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Tales from the Toon Trenches A Century of Dinos
What is it about dinosaurs and animation?
One could argue that animation is the perfect method of bringing them to life onscreen, which is why the love affair between animators and the long-extinct creatures of wonder has gone on now for a century.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of Gertie the Dinosaur, a 12-minute short created by newspaper cartoonist Winsor McCay. Gertie and Winsor took their act on the road, appearing in Vaudeville venues, and amazing audiences with their interaction. Some years later, effects animators Willis O'Brien and his prot gRay Harryhausen created state-of-the-art stop-motion dinosaurs for live action films, work that not only thrilled moviegoers, but even inspired scientists. Back in 2002, Ray Harryhausen remarked to me, "Our pictures have affected the audience in a very positive way, which, if I may say so, is more than you can say about some films today." He elaborated:
First Trailer for Animated 'Son of Batman'
Warner Bros. Animation has released a trailer for Son of Batman, the next direct-to-video animated feature in the popular series of animated adaptations of DC Comics sagas that are targeted at older viewers and contain more violence and mature themes than typical Saturday morning superhero programming aimed at kids.
'Heavy Metal' Under New Ownership
Heavy Metal has a new owner that's looking to expand the classic adult comics magazine into features, TV and other genres. According to a report in Variety, digital and music industry veteran David Boxenbaum and film producer Jeff Krelitz bought the magazine from publisher Kevin Eastman for an undisclosed sum raised in private equity.
Eastman, who co-created the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and has been the publisher and owner of the magazine since 1991, will stay on as publisher and a minority investor.
Sif to Appear in 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'
While ABC President Pat Lee, who was speaking to the Television Critics Association, stopped short of announcing that Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be back for a second season, he did mention that actress Jamie Alexander, who plays the Asgardian warrior Sif in the Thor movies, will make an appearance in the 15th episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which is likely to air in February, and that Alexander's role will not be a mere cameo, but will be "integral" to the episode.
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