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"South Park" Available in High-Definition on Xbox 360

by Ed Liuon March 6, 2007
Microsoft and Comedy Central have teamed up to deliver Xbox 360 owners the first episode of South Park in high-definition video. Starting today until March 20, 2007, the season 8 episode “Good Times With Weapons” will be available as a free download from Xbox LIVE Marketplace. The episode will also be given to customers who […]

Osvaldo Cavandoli, Creator of "La Linea," 1920 – 2007

by Ed Liuon March 6, 2007
Italian cartoonist and animator Osvaldo Cavandoli (Cava) passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2007, at the age of 87. Cavandoli’s most famous creation was “La Linea,” a character who first appeared in 1969 and was a fixture on Italian television and independent films, as well as in 20 films made for Universal Studios in 2001.

Wondercon Reports on Sony’s "Surf’s Up" and Aragones/Evanier’s "Groo"

by Ed Liuon March 6, 2007
At last weekend’s Wondercon comic convention in San Francisco, Sony Pictures showed off Surf’s Up next to Spider-Man 3. Sony director of animation David Schaub showed clips and a PowerPoint presentation about Surf’s Up, apparently addressing the audience’s concern over another movie with CGI-animated penguins coming so soon in the wake of Happy Feet. The […]

NY Times Profiles John Lasseter

by Ed Liuon March 6, 2007
The New York Times has profiled John Lasseter, examining his early performance as the Chief Creative Officer of Animation for the Walt Disney Company (registration required). His involvement in recent changes to Disney’s Meet the Robinsons and American Dog is addressed, as well as his role and stature in the company.

Geneon Announces "When They Cry – Higurashi"

by Classic Speedyon March 6, 2007
Geneon Entertainment has licensed When They Cry – Higurashi, a 26-episode horror/mystery anime from 2006. The series was originally titled Higurashi No Naku Koro ni. The first volume will be released on 6/5/07 in both regular and limited editions. [Source: Anime News Network ]

Lazlo Fights Obesity in New PSA and Educational Game

by Maxie Zeuson March 6, 2007
Cartoon Network and the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) have created a public service announcement promoting healthy eating and a nutrition and exercise game for the Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen website, the network announced yesterday. Both the PSA and the game will feature characters from Camp Lazlo. Cartoon Network will also send […]

"UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie" Gets May 1 DVD Date

by Maxie Zeuson March 6, 2007
ADV Films will release UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie to DVD on May 1, the company said yesterday. The DVD-only release will present the first three episodes the third season in both English 2.0 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include “Valkyrie World Notes”; messages from the voice actors; a collection of Japanese commercial spots; clean […]

PR: Junior Leagues Partner with Cartoon Network to Help Fight Childhood Obesity

by Maxie Zeuson March 6, 2007
Camp Lazlo Characters Featured in PSA and Online Game to Help Kids Learn More About Healthy Eating and Exercise NEW YORK (March 5, 2007) – The Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) is proud to announce a new partnership with Cartoon Network. The Junior Leagues’ KIDS IN THE KITCHEN childhood obesity and nutrition education initiative […]

FUNimation Channel Gets NYC Carriage

by Maxie Zeuson March 6, 2007
The FUNimation Channel is now available in the New York City area on WRNN-TV, FUNimation announced yesterday. The independent regional television station reaches approximately five million cable and satellite subscribers in New York and sixteen million with its digital broadcast. [Source: FUNimation]

PR: ADV Announces a May 1 Release for "UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie"

by Maxie Zeuson March 6, 2007
ADV ANNOUNCES A MAY 1 RELEASE FOR UFO ULTRAMAIDEN VALKYRIE BRIDE OF CELESTIAL SOULS DAY: SACRED STONES AND PERKY PERVERTS “Warning: Hottie Harem Sci-Fi Comedic Frolics Contained Herein!” – theOtaku.com HOUSTON, March 5, 2007 —ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime outside of Japan, is pleased to bring you the first volume of the […]