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New "Bob the Builder" DVDs Due in March, June

by on February 19, 2008
Bob the Builder will star in new adventures with new members of his machine team beginning this March with the DVD release of Building Bobland Bay, producer HIT Entertainment said today. That first DVD will be followed in June with Let’s Build the Beach! and new episodes of Bob the Builder on PBS Kids in […]

"Madea" Getting Animated

by on February 19, 2008
Tyler Perry will create, write, and executive produce a new animated series based on his Madea character, Variety reports. The project will be produced by Exodus Film Group. No distribution or broadcast arrangements have yet been made, and producers do not rule out the possibility of distributing it directly to DVD.

Giacchino, "Ratatouille" Composer, Profiled in USA Today

by on February 19, 2008
USA Today profiles and interviews Oscar nominee Michael Giacchino, who wrote the score for Ratatouille. Giacchino made stop-motion animated home movies as a child, the article notes. He also moved sideways into composition, getting a job in the marketing division at Disney Interactive before segueing over into music-writing for games and ultimately for TV and […]

Marvel Announces Marvelous Numbers, Schedules Animated Projects

by on February 19, 2008
Marvel Entertainment had operating income of $51.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2007, almost double the $26.4 million the company earned in the fourth quarter of 2006, the company announced today. Revenues rose to $109.3 million from $85.2 million. For the year, Marvel’s operating income soared to $274.4 million from $112.6 million. Revenues jumped […]

"Thomas and the Great Discovery" Coming to DVD in September

by on February 19, 2008
Thomas the Tank Engine will star in a new feature-length DVD special to be released on September 9, producer HIT Entertainment announced today. The Great Discovery will have Thomas stumbling on the ruins of Great Waterton, the oldest town on the island, and will be narrated by Pierce Brosnan, who also voices the new PBS […]

New "Thomas" Toys Coming This Fall

by on February 19, 2008
HIT ToyCo has announced new Thomas & Friends-themed toys in advance of the American International Toy Fair. The new line of products for preschoolers will be available this fall. Items in the new line include Thomas & Bulstrode Bath Buddies, the Tuneful Thomas Radio, the Thomas Rock ‘n Roll Guitar, and the Sodor Musical TV. […]

"TV Funhouse" Back on DVD Schedule

by Dan Collinson February 19, 2008
Tvshowsondvd.com reports that the Saturday Night Live spin-off TV Funhouse is now back on the DVD schedule, and the DVD will be on June 10th. Extras will include Triumph the Insult Comic Dog appearing on The Daily Show as well the New York Friar’s Club Roast of Rob Reiner. Commentary from the Anipals as well […]

PR: In Fall 2008 "Thomas & Friends" Embark on their Greatest Adventure Yet

by on February 19, 2008
“THE GREAT DISCOVERY” — THE FIRST DVD FEATURE NARRATED BY PIERCE BROSNAN — IS FULL-STEAM AHEAD WITH NEW PUBLISHING AND TOY TIE-IN PRODUCTS NEW YORK, NY, February 18, 2008 – Fans of the beloved Thomas the Tank Engine™, hold on to your engineer’s cap, as Thomas & Fiends™ pulls into the station with The Great […]

"Justice League: New Frontier" Interviews Around the Web

by Ed Liuon February 19, 2008
Several interviews related to the upcoming direct-to-video movie Justice League: The New Frontier are available on-line. Newsarama’s Animated Shorts has interviewed scripter Stan Berkowitz and director Dave Bullock about producing the movie. Berkowitz discusses the choices he had to make to whittle down the 400+ page graphic novel to a 75-minute movie, and also how […]

Just Deserts: Yar-Har for "The Desert Princess and the Pirates"

by on February 19, 2008
It has been said there is nothing more fashionable than being late for a party. But how late is “late”? Fifteen minutes? An hour? Okay, how about 183 hours? Or, to cast the same number in TV/cinematic terms, how about 343 episodes and 7 movies late? Rare for anime visuals to make me smile, but […]