"Horton" Undone by Hackery

by on March 15, 2008
About two-thirds of the way through Blue Sky Studios’ Horton Hears a Who, JoJo, the young son of the mayor of Whoville, escapes from his bedroom window and heads for the town’s abandoned observatory. To get there he must swing out on a mobile-supported bucket across a gaping chasm and then shoot himself skyward on […]

"The Chronological Donald, Volume 3": Another Side of Donald Duck

by on March 14, 2008
The Chronological Donald, Volume Three, part of the Walt Disney Treasures seventh wave, rounds up the Donald shorts made between 1947 and 1950, featuring twenty-nine in total, right from where volume two left off. There are two DVDs, which, as is customary for a Treasures release, come in a nice silver tin box complete with […]

"Gumby: The Movie" Comes to DVD in April

by on March 14, 2008
Classic Media will release the Gumby: The Movie to DVD on April 22, Video Business Online reports. The 1995 direct-to-video feature will be remastered and be released with deleted scenes, bonus episodes, and a bendable Gumby figure. It will retail for $16.93.

Updated: "Popeye & Friends" Coming to DVD in June

by on March 14, 2008
Warner Home Video will release Popeye & Friends: Vol. 1 to DVD on June 17, the company announced today. The single-disc release will retail for $14.97. Update (4/8): Warner Home Video has announced the following extras for Volume 2: commentaries; documentaries on Eugene the Jeep, Poopdeck Pappy, and Olive Oyl; the featurettes “Out o the […]

"CLAMP Double Feature": "Tsubasa" Is Too Short, But "xxxHOLiC" Is Just Right

by on March 14, 2008
If you read my review of the Tsubasa anime series, you know how hugely it disappointed me. I hated how Koichi Mashimo and his collaborators at Bee Train basically turned it into .hack//CLAMP. Fortunately for The Princess in the Birdcage Kingdom, the Tsubasa feature FUNimation recently released as part of its Tsubasa/xxxHOLIC double feature, they’ve […]

"Beowulf" and "JL: New Frontier" Make Strong DVD Debut

by on March 13, 2008
New animated DVD releases took four of the top twenty spots on the DVD sales charts for the week ended March 1, Video Business Online reports. The motion-capture feature Beowulf was both the best-selling and best-renting release in its debut week, and also scored the number three spot on CinemaNow’s download charts. Meanwhile, Barbie Mariposa […]

Brad Bird to Direct Live-Action "1906"

by on March 13, 2008
Brad Bird has signed on to direct 1906, a film about a college student who while investigating his father’s murder uncovers deceptions that have left the city of San Francisco vulnerable to fire, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film will mark Bird’s live-action feature directorial debut. Bird is revising James Dalessandro’s adaptation of his […]

Disney’s "Fireball" to Debut in Japan in April

by on March 13, 2008
Fireball, a new series Walt Disney Japan is producing for the Japanese market, will consist of thirteen two-minute episodes about a little rich girl and her two robot servants, Variety reports. The CG-animated series will debut on Tokyo MX on April 7 and the Disney Channel on April 11. It will be screened at the […]

Briefly: Distributors Buy TV Shows; Lebanon Bans "Persepolis"

by on March 13, 2008
* Lebanon has banned Persepolis over fears that it could offend pro-Iranian groups, including Hezbollah, in the country. [Variety] * Korea’s Educational Broadcasting System (EBS) is adding My Friends Tigger & Pooh, Little Einsteins, and Handy Manny to its schedule. [c21 Media] * Networks in Australia, Belgium, Portugal, South Africa, and Singapore have picked up […]

PR: "The Spectacular Spider-Man" Scores Big in Nielsen Ratings

by on March 13, 2008
BURBANK – MARCH 13, 2008 – “The Spectacular Spider-Man” swung to new heights for Kids’ WB! on The CW for Saturday, March 8, scoring season high household numbers in its timeslots and raising ratings by significant percentages during the series’ premiere weekend for the No. 1 rated broadcast network kids lineup, according to Nielsen Research […]