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COMIC CON: The Animation Panels

COMIC CON: The Animation Panels

Comic Con International – aka the San Diego Comic Con that runs from Thursday July 24 through Sunday July 27th – has unleashed its complete programming schedule today. We’ve jotted down (below) just some of the panels, screenings and events related to animation. Please understand this is a partial listing – and does not include events on the exhibit floor, displays around town or parties at various hotels scheduled during the four day (five days, if you count the Preview Night on Wednesday the 23rd) event. 


Toy Story That Time Forgot –ABC and Disney/Pixar
present an exclusive first look at the upcoming holiday special, Toy Story
That Time Forgot
. Executive producer Galyn Susman, director Steve
Purcell and head of story Derek
Thompson give you an exclusive inside look at the sketches, storyboards,
and concepts that went into its making.

Thursday July 24, 2014
11:15am – 12:15pm Room 6A

Dreamworks Animation

Thursday July 24, 2014
11:30am – 1:00pm Hall H

Bill Plympton, “The King of Indie
Animation,” and find out his plans for his new animated feature, Cheatin‘.
Also appearing will be Jim Lujan,
who’s co-directing the upcoming animated feature Revengeance with Bill, attendees
will get an early look at this “biker revenge dark comedy.” Plus
everyone who attends will get a free Bill Plympton drawing!

Thursday July 24, 2014
12:00pm – 1:00pm Room 23ABC

Moonbeam CityKey & Peele present a first look at Comedy Central’s newest
animated series. Moonbeam City is an absurdist take
on the gritty, sex-drenched crime dramas from the 1980s. The series follows
undercover detective Dazzle Novak (voiced by Rob Lowe), a handsome idiot who
commits more crimes than most criminals. His tyrannical chief, Pizzaz Miller
(Elizabeth Banks), won’t get off his back, and hotshot rookie Rad Cunningham
(Will Forte) is dying to see him fail. With the world against him, Dazzle is
thrust into a living nightmare: having to do actual police work. Join series
creator and executive producer, Scott
Gairdner and the voice of Dazzle, Rob Lowe, as they reveal details for the first time on Comedy
Central’s next big animated series! Panel to be moderated by Moonbeam City
head-writer, Tommy Blacha.

Thursday July 24, 2014
1:30pm – 3:00pm
Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront


Big Hero 6 – Walt Disney
Animation Studios presents director Don
Hall, producer Roy Conli,
production designer Paul Felix
and character designer Shiyoon Kim
as they share the visual development of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ film.
Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name.

Thursday July 24, 2014
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Room 7AB

Wander Over Yonder with creator
Craig McCracken and stars Jack McBrayer (30 Rock), April Winchell (Mickey Mouse
), and Tom Kenny (SpongeBob
). Exclusive clips from upcoming episodes and an audience
Q&A. The panel will also feature sneak peeks of two new animated shows
coming to Disney XD!

Thursday July 24, 2014
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 25ABC

Early Hanna Barbera TV
. Wouldn’t it be great to be a fly on the wall in 1963 in Hanna Barbera
Studios with three men who helped make it such an essential part of cartoon
history? Comic-Con special guest animator Willie Ito gathers his friends and cohorts Tony Benedict (writer, Flintstones, The Jetsons) and Jerry Eisenberg (layout artist, Flintstones,
) to discuss what made early Hanna Barbera into the powerhouse of
cartoon history it became. Moderated by Leslie
Combemale (film artist advocate/owner, ArtInsights Animation & Film
Art Gallery).

