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"Persepolis" Nominated for Cesar; Toons Jostle for Sound Editing Prizes

by on January 25, 2008
Prize season continues to unfold, with Persepolis gaining multiple nominations for France’s Cesar Awards, Variety reports. The animated feature was nominated in the Picture, First Film, Adapted Screenplay, Song, Score, and Editor categories. For Best Picture it will compete with The Secret of the Grain, La Vie en rose, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, […]

"To Heart Vol. 4": Not Much "Love And Truth"

by on January 25, 2008
Hiroyuki, Akari, and Shiho are all regular students attending high school in Japan. Multi HMX-12 is a regular maid robot who’s going to high school for a trial period to learn how to be a better maid robot. Chad is a reviewer, staring at the screen, ridiculously bored by the lack of real progress made […]

"Girl Who Leapt Through Time" Trailer Goes Online

by on January 24, 2008
IGN.com has posted a trailer for The Girl Who Leapt Through Time online. The Mamoru Hosoda-directed film, about a high school girl with the power to go backward in time, will get a limited theatrical release in the US in the summer of 2008 before heading to DVD. (via Anime News Network)

"Toy Story" Trilogy to Get Full 3-D Treatment in 2009-10

by Ed Liuon January 24, 2008
A press release from the Walt Disney Company is stating that the two existing Toy Story movies will be released in digital 3-D versions starting in 2009 in advance of the release of Toy Story 3, which will also be released in 3-D. The first Toy Story movie will be released to theaters in 3-D […]

Most Effective Product Placement of 2007 is "Guitar Hero" on "South Park"

by Ed Liuon January 24, 2008
According to the data reporting firm iTVX, the “Guitar Hero” episode of South Park was the most effective product placement of 2007 (free registration required). iTVX came to this conclusion via their Q-rating calculation, which measures 50 criteria such as whether a character on a show is holding a product while talking about it and […]

Dude, Where’s My History Books?

by on January 24, 2008
This has been a year that cinema has reminded us that often there is “more than meets the eye”, and this observation extends far further than toy cars that swivel, twist and ultimately snap into robots with the tiniest heads imaginable. No, we can take this line one step further. There are other products out […]

Newsarama Chats with English Writing Crew for "Shin Chan"

by Ed Liuon January 23, 2008
Newsarama’s Animated Shorts has spoken with the local English translation crew of Shin Chan, the enduring Japanese comedy anime. Series head writer Jared Hedges and staffer Joel Bergen and Alex Muniz talk about the difficulties on translating the show’s humor, comparing it to doing The Simpsons in Japanese only more difficult. They also discuss the […]

Ghibli’s "Ponyo on a Cliff" Scheduled for Mid-July Release in Japan

by Ed Liuon January 23, 2008
Nausicaa.net is linking to a report from Variety Japan stating that Hayao Miyazaki’s next feature film, Ponyo on a Cliff, is currently scheduled for release in mid-July 2008. More information about the movie will be released after the Tokyo International Anime Fair at the end of March.

"Bee Movie" Coming to DVD March 11

by on January 23, 2008
DreamWorks Animation will release Bee Movie to DVD and HD DVD on Tuesday, March 11, the studio said today. The two-disc set will include as extras a commentary with Jerry Seinfeld and the producers; “TV Juniors” segments; alternate endings; early live-action trailers; “lost” scenes with commentary; a music video; and documentary featurettes about the cast […]

Good Dog(s): "The Hakkenden: Legend of the Dog Warriors" Delivers Grand Samurai Drama

by Ed Liuon January 23, 2008
The rashly made promise that must unexpectedly be kept is a staple of fairy tales in all cultures, and it’s just such a promise that drives The Hakkenden: Legend of the Dog Warriors. Based on Kyokutei Bakin’s epic 19th century samurai novel, this anime series originally aired on Japanese TV in two seasons between 1990 […]