"Mutant Turtles" Gets UK, Euro Distribution

by Maxie Zeuson January 27, 2007
Networks in the United Kingdom, Spain, and Italy have bought broadcast rights to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—Fast Forward, World Screen reports. The 4Kids Entertainment show has already debuted in the United States and has been licensed in Australia, Portugal, Denmark, and Singapore.

"Secret of NIMH" Special Edition and High-Definition DVDs on the Way

by Ed Liuon January 26, 2007
A posting on Don Bluth’s website states that The Secret of NIMH has just been remastered for HD DVD (see note dated Jan 17, 2007), and that they are hoping that it will be available by June or July 2007. The comment also states, “We’re told that the new color master will be made available […]

FUNimation Announces Mushi-Shi + 3 RightStuf Shows To Air on FUNi Channel

by Dr. Daedaluson January 26, 2007
The last of this week’s license announcements from FUNi was Mushi-Shi, a 26-episode anime series from 2005-2006. Its first volume is expected in the summer. Also, three RightStuf series will be airing on the FUNimation Channel early this year: Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars, BoogiePop Phantom, and Ninja Nonsense. [Source: FUNimation ]

CBR Visits "TMNT" Studio

by Ed Liuon January 26, 2007
Comic Book has published an account of a visit to Imagi Animation Studio to check on TMNT, the latest film in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. Producer Thomas K. Gray and director Kevin Munroe discuss topics such as the decision to use CGI animation, the direction the movie will take, the involvement of […]

"Trinity Blood": Ring in the New Year with Vampires!

by Dukeon January 26, 2007
If you’re reading this, you likely know that Trinity Blood airs Saturday nights on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. This gothic/sci-fi/vampire tale has been one of the block’s early surprises, though whether that’s good or bad, obviously, depends on your own tastes. But it’s now time for the series to shift into high gear and into […]

"Trinity Blood": Hilarity with Vampires!

by Dukeon January 26, 2007
FUNimation’s partnership with Gonzo has been pretty rewarding for the anime community, bringing us a lot of Gonzo series that would normally be lost in the shuffle—or even left on the other side of the Pacific—but which are now known. One of the latest ventures is Trinity Blood. This is the second chapter. In the […]

"Powerpuff Girls Z" on Cartoon Network Japan in April

by Benon January 26, 2007
According to a press release, Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z will begin its run on Cartoon Network Japan Sundays from 12 to 1 p.m. starting April 1. The coproduction between Cartoon Network, Toei Animation and Aniplex first began broadcasting on TV Tokyo last July.

Toei Animation Posts Major Profit Decline

by Benon January 26, 2007
Toei Animation, one of Japan’s largest animation studios, posted annual declines in both profit and revenue for the first three quarters of fiscal year 2006 in an earnings report released Thursday local time. Like many Japanese corporations, Toei’s fiscal year ends in March. The company recorded about 14.6 billion yen ($121 million) in revenue over […]

Nelvana and Spin Master Partner Up For Toy Lines

by Nobuyuki samaon January 26, 2007
Corus Entertainment Inc. has announced its Nelvana Enterprises division has teamed up with Toronto-based Spin Master Ltd. to market toys and games from the currently running animated series DI-GATA Defenders, as well as the upcoming series Bakugan, with the lines set to make their debut at the Canadian Toy & Hobby Fair this Saturday, January […]

'Spongebob Squarepants' : Japanese Trendsetter

by Nobuyuki samaon January 26, 2007
The International Herald Tribune has published an article outlining Viacom’s strategy for the success of ‘Spongebob Squarepants’ in Japan, by marketing merchandise to young women instead of children as in the US, with hopes of up to $25 million in sales annually.