San Diego Comic Con: Animation Programming

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They’ve just posted the complete schedule of programming for the San Diego Comic Con, July 26-29. Below I’ve extracted the animation related programming highlights – this is by no means the only programming of interest to our readers (we highly recommend Mark Evanier’s comics history panels, for one), nor does this represent a complete listing of all animation related activities. You’re advised to plan ahead and check the full schedule yourself.

Thursday

11:30-12:30 Nickelodeon: Making Fiends An animated web series which is becoming a new Nicktoon. A panel and sneak peek with creator Amy Winfrey. Moderated by Claudia Spinelli, executive in charge for Nickelodeon. Room 2

12:30-1:30 Cartoon Network: Ed, Edd & Eddy: The Final Goodbye Danny Antonucci, the creator of the show says goodbye. Joining him are Samuel Vincent (voice of Edd), Peter Kelamis (voice of Rolf), Janyse Jaud (voice of Sarah, Lee Kanker), Scott “Diggs� Underwood (storyboard director), and “Big Jim� Miller (storyboard director). Room 1AB

huckhead.jpg2:45-3:45 Hanna Barbera Retrospective A look back at the lives and times of two of the greatest characters in the history of animation, Bill Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Animation author/historian Tom Sito moderates a panel that includes voice director Andrea Romano, actor Gary Owens (Space Ghost), author Michael Mallory, plus animators Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone who will discuss Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale, Joe Barbera’s final animated project. Room 6B

popeyehead.jpg4:00-5:00 Popeye: Well Blow Me Down! Discussing the new Warner Bros. DVD collection, Popeye The Sailor 1933–1938 Volume 1. Panelists include King Features exec Frank Caruso, cartoonist Stephen DeStefano, cartoon historian Jerry Beck, and others. Room 6B

5:00-6:00 Cartoon Network Sneak Peek A behind-the-scenes look at Cartoon Network’s newest project. Room 3

5:00-6:00 Bill Plympton Goes to the Dark Side Plympton will screen a couple of his brand new shorts, including Shuteye Hotel, and then show selected clips from his newest film, Idiots and Angels. A Q&A session will follow. Room 5AB

magoohead.jpg6:00-7:00 UPA: Mavericks, Magic, and Magoo Tee Bosustow, son of UPA founder Stephen Bosustow, looks at the lasting legacy of his father’s studio, UPA, with screenings of rare films and commercials and footage from his upcoming documentary on the studio. Long-time UPA animator Fred Crippen, creator of Roger RamJet, joins the panel. Room 3

7:15-8:45 The Pixar Story: To Infinity and Beyond – a the latest film by Oscar nominated documentary director Leslie Iwerks. Room 6CDEF

8:30-10:30 Superman Doomsday – the world premiere of Warner Bros. Animation’s made-for-DVD movie with panelists Bruce Timm, writer Duane Capizzi and members of the voice cast. Ballroom 20

Friday
10:30-11:30 Pixar Short Films
Three of Disney/Pixar’s most talented filmmakers, Ralph Eggelston (For the Birds), Andrew Jimenez (One Man Band), and Gary Rydstrom (Lifted) discuss the studio’s short films, with a Q&A session to follow. Room 6CDEF

1:30-2:30 Nickelodeon’s The Mighty B! A sneak peek at The Mighty B!, a brand new Nicktoon with co-creators Cynthia True and Erik Wiese as they screen the pilot episode. Art director Seonna Hong will join the Q&A moderated by Nick exec Claudia Spinelli. Room 2

2:30-3:30 Filmation Spotlight A panel with legendary Filmation founder Lou Scheimer, voice actress Erika Scheimer (She-Ra’s Frosta and Loo-Kee), actor and SF legend Bob Burns, animation director Tom Tataranowicz, voice actor Ron Dante (lead singer of The Archies) and actors from Filmation’s live action. Room 5AB

3:30-4:30 American Dad Seth MacFarlane and the entire cast of American Dad (Wendy Schaal, Rachael MacFarlane, Scott Grimes and Dee Bradley Baker) will read an episode live with exec producers Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman. Room 6CDEF

batmanhead.jpg4:15-5:45 Warner Bros. Animation: The Batman/Legion of Super-Heroes Supervising producer Alan Burnett (The Batman), producer-director Michael Goguen (Batman: The Animated Series), producer James Tucker (Justice League Unlimited), director Brandon Vietti (Superman Doomsday), and story editor/writer Michael Jelenic (The Batman) will be joined on the panel by voice cast members. Room 6B

5:00-6:00 Pitching an Animated Show Eric Coleman, VP animation, development & production at Nickelodeon; Heather Kenyon, senior director of development original animation for Cartoon Network; Jill Stewart, manager, original series, Disney Channel Animation, as well as creators Jorge R. Gutierrez (El Tigre) and Gabe Swarr (Big Pants Mouse), moderated by animation writer/creator Jon M. Gibson. Room 3CDEF

