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A decree from the countess of cartoon storytelling: a book review of Animating Short Stories by Cheryl Briggs

Once upon a time . . . they lived happily ever after. The reason for such everlasting bliss is that they – ambitious, upstart animation pros – have devoured Cheryl Briggs’ newest publication entitled Animating Short Stories: Narrative Techniques and Visual Design (Bloomsbury Academic).

REVIEW: Derek Padula’s Dragon Ball Culture

I recently discovered that’s Derek Padula has released a 7-volume analysis on Akira Toriyama’s beloved Dragon Ball franchise, so I had to check it out for myself. I mean, I’ve been stealing the guy’s content for years now and posting it on Toonbarn as news. I figured the content on the book is going to last me a while.

So first things first, what’s this book called and what’s it all about?

In case you went directly to the body of the message and failed to read the title, the book is titled Dragon Ball Culture, and it’s a 160-page book consisting of Derek’s in-depth analysis of the Dragon Ball manga and anime, as well as the various works that influenced the series. It’s available in eBook (epub, Kindle, PDF) format via the official page or in print form via Amazon.

Dragon Ball Culture is an independent, unofficial work and was created without participation from any individual or company involved in creating or producing the Dragon Ball series, so don’t expect any official input from Toriyama. But Derek does provide information sourced from official channels (the book does a good job of citing sources) so it works as a good reference for canonical or official data on the series. It’s handy in case you want to get into another debate on the Internet and need facts to back your statement.

Nelvana Starts Production on TruckTown


Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana Studio has recently announced that they have begun production on a brand new boys’ preschool CG animated series titled Trucktown, which is based on the series of popular children’s books bearing the same name. So far, 40 thirty-minute episodes have been approved, with delivery date expected for spring 2014. The first broadcaster to pick up the series is Canada’s #1 24 hour preschool channel, Treehouse.

The Littlest Angel Hits the small screens

The Littlest Angel

Great Highway Company and Portsmouth Pictures have recently finished the CG-animated direct-to-home video feature entitled The Littlest Angel. The film features the voices of Ron Perlman, Ed Kelly, and Caleb Wolfe. Scheduled for a November 15 release, the film aims to bring life to the best selling book by Charles Tazewell, which tells the story of the youngest angel in heaven – a young boy who doesn’t know the first thing about being an angel, an angel who misses the life he left behind on earth.

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax hits theaters March 2nd

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax hits theaters March 2nd

Four months from today, the world gets Seussed. No no, it’s a good thing! Dr. Seuss, one of the most famously vivid and creative authors of our time, would be celebrating a 108th birthday on March 2nd, 2012. To properly pay homage to his legend, Illumination Entertainment is teaming with Universal Pictures to bring the world one of his greatest creations in movie form: The Lorax. The CG animated, 3D film is based on the book of the same name – just as Horton Hears a Who did a few years back. The story follows Ted, an idealistic young boy, who tries to find the one thing that will win him affection of Audrey the girl of his dreams. Isn’t that always the way? To accomplish his goal, Ted must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. Meanwhile, we must discover the brand new teaser trailer showing off the work in progress!

Nickelodeon and Wiley season SpongeBob’s Kitchen Mission Cookbook

Nickelodeon and Wiley season SpongeBob's Kitchen Mission Cookbook

With years of watching SpongeBob, have you ever really just wanted to see what a Krabby Patty tastes like? I mean, there seems to always be a pretty decent following at the Krusty Krab from the folks in Bikini Bottom. Mr. Krabs should be able to share the secret recipe with us, right? Well, what once was just a dream can now actually be a reality, with Nickelodeon and Wiley Hardcover’s new book project SpongeBob’s Kitchen Mission Cookbook. The book follows with SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick, Squidward, Plankton, Sandy, and of course Mr. Krabs as they go head-to-head in a competition to make the best meals. It’s an Iron Chef under the sea! The book features over 50 recipes, along with step by step instructions and illustrations, to make sure the food at home comes out as delicious as it looks in the toon.

Sparky Animation scares up One Stormy Night, Tocori the Ghost

Sparky Animation scares up One Stormy Night, Tocori the Ghost

Working hard during the Halloween holiday season, we see! Along with partners like Duckbill Entertainment, Bandai Visual, and Baku Enterprises, Sparky Animation is producing a brand new CG animated series called One Stormy Night. Based on a book series by Yuichi Kimura about a goat and a wolf, the toon is scheduled to hit Tokyo TV in April, with Amino Tetsurou guiding the CG anime. But that’s not all the BOO they have in store! Sparky Animation is also joins Drawiz Singapore to develop Tocori the Ghost, an original CG-animated short-form series. Instead of a goat or a wolf, this toon follows the friendship between a boy and a ghost, as they work through various adventures.

The Littlest Angel comes to DVD Nov 15th from Anchor Bay Entertainment

The Littlest Angel comes to DVD Nov 15th from Anchor Bay Entertainment

On November 15th, don’t be on the lookout for the largest angel, or even regular sized angels; that day belongs to the Littlest Angel! Based on one of the best-selling children’s book of all time, Charles Tazewell’s The Littlest Angel, the film of the same name tells the story of a young boy who arrives in heaven before his time. Home-sick and lonely, he will travel back to earth with his friendly pup Halo to retrieve a most selfless and precious gift for The Baby Jesus. Experience the love, laughter and magic of one of the most popular children’s stories of all time. Check out the trailer, press release and box art!

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