Finalists Set for Cartoon d’Or Prize
The European Association of Animation Film has named five finalists for the 2009 Cartoon d’Or prize for the best European animated short film.
Chosen from a field of 29 candidates — all of them winners of awards at one of 11 partner festivals — the winner will be announced Sept. 24 at Cartoon Forum in Stavangar, Norway.
• Aston’s Stones, directed by Uzi and Lotta Geffenblad, Sweden
• Party Animals, Merwan Chabane, France
• Madagascar, carnet de voyage, Bastien Dubois, France
• Please Say Something, David O’Reilly, Germany-Ireland
• Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death, Nick Park, United Kingdom
The finalists will get the chance to present their film at Cartoon Forum, which is set for Sept. 22-25. The winner will be decided by a jury made of up directors Serge Elissalde, Tomm Moore and Kari Juusonen and will receive funding for his or her next animation project.
(Thanks Animation Magazine)
Latin America Strikes Naruto Deals
A new wave of Naruto anime is coming to Latin America, with rights-holder VIZ media making a broadcast deal with Cartoon Network Latin America and a DVD deal in Brazil with PlayArte Pictures.
Cartoon Network Latin America’s deal includes the second season of the popular series, as well as the feature film Naruto: The Movie — Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow and Naruto: “The Lost Story” Mission — Protect the Waterfall Village!
Season two of the series, which includes more than 50 episodes, will begin airing this month, as will Protect the Waterfall Village! The feature film has yet to be scheduled.
Cartoon Network Latin America broadcasts in English, Portuguese and Spanish throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
The home video deal in Brazil will the second season released in the second half of the year on double-sided DVDs that feature the dubbed version on one side and the original Japanese version with subtitles on the other.
(Thanks Animation Magazine)
Zamm to Direct Hong Kong Phooey Movie
Alex Zamm is set to direct Alcon Entertainment’s movie version of Hong Kong Phooey, a popular 1970s Saturday-morning cartoon series produced by Hanna-Barbera.
Zamm’s credits include the video features Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts and Inspector Gadget 2.
The film will be a mix of live action and animation, with the script by David Goodman, an executive producer on Family Guy, reports Variety.
Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove, both of Alcon, are producing the film along with X-Men: The Last Stand director Brett Ratner and Jay Stern.
The series, which featured Scatman Crothers in the lead role, was about a dog working as a police-station janitor who would jump into a filing cabinet and transform into a kung-fu superhero.
(Thanks Animation Magazine)
Upcoming in North America
Madhouse's Masao Maruyama will be offering a preview of the Marvel Anime at San Diego Comic-Con. The studio behind anime like Ninja Scroll and Black Lagoon will be producing series featuring Marvel characters such as Iron Man and Wolverine,
At Anime Expo, Production I.G confirmed that they will be involved with shows from Kite's Yasuyoi Umetsu and Ergo Proxy's Murase Shukou in an animated omnibus tied to EA's Dante's Inferno game.
4Kids has posted "Sonic X Subtitled - Enter the Supersonic Hero Preview" - "This is a work-in-progress clip from an episode of Japanese language subtitled Sonic X. 4Kids TV wants to do more..."
