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Chris Sanders Moves to DreamWorks Animation

by Ed Liuon March 28, 2007
Variety is reporting that director Chris Sanders (Lilo and Stitch) has signed on with DreamWorks Animation, with his first film project to be Crood Awakenings, a comedy about cavemen. A veteran of the Disney Animation Studios, Sanders left Disney earlier this year after creative differences with new studio head John Lasseter over Sanders’ film American […]

Judge Dismisses Three Claims in Pooh Dispute

by Ed Liuon March 28, 2007
U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper threw out three claims brought by the Slesinger family in their long-running copyright dispute with the Walt Disney Company over Winnie the Pooh (free registration required). The Slesingers inherited Pooh copyrights in 1961 and transferred those rights to Disney in exchange for loyalties. However, the partnership turned sour, ending up […]

Nick Jr. Premieres New "Backyardigans" and "Blue’s Room" Episodes

by Ed Liuon March 28, 2007
Nick Jr. will be premiering new episodes of The Backyardigans throughout the week of March 19, followed by new episodes of Blue’s Room during the week of March 23. Both shows will be getting 4 new episodes airing Monday through Thursday, with a two-hour marathon of all the new episodes on Friday. The Backyardigans will […]

"Zatch Bell!" Added to Toonami Jetstream

by Ed Liuon March 28, 2007
A press release from VIZ Media has announced the addition of ZATCH BELL! to Toonami Jetstream, the on-line streaming video service that is a joint venture between VIZ and Cartoon Network. Episode 3, “The Secret Spell,” is now available, and new episodes will be uploaded every week. Read the full press release here.

PR: ZATCH BELL! added to Toonami Jetstream

by Ed Liuon March 28, 2007
ZATCH BELL!™ ADDED TO TOONAMI JETSTREAM Smash Hit Anime Series Is The Latest Addition To Broadband Streaming Joint Venture With Cartoon Network San Francisco, CA, March 26, 2007 — VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced the addition of the hit […]

PR: Nick Jr. Unveils Two Premiere Weeks of "Backyardigans" and "Blue’s Room"

by Ed Liuon March 28, 2007
NICK JR. UNVEILS TWO BACK-TO-BACK PREMIERE WEEKS OF HIT PRESCHOOL SERIES’ THE BACKYARDIGANS AND BLUE’S ROOM BEGINNING MONDAY, MARCH 19 The Backyardigans Groove to Psychedelic Soul, Jug Band, Klezmer and Surf Music on Four New Episodes Premiering March 19 – March 23 Blue, Joe and Sprinkles Become Rock Stars and Fairytale Characters, Discover Modes of […]

Did Turtle Toy Sales, Superman, and Batman Lead to "TMNT"?

by Ed Liuon March 27, 2007
In comments to the Los Angeles Daily News, Warner Brothers distribution head Dan Fellman seemed to indicate that strong continuing toy sales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles led the studio to revive the film franchise with the CGI animated TMNT movie. Fellman stated that, “The toys were selling and there was a resurgence of […]

Maxwell Atoms on "Grim" Movie, Upcoming Grim/KND Crossover

by Ed Liuon March 27, 2007
Animated Shorts has interviewed Maxwell Atoms about the Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy movie, Big Boogey Adventure. The interview covers Atoms’ career at Cartoon Network and the longevity of the show, as well as the upcoming movie. Atoms also revealed that a crossover movie between Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy and Codename: Kids […]

Marshall Rogers, "Laughing Fish" Artist, 1950 – 2007

by Ed Liuon March 27, 2007
Comic book artist Marshall Rogers passed away over the weekend at the age of 57. Rogers was the artist on the seminal Detective Comics “Strange Apparitions” story arc, which included the famous “Laughing Fish” story that was adapted into an episode of Batman the Animated Series. His other work included memorable runs on DC’s Mr. […]

Yani Mentzas of Vertical on Manga Titles; Possible CN Tie-ins

by Ed Liuon March 27, 2007
Newsarama.com has interviewed Yani Mentzas, Editorial Director and Executive Vice President of Vertical, on the company’s manga publishing efforts. The company has published English translations of Osamu Tezuka’s Buddha and Ode to Kirihito, and just released To Terra… Vol. 1. At the end of the interview, Mentzas states, “We are looking to launch a manga […]