The International Herald Tribune has published an article outlining Viacom’s strategy for the success of ‘Spongebob Squarepants’ in Japan, by marketing merchandise to young women instead of children as in the US, with hopes of up to $25 million in sales annually.
The Owl will hit TV screens in Sweden, South Africa, and Thailand under distribution deals signed by TV-Loonland, World Screen reports. The series premiered in France in December.
January 24, 2007, was proclaimed “Joseph Barbera Day” in Los Angeles County, <a href="http://news.awn.com/index.php?ltype=top&newsitem_no=18947” target=”_blank”>AWN reports. The honor was announced by County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich at a memorial service for the late animator at Warner Bros. Studios.
A sequel to the 1975 mecha anime Steel Jeeg, based on the manga co-created by king of anime kitsch Go Nagai, will start airing weekly on the premium Japanese channel WOWOW on April 5. Animeanime notes that when the first series was released, it was famous for using “traditional Japanese motifs” and for the show’s […]
The grand prize at the Japanese 12th AMD Awards will go to last year’s anime feature Toki wo Kakeru Shojo. Hosoda Mamoru also won the Best Director award for the film. The AMD Awards honor the “digital contents of the year.” Film, music, Internet services and other digital media are all eligible. [Source: animeanime]
Anime News Service points out that JTB is offering a travel package from the U.S. to Tokyo for the Tokyo Anime Fair, Japan’s most important animation trade show, which takes place this year from March 22-25.
Bandai Japan released the first models based on the seminal anime Space Battleship Yamato in 23 years in Japanese stores yesterday. The first is a 1/350 scale model of the Yamato itself (picture), 766 millimeters long, with light, sound and remote-controlled, moving turrets, among other features. It retails for 42,250 yen ($348). The other figure […]
Disney Channel: DISNEY CHANNEL TO DEBUT NEW HOSTS AND NEW LOOK FOR POPULAR PLAYHOUSE DISNEY PROGRAMMING BLOCK ON FRIDAY, MARCH 31 BURBANK and PASADENA, January 10, 2007 . . . Disney Channel will debut new hosts, the playful and funny puppet monkeys Ooh and Aah, and new graphics during its popular learning-focused programming block for […]
Disney Channel: CINCINNATI BENGALS QUARTERBACK CARSON PALMER MAKES ACTING DEBUT ON EPISODE OF DISNEY CHANNEL’S ANIMATED SERIES “THE REPLACEMENTS” PREMIERING SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3 BURBANK, CA, January 22, 2007 . . . Cincinnati Bengals quarterback great Carson Palmer makes his acting debut on Disney’s animated series “The Replacements,” SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3, (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney […]
Disney Channel: DISNEY CHANNEL ORDERS SECOND SEASON OF HIT MULTICULTURAL PLAYHOUSE DISNEY SERIES “HANDY MANNY” BURBANK and PASADENA, January 10, 2007. . . Disney Channel has ordered a second season of its hit Playhouse Disney animated series “Handy Manny.” The announcement was made today at the Television Critics Association press tour by Gary Marsh, President, […]