"Tales from Earthsea" Voice Casting Announcement

by Ed Liuon February 16, 2006 has posted voice casting information for the studio’s upcoming Tales from Earthsea film, with Bunta Sugawara (Kamaji in Spirited Away) cast as Ged and Junichi Okada as Prince Arren.

"Zoom Suit" #1 Preview On-Line

by Ed Liuon February 16, 2006
An 8-page preview for Zoom Suit #1 is available at The comic by John Taddeo and Billy Dallas Patton is based on Taddeo’s award-winning short film of the same title. The comic is being published by Superverse Comics and is available for pre-order now for an April release date.

"Fullmetal Alchemist" Comes to YTV

by Zeddon February 16, 2006
Fullmetal Alchemist has been picked up by YTV for broadcast in Canada. The anime series will premiere on YTV on March 3. It will air on YTV Fridays at 10:00pm, with repeat performances at 1:00am. General information about the series is available at [Source: FUNimation]

Viz Media Launches Five New Shojo Manga Titles

by Zeddon February 16, 2006
VIZ Media, LLC. (VIZ Media) has announced the debut of five new dedicated manga titles and one new fiction novel to be released in the First Quarter of 2006 under the company’s recently launched Shojo Beat imprint. The titles include the following new series: Absolute Boyfriend, Baby & Me, Godchild and Kaze Hikaruk (all available […]

ORE/Rights Acquires Rights to "Franny’s Feet"

by Zeddon February 16, 2006
Japan’s ORE/Rights Entertainment has picked up broadcast, home entertainment, and publishing rights to a second series of Franny’s Feet, C21Media reports. The series currently airs on Cartoon Network Japan.

The Weinstein Co. Acquires "Escape From Planet Earth"

by Zeddon February 16, 2006
The Weinstein Company has acquired the rights to Escape From Planet Earth, a CG-animated comedy feature pitch to be written by Tony Leech and Cory Edwards — the duo behind the company’s recent animated release Hoodwinked. C21Media reports.

Renegade Announces Animated Santa Film

by Zeddon February 16, 2006
Renegade Animation, in partnership with writer/director Robert Zappia, will produce an animated, holiday-themed feature film entitled Who Stole Santa’s Sack? for release late this year. AWN has details.

Dora Wins T.O.T.Y. Award

by Zeddon February 16, 2006
Dora the Explorer won her second Toy of the Year (T.O.T.Y.) Award as “Most Popular Property” of the Year by the Toy Industry Association. As the star of Nickelodeon’s preschool series Dora the Explorer, Dora also received the prestigious “Best Girl Toy” award at the TIA gala which every year celebrates the most innovative toys. […]

JAKKS Pacific To Offer TeleStory Products Based on Disney Characters

by Zeddon February 16, 2006
JAKKS Pacific, Inc., in conjunction with Disney Publishing Worldwide, will offer TeleStory products with content based on certain Disney characters. The TeleStory products will feature Disney characters such as Winnie the Pooh, as well as characters from various Disney and Disney/Pixar animated feature films and animated direct-to-video films such as Toy Story, The Lion King, […]

MTV Networks International Launches Mobile TV Channels for Kids, Youth, and Adults

by Zeddon February 16, 2006
MTV Networks International (MTVNI) today announced a major development in its digital media offering, with the launch of a diverse portfolio of brands available on mobile TV in Europe for kids, youth, and adults. In addition to the MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Comedy and Game One brands offered to mobile operators and consumers, MTVNI also announced […]