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"Panda-Z" Silent Pandas with Giant Robots!

Picture a panda hero. Now picture a panda-shaped Mazinger Z. Now put them in an anime with no voices, and attach an opening in English. No way it could be good, right? Wrong. Mostly. In Panda-Z, the Warunimal Empire wants to take over the world. It’s up to Pan-Taron and the Panda-Z to stop this […]

Coco & WHV Teamup for "The Polar Express"

Coco’s Bakery Restaurant has partnered with Warner Home Video (WHV) to promote the November 22 release of The Polar Express on DVD this holiday season. From November 1, 2005 through January 3, 2006, any Coco’s guest that purchases a fresh-baked whole pie will receive a $5 mail-in rebate for WHV’s The Polar Express DVD. [Source: […]

"Little King Macius" Gets Second Season

Leading French producer Ellipsanime is producing an additional twenty-six 13-minute episodes of its television series Little King Macius, AWN reports. The series has been sold to more than 20 territories worldwide.

UPDATED: "Chicken Little" Rules the Box Office Roost

Disney’s CGI-animated feature film Chicken Little grossed an estimated $40.1 million in its first 3 days of domestic release, making it the top film over the weekend. Coverage in the Los Angeles Times noted that this take is comparable to DreamWorks’ Madagascar and Shark Tale (which grossed $47.6 and $47.2 million, respectively) and is the […]

Preview: "Hakugei" Proof Adding "In Space" Doesn't Make a Good Show

Does anyone remember that one Daily Show segment where Jon Stewart and his correspondents are thinking up new reality shows, and one of them just adds “in space!” to the end of the others’ ideas? [I do! -Ed] A similar process could’ve been the genesis of Hakugei. Or, as its developers probably called it, Moby […]

"The Batman" Vol. 2 Shows Promise, But Still Stumbles

A few years back, Warner Bros. decided to reinvent the animated Batman. They called it The Batman. It started slow, but now it’s hit its stride, and WB is releasing the first few episodes on DVD. Unfortunately, most of these are better left forgotten. For three years, Gotham has been protected by an angel of […]

"Chicken Little": Disney Finds Life After Pixar

Chicken Little, Disney’s first solo attempt at a CG-animated movie since 2000′s botched Dinosaur, proves that they are ready for a post-Pixar world. The humiliating days when Disney had to outsource the magic are over. This new film doesn’t just contradict all those who predicted its spectacular failure. Disney has captured the personality of a […]

"Chicken Little": The Little Poultry That Could

Here it is: Disney’s first CGI animated feature following its breakup with Pixar. I could get right into the panic of fans (myself included) who watched Disney’s traditional animation house crumble and, upon learning of this new direction, ran through the streets crying, “The sky is falling!” But business must come first. In the old […]

"Teen Titans" Fear Itself: Nothing to Fear but Lackluster Extras

Warner Bros. Home Video has a dubious record when it comes to animated series DVD releases. Some receive fully featured box sets, others are relegated to piecemeal, often less than satisfying individual discs. Teen Titans: Fear Itself is one of the latter, but this time a great episode counts makes it worth picking up. This […]

"Human Crossing" Vol. 3: Stories from Boringville, Japan

Human Crossing sounds like a good idea: an anthology of adult-oriented dramas, each exposing the difficulties of a different set of social relationships. Unfortunately, the intriguing concept is almost its only advantage. The visuals are the most obvious and biggest disappointment. Yes, this isn’t an action show, but there are minimal standards below which a […]

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