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Viacom and Kellogg Face Lawsuit over SpongeBob Marketing

Two consumer groups have announced their intention to sue Viacom, parent company of Nickelodeon, and the Kellogg Company over their use of SpongeBob SquarePants and other cartoon characters to sell food of “poor nutritional quality” to children under 8 (registration required). The Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, […]

Bandai Announces "Eureka SeveN" DVD Release Date, Manga

Bandai Entertainment has announced a release date of April 25 for volume 1 of the Eureka SeveN anime series on DVD. The same announcement also announces plans to release two tie-in manga series and a tie-in soundtrack, as well as possible broadcast on a “premier TV network.”

Timm and Tucker Talk "Justice League Unlimited"

Newsarama.com’s latest “Animated Shorts” column has spoken to Justice League Unlimited producers Bruce Timm and James Tucker about the upcoming episodes of the show and the “Legion of Doom” story arc. Columnist Steve Fritz also engages in some speculation on the future of Justice League Unlimited and Teen Titans, and also reports that Warner will […]

BET Hires Denys Cowan as Animation Executive

A press release states that one of three new executives hired by BET is Denys Cowan, who will be tasked with developing animated productions for the television, home video, on-line, and wireless channels. Cowan co-created Static Shock with Dwayne McDuffie in both comic and TV incarnations and was producer and supervising director for The Boondocks […]

"Transformers: Evolutions" Teaser Image Posted

An image of what looks like Transformers based on steam-powered locomotives has been posted at Newsarama.com. The image is from IDW Publishing’s The Transformers: Hearts of Steel #1, the first issue of a monthly “alternate reality” Transformers comic book title. The first issue will be written by Chuck Dixon with art by Ted McKeever.

G.I. Joe Tackles Terror in "Special Missions: Manhattan"

Comic Book Resources.com has spoken to the writers of G.I. Joe: Special Missions: Manhattan, coming in February 2006 from Devil’s Due Publishing. The 48-page special will contain one main story by B. Clay Moore and Jeremy Haun, two shorter tales by Mike O’Sullivan, and character profile pages.

"BusinessWeek" Debunks "Disney Buys Pixar" Rumors

An article in BusinessWeek on-line debunks the oft-repeated rumor that the Walt Disney Corporation will buy Pixar Animation Studios and make Steve Jobs the CEO of Disney. The two companies were reported close to renewing their distribution deal, but neither will comment publicly about the negotiations.

Dennis Marks, R.I.P.

Writer Mark Evanier is reporting the passing of animation writer Dennis Marks. Marks’ career stretches back to the late 1960s, with work on Batfink, Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space, Transformers, and the Tom and Jerry and Jetsons feature films. He was also the head writer for Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends and the […]

LA Times on Making "Hoodwinked"

The Los Angeles Times covers the background of the CGI feature film Hoodwinked, ultimately focusing on the seemingly overnight success of writer/directors Cory and Todd Edwards and Tony Leech (free registration required). The article covers their prior works and the long, bumpy path from concept to release.

NY Times Talks CN's Anime

A slightly condescending article in the New York Times Arts section delves into what it judges as the anime series on Cartoon Network which defy anime stereotypes (registration required). Among the shows judged worthy are Naruto, Samurai Champloo, and Fullmetal Alchemist.

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