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Coke Adopts Anime for Ad

In an article about February advertising, The New York Times notes that the Coca-Cola Company will air a 60-second Japanese anime styled advertisement during the Daytona 500 broadcast on Fox. The print edition of the paper includes a still photo from the ad which is not available in the on-line version.

"Batman: The Man Who Laughs" According to Brubaker

Writer Ed Brubaker has been interviewed by Comicon.com’s PULSE News about Batman: The Man Who Laughs, a prestige-format comic drawn by Doug Mahnke that details the first encounter between Batman and the Joker. Batman: The Man Who Laughs was released to comic shops last Wednesday with a cover price of $6.95.

New "AcceleRacers" Coming to Cartoon Network

A new four-part AcceleRacers animated special will run quarterly on Cartoon Network as part of a deal with Mattel, the companies announced today. The first part aired in January, and the remaining parts are scheduled to air in March, June and October. In addition, sixteen micro-episodes can be viewed at Business Wire. [Source:Business Wire]

Movielink Adds Anime Titles to Offerings

Movielink will add twenty-five anime titles, including Dominion Tank Police, Hyperspeed Grandoll, Demon City Shinjuku and DNA2, to its broadband offerings under a distribution deal with Central Park Media, World Screen News reports.

"Tarzan II" Swings to DVD in June

Buena Vista Home Entertainment will release Tarzan II to home video on June 14, Animated Bliss reports. It will retail for $29.99.

Mark Hamill's "Comic Book: The Movie" Wins Two DVDX Awards

Winners of The 5th Annual DVD Exclusive Awards were presented Tuesday, February 8, in Los Angeles. Disney ruled overall, collecting twelve awards–five of them earned by The Lion King 1½ which won categories for “Best Director,” “Best Screenplay,” and “Best Animated DVD Premiere Movie.” Mark Hamill’s directorial debut, Comic Book: The Movie, received two awards: […]

Toyfare Interviews Seth Green on "Robot Chicken"

Toyfare Magazine has interviewed Seth Green, co-creator of Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken. Green describes the show as “a stop-motion variety show. It’s like Saturday Night Live with stop motion. Only it’s funnier.” What viewers can expect to see in the show: A “shot-by-shot re-creation” of the Kill Bill movie trailer. Spoofs of American Idol (guest-starring […]

ADV Announces "Hello Kitty" for March 1

ADV will release Hello Kitty & Friends: Basket of Fun to DVD on March 1, the company said today. The DVD-only release will feature four complete episodes and one bonus episode, presented in English 2.0 audio. It will retail for $14.98. [Source: ADV Films]

Floyd Norman on "Song of the South"

Veteran animator Floyd Norman has written another column for Jim Hill Media about his difficulties trying to write a comic strip using characters from Disney’s Song of the South. Norman also comments on recent rumors that the movie will finally be released on DVD. (via Mark Evanier’s weblog)

Viz Launches "Shojo Beat" Magazine

Viz Comics has announced the launch of Shojo Beat magazine, a sister publication to the company’s successful Shonen Jump magazine. The new magazine, aimed at the burgeoning young female manga audience, will hit newsstands in June 2005 with a cover price of $5.99.

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