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ADV Films Announces February 21 Releases, Including "Gantz" Boxset

by Zeddon December 23, 2005
ADV Films has announced the following four new titles set to hit store shelves on February 21, 2006: * Gantz Season 1 Box Set (SRP $69.98) is a DVD-only thin-pack release containing all 13 episodes from the first season, presented in anamorphic video with both English 5.1 sound and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. * […]

ADV Films Announces February 14 Releases

by Zeddon December 23, 2005
ADV Films has announced the following five new titles hitting stores on February 14, 2006: * Maburaho: Divine Intervention (SRP $29.98) is a DVD-only release including episodes 19-21, presented in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include “Art of Maburaho,” clean opening animation, clean closing animation, and previews of upcoming ADV […]

Televisa Named Licensing Agent for "Dragon Booster" in Mexico

by Zeddon December 23, 2005
Alliance Atlantis on Thursday announced that Televisa will act as licensing agent for Dragon Booster in Mexico. In its position as licensing agent, Televisa will oversee the development and domestic launches of all merchandising products, working alongside Alliance Atlantis appointed partners. Dragon Booster launched on Televisa on Wednesday, September 28, 2005, at 7:00pm. The series […]

CPM's Peter Tatara Doesn't Strike Out on Anime

by Zeddon December 23, 2005
Central Park Media’s Peter Tatara has written a blog entry talking about what it was like walking five miles into work to make anime during the recent New York Metro Transit Authority strike. [Source: Central Park Media]

Behind the Scenes of "Black Jack" Anime

by Ed Liuon December 22, 2005
An article in the Daily Yomiuri Online goes behind the scenes of the Black Jack anime TV series currently airing in Japan. The series, about a brilliant but unlicensed surgeon, debuted in October 2004 and is now in its second season, while a live-action movie was released last week. The movie was directed by Macoto […]

The Ultimate DVD Extra: 20 Years of Pixar at the MoMA

by Ed Liuon December 22, 2005
In 1984, a young animator named John Lasseter left Disney to work for George Lucas’ special effects group. 21 years, six feature films, 10 short films, and fifteen Academy Awards later, Pixar Animation Studios has firmly established itself as one of the finest American animation studios in the history of the medium. To commemorate their […]

New Short Films Debut at Ghibli Museum on January 3

by Ed Liuon December 22, 2005
Three new short films will debut at the Studio Ghibli Museum starting on January 3. Details and still frames from all three movies (House Hunting, Mon-mon the Water Spider, and The Day I Harvested a Star) are available at walkerplus.com, with a translation of the picture captions and the accompanying article provided by Nausicaa.net.

Mark Andrews' "Colossus" Previewed

by Ed Liuon December 21, 2005
Newsarama.com has an article and several preview pages from Mark Andrews’ Colossus, a 224-page original graphic novel to be published by Image Comics in March 2006. Andrews is a Pixar animator and co-director of their latest short film, One Man Band. The comic book will have a forward by Incredibles director Brad Bird and will […]

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 […]