We came across this announcement from Screen Daily: “Kaleidoscope Film Distribution (KFD) is handling world sales on animated feature Danny Diamondback, which Aardman Animation alumni Darren Walsh (Shaun The Sheep TV series) will direct. It’s the story of a young rattlesnake with a musical talent in his tail. The film is based on the children’s novella of the same name, first published by Harper Collins and written by illustrator and production designer Barry Jackson (How The Grinch Stole Christmas). Jackson has written the script and will be heading up production design on the project. Siege Train Studios’ Curtis Augspurger (Valiant), Matthew Hampton, and Cora Palfrey will produce the film alongside Jackson. Bibo Bergeron (Shark Tale) will serve as executive producer.” That’s one heck of a lotta veteran anthropomorphic talent on one project. No word yet on if the film is to be CGI or claymation. Guess we’ll find out after they give us a projected release date!
Save my ass! could be the environmental cry soon. Horses and man have had a long and powerful association with each other, but now the activities of man are putting the remaining wild equine species in danger of extinction. Most of the wild equine species are part of arid locals with low biodiversity, making them especially vulnerable to climate changes and human encroachment. "Zebras, asses and horses can serve as 'flagship' species for the conservation of these ecosystems."says Dr Patricia Moehlman, who chairs the equid specialist group in the World Conservation Union.
Equines have given humans so much, now it is time for humans to give something back to these fascinating animals.
How soon the people of Sighisoara do forget. A Dracula theme park was planned outside of that city, the place where Vlad the Impaler was born, but was blocked for environmental reasons by local and international environmental groups. With the announcement that the new location for the Dracula theme park would be in the capital of Romania, Bucharest, because it would attract the most tourists there, people in Transylvania are outraged again, saying it will take away needed tourist dollars from the impovershed region. It seems that when it comes to something as important to the Romanian people as Vlad the Impaler and Dracula, you just can't make everyone happy.
Last year, Amy Pronovost asked me if I could find any scholarly articles which discussed anthropomorphism in children's literature, since at the time I had access to librarian journal databases. I came up with a short list, and thought I should share it.
The TriValley Herald interviewed several Further Confusion staff members, including chairman Lee Strom, for an article
in their Thursday edition. A nice piece, compared to past writeups fandom conventions have gotten.
Officials at the Racine zoo and the state Department of Natural Resources apparently don't know a real owl from a fake one.
Man Accidentally Shot to Death While Using Gun to Beat Dog; Had Told Wife He Planned to Kill Pooch
Could this be karma? Full story
Let's Take This Outside!
Once a year, the northern forest comes alive! On August 20-24, 2003, Furry Fans from around the world will once again come together in the wilds of Central Ontario. Far away from the concrete, steel, and smog of the city, you can breathe the clear, fresh air of the northern woods, and experience closeness, camaraderie, and fellowship in the wilderness.
Mmm... body paint in the wilderness...
Let's Take This Outside!
See you there!
Branwyn the Marketing Lion
Feral! Planning Committee
A surprising discovery of six dinosaur specimens in Laioning, China, shows evidence of feathery wings on both the fore and aft limbs of the animal, and reawakens the idea that birds might have come from dinosaurs gliding from tree to tree. The new discovery opens up a whole, unknown chapter in the development of flight, and may perhaps point to an intermediary stage between no-winged climbers and two-winged flappers.
An estimated 150 of Thailand's 2,500 domesticated elephants are loose in Bangkok. Some break legs falling into drains or ditches and an average of 20 road accidents a month involve elephants. The story is here.
(Harvey) was in a place he shouldn't have been.
It's never too early to start looking for the high-quality artwork and stories that have become the hallmark of Anthrocon's annual con book. This year's theme is "Creatures of the Night," those secretive beasts that prowl the darkness of our collective imagination. We are looking for artists of both ink & paint and of the written word to liven up our con book, which was so popular last year that every single person who registered ended up with one!
A small college in Kentucky has been trying for six months to get their phone number changed from its 666 prefix. The number has been cause for concern as they happen to be a Bible College.
BBC Online reports that India's first bear sanctuary, paid for by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and Wildlife SOS, is now open to take care of "dancing bears." The sloth bear is a threatened species. Even though the practice of capturing and training the sloth bears has been banned, about 100 cubs are taken illegally each year.
BBC Online reports about a new study which indicates the aardvark, of all modern mammals, may be the closest, genetically, to the common ancestor of all placental mammals. As the story says, this isn't to say that the common ancestor looked like an aardvark, but rather, it appears that the aardvark's genome has had "fewer shuffles" than any other species.
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