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"Premiere" Magazine Names "Fantasia" in Its 20 Overrated Films

by Ed Liuon December 12, 2006
Premiere Magazine has published its list of the 20 Most Overrated Movies of All Time. Disney’s Fantasia is the fourth entry on the list, described as “a mishmash of pedantic narration and erratic tone.” Premiere also suggests that those who love the film should “(skip) your daily dose of acid before breakfast.” (via Amid Amidi […]

Nickelodeon: “Animation Really Is the Heart and Soul of Our Business"

by Ed Liuon December 12, 2006
The New York Times examines the continuing success of Nickelodeon (registration required), and makes note of the networks’ continued and unflagging committment to new and on-going animated programming, with Nickelodeon president Cyma Zarghami stating that “Animation really is the heart and soul of our business.” The article looks at the success of old favorites like […]

"Matinee at the Bijou" to Bring High-Definition Cartoon Shorts to PBS

by Ed Liuon December 12, 2006
PBS will be reviving “Matinee at the Bijou,” a series that aims to “faithfully replicate the pre-1960 movie matinee experience,” with a new 12-episode season in 2007. Animated short films will be included as a regular part of each installment, all of which will be remastered in high-definition, with Betty Boop, Tom & Jerry, and […]

"Avatar" Season 2 DVDs to Include Exclusive Comic; S2 Box Confirmed

by Ed Liuon December 11, 2006
TVShowsOnDVD is reporting that Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender season 2 DVDs will be packaged with exclusive comic books and that a boxed set of all 4 DVDs will be coming towards the end of 2007. There was no word on whether the boxed set would include an exclusive bonus disc, as the season 1 […]

NBA’s Shawn Marion == Toon Fan

by Ed Liuon December 11, 2006
The New York Times has outed the NBA’s Shawn Marion of the Phoenix Suns as an animation fan (registration required). The article states that he has a cartoons-on-DVD collection he “hopes to turn into a library someday,” and that his favorite cartoon is ThunderCats. (via Cartoon Brew)

NY Times on Annual Heat Miser/Cold Miser Smackdown

by Ed Liuon December 11, 2006
The New York Times comments on the annual battle between the Heat Miser and the Cold Miser, the villains who steal the show from the Rankin-Bass stop-motion animated TV special The Year Without a Santa Claus (registration required). Proper respect is paid to the duo’s theme song, written by Maury Laws and Jules Bass, which […]

Help Peter S. Beagle by Buying "The Last Unicorn" DVD through Conlan Press

by Ed Liuon December 11, 2006
Independent publisher Conlan Press has issued a press release announcing a special deal with Lionsgate Entertainment to sell The Last Unicorn 25th Anniversary DVD, ensuring that more than half their purchase price will go towards benefiting Peter S. Beagle, the author of the original novel and the screenplay of the movie. Conlan Press will sell […]

Press Release: Fans Help Peter S. Beagle by Buying "Last Unicorn" DVD Through Conlan

by Ed Liuon December 11, 2006
FANS HELP World-Famous Author PETER S. BEAGLE when they BUY THE NEW 25th ANNIVERSARY DVD EDITION of THE LAST UNICORN through Conlan Press On 2/6/07 Lionsgate will release The Last Unicorn: 25th Anniversary Edition — a widescreen digitally remastered DVD version of the animated classic, including additional features and material — with special Conlan Press […]

Vertical to Publish Tezuka’s "Apollo’s Song" in June 2007; "To Terra…" in Feb 2007

by Ed Liuon December 10, 2006
Independent publisher Vertical, Inc. has announced that they will be publishing a translation of Osamu Tezuka’s Apollo’s Song (Apollo no Uta) in June of 2007. The 500-page graphic novel tells the tale of a young man named Shogo, who is condemned to an eternity of heartbreak by the Goddess of Love because of his own […]

BCI to Bring Filmation "Ghostbusters" to DVD

by Ed Liuon December 10, 2006
BCI Eclipse has announced a 6-DVD set of Ghostbusters, to be released in February 2007. The series is also known as Original Ghostbusters or Filmation’s Ghostbusters, to distinguish it from the Real Ghostbusters cartoon spun off from the hit 1984 live-action movie. This first set will include the first 32 episodes of the show, along […]