"Pumpkin Scissors": Like an Auger Through the Head

by Maxie Zeuson February 19, 2009
I was about a quarter of the way through my latest review assignment when I mentioned to one of my office colleagues that I was watching an anime series called “Pumpkin Scissors.” He cocked an eyebrow. “What the hell kind of name is ‘Pumpkin Scissors’?” he asked. I shrugged. “They haven’t explained it yet, if […]

Lionsgate Releases "Battle for Terra" Trailer

by Ed Liuon February 19, 2009
Lionsgate Films has released a trailer for Battle for Terra, a CGI animated feature film scheduled for release on May 1, 2009. The movie chronicles the struggles on a peaceful alien planet named Terra which faces destruction from human colonization. The movie is directed by Aristomenis Tsirbas, the digital artist on Hellboy and Titantic, and […]

"Tom & Jerry’s Greatest Chases" Vol. 2 Coming to DVD

by Classic Speedyon February 19, 2009
On 6/16/09, Warner Home Video will release Tom and Jerry’s Greatest Chases vol. 2, which will feature 14 Tom and Jerry cartoons from the 1940’s and ’50s. Its retail price will be $14.97. The shorts are: * Mouse Trouble (1944) * Quiet Please! (1945) * Sufferin’ Cats! (1943) * Baby Puss (1943) * The Million […]

IFC Talks to Henry Selick on "Coraline"

by Ed Liuon February 19, 2009 has interviewed director Henry Selick about directing Coraline. Among other topics, Selick discusses how children process scary stories like Coraline, what scared him as a child, the painstaking stop-motion animation process, filming in 3-D, in-jokes and references that may or may not be present in the movie, and how he feels about the fact […]

Briefly: New Nick Toys; "Sound Effects in Animation" Seminar; Disney Studio Tour

by Ed Liuon February 19, 2009
* Nickelodeon has announced new toys and merchandise based on long-time hit SpongeBob SquarePants and new show Ni Hao, Kai-lan at this year’s Toy Fair 2009. * A special presentation on “Sound Effects in Animation” will be presented on Saturday, February 21, 2009, at the Arts Exchange in White Plains, NY, as part of the […]

Bandai Entertainment Announces New May Titles Including "Gundam 00"

by Classic Speedyon February 19, 2009
The latest Mobile Suit Gundam series, 00, makes its DVD debut on 5/19/09 in both regular ($39.98) and special edition ($49.98) sets. The runtime for both versions is 225 minutes, or nine episodes. Additional May releases include: * FLAG DVD Collection (Anime Legends): 5/5/09 – $39.98 * Zegapain DVD Collection (Anime Legends): 5/5/09 – $49.98 […]

FUNimation Licenses "El Cazador De La Bruja"

by Classic Speedyon February 19, 2009
Today, FUNimation announced that it had acquired the 2007 anime El Cazador De La Bruja, a 26 episode series from Bee Train (.hack, Noir, Madlax). It concerns a suspected murderer, Ellis, on the run with female bounty hunter Nadie, in Mexico. As with the other announcements, FUNimation plans to release the series later this year […]

"Xenosaga" Fails To Fill in the Blanks

by Jon Ton February 19, 2009
For a few years now, lots of anime series have been based on video games, and Xenosaga is no exception. Like many, though not all, such series, Xenosaga falls into the trap of seemingly being made to cater to pre-existing fans of the original game material rather than trying to attract a new audience. Xenosaga […]

"The Mighty B!" Comes to DVD on February 24, 2009

by Ed Liuon February 18, 2009
Nickelodeon will be releasing the first DVD of The Mighty B! on February 24, 2009. The Mighty B! We Got the Bee will contain 8 episodes of the show, plus a behind-the-scenes featurette, an original animatic from the episode “Bat Mitzvah Crashers,” and a karaoke music video for “Running with the Rainbow Unicorn.” Created by […]

Marvel Announces New "Marvel Super Heroes: What the–?!" Video Series

by Ed Liuon February 18, 2009
Marvel has announced a new video series titled Marvel Super Heroes: What The–?!, which will be superhero satire along the lines of their Not Brand Echh and What The–?! comic book series. The first episodes will debut in the early spring, and a preview is available on the site now. The full press release […]