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"Darkstalkers" Round One: Fight!

The Darkstalkers, the old races of Earth, have returned. Some of these creatures—like the catgirl actress Felicia and lord of the seas Rikku—are good. Others, such as the succubus Morrigan, the vampire Demitri, and intergalactic despot Pyron—are not. While this might have been decent Saturday fare ten years ago, how does this story (adapted from […]

4Kids, Playmates Get "Turtles" Licenses

4Kids Entertainment and Playmates Toys will handle worldwide merchandising rights for the all-new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles feature film, the companies said today. Playmates will also develop a new toy line to go with the film. [Source: Business Wire]

Jeannette Signs On to Miller's "Happy Feet"

Animal Logic has hired Daniel Jeannette as animation director on the 3D-animated feature Happy Feet, AWN reports. The film, a musical comedy/adventure about a tap dancing penguin, is being helmed by Babe-director George Miller. Distributor Warner Bros. is aiming for a 2006 release.

Sakakibara To Helm "Gon"

Moto Sakakibara will direct Sprite Animation Studio’s CG-animated feature Gon, AWN reports. The film, about a foot-tall dinosaur living in a modern-day savanna, is based on the Masashi Tanaka manga. It is set for a 2007 release.

SIGGRAPH To Host Full-Dome Video Projection

The SIGGRAPH 2005 Computer Animation Festival will feature full-dome video projection at the 32nd International Conference on Computer Graphics & Interactive Techniques, DCC Cafe reports. The festival is being held from July 31 through August 4 in Los Angeles, and the Full-Dome Animation Theater will open to attendees on July 30 in Hall G of […]

Radio Disney Lands on iTunes

The iTunes Music Store will begin carrying songs from the Radio Disney playlist, the companies announced today. [Source: Business Wire]

Celador Unleashes "(not so) Scary Monsters"

Celador International is producing (not so) Scary Monsters, an animated series based on a collection of mini children’s books, World Screen reports.

FUNimation Elevates Thomas, Fleck

FUNimation has appointed Ward Thomas senior vice president of sales and operations, the company said today. Joyce Fleck will take over Thomas’s previous responsibilities as vice president of sales and marketing. [Source: PR Newswire]

Viacom Signs Carriage Deal with DirecTV

Nickelodeon-parent Viacom Inc. has signed a long-term carriage agreement with DirecTV, the companies said today. [Source: PR Newswire]

Anime Network Signs Five Carriage Deals

Anime Network has signed deals with BendBroadband, Click! Network, Massillon Cable TV, PrairieWave Communications and Sunflower Broadband to carry its subscription video-on-demand service, the company says. Cablevision and Cox already carry the service. [Source: Anime Network]

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