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Satellite TV Providers to Offer "Family-Friendly" Channel Packages

by Ed Liuon January 19, 2006
DIRECTV and EchoStar, the nation’s two largest satellite TV providers, have announced that they will offer “family-friendly” channel packages to their subscribers, bowing to regulatory pressure that has also compelled Comcast and Time-Warner Cable to offer similar packages (registration required). DIRECTV’s offering will begin in April, offering 40 channels including Toon Disney, Boomerang, Noggin, PBS […]

Viacom and Kellogg Face Lawsuit over SpongeBob Marketing

by Ed Liuon January 19, 2006
Two consumer groups have announced their intention to sue Viacom, parent company of Nickelodeon, and the Kellogg Company over their use of SpongeBob SquarePants and other cartoon characters to sell food of “poor nutritional quality” to children under 8 (registration required). The Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, […]

UPDATED: "Hoodwinked" Almost Tops Box Office; Sequel Planned

by Zeddon January 18, 2006
Hoodwinked, Weinstein Co.’s retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale, opened in first place over the weekend with $16.6 million in sales at U.S. and Canadian theaters, Bloomberg reports. UPDATE: Final box office receipt totals show that Hoodwinked fell just short of the top spot, with a $16.8 million take coming $100,000 short […]

Bandai Announces "Eureka SeveN" DVD Release Date, Manga

by Ed Liuon January 18, 2006
Bandai Entertainment has announced a release date of April 25 for volume 1 of the Eureka SeveN anime series on DVD. The same announcement also announces plans to release two tie-in manga series and a tie-in soundtrack, as well as possible broadcast on a “premier TV network.”

Timm and Tucker Talk "Justice League Unlimited"

by Ed Liuon January 18, 2006
Newsarama.com’s latest “Animated Shorts” column has spoken to Justice League Unlimited producers Bruce Timm and James Tucker about the upcoming episodes of the show and the “Legion of Doom” story arc. Columnist Steve Fritz also engages in some speculation on the future of Justice League Unlimited and Teen Titans, and also reports that Warner will […]

"The New Batman Adventures": Just Like Old Times

by Stuon January 18, 2006
After many years of fan prayers, Warner Bros has finally reached the final set in its acclaimed run of Batman: The Animated Series DVD sets, with the release of The New Batman Adventures in all its streamlined glory. Set two years after the previous series, The New Batman Adventures sees Batman continuing his quest to […]

2006 Annie Awards Presenters Announced

by Zeddon January 17, 2006
Tom Kenny will host the 33rd Annual Annie Awards, AWN reports. Notables who will present at the awards include William Shatner, Jason Alexander, Craig T. Nelson, Brad Bird, Nick Park, Seth MacFarlane, and Lee Unkrich. The Annies will be presented Saturday, February 4, at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California.

Roger Ebert on the Animated Short

by Zeddon January 17, 2006
Cartoon Brew points out an article by Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times concerning the animated short and focusing on Chuck Jones. (via Animated-News)

BCI Eclipse Acquires North American DVD Rights to 230 Hours of Filmation Library

by Zeddon January 17, 2006
Under an agreement with Entertainment Rights (ER), BCI Eclipse has acquired the North American DVD rights to 230 hours from ER’s Filmation library, Reuters reports. Titles included in the deal include She-Ra: Princess of Power, The Legend of Bravestarr, Ghostbusters, The New Adventures of Zorro, The Lone Ranger, Groovie Goolies, and Snow White Happily Ever […]

More "Godzilla: The Series" Coming to DVD

by Zeddon January 17, 2006
In conjunction with the DVD release of Peter Jackson’s King Kong, Sony will re-promote Godzilla: The Series – Monster Wars Trilogy — previously released in August 2004 — on March 28. In addition, Sony will also release two additional volumes of Godzilla: The Series on that same day. Godzilla: The Series – Monster Mayhem and […]