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Tom Wilson Sr., creator of icon Ziggy, dead at 80

Tom Wilson Sr., creator of Ziggy

Tom Wilson Sr., creator of comics page and licensing icon Ziggy, died Friday in his sleep of pneumonia at a Cincinnati hospital. He was 80.

Spending most of his career in Cleveland, Wilson moved to a nursing home in Cincinnati about eight years ago in order to be near family.

Wilson made his mark in animation with the Christmas special Ziggy’s Gift, first released on ABC in 1982. Directed by Richard Williams and Eric Goldberg at Welcome Productions, Ziggy’s Gift won an Emmy Award the following year for Outstanding Animated Program.

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Emmy-winning writer, artist Earl Kress dead at 60

Earl Kress

Writer and storyboard artist Earl Kress, the winner of two Daytime Emmy Awards for his work on animated shows, died early Monday from the liver cancer that he had been battling since earlier this year, cartoon historian Mark Evanier wrote on his “News From ME” blog. He turned 60 last month.

Kress shared Emmy wins in 1999 for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program for Pinky and the Brain and in 2000 for Outstanding Children’s Animated Program for Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain.

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“The Little Boy and the Beast” wins Cartoon d’Or

The Little Boy and the Beast

Der Kleine Und Das Biest” (The Little Boy and the Beast) by Johannes Weiland and Uwe Heidschötter of Germany, won this year’s Cartoon d’Or, the award for the year’s best European short cartoon.

The five other Cartoon d’Or nominees were Mobile, by Verena Fels of Germany; Paths of Hate, by Damian Nenow of Poland; Pivot, by André Bergs of the Netherlands; The External World, by David O’Reilly of Ireland; and The Gruffalo, by Jakob Schuh and Max Lang of the United Kingdom.

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Pokemon: White–Victini and Zekrom comes to U.S.

Pokemon: White--Victini and Zekrom

Pokemon fans across America will be marking their calendars for a special limited engagement theatrical event this holiday season.

The newest full-length Pokémon feature film, Pokémon the Movie: White–Victini and Zekrom, is coming to movie theater screens across the United States for one weekend only: December 3 and 4. As a special treat, fans can catch the debut of the movie’s trailer this weekend — Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18th — on immediately following an on-demand, online screening of the most recent feature-length movie, Pokémon–Zoroark: Master of Illusions.

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