Happy 80th Birthday, Donald Fauntleroy Duck!

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Today marks the official 80th birthday of Donald Duck! First appearing in 1934, Donald Duck quickly became one of the marquee stars of the Disney Studio system, rivaling Mickey Mouse in popularity!

Why Lauren Faust directing MEDUSA for Sony is important

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News broke yesterday that My LIttle Pony: Friendship is Magic creator Lauren Faust is going to direct Medusa, a full length animated feature, for Sony. This is awesome for many reasons. ¶ The film was co-developed and will be co-written by Beat contributor Todd Alcott (along with his writing partner Holly Golden.) Perhaps at some […]

Celebrate Torsten’s “Nerd Birthday” With His Crazy Party Favors!

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Everyone has milestone events which they remember (or wish to forget).  Some are small memories, like a first kiss, while others can be momentous anniversaries marked each year. May 25th is one such day for me.This Star Wars Day/International Towel Day marks thirty years of my actively reading, collecting, studying, proselytizing comics.  May 25, 1984, […]

Comics’ secret economy: animation hiring boom

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While walking around TCAF a ton of conversations I overheard involved boarding, backgrounds and other animation type gigs. One publisher even wondered aloud what would happen if Adventure Time went off the air. And this Deadline story tells the story: LA-Area Animation Jobs At All-Time High. While there’s lots of film work, it’s also in […]

Watch the Lego Simpsons trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYGSpOfIr9Y This sunday’s episode of the Simpsons will be lego style and here’s a trailer. This is so amazing that my head hurts.

Mainstream media discovers Adventure Time!

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Well, to be fair, the sixth season debuted last night, so a big media push is only natural. Emily Nussbaum did the honors for The New Yorker, citing “a hero who fights villains, with fun violence, the occasional fart joke, and a slight edge of Bushwick cool-kid hipness.” They even got creator Pendleton Ward to […]

Dark Horse to Publish The Art of the Venture Brothers coffee-table book

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Yessss! The Art of the Venture Brothers will be a huge collection of original artwork, character designs, storyboards, painted backgrounds, and props from every episode of The Venture Bros. with accompanying commentary on the development of the series from cocreators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer. And as you know, those guys can commentate with the best of them. If you clicked the above link, you will have seen the list price is $39.99. Patton Oswalt pens a foreword. 


Disney Explains Importance of Life Drawing

  When someone thinks of the name “Disney,” many things can come to mind; Some may think of their theme parks. Some their animated films. Some may look back on fond childhood memories. And others might think of a cartoon mouse that wears pants, gloves, and shoes. But when I hear “Disney,” my first thought […]

Webcomic: alert: What goes on at a cartoon focus group

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Giancarlo Volpe, showrunner of Green Lantern the Animated Series has drawn a comic about a focus group test of the cartoon. It’s an interesting behind the scenes of how the testers said the kids wanted the opposite of what Volpe thought would work for the show. Luckily Bruce Timm comes to the rescue. Focus groups […]

“She Has to Adapt Right Now” Mairghread Scott and Sarah Stone on Transformers: Windblade [Interview]

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Next month sees a launch which The Beat has been following on and off for the last few weeks. A new Transformers miniseries will be launching at IDW in April, chronicling the introduction of Windblade. A female Transformer – causing raised eyebrows from fans who think Transformers are genderless despite being obvious blatant big male […]

Two cartoons return without their creators: Jem and the Holograms and Boondocks

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There was much rejoicing last week when it was announced 80s cartoon mainstay Jem and The Holograms is coming back as a live-action movie, with
the production crowd sourced in some cases. . The movie will be directed by Jon Chu who previously made both Step Up and GI Joe Retaliation, which is the perfect resume for a movie about a female rock band that has adventures.

Boom gets first look with Cartoon Network starting with Steven Universe

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Following their huge success with their Adventure Time and Regular Show comics, Boom! Studios has signed a “first look” deal with Cartoon Network, meaning they get first crack at getting the license to adapt their cartoons — and theyr’e kicking off the new deal with Steven Universe. Rebecca Sugar’s cartoon about a boy who deals […]

Just the nerd cetagories in the 2014 Oscar nominattons

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Just in case you didn’t get up to see Thor announce this year’s Academy Award nominations—Inside Llewyn Davis wuz robbed!—here’s a cheat sheet to just the ones that nerds are interested in: Best Animated Feature: The Croods Despicable Me 2 Ernest & Celestine Frozen The Wind Rises While Frozen is a lock for this, it’s […]

31 days of winter festivals: SuperF*ckers Save Christmas

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James Kochalka’s unspell-out-able in a family website superheroes are back in a special digital only release called: SuperF*ckers Save Christmas. YOu can purchase it on Comixology. Currently starring in a web series from Cartoon Hangover, (uncensored version here, censored here) The Superf*ckers always sink to every occasion, and Christmas is no exception. Kochalka writes: I’ve […]

Plotagon lets you make your own animated movie with the help of Stan Lee

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Okay, so there’s this new software thinger called Plotagon and once you upload your screenplay and make a few other settings it uses Sims-like animation to make a little movie out of it. Screencraft has more details, but apparently you can also purchase a Stan Lee plug-in that helps you make a superhero movie. Settings […]

Boom teases Bee and PuppyCat series

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Just in case you missed the memo, Natasha Allegri‘s Bee and PuppyCat is the new Adventures Time. Not only is it a viral video that has racked up 1,5 million views on YouTube, it’s a Kickstarter with $427,000 of a $600,000 goal in the can.