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New Studio Ghibli Film Announced

Nausicaa.net is reporting that Studio Ghibli’s next film will be entitled Gedo Senki (Gedo War History) and will be directed by Goro Miyazaki, son of Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki. The film will be an adaptation of A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin. It is scheduled to be released in Japan in July 2006.

Paul Dini Talks "Jingle Belle"

Writer Paul Dini has been interviewed by Comicon.com’s PULSE News about his new Jingle Belle comics being published by Dark Horse. The interview delves into Jing’s move from Oni Press to Dark Horse, Dini’s inspirations for the character, and the upcoming Jingle Belle “Fight Before Christmas” one-shot issue. The article includes several preview pages from […]

"Charlie Brown Christmas" Continues TV Ratings Reign; "USA Today" Looks at Show

The 40th anniversary rebroadcast of A Charlie Brown Christmas on December 6 won the ratings race for its timeslot, garnering 15.4 million viewers and a 5.5 rating among adults aged 18-49, according to Nielsen Media Research. Its performance crushed its nearest competitor, CBS‘s NCIS, which had 1.1 million fewer viewers and a 3.4 rating for […]

How Homer Simpson Became Omar Shamshoon

An article in the Los Angeles Times examines the Arabic version of Fox’s The Simpsons, broadcast in the Middle East via Arabic satellite network MBC. Issues of translating humor and excising portions of the show that would be objectionable to a Middle Eastern Muslim audience are addressed, as are the varied reactions to the show […]

DreamWorks Acquired by Paramount; New Animation Distribution Deal Inked

Viacom’s Paramount Pictures has just acquired DreamWorks SKG for .6 billion in cash and debt. As a result of the deal, DreamWorks Animation Studios has signed a new distribution deal with Paramount similar to the one with DreamWorks SKG, where an 8% distribution fee earns Paramount marketing and distribution of DreamWorks Animation’s movies. Paramount will […]

Joe Hisashi Wins LA Film Critics Association Award

Studio Ghibli composer Joe Hisashi has won the Best Musical Score award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association for his work on Howl’s Moving Castle, according to Nausicaa.net.

Viz Dominates Bookscan GN Charts; "Naruto" a Top Seller

Viz Media has announced that their manga series dominates the Bookscan graphic novel chart, taking the top thirteen spots on the chart. Naruto manga volumes are six of the thirteen books listed, with Naruto Vol. 8 taking the top spot on the sales charts.

NY Times on the Long Shadow of Yogi Bear

An item in the New York Times notes the influence Hanna-Barbera’s Yogi Bear has had on animation (registration required). Noting that Yogi himself is a pastiche of then-current pop culture sources, the article further points out how Yogi and other Hanna-Barbera characters were innovators by instigating a practice of cultural homage that has continued to […]

Pixar's Characters as 19th Century Toys

An article in The New York Times notes the use of a zoetrope-like device in the “Pixar: 20 Years of Animation” exhibit opening this week at the Museum of Modern Art (registration required). The device — inspired by a similar installation at the Studio Ghibli Museum in Tokyo — combines a strobe light and 3-D […]

"Witchblade" Anime Coming to Japan in April

Newsarama.com is reporting that a new Witchblade anime series will be debuting in Japan in April 2006. The series will transplant the Witchblade story to Japan rather than re-using the Sara Pezzini character from the existing Witchblade comic books and TV series. Twenty-six episodes are planned; Kodansha will also release a tie-in manga series.

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