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Toon Disney May 2005 Programming Highlights

Toon Disney has announced programming highlights for the month of May. Please note that schedules are subject to change without notice. The Force of 5 Marathon Thursday, May 5 (7:00pm – 12:00am, ET/PT) Action, adventure, and the Power of Five-theme is in the spotlight during a five hour marathon featuring episodes from Power Rangers: Space […]

Otakon 2005 Opens Pre-registration

Otakon 2005, scheduled to take place August 19-21, 2005, has opened pre-registration. Possibly the largest Anime and Asian culture convention in the US, Otakon takes place at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Last year’s attendance was over 20,800 visitors, and this year they have capped attendance at 22,000. At the moment that this […]

LA Times on "Family Guy" Resurrection

The Los Angeles Times has published a feature article about the shifting definition of a canceled show, focusing on Family Guy‘s return to Fox due to high sales of DVDs and licensed goods (free registration required). The article also briefly reviews Seth MacFarlane’s American Dad!

Holiday Inn Opening Nick-Themed Hotel

The first-ever Nickelodeon-branded resort will open in Orlando on Memorial Day Weekend, Holiday Inn said today. The $110 million facility will feature two- and three-bedroom KidSuites units decorated with themes and characters from such Nickelodeon shows as SpongeBob SquarePants, Rugrats, The Fairly OddParents, Jimmy Neutron, and Danny Phantom. The resort entertainment area will also include […]

Tenth-Anniversary "Toy Story" DVD Coming in September

A two-disc, tenth-anniversary DVD edition of Toy Story will be released on September 6, DVDToons reports. The thirty-dollar DVD will include bonus featurettes, a making-of documentary, and deleted scenes.

"Howl's Moving Castle" Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing New

Howl’s Moving Castle is an anomaly. It’s a film that is at once beautiful, artistic, and stunning and yet also pandering, silly and na├»ve. Parts of it are as inspired and surreal as Spirited Away, others are jarringly dull. Sometimes the plot flows forward as engagingly as Mononoke, at other times it grows stilted, simplistic, […]

'Fantastic Four' Animation Sneak Peek On Upcoming DVD

Newsarama reports that the upcoming Fantastic Four animated series will be showcased in an unspecified manner on the DVD release of the upcoming Fantastic Four theatrical film. The Fantastic Four DVD is expected to be released in the fall, and initial TV airings of the new animated show are slated to appear in Fall 2006.

'Dr. Strange' DTV Animated Feature Confirmed

Dr. Strange will be featured in one of the Marvel/Lions Gates upcoming animated Direct-to-DVD movies, according to Newsarama. This will be the first time ‘The Master Of Mystic Arts’ has carried his own animated feature. The movie, the fourth in nine planned features, will be released in 2006. Other animated properties include two Ultimate Avengers […]

Advance Previews of May 4 Comics: "Batman: Dark Detective" & "GLA"

Mile High Comics has released several previews of comics from Marvel and DC scheduled for release on May 4, 2005. Highlights include Batman: Dark Detective #1, which reunites famed 70′s Batman team Steve Englehart, Marshall Rogers, and Terry Austin, and G.L.A. #2 by Dan Slott and Paul Pelletier (She-Hulk).

Marvel and Nickelodeon/Viacom Among Top Licensors in 2004

An upcoming study from License Magazine notes that Marvel Entertainment and Nickelodeon were two of the top licensors in 2004, based on the strength of such properties as Spider-Man, Dora the Explorer, and SpongeBob SquarePants. Marvel’s licensing brought in $4 billion in retail sales, while Nickelodeon licenses brought in $4.75 billion.

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