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SDCC ’09: The Animation Panels (Thursday and Friday)

Here is the first of Cartoon Brew’s guides to the 2009 San Diego Comic Con. These are only my recommended animation panels for Thursday July 23rd and Friday July 24th. This listing does not include all the animation panels, nor any comic book and movie panels, nor most of Mark Evanier’s panels (which I highly recommend), nor events in the dealers room (which I will post later), or any of the parties.

I’ll be back with the animation events scheduled for Saturday and Sunday later this week. Click these links for a complete line up of Comic Con events: All Thursday panels • All Friday panels • Just Animation Panels


10:15-11:15 Astro Boy The all-new CG-animated feature film based on the classic manga with director David Bowers, producer Maryanne Grager, and stars Freddie Highmore (Astro Boy) and Kristen Bell (Cora) and exclusive footage. Room 6BCF

11:00-12:30 Disney: 3D Panel Key filmmakers, select cast members and previously unseen footage from its upcoming slate, including Disney’s A Christmas Carol, Alice In Wonderland and Tron. Special guests include Robert Zemeckis, Tim Burton, Sean Bailey, Steve Lisberger, and moderator Patton Oswalt. Hall H

12:00-1:00 Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes Disney Animation producer Don Hahn, famed Disney animator Glen Keane, creator of Aladdin’s Genie Eric Goldberg, director/teacher/animator Tom Sito, and sculptor Ruben Procopio for a discussion of the life and influence of Disney mentor, trainer, and artist Walt Stanchfield. Room 32AB

2:00-3:00 Sony Pictures Animation: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Appearing in person: Anna Faris, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Bobb’e J. Thompson, and directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord. Room 6BCF

3:00-4:00 Bill Plympton: King of Indie Animation Plympton presents Horn Dog, the fourth smash installment in his famed, Oscar-nominated “Dog” series. Bill will screen some of his new animated shorts, including Mexican Standoff and Santa: The Fascist Years and present some early scenes from his work-in-progress feature film Hanky Panky. Bill will also be available for Q&A after the screening, and all attendees will get a free Bill Plympton drawing. Room 5AB

4:15-5:15 Cartoon Network: Chowder! Flapjack! Adventure Time!– This panel celebrates three best things about Cartoon Network. Panelists include C. H. Greenblatt (Crowder creator), Tara Strong (voice of Truffles), Thurop Van Orman (creator/voice of Flapjack), Steve Little (writer, voice of fan favorite Dr. Barber) and Adventure Time creator Pendelton Ward. “Algebraic!” Room 6A

5:45-6:45 John Kricfalusi Comic-Con special guest John K. will talk about his career in animation and what’s coming next. Room 6BCF

8:00-9:30 Green Lantern: First Flight World Premiere. Screening. Produced by Bruce Timm, directed by Lauren Montgomery and scripted by Alan Burnett. Ballroom 20


10:00-11:00 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Screening and Q&A with Diedrich Bader (voice of Batman), John DiMaggio (Aquaman), and executive producer Sam Register, producer James Tucker, producer and story editor Michael Jelenic and voice director Andrea Romano Room 6DE

10:30-11:30 Coraline panel Henry Selick and Neil Gaiman discuss the making of the animated film. They will be joined by lead animator and LAIKA CEO/president Travis Knight, producer Bill Mechanic, character fabrication supervisor Georgina Hayns and voice actor Keith David. Room 6A

12:45-2:15 The Disney Animation Panel This is the BIG one… Previously unseen footage from its upcoming animated slate, including the Toy Story & Toy Story 2 Double Feature, Beauty And The Beast, Toy Story 3, Prep & Landing, The Princess and the Frog and Ponyo with Lee Unkrich, Kirk Wise, Ron Clements, John Musker and… Hayao Miyazaki. John Lasseter hosts the panel, with Patton Oswalt moderating. Hall H

2:30-3:30 State of the Animation Industry ASIFA-Hollywood’s annual overview of trends in the animation industry. Moderated by Tom Sito. Panelists include Raul Garcia (The Missing Lynx), Frank Gladestone (producer, Starz Media, Dreamworks), Jun Falkenstein (The Tigger Movie, Mulan II), Kevin Koch (Battle for Terra, Madgascar), and Danny Young (Land of the Lost). Room 10

2:30-3:30 9 – Focus Features presents an exclusive look inside director Shane Acker’s animated fantasy epic “9” with Shane Acker, Tim Burton, Timur Bekmambetov, and actors Elijah Wood and Jennifer Connelly LIVE for this panel presentation in Hall H

3:30-4:30 Stan Freberg and his lovely wife, Hunter… introduced by Mark Evanier. Room 6A

