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SpongeBob Comes to UK Phones

UK mobile phones will be able to carry episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants thanks to a deal between Nickelodeon and ROK Entertainment Group, the companies said today. The ROK Player’s first children’s edition DVC release will allow anyone with a memory card compatible handset to watch two hours of full-length, full-screen episodes of the Nickelodeon series. […]

4Kids Entertainment Announces "DVDouble Shot"

4Kids Entertainment, Inc. will unveil “DVDouble Shot,” a new line of value-priced DVDs, culled from such 4Kids Entertainment television series as Yu-Gi-Oh!, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Winx Club, Sonic X, Cabbage Patch Kids, and Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. Each DVD will feature two of the most memorable episodes, hand-picked by the series’ original producers […]

How To Ruin TV Animation In Seven Easy Lessons

I’ve been watching cartoons for over twenty years now. The period that began fifteen years ago is universally referred to as a “renaissance” in the American animation industry. In the United States alone, there are six all-animation outlets (Cartoon Network, Toon Disney, Nicktoons, Boomerang, Anime Network, and Locomotion [a channel I can guarantee you've never […]

Ottawa Festival Announces Lineup

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) has chosen 109 submitted films for competition in the 16th edition of the festival, which is scheduled to run from September 21 through the 25 in Ottawa, Ontario, the festival announced yesterday. Short film competitors include Henry Selick’s “MoonGirl”; John Canemaker’s “The Moon and The Son”; Igor Kovalyov’s “Milch”; […]

4Kids, Playmates Get "Turtles" Licenses

4Kids Entertainment and Playmates Toys will handle worldwide merchandising rights for the all-new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles feature film, the companies said today. Playmates will also develop a new toy line to go with the film. [Source: Business Wire]

"Bratz" Coming to 4Kids This Fall

4Kids Entertainment and MGA Entertainment will produce an all-new Bratz CGI animated television series, the companies announced today. The series, which follows the adventures of Yasmin, Cloe, Sasha, and Jade as they scoop stories for their teen magazine, will debut on 4Kids TV this fall. Bratz will also join anime import Magical Doremi and new […]

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 […]

CG "Ninja Turtles" Coming to Big Screen

The Weinstein Co. and Warner Bros. will bring Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the big screen in an all-CG animated version, the companies said today. Animation veteran Kevin Munroe will write and direct in consultation with Turtles‘ co-creator Peter Laird, and animation work will be done at the Hong Kong facilities of Imagi Animation Studios. […]

"SpongeBob" Season 3 to DVD in September

Paramount will release SponeBob SquarePants: Season 3 to DVD on September 27, TV Shows on DVD reports. The three-disc set will retail for $49.99.

SDCC: Adult Swim Announces New Pilots

At their 2005 pitch panel, Adult Swim announced a number of new pilots for their growing block: Space Jail, a new pilot from the makers of the webtoon Barfight, showing the harsh realities of criminals who are sentenced to the tititular prison. The pilot is in development, and no release date has been set. God’s […]

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