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"SpongeBob," "South Park" Go to iTunes

Several shows from Viacom television networks are now available for purchase at Apple Computer’s iTunes Music Store. Included among the list of shows are Comedy Central’s South Park and Drawn Together, and Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer. All videos are $1.99 each.

"Toy Story 3" Not to Be

A report in the Los Angeles Times states that Disney plans to shut down Circle 7, the animation unit created by the Disney studios to make sequels to successful Pixar movies, and production on Toy Story 3 will be halted (free registration required). While no official statement has been made by Disney or Pixar executives […]

Bandai to Release "Samurai Champloo" Cine-Manga

Bandai Entertainment has announced a series of “Cine-Manga” based on the anime TV series Samurai Champloo. The volumes will also include bonus material, with the first volume containing an interview with series director Shinichiro Watanabe. Volume 1 will be released in April 2006.

"Speed Racer" Comics Coming in July 2006

A press release from Seven Seas Entertainment announces that they will be publishing a Speed Racer comic book. The five-issue mini-series will debut in July 2006.

Al Sharpton vs. "The Boondocks"

The Rev. Al Sharpton is demanding an apology from Cartoon Network over last week’s episode of The Boondocks, “The Return of the King,” where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., uses a racial epithet. Sharpton further demanded that the network “commit to pulling episodes that desecrate black historic figures.” A statement from Cartoon Network […]

Disney Short Films Available on iTunes

10 Disney short films are now available from Apple Computer’s misnamed iTunes Music Store. The films are all Academy Award winners or nominees, and include classics such as Brave Little Tailor and Ferdinand the Bull. All the films are $1.99 each.

Media Weighs In on Disney's Purchase of Pixar

The mainstream media has exploded with news and commentary about yesterday’s announcement that The New York Times: – USA Today and USA Today both feature articles about John Lasseter, Executive Vice President Creative for Pixar and newly named Chief Creative Officer for Disney animation studios. The Times article may require registration to read. Of special […]

TCM to Air Miyazaki Films Through May

A posting on Nausicaa.net notes that the Turner Classic Movies channel will be airing the films of Hayao Miyazaki through May, although the on-line schedule only shows a rebroadcast of Spirited Away at the end of March. The same article notes that Only Yesterday will be aired this Thursday on TCM in a subtitled version, […]

Larry Schwartz Talks "Kappa Mikey"

The “Animated Shorts” column at Newsarama.com has spoken to Larry Schwartz of the Animation Collective about Kappa Mikey, a new series debuting on Nicktoons later this month. The series focuses on an American animated actor sent to star in a Japanese anime show, and combines American and Japanese animation styles to send up the culture […]

"Family Guy" Comics Coming in April

Devil’s Due Publishing will be releasing a Family Guy comic book mini-series starting in April. Titled “100 Ways to Kill Lois,” the bi-monthly three-issue comic will be written by series writer Matt Fleckenstein and drawn by Benjamin Phillips. Devil’s Due also stated that the series will be collected later this year, and that sales will […]

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