PR: Viz Media/The Licensing Machine bring Bleach/Death Note Animated to Italy/Germany

by on April 14, 2008
Paris, FRANCE, April 8, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies and The Licensing Machine, a new division of Panini UK, engaged in TV, Home Video, Promotional, Merchandise, Marketing and Licensing Services announce the launch of the long awaited hit animated […]

New "Speed Racer" Toon Premiering on May 2

by on April 14, 2008
Speed Racer: The Next Generation will premiere on Nicktoons Network on Friday, May 2, at 7:00pm (ET), the network said today. The ninety-minute premiere will revolve around Speed, an orphan who discovers he is the son of Speed Racer after he arrives at the Racing Academy. He then uses his father’s schematics to build a […]

Pixar Gives Magazine Sneak Peek at "Wall*E"

by on April 14, 2008
Pixar recently screened the first 35 minutes of Wall*E for AWN’s Bill Desowitz, who reports on it here. Sample description: We begin in space, of course. Beautiful images of stars, a nebula and other iconic celestial shots as we hurl rapidly toward Earth. But wait: What’s that song about being “Out There”? “Put on Your […]

2008 Eisner Award Nominees Announced

by Ed Liuon April 14, 2008
The nominees for the 2008 Eisner Awards have been announced, recognizing a variety of comic book publishers and materials. Of interest to animation fans are the following nominees: Best Continuing Series: The Spirit by Darwyn Cooke (DC) Best Publication For Kids: Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures, edited by Jeremy Barlow (Dark Horse) Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic […]

Internet "Hellboy Animated" Shorts May Tie to New Movie

by Ed Liuon April 14, 2008
On the Hellboy Animated weblog, producer Tad Stones noted that “there is some talk of doing very short [animated] projects for the internet.” However, Stones states that there is no work being done on a third direct-to-video movie. The live-action Hellboy II: The Golden Army will be released in July 2008. (via Comic Book Resources […]

"Alvin" Tops DVD Sales Charts

by on April 14, 2008
Alvin and the Chimpunks topped DVD sales charts by moving 3.2 million units in its debut week, according to data compiled by More than 2.6 million of those units sold on the first day, which set a one-day record for the year. Lower down on the charts, Enchanted shipped 245,000 units and Bee Movie […]

"Horton" Strong at Box Offices Worldwide

by on April 14, 2008
Horton Hears a Who grossed $6 million at North American box offices over the weekend, according to figures compiled by Box Office Mojo. The CG-animated adaptation of the Dr. Seuss story has grossed $139.6 million domestically. Overseas, Horton grossed $10.6 million, giving it a foreign cumulative of $104.9 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The […]

Complete Transformers: Cybertron Coming to DVD

by Dan Collinson April 14, 2008 reports that all 52 episodes of Transformers: Cybertron are coming to DVD in Transformers: Cybertron – The Ultimate Collection. The Autobots and the Decepticons are at it again. The planet Cyberton is being endangered of being swallowed by a black hole caused after the destruction of Unicron. Optimus Prime must find the lost Cyber […]

"Dragonball Z: Broly Double Feature" Puts The "-" in "Blu-Ray"

by on April 13, 2008
FUNimation has stepped into the Blu-Ray arena (which is good, as HD-DVD is officially dead at this point), with a double feature of the eighth and tenth Dragonball Z movies, “Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan” and “Broly: Second Coming”. They’ve remastered the films, and used the Blu-Ray space to fit two flicks on one DVD, […]

"The Batman": A Look Back

by Christopher Glennonon April 11, 2008
Anyone who writes for Batman has a lot of potential interpretive leeway. After all, the character has a long history in comics, TV, movies, and cartoons, and has appeared in series whose styles have run from bright camp to gritty noir. No one should be surprised then, that the creators of The Batman were hardly […]