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Pope Condemns ‘Toons and Video Games that Promote Violence, Anti-Social Behavior

by Ed Liuon January 25, 2007
The Vatican has issued a statement by Pope Benedict XVI for the 41st World Communications Day, with the theme of “Children and the Media: A Challenge for Education.” Attracting the most attention is the Pope’s statement that, “Any trend to produce programmes and products – including animated films and video games – which in the […]

2007 Free Comic Book Day Titles Announced (UPDATED)

by Ed Liuon January 25, 2007
DC Comics and Marvel Comics have announced the titles that will be available at this year’s Free Comic Book Day, currently scheduled for May 5, 2007. DC will be offering the Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century tie-in comic by J. Torres (Teen Titans Go!) and Chynna Clugston-Flores (Blue Monday), along with JLA #0 […]

"The Fox and the Hound 2": For the Dogs

by Bird Boyon January 25, 2007
It wasn’t until I reviewed The Fox and the Hound that I discovered that Disney had a sequel in the works. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but if you’re like me, you probably wondered how they could possibly follow up an original that had already tied up all of its own loose ends. Well, […]

Disney Theatrical Productions Announces ‘Little Mermaid’ Musical Coming to Broadway

by Nobuyuki samaon January 25, 2007
In a press release presenting a retrospective of their 2006 season and an overview of their plans for 2007, Disney Theatrical Productions has announced the end of Beauty and the Beast‘s Broadway run on July 29, 2007, to be replaced with The Little Mermaid, scheduled to open on December 6, 2007. ‘Mermaid’ will begin with […]

Where’s Waldo? At Entertainment Rights, That’s Where

by Nobuyuki samaon January 25, 2007
Entertainment Rights Plc has announced the acquisition of worldwide publishing phenomenon, ‘Where’s Wally?’, better known in the US as ‘Where’s Waldo?’. ER’s acquisition of worldwide rights includes audiovisual, licensing and merchandising, publishing, live events and digital rights in perpetuity, with creator Martin Hansford reserving the right to continue creating and publishing ‘Wally’ titles in their […]

MoMI Hosts Programs For Young and Young-at-Heart This Weekend

by Nobuyuki samaon January 25, 2007
The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, NY (website) has announced the following animation-related events for this weekend, January 26 – 27, 2007. First up, David B. Levy, author of Your Career in Animation: How to Survive and Thrive, will host and moderate a animation industry panel discussion Friday night at 7:30 PM. Levy […]

PR: Disney Theatrical Productions Announces Plans for 2007: on Broadway, on the Road,

by Nobuyuki samaon January 25, 2007
THE LITTLE MERMAID Begins Performances in Denver July 2007 In Preparation for Broadway Premiere in December 2007 MARY POPPINS Broadway’s Newest Hit Opens to Critical Acclaim, London Production Celebrates Third Year TARZAN (R) Broadway’s High-Flying Adventure Launches First International Production in Holland ELTON JOHN & TIM RICE’S THE LION KING AIDA Broadway Blockbuster Celebrates Show […]

‘Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya’ Release Date Set

by Nobuyuki samaon January 25, 2007
According to a new video posted at Kadokawa USA and Bandai Entertainment’s official show site for the upcoming series The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, the first of four DVD volumes is set for retail release on May 29, 2007, in both DVD-only and DVD with series-collection box editions. Any details regarding series’ extras included on […]

PR: Mamoru Osii’s Tachigui: The Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters USA premiere

by Benon January 25, 2007
January 25, 2007 Mamoru Oshii’s “Tachigui: The Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters” (original title: Tachiguishi Retsuden) will receive its USA premiere at Film Comment Selects 2007, the film series organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center from February 14 to 27, 2007 in New York City. Screening schedule: Date: February 23, 2007 […]

Hometown Museum for "Conan" Creator

by Benon January 25, 2007
A museum dedicated to Gosho Aoyama, the creator of Meitantei Conan (Case Closed), will open March 18 in Hokuei, Tottori Prefecture, the municipality that currently governs the manga artist’s defunct hometown of Daiei. The museum, called the Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory, will feature exhibits on Aoyama’s life and his manga, particularly Conan and Yaiba, as […]