"Popeye the Sailor Vol. 2" Cartoon Classics Best Viewed Without "Friends"

by Ed Liuon June 18, 2008
Some classics are best appreciated in modern times as building blocks. Any understanding of history will show that they broke new ground at the time they were made and formed the foundation for much of what would follow. However, for most modern audiences, they have much more interest as history than as entertainment. There are […]

FUNimation Licenses "Big Windup!"

by SB20xxon June 17, 2008
FUNimation has licensed the anime series Big Windup!, known as Ookiku Furikabutte in Japan. The baseball-themed series ran for 26 episodes in 2007. They’ve posted a website for viewing, though no release date is yet set. [Source: ]

Media Blasters Announces New September Titles Including "Dokuro-Chan"

by SB20xxon June 17, 2008
The recently-licensed anime comedy Dokuro-Chan has a first volume release date of 9/30/08 for $24.99. Two complete collections have also been announced: * Otogi Zoshi Collection 1 – Heian Arc: 9/9/08 – $129.95 * Voltron Vol. 6: 9/30/08 – $34.99 Finally, further volumes of the following are expected: * Strawberry Panic vol. 4: 9/2/08 – […]

PR: An All-New Garfield Movie Romps Onto DVD Aug. 5th

by on June 17, 2008
CENTURY CITY, Calif. – Hold onto your lasagna! Everyone’s favorite morning-loathing, Odie-taunting, tart-tongued tabby is back for a slew of hilarious new antics in Garfield’s Fun Fest, his newest full-length computer animated feature film, coming to DVD Aug. 5 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Written by creator Jim Davis — Garfield, Odie, Jon, Arlene […]

Warner Offers Disc Swap for "Popeye: Volume 2"

by Dan Collinson June 17, 2008 reports that Warner offers a disc swap for Popeye The Sailor Volume 2: 1938-1940 because the two shorts on the first disc have an alternate credits sequence. A toll free number is offered for replacement of disc 1. Check the report here.

Imagi "Astro Boy" Voice Cast Announced

by Ed Liuon June 17, 2008
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Nicholas Cage, Donald Sutherland, Nathan Lane, Bill Nighy, and Eugene Levy have signed on to the voice cast of Imagi Animation Studios’ Astro Boy, a CGI animated feature film adaptation of the seminal manga and anime by Osamu Tezuka. Freddie Highmore will be voicing the title character. The movie […]

Briefly: Miyazaki Profile on NHK; TMNT 25th Anniversary

by Ed Liuon June 17, 2008
* is reporting a new TV special on Hayao Miyazaki will be airing on NHK’s Professional series on August 5. The special will include a look at the production of Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea. [] * The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are turning 25 this year, and Mirage Studios and 4Kids […]

"Shuffle" Vol. 4: Love is No Laughing Matter

by SB20xxon June 17, 2008
Having never been involved in a situation where five girls were after my heart at the same time (and I doubt many of you have been in that situation, either), I can’t say the events of dating sim-turned-anime Shuffle “hit home” for me. But, luckily, I don’t feel disconnected from the characters because of this […]

CW4Kids: "Spectacular Spider-Man" to Rerun Over Summer; "The Batman" Returns

by Ed Liuon June 16, 2008
The CW4Kids network issued another press release in advance of the airing of “Nature vs. Nurture,” the season finale of The Spectacular Spider-Man. The press release has comments by Spider-Man’s voice actor Josh Keaton, who said, “even though I’m about 13 episodes ahead of everyone else – I already know what’s going to happen – […]

"Hulk" Smashes "Panda" to Second Place at Weekend Box Office

by Ed Liuon June 16, 2008
Marvel Studios’ The Incredible Hulk dominated the weekend box office in its first weekend of release, smashing its way to an estimated $54.5 million in its opening weekend to knock DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda to a strong second place finish with an estimated $34.3 million in ticket sales. Panda is now sitting on a […]