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Digital Bits Reports "Cars," "Chicken Little" on Blu-Ray DVD

by Ed Liuon January 12, 2007
A report on the Digital Bits DVD news site states that Buena Vista Home Entertainment will be releasing a slate of titles in the Blu-Ray high-definition DVD format, including Cars and Chicken Little. Chicken Little has a scheduled street date of March 20, while Cars is only slated for the summer of 2007. (via Toon […]

Press Release: Premiere of My Gym Partner’s a Monkey First Feature Movie on Jan 14

by Ed Liuon January 12, 2007
It’s One Wild Ride in “The Big Field Trip” Premiere of My Gym Partner’s a Monkey First Feature Movie on Sunday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. (ET, PT) My Gym Partner’s a Monkey leaves the classroom jungle behind and takes to the open road in the premiere of its first ever one-hour Cartoon Network Studios […]

"Atlantic Monthly" Declares Stan Lee the 26th Most Influential Living American

by Ed Liuon January 11, 2007
A press release from POW! Entertainment notes that their founder Stan Lee was named the 26th most influential living American by Atlantic Monthly magazine, in a tie-vote with Bill Cosby. POW! notes that Lee’s position places him above politicians Henry Kissinger and Bill Clinton; entertainers Chuck Berry, Clint Eastwood, and Tiger Woods; publisher Hugh Hefner; […]

Kevin Monroe and Thomas K. Gray on CGI "Gatchaman" and Killing "Cat Tales"

by Ed Liuon January 11, 2007
Director Kevin Munroe and producer Thomas K. Gray have spoken about two different animated feature film projects currently in progress at Imagi Entertainment Studios. The first is a feature at IGN.com, where the two provide a progress report for their feature film based on the Japanese anime Gatchaman, known to many in America as Battle […]

"Invincible Iron Man" Clip at Superherohype

by Ed Liuon January 10, 2007
The SupeHeroHype.com website has posted an exclusive clip from Marvel’s The Invincible Iron Man. The direct-to-DVD movie will be shipping on January 23. (via Comic Book Resources Comics Reel)

Steve Krantz, Producer of 1960’s Marvel Superheroes and "Fritz the Cat", 1923 – 2007

by Ed Liuon January 10, 2007
Variety is reporting that producer Steve Krantz has passed away on January 4, 2007, at the age of 83 due to complications from pneumonia. Krantz started his own company in 1960 and produced the much-beloved Marvel Superheroes cartoons, which adapted early Marvel Comics to TV animation with catchy theme songs and artwork often lifted straight […]

Bobobo-Bo Bo-Bobo Renewed for 2nd Season on Cartoon Network

by Ed Liuon January 10, 2007
Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo has been picked up for a second season on Cartoon Network, according to a press release from Toei Animation. The show centers on the titular hero, whose Golden Afro and prehensile nostril hair are all that stand between Czar Baldy Bald 4th and world domination. An uncut season 1 DVD boxed set is […]

33rd People’s Choice Awards for "Cars," "Simpsons"

by Ed Liuon January 10, 2007
The 33rd Annual People’s Choice Awards handed out several awards to Disney/Pixar’s Cars for Favorite Family Movie, and Favorite Song from a Movie and Favorite Remake for “Life is a Highway” by Rascal Flatts. The Simpsons also won in the Favorite Animated TV Comedy category. The full list of award winners and information on the […]

Peter Kleinow, Stop-Motion Animator, 1934 – 2007

by Ed Liuon January 10, 2007
The Cartoon Brew weblog is reporting that stop-motion animator Peter Kleinow passed away last Saturday, January 6, 2007, at the age of 72. Kleinow animated both the original Gumby and Davey & Goliath TV shows, the original robot Terminator in the 1984 science fiction movie of the same name, and commercials with characters like the […]

Penguins Making Waves in Ads, Thanks to Animated Versions

by Ed Liuon January 10, 2007
The New York Times notes a wave of penguin-themed advertisements coming soon (registration required), crediting their success as pitchmen to the successes of DreamWorks’ Madagascar and Warner Brothers’ Happy Feet, in addition to the live-action sleeper hit March of the Penguins. The trend may not let up any time soon, with penguins appearing in ad […]