Lionsgate Wins HIT DVD Rights

by Maxie Zeuson March 24, 2008
Lionsgate has acquired worldwide home entertainment distribution rights to HIT Entertainment’s library of children’s programming, the companies announced today. Lionsgate has also secured electronic sell-through rights to the titles. The deal gives Lionsgate sales and distribution rights to Thomas & Friends, Bob the Builder, and Fireman Sam, among other titles. The pact also includes DVD […]

"Super Robot Wars OG: Divine Wars Volumes 1-3" Yield an Improved Character Focus

by Jon Ton March 23, 2008
Following on from the Super Robot Wars OVA, Bandai Visual has begun releasing the prequel TV series, Super Robot Wars Original Generation: Divine Wars. Unlike the OVA, which effectively blitzed the viewer with characters upon characters from the get go, Divine Wars takes a vastly more measured approach to introducing the characters and their world. […]

"Enchanted" Nominated for 2008 Hugo Award

by Ed Liuon March 23, 2008
Disney’s Enchanted was nominated for a 2008 Hugo Award in the “Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form” category, alongside The Golden Compass, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Stardust, and Heroes Season 1. The Hugos will be awarded at the 66th World Science Fiction Convention in Denver, CO, on Saturday, August 9, 2008. (via […]

"The Slayers" Go to NEXT, Bandit Killer!

by Dukeon March 22, 2008
After the rather clumsy tryout that was the first season of Slayers, Slayers Next shows why it’s on the very short list of “Must See Fantasy Anime.” Previously, wandering sorceress Lina Inverse and her dim-witted guardian, Gourry Gabriev, teamed up with the chimera man and magical swordsman Zelgadis Graywords and the self-proclaimed “Hammer of Justice” […]

"Fullmetal Alchemist" Season 2 Part 2: To Nobody Go the Spoilers

by Classic Speedyon March 21, 2008
Fullmetal Alchemist wraps up in these final eleven episodes. The tension between Colonel Mustang and the Führer explodes; someone from Ed and Al’s past finally returns (much to their mixed feelings), alternate realities are explored with Ed briefly in World War I-era London; Ed and Al face off against Homunculi for the coveted Philosopher’s Stone; […]

Hollywood Ramping Up Production of Toon Features

by Maxie Zeuson 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 Maxie Zeuson 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 Maxie Zeuson 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 Maxie Zeuson 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 Maxie Zeuson 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, […]