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"Ice Age" Sequel Breaks Box Office Doldrums

by Ed Liuon April 3, 2006
Ice Age: The Meltdown took the top spot at the box office this past weekend, with an estimated $70.5 million in ticket sales. That total makes Ice Age: The Meltdown the top March opening for a film ever (a record held previously by the $46.3 million opening weekend for the original Ice Age).

"Simpsons" Movie Trailer Debuts

by Ed Liuon April 3, 2006
Ice Age: The Meltdown moviegoers were treated to a surprise screening of a trailer for The Simpsons movie, currently scheduled for release in July 2007. The trailer also aired during Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons. Some small details about the movie appeared when writer/producer Al Jean and creator Matt Groening were interviewed by USA Today, […]

"Karas" Preview: Outstandingly Animated Though A Bit Condensed

by on April 3, 2006
Tatsunoko Productions has been around for a long time. 40 years in fact. In that time they’ve made a number of series that have been very influential not only in Japan, but in America as well. Classics such as Speed Racer, Gatchaman and Mospeada, have all turned up in the US under some banner or […]

"Over the Hedge" Comic Collections Get Re-Release

by Ed Liuon April 3, 2006
Editor and Publisher is reporting that the first three Over the Hedge books are to be re-issued to tie-in to the upcoming CGI-animated feature film. The film, based on the daily comic strip by Michael Fry and T. Lewis, will be released by DreamWorks on May 19, with voices provided by Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling, […]

NY Times Covers Tokyo International Anime Fair

by Ed Liuon April 3, 2006
The New York Times has coverage of the Tokyo International Anime Fair (registration required). The article focuses mostly on the experiences of anime writer Dai Sato (Cowboy Bebop and Eureka seveN) at the fair, although brief digressions cover cosplay, the hardcore American otaku who traveled to Tokyo for the fair, and some provocative comments by […]

Comicon.com’s PULSE Covers New Japanese Anime

by Ed Liuon April 3, 2006
Jen Bomford has published a column at Comicon.com’s PULSE News covering new anime TV shows debuting this season in Japan. The shows she highlights are Gintama (debuting April 4), a new Shonen Jump series set in a quasi-Meiji Era Japan populated by aliens and strange beings; Nana (debuting April 5), based on a popular manga […]

"Ren & Stimpy: The Lost Episodes" Coming to DVD

by Dan Collinson April 2, 2006
Tvshowsondvd.com has reported that Ren & Stimpy: The Lost Episodes is coming to DVD on July 18. The 2-disc set contains the “Adult Party” cartoon seen on Spike TV. Extras include intros by Grammy winner Weird Al Yankovic and creator John Kricfalusi; interviews with artists, including Cow & Chicken creator David Feiss; clips from unfinished […]

Ice Age: The Meltdown (or, How Scrat Got His Acorn Back)

by SB20xxon April 2, 2006
The original Ice Age was directed by both Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha. For the sequel, Saldanha is the solo director. There was some concern about that, whether he could fill Wedge’s shoes, but also with the female mammoth that accompanies Manny, Diego, and Sid. Would she be a unique character, or just a carbon […]

"G-Savior" It’s Gundam, But It’s Not

by on April 2, 2006
Back in 1999, Gundam was in an interesting position. Turn A, then the last Gundam made, had just wrapped up and Gundam Wing had just started being prepped to air on Cartoon Network’s Toonami. To help give Gundam an extra push, and to celebrate the series’ 20th Anniversary, somebody had the bright idea to make […]

"G-Saviour" We’ve Got Movie Sign!!

by Grant Whiteon April 2, 2006
Say what you will about Japan, but they sure know how to throw a party. 1999 was the 20th anniversary of Sunrise/Bandai’s popular Mobile Suit Gundam franchise and much fanfare was made, the centerpiece being Yoshiyuki Tomino’s return to the director helm with his anniversary series Turn A Gundam. But in the shadows, away from […]