NEWS BITES:Game On for New Tron Comic

Disney and SLG Publishing are set to release a new comic book titled Tron: The Ghost in the Machine. Written by Landry Walker and Eric Jones (Little Gloomy, X-Ray Comics) and drawn by animator Louie De Martinis, the comic picks up where the video game Tron 2.0 leaves off. Jet Bradley has escaped from the computer world to find he can’t seem to adjust to the real world. Beset by insomnia and paranoia, he avoids technology as much as possible but something in the computer world wants him back. The ongoing, full-color series will be published bi-monthly, with issue one available this April through comic book stores, Amazon.com and the publisher at www.slgpublishing.com.

Moonscoop, MYP Distribution Bound By Taffy

European animation company MoonScoop and U.S.-based independent animation studio Mike Young Productions (MYP) are consolidating their distribution and licensing activities under the Taffy Ent. banner. MoonScoop recently acquired a 51% majority stake in MYP, creating a combined catalog of more than 2400 half hours of animation. Key titles include MoonScoop’s Code Lyoko, Titeuf, The Fantastic Four, Funky Cops, Doctor Dog and Little Vampire, and MYP’s ToddWorld, Pet Alien, Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks and the upcoming Growing Up Creepie, I Got A Rocket and Dive! Olly! Dive! Taffy Ent. will be based in Europe. MoonScoop and MYP will continue to separately handle their own production activity.

Depp Goes Animatronic

Both the Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida will close their Pirates of the Caribbean attraction in March in order to make some changes to the long-time amusement park staple. Joining the animatornic pirates on the Spanish Main is Captain Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp’s character in the hit movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. Sparrow’s emesis, Barbossa, will also appear in the new storyline when the attraction reopens in time for the July 7 big-screen debut of the sequel, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.