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QB Sensation Carson Palmer Scores Acting Debut On Disney’s "The Replacements’

by Nobuyuki samaon January 26, 2007
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer gets a chance to show off his other talents when he makes his acting debut on Disney’s animated series “The Replacements,” Saturday, February 3, (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. Palmer guest stars as himself in the episode when Todd (voiced by Nancy Cartwright) and his best friend Jacobo (voiced […]

‘Rockfish’ The Big Fish at First Annual Channel Frederator Awards

by Nobuyuki samaon January 26, 2007
Frederator Studios’ weekly animation podcast ‘Channel Frederator’, in celebration of its first year of operation, has announced the winners of the First Annual Channel Frederator Awards, as determined by ‘Channel Frederator’ viewers. Of the eleven “Viewers’ Choice” categories, Blur Studios’ Rockfish took top honors as “Cartoon of the Year”, as well as “Best CG Film”. […]

Nelvana and Spin Master Partner Up For Toy Lines

by Nobuyuki samaon January 26, 2007
Corus Entertainment Inc. has announced its Nelvana Enterprises division has teamed up with Toronto-based Spin Master Ltd. to market toys and games from the currently running animated series DI-GATA Defenders, as well as the upcoming series Bakugan, with the lines set to make their debut at the Canadian Toy & Hobby Fair this Saturday, January […]

‘Spongebob Squarepants’ : Japanese Trendsetter

by Nobuyuki samaon January 26, 2007
The International Herald Tribune has published an article outlining Viacom’s strategy for the success of ‘Spongebob Squarepants’ in Japan, by marketing merchandise to young women instead of children as in the US, with hopes of up to $25 million in sales annually.

"The Owl" Gets World-Wide Deals

by Maxie Zeuson January 26, 2007
The Owl will hit TV screens in Sweden, South Africa, and Thailand under distribution deals signed by TV-Loonland, World Screen reports. The series premiered in France in December.

LA Proclaims "Joseph Barbera Day"

by Maxie Zeuson January 26, 2007
January 24, 2007, was proclaimed “Joseph Barbera Day” in Los Angeles County, <a href="http:https://news.awn.com/index.php?ltype=top&newsitem_no=18947” target=”_blank”>AWN reports. The honor was announced by County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich at a memorial service for the late animator at Warner Bros. Studios.

"Steel Jeeg" Remake Begins April 5

by Benon January 26, 2007
A sequel to the 1975 mecha anime Steel Jeeg, based on the manga co-created by king of anime kitsch Go Nagai, will start airing weekly on the premium Japanese channel WOWOW on April 5. Animeanime notes that when the first series was released, it was famous for using “traditional Japanese motifs” and for the show’s […]

"Toki wo Kakeru Shojo" Takes Home Japanese Media Awards

by Benon January 26, 2007
The grand prize at the Japanese 12th AMD Awards will go to last year’s anime feature Toki wo Kakeru Shojo. Hosoda Mamoru also won the Best Director award for the film. The AMD Awards honor the “digital contents of the year.” Film, music, Internet services and other digital media are all eligible. [Source: animeanime]

JTB Provides Travel to Tokyo Anime Fair

by Benon January 26, 2007
Anime News Service points out that JTB is offering a travel package from the U.S. to Tokyo for the Tokyo Anime Fair, Japan’s most important animation trade show, which takes place this year from March 22-25.

First New "Yamato" Models in 23 Years

by Benon January 26, 2007
Bandai Japan released the first models based on the seminal anime Space Battleship Yamato in 23 years in Japanese stores yesterday. The first is a 1/350 scale model of the Yamato itself (picture), 766 millimeters long, with light, sound and remote-controlled, moving turrets, among other features. It retails for 42,250 yen ($348). The other figure […]