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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 […]

Press Release: FUNimation Channel Goes Live on SureWest Digital Television

by Ed Liuon December 19, 2006
*** FUNimation Channel Goes Live on SureWest Digital Television *** Top anime available 24/7 on digital channel from FUNimation Entertainment FORT WORTH, TX – December 18, 2006 – FUNimation Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation and the market share leader for home video sales of Japanese animation in the United States, announced today that […]

"Shrek the Third" Trailer Available On-Line

by Ed Liuon December 19, 2006
The trailer to DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek the Third is now available for download in a variety of formats: Windows Media: Small Medium Large QuickTime: Small Medium Large The trailer is also available in sizes optimized for PSP and iPod viewing. The movie opens on May 18, 2007.

Joe Barbera Tributes Around the Web

by Ed Liuon December 19, 2006
Several on-line appreciations of famed animator Joe Barbera have been appearing on sites of animators, animation writers, and other fans. The Cartoon Brew weblog is continually updating one post as new tributes come in, while writer Mark Evanier links to some others. Obituaries are also appearing in newspapers and other traditional media outlets. UPDATE: The […]

Chris Hayward, "Rocky and Bullwinkle" Writer 1925 – 2006

by Ed Liuon December 19, 2006
The New York Times is reporting the passing of animation and comedy writer Chris Hayward on November 20 at the age of 81 (registration required). The cause of death was reported to be cancer. Hayward was a long-time writer for Jay Ward Productions, being most closely associated with the “Dudley Do-Right” segments. The obituary notes […]

"Batman Adventures’" Burchett and Slott Re-Unite for "She-Hulk"

by Ed Liuon December 19, 2006
Comic Book Resources has spoken to writer Dan Slott and artist Rick Burchett about their upcoming run on Marvel’s She-Hulk, starting with issue #14 shipping on December 20. The last comic book the two collaborated on was DC’s Batman Adventures, based on Batman the Animated Series. In the article, Slott and Burchett provide a current […]

Joseph Barbera 1911 – 2006

by Ed Liuon December 18, 2006
Several news sources are reporting the passing of Joseph Barbera due to natural causes at the age of 95. Barbera was half of the famous Hanna-Barbera animation duo responsible for such classic cartoon characters as Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, the Flintstones, the Jetsons, and Tom and Jerry. His partner, William Hanna, passed away in 2001. […]

Jim Hill on the $500m Impact of "Tinker Bell Movie" Delays

by Ed Liuon December 18, 2006
Jim Hill Media has posted an article examining the potential impact to Disney’s bottom line due to the delays of The Tinkerbell Movie, which was to be the flagship of a new “Disney Fairies” marketing initiative. The movie was originally scheduled to be released to DVD in October 2007 in conjunction with a retailing push […]

TitansTower.com Posts Mega-Interview with "Teen Titans’" Glen Murakami

by Ed Liuon December 18, 2006
The TitansTower.com website has posted a massive interview with Teen Titans producer Glen Murakami, running from his start in the animation industry with Batman the Animated Series and going all the way through to the fifth and final season of Teen Titans. Along the way, Murakami hits on such various topics as the approach the […]

ASIFA-East Interviews Animation Historian Jerry Beck

by Ed Liuon December 18, 2006
Animation historian Jerry Beck has been interviewed for the ASIFA-East monthly newsletter. Interviewer David B. Levy inquires about Beck’s career path, some of the DVD projects he is working on (including the Paramount Harveytoons boxed set and the upcoming Popeye shorts collection), and what shorts from each studio he would save in a fire. Beck […]