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2007 Best Animated Feature Film Oscar Candidates Announced

Sixteen films have been announced as candidates for the 2007 Best Animated Film Academy Award. The full list (in alphabetical order by title) is: The Ant Bully (Warner Brothers) Arthur and the Invisibles (Weinstein Co/MGM) Barnyard (Paramount) Cars (Disney/Pixar) Curious George (Universal) Everyone’s Hero (20th Century Fox) Flushed Away (DreamWorks Animation) Happy Feet (Warner Brothers) […]

Simpsons Season 8: My Diagnosis: A Great Season... CAUSED BY BAD BABYSITTING!

You may recall from the The Simpsons Season 7 review a few months ago that one of the reasons I liked seasons 7 and 8 so much was because the showrunners, Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein, as well as the talented writers and directors at the time, were able to make all the characters real. […]

Illumitoon and Westlake Entertainment Acquire "Bobobo-Bo Bo-Bobo"

Anime newcomers Illumitoon Entertainment and Westlake Entertainment have announced that they have acquired the North American distribution rights to the surreal anime comedy Bobobo-Bo Bo-Bobo, which centers on the title hero defending the right to hair in a strange futuristic world. The first releases may arrive as early as January, 2007. Read the full press […]

Press Release: Illumitoon & Westlake Acquire "Bobobo-Bo Bo-Bobo"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 2, 2006 “ILLUMITOON & WESTLAKE ACQUIRE BOBOBO-BO BO-BOBO” Joint Venture Enterprise Acquires Distribution Rights for Popular Cartoon Network Series FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE— FORT WORTH , TEXAS — Illumitoon Entertainment and Westlake Entertainment announced today that they have joined in acquiring North American distribution rights for a series from Toei Animation titled […]

FUNimation Announces New February Titles

Case Closed: Case 2 (vol. 2), Galaxy Railways (Complete Collection), Kodocha (vol. 11), Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles Movie, and Rumbling Hearts (vol. 2) are all being released on February 6, 2007. Everything is $29.98 MSRP, except for Galaxy Railways, which is $59.98. [Source: AnimeOnDVD.com ]

"SD Gundam Force": These Defenders Don't Come Up Short

Gundam is an odd beast. On the one side you have the artists, the Tominos and Imagawas, the guys more concerned with telling a worthwhile, enjoyable and memorable story. On the other you have the executives, the guys who couldn’t give a fudge about character development when it’s taking screentime from new model kits they […]

"Punisher" Extended Cut DVD to Include Exclusive Animated Sequence

Lions Gate Home Entertainment has announced the Punisher: Extended Cut DVD, which will add 17 minutes of footage into the 2004 live-action film starring Thomas Jane and John Travolta. One special feature on the disc will be an animated sequence by Tim Bradstreet. Titled “The Kuwait Scene,” the animated segment would have been the opening […]

"Class of 3000": Eclectic, But Not In A "The Love Below" Way

Animation has been playing with music, popular and otherwise, before you could even get sound on film, and at points has been a driving force behind creating animated shorts and films – after all, they were not called Merrie Melodies for nothing, and the Disney musical formula was quite profitable until they sort of burned […]

Cartoon Outkast: "Class of 3000" Misses the Grade

I’ve never been overly comfortable with cartoons based on established media persona. Having celebrity personalities voicing fictional cartoon characters, fine. Celebrity personalities voicing themselves, spat into the middle of a fictitious universe in which they themselves play the central hero just seems rather indulgent. After all, it’s the fact that Batman or Bugs Bunny cannot […]

ADV to Release Guyver, Jinki: Extend on Jan 2, 2007

ADV Films has issued a press release announcing the DVDs scheduled for release on January 2, 2007. The second volume of Guyver: The Bioboosted Armor will present four episodes of the series along with production sketches and clean opening and closing credits. The single-disc DVD will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $29.98 Jinki: […]

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