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"Speed Racer - Collector's Edition Vol. 4" Comes to DVD March 14

by Zeddon January 17, 2006
Speed Racer – Collector’s Edition Vol. 4 will be available on DVD for $22.98 SRP beginning March 14, TVShowsOnDVD reports. While it would make sense to include the rest of the 16 episodes of the series that have not yet been released, episode info is not yet available.

"Legend of the Dragon" Comes to Germany

by Zeddon January 17, 2006
BKN International has sold 26 episodes of its TV series Legend of the Dragon to Germany’s Super RTL, C21Media reports. The series will air as part of RTL’s Toggo action block.

Nelvana Partners with British Telecommunications Inc. for Broadband Content

by Zeddon January 17, 2006
Nelvana has inked a video-on-demand agreement with British Telecommunications Inc. (BT) in the U.K. Maggie and the Ferocious Beast (eps 1-15), Little Bear (eps 1-15), Babar (eps 1-15), Max & Ruby (eps 1-15), and The Fairly OddParents (eps 1-15) are among the initial family entertainment programs Nelvana will make available to BT’s next-generation TV offering, […]

BET Hires Denys Cowan as Animation Executive

by Ed Liuon January 17, 2006
A press release states that one of three new executives hired by BET is Denys Cowan, who will be tasked with developing animated productions for the television, home video, on-line, and wireless channels. Cowan co-created Static Shock with Dwayne McDuffie in both comic and TV incarnations and was producer and supervising director for The Boondocks […]

"Transformers: Evolutions" Teaser Image Posted

by Ed Liuon January 17, 2006
An image of what looks like Transformers based on steam-powered locomotives has been posted at Newsarama.com. The image is from IDW Publishing’s The Transformers: Hearts of Steel #1, the first issue of a monthly “alternate reality” Transformers comic book title. The first issue will be written by Chuck Dixon with art by Ted McKeever.

G.I. Joe Tackles Terror in "Special Missions: Manhattan"

by Ed Liuon January 17, 2006
Comic Book Resources.com has spoken to the writers of G.I. Joe: Special Missions: Manhattan, coming in February 2006 from Devil’s Due Publishing. The 48-page special will contain one main story by B. Clay Moore and Jeremy Haun, two shorter tales by Mike O’Sullivan, and character profile pages.

"BusinessWeek" Debunks "Disney Buys Pixar" Rumors

by Ed Liuon January 17, 2006
An article in BusinessWeek on-line debunks the oft-repeated rumor that the Walt Disney Corporation will buy Pixar Animation Studios and make Steve Jobs the CEO of Disney. The two companies were reported close to renewing their distribution deal, but neither will comment publicly about the negotiations.

Dennis Marks, R.I.P.

by Ed Liuon January 16, 2006
Writer Mark Evanier is reporting the passing of animation writer Dennis Marks. Marks’ career stretches back to the late 1960s, with work on Batfink, Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space, Transformers, and the Tom and Jerry and Jetsons feature films. He was also the head writer for Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends and the […]

LA Times on Making "Hoodwinked"

by Ed Liuon January 16, 2006
The Los Angeles Times covers the background of the CGI feature film Hoodwinked, ultimately focusing on the seemingly overnight success of writer/directors Cory and Todd Edwards and Tony Leech (free registration required). The article covers their prior works and the long, bumpy path from concept to release.

NY Times Talks CN's Anime

by Ed Liuon January 16, 2006
A slightly condescending article in the New York Times Arts section delves into what it judges as the anime series on Cartoon Network which defy anime stereotypes (registration required). Among the shows judged worthy are Naruto, Samurai Champloo, and Fullmetal Alchemist.