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Murata Koichi 1939 – 2006

by Ed Liuon November 15, 2006
Animator Murata Koichi passed away on November 7, 2006, at the age of 67, according to GhibliWorld.com. Murata was the president of the Oh Production animation company and worked as key animator on Hayao Miyazaki on Panda Kopanda and as an animator on Isao Takahata’s Anne of Green Gables. (via Nausicaa.net)

Geneon December DVD Releases: Trigun Remix, Viewtiful Joe, and more

by Ed Liuon November 14, 2006
A press release from Geneon Entertainment details several of their upcoming DVD releases for December, 2006: Trigun Remix vol. 5, Viewtiful Joe vol. 6, Elemental Gelade vol. 4 – DISCOVERY, Fighting Spirit vol. 5 – One Step Further, KamiChu! vol. 4 – Holiday Confessions, and Saiyuki Reload Gunlock vol. 5. Full details on the contents […]

NY Times Magazine on "How to Be Funny" with Brad Bird, Patton Oswalt

by Ed Liuon November 14, 2006
The Sunday New York Times Magazine has published an issue dedicated to film comedy (registration required). One of the feature articles, “How to Be Funny,” speaks with 10 comedic wizards about assorted film comedy techinques. Two of the contributors are writer/director Brad Bird, who expounds on “How to Draw Funny Pictures;” and actor/writer Patton Oswalt, […]

Craig Kyle on "Invincible Iron Man"

by Ed Liuon November 14, 2006
Crave Online has spoken to Craig Kyle about the Invincible Iron Man direct-to-video movie in January, 2007. Kyle notes how Iron Man’s origin story will play out and also hints at possible plot threads for the movie. The site also has a behind-the-scenes video clip. (via Comic Book Resources Comics Reel)

Press Release: GENEON ENTERTAINMENT NEW DECEMBER RELEASES

by Ed Liuon November 14, 2006
GENEON ENTERTAINMENT NEW DECEMBER RELEASES With that gift giving time of year upon us and wish lists to be fulfilled, Geneon Entertainment doesn’t hesitate to pull out all the stops to make this the best Holiday yet. Some of our key December arrivals will include the wonderfully outrageous adventures of Viewtiful Joe Vol.6; the sky […]

"The New Adventures of He-Man" Coming to DVD December 26, 2006

by Ed Liuon November 13, 2006
BCI Eclipse has announced that The New Adventures of He-Man will be released in a 6-disc DVD pack on December 26, 2006. The series was a spin-off of the original He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. This release is the first of two volumes, containing 33 of the 65 episodes of the show and […]

Dragon Ball Z Getting Digitally Remastered High-Definition Re-Release

by Ed Liuon November 13, 2006
FUNimation announced that Dragon Ball Z has been digitially remastered in high-definition video for a re-release starting in February 2007. All 291 episodes have been digitally transferred from the original film at 1080p, and then cleaned up to remove film grain, dust, scratches, and debris. The first 5-disc season set will cover season 1 (“The […]

Press Release: BCI Eclipse to Release "New Adventures of He-Man"

by Ed Liuon November 13, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 9th, 2006 A NEW CHAPTER OF EXCITEMENT AND ADVENTURE BEGINS FOR HE-MAN® BCI ECLIPSE TO RELEASE 33 DIGITALLY REMASTERED EPISODES OF “THE NEW ADVENTURES OF HE-MAN®” VOLUME ONE Six DVDs in a Six-Panel DigiPak Available December 26th for $49.98 Los Angeles, CA – After the tremendous success of “He-Man and the […]

Press Release: Dragon Ball Z Digitally Remastered in High Definition and Restored

by Ed Liuon November 13, 2006
*** Dragon Ball Z Digitally Remastered in High Definition and Restored *** — FUNimation Entertainment announces the definitive Dragon Ball Z collection available February 2007 in TV on DVD season sets — Fort Worth, TX — November 13, 2006 — FUNimation Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation (NASDAQ: NAVR) and the market share leader […]

Real-World "Mater" Feels Ripples from "Cars"

by Ed Liuon November 13, 2006
The Sun News reports the impact that the movie Cars has had on Doug “Mater” Keever, the person who the rusty tow truck Mater was based on. The article details how Mater the person became Mater the animated tow truck and also notes the single line that Mater the person has in the final film.