Wednesday, December 10, 2008

News - 12/10/08...

First Pixar 3-D Short Coming to Theaters

Disney/Pixar will premiere its first Disney Digital 3-D short film in theaters nationwide on December 12. Directed by John Lasseter, Tokyo Mater will run in front of Walt Disney Pictures’ Bolt starting this weekend. The short is the fourth in the “Cars Toons” series, inspired by the hit 2006 film Cars.

In Tokyo Mater
, a routine tow lands Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) in Tokyo, where he is challenged to a drift-style race against a nefarious gang leader and his posse of ninjas. With the help of friend Lightning McQueen and some special modifications, Mater attempts to drift to victory and become “Tow-ke-O Mater,” king of all drifters. Standard 2-D versions of the film will also be shown theaters not exhibiting Bolt in 3-D.

All of the
"Cars Toons" are directed by Lasseter (Cars, Toy Story 2, A Bug's Life,Toy Story) and co-directed by Victor Navone (animator on Cars, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo and Monsters, Inc.) and Rob Gibbs (story artist on Cars, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc. and Toy Story 2). Kori Rae (associate producer on The Incredibles and Monsters, Inc.) serves as producer. The previous toons in the series featured Mater as a fire truck in Rescue Squad Mater, a daredevil in Mater the Greater and as a bulldozer fighter in El Materdor. These three shorts aired on Disney Channel, Toon Disney and ABC Family.

“I’m delighted to be back in the director’s chair for the ‘Cars Toons’ series,”
says Lasseter, who serves as chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios, and most recently exec produced Bolt. “Mater is one of my favorite characters from Cars and is the definition of true friendship. The world has grown to love Mater as much as we do, and we are excited to take him on new adventures with his best friend, Lighting McQueen.’

Cars 2
will be released in the summer of 2011. The sequel is being directed by Brad Lewis, producer of the Oscar-winning Pixar flick Ratatouille
. In this latest adventure, all the world's a racetrack as racing superstar Lightning McQueen zooms back into action, with best buddy Mater in tow, to take on the globe's fastest and finest. The pals teavel the globe and find themselves in a new world of intrigue, thrills and fast-paced comedic escapades.

Director Talks Little Spirit Special

A pet project that started off as an independent short film is now an animated primetime network holiday special airing Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. on NBC. We chatted with writer/director/producer/animator Leopoldo Gout to learn a bit about the making of Little Spirit: Christmas in New York, his love letter to the Big Apple featuring the voices of Danny Devito, Lucy Liu, Freddy Rodriguez, Brian Williams and Brenda Song. Animation was produced at Curious Pictures (Little Einsteins, Codename: Kids Next Door), of which Gout is a partner.

DeVito is heard as a wisecracking cab driver who picks up two grouchy teens and tries to fill them with the holiday spirit by telling them the story of boy who reluctantly moved to New York City with his parents. As young Leo tries to get along in his new surroundings, his small dog, Ramona, gets lost in the big city and has a series of misadventures involving flocks of pigeons and packs of squirrels. When he realizes his pet is missing, Leo is visited by a little, yellow spirit who helps him find Ramona and realize that New York can be a magical place to be during the holidays.

Gout, who says he came to the U.S. from Mexico City with nothing but a few paint brushes, tells us he was feeling a lot of positive energy in New York and wanted to capture the spirit of the city in a heartwarming tale for his son. “Coming from Mexico, I still see snow through the eyes of a child—it’s still magical to me,” he says. “Walking through the city in the winter, I wondered why nobody had made an animated holiday special that takes place here.”

To authentically capture the essence of New York City and make it a character in the story, shot a lot of photos and video on the city streets. Accompanied by music and original songs by Grammy- and Tony-award winning composer Duncan Sheik, the rich backgrounds are remarkable considering the special was made under tight time and budgetary constraints.

“We feel pretty good about what we’ve accomplished with the time we had and the budget,” Gout notes. “Of course, as an animator and filmmaker, I could be working on this film for five years if they would let me. But the positive side is that you really have to be creative, and I believe very strongly that the future of animation will explore this type of situation because otherwise it would be very unfair that only three studios can make animated films that make an international splash by spending $150 million to do them. For the fact that computers are getting cheaper and cheaper, I hope that there’s going to be a huge explosion of companies and animators like the ones at Curious Pictures.”

