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French Distributor Dargaud Changes Name To Mediatoon International

by Nobuyuki samaon February 1, 2007
Dargaud Distribution, handlers of over 1000 half hours of animation titles adapted from European children’s literature and comics such as Lucky Luke, Tintin, Astérix and others, has relaunched as Mediatoon International Distribution, representing the Dargaud Marina, Ellipsanime, Dupuis and Storimages catalogues. Mediatoon International Distribution is a division of Mediatoon, the new outfit set up by […]

Toon Disney Invades Vietnam

by Nobuyuki samaon February 1, 2007
Buena Vista International Television-Asia Pacific (BVITV-AP), one of Disney’s foreign distribution arms, has entered an agreement with Q.net Co., a Vietnamese distribution agent, for an animated series package to launch on Ho Chi Minh Television (HTV), the country’s second largest broadcaster. Starting this month, the 30-minute “Toon Disney” branded block will air on HTV7 daily […]

PR: AniBOOM Announces 6 Winners in First Annual Animation Awards

by Nobuyuki samaon February 1, 2007
TEL AVIV, Israel, January 31 /PRNewswire/ — aniBOOM.com, the largest online collection of cartoons worldwide, announced today the six winners in their first AniBOOM Awards contest. Chilean/Peruvian animator Jossie Malis and his indigenous inspired film, Bendito Machine, is the grand prize winner of $25,000. Category winners, each to receive $5,000 include feel-good video/animation music video […]

"Tales from Earthsea" Topped Japanese Box Office in 2006

by Benon February 1, 2007
Variety reports that Tales from Earthsea (Gedo Senki), the Studio Ghibli film directed by Goro Miyazaki, was the No. 1 box office hit in Japan for 2006, earning $63.2 million. Fifth was Death Note: The Last Name, a live action film based on the manga by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, with $43 million. Notably, […]

Aqua Teen Hoaxing Force? How a Cartoon Brought a City to a Halt

by Zach Loganon January 31, 2007
Just a mere six years ago it would have been unthinkable for a television cartoon to cause a citywide highway shutdown. Thanks to post-September 11th paranoia, our police are now summoned to settle issues that would previously have seemed asinine. Recently Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block decided to promote cult series Aqua Teen Hunger […]

Adult Swim Marketing Campaign Causes Bomb Scare in Boston

by Chris Woodon January 31, 2007
Electronic devices placed around Boston as part of a nationwide marketing campaign for Adult Swim show Aqua Teen Hunger Force caused a bomb scare today, resulting in multiple road closings. Read the full AP article here.

Warner Announces New "Tom & Jerry: Volume 1" Replacement Program Information

by Bird Boyon January 31, 2007
Warner Home Video has released an official statement about their Tom & Jerry Spotlight Collection: Volume 1 replacement program. “Previously, Warner Home Video had advised consumers who purchased Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection: Volume 1 DVD that certain episodes on Disc 1 had an alternate picture/audio track. Warner Home Video offered to replace Disc 1 […]

"Gundam SEED Destiny" Athrun: Ladies Man Extraordinaire

by Dukeon January 31, 2007
After a breakneck start, Gundam SEED Destiny took a breather on the last disc, and is about to kick the plot back into high gear—but not before giving us some good, old-fashioned harem hilarity and the return of one of the original series’ greatest annoyances. After destroying the Lohengrin cannon at the Suez base, the […]

Bandai Visual Confirms ‘Gunbuster 2’, ‘Honneamise’ Licenses, Announces ‘Rean’

by Nobuyuki samaon January 31, 2007
Bandai Visual announced its acquisition of Gunbuster 2, Wings of Rean and its eventual plans to release Wings of Honneamise during its panel at the ‘Anime LA’ convention held last weekend, according to a report at Anime News Network. Confirming an acquisition announcement first published in the latest issue of Newtype USA, Gunbuster 2 (known […]

DreamWorks Animation and Aardman Break Up

by Nobuyuki samaon January 30, 2007
DreamWorks Animation SKG and Aardman Animations, Ltd. today announced that they were ending their exclusive partnership in creating animated films, a collaboration that has produced the feature films Chicken Run (2000), the Academy Award-winning Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005), and Flushed Away (2006). The multi-picture deal between the two companies began […]