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September 21 2004

Buffy Magazine to have Regular Updates from Jeph Loeb. The producer of BtAS will apparently be giving us more news on the series each month. By the way in this issue JL says that the whole thing is on schedule and that the first animation is being sent off for scoring.

The Scoring will reflect the feel of the original series according to Jeph. I've been looking to find a scan of the actual article but there doesn't seem to be any. It was pretty brief and took up one corner of a page but optomistic at the same time, so as far as I'm concerned, all is good

Does anybody know how long this animation will be? The full 23 minutes or just five?

Can't wait to see this :) Hoepfully it'll be a good length... (ie not 5 minutes)
Be nice to read what he says but won't this info be a bit out of date by the time the magazine hits the stands?
So production is comming along with BtAS but have there been any confirmation of the project getting picked up by any network? I think that this is going to be a wonderful concept but I am worried that all we have heard about is production info but without a distributer this is all a moot point...
Well, I think it would make a great DVD in any case. I'm really hoping it gets picked up. I'm crossing fingers, knocking on wood, and praying to nonspecific all-powerful dieties just in case.
Simon - "Be nice to read what he says but won't this info be a bit out of date by the time the magazine hits the stands?"

Well considering i read in a then new copy of the Angel magazine about the upcoming arrival of Hamilton to Angel not long after i'd seen Not Fade Away i would imagine that anything we see in the Buffy mag will be equally out of date.

However this at least could be a way to get some exclusive information from the guy who is running the show so there may be some merit to it after all.
I can't quite recall where I read it, but last I heard on this project was that they were putting together a brief couple-of-minutes-long taste of what the show would be. And that they'd then shop that 'pilot' around to the networks in the hopes of finding a buyer.

So when Jeph says the 'first animation' is being sent off for scoring, there's a chance he's referring to the 'pilot' that still has to be shown to potential buyers.

I recall Giselle Loren noting that she did the voice of Buffy in the pilot -- but that it doesn't guarantee she'd voice Buffy in the actual series. Some might recall this interview with the actress. So I'm thinking that if the pilot gets a network to pick up the series, that's when further voice-casting will happen.

Which interests me, as I'm curious about who'll voice Joyce, and Angel, and Dawn, and Cordelia. If the pilot is picked up, maybe that's when Mutant Enemy will contact those actors/actresses in earnest. i.e., for the pilot presentation, you only need the voice actors for the core four. And if/when the pilot is picked up, further casting decisions will occur. At least that's the sense I got from Giselle's interview.

That said, Jeph Loeb has hinted that other 'surprises' are in store regarding the voice cast. So maybe some of the actors for the subsidiary characters have already agreed to lend their voice. Either way, I'm excited for this project. Hopefully it works out :)
I can't quite recall where I read it, but last I heard on this project was that they were putting together a brief couple-of-minutes-long taste of what the show would be. And that they'd then shop that 'pilot' around to the networks in the hopes of finding a buyer.

Yes, the preee-sentation (as ASH puts it). Not that the actors know all the details, but from ASH & NB's Oakland Q&A:

Audience: Is the work on Ripper still in progress, and what about the Buffy cartoon?
ASH: "Buffy cartoon uh...seems to be going ahead, is that right?"
NB: "Yeah! You used your voice!"
ASH: "I used my voice, but that was for the pree-sentation."
NB: "I would imagine that it's going to sell."
ASH: "I hope so. That's, that'd be really quite ??, guys."
NB: "We both did...we think in our voices, from inside of our bodies, and we put them on little tapes. And they draw! And I think, it's just about done! The presentation is done. So I think they got this thing called (mumbles), or something like that in NY, where they sell it."
ASH: "What's it called?"
NB: "(mumbles again - nasrrah. he obviously doesn't know the name. ASH and crowd are laughing) It's in the NY. And I think that's where they sell everything."
teenes: that helps shed some light on the situation. Thanks for sharing :)

I'm quite psyched about this project, as it's a foray into yet another field of entertainment for Joss Whedon. And thus far, that man has proven dextrous in a whole host of ventures. He can write, he can direct, he can pen a successful comic, he bounces between TV and feature films, he learns to compose music at the drop of a hat, and he creates these shows that have their own distinctive styles/moods. It's really kind of astonishing how much he's done.

I'm constantly impressed at how his talent manages to permeate each and every avenue he walks down. So I'd really like to see what he injects into the world of animation.

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