Gout just published his first novel, Ghost Radio, through Harper Collins and recently collaborated with bestselling author James Patterson on the upcoming graphic novel The Dangerous Days of Daniel X. The story is also being published as a novel and has been sold to New Regency, which plans to adapt it for the big screen. In addition, Gout and Patterson are producing a live-action feature film titled Maximum Ride with former Marvel Studios CEO Avi Arad.

Animated Ghost Radio Promo

The Word is Radio from Ghost Radio on Vimeo.

Animated Dangerous Days of Daniel X Promo

With Curious Pictures, Gout and brother Everardo Gout are producing Michel Gondry’s first animated feature, Megalomania, a punk rock movie they say will likely use traditional animation to depict an alternative future in which a rebel takes on a dictator. Gondry, whose credits include Be Kind Rewind, The Science of Sleep and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, is co-directing Megalomania with his son, Paul Gondry, from a script by famed graphic novelist Dan Clowes.

The brothers Gout also founded Casa Buñuel, a production company and animation studio in Mexico, and are attached to co-direct Godiva, a Lakeshore Ent. feature to be filmed in New Zealand. Another animated project they’re doing with Curious Pictures is a comedy TV series called J-Stache, which revolves around musician John Oates of Hall and Oates fame and his mustache, voiced by comedian Dave Attell. Oates will play himself. The project is being developed with Primary Wave Music Publishing, which owns the majority of the Hall & Oates music catalog.

New Terminator Trailer Debuts

Moviegoers who plunk down their money to see The Day The Earth Stood Still this weekend will be treated to the new trailer for Terminator Salvation, the fourth film in the hugely successful sci-fi action saga. Entertainment Tonight offered an exclusive look at the trailer yesterday evening, before it debuts on the web.

Terminator Salvation takes place in the post-apocalyptic year 2018 as John Connor (Christian Bale) prepares to meet his destiny as leader of the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. The film also stars Anton Yelchin, Dallas Bryce Howard, Moon Bloodgood, Common and Jadagrace. This is the first in a new trilogy of Terminator pics, and Bale has reportedly signed on to star in all three.

The new trailer offers glimpses of towering CG robots and other visual effects. A Japanese version was posted on YouTube, but was promptly removed by Warner Bros. The flick is scheduled for a North American theatrical release May 22, 2009. Warner Bros. Pictures is handling all U.S. and Canadian distribution rights, with Sony Pictures Entertainment handling distribution in most international territories excluding Korea and select Mideast territories.

Holiday Toons Score Solid Ratings

The major broadcast networks can always count on perennial animated favorites to draw audiences during the holiday season. Millions of viewers tuned in for such classics as Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, as well newer entries such as DreamWorks Animation’s CG Yule Tide comedy Shrek the Halls.

Daily Variety reports that Shrek the Halls
helped give ABC a boost in the ratings with more than 11 million total viewers. Even more switched on for the Chuck Jones How the Grinch Stole Christmas, which glued approximately 11.4 million eyes to the tube, and brought another 3.8 million to cable outlet ABC Family. The Shrek special premiered last December, roping about 21 million viewers for ABC. Time will tell if it can continue to reel in ratings year after year like its time-honored predecessors.

The king of all holiday specials, the 1964 Rankin & Bass stop-motion favorite
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer snagged approximately 11.8 million viewers to give CBS a solid Tuesday night, led by CSI with about 17.5 million viewers. Last year, Rudolph
was the most-watched show of the night it aired with about $14.3 million people tuning in.

The CG Revolution on Display in Singapore

The inaugural edition of SIGGRAPH Asia (Dec. 10-13) offers a mind-expanding showcase of the region’s talent as well as a colorful snapshot of future possibilities.

If anyone needed yet another proof of the growing importance of Asian countries in the computer graphics and animation arena, they should simply glance at the impressive program lineup for the inaugural edition of SIGGRAPH Asia, which will held Dec. 10 thru 13 at the Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore.

Following the tradition of SIGGRAPH in the U.S., the show will feature nine main programs—art gallery, computer animation festival, courses, educators’ program, emerging technologies, job fair, sketches and posters, technical papers and trade exhibition. According to organizers, half of the pieces displayed at the event’s art gallery were created in the region, and 30 percent of the materials accepted were from Asia. In addition, 14 Asian universities are represented in the sessions, chaired by the likes of Ken Anjyo of OLM Digital, Inc; Xin Tong of Microsoft Research China; and Hyeong-Seok Ko of Seoul National University.

