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Imagi News: "Astro Boy" Won’t Stray Far; Lands $40m in New Financing

by Ed Liuon July 7, 2008
Sci Fi Wire has comments from David Bowers, the writer for Imagi Animation Studios’ Astro Boy movie, stating that his adaptation won’t stray far from the source material, saying “It is the original characters, but we have new characters, and Astro’s basic journey is the same.” (via Comic Book Resources Comics Reel) Elsewhere, Variety reports […]

"WALL-E" Takes Another $33.4M at Box Office

by Ed Liuon July 7, 2008
Disney’s WALL-E took in an estimated $33.4 million in ticket sales this past weekend, slipping to second place at the box office this past weekend behind Sony’s Hancock. Its total domestic box office sits at $128.1 million. DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda is still maintaining a spot in the top 10, with a $7.5 million […]

Comicus Interviews "Batman Gotham Knight" Composer Kevin Manthei

by Ed Liuon July 7, 2008
The Comicus.it website has interviewed Kevin Manthei, one of the composers for the Batman Gotham Knight direct-to-video movie who scored the chapters “Crossfire” and “Working Through Pain.” In the interview (posted in Italian and English), Manthei discusses how he landed the job, the tools of the trade that he uses, how his score differs from […]

Chris Yost: Farewell, Fantastic Four

by on July 7, 2008
To celebrate the release of Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes on DVD, The Marvel Animation Age and Toon Zone News managed to catch up with the show’s story editor Chris Yost in an email interview to talk about his experiences on the show. MAA/TZN: How did you get your start in the animation business? CHRIS […]

"Spider-Man" Signs Off with a Spectacular First Season

by Christopher Glennonon July 7, 2008
The Spectacular Spider-Man snuck up on me. I knew that a new Spider-Man cartoon was coming, but it’d been five years since the previous one, which came out five years after the one before that. It can get a little tiring keeping track, especially when they tweak the character too much. But the guiding idea—and […]

"Popeye: Volume 3" & "Popeye & Friends: Volume 2" Coming to DVD (Updated)

by Dan Collinson July 6, 2008
Tvshowsondvd.com reports that Warner Bros. will release Popeye the Sailor – Volume 3: 1941-1943 and Popeye & Friends: Volume 2. Popeye the Sailor – Volume 3: 1941-1943 will be a 2 disc set featuring 32 digitally remastered and unedited shorts. Many of the toons will consist our favorite sailor during World War II. Popeye & […]

Bandai Entertainment Adds "Hayate the Combat Butler" Anime, TokiKake Manga

by Weathermanon July 5, 2008
Bandai Entertainment has acquired the rights to the 52-episode anime television series Hayate the Combat Butler. The story follows a boy named Hayate who serves as a butler, bodyguard, confidante, and more to a girl named Nagi to pay off a 156,804,000-yen (about US$1.4-million) debt. They also announced that they have acquired rights to publish […]

Right Stuf and Nozomi Announce "Toward the Terra" Movie, "Gakuen Alice"

by Ed Liuon July 5, 2008
At their panel at Anime Expo 2008, Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment announced the acquisition of the television series Gakuen Alice and the classic movie Toward the Terra (the forerunner to the Toward the Terra TV series, which will be released soon by Bandai Entertainment), as well as a remastered DVD release of The Irresponsible […]

More Details on "G.I. Joe: Resolute;" Transformers Next?

by Ed Liuon July 5, 2008
More information has been revealed about the new G.I. Joe web cartoons announced recently. The series of 10 5-minute episodes with 1 double-length conclusion will be written by comic book writer Warren Ellis, with Dave Johnson providing character designs, Joaquim Dos Santos directing, and Sam Register producing. The series will be aiming for PG-13 territory, […]

PR: Right Stuf & Nozomi Entertainment Announce "Gakuen Alice," "Toward the Terra"

by Ed Liuon July 5, 2008
RIGHT STUF & NOZOMI ENTERTAINMENT Announce GAKUEN ALICE, TOWARD THE TERRA Movie & Upcoming Releases Anime Expo 2008: New license announcements, preview of 21st year GRIMES, IA, July 4, 2008 – Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and Nozomi Entertainment started the company’s 21st year with a bang by making several announcements during its […]