Rare and Early Disney Animation Found in Japan

by Ed Liuon December 21, 2005
BBC News is reporting that some rare and very early Disney animation, sketches, and background pictures have been discovered in a warehouse at Chiba University, near Tokyo, Japan. The material includes “Flowers and Trees” from 1932, which was Disney’s first color short film. The material was apparently donated in the 1960s to the National Museum […]

Kagan Research: Animated Films Are Hollywood's Most Profitable Genre

by Ed Liuon December 21, 2005
Kagan Research, a consulting and publishing research firm, has released a study estimating that animated films were the most profitable “genre” for films released between 2000 and 2004. According to the report, animated films in that time period averaged $194.5 million in gross profit and $166.3 million in net profit. The full report is available […]

12-Page "Transformers: Beast Wars" Preview On-line

by Ed Liuon December 21, 2005
IDW Publishing has released a 12-page preview of Transformers: Beast Wars #1, written by Simon Furman with art by Don Figueroa. The issue is scheduled for release in February.

"Meet The Fuccons" Fuccon Weak Is What It Is

by Chad Boninon December 21, 2005
James and Barbara Fuccon, along with their son Mikey, are your standard American family. They’ve just moved to Japan and are trying to get used to the Japanese way while raising Mikey to be a stand-up kind of kid. Will Mikey be able to grow up in this Fuccon household, or will the viewer be […]

"The Fuccons": Still-Life "Comedy" is Stillborn

by Chris Woodon December 21, 2005
My favorite Japanese comedy programs are so similar to Saturday Night Live that sometimes I forget how bizarre the Japanese sense of humor can get. I was quickly reminded by The Fuccons, one of the most outlandish TV series ever seen on either side of the Pacific. Like many people, I find department store mannequins […]

"The Real Ghostbusters" Comes to DVD

by Zeddon December 20, 2005
The Real Ghostbusters is coming to DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on February 28, 2006, TVShowsOnDVD reports. The three volumes streeting on February 28 will contain random episodes. Volume 1: Catch Me If You Can will contain “Night Game,” “Lost and Foundry,” “Bird of Kildarby” and “Killerwatt”; Volume 2: Booware of Evil will contain […]

ITV Commissions ER to Create New Kids Show

by Zeddon December 20, 2005
ITV has commissioned Entertainment Rights (ER) to make 260 episodes of Jim Jam & Sunny for terrestrial and digital TV. Reuters UK reports. (via C21Media)

Ghosh Promoted at Jetix UK

by Zeddon December 20, 2005
Michael Ghosh has been promoted to head of sales for Jetix UK, C21Media reports. Reporting to Jetix UK MD Ian Finnegan, Ghosh will oversees Jetix UK’s commercial sales division, with responsibility for maximizing the advertising and sponsorship revenues for both the UK channel and online divisions.

HIT Hires New VP

by Zeddon December 20, 2005
Right on the heels of the departure of director of corporate development Nigel Birrell, HIT Entertainment has appointed Bill Burke as VP of brand development. Based in HIT’s New York office, Burke will oversee the brand development of HIT properties as well as the portfolio of brands beneath the Jim Henson banner that HIT manages. […]

Kodak and REAL D to Deliver Digital 3-D Cinema in Australia

by Zeddon December 20, 2005
KODAK Digital Cinema and REAL D have formed a strategic alliance to roll out digital 3-D cinema throughout Australia. Installation of digital 3-D cinema systems will be complete in time for the country’s upcoming premiere of Disney’s Chicken Little in 3-D starting January 1, 2006. Business Wire has details.