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Disney Reports Second Quarter 2005 Earnings of $698 Million

The New York Times covers Disney’s second quarter earnings announcement (free registration required), which reported a $698 million profit on $7.8 billion in revenue. The 30% rise in profit from the first quarter was attributed to increased home video sales, as well as higher prices and attendance at Disney’s theme park in Florida.

Comic Book Previews for May 18: "Batman: Dark Detective", "JLA: Classified"

Mile High Comics has released advance previews of several comics coming from DC and Marvel on May 18, 2005. DC highlights include Batman: Dark Detective #2 by Steve Englehart, Marshall Rogers, and Terry Austin; Ex Machina #11 by Brian K. Vaughan, Tony Harris, and Tom Feister; and JLA Classified #7 by Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, […]

Tajja Isen Interviewed About "Atomic Betty"

Voice actress Tajja Isen has been interviewed by Comicon.com’s PULSE News about her role as Atomic Betty in the cartoon of the same name. The article notes that the 13-year old actress is currently working on other animation projects, along with an Atomic Betty holiday special and live-action music video.

Navarre Corporation Acquires FUNimation

A press release has announced that the Navarre Corporation has acquired FUNimation Productions, Ltd. and the FUNimation Store, Ltd. for approximately $100 million in cash and 1.8 million shares of Navarre common stock.

Toshio Suzuki Speaks About Ghibli's Next Film

A report on Nausicaa.net summarizes comments made by producer Toshio Suzuki on NHK about Studio Ghibli’s next project. Suzuki and director Hayao Miyazaki are currently planning a movie targeted at smaller children.

Animation Industry Hiring on the Rise?

The Los Angeles Times has published an article about Bob Foster, a 61-year-old veteran Disney animator who was recently hired by Warner Brothers for a Tom and Jerry TV series revival (free registration required). The article notes a recent rise in hiring by the local animation industry, although it does not cite any supporting statistics.

Miguelanxo Prado to Direct "De Profundis" Animated Movie

Variety is reporting that Spanish comic book artist Miguelanxo Prado will be directing an animated film called De Profundis – The Sound of the Sea (registration required). In addition to his social-issue comics published in Europe, Prado was the character designer for the animated Men in Black and Starship Troopers TV shows. (via Comicon.com’s The […]

"Pom Poko" and "Yamadas" on R1 DVD on August 16

Ultimate Disney reports that Pom Poko and My Neighbors the Yamadas are due on region 1 DVD from Walt Disney Home Entertainment on August 16. Voice casts are included on the announcement for both movies. (via Nausicaa.net)

Animated Late Night Cable TV Stealing Male Viewers

An article in The New York Times notes the changing demographics of late night TV, as young male viewers move from the broadcast networks to cable TV offerings. Cartoon Network’s Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, Family Guy, and other Adult Swim shows are mentioned by name alongside Comedy Central’s Daily Show.

A.O. Scott on Superheroes vs. Stars

New York Times movie critic A.O. Scott discusses the recent rise of the superhero in Hollywood in a mostly non-condescending manner (free registration required), noting how superhero properties are beginning to demand respect in their own right as Hollywood money makers.

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