Certainly, there is no shortage of industry visionaries and high-profile CG stars booked for the event: Don Greenberg, director of Cornell University’s computer graphics program and Rob Cook, VP of advanced technology at Pixar are two of the confab’s featured speakers. Lee Stringer and Matt Aldrich of Lucasfilm Animation Singapore will discuss the creation and inspirations behind the Star Wars: The Clone Wars series and the game Star Wars: The Clone Wars—Jedi Alliance. Among the many panels and discussions planned for the event are discussions of how to set up an animation studio in Asia. Kevin Geiger, president and CEO of Animation Options and former Disney Animation Studio alum will offer a workshop on CG production principles and how to maintain an efficient pipeline and workflow.

SIGGRAPH Asia attendees will also be able to take in two of the U.S. confab’s most popular features—the Electronic Theater and the Computer Animation Festival. “Attendees expect us to present the same quality of projects, especially at the Electronic Theater,” says Jinny Choo, Computer Animation Festival chair. “We’ve also added an invited screenings program such as The Best of SIGGRAPH Award Winners.”

Asia, particularly China, Japan and Korea, contributed close to half of the entries at the CAF this year. A total of 685 submissions from 44 countries were received. “More than 70 percent of the pieces presented in the Computer Animation Festival are being shown for the first time and they represent the work of both internationally renowned production houses as well as creative students who may be the industry stars of tomorrow,” notes Choo.

Among the many projects that qualify as top-draw eye candy at the Animation Festival this year are sneak previews of the new Capcom game Street Fighter IV by Polygon Pictures Inc.; the alternate ending to I Am Legend; and Sony Pictures Imageworks’ Speed Racer: Car Flip. Also on the must-see list are the preliminary concepts behind Double Negative’s fire simulation and rendering for Hellboy 2: The Golden Army and Lucasfilm’s sketches for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Iron Man and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Since SIGGRAPH isn’t only about the entertainment universe, attendees will be able to learn about some of the latest technological breakthroughs at the Emerging Technologies program of the confab. Keio University’s Flaneur Telescope is only one of these major technologies on display. This amazing digital telescope allows viewers a first-person viewpoint of buildings, shops and objects as they follow their path on a map.

SIGGRAPH has always played an important role in bringing together job applicants with employers in the tech and vfx sector, and the Asian event is no exception. The job fair aspect of the event will be in full effect as companies such as Double Negative, Ubisoft, Lucasfilm Animation and Media Development Authority of Singpaore (MDA) will be on the lookout for new hires in the region.

As Alyn Rockwood, SIGGRAPH Asia conference advisory group chair, points out, “With governments across Asia investing billions of dollars into the development of the local interactive and digital media sector, and production houses ultimately recognizing the vast talent pool that could be tapped in the region, SIGGRAPH Asia has an important and significant role to play. We are confident that the event will be a successful and rewarding experience for all participants.”
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I Am Legend Collector’s Edition in Stores

Warner Home Video is tempting fans of the hit Will Smith vehicle I Am Legend with a new collector’s edition release loaded with bonus material including the four animated comics that debuted online in conjunction with the film’s theatrical release. Available yesterday, the three-disc DVD and two-disc Blu-ray box sets hit retail as Smith and producers begin to talk up their upcoming prequel to the horror-action flick, which earned more than $584 million at the box office worldwide.

Based on Richard Matheson’s classic sci-fi novel of the same name,
I Am Legend has Smith fighting CG-animated zombies as a solitary survivor of a plague that devastates New York City and much of the rest of the world. Sony Pictures Imageworks, under visual effects supervisor Jim Berney, handled the lion’s share of the vfx work. The prequel will reportedly take place in the days before the fall of New York as Smith and a small group of survivors fight for their lives against the infected.

I Am Legend special edition DVD comes with an exclusive 44-Page concept sketch book, ten concept illustrations, six art cards showing international cities devastated by the Plague Virus, a lenticular lucite commemorative piece featuring imagery from the film, commentary by director Francis Lawrence and screenwriter-producer Akiva Goldsman, deleted scenes, an alternate version of the film with a different ending, a mini-doc titled Creating I Am Legend, a featurette titled Cautionary Tale: The Science of I Am Legend
, two live-action shorts directed by Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith rehearsal footage of the alternate ending, previsualizations of key special effects sequences, a visual effects featurette and a digital copy of theatrical version. The DVD set lists for $49.92 and a Blu-ray version carries a suggested retail price of $59.99.

