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Dreamworks Files for IPO with SEC

The computer animation arm of Dreamworks SKG has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a $650 million initial public offering, applying to list on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “DWA” (DreamWorks Animation). In a statement filed with regulators late Monday, the company said it would use the proceeds to […]

Nintendo eyes entering animated-film business

Nintendo Co. intends to enter the animated-film business, Hiroshi Yamauchi, an adviser to the video game maker, said Wednesday. At a press conference, Yamauchi said that he plans to make a proposal for the project to create an animated film at a management meeting to be held in October. He indicated that the film will […]

Disney Says Deal With Pixar 'Unlikely'

Walt Disney Co. president and chief operating officer Robert Iger said it is “unlikely” Disney will strike a new distribution deal with Pixar Animation Studios, according to a report on CNBC.

Steve Jobs to be next Disney CEO?

The Motley Fool has an article about who will take Micheal Eisner’s place as Disney’s top executive in 2006. It gives Pixar’s CEO a 3 to 1 chance of getting the job: “As a charismatic visionary with a knack for quality, [Steve Jobs] may very well be this generation’s response to Walter Elias Disney”.

Disney Names 2004 Disney Legends

The Walt Disney Company today named the 2004 Disney Legends, recognizing individuals who have contributed creativity, innovation and imagination to Disney’s rich heritage. Walt Disney Company Chief Executive Officer Michael D. Eisner presided over the ceremony, which takes place each year at the Disney Legends Plaza at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, Calif. Following […]

Yet Another Incredibles Trailer

Yahoo has a new trailer for Pixar’s upcoming superhero comedy.

The Barnyard Images

The official web page for Steve Oedekerk’s CG comedy The Barnyard has some pictures of the characters. The film will feature the voices of Kevin James, Courteney Cox, Danny Glover, Sam Elliott and Wanda Sykes in a story about a barnyard of animals who walk on hind legs, talk, sing, dance and party in their […]

Alias and Blade Get Animated

MSNBC reports that, following a recent trend, the tv show Alias is getting the animation treatment. The season three DVD of the show will include a seven-minute animated short called Animated Alias. The live-action cartoon trend started with The Animatrix,a series of animated shorts that ranged from realistic computer graphics to moody Japanese anime — […]

Samurai Jack and Clone Wars score an Emmy

Two shows by Genndy Tartakovsky dominated the Prime Time Emmy Awards last night, winning the trophies for Outstanding Animated Program. Samurai Jack: The Birth of Evil won in the Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour) category, beating The Simpsons, Futurama, South Park and Spongebob Squarepants. Star Wars: Clone Wars beat The Powerpuff Girls: […]

New Team America Trailer

There is a new trailer for South Park creators’ puppet extravaganza.

New Robota Teaser

A new teaser for Doug Chiang’s CGI feature Robota is now online.

Ad Buyers Not Proud of Pride

The Family Friendly Programming Forum, a group formed mostly of advertisers to encourage the development of wholesome family entertainment on TV, has withdrawn its support of NBC’s animated series Father of the Pride, Advertising Age reported Monday. The DreamWorks series, which airs on NBC, had initially received $50,000 from the group. Kaki Hinto, who is […]

Disney's Eisner Sees Iger as Successor

Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Michael Eisner said company President Robert Iger is his “preferred choice” to succeed him in running the entertainment conglomerate, according to an interview in Sunday’s Los Angeles Times. Read the full story here.

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children preview in Venice has impressions about an unfinished version of Square Enix’s CG feature based on the videogame of the same name that was presented at the Venice Film Festival. The movie takes place two years after the conclusion of the FFVII game and is now scheduled for release Spring 2005 on DVD and UMD (the Universal […]

Howl's Moving Castle gets warm welcome at Venice Film Fest

Director Hayao Miyazaki’s animated film Hauru no Ugoku Shiro (Howl’s Moving Castle) was warmly received Sunday at the Venice Film Festival. The audience who packed the 1000-capacity hall exploded into applause and whistles for more than five minutes after the show. Howl’s Moving Castle, based on a children’s book of the same name by British […]

FoxBox adds One Piece and F-Zero to fall lineup

Beginning September 18, FOX BOX unveils an all-new look, and a new lineup. Two new shows are the centerpiece of this season: One Piece and Nintendo’s F-Zero — GP Legend. Check out the new program schedule and details on these two new shows, here:

Viewtiful Joe Anime

AnimationHQ reports that one of the more innovative games to hit consoles recently, Capcom’s Viewtiful Joe is apparently set to become an animated series as well. TV Tokyo recently announced that it will begin airing the show, which Capcom will produce, in October. The series is expected to run 52 episodes and is timed to […]

