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"Handy Manny" Generates Record Ratings for Disney Channel

by Zeddon September 21, 2006
The launch of Handy Manny (Saturday, September 16, 10:00am – 10:30am) on Disney Channel’s Playhouse Disney block debuted as the most-watched Playhouse Disney series premiere on record in Kids 2-5 (1.11 million), Girls 2-5 (588,000) and Boys 2-5 (521,000), ranking No. 1 in its time period versus all basic cable. In addition, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse‘s […]

Press Release: Handy Manny’s Record Setting Debut on Disney Channel

by Zeddon September 21, 2006
September 19, 2006 Weekly Ratings Highlights for September 11-17, 2006 Final National Ratings DISNEY CHANNEL LAUNCHES ANOTHER ORIGINAL SERIES TO RECORD-SETTING NUMBERS IN KEY KID DEMOS “HANDY MANNY’S” DEBUT RATES AS PLAYHOUSE DISNEY’S MOST-WATCHED ORIGINAL SERIES PREMIERE OF ALL-TIME “HANDY MANNY’S” SERIES LAUNCH RANKS NO. 1 IN ITS TIME PERIOD VERSUS ALL BASIC CABLE IN […]

IFC Picks Up ‘Basilisk’ and ‘Gunslinger Girl’; ‘Haré+Guu’ to FUNimation Channel

by on September 20, 2006
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the Independent Film Channel has acquired the FUNimation-licensed series Basilisk and Gunslinger Girl for broadcast. Basilisk‘s first four episodes will debut on October 6th at 11 PM ET. After that, the series will be paired up with Gunslinger Girl as part of the channel’s new “Grind House” programming block […]

"Everyone’s Hero" Strikes Out

by on September 20, 2006
This movie is a trap for any noble respondant who wishes to honestly critique it. It comes to us loaded. Yes, the Reeve factor. No matter how much I feel justified in all my forthcoming comments, I still feel like a bully. Fact is, the only solution is to shove it aside. Folks, I’m not […]

Katsuhiro Otomo Celebrates Cup Noodles

by Ed Liuon September 19, 2006
Several promotional materials for Nissin Food’s 35th anniversary of Cup Noodles incorporate an animated tale by famed anime director Katsuhiro Otomo. The tale is meant to reinforce the advertising campaign’s theme of Cup Noodles as a symbol of freedom. (via Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat)

"IGPX Toonami Version Boxset 1": Groundbreaking Beyond Even the Faithful’s Grasp

by on September 19, 2006
Toonami holds a unique place in my heart. It’s a block of programming that not only changed my life drastically (as the several thousand dollars worth of anime and related media/merchandise can attest to), but it changed the face of youth media in the US and helped to make anime a truly global industry by […]

"IGPX": It’s Only Toonami for a Reason

by on September 19, 2006
OK, if you’re reading this review, you’ve likely read my review of the first episode as well as my reviews of the Uncut single volume releases of IGPX. But now, it’s time to look into the boxset featuring the same show from the other DVDs, but with the added flair and coolness that could only […]

Bradford International Animation Day Pays Tribute to Miyazaki

by Ed Liuon September 18, 2006
The Bradford Animation Festival 2006 will be showing a triple-bill of 3 Hayao Miyazaki films in celebratoin of International Animation Day on October 28, 2006. My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and Princess Mononoke will be screened starting at 1:30 PM. Tickets are £5.00, or £12.00 for a day pass. (via Nausicaa.net)

"USA Today" on CGI "Horton Hears a Who"

by Ed Liuon September 18, 2006
USA Today has published a brief article and a production image from Horton Hears a Who, a CGI animated adaptation of the Dr. Seuss favorite from 20th Century Fox and starring Jim Carrey and Steve Carell. The movie will be animated by Blue Sky Studios, makers of the Ice Age franchise. (via Cartoon Brew)

"Pucca": Aww, Cute Widdle Ninjas!

by on September 18, 2006
If there’s one thing Disney’s good at, it’s airing really odd imported animation. From Tokyo Pig to Daigunder, Disney really seems to pick the oddest stuff from Asia that might appeal to kids to air on their various channels. And you know what? They’re good at it. They’re so good, they’ve basically re-created a Korean […]