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Miyazaki, Fanning Invited to Become Oscar Voters

by Ed Liuon July 6, 2006
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has just extended invitations to several potential new members, including occasional voice actress Dakota Fanning and Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki. Several of the 120 invitees for 2006 seem to have been selected to address criticisms that the Academy is either an “old man’s club” or lacks […]

58th Emmy Nominations; Foster’s, Simpsons, South Park, Cluster Prime

by Ed Liuon July 6, 2006
The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Award nominations have been announced by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Animation-related categories and nominees are: Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less than One Hour) – Camp Lazlo: “Hello Dolly/Over Cooked Beans” (Cartoon Network) – Family Guy: “PTV” (Fox) – Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends: “Go Goo Go” […]

Another Record-Breaking Anime Expo Draws 41,000 Attendees

by on July 5, 2006
The 15th anniversary Anime Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center in California broke 41,000 attendees last weekend, setting a new record for the largest anime convention in North America, convention officials announced yesterday. In addition, the charity auction on the convention’s last day raised over $12,650, which will go to the Children’s Hospital Orange County. […]

"Metalocalypse": Head Banging is More Entertaining

by on July 5, 2006
Metalocalypse follows in the footsteps of recent Adult Swim originals: a goofy idea that sounds humorous, but the final execution contains very little of what you had hoped would make it a hit. Following the exploits of death-metal band Dethklok in a “Spinal Tap” and “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster” documentary style, the first episode […]

Bandai Licensing "Hiwou’s War," "Zeta" Films and More — CORRECTED

by on July 5, 2006
At their panel at Anime Expo today, Bandai Entertainment announced the acquisition of Hiwou’s War (Hiwou Senki), a 26-episode series that was Studio Bones’ first. Individual volumes will retail for $38.99. Vol. 1 is set for Sept. 12, Vol. 2 is due on Nov. 14, and Vol. 3 on Jan. 2, 2007. They also announced […]

"Animated Shorts" Posts Part 2 of Lou Scheimer Interview

by Ed Liuon July 5, 2006
Steve Fritz’s latest “Animated Shorts” column for Newsarama posts part 2 of his interview with Lou Scheimer, talking about the heyday of the Filmation Studio as they landed several DC Comics licenses along with The Archies and Star Trek animated projects and Bill Cosby’s Fat Albert cartoon. Other content in the column includes reviews of […]

Final season of "Danger Mouse" coming to DVD

by Dan Collinson July 4, 2006
Tvshowsondvd.com reports that A&E Home video will release Danger Mouse: The Final Seasons on September 26. The box set will contain 21 episodes from seasons 7-10 on three DVDs, as well as the Count Duckula episode “Town Hall Terrors.”

"Desert Punk Vol. 2": It’s A Hard Knock Life For Punks

by on July 4, 2006
When we last left our less than noble hero, Kanta Mizuno (aka The Desert Punk) he’d seemingly ended up with a new companion, but apparently that’s not exactly where we pick up. On the first episode of Desert Punk’s second disc we find Kanta taking on a job to defend a small town from a […]

"He-Man Season 2 Volume 1": Trying to Keep the Skeletal Man Down

by on July 4, 2006
Filmation’s He-Man occupies a confounding place in the pantheon of American television animation. Its tremendous success gave birth to a wondrous new era of syndicated cartoon programming while simultaneously ushering in an undertone of crass commercialism. However one may regard He-Man‘s standing today, the premiere season was clearly an unstoppable phenomenon. Season 2 Volume 1 […]

Tsutomu Nihei Coming to Phoenix Anime Convention

by Zeddon July 4, 2006
Tsutomu Nihei (Blame!, Wolverine: Snikt, Halo) will be coming to Phoenix, Arizona to meet his fans as a part of Phoenix Anime Fest. The convention will be held December 1-3, 2006. More information is available at www.phoenixanimefest.com. [Source: Phoenix Anime Fest]