Thursday July 24, 2014
2:30pm – 3:30pm

Room 24ABC

Feature Animation Panel. In recent years, animated features have enjoyed an enormous financial
success: the three top-grossing animated films of 2013 accounted for 10% of the
total U.S. box office. Despite this unprecedented success, critics and
filmmakers have complained of a sameness creeping into the design and story of
many films. Charles Solomon, an
internationally respected critic and author of 16 books on the subject, will
lead the discussion about the state of the animated feature and its future as
both a medium of artistic expression and a financially viable form of
filmmaking. David Silverman
(director, The Pink Panther), Doug
Sweetland (director, Storks), and Morishima Taro (associate producer, Paprika) will join the

Thursday July 24, 2014
3:30pm – 4:30pm

Room 26AB

Bee and PuppyCat and Friends, with the creator of Bee and PuppyCat,
Natasha Allegri, and the cast
and crew of the most successful crowdfunded animation series ever, including
the voice of Bee, Ally Rachel;
the voice of Deckard, Kent Osborne;
Efrain Farias (art director);
character designer Becky Dreistadt;
writer (and voice of Wallace) Frank
Gibson; and writer Madeleine
Flores. Cartoon Hangover will also present the upcoming short film Manly
and a conversation with the creators
Justin Moynihan and Jesse
Moynihan. Moderated by Frederator’s VP of development, Eric Homan.

Thursday July 24, 2014
5:30pm – 6:30pm

Room 6A

Breaking Into Animation
How do you get in? How do
you get that first assignment? Craig
Miller (Curious George, Beast Wars) leads a panel including Charlotte Fullerton (Ben 10:
Omniverse, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
), Patrick Rieger (Thunderbirds Are Go), Dean Stefan (X-Men, Darkwing Duck),
and Cort Lane (VP, animation
development & partnerships, Marvel Studios) who will tell you the truth
about what you need to know and do.

Thursday July 24, 2014
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Room 32AB



Grandpa and Clarence panel
. This should be interesting. Join the “always-entertaining
cast and crew” for a behind-the-scenes look at two of the newest hit shows on
Cartoon Network. Apppearing from Uncle Grandpa are creator Pete Browngardt (Uncle Grandpa), Kevin Michael Richardson (Mr. Gus),
and Eric Bauza (Belly Bag).
Appearing from Clarence are writer Spencer Rothbell, voice actors Tom
Kenny (Tiny Miracle, Uncle Grandpa and Sumo, Clarence),
and Eric Edelstein (Chad).

Friday July 25, 2014 10:00am
– 11:00am Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Ron Diamond’s 15th Annual
Animation Show of Shows
features a selection of the best award-winning animated
shorts from around the world. Kicking things off is Chris Sanders’s newly
remastered Fun with Father, the comically sinister student film that
launched the career of the director of Lilo and Stitch, How to Train
Your Dragon
, and The Croods. That’s followed by a selection of
awesome shorts, including the hysterical Sisyphean climb to the top in Ascension
from France’s Supinfocom, Canadian Jonathan Ng’s breakup parable of two
mismatched Korean lovers in Requiem for Romance, and Muscovite Yulia
Aronova’s adorable tale of a very special mom in My Mom Is an Airplane.

Friday July 25, 2014
10:15am – 11:15am

Hall H

Adventure Time. Hang out with the cast and crew as they dish on all
things Adventure Time and share never-before-seen footage. The following
friends will be appearing from the Land of Ooo for a super sick panel: Jeremy Shada (Finn), John DiMaggio (Jake), Tom Kenny (Ice King), and more.
Moderated by the super-talented and man-of-many-voices Tom Kenny.

Friday July 25, 2014
11:00am – 12:00pm

Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Dreamworks Rocky &
Bullwinkle Short
. In celebration of the 55th anniversary of Rocky and
, join Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and DreamWorks
Animation for the U.S. premiere of a new Rocky and Bullwinkle short that
will appear on the upcoming release of Mr. Peabody & Sherman on
Blu-ray and DVD on October 14. Director Gary
Trousdale (Beauty and the Beast) and executive producer and
Bullwinkle Studios president Tiffany
Ward (daughter of Jay Ward) discuss the film and the legacy of Rocky
and Bullwinkle
on animation, followed by a Q&A session moderated by
film critic and animation expert Leonard
Maltin (Of Mice and Magic).

Friday July 25, 2014
11:30am – 12:30pm

Room 8


My Little Pony
Friendship Is Magic panel
. Calling all Bronies… a
sneak peek into the new My Little Pony Equestria Girls Rainbow Rock
movie coming this fall. Q&A with members of the Hasbro Studios team and
voice talent.

