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Nelvana and Spin Master Partner Up For Toy Lines

Corus Entertainment Inc. has announced its Nelvana Enterprises division has teamed up with Toronto-based Spin Master Ltd. to market toys and games from the currently running animated series DI-GATA Defenders, as well as the upcoming series Bakugan, with the lines set to make their debut at the Canadian Toy & Hobby Fair this Saturday, January […]

'Spongebob Squarepants' : Japanese Trendsetter

The International Herald Tribune has published an article outlining Viacom’s strategy for the success of ‘Spongebob Squarepants’ in Japan, by marketing merchandise to young women instead of children as in the US, with hopes of up to $25 million in sales annually.

"Steel Jeeg" Remake Begins April 5

A sequel to the 1975 mecha anime Steel Jeeg, based on the manga co-created by king of anime kitsch Go Nagai, will start airing weekly on the premium Japanese channel WOWOW on April 5. Animeanime notes that when the first series was released, it was famous for using “traditional Japanese motifs” and for the show’s […]

"Toki wo Kakeru Shojo" Takes Home Japanese Media Awards

The grand prize at the Japanese 12th AMD Awards will go to last year’s anime feature Toki wo Kakeru Shojo. Hosoda Mamoru also won the Best Director award for the film. The AMD Awards honor the “digital contents of the year.” Film, music, Internet services and other digital media are all eligible. [Source: animeanime]

JTB Provides Travel to Tokyo Anime Fair

Anime News Service points out that JTB is offering a travel package from the U.S. to Tokyo for the Tokyo Anime Fair, Japan’s most important animation trade show, which takes place this year from March 22-25.

First New "Yamato" Models in 23 Years

Bandai Japan released the first models based on the seminal anime Space Battleship Yamato in 23 years in Japanese stores yesterday. The first is a 1/350 scale model of the Yamato itself (picture), 766 millimeters long, with light, sound and remote-controlled, moving turrets, among other features. It retails for 42,250 yen ($348). The other figure […]

PR: Bengals QB Palmer Makes Acting Debut on Disney Channel's "The Replacements"

Disney Channel: CINCINNATI BENGALS QUARTERBACK CARSON PALMER MAKES ACTING DEBUT ON EPISODE OF DISNEY CHANNEL’S ANIMATED SERIES “THE REPLACEMENTS” PREMIERING SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3 BURBANK, CA, January 22, 2007 . . . Cincinnati Bengals quarterback great Carson Palmer makes his acting debut on Disney’s animated series “The Replacements,” SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3, (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney […]

"Horrid Henry" Coming to DVD

Horrid Henry will come to DVD via Abbey Home Entertainment, C21 Media reports. The series will be released in the late spring of 2007.

Kevin Munroe on Mako in "TMNT"

A brief article on Sci Fi Wire notes the last role of the actor Mako in the upcoming TMNT movie. Mako, who provided the voices of Aku in Samurai Jack and Uncle Iroh in Avatar the Last Airbender, passed away last July, but recorded enough material to be used in the final cut of TMNT, […]

FUNimation Announces Shuffle!, Tsubasa, and My Santa

Two previously known FUNimation licenses (due to a leak) were formally announced today: Shuffle!, a 24 episode romance series from 2005 based on a Navel computer game; and My Santa, a two part comedy/romance OAV from 2005 about a female version of Santa Claus. Shuffle! is scheduled for a summer release, while My Santa will […]

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