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ABC Announces New "Charlie Brown" Title; Airing Rankin Bass Special this Christmas

ABC has revealed their full plans for animated specials for 2005-06. A new Charlie Brown special is in the works and is slated for sometime in 2006. ABC will also air the classic special Santa Claus is Coming to Town this Christmas. Here is their full list: Charlie Brown Specials: It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie […]

How Manga and Anime Fans Guide the Industry

Jake Forbes has written an article for Comicon.com’s PULSE News about how manga and anime fans are the force which really drives the industry, citing the rise of Naruto and Yaoi manga as being largely fan-driven before being picked up by corporate interests.

"Hammerboy" Doesn't Quite Hit the Nail on the Head

How can a small boy from a peaceful island rise up to stop a cunning politician with mystical powers who plans to prolong a war through deceit and intimidation? By learning to speak loudly and carry a big hammer. This boy is Mangchi, the scrappy lead of Hammerboy, the 2003 Korean film that provoked international […]

Lions Gate Expands Family Entertainment Slate

Lions Gate Entertainment has entered into a three-title co-production and co-financing deal with RichCrest Animation, the U.S.-based subsidiary of India’s Crest Animation Studios, World Screen reports. Lions Gate will distribute the three films worldwide except in India. The first film under the new agreement will be the previously announced Sylvester And The Magic Pebble, based […]

Utley Joins Animation Outfit Cosgrove Hall Films

Anthony Utley, director of television distribution at BBC Worldwide, is leaving his post to become managing director of the Granada Media-owned animation outfit Cosgrove Hall Films, World Screen reports. Based in Manchester, Cosgrove Hall is Europe’s largest animation company. Its most recent productions include Postman Pat, Andy Pandy, Engie Benjy, and Little Robots.

Spellbound Expands "Koala Brothers" Toy License

U.K. animator Spellbound Entertainment has expanded its existing Koala Brothers toy license with Fisher-Price Brands beyond the U.S. and Latin America, C21Media reports. The new license will cover several international markets including the U.K., Germany, France, Scandinavia, Poland, Australia, and New Zealand.

Disney on Ice Launches "Incredibles"

Disney On Ice is launching a brand new ice show with Disney presents Pixar’s The Incredibles in a Magic Kingdom Adventure. The show premieres Friday, September 9, 2005, in Orlando, Florida, with stops in more than 65 North American cities, before heading overseas. PR Newswire has a schedule of the show’s U.S. schedule.

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood Trashes Tickle U.

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood has issued a statement condemning Cartoon Network’s claim that their Tickle U. block of programming will aid in developing a child’s sense of humor. The CCFC claims that the block is a ploy designed for marketing rather than education or development, while Cartoon Network counter-claims that they maintain a […]

"Transformers: Infiltration" #0 Preview Available On-line

Newsarama.com has posted a 5-page preview of IDW’s Transformers: Infiltration #0, which will return the Robots in Disguise to comic book shop stands in October.

Scott Jeralds Talks "Krypto"

Comicon.com’s PULSE News has spoken to supervising producer and director Scott Jeralds about Krypto the Super Dog. Jeralds looks back at the motivations for the series, and also looks forward to season two’s 13 new episodes.

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