"Penguins of Madagascar" Becomes Nick’s Most-Watched Season Premiere

by Ed Liuon March 31, 2009
The debut episode of The Penguins of Madagascar on Nickelodeon this past weekend drew 6.1 million viewers, making it the most-watched season premiere in the network’s history. The show, spotlighting the misadventures of the supporting characters of the Madagascar franchise, will be running new episodes at 8:00 PM (Eastern/Pacific) on weeknights until April 10, 2009.

"Shigurui": Killing Time

by Radical Ravenon March 30, 2009
Shigurui has a rather interesting tag-line: “The Beauty is in the Kill.” That should be sufficient warning to anyone curious about the show: it is excessively violent. It goes far beyond average cartoon violence, even by anime’s more lax standards. Faces are cut off of heads, fingers are forced into unnatural positions, intestines are yanked […]

"Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter & Under the Hood": Needs More Booty

by Eileen Cruzon March 30, 2009
Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter & Under the Hood preserves a place for content from the graphic novel that could not be worked directly into the recent movie release. The main content of the DVD clocks in at a little less than an hour, and despite its virtues it simply doesn’t offer enough to […]

Warner Bros. Animation Hosts Animation Celebration on April 7, 2009

by Ed Liuon March 29, 2009
Warner Bros. Animation will be hosting a special “Animation Celebration” on Tuesday, April 7, 2009, starting at 6:00 PM at the Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, CA. The celebration will reveal the first update of the Warner Bros. Animation billboard in nearly 15 years. The event is free and open to the public, and will […]

‘SpongeBob’ and ‘Madagascar 2’ Winners at Nick’s Kids Choice Awards

by Craig Crumptonon March 29, 2009
The winners of the animation-related categories of Nick’s 2009 Kids Choice Awards are as follows: Favorite Cartoon Phineas and Ferb Winner: SpongeBob SquarePants The Fairly OddParents The Simpsons Favorite Animated Movie Bolt Kung Fu Panda Winner: Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa Wall-E Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie Ben Stiller Winner: Jack Black Jim Carrey […]

Wizard Shuts Down Anime Insider Magazine

by Ed Liuon March 27, 2009
The Robot6 weblog at Comic Book Resources reports that Anime Insider magazine has been canceled, with issue 67 (April 2009) being its last. The move is the latest of a series of cutbacks and reductions at the company.

VIZ Media Puts "Bleach" & "Naruto" Movies on iTunes

by Ed Liuon March 27, 2009
VIZ Media has announced that the Bleach and Naruto feature films are now available on Apple’s iTunes store for purchase and rental. The movies are both in the English dubbed version, with standard-definition available for purchase ($9.99) and rental ($2.99), and rental in high-definition ($3.99) The complete press release is below. VIZ MEDIA LAUNCHING BLEACH […]

"Penguins of Madagascar": Black and White and Blushing With Shame All Over

by Maxie Zeuson March 27, 2009
The Penguins of Madagascar, DreamWorks Animation’s new CG-animated series for Nickelodeon, is like half of one of their animated features: a conventional, “irreverent” knockabout comedy that’s been shorn of the pathos and “character arcs” that usually burden their movies. In this regard, at least, you can say that it is only half as repulsive as […]

‘Where The Wild Things Are’ Trailer Debuts

by Craig Crumptonon March 26, 2009
The trailer for the Warner Bros. live-action/CGI/puppetry fantasy adventure Where The Wild Things Are is now available at Based on the classic children’s book by Maurice Sendak, the film is directed by Spike Jonze and opens in theaters October 16th. Jonze has stated in several interviews that he has gone to great lengths to […]

Disney Interactive Announces ‘Toy Story Mania!’ for Wii

by Craig Crumptonon March 26, 2009 reports: Disney Interactive Studios [has] announced Toy Story Mania!, inspired by the Disney/Pixar animated feature “Toy Story,” will be released exclusively for the Wii™ home video game console this fall. Toy Story Mania! showcases an array of entertaining games based on the new Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort attractions, while featuring the […]