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"Fairy Idol" Draws Five Million Viewers

by Maxie Zeuson May 23, 2006
The Fairly Oddparents‘s “Fairy Idol” drew five million viewers during its May 19 premiere, making it the highest-rated program of the day among kids 2-11, 6-11, and 9-14, Nickelodeon said today. The special also generated 4.6 million streams on Nickelodeon’s TurboNick broadband video service and 4 million plays on Nick.com’s “Fairy Idol: Fast Fame!” game. […]

"The Animation Show" Coming to DVD

by Dan Collinson May 23, 2006
DVDToons reports that Paramount will release The Animation Show onto DVD. The box set will contain 20 celebrated animated short films chosen by Mike Judge (creator of Beavis & Butt-Head and King of the Hill), and Oscar nominee Don Hertzfeldt. Among the toons in the collection are Academy Award nominees “The Cathedral,” “The Rocks,” and […]

Weinstein Plans "Unstable Fables" DVD Series

by Maxie Zeuson May 23, 2006
The Weinstein Co. will distribute Unstable Fables, a new series of direct-to-video CG feature films, AWN reports. The new films, whose screenplays will be overseen by Shrek-writer Roger S. H. Schulman, will be irreverent versions of well-known fairy tales. Production is set to start in September. The Jim Henson Co., Flame Ventures, and Prana Studios […]

Wayans, MacFarlane Judging at Nicktoons Festival

by Maxie Zeuson May 23, 2006
Shawn and Marlon Wayans, Seth MacFarlane, and Bill Plympton are among the judges named for the third annual Nicktoons Network Animation Festival, it was announced today. They are joined on the panel by Andreas Deja and J. G. Quintel, who was last year’s Producers Choice and Student Award winner. The two-day Festival will kick off […]

AT&T, Disney Partner in "Cars" Promotion

by Maxie Zeuson May 23, 2006
AT&T Inc. and Disney-Pixar will jointly promote the release of Cars with a new website that highlights AT&T consumer offers while also carrying games and downloads related to the Pixar film. AT&T will also tout its high speed internet service with Pixar-animated television ads. [Source: PR Newswire]

"Gundam Wing" The Endless Waltz Finishes Strong

by Dukeon May 23, 2006
After seemingly finding success with their Alternate Universe attempts in Gundam Wing, Bandai and Sunrise decided to milk the franchise even further by creating a sequel OAV, bringing back all the principal cast for one last brawl. When that was successful, Bandai decided to get even more dough out of its cash cow by making […]

Gundam Wing-Episode Zero: A Literary Hero

by Grant Whiteon May 23, 2006
When the popular Gundam Wing anime ended, it left viewers with more than a few questions including the mysterious pasts of the pilots. Endless Waltz revealed just how the five leads ended up hurtling towards Earth but their lives and motivations prior to Operation Meteor were still unclear. For that, we’d need to go all […]

"Naruto" Goes Daily Starting in June

by Dukeon May 22, 2006
According to Shonen Jump’s Newsblast newsletter, the anime television series Naruto will be stripped to weeknights at 9:00pm on Cartoon Network beginning June 12th. New episodes of Naruto will continue to air Saturdays at 9:00pm on Cartoon Network’s Toonami. Currently, encores of the show also air Saturdays at 8:30pm and Friday nights at Midnight.

Cedar Fair to Buy Paramount Parks

by Maxie Zeuson May 22, 2006
CBS Corp. will sell its Paramount Parks division to Cedar Fair, L.P. for $1.24 billion, the companies announced today. Paramount operates several Nickelodeon-themed rides at its parks. The five Paramount Parks are Toronto’s Wonderland, Cincinnati’s King’s Island, Richmond’s King’s Dominion, Charlotte’s Carowinds, and Santa Clara’s Great America. Cedar Fair owns seven amusement parks, including Knott’s […]

Garnier and Honda to Sponser Adult Swim Fix

by Maxie Zeuson May 22, 2006
Garnier and Honda will be the exclusive summer sponsors for Cartoon Network’s on-demand Adult Swim Fix, TV Week reports. Branded content video from the companies will air before each episode.