FUNimation has picked up the North American licensing and merchandising rights to Toei’s One Piece, the companies announced today. The deal will allow FUNimation to negotiate partnerships in key licensing categories, including toys, games, and collectible figures, based on the series. [Source: FUNimation] [Read the full press release]
Toei Animation and FUNimation Bring Popular Pirate Adventure Property to Toy Fair 2008 FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS (February 18, 2008) – Tokyo-based Toei Animation Co., Ltd. has appointed FUNimation Entertainment, as Agent, to act on its behalf in North American licensing and merchandising activities for one if its signature series: One Piece. In addition to managing […]
Techno-Fantasy Anime Series to come to the United States Flower Mound, TX – February 18, 2008 – Following an online video reveal on the new www.funimation.com on Friday, FUNimation® Entertainment today officially announces that it has acquired rights to the 26-episode anime series Claymore from Japan’s Nippon Television which aired the series in 2007. FUNimation […]
Disney continues to roll out its impressive Treasures collection, now in its seventh wave, with this two-disc set about the vision, planning, building and opening of Disneyland in 1955. As with all of the Disney Treasures sets, Disneyland: Stories, Secrets and Magic is very stylishly presented, coming in a silver double-DVD case that is itself […]
A censored version of Persepolis, which portrays the Iranian revolution and its aftermath in a critical light, received a legal screening in Tehran last week, Variety reports. A DVD of the film with Farsi subtitles was given in two different locations with the permission of the cultural authorities. Scenes of a sexual nature were cut […]
India’s DQ Entertainment and Japan’s THINK Corp. have signed a “memorandum of understanding” to co-produce three high-end CG-animated TV series, and are considering plans for a direct-to-DVD feature film, Animationxpress reports. The two companies expect to spend approximately $24 million on the three series.
Viz will release many box sets in May and June. Pokemon fans will want to mark their calendars, as Pokemon: Battle Frontier Box Set 1 will be released on 6/24/08 for $39.98. It runs 520 minutes. Also, Pokemon Season 1 Box 4 will be released on 5/20/08 for 39.98. It runs 760 minutes. June will […]
Ragnarok is a show completely lacking in inspiration, the kind of series that feels created solely to cash in on a popular online video game. The kind where the writers, stumped, said, “Oh right, we have to make a show! Uh… let’s have them fight some random monsters! Done!” The characters are all archetypes we’ve […]
The Aristocats debuted at number three on the DVD sales charts in its first week of release, trade journal Video Business Online reports. Family Guy Presents Blue Harvest fell from seventh to eleventh place in its fourth week of release, and The Simpsons Movie slipped from ninth to fifteenth place.
Superhero Hype! has posted a ten-minute documentary featurette on Batman: Gotham Knights showing scenes and images from the upcoming direct-to-DVD release. Producer Bruce Timm and others discuss the roots of the Batman character and ways they and the directors went about introducing anime styles and conventions into the six-part feature. Deadshot, Scarecrow, and Killer Croc […]