"Justice League: New Frontier" Interviews Around the Web

by Ed Liuon February 19, 2008
Several interviews related to the upcoming direct-to-video movie Justice League: The New Frontier are available on-line. Newsarama’s Animated Shorts has interviewed scripter Stan Berkowitz and director Dave Bullock about producing the movie. Berkowitz discusses the choices he had to make to whittle down the 400+ page graphic novel to a 75-minute movie, and also how […]

Just Deserts: Yar-Har for "The Desert Princess and the Pirates"

by Jameson February 19, 2008
It has been said there is nothing more fashionable than being late for a party. But how late is “late”? Fifteen minutes? An hour? Okay, how about 183 hours? Or, to cast the same number in TV/cinematic terms, how about 343 episodes and 7 movies late? Rare for anime visuals to make me smile, but […]

Newtype/PiQ Editor in Chief Gary Steinman Departs ADV; PiQ Website Launches

by Ed Liuon February 18, 2008
Anime News Network is reporting that Gary Steinman, editor-in-chief of Newtype USA magazine and its upcoming replacement PiQ, has left ADV as of Friday, February 15, 2008. Steinman stated in an e-mail sent to ANN that his reasons for leaving are personal, and that he “didn’t want to announce my departure sooner because I didn’t […]

"Dora" Going Live-Action

by Maxie Zeuson February 18, 2008
Dora the Explorer will get a live-action, prime-time movie spinoff, Nickelodeon announced today. The film will feature Dora as a ten-year-old live-action character in a CG-effects enhanced world. [Source: PR Newswire]

FUNimation Named "One Piece" Licensing Agent for North America

by Maxie Zeuson February 18, 2008
FUNimation has picked up the North American licensing and merchandising rights to Toei’s One Piece, the companies announced today. The deal will allow FUNimation to negotiate partnerships in key licensing categories, including toys, games, and collectible figures, based on the series. [Source: FUNimation] [Read the full press release]

PR: Toei Animation Selects FUNimation Entertainment as Agent for "One Piece"

by Maxie Zeuson February 18, 2008
Toei Animation and FUNimation Bring Popular Pirate Adventure Property to Toy Fair 2008 FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS (February 18, 2008) – Tokyo-based Toei Animation Co., Ltd. has appointed FUNimation Entertainment, as Agent, to act on its behalf in North American licensing and merchandising activities for one if its signature series: One Piece. In addition to managing […]

PR: FUNimation Entertainment Acquires Claymore from NTV

by Maxie Zeuson February 18, 2008
Techno-Fantasy Anime Series to come to the United States Flower Mound, TX – February 18, 2008 – Following an online video reveal on the new on Friday, FUNimation® Entertainment today officially announces that it has acquired rights to the 26-episode anime series Claymore from Japan’s Nippon Television which aired the series in 2007. FUNimation […]

"Disneyland: Stories, Secrets and Magic" Is Another Disney Treasure

by JerryvonKrameron February 18, 2008
Disney continues to roll out its impressive Treasures collection, now in its seventh wave, with this two-disc set about the vision, planning, building and opening of Disneyland in 1955. As with all of the Disney Treasures sets, Disneyland: Stories, Secrets and Magic is very stylishly presented, coming in a silver double-DVD case that is itself […]

"Persepolis" Censored But Screened in Tehran

by Maxie Zeuson February 16, 2008
A censored version of Persepolis, which portrays the Iranian revolution and its aftermath in a critical light, received a legal screening in Tehran last week, Variety reports. A DVD of the film with Farsi subtitles was given in two different locations with the permission of the cultural authorities. Scenes of a sexual nature were cut […]

Indian, Japanese Firms to Co-Produce Three CG-Animated Series

by Maxie Zeuson February 16, 2008
India’s DQ Entertainment and Japan’s THINK Corp. have signed a “memorandum of understanding” to co-produce three high-end CG-animated TV series, and are considering plans for a direct-to-DVD feature film, Animationxpress reports. The two companies expect to spend approximately $24 million on the three series.