Toshio Suzuki Steps Down as Ghibli President

by Ed Liuon February 1, 2008 is reporting that Toshio Suzuki has stepped down as the president of Studio Ghibli effective today, February 1, 2008, and will be replaced by Koji Hoshino. Hoshino was the former president of Walt Disney Japan, and has worked with Studio Ghibli since Disney began releasing Studio Ghibli films on home video in 1996. Suzuki […]

Disney Announces "Classic Caballeros Collection" DVD for April 29, 2008 Release

by Ed Liuon February 1, 2008
Buena Vista Home Entertainment has announced The Classic Caballeros Collection DVD, scheduled for release on April 29, 2008. The single-disc release will combine two movies: Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros, which star Goofy, Donald Duck, and Walt Disney himself exploring the land and the culture of Latin America. The DVD will also include a […]

PR: Disney Classics Together for the First Time – The Classic Caballeros Collection

by Ed Liuon February 1, 2008
Two Academy Award® Nominated Disney Classics Together for the First Time The Classic Caballeros Collection: Saludos Amigos and Three Caballeros On DVD April 29, 2008 BURBANK, Ca, January 30, 2008— For the first time, the two Academy Award nominated south of the border animated adventures are available together when Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment presents […]

AP Asks Why "Ratatouille" Isn’t a "Best Picture" Nominee

by Ed Liuon February 1, 2008
Jake Coyle of the Associated Press poses the question whether Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille was squeezed out of the running for this year’s “Best Picture” Academy Award simply because it was an animated film. Coyle notes that the movie’s broad category of nominations “suggests the kind of broad consensus that often results in bigger awards like best […]

"Phineas and Ferb": Spawn of Frankenstein

by Maxie Zeuson February 1, 2008
I am the seventh son of a seventh son of a seventh son. The blood of a dozen gypsy fortunetellers flows through my veins. Criswell was my uncle’s cousin’s third husband. I have second sight so bad I need a special prescription, and the DMV won’t let me drive 48 hours before an election, a […]

Newsarama Interviews "Phineas & Ferb" Co-Creators and "Mr. Men Show"’s Kurt Mueller

by Ed Liuon January 31, 2008
Newsarama’s Animated Shorts column has posted a double-set of interviews: one with Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, co-creators of Disney’s Phineas & Ferb; and the other with Kurt Mueller, one of three creators of Cartoon Network’s The Mr. Men Show. Povenmire and Marsh talk about how the pair have come through the industry together, […]

VIZ Media Offers New "Bleach," "Death Note," "Naruto" DVDs for 1st Quarter 2008

by Ed Liuon January 31, 2008
VIZ Media has issued a press release detailing their animated DVD releases for the first quarter of 2008, which will include two new single-disc volumes of Bleach, four volumes of Naruto plus a new uncut boxed set, one new Death Note DVD, two new volumes of RANMA ½, and new boxed sets for Prince of […]

"Space Chimps" Game in Development

by Maxie Zeuson January 31, 2008
Brash Entertainment is developing a video game based on Space Chimps, says The Hollywood Reporter. The game will be available on the Xbox 260, Sony PlayStation 2, and Nintendo Wii and DS systems. It will hit retail a few weeks prior to the July 18 release of the Fox-distributed film.

Coleman, Roberts Get SVP Posts at Disney TV Animation

by Maxie Zeuson January 31, 2008
Walt Disney Television Animation has named Eric Coleman to the post of SVP, Development, and Meredith Roberts to the post of SVP and General Manager of DisneyToon Studios, AWN reports. Coleman joins Disney from Nickelodeon, where he was the Exec in Charge of Production on SpongeBob SquarePants and other Nick shows. Roberts has been serving […]

PR: VIZ Media Announces Exciting New Animated Releases for 1st Quarter 2008

by Ed Liuon January 31, 2008
VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES EXCITING NEW ANIMATED RELEASES FOR FIRST QUARTER 2008 New Volumes Of Popular Animated Series Kick Off the New Year! San Francisco, CA, January 31, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced an exciting array of new […]