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Toei Animation Posts Major Profit Decline

by Benon January 26, 2007
Toei Animation, one of Japan’s largest animation studios, posted annual declines in both profit and revenue for the first three quarters of fiscal year 2006 in an earnings report released Thursday local time. Like many Japanese corporations, Toei’s fiscal year ends in March. The company recorded about 14.6 billion yen ($121 million) in revenue over […]

PR: Krypto The Superdog and Gerald McBoing Boing to Join Boomerang Line-up in Feb

by Ed Liuon January 26, 2007
Classic Characters Krypto The Superdog and Gerald McBoing Boing to Join Boomerang Line-up in February Two New Series Bring Comedy and Adventure to Boomerang for Feb. 5 Debut, Monday-Friday, 6 and 7 p.m. One’s faster than a speeding bullet and able to chase cars in a single bound. The other can mimic almost any sound […]

‘Playhouse Disney’ To Get New Look, Hosts This Spring

by Nobuyuki samaon January 26, 2007
Disney Channel has announced plans to revamp its ‘Playhouse Disney’ programming block with new hosts and new graphics starting Friday, March 31st. (6:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, ET/PT). Ooh and Aah, a pair of fun-loving monkey brothers, will host the programming block every day from their tree house in the jungle. Ooh, the refined blue monkey, loves […]

‘Handy Manny’ Gets A Chance To Build On Its Strengths For 2nd Season

by Nobuyuki samaon January 26, 2007
Disney Channel has ordered a second season of its hit Playhouse Disney animated series “Handy Manny.” The show stars Wilmer Valderrama as the voice of handyman Manny Garcia, a helpful, determined young man who, with the assistance of his eclectic set of talking tools, is the town’s expert when it comes to repairing all that’s […]

QB Sensation Carson Palmer Scores Acting Debut On Disney’s "The Replacements’

by Nobuyuki samaon January 26, 2007
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer gets a chance to show off his other talents when he makes his acting debut on Disney’s animated series “The Replacements,” Saturday, February 3, (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. Palmer guest stars as himself in the episode when Todd (voiced by Nancy Cartwright) and his best friend Jacobo (voiced […]

‘Rockfish’ The Big Fish at First Annual Channel Frederator Awards

by Nobuyuki samaon January 26, 2007
Frederator Studios’ weekly animation podcast ‘Channel Frederator’, in celebration of its first year of operation, has announced the winners of the First Annual Channel Frederator Awards, as determined by ‘Channel Frederator’ viewers. Of the eleven “Viewers’ Choice” categories, Blur Studios’ Rockfish took top honors as “Cartoon of the Year”, as well as “Best CG Film”. […]

Nelvana and Spin Master Partner Up For Toy Lines

by Nobuyuki samaon January 26, 2007
Corus Entertainment Inc. has announced its Nelvana Enterprises division has teamed up with Toronto-based Spin Master Ltd. to market toys and games from the currently running animated series DI-GATA Defenders, as well as the upcoming series Bakugan, with the lines set to make their debut at the Canadian Toy & Hobby Fair this Saturday, January […]

‘Spongebob Squarepants’ : Japanese Trendsetter

by Nobuyuki samaon January 26, 2007
The International Herald Tribune has published an article outlining Viacom’s strategy for the success of ‘Spongebob Squarepants’ in Japan, by marketing merchandise to young women instead of children as in the US, with hopes of up to $25 million in sales annually.

"The Owl" Gets World-Wide Deals

by Maxie Zeuson January 26, 2007
The Owl will hit TV screens in Sweden, South Africa, and Thailand under distribution deals signed by TV-Loonland, World Screen reports. The series premiered in France in December.

LA Proclaims "Joseph Barbera Day"

by Maxie Zeuson January 26, 2007
January 24, 2007, was proclaimed “Joseph Barbera Day” in Los Angeles County, <a href="http://news.awn.com/index.php?ltype=top&newsitem_no=18947” target=”_blank”>AWN reports. The honor was announced by County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich at a memorial service for the late animator at Warner Bros. Studios.