5:45-7:15 DC Universe Animated panel with Bruce Timm, Andrea Romano, Lauren Montgomery, Alan Burnett, Christopher Meloni, Juliet Landau, Michael Goguen, Sam Liu, Stan Berkowitz and Kevin Conroy (voice of Batman). Room 6BCF

9:00-10:00 Worst Cartoons Ever! Yours truly, Jerry Beck (Cartoon Brew), returns with an all new program of some of the worst cartoons ever made. Room 6BCF

To be continued…

  • Ah, Jerry, you really should check out the debut of our trailer for the animated movie, “The Clockwork Girl” Thursday night. I know you’ll dig it, if you don’t, I’ll buy you a beer (or beverage of your choice).
    Blurb off of the Comicon site below:

    Thursday, July 23
    6:30-7:30 The Clockwork Girl: From Concept to Comic and Beyond… Read More— Sean O’Reilly (Kade) and Kevin Hanna (16 Miles to Merricks) released The Clockwork Girl back in 2007, and the comic book series has gone on to be collected as a hardcover winning The Moonbeam Award for Top Children’s Graphic Novel and Foreword magazine’s Top Graphic Novel of the Year; it’s also received funding for feature film development. Sean and Kevin discuss how they came up with the concept, describe the risks and rewards of self-publishing, and showcase a short teaser of The Clockwork Girl animated film. Room 7AB

  • Jason

    Batman, the Brave and the Bold is excellent. I love the way it revives classic superheroes of the past. It’s well-executed as well and often quite witty. I’m definitely attending that one.

    One I’m skipping this year is anything to do with Fairly Odd Parents. That special last night was horrible. Yet another show that’s gone on too long.

    And Disney 3D, ooooooooooooohhhhh yeah. Can’t WAIT for that! I hope we’ll see a bit of Beauty and the Beast in 3D – I’m really curious as to how that’ll look.

    Thanks for the list, Jerry. It jives with the info I’ve got. Hope nothing I’m looking forward to gets cancelled…

  • Pedro Nakama

    Steve Lisberger of TRON fame?

  • Trevor

    I’m broke! Jerry, tell me you’re going to have a ticket giveaway!

  • amid

    Trevor: Four-day and single-day passes to Comic-Con were sold out a long time ago.

  • Patton Oswalt moderating a panel that involves Hayao Miyazaki is enough to make me wish I could be there.

    The one with Zemeckis makes me wonder what Patton Oswalt thinks of mocap.

    Also, glad to hear the few good guys at (cartoon) Network are sticking together.

  • I’m all the way on the East Coast, but I hope you and everyone has a fun time! Tell us how it went after.

  • Steve Gattuso

    For the first time ever, I’m going to see a Hall H panel. Guess which one.

  • Sam Filstrup

    Only 6 hours away. Too bad summer courses take a priority. Looks like a good show.

  • It’s too bad some of these events aren’t webcast. I would’ve paid to see the webcast!

    That’s a whole new revenue stream opportunity, is webcasting. Wonder if anyone will seize it?

  • Animation, at the Comic-Con, is becoming a stronger presence with each passing year.

    Even with the encroachment of live-action somewhat raining on its parade. That’s a terrific sign.

  • DapperJim

    If you follow The Official Comic Con twitter, you can get notices of tickets that they are selling on Ebay…

    Usually they go up at 7pm Pacific

  • Robert Barker

    For me the success of the event is kind of killing it. The ‘Comic Book’ in Comicon is becoming as relevant as the Cartoon in Cartoon Network. I last went in 2002 and it was becoming a madhouse at that point, and it’s only grown expotentially. I would love to be able to buy a ticket the day I get there and wander around and enjoy the booths, but standing in the hot sun outside for an hour just to get in (even if you have a ticket) is not worth it anymore. Hats off to the important, Hollywood event it has grown into. I’ll seek out my classic comic books elsewhere.

  • I look forward to Comic-Con every year (going on my 4th). For some reason, this is one event where I don’t mind the craziness, or the crowds. Totally worth it for all the interesting panels, and animation and comic-related things! Discovering and meeting new artists is my favorite.

    If anyone wants to trade a Thurs pass for Sat, “holla” at my blog. Would rather not miss out on John K. panel and Flapjack/Adventure Time ;(

  • Tim S

    Dang. The great 3d panel is on Thursday morning, the Disney animation panel is on Friday afternoon… So I’m gonna miss Lisberger, Zemeckis, Burton, Goldberg, Selick, Keane, Clements, Musker, Unkrich, and Miyazaki?? This blows the Saturday lineup out of the water. I guess you gotta be unemployed to be able to see these great events… who schedules these things anyway?

    For whom it concerns, please schedule some of the big events on the weekend next year!!