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Nickelodeon Announces New Set Of International Co-productions

by Grant Whiteon February 7, 2007
Nickelodeon has announced it is developing five brand new animated series in partnership with various international production houses, C21Media reports. Each of the series will be initially produced as a pilot short, with the option open for a full series. The concepts include Oasis, a non-verbal animation by Tuba Entertainment under TF1 and TeamTo, and […]

FunBrandz Announces "Shrek," "Curious George" Games

by Maxie Zeuson February 7, 2007
FunBrandz will simultaneously launch four new DVD games based on Shrek the Third, the company said today. The new series of games will be headlined by Shrek Swamp Party, a party-style DVD game that features physical and mental challenges, four exclusive collectible figurines, and other gameplay accessories. Other games include the Shrek Princess Club DVD […]

New Makoto Shinkai Film Opens March 3 in Japan

by Benon February 7, 2007
The new anthology film from director Makoto Shinkai (The Place Promised in Our Early Days), 5 Centimeters Per Second: a chain of short stories about their distance, will premiere at Cinema Rise in Shibuya, Tokyo, on March 3, opening the same day at eight theaters across Japan. The three components of the film are called […]

Museum Celebrates 30 Years of "Corocoro," Anthology of "Pokemon," "Doraemon" and More

by Benon February 7, 2007
The Suginami Animation Museum in Tokyo will host an exhibition beginning Feb. 27 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the launch of Shogakukan’s Corocoro Comic manga magazine in 1977. The anthology helped popularize children’s comic phenomenons including Pokemon, Beyblade and Doraemon. Earlier franchises included Kaibutsu-kun and Obake no Q-taro. The free event is aimed at […]

"ATHF" Marketer Videotaped Bomb Squad

by Maxie Zeuson February 7, 2007
Peter Berdovsky, one of the marketers in trouble for the Aqua Teen Hunger Force panic in Boston last week, videotaped a bomb squad removing one of his blinking boxes without alerting police that it was just an advertisement, the Associated Press reports. Berdovsky’s lawyer says his client called his employers after he saw what the […]

Marketing Execs at Disney, Nickelodeon Get New Responsibilities

by Maxie Zeuson February 7, 2007
Frank Tanki and Jennifer Tracy have been named vice presidents of Brand Marketing and Digital Promotions Marketing, respectively, at Nickelodeon, the network announced today. Tanki will direct the management of such Nickelodeon brands as SpongeBob SquarePants and Avatar: The Last Airbender, while Tracy will oversee promotions marketing strategies for Nick.com, NickJr.com, ParentsConnect.com and GoCityKids.com. Separately, […]

"Pinky And The Brain" Vol. 2: Gee Brain, What Are We Gonna Watch Tonight?

by Chad Boninon February 7, 2007
They’re Pinky and The Brain. One is a genius, the other’s insane. They’re laboratory mice; their genes have been spliced. And by the dawning of the sun, they’ll take over the world. As a kid, the theme song that plot describes was a daily part of watching Kids’ WB. I even had it on my […]

"Hellboy Animated" Interviews with Creator Mike Mignola and Director Tad Stones

by Ed Liuon February 6, 2007
Newsarama.com’s “Animated Shorts” column has posted an interview with Hellboy creator Mike Mignola about the Hellboy Animated direct-to-video films. Mignola discusses his past work in animation, from Disney’s Atlantis to an aborted New Gods series for Warner Brothers; the difference between working in comics and animation; and why SciFi’s Amazing Screw-on Head makes him uncomfortable. […]

Pixar Prez Describes Corporate Philosophy

by Maxie Zeuson February 6, 2007
Pixar president Ed Catmull spoke at the Stanford Graduate School of Business on January 31, where he described Pixar’s philosophy of facing and fixing small problems before they become large ones, Exduco reports. Catmull described personnel problems at the animation studio following the success of Toy Story and some of the steps the company took […]

Win Your Own Piece of Rockin' Mooninite History!

by Nobuyuki samaon February 6, 2007
As a promotional move to showcase their products at the RSA Security Conference being held this week in San Francisco, CyberDefender Corporation will raffle off a Aqua Teen Hunger Force magnetic sign like those which inadvertantly caused the huge bomb scare in Boston last week. Raffle entry is free, and interested entrants are asked to […]