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Production I.G. Running Kickstarter Campaign for "Kick-Heart" Animated Short

by Todd DuBoison October 8, 2012
The Japanese animation studio Production I.G. has launched a project on the crowd-funding website Kickstarter for a 10-minute short film titled Kick-Heart. Directed and written by Masaaki Yuasa (Mind Game, Kaiba, Kemonozume, The Tatami Galaxy), the short and its Kickstarter initiative are intended as an “experiment” to pioneer a new way of supporting “artistically driven […]
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Nickelodeon Greenlights 2nd Season of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Reboot

by Todd DuBoison October 8, 2012
Last Tuesday, the cable network Nickelodeon issued a press release to announce that its CG-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series would be renewed for a second season of 26 episodes. The announcement came on the heels of a the successful hour-long premiere for the show on Saturday morning, September 29th, which drew 3.9 million total […]

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Review: "Hotel Transylvania" Brings the Laughs

by Todd DuBoison October 1, 2012
Sporting a host of amusing G-rated monsters and an overt Aesop about overprotective parenting, Hotel Transylvania is a successful and relentlessly silly comedy that might also have been a winning family movie with a stronger script. In lieu of that, the movie makes the most of Adam Sandler’s surprisingly effective performance as Count Dracula, which […]
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Toonami on Adult Swim to Rerun "Sym-Bionic Titan", "ThunderCats" Remake

by Todd DuBoison September 26, 2012
A schedule update for the Toonami programming block on Adult Swim has confirmed a new lineup for the night of Saturday, October 6th. The current lineup will be joined by episodes of Gennedy Tartakovsky’s mecha action series Sym-Bionic Titan, as well as Cartoon Network’s 2011 remake of the fantasy adventure series ThunderCats. Additionally, the anime […]

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Warner Bros Developing New "Looney Tunes" Movie

by Todd DuBoison September 26, 2012
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Warner Bros is producing the first Looney Tunes movie since 2003’s Looney Tunes: Back In Action. A script is being written by actress and comedienne Jenny Slate while David Katzenberg, Seth Grahame-Smith, David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford are producers for the film project, which has been characterized as a “reboot”. In […]
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Discotek Media Adds Two "Lupin the 3rd" Specials, "Hurricane Polymar", "Tekkaman Blade II"

by Todd DuBoison August 15, 2012
Discotek Media has recently announced several new anime titles for release on home video. Its latest Lupin the 3rd acquisitions, Secret of Mamo and Green vs. Red, will be released next year in 2013. Discotek has also picked up two OVAs from Tatsunoko Productions, Hurricane Polymar and Tekkaman Blade II. The Hurricane Polymar OVA is an update of […]

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Otakon 2012: "Gundam Unicorn" Focus Panel

by Todd DuBoison August 12, 2012
Saturday evening at Otakon 2012, the spacious panel 3 room was mostly filled for a two-hour event focused on Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn. After a screening of the fifth and latest episode, The Black Unicorn, fans were treated to a focus panel featuring four guests: Sunrise producer Shin Sasaki, production manager Yasufumi Kobashi, Japanese voice […]
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Turner Classic Movies to Air Classic Animated Films on October 21, 2012

by Todd DuBoison August 10, 2012
The cable television channel Turner Classic Movies has scheduled multiple older animated works for a six-hour broadcast on Sunday, October 21, 2012. The network’s Robert Osborne will co-host the programming with animation historian and producer Jerry Beck. At this time, TCM plans the following schedule: 8 PM Eastern / 5 PM Pacific: Max Fleischer’s Gulliver’s […]

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BusinessWeek On DreamWorks Animation's Acquisition of Classic Media

by Todd DuBoison August 10, 2012
Bloomberg News’ BusinessWeek recently covered DreamWorks Animation’s successful bid to purchase Classic Media for $155 million, a move which gave ownership of to a wide array of intellectual property including Rocky & Bullwinkle, Casper the friendly ghost, VeggieTales, Richie Rich, Felix the Cat, Mr. Peabody and more. The studio is already drawing on this catalog […]
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Madman Entertainment Running "Reel Anime" Film Event in Australia This September

by Todd DuBoison August 10, 2012
From September 13-26, 2012, the Australian distributor Madman Entertainment will screen four recent anime films in theaters: Wolf Children, From Up On Poppy Hill, Children Who Chase Lost Voices and Berserk – The Egg of the King. All four movies will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles. At this time, each of these films […]