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"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 […]

"Ratatouille" Scores Five Oscar Nominations

by on January 22, 2008
Brad Bird’s Ratatouille will compete for five Oscars in this year’s Academy Awards, including Best Animated Feature and Best Writing (Original Screenplay). Nominations for the 80th Annual Academy Awards were announced this morning. In the Animated Feature category, Ratatouille will be competing with Persepolis and Surf’s Up. The Pixar film has also been nominated in […]

"Avatar: The Last Airbender" Book 3 Vol. 3 Announced

by SB20xxon January 22, 2008
The third volume of Avatar: The Last Airbender‘s third season has been announced by Nick and Paramount. It will contain these five episodes: -The Day of the Black Sun Part 2: The Eclipse -The Western Air Temple -The Firebending Masters -The Boiling Rock: Part 1 -The Boiling Rock: Part 2 The DVD will be released […]

Pink Panther and Friends Vol. 6: "The Inspector" Announced

by SB20xxon January 22, 2008
The sixth volume of The Pink Panther and Friends: Classic Cartoon Collection will feature 17 “The Inspector” cartoons. The shorts included, with years and directors, are: -The Great DeGaulle Stone Operation (Freleng, 1965) -Reaux, Reaux, Reaux Your Boat (Chiniquy, 1966) -Napoleon Blown-Aparte (Chiniquy, 1966) -Cirrhosis of the Louvre (Chiniquy, 1966) -Plastered in Paris (Chiniquy, 1966) […]

VIZ to Showcase Animated Properties at 2008 NATPE Conference Jan 28-31, 2008

by Ed Liuon January 21, 2008
VIZ Media has announced that it will be showcasing a variety of its anime properties at the 2008 National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) Conference and Exhibition, which runs from January 28-31, 2008, in Las Vegas, NV. According to the press release, “the NATPE conference develops and nurtures opportunities, both commercial and educational, for […]

PR: VIZ Media to Showcase Animated Properties at 2008 NATPE Conference

by Ed Liuon January 21, 2008
VIZ MEDIA TO SHOWCASE VARIETY OF UNIQUE ANIMATED PROPERTIES FROM JAPAN AT 2008 NATPE CONFERENCE Kids’ Programming, Action Adventure, Fantasy, Crime Drama And Romance Series Demonstrate The Diversity Of Animation*_ San Francisco, CA, January 22, 2008 — VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing […]

Totoro Appears at Southern Japan Bus Stop

by Ed Liuon January 21, 2008
A 43-year old Japanese man has erected a statue of Totoro at a bus stop in the city of Sankai in the Nagasaki prefecture (original Japanese article with picture here). Yoshiyuki Yamamichi constructed the statue out of scrap materials “to improve the image of the area.” Thus far, no Catbus has stopped to pick up […]

Animex Festival Coming to Teesside in February

by on January 21, 2008
The University of Teesside will host the Animex International Festival during the week of February 4, GazetteLive.com reports. The festival, which celebrates both animation and computer games, will include speakers representing Sony Pictures Imageworks, DreamWorks, Pixar, and Toonranch Consulting. Surf’s Up and Finding Nemo will be among the films screened at the gathering.

ICv2 Interviews FUNi CEO Gen Fukunaga

by SB20xxon January 21, 2008
ICv2 hosted a two-part interview with FUNimation CEO Gen Fukunaga, where he discussed the state of the R1 anime industry. Specifically, he addressed the possibility of season sets for initial releases, demographics, live action projects in the pipeline, and how to shrink the time gap for licensing a new series. The interview can be read […]