The Astonishing Work of Tezuka Osamu will be released July 28, 2009 for $29.95
The DVD features
1. Tales of the Street Corner / 1962 / 16:9 / 39:04 / English Subtitles
2. Male / 1962 / 4:3 / 03:09 / English Subtitles
3. Memory / 1964 / 4:3 / 05:40 / English Subtitles
4. Mermaid / 1964 / 4:3 / 08:17 / No Dialog
5. The Drop / 1965 / 4:3 / 04:18 / No Dialog
6. Pictures at an Exhibition / 1966 / 16:9 / 32:56 / No dialog
7. The Genesis / 1968 / 4:3 / 04:02 / English Subtitles / B&W
8. Jumping / 1984 / 4:3 / 06:22 / No Dialog
9. Broken Down Film / 1985 / 4:3 / 05:42 / No Dialog / B&W
10. Push / 1987 / 4:3 / 04:16 / English Subtitles
11. Muramasa / 1987 / 16:9 / 08:42 / No Dialog
12. Legend of the Forest / 1987 / 16:9 / 29:25 / No Dialog
13. Self Portrait / 1988 / 0.13 / No Dialog
Also includes: Interview with Tezuka / 1986 / 4:3 / 18:19 / English Subtitles
Known as the god of manga and the father of anime, Tezuka Osamu (1928 - 1989) has created hundreds of comics, dozens of films, and even some television series (including such internationally beloved shows as ASTRO BOY and KIMBA THE WHITE LION.) His pioneering, unparalleled career is without rival for its extraordinary range of visual styles. Included in this set are some of Osamu s most legendary works, including Pictures at an Exhibition and Legend of the Forest. The former combines 10 individual short vignettes to create stunning visual riffs on classic fine art. But the 30-minute Legend of the Forest is the animator s masterpiece. An epic of forest faeries, sprites, wizards, and animals defending themselves against greedy industrialists bent on destroying nature, the film stylistically traces the evolution of animation from 19th-century etchings, to Disney and Fleischer cartoons, to contemporary anime. The animation in Legend of the Forest is as ravishing and inventive as anything seen in Disney s Fantasia. Kimstim and Kino are proud to release this astonishingly imaginative collection of Osamu s 13 most innovative pieces, many of which are the master s own personal favorites.
For more, see Kino's YouTube channel
Warner Home Video
Peanuts Holiday Collection has been repriced to $39.99. It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and A Charlie Brown Christmas have been repriced to $19.97 each
I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown will be released October 6th for $19.98
Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1960's Volume 2 and Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1970's Volume 2 will be released on October 2nd. The 2disc set retail for $26.99 each
Superman Batman: Public Enemies will be released on September 29th
The single DVD version retails for $19.98, the two disc special edition sells for $24.98 and the Blu-ray sells for $29.99
Upcoming in Japan
Images Of The Delayed Ponyo 9-Disc Box Set
Yana Toboso's manga Kuroshitsuji, about an demonic butler living in England, will run in the Yen Plus anthology as "Black Butler"
Upcoming in Japan
Trigun: The Movie (from Anime Expo)
Darker Than Black 2
To - a Fumihiko Sori (Vexille) adaptation of Yukinobu Hoshino's sci-fi manga 2001 Nights
Electro-magnetic Girlfriend ~Happiness Game~
Macross Frontier The Movie Teaser Poster and Trailer
Yona Yona Penguin The Rintaro, Madhouse CG kids' movie
Sora to Otoshimono
Tatakau Shisho ~ The Book of Bantorra
According to ANN, Production I.G responded to questions about the possibility of more Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex anime saying they expect the project to happen, but that the director is currently tied up in other projects.
Yoshiyuki Tomino will be helming a Ring of Gundam short, produced for the franchise's 30th anniversary
Reader GodMars DX notes that August Newtype is reporting that 60% of the animation in the Macross F will be new.
Along with this comes new music, new costumes, and new super parts for the VF-25's.
As part of this year's Jump Super Anime Tour an anime adaptation of strange eating comedy Toriko will be joined by One Piece: The Movie footage and shorts of Naruto, Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, Yu-Gi-Oh! 10th Special, and Tegami Bachi.
Anime Expo keynotes Austin Osueke on Manga in a Struggling Economy
Shawne Kleckner on the state of the Anime Industry
The live action Blood: The Last Vampire opened at #23 in the box office with a take of $103,000 from a 20 theatre run.
The Japanese TV broadcast of Evangelion drew an 12.7% rating. For comparison, AnimeNation notes the following anime movie TV broadcasts -
Spirited Away (first TV broadcast) 46.9%
Princess Mononoke (first TV broadcast) 35.1%
Howl’s Moving Castle (first TV broadcast) 32.9%
Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind (ninth TV broadcast) 23.3%
My Neighbor Totoro (ninth TV broadcast) 23.0%
Castle in the Sky, Laputa (ninth TV broadcast) 22.2%
Ged Senki 16.4%
Miyori no Mori 15.8%
Brave Story 13.9%
According to a new report by Research & Markets, the animation market in India is estimated to be worth $460 million in 2008 and is expected to reach $1,192 billion by 2012.
