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Universal Ratings Report for Saturday 1/29

Kids 6-11 Ratings for Saturday, January 29, 2005 Note: All Times Eastern Broadcast Networks: Kids WB (8 am -12 pm): (2.6/12 Average) 8:00 am – What’s New Scooby-Doo? (1.4/10) 8:30 am – ¡Mucha Lucha! Gigante (1.7/9) 9:00 am – Teen Titans (2.4/10) 9:30 am – Xiaolin Showdown (2.6/10) 10:00 am – Pokemon Advanced Challenge (2.7/10) […]

Central Park Media Manga Division Lays Off Employees, Cancels Books

Central Park Media has laid off several employees in its comic book and sales departments recently and cancelled several pending books. The stated reason for the staff reduction was CPM’s recent distribution deal made with WEA. It is not currently known whether the cuts will affect the anime divisions of the company.

"Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence": Androids Dream of Electric Sci-fi

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence comes to DVD with high expectations, and it doesn’t disappoint. An elegant treatise less on man versus machine than man in machine, this sophisticated sci-fi thriller explores the human relationship to robots. And automatic weapons. It would be a disservice to take the reader too far into the film’s […]

Disney Plans More Platinum, DTV DVD Releases

Walt Disney will continue to release two Platinum-edition DVDs per year, and plans to repeat the cycle of releases when high-definition DVD is established, UltimateDisney reports. The company is also set to release more direct-to-video releases, which have given Disney triple-digit returns on its investment. UltimateDisney also reports that Disney has twenty CGI-feature projects in […]

Japan Influences U.S. Toy Market; Bandai Leads Cultural Wave

PR Newswire talks about the Japanese influence on the American toy industry and Bandai’s role in the cultural wave.

Bruce Timm to Draw "Conan" Fill-in Issue

Buried among news coverage of last weekend’s Emerald City Comic convention, it was revealed that Bruce Timm will draw a fill-in story of Dark Horse Comics’ new Conan monthly comic. He will share an issue with comics legend John Severin, although it is unclear if Timm and Severin or regular Conan scribe Kurt Busiek will […]

Ottawa Animation Festival Issues Call for Entries

The Ottawa International Animation Festival is issuing a worldwide call for entries for its 2005 festival, which will be held September 21-25. Deadline for entry is June 1, 2005; preview tapes or DVDs must be received by June 18. An online entry form, plus festival and Television Animation Conference information, are available on the animation […]

ADV Announces Three DVDs For Feb. 15

ADV Films will release Aura Battler Dunbine: Secrets of Byston Well (Volume 12), Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040: Essential Anime Collection (Volume 3) and Legend of Crystania: Chaos Ring to DVD on February 15, the company said today. Details follow: Aura Battler Dunbine: Secrets of Byston Well (Volume 12) Contents: Four complete episodes Audio: English 2.0 […]

"Garfield" (Vol. 3) Episode List Revealed

Fox Home Entertainment will release Garfield and Friends – Volume 3 to DVD on April 19 for $39.98, TVShowsOnDVD reports. The website also has a complete list of episodes slated for inclusion on the three-disc set.

Vinton Films Head to DVD

Goodtimes Video will release six Willl Vinton films to DVD under the umbrella title “Clay Classics,” Animated Bliss reports. The films (The Little Prince, God’s Trombones, Martin The Cobbler, Michael The Visitor, Rip Van Winkle and The Star Child) will be released on April 5 and retail for $5.95 each.

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