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"Wall Street Journal" on Internationalizing Cartoon Characters

The Wall Street Journal examines the growing practice of “transcreating” cartoon characters for export from the United States to international markets (registration required). The article makes note of the newer versions of the Powerpuff Girls and Spider-Man created for Japanese and Indian markets, respectively, and also highlights Chinese versions of Disney’s Mickey Mouse that resembles […]

Schulz Family Upset by Upcoming Biography of "Peanuts" Creator

The New York Times is reporting that several of Charles M. Schulz’s family is upset over Schulz and Peanuts, an upcoming biography by David Michaelis which often depicts the creator of the Peanuts comic strip as a depressed and cold individual constantly pursuing women (free registration required). Schulz’s son Monte and daughter Amy Schulz Johnson […]

"Gumby Essentials": Return of the Lean, Green, Mirth Machine

I remember watching Gumby’s eternally syndicated adventures in the afternoons during summer vacation, and soon became a lifelong fan of the unique textural appeal of Claymation. Yet I hadn’t seen the series in more than a decade due to its recent absence from TV. Thankfully that drought has been brought to an end by the […]

"Astro Boy" Teaser Poster Revealed; Animator Jakob Jensen Interviewed

A movie poster for Imagi Animation Studios’ Astro Boy film has been revealed. The movie will be a CGI-animated adaptation of Osamu Tezuka’s seminal anime character, and is currently scheduled for release in 2009. UPDATED: The Hollywood Reporter has spoken with animator Jakob Jensen about the challenges and successes in animating Astro Boy at Imagi […]

Warner Home Video Lands "Peanuts" Distribution Deal

Warner Home Video has signed a worldwide distribution deal with United Media, Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, and Lee Mendelson Film Productions for the Peanuts video library, including classic Peanuts cartoons and TV specials, direct-to-video programs, and new media. The press release states that new Peanuts DVDs will be released starting with a deluxe edition […]

PR: Warner Announces an Exclusive, Worldwide Distribution Agreement for 'Peanuts'

October 03, 2007 – Warner Home Video (WHV) has entered a multi-year, exclusive worldwide home video distribution deal with United Media (a.k.a.United Feature Syndicate, Inc.), Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, and Lee Mendelson Film Productions for Peanuts, the acclaimed syndicated comic strip which generated highly successful television programs revered by generations of viewers globally. The […]

PR: 4Kids Signs Five-Year Deal with CW Network to Program its Saturday Morning Block

NEW YORK – 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: KDE), a global provider of children’s entertainment and merchandise licensing, announced today that it has partnered with The CW Network to program its Saturday morning kids block for five years beginning with the 2008-2009 broadcast season. 4Kids will be supplying five hours of children’s programming per week to […]

"Avatar: The Last Airbender" Book 3, Vol. 2 Announced

Nickelodeon and Paramount announced Avatar: The Last Airbender‘s second volume of Book 3: Fire today: It is scheduled for 1/22/08 with a MSRP of $16.99. It will contain five episodes: “The Avatar and the Firelord”, “The Runaway”, “The Puppetmaster”, “Nightmares and Daydreams”, and “Day of the Black Sun”. In related news, the first volume of […]

Warner Brothers and The Weinstein Company Team Up With Imagi Animation

Imagi Entertianment has entered into a distribution deal with Warner Brothers Pictures and The Weistein Company to distribute their next two CGI movies based on the Gatchaman and Astro Boy properties. Both movies are set to debut in theaters in 2009. Each film has a production budget of aproximately 40 million US dollars. Imagi is […]

NY Times on "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" Mash-up YouTube Videos

The New York Times covers the growing phenomenon of mash-up videos (free registration required), where individuals take clips from animated TV shows and movies and turn them into music videos. The Times notes a growing number of mash-ups of “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” by the rap artist Soulja Boy, including one that uses Disney’s Winnie […]

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