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Class of 3000, Nick's Skyland, and King of the Hill Renewal at Animated Shorts

This week’s Animated Shorts column at Newsarama.com covers three major news events in the animated world: the upcoming debut of Class of 3000 on Cartoon Network and of Skyland on the Nicktoons network, the renewal of Fox’s King of the Hill for an 11th season, and the addition of Basilisk and Gunslinger Girl to the […]

The Existential Angst of "Hello Kitty: Stump Village" Vol. 1

It could have been a recipe for disaster. In 2005, Sanrio began work on a new cartoon for their top-licensed character, the charming but aloof Hello Kitty. Following the current trend of “re-imagining” classic series, the producers chose to abandon all the prior continuity of her earlier animated incarnations, opting instead for a 3-D stop-motion […]

"Hello Kitty" Is Taking Over the World...Starting With Disney

When people think of Disney, they think of old childhood stories re-imagined into major motion pictures that the whole family can enjoy (the quality of said films will be saved for another time). When people think of Hello Kitty, they think of a mass-merchandised Japanese icon that’s so popular it even has its own store […]

VIZ Media Announces Shonen Jump Naruto Road Tour

VIZ Media has issued a press release announcing a special Shonen Jump Naruto road tour, meant to promote the Naruto anime and manga series, and the Shonen Jump magazine from which it originated. The tour will begin on November 4 in Atlanta, GA. Read the full press release here, which contains more tour dates and […]

Urban Alchemist Launches to Produce Otaku and Gamer Clothing

Two former employees of Central Park Media have joined forces to found Urban Alchemist, dedicated to creating original licensed clothing aimed at the serious anime and video game fanbase. Kevin Sopko and Peter Tatara debuted their line of yaoi-inspired clothing at the Syracuse Heroes Expo on October 22, 2006, and are taking orders now at […]

"Nerima Daikon Brothers" on Anime Channel Nov 30, DVD Dec 19

The series Nerima Daikon Brothers will be premiering on the Anime Channel on November 30, according to a press release from the Anime Channel. The series focuses on a rock band — composed of two cousins, their friend, and a panda shaped like a daikon radish — that battles crime and evil-doers. The series will […]

Press Release: VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES SPECIAL NATIONAL ROAD TOUR FOR SHONEN JUMP NARUTO

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES SPECIAL NATIONAL ROAD TOUR FOR SHONEN JUMP NARUTO Fans Are Invited To Visit Select Mall Locations To Take Part In Exciting and Fun Activities Related To Best Selling Manga And Anime Series San Francisco, CA, October 20, 2006 — VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and […]

Press Release: OTAKU AND GAMER CLOTHING COMPANY URBAN ALCHEMIST LAUNCHES

OTAKU AND GAMER CLOTHING COMPANY URBAN ALCHEMIST LAUNCHES Anime Industry Veterans Announce The Creation Of A New Clothing Company New York, NY (October 23, 2006) — Former employees of Central Park Media and Be Beautiful Manga today announced the formation of Urban Alchemist, an independent clothing company dedicated to creating high-quality, original shirts and accessories […]

Press Release: Nerima Daikon Brothers Premieres Nov 30 on Anime Channel

NERIMA DAIKON BROTHERS PREMIERES NOVEMBER 30 ON AMERICA’S #1 ANIME CHANNEL HOUSTON, TX — October 24, 2006 — Catch the next anime hit from Shinichi Watanabe (Excel Saga), when Nerima Daikon Brothers premieres November 30 on Anime Network—America’s #1 Anime Channel! WHAT: U.S. VOD Premiere of Nerima Daikon Brothers Hideki, leader of the Nerima Daikon […]

Animation Guild on Pixar Storytelling Techniques

Kevin Koch, President of the Animation Guild (Local 839 IATSE), has made two weblog postings summarizing Andrew Stanton’s keynote on Pixar Animation Studio’s storytelling techniques (click for part 1 and part 2). The postings include several behind-the-scenes anecdotes on the story development of both Toy Story films, Finding Nemo, A Bug’s Life, and Monsters, Inc. […]

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