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PR: Nickelodeon Unwraps Holiday Specials from Tots to Tweens in December

by Ed Liuon November 24, 2008
NICKELODEON UNWRAPS A JOYFUL SLATE OF HOLIDAY SPECIALS FOR KIDS FROM TOTS TO TWEENS IN DECEMBER Festive Fare Includes the All-New, Two-Hour TV Movie Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh Toonful Yuletide Premieres of The Wonder Pets!, Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! and The Fairly OddParents; Plus Tween-Pleasing Hits iCarly, True Jackson, VP and The Naked Brothers Band […]

Briefly: Sony Lands Marvel Anime Dist. Rights; The Influence of Tezuka

by Ed Liuon November 24, 2008
* Sony’s newly formed Intl. Product Expansion Group will be distributing the Marvel anime series produced by Madhouse Entertainment. [Variety] * The Japan Times looks at the legacy of Osamu Tezuka’s manga and its influence on Japanese pop culture and culture worldwide.

"Bolt" Stories: Mark Walton as Rhino, John Lasseter x 2

by Ed Liuon November 24, 2008
Several news stories about Disney’s new movie Bolt have been published as part of the movie’s launch. CNN follows how Disney story development artist Mark Walton got the job to voice Rhino, the hyperactive hamster and rabid Bolt fan, noting that his work on the scratch vocal track was just never replaced. Elsewhere, Disney Animation […]

"Bolt" Opens at #3 with $26.2M Box Office; "Madagascar 2" Takes #4

by Ed Liuon November 24, 2008
Disney’s CGI animated feature film Bolt grossed an estimated $27 million in its debut weekend, landing it in third place behind vampire romance Twilight ($70.5 million est.) and the new James Bond film Quantum of Solace ($27.4 million est.). DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa placed fourth with $16 million, bringing its cumulative total to […]

"Afro Samurai: Resurrection" Coming to DVD & Blu-Ray

by Dan Collinson November 24, 2008
Tvshowsondvd.com reports that the upcoming Spike TV movie Afro Samurai: Resurrection will be coming to DVD and Blu-Ray from FUNimation on February 3, 2009. The DVD features the voices of Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Mace Windu from Star Wars Episodes I-III), Lucy Liu (Charlie’s Angels, Kill Bill), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker from […]

"Batman: The Brave and the Bold" Interactive Website Launches

by Ed Liuon November 24, 2008
Warner Bros. Animation has launched an interactive website for Batman: The Brave and the Bold at www.braveandthebold.com. Visitors to the site can participate in a serialized Batman game, play with “Inter-Action Figures,” check on character profiles of the heroes and villains appearing on the show, and more. For full details, read the press release here.

"Masters of the Universe" Season Two Slithers To A Successful, If Premature, Ending

by Jon Ton November 23, 2008
Some three years after BCI began releasing the original Filmation series, here at last is the final season of the 2002 iteration of Masters of the Universe. By the time season two of the new series began airing, the toyline itself was in deep freefall, thanks most notably to horrendous distribution problems that infamously put […]

PR: Warner Bros. Animation Launches "Batman: The Brave and the Bold" Web Destination

by Ed Liuon November 23, 2008
Warner Bros. Animation Launches “Batman: The Brave and the Bold” Web Destination Spanning KidsWB.com and DCHeroZone.com Site Features “Inter-Action Figures,” Multi-Level Game, and Behind-the-Scenes Experiences Themed Around the Cartoon Network Series Airing Fridays at 8 PM ET/PT BURBANK, Calif. (November 19, 2008) – Warner Bros. Animation today announced the creation and launch of a new […]

VIZ Media Announces Q4 2008 Anime DVDs: Hunter X Hunter, Buso Renkin, Bleach & Naruto

by Ed Liuon November 21, 2008
VIZ Media has announced its DVD releases for the fourth quarter of 2008. Highlights include: Buso Renkin Boxed Set Vol. 2 (Available Now) Bleach the Movie: Memories of Nobody (Available Now) Naruto the Movie 3 (Available Now) Hunter X Hunter Boxed Set Vol. 1 (December 9, 2008) Naruto Uncut Boxed Set Vols. 10 and 11 […]

Katzenberg Claims 3-D Goes Beyond Movies

by Ed Liuon November 21, 2008
In his keynote address to the 3DX Film and Entertainment Technology Festival in Singapore, DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg repeated his predictions that “all films, regardless of budgets or type, will be made in 3-D,” providing an estimated timeline for this transition within 5 to 7 years, and that the migration will extend past movie […]