6:00-8:00 Ray Harryhausen and 20 Million Miles to Earth Stop-motion animation genius Ray Harryhausen will speak briefly, answer a few questions, then do live commentary while the film 20 Million Miles to Earth is screened. He’ll also answer more questions as the screening proceeds. Room 6B

6:30-7:30 The Chiodo Bros: Stop-Motion Animation in the Computer Age The Chiodo Bros. look at the surprising changes that computer technology has brought to stop motion. Room 5AB

titanhead.jpg9:15-10:15 Worst Cartoons Ever! Brewmaster Jerry Beck presents all-new, all awful, all-hilarious episodes of audience favorites Mighty Mr. Titan (the physical fitness superhero), Rocket Robin Hood (a spandex-clad space cadet), and Super President (a nuclear-powered weapon of mass destruction) and even more stuff you won’t believe. Room 6CDEF

Saturday
10:30-11:30 Into the Fire Nation: Nickelodeon’s Avatar Season 3 Sneak Peek
Series creator Bryan Konietzko and director Joaquim Dos Santos (Justice League), head writer Aaron Ehasz (Futurama) and voice-over actor Dee Baker (Appa and Momo). Moderated by Eric Coleman, VP/executive producer. Room 6A

10:30-12:00 Animation Writers Caucus: Holy Bleep, Batman! or Censorship and Animation What can’t you say in a cartoon? What can’t you show? Why? Who says? Writers and producers of animated television series tell tales out of school about what they didn’t get to do and what they got away, in a panel sponsored by the Writers Guild of America’s Animation Writers Caucus. Featuring panelists Alan Burnett (Batman), Aaron Ehasz (Avatar), Eric Kaplan (The Drinky Crow Show), Craig Miller (Curious George), and Patric Verrone (Futurama). Room 8

homerhead.jpg10:45-12:00 The Simpsons Meet Matt Groening, Al Jean, David Mirkin, Matt Selman, Michael Price, David Silverman, Matt Warburton, Don Payne, and Yeardley Smith (voice of Lisa Simpson). Moderated by Bill Morrison. Hall H

11:30-12:30 BET Animation Reggie Hudlin (president, BET) and Denys Cowan (senior VP, BET Animation), share their vision for this new venture. Room 5AB

12:00-1:15 Cartoon Voices 1 Mark Evanier hosts his yearly panel with some of the greatest voice talent in the cartoon business. Today’s panel includes Neil Ross (GI Joe), Wally Wingert (Invader Zim), Kathy Garver (Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends), Will Ryan (Disney voice artist), and more. Room 6B

1:30-2:30 Family Guy Creator/star Seth MacFarlane, showrunner/executive producer David A. Goodman and the creative team behind Fox’s sucessful animated comedy. Room 6CDEF

2:00-3:00 State of the Animation Industry Industry experts assess the year in animation and take a look at the future. Panelists include Tim Johnson (co-director, Over the Hedge), Bill Plympton (independent animator extraordinaire), Sarah Baisley (editor, Animation World Network), Aki Umemoto (creative director, Mattel for 25 years and currently creative director of Base Station), Stephen Chiodo (Chiodo Bros. Studio), Aubry Mantz (formerly of ILM, chair of animation at Laguna College of Art & Design), and Kent Braun (DigiCel animation software). Room 8

2:15-4:00 WALL•E – Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo) introduces Pixar’s newest star, WALL•E. Stanton and sound designer Ben Burtt (Star Wars) present a first look at Disney·Pixar’s next animated adventure! Hall H

2:30-4:00 Scott Shaw!: Oddball Comics Room 5AB

2:45-4:00 Cartoon Network: Class of 3000/My Gym Partner’s a Monkey – Tommy Lynch and Joe Horn, the men behind Class of 3000, talk about the upcoming season and answer questions. Also Tom Kenny (voice of Philly Phil) and the man himself, Andre Benjamin will appear. Plus, the creators and lead writer of My Gym Partner’s a Monkey, Tim Cahill, Julie McNally Cahill, and Tom Sheppard will fill you in on what’s new for the coming season. Plus, a sneak peek of the upcoming show Flapjack. Room 6A

futuramahead.jpg3:30-4:30 Futurama Matt Groening is proud to announce the long-awaited return of the animated sci-fi comedy classic Futurama! Matt and executive producer David X. Cohen will be on the dais, accompanied by writer Ken Keeler, animation directors Peter Avanzino and Dwayne Carey-Hill, and for the first time together on stage in any universe, actors Billy West (Fry), Katey Sagal (Leela), John DiMaggio (Bender), and Maurice LaMarche (Kif Kroker)! The cast and crew will entertain your questions and present a sneak peek at Bender’s Big Score! in glorious wide-screen format! Moderated by Bill Morrison. Ballroom 20

