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"Taro The Dragon Boy" A Decent Alternative to Miyazaki and Disney

by Dukeon March 13, 2006
We have seen an extremely limited amount of old school anime here in the ‘States. Sure, we have the popular series such as Astro Boy, Speed Racer, Mobile Suit Gundam, Lupin III, Gigantor, and the like, but the vast majority stays in Japan. Whether it’s because the tapes are in bad condition or that most […]

"Hand Maid Mai": Cyberdyne's Abandonware Could Have Been Better, Faster, Stronger

by Chad Boninon March 12, 2006
Hideo Ozu, a slacker video editor for a seedy video company (think SoftCel) that releases live-action videos of an adult nature (think La Blue Girl), hasn’t been able to rise up and become a movie director. On the other hand, his childhood friend Mai Kurosawa seems to have achieved her goal, and is on the […]

BCI Releases KFS All Star DVD

by Dan Collinson March 11, 2006
BCI Eclipse, the company that distributes the He-Man DVDs (along with the upcoming She-Ra DVD), will distribute Animated All Stars. The two-disc, dual sided DVDs will feature a whopping 50 cartoons licensed by Hearst Entertainment (owners of King Features Syndicate). The set includes Flash Gordon, Betty Boop, Beetle Bailey, Prince Valiant, and Defenders of the […]

"Digiview Anime": Copyright Infringement at its Funniest

by Dukeon March 11, 2006
Joseph Lai. To those in the animation biz, especially those in Japan, the man is the personification of copyright infringement. Using stolen character designs, ripped-off plotlines, and in general making “movies” with no shred of original thought whatsoever. But since he’s in Korea, he can’t be sued. And since it’s cheap Korean anime, that means […]

Disney CFO: Disney/Pixar Deal to Close by May

by Ed Liuon March 10, 2006
At the Walt Disney Company’s annual meeting, Disney Chief Financial Officer Tom Staggs stated that he expects the Disney/Pixar merger to be complete by late April or early May. During the meeting, Pixar creative chief John Lasseter had much praise for Disney CEO Bob Iger, telling all assembled that “you are led by a great […]

Tony Millionaire's "Drinky Crow" to Adult Swim

by Ed Liuon March 10, 2006
A report on Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat weblog states that cartoonist Tony Millionaire is working on a pilot for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim based on his Maakies comic strip. The pilot will be titled Drinky Crow, and Millionaire is working on it with writer and producer Bruce Kaplan. MacDonald has an exclusive Drinky Crow image […]

SciFi Wire Updates on Stan Lee Projects

by Ed Liuon March 10, 2006
A brief article on SciFi.com’s SciFi Wire provides several updates to film, home video, and video game projects coming from Stan Lee’s Pow! Entertainment. In addition to previously announced animated superhero projects involving former Beatle Ringo Starr and Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner, Lee also mentioned two new animated DVD films coming soon: The Condor, […]

Andrew Dabb on "G.I. Joe Sigma 6" Comics

by Ed Liuon March 10, 2006
Writer Andrew Dabb has been interviewed by Comicon.com’s PULSE News about his work on the G.I. Joe Sigma 6 licensed comic book published by Devil’s Due Publishing. Among other topics, Dabb discusses his artistic influences, the challenges in writing for younger audiences, and his favorite members of the G.I. Joe team. Five preview pages are […]

UK/Australia "Ren and Stimpy" DVDs Censored

by Ed Liuon March 10, 2006
A report on the Lyris Lite weblog is stating that the UK and Australian DVD release of Ren and Stimpy Season 1 and 2 has been censored. Slightly over 3 minutes have been cut from the “Out West” cartoon to conform to British Board of Film Censors regulations, which prohibit the depiction of hanging as […]

FUNimation Announces New Titles For August

by Dr. Daedaluson March 9, 2006
Two new FUNimation titles are making their debut in August: Moon Phase (alternatively titled Tsukuyomi Moon Phase) and Basilisk. The first volume of Basilisk heads to DVD on August 8, while Moon Phase appears later that month on August 29. Other FUNimation titles releasing during the month of August include further volumes of Desert Punk, […]