Keanu Goes Samurai for 47 Ronin

After updating the 1951 sci-fi classic The Day The Earth Stood Still, Keanu Reeves will star in 47 Ronin, a stylized account of a real historical event involving a group of vengeful samurai. According to Daily Variety, the Universal Pictures production will bring fantasy elements to the 18th century tale, which should involve a good deal of digital vfx work. Filming is expected to begin next year.

Reeves, who is half Asian, will play one of the samurai out to avenge the death of his Master. The script is being tailored for him by Chris Morgan, who was one of the writers who adapted the Top Cow comic
Wanted for the big screen. The pic is being produced by Scott Stuber (The Wolfman) of Stuber Prods. No director is yet attached.Bold

The Day the Earth Stood Still
arrives in theaters this Friday. In the film, Reeves plays a humanoid alien being who comes to Earth to warn mankind of its impending doom. The remake is directed by Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) from a screenplay by David Scarpa (The Last Castle)
. The extensive visual effects work was completed by Weta Digital, Flash Film Works, Hydraulx, Cinesite, Digital Dimension, Image Engine and Persistence of Vision, among other vendors.

"Wall-E" a Critics Choice' nominee for best film

"Wall-E" has been nominated by the Broadcast Film Critics Association for the Critics' Choice Award for best picture of 2008.

Nominees were announced Tuesday by the BFCA.

Winners will be announced Thursday, January 8 at the Critics' Choice Awards gala at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. VH1 will again broadcast this year's ceremony live at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).

For best picture, Wall-E is vying against live-action nominees Changeling, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Dark Knight, Doubt, Frost/Nixon, Milk, The Reader, Slumdog Millionaire and The Wrestler.

It's been nominated for best animated feature alongside Bolt, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa and Waltz With Bashir.

Wall-E also scored a best song nomination for "Down to Earth," performed by Peter Gabriel, which he and Thomas Newman composed.

Waltz With Bashir is one of the six Critics' Choice Award nominees for best foreign-language film.

The live-action Milk and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button lead the pack with eight nominations each for the 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards.

The BFCA, the largest film critics' organization with more than 200 members in the United States and Canada, representing TV, radio and online critics, selected nominees in each of the 17 categories.

Writers Guild nominates four "Simpsons" episodes
Four episodes of Fox's "The Simpsons" have been nominated for the Writers Guild of America Awards, while the series itself was nominated in the comedy category.

Nominations for the WGA Awards in TV categories were announced Monday. Movie screenplay nomina
Boldtions will be announced January 7.

episodes nominated in the animation category are "Apocalypse Cow" (written by Jeff Westbrook), "The Debarted" (Joel H. Cohen), "E Pluribus Wiggum" (Michael Price) and "Homer and Lisa ExchBoldange Cross Words" (Tim Long)

Also up for animation honors are the
King of the Hill episodes "Life: A Loser's Manual" (written by Dan McGrath) and "Strangeness on a Train" (written by Jim Dauterive).

The Simpsons in the comedy category are live-action shows 30 Rock, Entourage, The Office and Weeds.

In the category of television graphic animation, all three nominees are from CBS. Up for an WGA Award are
"Coverage of PGA Golf" (David Keller), "Three Animations" (Monica DiNatale Eureyecko) and "Medical Animations" (CBS Evening News)
(David Rosen).

The WGA will announce the winners February 7 during simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.

Animation Guild holds open house Friday in Burbank

The Animation Guild's holiday open house party will take place Friday night, December 12 in the Royal Crest Room of Pickwick Gardens, 100 West Riverside Drive in Burbank, California.

Open to the community of animation and the community of labor, it'll run from 7 p.m. to midnight. No RSVPs are necessary.

There'll be live music and hosted well drinks. Hors d'oeuvres are free, as is attended parking.

Voluntary contributions to the Motion Picture and Television Fund ( will be collected. Plan to pay by check made out to Motion Picture and Television Fund if you want a receipt.

Please party responsibly and arrange for a designated driver.

Call The Animation Guild at (818) 766-7151 if you have any questions.

Bugs Dies 1 - McKimson - Disney Principles - solid drawing

More from John K on solid drawing -

Here is more solid drawing and direct animation, with no reliance on tricks by Bob McKimson.

Note how all the wrinkles wrap around the characters' forms, and in perspective when they tilt their heads.

