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"Naruto" Licensing Marches On

by Ed Liuon December 30, 2005
ICv2 is reporting that two new firms have signed up to produce licensed Naruto merchandise. Basic Fun will be producing iPod covers and keychains, while Great Eastern Entertainment will manufacture wall scrolls, patches, wrist cuffs, headbands, caps, more key chains, and buttons.

NASSCOM Hosting Animation India 2006

by Zeddon December 29, 2005
NASSCOM will host the “NASSCOM Animation India 2006″ meet in Hyderabad, India on January 12 and January 13, 2006. The event will feature an overview of the animation and gaming industry, outsourcing trends, animation and gaming services, the competitive position of India as an outsourcing destination, potential inhibitors, and suggestions and company profiles. The event […]

"Robot Chicken" Cover Art Released

by Zeddon December 29, 2005
TVShowsOnDVD has cover art for the March 28, 2006 release of Robot Chicken: Volume 1. The 2-disc set will include 20 episodes from the series and retail for $29.98 SRP.

"Ice Age 2" Videogame In Development

by Zeddon December 29, 2005
A videogame based on 20th Century Fox’s upcoming family film Ice Age 2: The Meltdown is currently in development, AWN reports. The videogame will be available in the spring of 2006 for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance, and PC. It will sell for $19.99 (SRP) on PC, $29.99 (SRP) […]

VegasBuzzz.com Launches Anime News Channel

by Zeddon December 29, 2005
Vegas Buzz (www.vegasbuzzz.com) has launched a new channel dedicated to anime news. The full press release announcing the service is available at TheOpenPress.

Pixar DVDs Go On Sale

by Zeddon December 29, 2005
A Bug’s Life, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc. and The Incredibles will all receive price cuts for their “Collector’s Edition” DVDs on January 8, 2006, according to Ultimate Disney. The DVDs are expected to be available for somewhere around $15.00 each. (via Animated-News)

Exporting SpongeBob to China

by Ed Liuon December 29, 2005
The New York Times talks about Nickelodeon’s efforts to bring its programming to China (registration required), detailing the hurdles its parent company Viacom must clear from the Chinese government and from Chinese parents who may be even more restrictive on what their children are allowed to watch. The Wild Thornberries and CatDog are already broadcast […]

"Toy Story" Added to National Film Registry

by Zeddon December 29, 2005
Pixar’s Toy Story has been added to the National Film Registry, AWN reports. Of the twenty-five motion pictures added this year, Toy Story was the only animated title. More information is available at http://www.loc.gov/film/nfr2005.html.

"Superman: Volume 2": No Middle Child Syndrome

by Stuon December 28, 2005
Superman returns with a second DVD collection. Once again it collects 18 of the Man of Tomorrow’s finest adventures, ranging from such slugfests as “Father’s Day” to the hilarious antics in “Mxyzpixilated” Chances are you’ve seen enough of the show to form your own opinion by this point, but for those of you who haven’t, […]

Dan Slott on "She-Hulk"'s 100th Issue

by Ed Liuon December 28, 2005
Writer Dan Slott (Batman Adventures) has spoken to Newsarama.com about the upcoming She-Hulk 2 #3, which is also the 100th solo issue for the Jade Giantess if one starts from the 1980 Savage She-Hulk #1. The story involves a run-in with the Time Variance Authority, which is threatening to remove She-Hulk from history after she […]