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Viz Announces New May Titles

Naruto‘s third uncut box set will be released on 5/29/07 in both regular ($49.98) and special editions ($69.98). In addition, further volumes of the following are expected in May: * Bleach vol. 4: 5/29/07 – 100 min. * Hikaru No Go vol. 8: 5/29/07 – 100 min. * Naruto vol. 12: 5/29/07 – 100 min. […]

So Not the Drama: "Kim Possible" Returns to Form for Season 4

All serial fiction that runs for any length of time eventually faces the challenge of change. Change too much in a serial and you risk damaging or eliminating the qualities that made the serial compelling in the first place. Change too little and you risk creative stagnation and audience boredom. It’s a fine line that […]

Nick Previews Toy Fair Lineup, Claims 'Dora the Explorer' #1 Toy Line

According to a press release from Nickelodeon outlining their plans for Toy Fair, holiday 2006 sales propelled Dora the Explorer into the number one slot as the year’s top toy license. In addition to introducing new licensing partners CDI/Jakks, Mega Bloks, RC2 and Imperial Toy at this year’s trade show, Nick plans to showcase new […]

PR: Dora the Explorer Takes the Lead as Sales Growth Elevates Property to Megabrand

Dora the Explorer Takes the Lead as Sales Growth Elevates Property to Megabrand Status as Number One Toy License in 2006 Dora Breaks New Ground in 2007 with Expanded Products and Play Patterns Nickelodeon Debuts New Product Lines for Hit Series’ Go, Diego, Go!, The Backyardigans, Avatar: The Last Airbender and SpongeBob SquarePants as CDI/Jakks, […]

Finalists Announced for 2007 American Anime Awards

The final list of candidates for the American Anime Awards has been announced: Best Actor Johnny Yong Bosch (Akira, Bleach, Eureka 7) Crispin Freeman (Hellsing Ultimate, Noein, Revolutionary Girl Utena) Richard Hayworth (Rurouni Kenshin) Yuri Lowenthal (Naruto) Vic Mignogna (Fullmetal Alchemist, Macross) Best Actress Luci Christian (Princess Tutu) Susan Dalian (Naruto) Mary Elizabeth (Ghost in […]

Museum Celebrates 30 Years of "Corocoro," Anthology of "Pokemon," "Doraemon" and More

The Suginami Animation Museum in Tokyo will host an exhibition beginning Feb. 27 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the launch of Shogakukan’s Corocoro Comic manga magazine in 1977. The anthology helped popularize children’s comic phenomenons including Pokemon, Beyblade and Doraemon. Earlier franchises included Kaibutsu-kun and Obake no Q-taro. The free event is aimed at […]

Marketing Execs at Disney, Nickelodeon Get New Responsibilities

Frank Tanki and Jennifer Tracy have been named vice presidents of Brand Marketing and Digital Promotions Marketing, respectively, at Nickelodeon, the network announced today. Tanki will direct the management of such Nickelodeon brands as SpongeBob SquarePants and Avatar: The Last Airbender, while Tracy will oversee promotions marketing strategies for Nick.com, NickJr.com, ParentsConnect.com and GoCityKids.com. Separately, […]

"Cinderella III" Makes Real Movie Magic

Even before seeing it, Disney fans are citing many reasons to dislike Cinderella III. It’s another direct-to-video sequel from the Disney studios, joining a crowded field of sequels that range from the pretty good to the nearly unwatchable. It’s also a sequel to one of the studio’s most beloved animated classics, even though the original’s […]

Corus Sends Tony Hawk, Jimmy/Timmy, Rugrats, Avatar and More to Canada in March

A press release from Corus Kids Television contains programming highlights for March 2007, including the debuts on YTV of Tony Hawk: Boom Boom Sabotage, two Rugrats specials, and the season 2 finale to Avatar the Last Airbender. Strawberry Shortcake will get the spotlight on companion channel Treehouse. Read the full press release here.

Kevin Munroe: "TMNT" in Crunch Time

A brief article on SciFi Wire reports that TMNT, the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles feature film, is “in crunch time,” according to director Kevin Munroe and producer Thomas K. Gray. The current efforts “include 400 people working in Hong Kong six days a week who have been animating the TMNT film since 2004,” and […]

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