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Corus Sends Tony Hawk, Jimmy/Timmy, Rugrats, Avatar and More to Canada in March

by Ed Liuon January 30, 2007
A press release from Corus Kids Television contains programming highlights for March 2007, including the debuts on YTV of Tony Hawk: Boom Boom Sabotage, two Rugrats specials, and the season 2 finale to Avatar the Last Airbender. Strawberry Shortcake will get the spotlight on companion channel Treehouse. Read the full press release here.

Canada to receive The Anime Channel

by Matt Hazudaon January 30, 2007
The Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications Commission has approved YTV’s request to create a new network called The Anime Channel. The station will carry a minimum of 65% anime and up to 35% “anime-related” content. (via Zannen, Canada)

Kevin Munroe: "TMNT" in Crunch Time

by Ed Liuon January 30, 2007
A brief article on SciFi Wire reports that TMNT, the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles feature film, is “in crunch time,” according to director Kevin Munroe and producer Thomas K. Gray. The current efforts “include 400 people working in Hong Kong six days a week who have been animating the TMNT film since 2004,” and […]

Tad Stones on "Hellboy Animated" DVD Extras

by Ed Liuon January 30, 2007
Director Tad Stones has posted a sneak peek at some of the bonus material coming for the Hellboy Animated DVDs, including a look at the comic book that will be shipping with the DVDs, screenshots of the documentaries, and photos of the voice actors at work. The description on the blog page does not indicate […]

PR: Show-downs, Fairytales And Monster Mashes This March On Corus Kids Television

by Ed Liuon January 30, 2007
SHOW-DOWNS, FAIRYTALES AND MONSTER MASHES THIS MARCH ON CORUS KIDS TELEVISION (January 29, 2007 – Toronto , Canada ) It’s going to be a busy month as Corus kids vote for their favourite show, dream with magical fairies and hang out with spooky monsters this March on YTV, Treehouse, and Discovery Kids! Tune in to […]

Frank Nissen Revisits a Classic with "Cinderella III"

by Ed Liuon January 30, 2007
With a career spanning for 30 years, odds are pretty good that you’ve seen a cartoon that Frank Nissen has worked on. After an apprenticeship in commercial and educational programming, Nissen began his directorial career on such cult classic TV specials as Cosmic Christmas and The Devil and Daniel Mouse. His touch can also be […]

New "Slayers" Feature for R2 DVD Buyers

by Benon January 30, 2007
Customers who purchase all three of the upcoming Japanese DVD releases of the Slayers TV series will receive a copy of an all-new “theatrical-quality” Slayers feature focusing on a romance between Lina and Gourry in the southern islands, reads an article in the latest Dragon Magazine according to Anime News Service. The opening theme will […]

"Tales from Earthsea" Opens April 4 in France

by Benon January 30, 2007
Goro Miyazaki’s Tales from Earthsea (Gedo Senki), the latest film from Studio Ghibli, opens in French theaters April 4 as Les Contes des Terremer, Nausicaa.net reports.

Tokyo Anime Fair Hosts Animated Robot Model Contest

by Benon January 30, 2007
The Tokyo Anime Fair set for this March will host a competition for moving models of robots from animation, in cooperation with the 6th Robot Animation Expo. Entries must be entirely made by the contestant, not from commercial kits, and will be judged on movement, design and features. The grand prize winner will receive 100,000 […]

Founding Editor of Animage Hideo Ogata Dead at 73 UPDATE: Miyazaki Read Eulogy

by Benon January 30, 2007
Hideo Ogata, the first editor-in-chief of Japan’s No. 2 anime magazine, Animage, died aged 73 on Thursday local time. Animage, whose title is a combination of the English words “animation” and “image,” began publication in 1978, and has offered its support over the years to many anime directors who are today international superstars. Animage serialized […]