Friday July 25, 2014
11:45am – 12:45pm

Room 6A

Gravity Falls panel. Creator
and executive producer Alex Hirsch
(Grunkle Stan) is joined by series stars Kristen Schaal (Mabel), Jason
Ritter (Dipper), and Thurop Van
Orman (L’il Gideon) discuss Disney Channel’s hit series. Find out what’s
in store for television’s spookiest town with exclusive clips from the show’s
exciting upcoming season and an audience Q&A. The panel will also feature
sneak peeks of two new animated shows coming to Disney XD!

Friday July 25, 2014
1:00pm – 2:00pm

Room 6A

Animation and Mexico. It
all started with a little idea-creative Mexicans team up with producers and
talent from Hollywood to make a big movie. The panel will share the adventures,
mishaps and experiences of Mexican filmmaker Ricardo Arnaiz and his producing partners Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica), Phil Roman (The Simpsons), Verónica Arceo, Alex Flores, Gerry Cardoso, and Michael
D. Olmos, who armed with a tiny budget, a big dream, and a heartfelt
story managed to deliver the animated film El Americano 3D, coming to
theaters worldwide 2015. They are joined by talents Rico Rodriguez (Modern Family), Raul Garcia (Aladdin), Mike Kunkel (Tarzan), and Richard Pursel (SpongeBob Squarepants) and the voices of
Gabriel Iglesias (The Fluffy Movie), Cheech Marin (Cheech and Chong),
Kate del Castillo (Under the Same Moon), Erik Estrada (CHIPs),
and Lisa Kudrow (Friends), among many others.

Friday July 25, 2014
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Room 23ABC

Cartoon Saloon panel. The Irish Animation Studio based in Kilkenny whose film The Secret of Kells
garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature in 2010, will launch its
much anticipated art book Designing The Secret of Kells, with the
filmmakers on hand. They will also offer a sneak peek at their upcoming 2014
animated release Song of the Sea by providing exclusive footage along
with a behind-the-scenes presentation by the film’s director, Tomm Moore.
Panelists include Tomm Moore
(director) and Paul Young
(producer), emcee Jamie Kezlarian Bolio
(Cartoon Saloon-US; business development, PR & marketing), and moderator Don Hahn (producer Maleficent,
Beauty & the Beast

Friday July 25, 2014
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Room 23ABC


State of The Animation
Industry panel
. How is animation doing in 2014? How can I enter the field? Is
2D dead? Panelists Miguel Jiron
(Despicable Me 2), Raul Garcia
(Melon Digital S.L.), Brooke
Keesling (Cartoon Network), Steve Hulett (The Animation Guild), Danny Young (Blurr Studios), and moderator Tom Sito (Beauty and the Beast,
) discuss the industry across all disciplines as it is today, from
motion picture production to creating animated shorts for the Internet. The
panel will also talk about how animators find and create jobs.

Friday July 25, 2014
5:00pm – 6:00pm

Room 4

Brickleberry panel. Be
treated to a live table read and never-before-seen episode of Comedy Central’s
hilarious Brickleberry! Join creators and executive producers Waco O’Guin and Roger Black along with David Herman (Futurama), Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants),
Jerry Minor (Eastbound &
), and Natasha Leggero (Suburgatory,
Burning Love) for a so-wrong-it’s-right live reading and all new
episode, as well as a Q&A with producers and stars.

Friday July 25, 2014
5:30pm – 6:30pm

Room 24ABC

Worst Cartoons Ever! For
the 10th year, Jerry Beck (Animation Scoop) presents a new selection of the most terribly written, ugliest
drawn, and unintentionally funniest animated films ever made. Cartoons include Mighty
Mr. Titan
(a physical fitness superhero) and Super President (a
one-man weapon of mass destruction)! Be sure to enjoy some of the worst there
is out there in this hilarious salute.

Friday July 25, 2014
8:15pm – 9:15pm

Room 6BCF



The Simpsons panel. Celebrate
the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons-no gifts please-with creator Matt Groening, executive producer Al Jean, supervising director MikeAnderson, and director for life David Silverman. Topics include the
new Treehouse of Horror, Simpsorama, a visit from Homer Simpson and
much, much more.

