"Haruka" Volume 1: A Rip-Off In More Ways Than One

by on April 27, 2008
Kagome, an everyday school girl, is transported via a time-traveling well into the Sengoku period of Hyrule’s history. With the Blue Dragon, White Tigerzord, Ho-oh Pokemon, and Tor the Shuttlezord sealed away, the mystical Dragonballs are now in the hands of eight guardians. Only Kagome, now the Priestess of the Eternal Dragon, can decide the […]

The Chipmunks on DVD: Making a Movie and Then Stealing From Several Others

by on April 26, 2008
A half-century of success is nothing to be scoffed at. So to those who look down on the Chipmunks and their career of sped-up covers, keep in mind that they’ve been popular since their 1958 introduction by novelty-song guru Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. That said, their history is mostly characterized by innocuous Saturday morning fluff, neither […]

Briefly: Ottawa Int’l Film Fest Deadline Approaching; YTV & Treehouse on iTunes

by Ed Liuon April 26, 2008
* Canada’s Corus Entertainment reports that several YTV and Treehouse shows, such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Avatar, and Dora the Explorer, are now available on Canada’s iTunes store. [Corus Entertainment] * The Ottawa International Animation Festival is reminding filmmakers that the entry deadline to submit work for consideration for the 2008 event is June 1, 2008. […]

Right Stuf’s Anime Today Interviews "Shin Chan" Writers

by Ed Liuon April 26, 2008
The latest Anime Today podcast from interviews Jared Hedges, Joel Bergen, and Alex Muniz about their work writing Shin Chan for FUNimation and Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. The trio discuss how they were selected to write for Shin Chan, how writing for the show differs from other anime adaptations, and what’s “off limits” for […]

PR: Ottawa International Animation Festival: Entry Deadline Fast Approaching

by Ed Liuon April 26, 2008
Ottawa International Animation Festival: Entry deadline fast approaching! OTTAWA, ONTARIO (April 25, 2008) – The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) entry deadline is fast approaching for the 2008 event taking place September 17 to 21. One of the largest events of its kind, last year’s event had a total attendance of over 27,000 with 1500 […]

PR: Right Stuf’s Anime Today Interviews SHIN CHAN Writers

by Ed Liuon April 26, 2008
Right Stuf’s ANIME TODAY Interviews SHIN CHAN Writers Jared Hedges, Joel Bergen & Alex Muniz Plus maid cafes, Budo Grape, contests & more in episode 65! GRIMES, IA, April 25, 2008 – Anime producer and mega-online anime retailer Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome the writers of FUNimation’s Shin chan – Jared Hedges, Joel […]

"The Mighty B": Needs More Honey

by on April 25, 2008
Whether The Mighty B!, Nickelodeon’s newest animated series, entertains or irritates you will probably depend on far you can identify with—or even stomach—its main character. That shouldn’t be a surprise, really: it is, after all, a star vehicle, of a sort. The series is executive produced by Amy Poehler, who also voices Bessie Higgenbottom, the […]

Judson Exits Warner Bros. Animation

by on April 25, 2008
Lisa Judson is exiting as head of Warner Bros. Animation, Variety reports. The trade paper cites no reason for the abrupt departure, which comes only ten months after Judson took over reins at the studio. Warners says she is returning to New York. No replacement was named. Instead, Warner Bros. Television president Peter Roth will […]

"Buso Renkin" to Debut on 3-Disc Boxed Set

by Ed Liuon April 25, 2008
VIZ Media has announced the release of a 3-disc boxed set of Buso Renkin, their newest animated fantasy action series, on April 29, 2008. The series centers on Kazuki Muto, a high school teenager who is killed while trying to rescue a girl. He is then revived through an alchemical device called a kakugane, which […]

Wired Interviews Nina Paley on "Sita Sings the Blues"

by Ed Liuon April 25, 2008
Wired magazine has interviewed independent animator Nina Paley about her new film, Sita Sings the Blues, which debuts this weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival. The movie tells the parallel tales of the ancient Hindu epic The Ramayana and the modern-day breakup of Paley’s own marriage, and is the first feature-length computer-animated film rendered entirely […]