Worth Checking Out
Disney's Ponyo site is live
80's animation magazine cereal:geek has unveiled the cover for issue five. The magazine will go to the printers in the next two weeks and be on sale soon thereafter. UK readers can get it from the site, or Orbital Comics in London. US and overseas customers can purchase the magazine from Graham Crackers Comics
The trailer for Evangelion 1.0 is Apple Quicktime's trailer site
The AP spoke to Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino about Gundam's 30th anniversary
"Gundam has presented many propositions that we face today in the real world," said Yoshiyuki Tomino, the TV show's executive director. "It will certainly live on for many years to come, perhaps another 50 years."
Otaku2 offers a second opinion on Evangelion 2.0
New Zealand Herald profiles Hayao Miyazaki
The New York Times on his upcoming visit
On Cartoon Brew, Jerry Beck on Ponyo
A look at Miyazaki's rough work as presented in "The Art of Kiki's Delivery Service: A Film by Hayao Miyazaki"
The Anime Network spoke to Sword of the Stranger director Masahiro Ando
Ponyo premiere photos
Felix Ip Astro Boy art and more - also Gatchaman - and more
The Art of Tokyo Godfathers - Satoshi Kon
One Domestic/Overseas Animated Feature
Hulett's theory of big feature animation being done in the U.S. of A. by the entertainment conglomerates? There are a couple of exceptions.
One, of course, is Happy Feet, produced and released by Warner Bros. and animated in Australia. The other is Despicable Me ...
DM is being made by Illumination Entertainment, former Fox exec Chris Meladandri's company that is headquartered, as I understand it, in Santa Monica, and underwritten by Universal-GE.
Illumination is going the overseas route to get the picture done, animating Despicable Me in France at an existing studio rather than setting up a facility of its own, boarding the feature in L.A. and elsewhere. How successful this approach will be, I do not know. But when the picture comes out Universal will no doubt put advertising muscle behind it in hopes that Despicable Me breaks into the top tier of animated box office grossers.
(Thanks Animation Guild Blog)
"Iron Man: Armored Adventures" Coming to DVD & Blu-Ray
Tvshowsondvd.com reports that Genius Entertainment is planning to release Volume 1 of the hit Nicktoons series Iron Man: Armored Adventures to DVD and Blu-Ray on October 20, 2009. The first volume will contain the first 6 episodes of the series dealing with a young Tony Stark who design the high-tech armor, and finds out who attacked his father.
"South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut" Blu-ray Coming Soon
Paramount announced that it plans to bring the 1999 theatrical feature, South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut to Blu-ray on 10/13/09. Special features will include commentary with Matt Stone and Trey Parker, a "What Would Brian Boitano Do" music video, and three theatrical trailers in HD.
SDCC09: Full Con Programming Available; "Avatar" Co-Creators Signing
The San Diego Comic-Con International has made the full programming schedule available for the con. Schedules for Friday July 24, Saturday July 25, and Sunday July 26 have been added to the Thursday schedule; animation fans may want to restrict the plethora of choices to the Animation category and pretend none of the other cool stuff exists.
In addition, a report on AvatarSpirit.net states that Avatar the Last Airbender co-creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko will be hosting a signing at SDCC on Friday, July 24, from 4:00 - 6:00 PM. The signing will be in support of a new documentary on the making of the TV series. Select fans will record "testimonials" about the show for the documentary, and Avatar cosplayers and prop makers are also being encouraged to show up to the con on Saturday.
Natalie Portman joins cast of Marvel's Thor
Natalie Portman, no stranger to sci-fi and comic-based movies, is reportedly joining the cast of Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Marvel's Thor opposite Star Trek's Chris Hemsworth.
Here's how The Hollywood Reporter carries the news:
Portman has been cast to star as Jane Foster, who in early comic-book lore was a nurse who became Thor's first love. The studio said the character will be updated for the feature adaptation.
Chris Hemsworth is already cast as Thor. Tom Hiddleston is Loki, the god of mischief who serves as the movie's villain. ...
Principal photography for the film is set for early 2010. The film will be released in the U.S. on May 20, 2011, distributed by Paramount Pictures.
The casting of Portman calls into question earlier reports that the movie would be set almost entirely in the supernatural world of Thor and the Norse gods.
Portman, of course, is perhaps best known for playing Amidala in the Star Wars prequels, but she also played a memorable heroine in the adaptation of Alan Moore's V for Vendetta.