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Spain launches ‘Planet One’, with Hopes to Land in US

by Nobuyuki samaon May 22, 2007
An article published in Daily Variety covers the trials and travails of Spanish animation house Ilion Studios in their effort to break into the CGI animation market with their $54 million collaboration with Handmade Films, Planet One, penned by Shrek screenwriter Joe Stillman. The movie, about a US astronaut who touches down on a planet […]

India’s UTV Aims For Big Future with Three New Features

by Nobuyuki samaon May 22, 2007
Indian film and TV conglomerate UTV has greenlighted a trio of 3D CGI cartoon features, according to Variety. The company is ramping up its UTV Toons division into an industrial scale production-line capable of releasing features on an annual basis. The Mumbai-based facility is to grow from its present 300-member staff to 1,000 employees and […]

Frank Miller To Get Into ‘The Spirit’ of Directing New Movie

by Nobuyuki samaon May 22, 2007
Frank Miller will direct a live-action feature adaptation of Will Eisner’s classic comicbook hero, The Spirit, according to Daily Variety. Lionsgate Films will handle domestic and U.K. distribution rights as well as co-finance and co-produce the film with Odd Lot Entertainment, who was selling the film at Cannes last week. Miller also wrote the screenplay […]

"Foster’s" Big House Party Lasts a Bit Longer

by Dukeon May 21, 2007
Cartoon Network has announced that because of the success of their online game Big Fat Awesome House Party, inspired by Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends, the ending date has been postponed to November 2007. Originally, the game was supposed to end in May 2007. To celebrate, CartoonNetwork.com has added several new features to the game, […]

"Cars" Video Game A Huge Success

by Dukeon May 21, 2007
THQ has announced that their title Cars: the Game, based upon the hit Disney/Pixar film Cars, has sold extremely well on all the systems the game is available for. The #2 overall best selling game in 2006 will soon be featured on PlayStation 2’s and PlayStation Portable’s “Greatest Hits” label, XBox 360’s “Platinum Hits” label, […]

Press Release: CartoonNetwork.com Extends Year-Long Foster’s Interactive Game

by Dukeon May 21, 2007
CartoonNetwork.com Extends Year-Long Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends Interactive Game Big Fat Awesome House Party, a Hit with Millions of Fans, Extends the Party for Six More Months and Adds New Features and Adventures Blooregard Q. Kazoo’s Big Fat Awesome House Party is brimming with so many new friends, they’ve decided to extend the party […]

PR: Disney/Pixar Cars Video Game from THQ Crosses the Finish Line to Sales Milestone

by Dukeon May 21, 2007
Disney/Pixar Cars Video Game from THQ Crosses the Finish Line to Prestigious Sales Milestones Cars Joins PlayStation®2 System and PSP® System “Greatest Hits,” Microsoft Xbox® “Platinum Hits” and Nintendo GameCube™ “Players Choice” Collections THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI) today announced that the Cars video game based on the Disney/Pixar film has achieved yet another major sales milestone […]

"Shrek the Third" joins the green movement

by Weathermanon May 21, 2007
Box office green that is. Taking the crown for biggest opening ever for an animated movie, Shrek the Third took in 122 million dollars in its first weekend of theatrical screenings. The champion for the previous two weeks, Spiderman 3, slid two a distant second place finish with 28.5 million for a total overall US […]

Iran Protests "Persepolis" Screening at Cannes Film Festival

by Ed Liuon May 21, 2007
The Iranian Farabi Cinema Foundation has sent a letter of protest to the French Embassy in Tehran over the screening of the animated movie Persepolis at the Cannes Film Festival. The government-affiliated organization claimed that the movie, “has presented an unrealistic face of the achievements and results of the glorious Islamic Revolution in some of […]

NY Times on the Faith-Based Mockery of "Moral Orel"

by Ed Liuon May 21, 2007
The New York Times has taken a look at Adult Swim’s Moral Orel (registration required), a stop-motion animated satire of religious hypocrisy that is often described as a parody of the classic Davey & Goliath TV show. The article describes how creator Dino Stamatopoulos views the show, the unsurprising backlash from conservative Christian organizations, and […]