VIZ Media has announced the further expansion of its Shonen Jump brand with the launch of the Shonen Jump Home Video Line. This new line will offer several highly anticipated anime titles on home video and DVD based on popular series that originally appeared in the Shonen Jump monthly manga anthology. The first two titles […]
Here’s a paradox for you: the more famous and popular a classic TV cartoon is, the less likely you are to see it quickly released on DVD. Look at Warner Bros., which has hustled The Perils of Penelope Pitstop out long before, say, Pinky and the Brain. Conversely, marginal shows, especially those produced by small […]
An article at Jim Hill Media covers a recent signing event for E-ville Press, a self-publishing comic book company composed of Pixar animators. The company has published 5 comics so far, titled Afterworks, Colossus, Rose and Isabel, Little India, and Dumping Grounds.
Animator Ralph Bakshi has been interviewed by Newsarama.com about the DVD re-issue of Fire and Ice, his 1983 animated swords and sorcery film that teamed him with painter Frank Frazetta and writers Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway. Toon Zone reviewed the DVD in August.
A press release notes that the new English dub of Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro will premiere on October 23, 2005, as the closing film of the 2005 Hollywood Film Festival. The screening is by invitation only.
The New York Times covers yesterday’s announcement of Apple’s iPod Video and the corresponding video section of the iTunes Music Store (registration required). Of note to animation fans is the availability of six Pixar short films, including “Red’s Dream,” “Geri’s Game,” and “Boundin'”. Some live-action Disney Channel programming is also available in the store, but […]
Shinichi Watanabe has made quite a name for himself when it comes to comedic anime. His direction of the self-proclaimed “Quack Experimental Anime,” Excel Saga, and its bitingly satirical yet perverse magical girl spin off, Puni Puni Poemy, has gained applause internationally and in Japan. However, before adapting Excel Saga, Watanabe did another manga adaptation. […]
The official website for the October 18th release of Batman The Motion Picture Anthology is now online. Users can browse through a variety of video clips of special features, images and full specifications for the individual releases.
According to Home Media Retailing magazine, Discotek Media is entering the North American anime distribution marketplace with Animal Treasure Island from Toei. The 1971 film features animation and consulting by Hayao Miyazaki. Other titles coming soon from Discotek include Puss n’ Boots (1969), Taro the Dragon Boy (1979), and several Lupin III films.
Home Media Retailing magazine is reporting that Disney’s Cinderella Platinum Series DVD has sold 3.2 million units in its first week of sales. Industry insiders predict that Cinderella will be one of the top 10 top-selling DVDs of the year. (via Internet Movie Database Daily Briefing)