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Tokyo Anime Fair Sets Record Attendance

by on April 1, 2008
Attendance at the Tokyo Intl. Anime Fair rose 18% over last year, setting a record with 126,622 visitors, Variety reports. Public attendance rose 22%, while attendance by foreign business visitors rose 12%.

Those Dollar DVDs; Or, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

by on April 1, 2008
Walk into Wal-Mart (or any other large discount retailer), and you can’t miss them: rack upon rack of what can only be called “bulk entertainment.” DVDs-for-a-dollar—grade-Z movies; old episodes of almost-forgotten 50s sitcoms; public domain cartoons—seemingly any kind of entertainment that a bottom-feeding home video distributor thinks it can buy for a penny and sell […]

"Enchanted" Opens Strong on DVD

by on March 31, 2008
Enchanted debuted at number two on the DVD sales charts, behind I Am Legend, by selling 2.8 million units, according to data compiled by The Numbers.com. In its second week, Bee Movie dropped to third place, shipping 1.3 million units. Other animated movies in the top thirty sellers include 101 Dalmatians (440,000 units); Beowulf (121,000 […]

Canadians Strike in Newest "South Park"

by on March 31, 2008
The World Canadian Bureau will lead Canadians in a strike in the new South Park episode “Canada On Strike!” on Wednesday, April 2, Comedy Central said today. The episode will feature Danes flocking to the U.S. to take the place of striking Canadians, and the South Park boys working to broker a settlement. The episode […]

New "Bob the Builder" Coming to DVD in May

by on March 31, 2008
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release Bob the Builder: The Three Musketrucks to DVD on May 13. The DVD will feature adventures with a Scottish dairy farmer and the dairy truck Dodger. In addition to five Bob the Builder episodes (“Dodger the Milk Truck,” “The Three Musketrucks,” “Dodger’s Dairy Disaster,” “Scrambler the Goat Herder,” […]

"Alvin" Tour to Hit Malls in Early April

by on March 31, 2008
Alvin and the Chipmunks‘ Get Munked Tour 2008 will hit malls in Philadelphia, Dallas, Detroit, Denver, Chicago, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Seattle, Atlanta, San Francisco, St. Louis and San Diego in a three-week tour to promote the April 1 release of the DVD, Video Business Online reports. The show, which stars Jason Lee, Jesse McCartney, […]

"Ratatouille," "Avatar" Win Nick Kids’ Choice Awards

by Ed Liuon March 31, 2008
The slime-filled Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards were handed out on Saturday, March 29, 2008, with top animation awards going to Ratatouille for Favorite Animated Movie and Avatar the Last Airbender for Favorite Cartoon. In addition, Eddie Murphy won the award for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie for his role as Donkey in Shrek the […]

"Variety" Looks at FUNimation

by Ed Liuon March 31, 2008
An article in Variety examines the strategies that have led to success for FUNimation, speaking with CEO Gen Fukunaga about illegal downloading, DVD sales in a competitive and tightening market, the difficulties that arise when working with the anime licensors, and how on-line services lead to DVD sales. The article does contain numerous data points […]

"Pumpkin Scissors" Volume 1: Explosive Fun Any Way You Cut It

by on March 31, 2008
What’s in a name? It’s a question any regular anime viewer must have pondered at one point or another. Call them innovative, colorful, or bizarre, but there’s no denying that those who name anime series and characters march to the beat of their own possibly extraterrestrial drummer. This leads to such ludicrously contrived names as […]

"Case Closed: The Fourteenth Target" Doesn’t Prevail

by on March 30, 2008
After a long, long wait, we finally get the second movie in the popular Detective Conan/Case Closed series: The Fourteenth Target. Does it live up to its predecessor? Or does it deserve to be taken into custody for suckiness? For those who have never seen the series: Jimmy Kudo was a super-ace high school detective […]