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"Dora" Going Live-Action

by on February 18, 2008
Dora the Explorer will get a live-action, prime-time movie spinoff, Nickelodeon announced today. The film will feature Dora as a ten-year-old live-action character in a CG-effects enhanced world. [Source: PR Newswire]

FUNimation Named "One Piece" Licensing Agent for North America

by on February 18, 2008
FUNimation has picked up the North American licensing and merchandising rights to Toei’s One Piece, the companies announced today. The deal will allow FUNimation to negotiate partnerships in key licensing categories, including toys, games, and collectible figures, based on the series. [Source: FUNimation] [Read the full press release]

PR: Toei Animation Selects FUNimation Entertainment as Agent for "One Piece"

by on February 18, 2008
Toei Animation and FUNimation Bring Popular Pirate Adventure Property to Toy Fair 2008 FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS (February 18, 2008) – Tokyo-based Toei Animation Co., Ltd. has appointed FUNimation Entertainment, as Agent, to act on its behalf in North American licensing and merchandising activities for one if its signature series: One Piece. In addition to managing […]

PR: FUNimation Entertainment Acquires Claymore from NTV

by on February 18, 2008
Techno-Fantasy Anime Series to come to the United States Flower Mound, TX – February 18, 2008 – Following an online video reveal on the new www.funimation.com on Friday, FUNimation® Entertainment today officially announces that it has acquired rights to the 26-episode anime series Claymore from Japan’s Nippon Television which aired the series in 2007. FUNimation […]

"Disneyland: Stories, Secrets and Magic" Is Another Disney Treasure

by on February 18, 2008
Disney continues to roll out its impressive Treasures collection, now in its seventh wave, with this two-disc set about the vision, planning, building and opening of Disneyland in 1955. As with all of the Disney Treasures sets, Disneyland: Stories, Secrets and Magic is very stylishly presented, coming in a silver double-DVD case that is itself […]

"Persepolis" Censored But Screened in Tehran

by on February 16, 2008
A censored version of Persepolis, which portrays the Iranian revolution and its aftermath in a critical light, received a legal screening in Tehran last week, Variety reports. A DVD of the film with Farsi subtitles was given in two different locations with the permission of the cultural authorities. Scenes of a sexual nature were cut […]

Indian, Japanese Firms to Co-Produce Three CG-Animated Series

by on February 16, 2008
India’s DQ Entertainment and Japan’s THINK Corp. have signed a “memorandum of understanding” to co-produce three high-end CG-animated TV series, and are considering plans for a direct-to-DVD feature film, Animationxpress reports. The two companies expect to spend approximately $24 million on the three series.

Viz Media Announces New May & June Titles Including "Pokemon Battle Frontier" Box

by SB20xxon February 16, 2008
Viz will release many box sets in May and June. Pokemon fans will want to mark their calendars, as Pokemon: Battle Frontier Box Set 1 will be released on 6/24/08 for $39.98. It runs 520 minutes. Also, Pokemon Season 1 Box 4 will be released on 5/20/08 for 39.98. It runs 760 minutes. June will […]

"Ragnarok" Vol. 1 & 2: Please Vanquish Evil Cliches From This Kingdom, Brave Warrior

by SB20xxon February 16, 2008
Ragnarok is a show completely lacking in inspiration, the kind of series that feels created solely to cash in on a popular online video game. The kind where the writers, stumped, said, “Oh right, we have to make a show! Uh… let’s have them fight some random monsters! Done!” The characters are all archetypes we’ve […]

"Aristocats" Bows at Number Three on DVD Sales Charts

by on February 16, 2008
The Aristocats debuted at number three on the DVD sales charts in its first week of release, trade journal Video Business Online reports. Family Guy Presents Blue Harvest fell from seventh to eleventh place in its fourth week of release, and The Simpsons Movie slipped from ninth to fifteenth place.