Drew Carey's Green Screen Show coming this fall

Drew Carey and his comic friends have a clever plan to shake up the concept of live improv comedy. Yes, he’ll have his performers act out quirky ideas suggested by an audience (“You’re getting married underwater and are attacked by a giant squid.”). But, with the aid of green screen, Drew’s behind-the-scenes team will animate […]

Highlander Animated Feature Planned

Variety reports that Highlander is on track to become an animated feature for release in Spring 2006. Davis-Panzer Productions and Imagi International are developing the project, which will be animated through Madhouse of Japan (Tokyo Godfathers). David Abramowitz, who was head writer on the Highlander TV series, will write the screenplay. The franchise details the […]

TV Spots for The Incredibles Online

Disney has released a first online look at two new TV spots for Pixar’s highly-anticipated animated superhero comedy, The Incredibles, hitting theaters on November 5. The first spot gives a character profile for Dash, showing his powers and weaknesses, and the second spot features much of the footage you saw in the teaser trailer. Here […]

Dragons: Fire and Ice trailer

Here is a trailer for Bardel Entertainment’s direct to video CGI feature Dragons: Fire and Ice. Based on the Mega Bloks toy line, the film tells the story of two kingdoms, the Draigar and the Norvagen, that have been at war for a thousand years. The great Dragons who brought peace and wisdom through their […]

The London International Animation Festival starts today

LIAF is a fantastic 6-day celebration of the very best of international and local animation showcasing the painstaking, amazing work of artists and filmmakers who have discovered that in this medium they can go anywhere their imagination leads them. The work can be funny, poignant, beautiful, exquisite or startlingly simple and is made frame by […]

Nocturna enters production at Red Kite Films

Edinburgh based Red Kite will start producion on the animated feature Nocturna in collaboration with Filmax Animation (Spain) and Animakids (France). Nocturna tells the story of Tim, an orphan who sees a star fall from the sky and is instantly transported into a world of dreams, darkness, and the mysteries of the night. The film […]

Surf's Up for Sony

Surf’s Up is the second feature announced by Sony Pictures Animation, co-directed by Ash Brannon and Chris Buck, and produced by Chris Jenkins. The CGI pic will be a clever riff on the cult-surfing film Endless Summer with one catch – it stars penguins. The movie will be a mockumentary based on the groundbreaking revelation […]

GI Joe Valor vs. Venom Movie Trailer

Here is a trailer for the direct to video CGI movie featuring the Hasbro action figure, G.I. Joe. America’s daring, highly trained special mission force faces its greatest threat yet from the evil Cobra organization, under the direction of Cobra Commander. DNA from the world’s most ferocious animals has been combined with humans to create […]

SIGGRAPH 2004 Awards

ACM SIGGRAPH announced the Computer Animation Festival’s Best Animated Short and Jury Honors winners for SIGGRAPH 2004. The winners are: Birthday Boy (Best Animated Short) Director: Sejong Park Producer: Australian Film, Television and Radio School The scene is Korea in 1951. It is little Manuk’s birthday, and he is playing on the village streets, imagining […]

Siggraph 2004: concept art for upcoming features

The British animation web site Skwigly has several exclusive images from animated features presented at Siggraph 2004, which is taking place in Los Angeles this week. Among the pictures, there is concept art for Disney’s Rapunzel Unbraided and American Dog, characters from Chicken Little, advertising art for DreamWorks’ Madagascar and much more.

Feedback: the First Full Length CGI Feature from South Africa

This project aims to create an animated film based on Feedback, the internationally award-winning play by the South African artist and drama teacher, Andrew Buckland. The project, which recieved the majority of its funding from the South African National Film and Video Foundation, has both educational and commercial aspects. The first phase was completed through […]

Disney Enters the Computer Market

The New York Times (registration required) reports that Disney are entering the personal computer market. With a childish design, built in content control and other kid-friendly features, it could be a breakthrough or just another specialized device flop. The $599 Dream Desk PC would be available through the Disney catalog and at beginning Aug. […]

Don Bluth Teaches The Art of Storyboard

From Don Bluth – master animator, artist, and director of such cartoon classics as The Secret of NIMH, An American Tail, The Land Before Time, All Dogs Go to Heaven, Anastasia, and Titan A.E. – comes The Art of Storyboard, a one-of-a-kind textbook that describes in detail the technical and artistic processes involved in crafting […]