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"Story Store" Comes to DVD

Inspired Corp. will release Story Store, a new 13-episode children’s animation series, to DVD, according to AWN. There will be a total of five DVDs sold, each containing three episodes and a free children’s book. Also included is a holiday special with one bonus episode.

FUNimation Acquires "Basilisk"

FUNimation has acquired North American rights to Basilisk, a 24-episode anime series produced by Gonzo Digimation, AWN reports, citing ICv2.com. Set in the early 17th Century, the series mixes aspects of the ninja and horror genre with a Romeo & Juliet-like romance between the leaders of two mutant ninja clans.

Anime Expo Announces Guests

Anime Expo 2005 has announced their guest list. ANN has details.

NY Post Hosts Batman Comic Giveaway

In conjunction with the Batman Begins feature film, the New York Post will be giving away a reprint of Batman #608 on Monday, June 13. The issue, by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee, began the 12-part “Hush” storyline (Discuss the entire Batman: Hush storyline here).

SF Gate on Ghibli vs. Disney

A review of the Studio Ghibli retrospective running in Berkeley is the launch pad for an article on SFGate.com comparing the Japanese studio’s animated works to those of the Disney Corporation. The works of the Pixar Animation Studio are also brought into the discussion. (via Nausicaa.net)

On-line Comics Previews: Stardust Kid, Batman: Dark Detective, GLA

Mile High Comics has released previews for comics to be released on June 15, 2005. Highlights are Batman: Dark Detective #4 by Steve Englehart, Marshall Rogers, and Terry Austin; Birds of Prey #83 by Gail Simone, Joe Bennett, and Jack Jadson; JLA Classified #8 by Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, Kevin Maguire, and Joe Rubenstein; and […]

"Simpsons" Movie Confirmed

An animated Simpsons feature film has finally been confirmed by the producers of the show. Simpsons spokeswoman Antonia Kaughman has stated to MTV News that the movie will be in production concurrently with the TV show, with the same writing staff working on both. No potential release date for the movie was provided. (via Internet […]

Iger Reports Good Negotiations with Pixar

At a Deutsche Bank conference, Disney CEO-elect Robert Iger stated that he has had “really good” talks with Pixar to renew their movie distribution deal, but declined to state if or when a new agreement would be reached. At the same conference, Iger also commented on Disney’s overall strategy and its position in the next-generation […]

"Rock & Rule" Cranks it Up to Eleven

Giants Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks, and Fox’s steady stream of entertaining films such as Lilo & Stitch, The Incredibles, Madagascar, and Robots have recently spoiled fans of western animation. While business is booming, it is doing so within a very narrowly defined genre: safe family fare with some clever jokes for mom and dad. That wasn’t […]

Matthew Manning Strikes with "The Batman"

A recognizable name to readers of DC Comics animated comics lines, writer Matthew Manning will return to familiar animated ground this month with The Batman Strikes #10, hitting shelves this Wednesday. Having written for Justice League Adventures, previous experience and a bit of good timing helped him land his latest gig. “It just so happened […]

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