Kingdom of Dreams and Madness Hayao Miyazaki

Salon Profiles Hayao Miyazaki

by Ed Liuon June 24, 2014
Salon has profiled Studio Ghibli co-founder and director Hayao Miyazaki in a lengthy feature article titled “Don’t Call Him the Walt Disney of Japan,” and highlighting the numerous ways that Miyazaki’s work and public statements go counter to conventional wisdom (especially that espoused by Disney and its many competitors in the American market). The article […]

Zagtoon Expands Into the United States, Pitches New Properties

by Todd DuBoison June 20, 2014
There will be a new big player in America’s animation business soon, if the folks at Zag Studios have anything to say about it. Founded by Jeremy Zag and Saban Entertainment co-founder Jacqueline Tordjman, Zag is an entertainment firm based in France that has expanded into a global enterprise with offices in Paris, Brussels, Seoul, […]


“SMART” Deal for Xing Xing Digital and Pelagius Entertainment

by Ed Liuon June 20, 2014
XING XING DIGITAL AND PELAGIUS ENTERTAINMENT GET SMART BEIJING, CHINA, JUNE 20 — Beijing Based Xing Xing Digital and L.A. Production Company Pelagius Entertainment announced today an international co-production for the animated movie SMART. Budgeted at $22M, the adventure comedy will be directed by John A. Davis (JIMMY NEUTRON; THE ANT BULLY) from a script […]

“Total Drama Pahkitew Island” Premieres July 7, 2014, on Cartoon Network

by Ed Liuon June 19, 2014
Cartoon Network Dishes Up More Drama! Total Drama Pahkitew Island Premieres Monday, July 7, 2014 at 6 p.m. (ET, PT)  Tune In to the Two-Week Summer Showdown With a New Episode Every Week Night at 6 p.m. (ET, PT) All-new island! All-new cast! Even more nail-biting drama! Total Drama Pahkitew Island promises to be the […]


Dragon Ball Z Kai Gets Leo Ieiri’s Innocence

by Alex Beanon June 18, 2014
The upcoming “Dragon Ball Z Kai” will have Japanese pop star Leo Ieiri’s song “Junjo” [“Innocence”] as its second ending theme beginning in July 2014. This version of “Dragon Ball Z Kai” will run for 69 episodes and covers the Majin Buu Saga story arc. Already being aired in Japan, “Dragon Ball Z Kai” is […]

Colin Firth Drops Out as Voice of “Paddington”

by Ed Liuon June 18, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter states that actor Colin Firth has dropped out of the CGI/live-action hybrid film Paddington. No reason was given for his departure, with Firth saying in a statement, “It’s been bittersweet to see this delightful creature take shape and come to the sad realization that he simply doesn’t have my voice.” The film, […]

Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart

“Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart” U.S. Theatrical Release on September 24, 2014

by Ed Liuon June 18, 2014
SHOUT! FACTORY ANNOUNCES JACK AND THE CUCKOO-CLOCK HEART U.S. THEATRICAL RELEASE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW CG-ANIMATED MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY MATHIAS MALZIEU AND STÉPHANE BERLA Los Angeles, CA – (JUNE 17, 2014) — Shout! Factory, a leading multi-platform entertainment company, The Film Collective, Dada Films, and Brainstorm Media announced today a strategic collaboration to launch the […]

Review: “Outlaw Star – Complete Collection (UK Edition)”: Going On The Lam In Nostalgia County

by Grant Whiteon June 18, 2014
Maybe it’s just because my most coherent formative years were part of it and that most of the initial Japanese titles I sampled came from it, but I have a soft spot for 90’s anime. There just seems to be an energy in the titles from the decade that I don’t think quite transitioned into […]


Hasbro Rolls Out Toy Licensing Announcements

by Alex Beanon June 17, 2014
International toymaker Hasbro will be appearing at this year’s International Licensing Expo in Las Vegas with a few announcements of its upcoming licensing arrangements for its signature toy lines that include Transformers, My Little Pony and The Littlest Pet Shop. Among the announcements… TRANSFORMERS The Transformers brand celebrates the 30th Anniversary in 2014 with the […]
Danger Mouse

“Danger Mouse” Returns to TV in 2015

by Ed Liuon June 17, 2014
“He’s the Greatest, He’s Fantastic, wherever there is danger he’ll be there” World’s Greatest Secret Agent Danger Mouse Bursts Back onto TV as FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment Announces New Series with CBBC New Animated Series Due to Air in 2015 He’s the world’s greatest secret agent who faced dastardly enemies and deadly missions, captivating […]