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Sci-Fi Manga ‘Moonlight Mile’ to Receive Anime Adaptation

by on December 23, 2006
Yasuo Ootagaki’s manga “Moonlight Mile,” published by Shogakukan, is set to become a TV anime series with broadcast beginning in March of 2007 on the Japanese satellite station WOWOW. Set in the near future, “Moonlight Mile” follows the adventures of astronauts and skillfully combines a realistic look at space exploration with an almost childlike sense […]

Australian "Deltora Quest" Becomes Japanese Anime

by on December 23, 2006
A Japanese TV anime adaptation of the popular “Deltora Quest” series of Australian young adult fantasy novels has been announced. Broadcast begins on January 6, 2007, and the series will air Saturday mornings from 8:00AM to 8:30AM on TV Aichi and TV Tokyo networks. Written by Emily Rodda, the first “Deltora Quest” novel was released […]

Dick Van Dyke: Computer Animator

by Ed Liuon December 22, 2006
The Los Angeles Times discusses 3-D computer-generated animation and effects with famed actor Dick Van Dyke (free registration required), who has dabbled in effects and animation since appearing in Disney’s Mary Poppins. Van Dyke’s latest acquisitions are some of computer caricatures of himself from Night at the Museum, about which he stated, “I do a […]

Australia/New Zealand Release of "Tales from Earthsea" in 2007

by Ed Liuon December 22, 2006
Nausicaa.net is reporting that Madman Entertainment has secured the rights to distribute Studio Ghibli’s Tales from Earthsea in Australia and New Zealand. The movie will begin its theatrical run in mid-2007.

Bandai to Distribute "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya"

by on December 22, 2006
According to the official North American Web site, Bandai Entertainment will release fan favorite “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya” in the United States. No timeline for release was provided. The announcement was made accompanied by an English/Japanese streaming live-action “episode 00” that must be seen to be believed. CORRECTION: This article’s headline originally stated that […]

FUNimation Answers Questions Regarding New "Dragon Ball Z" Box Sets

by on December 22, 2006
FUNimation has launched a new FAQ to answer some of the questions surrounding its upcoming Dragonball Z releases. The FAQ currently addresses fan concerns regarding compression and video quality issues, fullscreen versus widescreen formatting and the audio track options. Due to concerns about compression and video quality issues, the 39 episodes included in the first […]

"Pokémon" Returns to the Indigo League

by on December 22, 2006
With Advanced Generation coming to a close (faster than anticipated, too, thanks to Cartoon Network) and Diamond & Pearl coming over the horizon, we should take a moment to remember what made Pokémon the giant it is today: the Indigo League. Young Ash Ketchum’s tenth birthday was a life-changing experience: he would become a Pokémon […]

Disney Channel 2006 Ratings Highlights

by Zeddon December 21, 2006
Disney Channel has announced ratings highlights for 2006. For the year, Disney Channel finished as basic cable’s second-most-watched network in primetime in Total Viewers. Disney Channel also stood as basic cable’s No. 1 network in prime for the fourth year running in Kids 6-11, and for the sixth year running in Tweens 9-14. On a […]

Press Release: Disney Channel Ratings Highlights For 2006

by Zeddon December 21, 2006
Ratings Highlights For 2006 Final National Ratings DISNEY CHANNEL RANKS AS 2006’S SECOND-MOST-WATCHED BASIC CABLE NETWORK IN PRIME IN TOTAL VIEWERS, TOPPING THIRD-PLACE TNT BY 6% DISNEY CHANNEL WRAPS 2006 AS BASIC CABLE’S NO. 1 IN PRIME FOR THE 4TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR IN KIDS 6-11 AND THE 6TH IN TWEENS 9-14 ON A 24-HOUR PROGRAMMING […]

Screen Novelties on Restoring Rudolph, Santa Stop-Motion Puppets

by Ed Liuon December 21, 2006
The Screen Novelties weblog has posted an article on restoring the original stop-motion puppets for Santa Claus and the title character used in Rankin-Bass’ Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The work entailed significant repair, since the puppets were used as Christmas ornaments for nearly 30 years in the household of a former Rankin-Bass employee. The puppets […]