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Tad Stones: Directing the Demon in "Hellboy: Blood and Iron"

by on August 29, 2007
With producer or creator credits on shows like Darkwing Duck, Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers, and Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Tad Stones could very easily have stopped and rested on his laurels. However, after leaving the Walt Disney Company in 2003, Stones took on a radically different project: direct-to-video animated movies based on Mike […]

A Dressing Down for…Comic-Con International

by on August 28, 2007
Cutting a wide swarth of condemnation through a large event, massively planned and attended by so many, is an exceedingly difficult task. That’s why I’m not gonna do it. Only a fool, or an exceptionally bitter person, would find the need to lambast the San Diego Comic-Con on the whole. After all, no matter what […]

Heavy.com gets Manga

by Weathermanon August 28, 2007
Online media streaming service www.animenewsnetwork.com has announced that they will begin streaming much of the Manga Entertainment library. Included in the deal are all of the movies under the Manga Ent. banner as well as Virus, Astro Boy, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, and Street Fighter II. Each week will feature a new […]

"The Simpsons Movie" DVD Details

by SB20xxon August 27, 2007
The Simpsons Movie will be released on DVD on 12/18/07, in both widescreen and fullscreen editions. Aside from the film itself, special features include: * Animators Commentary: David Silverman, Mike B. Anderson, Steven Dean Moore, Rich Moore. * Producers Commentary: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Richard Sakai, Al Jean, Mike Scully, David Silverman, Dan Castellaneta, […]

NY Times on the Revival of Pokémon

by Ed Liuon August 27, 2007
The New York Times has taken a look at the revival of Pokémon after sales and interest in the brand flagged after 2003 (registration required). An executive for Pokémon USA noted that Pokémon was a victim of its own success, suffering from overexposure after its first peak in popularity, but that the brand has bounced […]

"South Park" Creators Signed to 2011, Land Ad-Sharing Deal

by Ed Liuon August 27, 2007
The New York Times is reporting that Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the co-creators of South Park, have just signed a deal with Comedy Central to renew the show to a 15th season (in 2011), evenly split ad revenues, and significantly raise their salaries and back-end advances on merchandising revenues (registration required). As part of […]

Strange Days: Greg Johnson on Scripting the Sorcerer Supreme

by on August 25, 2007
Having served as the screenwriter for all four of Marvel/Lionsgates’ Direct To DVD features, Greg Johnson is more than familiar with the particulars of writing these features. The Marvel Animation Age caught up with Greg to talk about scripting The Sorcerer Supreme just in time for it’s release. MARVEL ANIMATION AGE: How did you come […]

"Hello Kitty Stump Village" Vol. 4: Hurrah for Comrade Kitty!

by Ed Liuon August 24, 2007
. , a.k.a. my niece Mira. She was quite excited to be watching another Hello Kitty video, but declared that it was “lamer” than the last one because it wasn’t as funny. Her initial reaction suggests that there is probably still a market for Hello Kitty videos, even if that market doesn’t include thirty-something male […]

"Xenosaga" Episode 1 Streaming on IGN

by SB20xxon August 23, 2007
The first dubbed episode of Xenosaga: The Animation, the sci-fi anime based on the video game series, is available for viewing on IGN.com: http://tv.ign.com/articles/814/814883p1.html . The first DVD volume will be released on 9/11/07. [Source: IGN.com ]

Otakon 2007: Bigger and Better Than Ever

by Weathermanon August 23, 2007
“Mommy, can I watch Crying Freeman?” The above is a very neat summation of what the Otakon experience is like. Sublime surreality. Otakon isn’t just a “con” like the weekend junket down the street. It’s more like an altered reality. It’s a world where guys and girls in drag hanging out in a giant water […]