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"Patlabor" Coming to DVD in October

US Manga Corps will release Patlabor: The Mobile Police – The New Files DVD Collection on October 11, Animated Bliss reports. It will retail for $29.95.

BKN Sells North American Rights to Seven Series

Digiview Production has picked up the North American DVD rights to seven titles produced by Germany’s BKN, the companies said today. Titles include Monster Rancher; Pocket Dragon Adventures; UBOS; Starla and the Jewel Riders; Sky Surfer Strike Force; Scruff; and Roswell Conspiracies. Digiview will begin distributing the DVDs in the autumn of 2005. [Source: CCNMatthews]

"ToddWorld" Comes to Iberia

Spain’s Elastic Rights has picked up TV, DVD, merchandising and licensing rights to ToddWorld in Spain and Portugal, c21 Media reports.

New "Harvey Birdman" Funny Beyond the Shado of a Doubt

Unlike network programs Simpsons and Family Guy that have broad appeal, cable adult comedy animation tends to target a very specific audience. Either you get it or you don’t. Although if you’re in college and inebriated the odds are probably in your favor. Occasionally there’s a show that is just down to earth enough to […]

"Darkstalkers" Round One: Fight!

The Darkstalkers, the old races of Earth, have returned. Some of these creatures—like the catgirl actress Felicia and lord of the seas Rikku—are good. Others, such as the succubus Morrigan, the vampire Demitri, and intergalactic despot Pyron—are not. While this might have been decent Saturday fare ten years ago, how does this story (adapted from […]

CPM Re-Prices, Re-Releases Multiple Titles

Central Park Media will re-price and re-release an assortment of its anime titles, the company said today. Series being released include Geobreeders, Agent Aika, The Ping-Pong Club, and Photon: The Idiot Adventures. Details follow: Geobreeders Contents: Episodes 1-3 Release Date: September 27 Price: $9.95 Languages: English; Japanese with English subtitles Extras: Previews, DVD-ROM features. Geobreeders: […]

"Ferngully" Coming to DVD in October

Fox will release Ferngully: The Last Rainforest Special Edition to DVD on October 18, Animated Bliss reports. The two-disc set will feature commentary track, featurettes, and games. It will retail for $19.98. Animated Bliss has further news on DVD releases, including Pet Alien; Garfield Prime Time Giftset; South Park: Season 6; Tripping The Rift: Season […]

"Orphen," "North Star" Get Thin-Pack Releases

ADV Films will release two thin-pack collections to DVD on August 30, the company said today. Orphen 2: The Revenge Collection and New Fist of the North Star: Complete will collect their complete respective series. Orphen 2: The Revenge Collection will present all 23 episodes in both English 2.0 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles.  […]

"NY Times" on Anime's "Mean Girls"

The New York Times has briefly reviewed three anime DVD releases, using them as examples of anime’s trend towards hypersexualized female killing machine characters (free registration required). The shows reviewed are Saikano, Gunslinger Girl, and Elfen Lied.

Jerry Beck: Animation Maven

Animation historian Jerry Beck has written several books about cartoons, including Looney Tunes & Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide and Outlaw Animation. He was also part of the production of such compilation shows, such as Toonheads and Totally Tooned In, and DVD releases, including the Looney Tunes Golden Collections. He is also the founder […]

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