Genndy Tartakovsky (creator of SAMURAI JACK and DEXTER’S LABORATORY) has been signed by Sony Pictures to write and direct a live-action version of Osamu Tezuka’s ASTROBOY. (source: AWN)
While I already have a pretty firm grasp of the concepts of “up” and “down,” I’m still going to buy THE UP AND DOWN BOOK when it’s released in August. That’s because this is a reprinting of Mary Blair’s hard-to-find last illustrated book, originally published in the Sixties.
Here’s more proof that there’s life after Disney.Raul Garcia, who was an animator at Disney on most of their major features of the past decade-and-a-half, including ALADDIN, LION KING, POCAHONTAS and HERCULES, is currently directing his own animated feature SIAN KA’AN. The Spanish-themed film is being produced by Puerto Rico-based Muvi Films. A unique aspect of the film is that the dialogue is being recorded in both English and Spanish by a bilingual cast, which includes Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Michelle Rodriguez, Placido Domingo and Cheech Marin. This means that the film won’t have to be redubbed by different actors when it receives release in Spanish-speaking countries.
Raul’s been telling me about this film for a while, so I was pleased to see his project receive some press in this month’s issue of FLAUNT (#54). The image comes from the one-page piece in the mag, although it’s not exactly a production still because the two guys in it are caricatures of producer/co-star Rafael Monserrate and Raul Garcia (far right). SIAN KA’AN will be released in summer 2005.
“The 2-D business is coming to an end, just like black and white came to an end.” – Michael Eisner (June 2, 2004)
Eisner has been known to occasionally enjoy speaking in code. By “the 2-D business” Mikey actually meant “my job,” and when he said “black and white,” that was his code for “every other incompetent Hollywood executive’s job.”
The April 2004 edition of ASIFA-East’s newsletter, “aNYmator”, had a great piece by ASIFA-East president David Levy on the realities of pitching shows. As someone who has pitched shows, sold shows, been an exec taking pitches, etc. I can confirm that David has nailed it in this article. Unfortunately it’s all true.ASIFA-Hollywood has posted Levy’s article, “Life’s A Pitch” on its website. It’s worth reading.
A few months ago, I expressed some bewilderment about United Airlines’ new animated ad campaign. Now here’s another OPINION from Slate.com where the writer initially dislikes the ads, but later changes his mind because “The animation techniques, the stories, and the song all foster an upscale mood – of confidence, expansiveness, elegance, optimism.” For further reading about United’s animated foray, here’s a STORY from USA TODAY. (Links via Deneroff.com)