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"Naruto" Licensing Marches On

ICv2 is reporting that two new firms have signed up to produce licensed Naruto merchandise. Basic Fun will be producing iPod covers and keychains, while Great Eastern Entertainment will manufacture wall scrolls, patches, wrist cuffs, headbands, caps, more key chains, and buttons.

Exporting SpongeBob to China

The New York Times talks about Nickelodeon’s efforts to bring its programming to China (registration required), detailing the hurdles its parent company Viacom must clear from the Chinese government and from Chinese parents who may be even more restrictive on what their children are allowed to watch. The Wild Thornberries and CatDog are already broadcast […]

Dan Slott on "She-Hulk"'s 100th Issue

Writer Dan Slott (Batman Adventures) has spoken to Newsarama.com about the upcoming She-Hulk 2 #3, which is also the 100th solo issue for the Jade Giantess if one starts from the 1980 Savage She-Hulk #1. The story involves a run-in with the Time Variance Authority, which is threatening to remove She-Hulk from history after she […]

Vincent Schiavelli 1948 - 2005

Character actor Vincent Schiavelli died yesterday, December 26, of lung cancer at his home in Sicily at age 57. Schiavelli was a memorable presence in film and television, appearing in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series, and the James Bond film Tomorrow Never […]

"Daily Variety" Reports Disney/Pixar Deal "Not Far Now"

A report on the Daily Variety website quotes unnamed insiders as stating that a new distribution deal between the Walt Disney Corporation and Pixar Animation Studios is on the verge of being announced. Daily Variety added that neither side was willing to comment on the record for the report. (via Internet Movie Database Daily Briefing)

"Dungeons & Dragons" Toon to DVD in 2006?

TVShowsOnDVD.com is reporting a rumor that the Saturday morning cartoon Dungeons and Dragons will be released on DVD in North America some time in 2006. The rumor is lent more credibility by an entry on writer Mark Evanier’s weblog confirming it. The original series ran for 27 episodes from 1983-1985 and centered on six children […]

Comics Previews for December 23, 2005: "She-Hulk" #3, "Retro Rocket," "Batman Annual"

The following comic book previews are available on the web: AVAILABLE NOW – Buzzscope.com has updated its previews for comics released on December 21, including Ultimate X-Men/Fantastic Four #1 and X-Men: Deadly Genesis #2. AVAILABLE NEXT WEEK – Buzzscope.com has previews of Marvel and DC Comics coming on December 28, including She-Hulk 2 #3 by […]

Behind the Scenes of "Black Jack" Anime

An article in the Daily Yomiuri Online goes behind the scenes of the Black Jack anime TV series currently airing in Japan. The series, about a brilliant but unlicensed surgeon, debuted in October 2004 and is now in its second season, while a live-action movie was released last week. The movie was directed by Macoto […]

The Ultimate DVD Extra: 20 Years of Pixar at the MoMA

In 1984, a young animator named John Lasseter left Disney to work for George Lucas’ special effects group. 21 years, six feature films, 10 short films, and fifteen Academy Awards later, Pixar Animation Studios has firmly established itself as one of the finest American animation studios in the history of the medium. To commemorate their […]

New Short Films Debut at Ghibli Museum on January 3

Three new short films will debut at the Studio Ghibli Museum starting on January 3. Details and still frames from all three movies (House Hunting, Mon-mon the Water Spider, and The Day I Harvested a Star) are available at walkerplus.com, with a translation of the picture captions and the accompanying article provided by Nausicaa.net.

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