NY Times on "Pale Force"’s Jim Gaffigan

by Ed Liuon March 19, 2007
The New York Times has profiled stand-up comedian and actor Jim Gaffigan, who is half of the animated superhero duo Pale Force with sidekick Conan O’Brien (registration required). The article details how Gaffigan meets audience members after all his shows, how his star has slowly risen in Hollywood, and describes the multiple roles he fills […]

Mark Evanier on Origins of Scrappy Doo, Part 2

by Ed Liuon March 19, 2007
Mark Evanier has posted the second chapter on his weblog describing the creation of Scrappy Doo. He describes the Warner Brothers animated character who was the unstated inspiration for Scrappy and digresses briefly into the origins of another Hanna-Barbera animated character before concluding with his successful scripting job that got Scooby Doo renewed for another […]

Batfink Coming to DVD

by Dan Collinson March 18, 2007 reports that all 100 Batfink cartoons will be coming to DVD on June 19 from Shout! Factory. All 100 toons will be featured in a four disc box set.

Disney Clears Jobs in Stock Option Inquiry

by Maxie Zeuson March 17, 2007
An internal investigation at The Walt Disney Company has cleared Steven Jobs of misconduct related to backdated stock options at Pixar, The New York Times reports. According to the newspaper, a statement issued by Disney chairman John E. Pepper says “no one currently associated” with Disney performed “any intentional or deliberate acts of misconduct” connected […]

Classic Gumby Getting Digital Distribution

by Maxie Zeuson March 17, 2007
Gumby is marking his fiftieth anniversary with a facelift and a digital premiere, Clokey Productions has announced. Classic episodes of the Gumby TV series are now available on Google, YouTube, AOL/In2TV, and the DMGI channel, after undergoing a digital remastering and audio restoration. They have also been restored to their original eleven-minute format. This fall […]

PBS Kids Orders New Show from "Blue’s Clues" Co-Creator

by Maxie Zeuson March 17, 2007
PBS Kids has ordered sixty-five episodes of a new animated educational show, Super Why!, for a September premiere, World Screen reports. The literacy-centric show will feature the brother of Jack of “Jack and the Beanstalk,” the Littlest Pig, and Princess Pea among its cast. It is produced by Blue Enterprises, a new company established by […]

Burnett Sues Fox Over "Family Guy" Cameo

by Maxie Zeuson March 17, 2007
Carol Burnett is suing Twentieth Century Fox for copyright infringement, claiming the studio’s Family Guy animated comedy used her “Charwoman” character without her permission in an April 2006 episode, Reuters reports. Burnett is seeking $2 million in damages for copyright infringement and the violation of her publicity rights.

"Captain N": The Greatest Video Game Cartoon Ever

by Dukeon March 17, 2007
Back in the late 80s, Nintendo decided that its super-successful Nintendo Entertainment System could support a cartoon or two; the results included The Super Mario Bros. Super Show and The Legend of Zelda: The Animated Series. After those two series became hits, Nintendo decided to show off the rest of its library in Captain N: […]

4Kids Posts Million-Dollar Loss in 2006

by Maxie Zeuson March 16, 2007
4Kids Entertainment lost $2.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2006 on revenues of $18.3 million, the company announced today. That compares to a $500,000 profit on revenues of $23.5 million in the same quarter of 2005. For the year, 4Kids lost $1 million on revenues of $71.8 million, compared to 2005 earnings of $5.1 […]

Highlander: The Search for Vengeance trailer online

by Matt Hazudaon March 16, 2007
IMAGI Animation Studios has posted a link to the new Highlander anime movie. The trailer can be viewed directly by going to this site. Highlander: The Search for Vengeance is being directed by Ninja Scroll director Yoshiaki Kawajiri and animated by Madhouse Studios. It is produced by IMAGI Animation Studios and will be released to […]