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"Curse Of The Crimson Elixir" Comes to Playstation 2

Square Enix, Inc. will ship Fullmetal Alchemist 2: Curse Of The Crimson Elixir to retailers nationwide on July 12, 2005. The video game will be available exclusively for PlayStation 2. [Source: PR Newswire]

Brits Win Big in Annecy Awards

British animation won many of the Annecy awards over the weekend, with rewards also going to Germany and Australia. C21Media (subscription required) has details.

U.S. Gets "Dragon Hunters"

French animation company Futurikon has sold its kids animation series Dragon Hunters to a network in the U.S., according to C21Media (subscription required).

Moonscoop Sends Toons to Discop

French kids distributor Moonscoop has signed broadcast deals for three of its toons to air as part of Discop throughout Eastern Europe. C21Media has details.

Jay Jay Goes Interactive

Jay Jay the Jet Plane‘s upcoming season is set to include a new interactive element as well as a new Latino character friend for Jay Jay. Ten new episodes are scheduled to air on PBS Plus in October, with an additional ten episodes planned for 2006. [Source: C21Media]

Magma Films to Create "Ugly Duckling" Film/Series

Ireland’s Magma Films, alongside a host of European companies, is co-producing a new €15m 3D animated film based on Hans Christian Andersen’s Ugly Duckling. Entitled Ugly Duckling & Me, the film is scheduled to hit theaters in June 2006. Additionally, the companies are also producing a 26-part series with the same name, scheduled for release […]

Iger on Pixar Talks and Running Disney

Robert A. Iger, set to take over Disney’s CEO position on October 1, was briefly interviewed by the New York Times about managing Disney (free registration required). Among other topics, Iger provides marginally more details about the re-opening of talks between Disney and Pixar Internet Movie Database Daily Briefing. (via Internet Movie Database Daily Briefing, […]

NY Times: Reality Looks Like Animation

In an article centering on the documentary film The March of the Penguins, the New York Times notes that several viewers of all ages seem to believe the film was at least partially animated (free registration required). The film, which was the result of 13 months spent in Antarctica, uses no computer-assisted effects or animation […]

Hayao Miyazaki Profiled at NY Times

A.O. Scott, movie critic for The New York Times, has examined the collected film works of director Hayao Miyazaki (free registration required). Calling him “the world’s greatest living animated-filmmaker,” the article delves into many common themes in all of Miyazaki’s films.

Darwyn Cooke, "Complete Peanuts" Win Multiple 2005 Harvey Awards

The 2005 Harvey Awards were handed out over the weekend at the MoCCA Festival in New York City. Writer/artist Darwyn Cooke (writer of Justice League Unlimited‘s “Task Force X” episode) won multiple awards for DC: The New Frontier. Fantagraphics won several awards for their Complete Peanuts reprint series, as did writer/artist Jeff Smith for his […]

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