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How Homer Simpson Became Omar Shamshoon

by Ed Liuon December 12, 2005
An article in the Los Angeles Times examines the Arabic version of Fox’s The Simpsons, broadcast in the Middle East via Arabic satellite network MBC. Issues of translating humor and excising portions of the show that would be objectionable to a Middle Eastern Muslim audience are addressed, as are the varied reactions to the show […]

Cartoon Network Celebrates New Year's Eve with "Naruto" Marathon

by Zeddon December 12, 2005
On Saturday, December 31, beginning at 2:30pm (ET/PT), Cartoon Network will air seventeen consecutive episodes of the Toonami anime series Naruto. The eight-and-a-half-hour marathon will conclude with the premiere of an all-new episode at 10:30pm (ET/PT). [Source: Cartoon Network]

DreamWorks Acquired by Paramount; New Animation Distribution Deal Inked

by Ed Liuon December 12, 2005
Viacom’s Paramount Pictures has just acquired DreamWorks SKG for .6 billion in cash and debt. As a result of the deal, DreamWorks Animation Studios has signed a new distribution deal with Paramount similar to the one with DreamWorks SKG, where an 8% distribution fee earns Paramount marketing and distribution of DreamWorks Animation’s movies. Paramount will […]

Joe Hisashi Wins LA Film Critics Association Award

by Ed Liuon December 12, 2005
Studio Ghibli composer Joe Hisashi has won the Best Musical Score award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association for his work on Howl’s Moving Castle, according to Nausicaa.net.

Viz Dominates Bookscan GN Charts; "Naruto" a Top Seller

by Ed Liuon December 12, 2005
Viz Media has announced that their manga series dominates the Bookscan graphic novel chart, taking the top thirteen spots on the chart. Naruto manga volumes are six of the thirteen books listed, with Naruto Vol. 8 taking the top spot on the sales charts.

NY Times on the Long Shadow of Yogi Bear

by Ed Liuon December 12, 2005
An item in the New York Times notes the influence Hanna-Barbera’s Yogi Bear has had on animation (registration required). Noting that Yogi himself is a pastiche of then-current pop culture sources, the article further points out how Yogi and other Hanna-Barbera characters were innovators by instigating a practice of cultural homage that has continued to […]

Pixar's Characters as 19th Century Toys

by Ed Liuon December 12, 2005
An article in The New York Times notes the use of a zoetrope-like device in the “Pixar: 20 Years of Animation” exhibit opening this week at the Museum of Modern Art (registration required). The device — inspired by a similar installation at the Studio Ghibli Museum in Tokyo — combines a strobe light and 3-D […]

"Witchblade" Anime Coming to Japan in April

by Ed Liuon December 12, 2005
Newsarama.com is reporting that a new Witchblade anime series will be debuting in Japan in April 2006. The series will transplant the Witchblade story to Japan rather than re-using the Sara Pezzini character from the existing Witchblade comic books and TV series. Twenty-six episodes are planned; Kodansha will also release a tie-in manga series.

"Kronk's New Groove": Yeah, It's Direct to Video -- So What?

by Chris Woodon December 12, 2005
The recent onslaught of Disney’s highly profitable direct to video (DTV) sequels to theatrical hits has opted for a vanilla approach, simplifying the music, comedy, animation and action of the originals in the apparent belief that the DTV audience is much younger than the box office crowd. The latest release is Kronk’s New Groove, a […]

'The Batman' Gets a New Partner in Fourth Season

by Bird Boyon December 11, 2005
Hot on the heels of the Season 4 announcement, Legions of Gotham has revealed that Robin will be joining the team of The Batman and Batgirl in the show’s fourth season. Further details are available here.