Good Ratings News for Nickelodeon with "Penguins" and "SpongeBob"

by Ed Liuon April 24, 2009
The Los Angeles Times has taken a look at the ratings success of The Penguins of Madagascar on Nickelodeon (free registration required), which was the most-watched premiere in Nickelodeon history and has held on to a substantial portion of its audience since then. The article contains quotes from Nickelodeon’s president of animation Brown Johnson, discussing […]

"Iron Man: Armored Adventures" Survives the Move to High-School

by Ed Liuon April 24, 2009
With super-powers derived from his high-tech exoskeleton, Marvel Comics’ Iron Man is one of the ultimate wish-fulfillment superheroes. It might require Tony Stark’s technical brilliance and multi-billion dollar war chest to build the suit of armor, but if you accept that the armor exists, anybody who puts it on can be Iron Man. It almost […]

FUNimation to Stream "Phantom ~Requiem For the Phantom~"

by Classic Speedyon April 23, 2009
The first four episodes of the 2009 Bee Train anime series Phantom ~Requiem For the Phantom~ will stream on FUNimation’s official website today, after Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood‘s third episode. It will be presented in Japanese language with subtitles. Read the official press release here. [Source: FUNimation on Twitter ]

"Lyrical Nanoha A’s": Not Quite Magical, But Still Worthwhile

by Classic Speedyon April 23, 2009
Nanoha has elements similar to what you’d find in a typical magical girl series, but it has enough other stuff to make it stand out. So a girl acquires magical powers and a talking animal sidekick, and has to juggle day-to-day life with villain-vanquishing without letting people finding out: Yeah, we’ve all seen that before. […]

SakuraCon 2009 Round-Up: The Light At The End Of The Tunnel

by Karl Olsonon April 22, 2009
So, with the anime industry having weathered a miserable 2008, I was worried there wasn’t necessarily going to be a whole lot of news out of SakuraCon this year. I mean, there were only 3 industry news panels (only 2 of which were from distributors,) FUNimation was the only company with a promotional booth, and […]

Episodes and Bonus Features announced for G.I. Joe: Season 1.1 Box Set

by Dan Collinson April 22, 2009
Following earlier reports, reports that Shout! Factory has issued the episodes for the upcoming G.I. Joe: Season 1.1 on DVD. The first 3 disc contains the mini series, as well as an interview with G.I. Joe writer Ron Friedman on each disc. The fourth disc will contain seven episodes and a ton of bonus […]

St. Petersburg Times Interviews "Phineas & Ferb" Creators

by Ed Liuon April 22, 2009
The St. Petersburg Times has interviewed Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, co-creators of Disney’s hit animated comedy Phineas & Ferb. Among other things, the pair discuss how one moves from shows like Family Guy and SpongeBob SquarePants to Phineas & Ferb, the inspirations for the mixed family and individual characters on the show, whether […]

PULSE News Talks with Armin Shimerman on "Batman: The Brave and the Bold"

by Ed Liuon April 22, 2009’s PULSE News has interviewed actor Armin Shimerman about his upcoming role as the Calculator on the “Night of the Huntress!” episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Shimerman reveals how much of a comic book and science fiction fan he was when he was younger, discusses how he worked with the producers of […]

Disney, Marvel, Nick/Viacom on Top 5 Licensors List

by Ed Liuon April 22, 2009
The Hollywood Reporter notes that Disney Consumer Products was the biggest licensing company for 2008, according to License! Global magazine. Their $30 billion in retail sales for 2008 placed them well ahead of the second place finisher Iconix (which manages brands such as Joe Boxer and Candie’s), which made $6.5 billion. Warner Bros. Consumer Products […]

MoCCA to Host "Chuck Jones: Memories of Childhood" Screening April 23, 2009

by Ed Liuon April 22, 2009
On Thursday, April 23, 2009, the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) in New York City will be hosting a screening of the documentary Chuck Jones: Memories of Childhood. The film by John Canemaker and Peggy Stern was one of the last filmed interviews with Jones before his passing in 2002, and also features […]