Saturday July 26, 2014
10:00am – 10:45am

Ballroom 20


Steven Universe panel. Get
the inside scoop and exclusive content from the following guardians of the
universe: Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar, Ian
Jones-Quartey (supervising director), Zach Callison (Steven), Estelle
(Garnet), Deedee Magno Hall
(Pearl), Michaela Dietz
(Amethyst), and Tom Scharpling
(Greg Universe).

Saturday July 26, 2014
10:00am – 11:00am

Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront


Phineas and Ferb panel. Show
creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, along
with voice talent Vincent Martella
(The Walking Dead), Alyson
Stoner (Step Up 3D), and the stars of the series present an
exclusive behind-the-scenes look at what’s to come for Disney Channel’s hit
animated series, including a sneak peek at this summer’s epic crossover event: Phineas
and Ferb: Star Wars
. The panel will also feature sneak peeks of two new
animated shows coming to Disney XD!

Saturday July 26, 2014
10:00am – 11:00am

Room 6A


US TV Animation panel. Around
the world, animation comes in all flavors. For kids, for adults. Comedies,
dramas, romances, action-adventure. But in the United States, pretty much the
only animated features you see are comedies, and fewer and fewer TV series are
action-adventure. Craig Miller (Curious
George, Beast Wars
) leads a panel of writers, producers, and network execs,
including Ted Biaselli (VP,
programming & development, The Hub), Brian Hohlfeld (Transformers Rescue Bots, My Friends Tigger and
), and James Krieg (Batman:
The Brave and the Bold, Teen Titans Go!
), who’ll try to explain why that is
and discuss if it will ever change.

Saturday July 26, 2014
10:00am – 11:00am

Room 9

year, moderator Mark Evanier
gathers together a bevy of the most talented cartoon voice actors working today
and invites them to explain and demonstrate their artistry! This year’s lineup
includes Jim Cummings (Winnie the Pooh, The
Penguins of Madagascar
), Josh
Keaton (The Spectacular Spider-Man,
Green Lantern
), Sherry Lynn (Wall-E, Ice Age), Arif S. Kinchen (MAD
TV, Grand Theft Auto
), David
Sobolov (Transformers Prime,
Avengers Assemble
) and Colleen
O’Shaugnessy (Toy Story 3,
The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes

Saturday July 26, 2014
1:00pm – 2:30pm

Room 6BCF

Willie Ito panel. With
nearly 60 years as an animation artist, Comic-Con special guest Willie Ito has done it all. He worked
at Disney on Lady and the Tramp’s spaghetti scene with mentor Iwao
Takamoto and on One Froggy Evening and What’s Opera Doc at Warner
Bros’ famed Termite Terrace under Chuck Jones’ direction. He went on to The
Beany and Cecil Show
with Bob Clampett and then Hanna Barbera for the
beginnings of The Flintstones, The Jetsons, and many other cartoons. Ito
has great stories and experiences to share. After HB he went to Disney Consumer
Products and spearheaded implementation of collectibles and licensed products
worldwide. He has also designed comic books, comic strips, coloring books, and
more. Join animation expert Leslie
Combemale of ArtInsights for a spotlight on Willie’s life, including the
part of his childhood spent in a Japanese internment camp that inspired his
most recent venture, a series of children’s picture books based on the

Saturday July 26, 2014
3:00pm – 4:00pm

Room 9

Disney’s Gargoyles tribute and reunion panel. “Twenty years ago,
superstition and the sword ruled. It was a time of darkness. It was a world of
fear. It was the age…of Gargoyles!” Help celebrate the 20th
anniversary of the Disney Animation television series Gargoyles with
members of the cast and crew, featuring series creator Greg Weisman, supervising producer Frank Paur, and others.

Saturday July 26, 2014
5:00pm – 6:00pm

Room 25ABC



New Nicktoon Cartoons.
Be the first to see an exclusive peek at Nickelodeon’s new animated comedies.
You’ll also get an insider’s look at the creative processes behind these funny,
warped, endearing, and booty-shaking shows. The panel features Breadwinners
creators Steve Borst and Gary “Doodles” Di Raffaele, Pig
Goat Banana Cricket
creators Johnny
Ryan and Dave Cooper, and
executive producer David Sacks. Chowder
creator C. H. Greenblatt will be
showing off his brand new Nickelodeon series with the working title Bad
Moderated by Rich Magallanes
(SVP of current series animation for Nickelodeon).

Sunday July 27, 2014
10:00am – 11:00am

Room 7AB


. World Premiere
showing of Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s
new animated feature and a stellar panel discussion featuring the voices of
Velma and Daphne, Mindy Cohn (Family
) and Grey Griffin (Scooby-Doo!
Mystery Incorporated
), director/producer Paul McEvoy and screenwriter Jim Krieg (Green Lantern: The Animated Series).

Sunday July 27, 2014
10:00am – 11:30am

Room 6BCF

CARTOON VOICES #2 Yesterday’s
Cartoon Voices panel will have been such a hit that today we’ll have to do
another one with different but equally talented actors from the world of
animation voicing. Once again, moderator Mark Evanier has assembled an all-star dais that will include Gregg Berger (The Garfield Show,
), Vanessa Marshall
(The Spectacular Spider-Man, Young Justice), Fred Tatasciore (The Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Kung Fu
Panda: Legends of Awesomeness
), Debra
Wilson (MAD TV, Family Guy), Robin Atkins Downes (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Thundercats),
and maybe someone else.

Sunday July 27, 2014
11:30am – 12:45pm

Room 6A


Warner Archive Panel. Producer/author Michael Uslan (The
Boy Who Loved Batman
), producer James
Tucker (Batman: The Brave and the Bold), producer/director Brandon Vietti (Young Justice),
WAC Podcast hosts Matthew Patterson
and DW Ferranti, and some
surprise guests examine those “other” Batman iterations and oddities
throughout history, from early films like Public Defender and the
Filmation Batman cartoons to new versions of the character (Young Justice,
Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Beware the Batman
), the off-kilter takes
like the cult favorite “roast” of Legends of the Superheroes,
and new media (motion comics like Batman: Black and White, Batgirl: Year
and Batman Adventures: Mad Love).

Sunday July 27, 2014
12:00pm – 1:00pm

Room 7AB


Sanjay and Craig Panel. The
stars of the show will perform an episode live, accompanied by clips and
storyboard panels from the series. Co-creators Jay Howell and Jim
Dirschberger will operate a soundboard and pepper the performance with SFX.
Scheduled to perform are Chris Hardwick
(The Nerdist), Maulik Pancholy
(30 Rock), Tony Hale (Arrested
), Matt Jones (Breaking
), John DiMaggio (Futurama),
and other special guests. Following the performance will be an exclusive sneak
peek at an upcoming episode and audience Q&A with cast and creators. Moderated
by Claudia Spinelli (VP of
current series for Nickelodeon).

Sunday July 27, 2014
1:00pm – 2:00pm

Room 6A

Tom & Jerry: The Lost
World Premiere Screening and Panel. Tom and Jerry help return a baby dragon
back to its mother-while evading a powerful witch intent on capturing the
little dragon for her own wicked plans. Producers/directors Spike Brandt (Tom and Jerry’s Giant
) and Tony Cervone
(Tom and Jerry’s Giant Adventure) will be on hand to present the film,
which will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital HD on
August 19 and on DVD on September 2.

Sunday July 27, 2014
2:15pm – 3:15pm

Room 6A

Business Of Cartoon
. Interested in a career doing voices for animation and video games?
There are plenty of people around who’ll take your money and tell you how to go
about it…but here’s 90 minutes of absolutely free advice from folks who work
in the field. Come hear cartoon voice actor Bill Farmer, talent agent Sandie
Schnarr (AVO Talent) and others, along with your moderator, voice
director Mark Evanier (The
Garfield Show

Sunday July 27, 2014
3:00pm – 4:30pm

Room 25ABC    

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