McKimson animated the best death scenes. All very subtle, carefully drawn and animated stuff.

McKimson always said that the WB artists took their lead from Disney, but except for the good drawing, this is nothing like Disney. McKimson had his own way of animating that was just very direct and to the point.

A Century of Stop-Motion Animation

Has anybody gotten their hands on this book yet? A Century of Stop-Motion Animation: From Melies to Aardman is co-authored by animation legend Ray Harryhausen and film historian Tony Dalton. It looks very comprehensive both text-wise and image-wise. A potentially valuable addition to animation libraries.

(Thanks, Ken Priebe)

(Thanks cartoonbrew)

The Flinstones on Broadway

And you thought the live action movies were the end of it? Think again!

I don’t know how I missed this news item buried in a story about writer Marco Pennette (Ugly Betty) in Daily Variety last Tuesday:

Pennette also is expanding to stage: Scribe is close to signing on to write the book for a musical based on “The Flintstones.” The legit production, aimed at Broadway, will come from Warner Bros. Theater Ventures. Pennette was brought in by Jeff Marx, who’s writing the music and lyrics with Jake Anthony. Gary Griffin is directing. Pennette’s script will rely on contemporary issues: Wilma, for example, mulls leaving Fred because he still acts too much like a caveman and hasn’t adapted to more modern ways. Barney and Betty tackle fertility issues before deciding to adopt. Musical will also tackle global warming — but in this case, as “The Flintstones” takes place before the ice age, the characters will confront “global cooling.”

Broadway has truly run of of ideas.

(Thanks cartoonbrew)

Marshall and Kennedy Update "Tintin" and "The Last Airbender" Status

Producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy took some time during promotions for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to talk about some of the other projects they're working on. Kennedy confirmed that the Tintin movies to be directed by Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg are still in progress and still planned to be a trilogy, with the director of the third film expected to be one of the pair.

Marshall noted that his next producing project will be The Last Airbender, the live-action adaptation of Nickelodeon's Avatar the Last Airbender
animated series to be directed by M. Night Shymalan. According to the report, the movie is set to begin production in March .

Academy Reverses Decision on Dark Knight Score!

Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard are back in contention for an Oscar nomination, reports Variety.

The Music Branch Executive Committee of the Academy has reversed its Nov. 10 decision declaring their score for The Dark Knight ineligible for the 2008 Academy Awards.

The score was disqualified due to five names being listed as composers on the music cue sheet.

After reviewing information submitted by the affected parties, the committee concluded that two, Zimmer and Howard, were responsible for the score's authorship.

Menu Screens From Recent "Superman Doomsday: Special Edition" DVD Release

The World's Finest has a look at various menu screens from the recent Superman Doomsday: Two-Disc Special Edition release.

Click on the thumbnails below for a closer look at assorted menu screens from the recent Superman Doomsday: Two-Disc Special Edition release.

For a closer look at this release, check out the Superman Doomsday subsite here at The World's Finest. Superman Doomsday: Two-Disc Special Edition was released on DVD on November 25th, 2008. A similar edition was also released onto Blu-ray.

Official "Wonder Woman" Premiere Date, New Images From Upcoming Feature

Warner Home Video has sent new images and a press release highlighting the official premiere for the upcoming direct-to-video Wonder Woman animated feature.

Press Release:


Big Screen Debut Precedes March 3, 2009 Street Date for Availability
on DVD, Blu-ray, OnDemand, Pay-Per-View & Digital Download

Wonder Woman, the highly-anticipated fourth entry in the DC Universe animated original movie series, will receive a big screen premiere at New York Comic Con on February 6, 2009 in the IGN Theater at the Javits Center. The 8:30 p.m. screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring members of the film's cast and crew.

Presented by Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Animation and DC Comics, the all-new Wonder Woman animated original movie will be distributed by Warner Home Video on March 3, 2009. Wonder Woman will be available as a Single Disc DVD, 2-Disc Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The animated original movie will also be available OnDemand and Pay-Per-View, as well as available for download day and date, March 3, 2009.

Produced by the multiple Emmy(R) Award winning animation legend Bruce Timm, Wonder Woman is an origin story and features a stellar celebrity voice cast including Keri Russell (Waitress, Felicity), Nathan Fillion (Desperate Housewives), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Virginia Madsen (Sideways), Rosario Dawson (Sin City), Oliver Platt (The West Wing) and David McCallum (NCIS).

