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Kelly Hu on Voicing Okiku in "Afro Samurai"

by Ed Liuon February 7, 2007
Actress Kelly Hu has been interviewed by Newsarama.com about a variety of her current projects, including her role as Okiku in Spike’s Afro Samurai, as well as her roles as a “massage therapist” on the ABC sitcom In Case of Emergency and as Lady Deathstrike in X-2.

Emanuele Luzzati, Oscar-Nominated Animator, 1921 – 2007

by Ed Liuon February 7, 2007
Italian animator Emanuele Luzzati has died at his home in Genoa, Italy, at the age of 85. Luzzati’s colorful and dreamlike artistic style yielded two Academy Award nominations for Best Animated Short Film (or the equivalent category): one in 1965 for The Thieving Magpie (La Gazza Ladra) and one in 1973 for Pulcinella. Luzzati also […]

Finalists Announced for 2007 American Anime Awards

by Ed Liuon February 7, 2007
The final list of candidates for the American Anime Awards has been announced: Best Actor Johnny Yong Bosch (Akira, Bleach, Eureka 7) Crispin Freeman (Hellsing Ultimate, Noein, Revolutionary Girl Utena) Richard Hayworth (Rurouni Kenshin) Yuri Lowenthal (Naruto) Vic Mignogna (Fullmetal Alchemist, Macross) Best Actress Luci Christian (Princess Tutu) Susan Dalian (Naruto) Mary Elizabeth (Ghost in […]

Public TV Plans Latino Network to Include Dubbed Animation

by Ed Liuon February 7, 2007
A report in the New York Times details the expected announcement of V-me, a new public broadcasting network aimed at Latino populations in major American cities (registration required). The expected programming palette will be a mix of original and dubbed programming. Franny’s Feet and Lunar Jim, two animated children’s shows, were cited by name to […]

"Ellen’s Acres" Looks For International Pastures

by Grant Whiteon February 7, 2007
Animation Collective has appointed a pair of distributors to sell its series Ellen’s Acres to international markets, C21Media reports. Canadian group Picture Box Distribution will handle the Canadian, European, Middle Eastern and African markets with Small Screen Entertainment handling the task in Asia and Latin America.

Nickelodeon Announces New Set Of International Co-productions

by Grant Whiteon February 7, 2007
Nickelodeon has announced it is developing five brand new animated series in partnership with various international production houses, C21Media reports. Each of the series will be initially produced as a pilot short, with the option open for a full series. The concepts include Oasis, a non-verbal animation by Tuba Entertainment under TF1 and TeamTo, and […]

Bandai Releasing New "Power Ranger," "Ben 10" Toys in 2007

by Maxie Zeuson February 7, 2007
Bandai America will debut a new line of toys based on Power Rangers, Ben 10 and Team Galaxy later this year, the company said today. Bandai will mark the fifteenth anniversary of Power Rangers with a new toy line for Power Rangers Operation Overdrive, including an expanded lineup of treasure-hunting themed figures, vehicles, Megazords and […]

FunBrandz Announces "Shrek," "Curious George" Games

by Maxie Zeuson February 7, 2007
FunBrandz will simultaneously launch four new DVD games based on Shrek the Third, the company said today. The new series of games will be headlined by Shrek Swamp Party, a party-style DVD game that features physical and mental challenges, four exclusive collectible figurines, and other gameplay accessories. Other games include the Shrek Princess Club DVD […]

Charlie and Lola Lose Their Pet Mouse

by Zeddon February 7, 2007
A new episode of Charlie and Lola, airing on Monday, February 26, at 10:00am (ET/PT), will find siblings Charlie and Lola learning to cope with the loss of their pet mouse. The episode premieres on Disney Channel during the Playhouse Disney programming block. The telecast will be preceded by a parental guideline: “In today’s special […]

PR: Siblings Charlie And Lola Face The Loss Of Their Pet In A New Episode

by Zeddon February 7, 2007
February 5, 2007 Disney Channel: SIBLINGS CHARLIE AND LOLA FACE THE LOSS OF THEIR PET IN A TENDER NEW EPISODE OF “CHARLIE AND LOLA” BURBANK, February 5, 2007 . . . A heartfelt new episode of “Charlie and Lola,” the popular series for preschoolers, finds siblings Charlie and Lola learning to cope with the loss […]