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"A Charlie Brown Christmas:" The Finest Christmas Cartoon of All Time

by Ed Liuon December 24, 2006
According to producer Lee Mendelson, the two top executives at CBS reacted negatively when they watched A Charlie Brown Christmas for the first time in 1965. “It seems a little flat…a little slow,” said one of them. The other said they would still air it since it was finished and paid for, but wouldn’t order […]

Dick Van Dyke: Computer Animator

by Ed Liuon December 22, 2006
The Los Angeles Times discusses 3-D computer-generated animation and effects with famed actor Dick Van Dyke (free registration required), who has dabbled in effects and animation since appearing in Disney’s Mary Poppins. Van Dyke’s latest acquisitions are some of computer caricatures of himself from Night at the Museum, about which he stated, “I do a […]

Australia/New Zealand Release of "Tales from Earthsea" in 2007

by Ed Liuon December 22, 2006
Nausicaa.net is reporting that Madman Entertainment has secured the rights to distribute Studio Ghibli’s Tales from Earthsea in Australia and New Zealand. The movie will begin its theatrical run in mid-2007.

Screen Novelties on Restoring Rudolph, Santa Stop-Motion Puppets

by Ed Liuon December 21, 2006
The Screen Novelties weblog has posted an article on restoring the original stop-motion puppets for Santa Claus and the title character used in Rankin-Bass’ Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The work entailed significant repair, since the puppets were used as Christmas ornaments for nearly 30 years in the household of a former Rankin-Bass employee. The puppets […]

Celebrity Casting for "TMNT"

by Ed Liuon December 21, 2006
The newest movie in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise (titled simply TMNT) has picked up some star voice casting. A report on the Patrick Stewart Network website states that Stewart will provide the voice for the insane tech-industrialist Max Winters. Meanwhile, an article in USA Today states that Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire […]

"Avatar" Season 2 Disc 2 Coming April 10, 2007

by Ed Liuon December 21, 2006
TVShowsOnDVD is reporting that the second DVD of the second season of Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender will be shipping on April 10, 2007. The article also includes a photo of the disc case artwork. The disc will include episodes 6-10 from season 2 and special features to be announced. (via TZ member Ayaka)

Paul Dini to Appear at New York Comic-Con in February

by Ed Liuon December 21, 2006
Paul Dini has just been announced as a guest of honor at the New York Comic-Con, taking place from February 23 – 25 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. A full list of guests (currently including Stan Lee, Jeff Smith, and Stephen King) and more information about the convention is available at […]

Shojo Beat Magazine Gets New Look and Expanded Coverage in January

by Ed Liuon December 19, 2006
VIZ Media has announced that the January 2007 issue of Shojo Beat magazine will have a fresh new look and expanded coverage in addition to its collection of serialized manga. The issue will debut Beat Girl, Shojo Beat‘s new mascot, and also launch a Girl Hero feature and expanded sections on Fashion & Beauty and […]

FUNimation Channel Now Available to SureWest Digital TV Customers

by Ed Liuon December 19, 2006
FUNimation has issued a press release announcing that the FUNimation Channel is now available as part of the digital television package of SureWest Broadband. It is on channel 142 as part of SureWest Broadband’s Digital Choice package. Read the full press release here.

Press release: VIZ Media Announces Expanded Coverage and New Look for Shojo Beat

by Ed Liuon December 19, 2006
VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES EXPANDED COVERAGE AND A NEW LOOK FOR SHOJO BEAT MAGAZINE BEGINNING WITH JANUARY 2007 ISSUE First Issue Of The Year To Debut Several New Sections, Introduce New Magazine Mascot And Feature A 2007 Shojo Beat Calendar San Francisco, CA, December 19, 2006 — VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment […]