PR: Illumitoon and Westlake DVD Debut with "Beet the Vandel Buster"

by Ed Liuon January 17, 2007
The First Anime DVD Release from Illumitoon Entertainment and Westlake Entertainment Debuts with Hugely Popular New Anime Series BEET THE VANDEL BUSTER: THE SACRIFICE Woodland Hills, CA ­ On January 30, 2007, BEET THE VANDEL BUSTER: THE SACRIFICE, the premiere Anime release under the new partnership between Illumitoon Entertainment Ltd. and Westlake Entertainment, will arrive […]

New York Comic-Con Announces Anime Guests and Programming

by Ed Liuon January 16, 2007
A press release from the New York Comic-Con details the anime-related programming scheduled for this year’s convention. In addition to panel discussions with the various anime companies, there will be dedicated panels to Japanese horror comics and anime; “Laptop Anime,” about how to create anime on personal computer hardware and software; and a Robotech: The […]

Alexandr Petrov Exhibit at the Ghibli Museum, Foreign DVD Library Announcements

by Ed Liuon January 16, 2007
According to, Studio Ghibli and animator Alexandr Petrov have announced an exhibition of Petrov’s work at the Ghibli Museum. The same news posting details Ghibli’s efforts to release more foreign animated movies to DVD in Japan, with Paul Grimault’s Le Roi et l’Oiseau to be released on April 4.

"Cars," "Happy Feet" Win Golden Globes

by Ed Liuon January 16, 2007
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has awarded the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film to Disney/Pixar’s Cars, and the Golden Globe for Best Original Song to “The Song of the Heart” from Warner Brothers’ Happy Feet. A full list of the Golden Globe award winners is available at the HFPA website.

"Gankutsuou" Honors Dumas Masterpiece

by on January 16, 2007
Animation and literary classics are not regular bedfellows. Occasionally they’ve slipped between the sheets, so to speak: many cartoons are taken from classic literature. But there are few of which you can honestly say that they’ve reinvented a classic. Most successful animated versions of classic novels have—in this man’s humble opinion—added something unique to the […]

"Time Warp Trio": Where’s Mr. Peabody When You Need Him?

by on January 15, 2007
With all of these violent cartoons on the air today (such as Avatar, Kim Possible, and Naruto), not to mention other shows that are apparently using subliminal messages to teach kids naughty stuff, it’s hard to find a show for young children that’s safe and innocent in every single way. Enter Discovery Kids’ Time Warp […]

"Japanese Classic Anime Collection" Coming in April from Digital Meme

by Ed Liuon January 15, 2007
Digital Meme has announced the Japanese Classic Anime Collection, a four-disc DVD set of anime made between 1928 and 1936. The classic anime will be restored and remastered, with nothing added except for integrated music on some of the silent anime titles. The estimated price for the set is approximately $110, and the release is […]

Rozen Maiden Licensed By Geneon Entertainment

by SB20xxon January 13, 2007
After a guessing game contest from Geneon last week, it has been officially announced that they have the rights to Rozen Maiden, a 2004 anime series. The first volume will be released in spring 2007 and will contain four episodes. [Source: Anime News Network]

Claymation Creator Will Vinton’s Graphic Novel Debut

by Ed Liuon January 12, 2007
Dark Horse Comics has issued a press release about Jack Hightower, a new original graphic novel written by Will Vinton, the Oscar-winning animator and creator of “claymation.” Jack Hightower will center on a secret agent attempting to save the world while shrunk down to action figure size. The book goes on sale on January 17, […]

"Black Jack" and "Detonator Orgun" Get Re-release and New Prices

by Ed Liuon January 12, 2007
Central Park Media has issued a press release announcing re-priced re-releases of Detonator Orgun and the Black Jack Collection 2 DVD set. Detonator Orgun will be repriced at $9.95 and centers on a young high school student whose telepathic powers are the only hope against an invading alien fleet. The four-disc Black Jack set continues […]