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"Valiant": Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! No, wait, it's a bird.

by Chris Woodon December 13, 2005
What with the overwhelming box office domination of U.S. giants such as Pixar and Dreamworks, it’s easy to forget that animation is a global industry. Even increasingly popular Japanese anime is virtually invisible in theaters. Recently, though, British studio Aardman Animation has begun to make itself heard Stateside, scoring moderate hits with the claymation Chicken […]

Cable Networks to Offer "Family-Friendly" Cable Channel Packages

by Ed Liuon December 13, 2005
Responding to increasing pressure from lawmakers and special interest groups, Time Warner, Comcast, and four other major cable operators are planning to offer subscribers family-friendly channel packages, which will presumably include channels such as the Disney Channel, Toon Disney, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, and Nickelodeon (free registration required). The move has not fully placated many of […]

New Studio Ghibli Film Announced

by Ed Liuon December 13, 2005
Nausicaa.net is reporting that Studio Ghibli’s next film will be entitled Gedo Senki (Gedo War History) and will be directed by Goro Miyazaki, son of Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki. The film will be an adaptation of A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin. It is scheduled to be released in Japan in July 2006.

Kon and Hosoda to Direct New Madhouse Films

by Benon December 13, 2005
Madhouse has officially announced two new projects based on the works of Japanese novelist Tsutsui Yasutaka to be directed by Satoshi Kon (Millennium Actress, Paranoia Agent) and Mamoru Hosoda (Digimon: The Movie). The project to be directed by Kon is entitled Paprika and is set for a 2007 release. The book’s protagonist is a genius […]

Paul Dini Talks "Jingle Belle"

by Ed Liuon December 12, 2005
Writer Paul Dini has been interviewed by Comicon.com’s PULSE News about his new Jingle Belle comics being published by Dark Horse. The interview delves into Jing’s move from Oni Press to Dark Horse, Dini’s inspirations for the character, and the upcoming Jingle Belle “Fight Before Christmas” one-shot issue. The article includes several preview pages from […]

'Ultimate Avengers' Receives PG-13 Rating

by Bird Boyon December 12, 2005
The upcoming Marvel DTV title “Ultimate Avengers” has been given a PG-13 for “action violence” rating by the MPAA. (Source: MPAA.)

"Charlie Brown Christmas" Continues TV Ratings Reign; "USA Today" Looks at Show

by Ed Liuon December 12, 2005
The 40th anniversary rebroadcast of A Charlie Brown Christmas on December 6 won the ratings race for its timeslot, garnering 15.4 million viewers and a 5.5 rating among adults aged 18-49, according to Nielsen Media Research. Its performance crushed its nearest competitor, CBS‘s NCIS, which had 1.1 million fewer viewers and a 3.4 rating for […]

How Homer Simpson Became Omar Shamshoon

by Ed Liuon December 12, 2005
An article in the Los Angeles Times examines the Arabic version of Fox’s The Simpsons, broadcast in the Middle East via Arabic satellite network MBC. Issues of translating humor and excising portions of the show that would be objectionable to a Middle Eastern Muslim audience are addressed, as are the varied reactions to the show […]

Cartoon Network Celebrates New Year's Eve with "Naruto" Marathon

by Zeddon December 12, 2005
On Saturday, December 31, beginning at 2:30pm (ET/PT), Cartoon Network will air seventeen consecutive episodes of the Toonami anime series Naruto. The eight-and-a-half-hour marathon will conclude with the premiere of an all-new episode at 10:30pm (ET/PT). [Source: Cartoon Network]

DreamWorks Acquired by Paramount; New Animation Distribution Deal Inked

by Ed Liuon December 12, 2005
Viacom’s Paramount Pictures has just acquired DreamWorks SKG for .6 billion in cash and debt. As a result of the deal, DreamWorks Animation Studios has signed a new distribution deal with Paramount similar to the one with DreamWorks SKG, where an 8% distribution fee earns Paramount marketing and distribution of DreamWorks Animation’s movies. Paramount will […]