Briefly: B’cast Deals for Koalas, Zakland, Bruno, and Franny

by on February 26, 2008
* Broadcasters in Portugal and Spain have picked up rights to The Koala Brothers. [World Screen] * US DVD rights to Zakland have been bought by PorchLight Home Entertainment. [c21 Media] * Let’s Go Bruno has been picked up by Nickelodeon’s Dutch affiliate and the U.S. Animania channel. [c21 Media] * Franny’s Feet is joining […]

"Evangelion 1.0" Takes Top Prize at TAF

by on February 26, 2008
Evangelion 1.0: You Are (Not) Alone won the Animation of the Year award at the Tokyo International Anime Fair, Variety reports. The feature is the latest installment in the franchise.

"Blood+" Episode Included as Extra on Two Live-Action DVD Releases

by on February 26, 2008
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will include the first episode of Blood+ as an extra on its DVD releases of 30 Days of Night and Loch Ness Terror, Anime News Network reports. Sony will release a five-episode DVD and a 25-episode collector’s box of Blood+ on March 4.

Toon Zone Interviews Matt Wayne on Spinning "The Spectacular Spider-Man"

by on February 26, 2008
Having already served as a story editor on Justice League Unlimited and cast a storm with Hellboy, Matt Wayne is no stranger to superhero cartoons. The Marvel Animation Age and Toon Zone News caught up with Matt in an email interview to talk about his work on the upcoming The Spectacular Spider-Man. Take it away, […]

Katsucon, Katsucon, How I Love Thee, Katsucon, Let Me Count the Ways

by Weathermanon February 26, 2008
Well, maybe not that many ways. And it’s a little off from Valentines Day this year, though next year it’ll be right back to Valentines Day weekend, possibly leading to a reprise of years past, when an elevator in the hotel was completely blocked off so people could get to the restaurant upstairs. At least, […]

Beowulf Versus the Draggin’: Director’s Cut Fails to Excite

by on February 26, 2008
Ever since the success of Lord of the Rings, Hollywood has been enjoying a euphoric—and surprisingly long-term—relationship with the sword and sorcery genre. It’s become a common industry practice lately to rifle through the fantasy-and-magic bin, pull out a few rusty swords, some computer-generated monsters, an aging English actor or two (preferably with a theater […]

Bandai Visual Licenses "Sola"

by SB20xxon February 25, 2008
Bandai Visual has picked up the 2007 anime series Sola. According to the official website, the first volume is expected on 6/10/08, and is priced at $49.99. It will contain the first three episodes. [Source: ]

"Lil’ Bush" Returning in March with New Characters, Guest Stars

by on February 25, 2008
The second season of Lil’ Bush will add new characters to the series when it debuts in March, Comedy Central said today, including Lil’ Rudy Giuliani, Lil’ Mitt Romney, Lil’ Fred Thompson, Lil’ John Edwards and Tiny Dennis Kucinich. Guest stars for the new season will include Kevin Federline as M.C. Karl Rove, along with […]

Briefly: New Studio in India; New Disney VP in Australia

by on February 25, 2008
* Dreams, a newly organized Indian entertainment company, plans to produce three animated features, including a 100-minute CG-animated action-comedy. [The Siaset Daily] * Disney Channels Worldwide has named Melissa Dixon, as VP and general manager of Disney Channels in Australia and New Zealand. [World Screen] * Cartoon Network will partner with 3P Learning to promote […]

LA Times: Japan Drawing Increasing Numbers of Pop-Culture Tourists

by Ed Liuon February 25, 2008
The Los Angeles Times has taken note of the rise of Japan as a tourist destination, especially for more offbeat, pop culture themed tours oriented around ninjas, the gadget-laden Akibahara shopping district, and anime (free registration required). While it has traditionally been considered an expensive tourist destination, rising popularity in Japanese culture and surges in […]