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Monthly Archives: November 2011

Studio Ghibli film retrospective coming to NYC

Studio GhibliGKIDS is bringing a complete retrospective of films from Japan’s renowned Studio Ghibli to the IFC Center in New York from Friday, December 16 to Thursday, January 12.All 15 Studio Ghibli feature films produced between 1984 and 2008 will be presented, including Hayao Miyazaki’s Academy Award-winning Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, Ponyo, Howl’s Moving Castle and Kiki’s Delivery Service. Films will be shown in both the subtitled and English-dubbed versions.

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Bil Keane, creator of “Family Circus,” dies at 89

Bil Keane

Bil Keane, creator of the enduring — and endearing — one-panel comic strip Family Circus, died Tuesday. He was 89.
Keane also created the NBC cartoon specials A Special Valentine With The Family Circus (1978), A Family Circus Christmas (1979) and A Family Circus Easter (1982), which were produced by Cullen-Kasden Productions and were ratings successes.

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“I Say, I Say Son!” Foghorn Leghorn Creator’s Son to Speak at ToonSeum

Robert McKimson Jr.

The ToonSeum pulls back the curtain to take a behind the scenes of Looney Tunes through the eyes of Robert McKimson Jr. Robert is the son of famed Warner Bros. cartoon director and animator Bob and the nephew of animators Chuck and Tom McKimson. Robert will share the story of his animated family through pictures and remembrances of their work and the legendary characters they created.

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Blow me down: SPA hires writers for 3D Popeye film

Sony Pictures AnimationSony Pictures Animation has set screenwriters Jay Scherick and David Ronn to write the screenplay for an all-new Popeye animated feature, based on the iconic characters of comic strip and cartoon fame, the studio announced Thursday.

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ToonSeum Director to be Artist Guest of Honor in Edmonton Canada

The ToonSeum’s executive director, Joe Wos, will be an international geek ambassador of sorts as the “Artist Guest of Honour” during the Pure Speculation Festival in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The fan convention will take place Nov. 18-20 at Grant MacEwan Centre.

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