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Bird Speaks on "State of the Cinema"

The Incredibles-director Brad Bird delivered the “State of the Cinema Address” at the San Francisco International Film Festival program on Sunday night, where he complained that Hollywood is making “bigger and bigger turkeys” and compared working on The Iron Giant to getting drunk as the Titanic was sinking. The San Francisco Chronicle has a summary, […]

McElroy To Script "Bonesaw"

Alan McElroy will pen the screenplay for Platinum Studios’ CGI-animated horror feature Bonesaw, according to AWN. Production is set to start in early 2006 and be completed in the fall of 2007.

BKN, ToonMax in Co-Pro Partnership

BKN International and China’s ToonMax Media & Entertainment have signed a ten-year co-production deal, World Screen reports. The two companies will produce at least twenty-six episodes of local content; in addition, ToonMax will add BKN’s Legend of the Dragon to its weekday lineup in September.

Tenth-Anniversary "Toy Story" DVD Coming in September

A two-disc, tenth-anniversary DVD edition of Toy Story will be released on September 6, DVDToons reports. The thirty-dollar DVD will include bonus featurettes, a making-of documentary, and deleted scenes.

VIZ, Frito Lay Partner to Promote "MegaManNT Warrior"

VIZ Media and Frito Lay will partner to promote MegaManNT Warrior in the European market, the companies said today. The promotional effort will run through the spring of 2006. [Source: VIZ Media]

HIT Shareholders Okay Apax Bid

HIT Entertainment shareholders have voted to accept Apax Partners’ £489 million bid for the company, World Screen reports. Lions Gate Entertainment has been given until May 13 to make a counteroffer for HIT.

"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√Įve. 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, […]

Seinfeld Writes Animated Tale

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 […]

University of Kent Launches Computer Animation Program/Degree

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, […]

Disney Suspends MovieBeam VOD Service

Disney has suspended its MovieBeam Video-on-Demand service while the company performs some upgrades and seeks potential new corporate partners. According to a Disney spokeswoman, the company does not know when service will be restored or when the upgrades will take place. [Source: ZDNet]

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