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Briefly: "Alvin" Sets First-Day DVD Record; New Broadcast Deals; Nick Jr. Goes Latin

by on April 3, 2008
* Alvin and the Chipmunks sold 2.6 million DVD units its first day in release, setting a one-day record for the year. [Variety] * Broadcasters in France, Australia, and Israel have picked up local rights to Chorion’s The Mr Men Showl. [c21 Media] * Disney Channel Latin America is adding Neptuno’s Zoo Mix to its […]

"xxxHOLIC" Vol. 1: Spirits Distilled and Diluted

by on April 2, 2008
When starting a new series, checking out a new movie, or even just stopping on a random TV show, I will often give it what I think of as a “three strikes” test: I’ll track the number of times it “hits” or “misses” with a scene, a joke, or a bit of business, until either […]

New "Wonder Pets" Episodes, DVD Due Week of April 21

by on April 2, 2008
The Wonder Pets! will travel to Liverpool in “Save the Beetles!”, a primetime musical special that will premiere on Monday, April 21, at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon, the network said today. The mini-operetta by Spamalot‘s Larry Hochman will have the team rescuing the bug band The Beetles after their yellowish submarine becomes tangled in […]

Sony Nabs Int’l DVD Rights to Anchor Bay Catalog

by on April 2, 2008
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has picked up international distribution rights to Anchor Bay’s home entertainment catalog, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The deal gives Sony rights to such product as the Hellboy animated movies and Manga Entertainment titles in territories outside the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

"Robot Chicken: Star Wars" Coming to DVD (Updated April 2)

by Dan Collinson April 2, 2008
Tvshowsondvd.com reports that Warner will release Robot Chicken: Star Wars on May 20th. The special episode will also contain episode commentary (audio & video) as well as deleted scenes, trailers, and behind the scenes footage. The episode features the voices of Mark Hamill (Star Wars, Batman: The Animated Series), Star Wars creator George Lucas, Robot […]

"Boondocks" Season Two Hitting DVD in June

by on April 2, 2008
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the second season of The Boondocks to DVD on June 10, Animation Magazine reports. The three-disc set will include thirteen episodes, including two that did not air on Adult Swim. Extras will feature commentary by creator Aaron McGruder and character profiles. It will retail for $49.95.

"Ragnarok" Vol. 3: The Nightmare Ends

by SB20xxon April 2, 2008
You know a series is bad when your mind wanders back to scenes from better series while you’re watching it. Ragnarok is just such a series. It couldn’t hold my interest, due to its “been there, done that” feel, its lifeless execution, and its subpar animation. I don’t want to repeat myself, so if you […]

"Tiny Toons" and "Freakazoid" Coming to DVD

by on April 2, 2008
Warner Home Video will release Tiny Toon Adventures Season 1, Volume 1 and Freakazoid! Season 1 to DVD later this year, the studio announced today. The Tiny Toons set will include 35 episodes (listed below) on three single-sided and one double-sided DVD, and will retail for $27.60. Freakazoid will include 14 episodes (listed below) on […]

Updated (4/1): "Batman: Gotham Knight" Coming July 8

by on April 2, 2008
Warner Home Video will release Batman: Gotham Knight to DVD and Blu-Ray on July 8, the company said today. The title will also be made available on pay-per-view, OnDemand, and for download on the same day. The 75-minute release will feature such villains as Scarecrow, Killer Croc, and Deadshot in six interlocking stories from scripts […]

Nickelodeon Finishes First in Quarter Among Kid Viewers

by on April 2, 2008
Nickelodeon finished first among all kid demographics in the first quarter of 2008, the network said today. The network had the top five kid programs and increased its ratings across the board. Among kids 2-11 the network had 1.3 million viewers, beating the Disney Channel’s 923,000 and Cartoon Network’s 566,000. In the 6-11 demographic, Nickelodeon […]