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Newspaper Profiles Lasseter, Mays

by Maxie Zeuson January 11, 2005
The Detroit News has a profile of Cars-director John Lasseter and Ford Motor Co. design chief J. Mays, who became friends while Lasseter worked with Mays on design models for the upcoming Pixar film. (via Animated-News)

"Bin Weevils" Rolls Across Europe

by Maxie Zeuson January 11, 2005
Nickelodeon Europe will add the online world of the Bin Weevils to its websites in Sweden, Italy and Spain, AWN reports. The animated environment, which is jointly designed and owned by Prism Entertainment and Nickelodeon UK, allows browsers to design and interact with others through Weevil characters.

FUNimation Sold to Navarre Corp.

by Maxie Zeuson January 10, 2005
Navarre Corporation will buy FUNimation Productions in a $100 million cash and stock deal announced by the companies today. Navarre Corporation is a home entertainment distributor specializing in PC software, video games, CD audio and DVD video. FUNimation is a licensee, licensor and home video/DVD distributor and brand manager of Japanese animation and children’s entertainment […]

"Clone Wars" DVD Details Announced

by Maxie Zeuson January 10, 2005
Star Wars: Clone Wars – Volume 1 will hit shelves on March 22 with a suggested retail price of $19.98, TVShowsOnDVD reports. The site also has a complete list of extras on the DVD release. Separately, NowPlaying (via TheForce.net) has a two-part interview with Clone Wars producer-director Genndy Tartakovsky.

"Shrek 2" Wins Big at People's Choice Awards

by Maxie Zeuson January 10, 2005
Shrek 2 picked up five awards at the People’s Choice Awards presented on Sunday night. The CGI comedy picked up awards for Favorite Movie Comedy, Favorite Animated Movie and Favorite Sequel. In addition, Eddie Murphy’s Donkey was named Favorite Animated Movie Star and Jennifer Saunders’ Fairy Godmother was named Favorite Villain Movie Star. [Source: The […]

Two "Galaxy Rangers" DVDs Announced

by Maxie Zeuson January 10, 2005
Koch Entertainment will release Galaxy Rangers: Phoenix and Galaxy Rangers: Chained to DVD on April 12, DVD Toons reports. The 88-minute DVDs will retail for $14.98.

"Wind in the Willows" Heads to DVD

by Maxie Zeuson January 10, 2005
A&E will release the stop-motion animated series The Wind in the Willow to DVD on March 29, AnimatedBliss reports. The two-pack, containing the complete first season of 13 episodes, will retail for $29.95.

YTV Unveils "FunPak" Anthology Series

by Maxie Zeuson January 10, 2005
YTV will premiere FunPak, a half-hour assortment of animated shorts made by Nelvana, on Thursday, February 3, at 7:30pm (ET/PT). The shorts resulted from an internal open-call for shorts that Nelvana held in 2003 that resulted in 10 concepts using a variety of animation techniques. The series will run for thirteen weeks. During its run, […]

"Ghost In the Shell" Sequel Gets Special Screening

by Maxie Zeuson January 10, 2005
Bandai Entertainment and Manga Entertainment will host a special screening of two episodes from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig at the Tokyo International Anime Fair on February 7. The Fair will be held at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel [Source: Bandai Entertainment]

"Oblongs" Heads to DVD

by Maxie Zeuson January 10, 2005
The Oblongs is coming to DVD as part of a promotion marking Warner Bros. Television’s fiftieth anniversary, TVShowsOnDVD reports.