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"LA Times" on the Rise of Direct-to-Video Features

An article in the Los Angeles Times follows the history of the direct-to-video feature, now beginning to achieve critical mass and substantial sales figures (free registration required). Credit for the success of the format is given to the many successful animated feature films developed specifically for home video.

"Samurai Gun" Vol. 1: Tokugawa Cowboys

Cowboy Bebop‘s stylish bounty hunters generated one of the largest and most devoted followings in anime history. This lesson was not lost on studio executives, who have been trying for some years to come up with “the next Bebop,” and although wave after wave of new anime titles continue to crash upon these shores, most […]

Toy Play Features Cartoon Characters

Toy Play will release a new line of Color-In Cardboard Playhouses featuring SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Care Bears and a Generic Race Car, AWN reports. The playhouses allow kids to color in their favorite characters and build their own playhouse. The playhouses will be available in retail stores this fall for $12.99.

"Galaxy Railways Volume 1 Ahead Full!": What if the Millennium Falcon had a Caboose?

Many people credit George Lucas’s epic Star Wars franchise with the creating the modern space opera, but manga legend Leiji Matsumoto’s classic series Space Battleship Yamato (Star Blazers in the U.S.) broke ground on this genre three years earlier. Since then Matsumoto has generally pursued sci-fi of a more surreal or whimsical nature, including the […]

Next "Gargoyles" DVD Set Arriving This Winter

During this past weekend’s Gathering of the Gargoyles convention in Las Vegas, the show’s creator/producer Greg Weisman announced that the Gargoyles: Season 2, Part 1 DVD set will arrive this winter. This three-disc release will hold 26 episodes of the mid-’90s animated series, episodes #14-39, with audio commentaries and more bonus features to be announced. […]

New "Batman Movie Anthology" DVD Set Information

IGN DVD has released updated specs for the Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology 1989-1997 DVD set, including a movie by movie breakdown of the extras. The set will be offered for the MSRP of $79.92, but each title will also be available individually for the price of $26.99. Click the link for more information.

"Hi Hi" Says Hello to DVD

Warner Home Video will release Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi to DVD this November with two releases, the company says. Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi: Rock Forever will include episodes “Showdown,” “In the Cards,” “Team Teen,” “Yumi Saves Kaz,” “Rock & Roe,” “Scowlitis,” “Koi Fish,” “Arbor Day,” “Ami Ami,” “Hungry Yumi,” “The OddyGuard,” and “Song […]

"Tarzan" and "New Groove" Special Editions Coming in October

Disney will release Special Editions of Tarzan and The Emperor’s New Groove to DVD on October 18, according to Animated Bliss. Each release will retail for $29.99.

"Care Bears," "Pinocchio 3000" Come to DVD

Lions Gate will release Care Bears: Big Wish Movie to DVD on October 18 and Pinocchio 3000 to DVD on November 1, Animated Bliss reports. Each title will retail for $19.98.

SpongeBob Comes to UK Phones

UK mobile phones will be able to carry episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants thanks to a deal between Nickelodeon and ROK Entertainment Group, the companies said today. The ROK Player’s first children’s edition DVC release will allow anyone with a memory card compatible handset to watch two hours of full-length, full-screen episodes of the Nickelodeon series. […]

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