NYAF 2007: FUNimation Panel Report

by Ed Liuon December 9, 2007
FUNimation’s Brand Manager Adam Sheehan ran the FUNimation panel at the New York Anime Festival 2007 to fill in fans on the company’s new releases and upcoming events for 2008. We got into the panel a few minutes late, when Sheehan was already discussing the success of FUNimation on iTunes. Sheehan said that iTunes sales […]

NYAF 2007: VIZ Media Panel Report

by Ed Liuon December 9, 2007
At the New York Anime Festival, VIZ Media was represented on a panel by Wendy Shimamura, associate product manager for home entertainment at VIZ; Nicole Boyer, senior sales associate with Simon and Schuster for VIZ manga; and Manny Rodriguez, who handled DVD distribution for the East Coast. Shimamura began the panel by commenting on the […]

NYAF 2007: Peter Fernandez and Corinne Orr Panel Report

by Ed Liuon December 9, 2007
The inaugural New York Anime Festival was host to two legendary anime performers: Peter Fernandez and Corinne Orr, better known as the voices of Speed Racer and Trixie on Speed Racer, the show that led the first wave of anime to penetrate American pop culture consciousness. The two appeared on Saturday on the Tokyopop stage […]

"The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" to Get US Theatrical Release in 2008

by Maxie Zeuson December 9, 2007
Bandai will release The Girl Who Leapt Through Time in 2008, and will give the film a limited theatrical release, the company announced today at the New York Anime Festival. Exact dates for the release will be announced soon, but New York and Los Angeles will be the first locations to get the film. The […]

"The Land Before Time: The Wisdom of Friends": Not so Wise

by Bird Boyon December 8, 2007
So just how long has The Land Before Time series been with us? This film, The Wisdom of Friends, is designated number thirteen in the series, but that’s not counting the various releases the TV show has received. It’s not hard to figure that by this point the property has long since abandoned its roots. […]

"Igor" Gets Videogame Spinoff

by Maxie Zeuson December 7, 2007
Interactive Game Group and Legacy Interactive will develop a game based on the upcoming CG-animated feature Igor, AWN reports. The game will be distributed on the Nintendo DS and Wii platforms, and for PC and wireless.

Willems, Fernandez Interviewed

by Maxie Zeuson December 7, 2007
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle has a short but entertainment interview with author and cartoonist Mo Willems. Excerpt: “Q: Television must be begging to get you back — Any plans or dreads of doing that?
A: Tee hee. I’m imagining a Television exec begging for anything, much less me.” Separately, Anime Today has an audio interview with […]

Trailers for "Freedom 3," "Super Robot Wars" Go Online

by Maxie Zeuson December 7, 2007
Bandai Visual USA has opened the official English website for Super Robot Wars: OG—Divine Wars. The website includes a trailer for the first volume. Additionally, a trailer for Freedom 3 has been posted here at

Imax Patrons to Get Eyeful of "Dark Knight" Footage

by Maxie Zeuson December 7, 2007
Warner Bros. will give Imax audiences a six-minute preview of The Dark Knight on December 14 when I Am Legend debuts, Reuters reports. The first six minutes of the sequel to Batman Beyond show a team of robbers led by the Joker pulling off a bank heist.

"Ratatouille," "Happy Feet" Composers Get Grammy Nominations

by Maxie Zeuson December 7, 2007
Michael Giacchino and John Powell are two of the competitors for the Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack Album, and Prince will be competing for the Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television, Or Other Visual Media Grammy. Giacchino got a nomination for his score for Pixar’s Ratatouille, while Powell and Prince received nominations for their […]