Hollywood Ramping Up Production of Toon Features

by on March 21, 2008
Disney/Pixar and DreamWorks Animation are facing more competition from other movie studios as Fox, Sony, Universal and Warner Bros. ramp up animated production, Variety reports. Hollywood is increasing its investment in the form even after the failure of such high profile pictures as The Ant Bully and Surf’s Up because the industry regards such films […]

Briefly: New Shows at MIPTV; "Rarg" on DVD

by on March 21, 2008
* Foothill Entertainment will release RARG, a 1988 BAFTA-nominated short, to DVD under a licensing deal with producer Collingwood O’Hare Entertainment. [AWN] * Buyers at MIPTV will be able to preview the first five episodes of 9 Story Entertainment’s animated comedy Best Ed. [World Screen] * DECODE Enterprises will screen seven new series for buyers […]

"Dead Space" Getting Animated Prequel

by on March 21, 2008
Electronic Arts and Starz Media will develop and produce an animated direct-to-DVD feature based on EA’s sci-fi survival horror game Dead Space, the companies announced today. The story, a prequel, will bridge the original comic book series and the start of the game. It will detail the struggle by the crew of the mining spaceship […]

Updated: "Emma: A Victorian Romance" Coming to DVD June 24

by on March 21, 2008
Right Stuf will release Emma: A Victorian Romance: Season One to DVD on June 24, the company said today. The collection, which will contain the 12-episode first season, will be presented in anamorphic widescreen and Dolby Digital Stereo in Japanese, English Subtitles, and English On-Screen Translations. Extras include a 96-page “Victorian Gazette,” featuring background information […]

"Piano: Melody of a Young Girl’s Heart" Gets Low-Price Re-Release

by on March 21, 2008
Right Stuf will re-release Piano: The Melody of a Young Girl’s Heart Vols. 1-3 to DVD on June 24, the company announced today. The re-released DVDs will retail for $9.99 apiece. The series is about a talented but introverted teenage pianist who develops a crush on an upperclassman. DVD features include 2.0 English, 2.0 Japanese, […]

PR: Nozomi Announces "Emma: A Victorian Romance" Season 1 DVD Collection

by on March 21, 2008
Unveils preliminary box art & more extras; set available June 24, 2008 GRIMES, IA, March 20, 2008 – Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and Nozomi Entertainment are pleased to reveal preliminary box art and announce additional extras for the EMMA: A Victorian Romance – Season 1 DVD Collection, which is scheduled for release […]

PR: Nozomi Announces "Piano: The Melody of a Young Girl’s Heart," Vols. 1, 2 & 3

by on March 21, 2008
Each volume available for a new $9.99 SRP on June 24, 2008 GRIMES, IA, March 20, 2008 – Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and Nozomi Entertainment are pleased to announce all three volumes of PIANO: THE MELODY OF A YOUNG GIRL’S HEART will be re-released at a new, lower price of $9.99 per […]

"Naruto" Vol. 6: Creepily Crazy and Crazily Creepy

by on March 21, 2008
With the Village Hidden in the Leaves focusing all eyes on the Chunin Exam, it’s time to shake things up, and that’s exactly what happens in Naruto Volume 6. Previously, the final rounds of the Chunin Exam were just getting started. Naruto Uzumaki, the eternal underdog, faced off against super-genius and egomaniac Neji Hyuuga with […]

Media Blasters Announces New June Titles Including "Otoboku"

by SB20xxon March 20, 2008
Otoboku, a romantic comedy series about a guy who cross-dresses as a girl to get into an all-girls academy, will see its first volume released on 6/24/08 for $21.99. It runs 125 minutes. In box set news, GaoGaiGar King of Braves will be getting a Premium Box Collection on 6/10/08 for $34.99. It runs 625 […]

Briefly: Oscar-Winning Short Going to PBS; Akom Wins Award

by on March 20, 2008
* PBS’S Great Performances will air “Peter & the Wolf,” the winner of this year’s Oscar for Best Animated Short, on March 26. [AWN] * Akom Productions was named Pulcinella Studio of the Year award at the Cartoons on the Bay festival. [Hollywood Reporter] * Dargaud-Lombard has acquired DVD rights to One Piece in France, […]