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Boston Globe on Pixar’s Success and the Hollywood Studio System

by Ed Liuon June 9, 2009
The Boston Globe has published a feature article examining how Pixar’s techinques for continuing success with critics and audiences can trace their lineage back to the heyday of the Hollywood Studio Era (“a period roughly coinciding with the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt, 1933-1945”). Writer Mark Feeny notes that, “what most distinguished Studio Era Hollywood was […]

Find "Tinker Bell & the Lost Treasure" on Blu-ray and DVD on October 27, 2009

by Ed Liuon June 9, 2009
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has issued a press release announcing the upcoming release of Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure on October 27, 2009. The direct-to-video CGI animated movie follows last year’s Tinker Bell, following the famed fairy in an action-packed adventure to save Pixie Hollow after she accidentally puts it in jeopardy. The […]

Walt Disney Animation Collection, Vols. 1, 5 & 6: Classic Shorts on a Budget

by Ed Liuon June 9, 2009
Many of Disney’s short animated films are classics of the medium, but Disney has, at best, had an inconsistent attitude about releasing them to home video. Some have been released in the collector-oriented Treasures tin boxes or as bonus features with full-length movies, but shorts-only releases have been a bit harder to come by. Disney […]

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Season 8 Coming in September

by Classic Speedyon June 8, 2009
The eighth season of the original 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series comes to DVD on 9/1/09 for $14.98. It will include all eight episodes from the short season: * Get Shredder! * Wrath of the Rat King * Cyber-Turtles * State of Shock * Cry H.A.V.O.C.! (1) * H.A.V.O.C. in the Streets (2) * […]

"Up" Stays Up at Box Office with $44.3M in Second Week (UPDATED)

by Ed Liuon June 8, 2009
Disney/Pixar’s Up fended off box office newcomers in its second week of release, continuing to hold the #1 spot at the box office with an estimated $44.2 million in ticket sales. The number represents a very respectable 35% drop from its debut weekend, when many new releases typically drop 50% or more. New release The […]

"Saturday Morning Cartoons, The 70s": Won’t Someone Think of the Children?!

by JerryvonKrameron June 7, 2009
Are you a fan of Scooby Doo? Are you such fan of Scooby Doo that you’d delight in cheap, cynical, carbon-copy knock-offs of that famous mystery-solving mutt? If your answer to both questions is “Yes,” then boy do I have a DVD set for you! Otherwise, suffice it to say that Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1970s […]

Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. Magazines Shutting Down

by Jeff Harrison June 5, 2009
Nickelodeon has announced that they are ceasing publication of Nickelodeon Magazine and Nick Jr. Magazine by the end of the year. The former, though intended for children, also attracted independent comic creators who contributed many strips including a monthly feature called The Comic Book.

"Ponyo" to Debut on 800 Screens in US

by Ed Liuon June 5, 2009
Producer Frank Marshall has stated on his Twitter account that Ponyo, the latest movie from Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki, will be debuting on 800 screens when it is released on August 14, 2009. This will make it noticeably larger than any prior Miyazaki release in the US — 2002’s Spirited Away was showing on 714 […]

"The Mighty B" Prime Time Special "Dragonflies" Premieres June 12, 2009

by Ed Liuon June 5, 2009
Nickelodeon has announced The Mighty B‘s primetime special “Dragonflies” will be premiering on Friday, June 12, 2009, at 8:00 PM (Eastern), and also released a still from the episode (right, click to enlarge). The official Nickelodeon episode synopsis is: “It’s summertime in San Francisco and the Honeybees are enjoying a day at the Rec Center […]

FUNimation Announces New August Titles Including "Big Windup!"

by Classic Speedyon June 4, 2009
Big Windup!, a 26-episode baseball anime, makes its R1 DVD debut on 8/18/09 for $59.99. It will contain half of the series. Also coming in August are the Fullmetal Alchemist‘s OAVs, which make their DVD debut on 8/4/09. A price hasn’t been announced yet. Other DVD collections in August include: * Devil May Cry Complete […]