6:00-7:00 Drawing the Line: The Untold Story of the Animation Unions – Author/animator Tom Sito discusses the secrets behind the animation labor movement, from his new book, Drawing the Line. Room 4

6:30-7:30 The Animation Production Process – What goes into bringing an animated script to screen? Producers Stephanie Graziano (X-Men: The Animated Series), Tad Stones (Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms), and Greg Weisman (Spectacular Spider-Man) take you behind the scenes and into the trenches. Moderated by Shannon Muir, management coordinator at Animation World Network. Room 3

Sunday
10:45-11:45 El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera – Creators and co-executive producers Jorge Gutierrez and Sandra Equihua and supervising director Dave Thomas offer an inside look at what’s coming up this fall on their hit series El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera. Then, sit back and laugh as you enjoy a live table read of a never-before-seen episode El Tigre, featuring series leads Alana Ubach (voice of Manny), Grey DeLisle (voice of Frida), Eric Bauza (voice of Rodolfo), and Carlos Alazraqui (voice of Granpapi).Room 6B

12:00-1:15 Cartoon Voices II – Back for more with some of the greatest voice talent in cartoons today! Moderator Mark Evanier talks with Tom Kenny (Spongebob Squarepants), Michael Bell (Rugrats), Gregg Berger (Transformers), Joe Alaskey (Duck Dodgers), and others in this second installment. Room 6B

1:30-2:30 Cartoon Network: Ben-10 – Creator Alex Soto answers the questions you’ve been dying to know. Meagan Smith (voice of Gwen) will be on hand to liven things up. Room 6B


  • http://stephansolarchive.blogspot.com Stephan

    *sigh* Wish I could go :(

  • intergalactic

    Wish I could clone myslef so I could go to all of these panles!!!

    And then I could have my clone stand in-line, and get free swag, and buy me a $10 hot dog!!!

    COMIC-CON!!!!!

  • Richard

    This looks SO cool! I am overly glad that I’m going.

  • http://rockitpack.blogspot.com :: smo ::

    wow thanks!!! i’ll be there and this stuff all looks awesome!!! it’s nice to be able to have a plan before jumping in!

  • http://www.louiedelcarmen.com Louie del Carmen

    I’m all over that WALL-E panel!

  • http://classicanimation.blogspot.com Thad Komorowski

    See youse all at Popeye and Worst Ever (and maybe Wall-E – I want to see if it’s as bad as it looks).

  • http://www.fpsmagazine.com Kino Kid

    Now that I’ve rolled my tongue back into my mouth: Wow.

  • http://www.imdb.com Jon Reeves

    Anyone going should definitely look at the full schedule as well; there’s lots more animation stuff not mentioned above. A few from Friday alone:
    10:30/2: Writers of Shin Chan
    11:45/6B: Farewell to Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
    12:45/6CDEF: The Spectacular Spider-Man
    13:30/1AB: Robot Chicken Star Wars sets and toys
    16:30/3: Treasures from the ASIFA vault
    16:45/6A: The Boondocks S2 preview
    19:45/6CDEF: Doctor Strange screening/panel
    22:15/6CDEF: Spike & Mike

  • http://www.sfs.org.sg/animation2007 dav

    boy I’m envious. Too bad I can’t go this year.

  • http://www.bigkidz.com.au An-Marie Denham

    Waaaahhh, why do I live in Australia?!

  • Steve Gattuso

    Don’t forget that ASIFA-Hollywood will again have a booth this year, #5434. That’s the same location as last time, against the front wall in the IP Pavillion. We’re holding another Animation Jam this year, and a number of the programs Jerry and Jon Reeves have mentioned are being put on by us.

    Here we go again, folks!

  • Jill

    Cynthia True wrote some of the worst of the Fairly Odd Parents episodes. I’m passing on “Mighty B”.

    But the new season of Avatar YEAH!!!! I can’t wait!!!

    And since when is El Tigre a hit???

    Think Matt Groening and Seth McFarlane will have a slap-fight? I’d pay to see that. I’d bet a moldy doughnut on Groening. I’d bet actual money if the South Park guys showed up.

    Looks like a great lineup. I’ll try to hit more booths this year.

  • http://mytoons.com Raleigh

    Wow the lineup looks great for Animation this year. MyToons.com will be there to represent for sure.

  • Chris

    aww somebody better film the Futurama preview! As I cannot go :(

  • http://www.heroclix-game.com/heroclix-blog/ Leonidas

    Really good Post, thanks!

  • http://home.comcast.net/~joe.thacker the great unknown

    went last year (check my journal at my website) 1st in line for preview!
    heard the SD con cent. is at max. cap.
    Hate how G4 never includes animation in their con coverage.