK’s University of Kent will complement its BSc in Multimedia Technology and Design with an MSc in Computer Animation. The course program, consisting of approximately seven months of coursework followed by five months of project work, will cover 3D animation practice and principles, the animation pipeline, […]
MTV Music Zone, a subscription-based music service, will launch on May 1, 2005, as part of China Mobile’s Monternet service’s new music platform MO Music Channel, MTV Networks announced yesterday. China Mobile’s more than 200 million subscribers will be able to access MTV-produced music charts and entertainment news, as well as download music ringtones and […]
Michael J. Dolan has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Viacom Inc., the company announced yesterday. He will assume his duties as CFO on May 11, 2005, reporting to Viacom Chairman and CEO Sumner M. Redstone. Mr. Dolan succeeds Richard J. Bressler, who served as CFO since March 2001. [Source: Viacom]
Newsarama reports that the upcoming Fantastic Four animated series will be showcased in an unspecified manner on the DVD release of the upcoming Fantastic Four theatrical film. The Fantastic Four DVD is expected to be released in the fall, and initial TV airings of the new animated show are slated to appear in Fall 2006.
Dr. Strange will be featured in one of the Marvel/Lions Gates upcoming animated Direct-to-DVD movies, according to Newsarama. This will be the first time ‘The Master Of Mystic Arts’ has carried his own animated feature. The movie, the fourth in nine planned features, will be released in 2006. Other animated properties include two Ultimate Avengers […]
Mile High Comics has released several previews of comics from Marvel and DC scheduled for release on May 4, 2005. Highlights include Batman: Dark Detective #1, which reunites famed 70′s Batman team Steve Englehart, Marshall Rogers, and Terry Austin, and G.L.A. #2 by Dan Slott and Paul Pelletier (She-Hulk).
An upcoming study from License Magazine notes that Marvel Entertainment and Nickelodeon were two of the top licensors in 2004, based on the strength of such properties as Spider-Man, Dora the Explorer, and SpongeBob SquarePants. Marvel’s licensing brought in $4 billion in retail sales, while Nickelodeon licenses brought in $4.75 billion.