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LA Times: Japan Drawing Increasing Numbers of Pop-Culture Tourists

by Ed Liuon February 25, 2008
The Los Angeles Times has taken note of the rise of Japan as a tourist destination, especially for more offbeat, pop culture themed tours oriented around ninjas, the gadget-laden Akibahara shopping district, and anime (free registration required). While it has traditionally been considered an expensive tourist destination, rising popularity in Japanese culture and surges in […]

WonderCon 2008 Round-Up: "New Frontier," "Clone Wars," and "WALL*E"

by Ed Liuon February 25, 2008
Several web sites are providing animation-related news and panel reports from this past weekend’s WonderCon, held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. Comic Book Resources and Newsarama both have reports about the Darwyn Cooke panel, where the writer/artist talked about The New Frontier as a graphic novel and the upcoming 75-minute direct-to-video movie, […]

"Peach Girl Vol. 4 and 5" If the Show’s the Peach, the Cast Are the Pits

by on February 25, 2008
It doesn’t matter how hot you are, you’re gonna have a confusing life. The WB taught me this early on, and Peach Girl reaffirms it. Momo may be a great person, nice and attractive, and quick to defend her friends, but her life sucks. She’s with Kairi, but he really loves someone else. She manages […]

Tour Helps Introduce Oscar Shorts Nominees to Hollywood

by on February 24, 2008
The artists nominated for Best Animated Short almost always come from outside the Hollywood system, which means they can feel a little lost when they go to the Oscars. In recent years, then, TheStar.com reports, Ron Diamond of Acme Filmworks has set up the Oscar Showcase Tour, which takes nominees to San Francisco and Los […]

"G.I. Joe" Animated Movies are in figure Battle Packs

by Dan Collinson February 24, 2008
Tvshowsondvd.com reports that the animated G.I. Joe movies will be on DVD as part of special battle packs. Each battle pack contains 3-4 different figures and an animated DVD containing 5 part mini-series for each specific set. The 5 battle packs in June will be The MASS Device, the Weather Dominator, The Pyramid of Darkness, […]

Crazy Uncle Oscar’s "Animation Collection"

by on February 24, 2008
I suppose if any studio were to put out a DVD collection of Oscar-eligible shorts, you would want it to be Warner Bros. Its ownership or control of elements of the Warner, MGM, and Fleischer libraries gives it the largest and most diverse collection of animated short subjects to get an Academy Award nomination. Those […]

"Peter and the Wolf" Filmmaker Profiled

by on February 23, 2008
It’s the day before the Academy Awards, so the BBC interviews and profiles stop-motion animator Suzie Templeton, whose “Peter and the Wolf” is in competition for the Best Animated Short prize.

"Aristocats" Sticks to DVD Charts

by on February 23, 2008
Disney’s The Aristocats fell from third place to twelfth on the DVD sales charts in the most recent recorded period, Video Business Online reports. Family Guy Presents Blue Harvest slipped from eleventh to sixteenth.

Bandai Launches My Space Pages for "Lucky Star" and "Code Geass"

by on February 23, 2008
Bandai Entertainment has created My Space pages for its two new series, Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion and Lucky Star, the company said earlier this week. The page for Lucky Star, a 24-episode series about a high school girl uninterested in anything but anime and video games, can be found at www.myspace.com/luckystardvd. The page […]

Last of "The Third" Coming to DVD on May 27

by on February 23, 2008
Right Stuf will release The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye, Vol. 6: Final Decisions to DVD on May 27, the company said earlier this week. The release will present the final four episodes of the 24-episode series in Dolby 5.1 mix for English dialogue and Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo audio for English and […]