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DIC Entertainment Re-acquires Rights from Disney

by Grant Whiteon March 25, 2006
DIC Entertainment has re-acquired rights to 20 television series from Disney and Jetix Europe, C21Media reports. The deal includes such properties as Inspector Gadget and Heathcliff.

"Mezzo" Vol. 2: Maybe I Could Get A Robot Girlfriend

by on March 25, 2006
Need a job done? If it requires ballistics and a babe, the Danger Service Agency is at your employ. Covergirl Mikura, along with hardware Harada and kitchen Kurokawa, will do any job for the right money. Add in the incredibly shy and young Asami, and you’ve also got the most disfunctional family this side of […]

"Powerpuff Girls Z" Coming to TV Tokyo in July — CORRECTED & UPDATED

by on March 25, 2006
Toei Animation’s anime reimagining of Cartoon Network’s Powerpuff Girls, entitled Powerpuff Girls Z, is scheduled to debut in Japan in July, an Aniplex representative at the Tokyo Anime Fair said. The network is not yet confirmed, but will probably be TV Tokyo. The initial order is for about 50 to 52 episodes at 30 minutes […]

Bob Papenbrook Passes Away at 50

by Ed Liuon March 24, 2006
Voice actor Bob Papenbrook apparently passed away on March 17, 2006, due to complications from a chronic lung condition. Papenbrook (sometimes credited as “John Smallberries”) was a frequent performer in voice acting roles, including Power Rangers Zeo, Tenchi Muyo, and Gungrave. (via TZ poster Mercy Drive)

Live "Simpsons" Intro Debuts on March 26 Episode

by Ed Liuon March 24, 2006
The viral marketing live-action intro sequence to The Simpsons will be used to kick off the show on Fox this Sunday, March 26. The intro sequence was originally created by a British marketing firm and posted on YouTube.com, where it quickly propagated throughout the Internet. The episode, titled “Homer Simpson, This is Your Wife,” was […]

"Stratos 4" Reaches for the Stars But Plummets to the Earth

by SB20xxon March 24, 2006
Let it be known that Stratos 4 is my least favorite of the four Studio Fantasia properties I’ve watched. Stratos 4 is what I can only describe as “blah.” The plot: Mikaze is an underachieving rookie on a military base. This is no ordinary base, however; its daily mission is to send fighter pilots into […]

Chef Returns to South Park While C4 Apologizes for "Bloody Mary"

by Ed Liuon March 23, 2006
News outlets throughout the country are covering the return of Chef to South Park in last night’s 10th season premiere. All of the news coverage reveals multiple spoilers for events in the episode, including an obvious swipe at the Church of Scientology near the end. In a related story, New Zealand TV channel C4 has […]

Nickelodeon Developing Original Japanese Cartoon Series

by Ed Liuon March 23, 2006
C21Media is reporting that Nickelodeon is developing two original Japanese cartoon series. The first is Domo-Kun, named for Japanese broadcaster NHK’s mascot, which will be a co-production between Nickelodeon and NHK affiliate Domo Production Company. The second is Akihabara@Deep, based on the graphic novel series, which is being developed with 3D animation house Polygon Pictures. […]

"Witchblade" Goes GONZO in Japan

by Ed Liuon March 23, 2006
Japanese company GDH K.K. has announced that they will be bringing the American comic book Witchblade to Japanese television starting in April. GDH’s group company GONZO will be handling the animation for the show.

"Cars" Debuts in North Carolina on May 26

by Ed Liuon March 23, 2006
Disney/Pixar’s Cars is scheduled for a May 26 debut at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. The location is just outside Charlotte, which was recently named as the site for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Voice actors from the movie and NASCAR stars will attend, with proceeds from the debut going to the […]