In addition to the premiere, New York Comic Con welcomes Bruce Timm as a Guest of Honor. Timm joins previously-announced Guests of Honor including Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, George Perez, J. Michael Straczynski, and Michael Uslan.

Warner Premiere, Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) and DC Comics, began the production and distribution of "DC Universe," a series of original, animated PG-13 movies in July 2006. This original made for DVD movie is part of the DC Universe series of animated PG-13 films written and directed by acclaimed comic book creators and animators and featuring recognizable talent. WHV will be the exclusive worldwide home entertainment distributor for all DC Universe movies, which will include a slate of 2-3 action-packed films per year. Superman Doomsday, Justice League: The New Frontier and Batman: Gotham Knight were the first DC Universe original animated movies. Other DC properties with films in development include Batman, Superman, Justice League, Green Lantern and The Flash.

About Warner Premiere:
Warner Premiere is Warner Bros. Entertainment's direct-to-consumer production company focused on the development, production and marketing of feature-length content, as well as short form digital content for the growing home entertainment market. Warner Premiere is committed to being at the creative forefront in the evolution of quality product in the direct-to-DVD business and the digital space, creating material that exemplifies the commitment to story, production and brand equity for which Warner Bros. is known.

About Warner Bros. Animation:
Warner Bros. Animation has been producing award-winning original animation since 1930, when it released its first cartoon, "Sinkin' in the Bathtub." Since then, Warner Bros. Animation's characters have set the standard for innovative, quality animation. Producing for network and cable television, online, home entertainment and feature films both domestically and internationally, Warner Bros. Animation is highly respected for its creative and technical excellence, as well as maintaining the studio's rich cartoon heritage. Warner Bros. Animation also oversees the creative use of, and production of animated programming based on classic animated characters from the Hanna-Barbera and DC Comics libraries. Warner Bros. Animation is one of the most honored animation studios in history, garnering a grand total of six Academy Awards(R), 35 Emmy(R) Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents' Choice Award, a Humanitas Award, two Prism Awards and 20 Annie Awards (honoring excellence in animation).

About Warner Home Video:
With operations in 90 international territories Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Video and New Line Home Entertainment.

About DC Comics:
DC Comics, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world and home to such iconic characters as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Sandman. These DC Super Heroes and others have starred in comic books, movies, television series (both animated and live-action) and cyberspace, thrilling audiences of all ages for generations. DC Comics' Web site is located at

WONDER WOMAN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and (c) DC Comics.

About New York Comic Con:
New York Comic Con is the East Coast's biggest and most exciting popular culture convention. Its show floor plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. Its panels and autograph sessions give fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators. Its screening rooms feature sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either big or small screens. And with dedicated professional hours, New York Comic Con is a market place, bringing together the major players in the entertainment industry. New York Comic Con is the second largest pop culture convention in America and the only one that takes place in the comic book, publishing, media, and licensing capital of the world -- Gotham City. Further information can be found at

Please visit the film's official website at

The direct-to-video Wonder Woman animated feature hits DVD and Blu-ray on March 3rd, 2009.

New "Batman: The Brave And The Bold" Images, Information On Upcoming Episodes

Cartoon Network has provided new information and images on this week's new episodes of Batman: The Brave and The Bold.

Cartoon Network has released images for the next new episode of Batman: The Brave and The Bold, titled "Invasion of the Secret Santas!." The new episode will air this Friday at 8pm (ET) on Cartoon Network. The episode introduces Red Tornado and the villainous Fun Haus to the action-packed series. The character of Red Tornado will be a recurring hero and will be voiced by award-winning Corey Burton (Superman: The Animated Series), while Gary Anthony Williams (Boston Legal, Reno 911!) guest stars as Fun Haus.

To get a closer look at the fifteen new images officially provided by the network, click on the thumbnail below.

The network has also provided a new synopsis for the episode, as seen below.

"Invasion of the Secret Santas"
In this week’s episode, the evil Fun Haus plans to steal Christmas with his army of robot Santas and killer toys including Dynamite Dolly and the Presto Play Pals! Red Tornado teams up with Batman to save the day and in the process, finds his holiday spirit. In our weekly teaser, Batman and Blue Beetle throw Sportsmaster a perfect strike when he sets up a deadly game with human bowling pins at the alley!

Batman: The Brave and The Bold "Invasion of the Secret Santas!" airs this Friday at 8pm (ET) on Cartoon Network.

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