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FUNimation to Release "Guardians of Luna"

FUNimation and CyberGraphix Animation have signed an agreement that will lead to the release of the animated film Guardians of Luna on DVD. The film is currently in development with Michael Reaves (Batman the Animated Series, Gargoyles) as story editor and Cindy H. Yamauchi (Black Lagoon, Naruto: The Movie, Akira) as character designer. Production of animation is expected to begin in 2010.

Guardians of Luna centers on an ancient race of shape-shifters tasked with protecting an ancestral power source from a ruthless business mogul. For more information on Guardians of Luna, check out Toonzone’s preview here.

The full press release follows:


FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT SIGNS DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT WITH CYBERGRAPHIX ANIMATION

Flower Mound, TX – December 7, 2009 – FUNimation Entertainment has signed a distribution agreement with Cybergraphix Animation, the California-based animation and entertainment group, to release the animated film “Guardians of Luna.”

The action anime is currently in development with writer Michael Reaves (Batman: The Animated Series, Gargoyles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) as story editor and character designer Cindy H. Yamauchi (Naruto: The Movie, Black Lagoon, Akira).

“We have always sought to build strong partnerships for our productions,” said Avi Melman, CEO at Cybergraphix and Executive Producer of the series. “Having FUNimation as a partner will help build a strong distribution network and ultimately, increased exposure for Guardians of Luna.”

Guardians of Luna is a dark story which centers around an ancient race of shape-shifters with the ability to change into powerful creatures. Four unlikely heroes descended from this once-great race are charged with protecting an ancestral power source from a ruthless mogul.

Animation of the film will be done by APPP Co. Ltd. (Robot Carnival, Fist of the North Star: Toki-den) and is expected to begin in 2010.

A manga series is also in development, and a website has been launched. The website, www.guardiansofluna.com, currently features a mailing list to keep fans updated, and will soon feature behind-the-scenes content and exclusive media and information from the cast and crew.

About FUNimation Entertainment

FUNimation® Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, is the leading company for Japanese animation in the United States. FUNimation is known for acquiring top-rated anime series from Japan and for being the market share leader for home video sales of anime in the United States. The company has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution.

About Cybergraphix Animation
Cybergraphix Animation, currently celebrating its 10th anniversary, is a high-quality animation house providing animation for television, music videos, commercials and the Internet. Some of Cybergraphix’s work is featured in music videos by such industry greats as Santana and Swishahouse. In addition to servicing the music and entertainment industries, Cybergraphix is a developer of unique properties for television, film and video games, with a diverse portfolio of projects designed for the global market.

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