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"Cartoon Modern" Named Best Film Book of 2006 by Theatre Library Association

by Ed Liuon April 26, 2007
Amid Amidi’s Cartoon Modern has been named the Best Film Book of 2006 by the Theatre Library Association. The book examines the unrecognized and undervalued animators of the 20th Century.

Hard Time for "Visual Novel" Publishing in U.S.

by Ed Liuon April 25, 2007
Representatives from Hirameki International have described the troubles they have had in finding an American market for “visual novels” imported from Japan. The visual novels present an interactive narrative similar to the famous “Choose Your Own Adventure” series of books, but the company has had little luck expanding outside the anime market to reach other […]

FUNimation Channel to Air Central Park Media Anime Properties

by Ed Liuon April 25, 2007
An announcement on the FUNimation Channel home page is announcing that the channel has acquired the rights to air several popular anime from Central Park Media, including Grave of the Fireflies, Record of Lodoss Wars, Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie, and Project A-Ko. The first anime to debut will be Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie […]

PR: Superheroes Fly Through the Skies as Corus Kids TV Ramps Up for Summer Vacation

by Ed Liuon April 25, 2007
SUPERHEROES FLY THROUGH THE SKIES AS CORUS KIDS TELEVISION RAMPS UP FOR SUMMER VACATION (April 23, 2007 – Toronto , Canada ) This June, YTV and Treehouse celebrate summer vacation with a jam-packed schedule of movies and specials. Highlights include: Superhero Saturday, MÄR and Last Day of School on YTV, and Treehouse special events Hello […]

PR: "The Batman" Season Finale Foreshadows Greater Adventures for 2007-2008

by Ed Liuon April 25, 2007
“THE BATMAN” SEASON FINALE FORESHADOWS GREATER ADVENTURES FOR 2007-2008 SEASON ON KIDS’ WB! ON THE CW Caped Crusader Pairs With Martian Manhunter to Combat Alien Destruction of Gotham in Two-Part Episode to Air on Consecutive Saturdays April 28 & May 5 BURBANK, CA (APRIL 20, 2007) – Three-time Emmy Award winner “The Batman” offers a […]

PR: Teletoon Launches Video on Demand and Mobile TV Services

by Ed Liuon April 25, 2007
TELETOON LAUNCHES VIDEO ON DEMAND AND MOBILE TV SERVICES Toronto – TELETOON, Canada’s only all animation network, is taking some of its most popular Canadian cartoons to viewers where and when they want them with the launch of two new digital services, Video on Demand (VOD) on April 27 and Mobile TV on May 15. […]

PR: Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow for One Night Only

by Ed Liuon April 25, 2007
NARUTO THE MOVIE: NINJA CLASH IN THE LAND OF SNOW. FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY April 24, 2007 VIZ Media brings the hottest manga and anime series sweeping North America to the big screen on June 6, 2007 for a very special, one-night-only theatrical engagement in 160 select theaters nationwide of the first NARUTO feature film […]

Oscar-Winning Short Filmmaker John Canemaker on His Career and State of Animation

by Ed Liuon April 24, 2007
Newsarama’s Animated Shorts column has profiled Oscar-winning short film director and animation historian John Canemaker. The profile covers Canemaker’s childhood, his start in animation, his tenure on the 1970’s TV show Patchwork Family, his career as a teacher of animation history, and his Oscar win for The Moon and the Sun over works from Pixar […]

Uphill Battle Marketing "Ratatouille" in a World of Sequels

by Ed Liuon April 24, 2007
The New York Times discusses the obstacles in marketing Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille — one of very few summer tentpole movies that is entirely original and cannot rely on being a sequel or an adaptation of material from other media (registration required). Among Disney’s more unusual marketing efforts are advertising a 9-minute clip posted on the official […]

Speedy Gonzales Clothing Line Launches in Los Angeles

by Ed Liuon April 23, 2007
A report in the Los Angeles Times covers the launch of a Speedy Gonzales-themed line of clothing at the West L.A. shop Nine*Star (free registation required). Footwear, shorts, pants, shirts, and hooded sweatshirts will be among the apparel emblazoned with the Fastest Mouse in All Mexico. (via Mark Evanier’s weblog)