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"Phineas and Ferb": Lots of "Summer", Not Much of a "Daze"

by Leviathanon February 23, 2009
I don’t think any show has given me as many mixed feelings as Phineas and Ferb. It’s created by an animation veteran of Rocko’s Modern Life and Family Guy (who in this series has also partnered with one of his Rocko writing colleagues), so I kind of expected it to be witty, if not especially […]

ANN Interviews Tony Oliver on "Adventures in Voice Acting" Seminars

by Ed Liuon February 23, 2009
Anime News Network has interviewed voice actor Tony Oliver on the new “Adventures in Voice Acting” seminars he is conducting with Bang Zoom Entertainment designed to help people break into the voice acting business. Oliver discusses how the project was started from the same questions being asked all the time at anime conventions, what attendees […]

"Garfield’s Fun Fest" in UK on April 6, 2009

by Ed Liuon February 23, 2009
Garfield’s Fun Fest will be arriving on DVD in the United Kingdom on April 6, 2009. The direct-to-DVD CGI animated movie (released in the United States in August 2008) follows Jim Davis’ famous fat comic-strip feline in his quest to win the town’s annual talent show with the help of Odie the dog and the […]

"Happily N’Ever After 2" Comes to DVD March 24, 2009

by Ed Liuon February 23, 2009
Lionsgate will be releasing Happily N’Ever After 2 to DVD on March 24, 2009. The sequel to the 2006 feature Happily N’Ever After will tell a twisted fairy tale version of Snow White, who turns into a misguided teenager trying to prevent the marriage of her father the King to the evil, scheming Lady Vain. […]

"Afro Samurai: Resurrection" Is Sizzle Without the Steak

by Maxie Zeuson February 22, 2009
“Afro.” “Samurai.” Is it even possible to make an anime series combining those two concepts that does not kick all kinds of ass? Afro Samurai: Resurrection, a follow up to the TV series, is ninety-minutes of visceral, bloody, vengeance-driven samurai action with a post-apocalyptic/blaxploitation twang. Visually, it is an eye-popping tour de force of rippling, […]

2008 Academy Awards: "WALL-E" Wins Best Animated Feature, "Bashir" Loses Out

by Ed Liuon February 22, 2009
The 81st annual Academy Awards are underway, and all awards have been announced for categories with an animated film in contention. The animated winners are: BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM: WALL-E (Walt Disney) Dir. by Andrew Stanton (21:06 EST) BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM: “La Maison en Petits Cubes” A Robot Communications Production, Kunio Kato (21:09 EST) […]

FUNimation Licenses "Mnemosyne"

by Classic Speedyon February 20, 2009
The final title FUNimation has licensed this week is Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne, a 6-episode OAV from 2008, produced by Xebec. It contains elements of sci-fi, detective, and yuri in the tale of Rin, an office worker who has supernatural powers, and whom works with her partner Yumi to solve cases in future Tokyo. [Source: […]

Katsucon 15-The Melancholy of Your Weatherman

by Weathermanon February 20, 2009
Katsucon 15. 15 years. 15 years ago Conan O’Brien still didn’t know what he was doing on air, Bill Clinton had just become President of the United States of America, the Internet barely existed, and I was a barely-aware-of-the-world -around-me 12 year old. 15 years later Conan O’Brien is moving to the Tonight Show, the […]

Max Fleischer’s Gulliver’s Travels to DVD and Blu-ray March 10, 2009

by Ed Liuon February 20, 2009
Koch Entertainment and E1 Entertainment have officially announced their release of Max Fleischer’s Gulliver’s Travels on DVD and Blu-ray on March 10, 2009. The movie was the second feature-length animated film, and made groundbreaking use of rotoscoping techniques and exploited the considerable technical skill of the Fleischer studios to retell Jonathan Swift’s classic novel. The […]

Anime at Best Buy in 2009: A New Strategy

by Classic Speedyon February 20, 2009
Starting on March 1, 2009, Best Buy will adopt a new strategy regarding their anime selection. * 460 stores will sell their anime titles for 50% off; after March 21st, they will only carry about 20 unique anime SKUs. * 500 stores will carry roughly 100 anime SKUs. * The top 200 stores will carry […]