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Briefly: DGA Award for "Bashir"; "Sword of the Stranger"; Japan Media-Arts Fest

by Ed Liuon February 3, 2009
* The Director’s Guild of America has awarded Waltz with Bashir its Best Documentary award for 2008. [Associated Press] * The latest Anime Today podcast interviews Bandai Entertainment’s Robert Napton & Taku Otsuka on Sword of the Stranger. [Press Release] * Bloomberg has taken a quick look at the expected highlights on display at the […]

PR: A Backstage Look at Animation’s Big Night

by Ed Liuon February 3, 2009
Royce Hall from the stage A Backstage Look At ASIFA-Hollywood’s Annie Awards  The after-party featured a gourmet meal and the music of the Blue Hawaiians We aren’t your typical paparazzi. It was only six months ago that our creative aspirations drove us out of Orlando, Florida to pursue careers as animated filmmakers. It is conventional […]

"Oliver and Company" 20th Anniversary DVD Is Better as History Than as Cinema

by Ed Liuon February 2, 2009
Most Disney aficionados mark The Little Mermaid as the film that turned around American feature animation’s declining fortunes. Oliver and Company, though, was the first film made under the then-new Disney regime led by Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg. That film, a very loose adaptation of Dickens’ Oliver Twist that turns the title character into […]

"Batman: The Brave and the Bold" Panel at NY Comic Con on Friday, Feb 6, 2009

by Ed Liuon February 2, 2009
The 2009 New York Comic Con will host a panel on Friday, February 6, focusing on Batman: The Brave and the Bold from 4:45 – 5:45 PM. The official description of the panel is: Learn all the secrets of Cartoon Network’s Batman: The Brave and The Bold from the talents that make it happen! Spend […]

PULSE News Interviews Frank Paur on "Hulk Vs."

by Ed Liuon February 2, 2009
Comicon.com’s PULSE News has interviewed Frank Paur about his work as the supervising director of the Hulk Vs. direct-to-video animated movie. Among other topics, Paur discusses why he only did character design for the “Hulk vs. Thor” portion of the DTV, the color scheme and design of that chapter vs. the “Hulk vs. Wolverine” chapter, […]

"Coraline" Article Roundup: NYT on 3-D; Teri Hatcher on Being the Other Mother

by Ed Liuon February 2, 2009
The New York Times has taken a look at the upcoming movie Coraline, focusing on the fact that it is the first stop-motion animated movie that was filmed with the intent of projecting it in 3-D for audiences (free registration required). Coraline director Henry Selick is quoted as saying, “I saw that everyone that was […]

PR: Reed Exhibitions to Launch Comic/Pop Culture Event in Chicago in 2010

by Ed Liuon February 2, 2009
REED EXHIBITIONS TO LAUNCH MAJOR COMIC AND POP CULTURE EVENT IN DOWNTOWN CHICAGO CHICAGO COMIC & ENTERTAINMENT EXPO TO DEBUT IN 2010 New and Permanent Dates also Set for New York Comic Con Norwalk, CT, February 2, 2009: Reed Exhibitions has today announced the launch of Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) which will take […]

PR: Right Stuf’s Anime Today Previews "Sword of the Stranger"

by Ed Liuon February 2, 2009
Right Stuf’sANIME TODAYPreviewsSWORD OF THE STRANGER With Bandai Entertainment’s Robert Napton & Taku Otsuka “Anime & Gamers’ Guide,” Kiba, reviews, contests& more in episode 85! GRIMES, IA, January 30, 2009 – Anime producer and mega-online anime retailer Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome Bandai Entertainment Marketing Director Robert Napton and SWORD OF THE STRANGER […]

"Guyver: The Bio Boosted Armor" or "The Bipolar Awesome" Without Mark Hamill

by Chad Boninon February 1, 2009
Sho is just your regular, nondescript high school student, until he and a friend find a mysterious device in the woods. When it bonds to Sho, he becomes the Guyver by yelling its name. The Chronos Corporation wants the device, and will do anything to get it under their control. Sho is quickly thrust into […]

Funimation Acquires Fullmetal Alchemist OAV

by Weathermanon February 1, 2009
Funimation has confirmed earlier reports at Ohayocon that they have acquired the Fullmetal Alchemist: Premium Collection OAV, announcing an approximate release date in late 2009. The DVD set will include everything seen on the Japanese release from 2005. [Source: Anime News Network]