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CN Upfront 2008: McCracken and Renzetti to Head Cartoonstitute Programming Project

by on April 3, 2008
Craig McCracken and Rob Renzetti will spearhead the Cartoonstitute, an artist-led initiative to create new programming for Cartoon Network, the company announced at its 2008 Upfront Presentation today. The project aims to produce 150 pieces of programming of varying length, suitable for distribution across a number of platforms, over the next 20 months. McCracken, who […]

PR: Moving Forward, the Force is with Cartoon Network

by on April 3, 2008
George Lucas joins Cartoon Network’s Stuart Snyder at the 2008 Upfront presentation. NEW YORK – At the Cartoon Network Upfront presentation held today in New York, the network announced its programming line-up for 2008. On the heels of February’s announcement that Star Wars: The Clone Wars will come to Cartoon Network as a series in […]

NYCC Announces Anime Movies and Guests for April Event

by on April 3, 2008
Anime premieres and anime panels will be among the highlights of the 2008 New York Comic Con this month, event organizers announced today. In addition, T.M.Revolution will give its first US concert in four years on Saturday, April 19, at 9:00pm at the Con. Anime premieres scheduled include Lucky Star (Friday, April 18, at 6:00pm); […]

PR: Anime Premieres, Panels, and Highlights at NYCC

by on April 3, 2008
COMIC CON’S ANIME GUESTS AND EVENTS REVEALED Norwalk, CT, April 3, 2008: The New York Comic Con (NYCC) today announced many of the anime events going on at its 2008 event — April 18-20 at the Jacob Javits Center. New York Comic Con is a showcase for the biggest and the best of American pop […]

Extras for Second "Futurama" DTV Announced

by on April 3, 2008
A “lost” Futurama episode produced for the Futurama video game will be one of the extras included when Twentieth Century Fox releases The Beast With a Billion Backs to DVD on June 24, Animation Magazine reports. Other extras on the previously announced disc will include a commentary track with Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, […]

W!ldbrain and Esurance to Host Animation Program at Vail Film Festival

by on April 3, 2008
W!ildbrain and Esurance will co-sponsor a stand-alone animation program at this month’s Vail Film Festival, the companies said today. The Esurance Animation Showcase will feature work by independent animators Bill Plympton and Juan Pablo Zaramella, among others, as well as studio-produced work by Walt Disney and Pixar. W!ldbrain’s Phil Robinson will give an overview of […]

Briefly: "Alvin" Sets First-Day DVD Record; New Broadcast Deals; Nick Jr. Goes Latin

by on April 3, 2008
* Alvin and the Chipmunks sold 2.6 million DVD units its first day in release, setting a one-day record for the year. [Variety] * Broadcasters in France, Australia, and Israel have picked up local rights to Chorion’s The Mr Men Showl. [c21 Media] * Disney Channel Latin America is adding Neptuno’s Zoo Mix to its […]

"xxxHOLIC" Vol. 1: Spirits Distilled and Diluted

by on April 2, 2008
When starting a new series, checking out a new movie, or even just stopping on a random TV show, I will often give it what I think of as a “three strikes” test: I’ll track the number of times it “hits” or “misses” with a scene, a joke, or a bit of business, until either […]

New "Wonder Pets" Episodes, DVD Due Week of April 21

by on April 2, 2008
The Wonder Pets! will travel to Liverpool in “Save the Beetles!”, a primetime musical special that will premiere on Monday, April 21, at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon, the network said today. The mini-operetta by Spamalot‘s Larry Hochman will have the team rescuing the bug band The Beetles after their yellowish submarine becomes tangled in […]

Sony Nabs Int’l DVD Rights to Anchor Bay Catalog

by on April 2, 2008
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has picked up international distribution rights to Anchor Bay’s home entertainment catalog, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The deal gives Sony rights to such product as the Hellboy animated movies and Manga Entertainment titles in territories outside the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom.