Press Release: VIZ Media Announces Conclusion of Beloved Ranma 1/2 Manga

by Ed Liuon November 7, 2006
VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES THE EXCITING CONCLUSION OF THE BELOVED RANMA 1/2 MANGA SERIES Final Volume To Be Released November 14th And Will Be Complemented By Farewell Letter to North American Fans San Francisco, CA, November 6, 2006 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and […]

"Flushed Away" Ranks 3rd in Weekend Box Office with $19.1m

by Ed Liuon November 6, 2006
DreamWorks/Aardman’s Flushed Away came in third in the box office estimates from this past weekend, with its projected take of $19.1 million coming in just short of the #2 spot taken by Disney’s The Santa Clause 3. Despite the somewhat disappointing results for Flushed Away (DreamWorks’ Over the Hedge opened with $38 million in ticket […]

State of Image Comics According to Exec. Director Eric Stephenson

by Ed Liuon November 6, 2006
Eric Stephenson, executive director of Image Comics, has given a lengthy interview to about the state of the company and its current slate of titles. Among other topics, Stephenson discusses the many different anthology comics from Image, ranging from the Flight anthologies from 2004 and 2005 and the 2 Afterworks collections, which feature comics […]

2007 Best Animated Feature Film Oscar Candidates Announced

by Ed Liuon November 6, 2006
Sixteen films have been announced as candidates for the 2007 Best Animated Film Academy Award. The full list (in alphabetical order by title) is: The Ant Bully (Warner Brothers) Arthur and the Invisibles (Weinstein Co/MGM) Barnyard (Paramount) Cars (Disney/Pixar) Curious George (Universal) Everyone’s Hero (20th Century Fox) Flushed Away (DreamWorks Animation) Happy Feet (Warner Brothers) […]

Simpsons Season 8: My Diagnosis: A Great Season… CAUSED BY BAD BABYSITTING!

by Dr. Daedaluson November 6, 2006
You may recall from the The Simpsons Season 7 review a few months ago that one of the reasons I liked seasons 7 and 8 so much was because the showrunners, Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein, as well as the talented writers and directors at the time, were able to make all the characters real. […]

Illumitoon and Westlake Entertainment Acquire "Bobobo-Bo Bo-Bobo"

by Ed Liuon November 5, 2006
Anime newcomers Illumitoon Entertainment and Westlake Entertainment have announced that they have acquired the North American distribution rights to the surreal anime comedy Bobobo-Bo Bo-Bobo, which centers on the title hero defending the right to hair in a strange futuristic world. The first releases may arrive as early as January, 2007. Read the full press […]

Press Release: Illumitoon & Westlake Acquire "Bobobo-Bo Bo-Bobo"

by Ed Liuon November 5, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 2, 2006 “ILLUMITOON & WESTLAKE ACQUIRE BOBOBO-BO BO-BOBO” Joint Venture Enterprise Acquires Distribution Rights for Popular Cartoon Network Series FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE— FORT WORTH , TEXAS — Illumitoon Entertainment and Westlake Entertainment announced today that they have joined in acquiring North American distribution rights for a series from Toei Animation titled […]

FUNimation Announces New February Titles

by Dr. Daedaluson November 4, 2006
Case Closed: Case 2 (vol. 2), Galaxy Railways (Complete Collection), Kodocha (vol. 11), Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles Movie, and Rumbling Hearts (vol. 2) are all being released on February 6, 2007. Everything is $29.98 MSRP, except for Galaxy Railways, which is $59.98. [Source: ]

"SD Gundam Force": These Defenders Don’t Come Up Short

by Grant Whiteon November 4, 2006
Gundam is an odd beast. On the one side you have the artists, the Tominos and Imagawas, the guys more concerned with telling a worthwhile, enjoyable and memorable story. On the other you have the executives, the guys who couldn’t give a fudge about character development when it’s taking screentime from new model kits they […]

"Punisher" Extended Cut DVD to Include Exclusive Animated Sequence

by Ed Liuon November 3, 2006
Lions Gate Home Entertainment has announced the Punisher: Extended Cut DVD, which will add 17 minutes of footage into the 2004 live-action film starring Thomas Jane and John Travolta. One special feature on the disc will be an animated sequence by Tim Bradstreet. Titled “The Kuwait Scene,” the animated segment would have been the opening […]