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How Homer Simpson Became Omar Shamshoon

An article in the Los Angeles Times examines the Arabic version of Fox’s The Simpsons, broadcast in the Middle East via Arabic satellite network MBC. Issues of translating humor and excising portions of the show that would be objectionable to a Middle Eastern Muslim audience are addressed, as are the varied reactions to the show […]

DreamWorks Acquired by Paramount; New Animation Distribution Deal Inked

Viacom’s Paramount Pictures has just acquired DreamWorks SKG for .6 billion in cash and debt. As a result of the deal, DreamWorks Animation Studios has signed a new distribution deal with Paramount similar to the one with DreamWorks SKG, where an 8% distribution fee earns Paramount marketing and distribution of DreamWorks Animation’s movies. Paramount will […]

Joe Hisashi Wins LA Film Critics Association Award

Studio Ghibli composer Joe Hisashi has won the Best Musical Score award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association for his work on Howl’s Moving Castle, according to Nausicaa.net.

Viz Dominates Bookscan GN Charts; "Naruto" a Top Seller

Viz Media has announced that their manga series dominates the Bookscan graphic novel chart, taking the top thirteen spots on the chart. Naruto manga volumes are six of the thirteen books listed, with Naruto Vol. 8 taking the top spot on the sales charts.

NY Times on the Long Shadow of Yogi Bear

An item in the New York Times notes the influence Hanna-Barbera’s Yogi Bear has had on animation (registration required). Noting that Yogi himself is a pastiche of then-current pop culture sources, the article further points out how Yogi and other Hanna-Barbera characters were innovators by instigating a practice of cultural homage that has continued to […]

Pixar's Characters as 19th Century Toys

An article in The New York Times notes the use of a zoetrope-like device in the “Pixar: 20 Years of Animation” exhibit opening this week at the Museum of Modern Art (registration required). The device — inspired by a similar installation at the Studio Ghibli Museum in Tokyo — combines a strobe light and 3-D […]

"Witchblade" Anime Coming to Japan in April

Newsarama.com is reporting that a new Witchblade anime series will be debuting in Japan in April 2006. The series will transplant the Witchblade story to Japan rather than re-using the Sara Pezzini character from the existing Witchblade comic books and TV series. Twenty-six episodes are planned; Kodansha will also release a tie-in manga series.

Comics Previews for December 9: Street Fighter II, GLX-Mas Special

Several previews for comic books have been released throughout the web. AVAILABLE AT COMIC SHOP STANDS NOW – The Webcomics Examiner has selected the best Webcomics of 2005, and included links to all the selected webcomics. – previews for next week’s Marvel and DC Comics releases, and has also made the Street Fighter #0 preview […]

"Incredibles," "Polar Express" Pick Up Grammy Nominations

The 48th Annual Grammy Awards nominees have been released, and two animated feature films have picked up nominations in the Film/TV/Visual Media category. The Incredibles picked up a nomination for Best Score Soundtrack Album and “Believe” by Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri from The Polar Express picked up a nomination for Best Song.

National Academy of Sciences Criticizes Toons Marketing Junk Food

A report by the National Academy of Sciences has sharply criticized the marketing practices of the food and beverage industries, especially the use of popular cartoon characters like SpongeBob SquarePants and Shrek to sell junk food to children. The report recommends Congress take action to restrict marketing practices if the food companies do not act […]

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