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SpongeBob Welcomed to United Church of Christ

The United Church of Christ recently published an article and a photo diary accepting SpongeBob SquarePants into their fold, stating that “Jesus’ message of extravagant welcome extends to all.” Two television networks recently rejected a 30-second ad for the UCC which delivered a similar message, claiming the ad was “too controversial.”

Kiki's Live Action Delivery Service?

Nausicaa.net is reporting that Disney is beginning production on a live-action version of Hayao Miyazaki’s Kiki’s Delivery Service. According to an article in Variety, Jeff Stockwell, writer for the partially animated The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, has been hired to write the screenplay.

Proxy Advisory Firm Says "No" to Disney Board Chairman

The proxy advisory firm Glass Lewis has advised its clients to withhold votes for Disney’s current chairman of the board of directors, former Senator George J. Mitchell (free registration required). (via Internet Movie Database Daily Briefing)

"Superman" Gets Release Date

Superhero Hype! reports that Warner Bros. has set a June 30, 2006 release date for Bryan Singer’s Superman.

ADV Announces "Blue Seed," "E's Otherwise" DVDs

ADV Films will release E’s Otherwise, Operation: Gald City (Vol. 1) and Blue Seed to DVD on February 15, the company says. E’s Otherwise, Operation: Gald City will contain five complete episodes in English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with English subtitles. Extras include clean opening and closing animations, Japanese promo spots, production sketches and previews. […]

"Rave Master" Vol. 3 Coming February

TokyoPop will release Rave Master (Volume 3): The Sound of Thunder to DVD on February 8, the company says. The $14.99 disc will include four episodes (9-12). [Source: TokyoPop]

Time Warner Profits, Revenues Up in 2004

Time Warner had operating income of $1.6 billion in the fourth quarter of 2004, a 7% gain over the same period in 2003, the company announced today. Revenues rose slightly to $11.1 billion. For the full year, Time Warner’s operating income rose 17% to $6.2 billion and revenues rose 6% to $42.1 billion. Every division […]

"Roger Ramjet" Races to DVD

Classic Media will release Roger Ramjet: Hero of Our Nation Deluxe Collector’s Edition to DVD on February 8, AWN reports. The box set will collect 120 “Roger Ramjet” cartoons and include a limited edition model airplane. It will retail for $39.98

"Pocahontas" DVD Art Posted

Ultimate Disney has cover and disc art for the Pocahontas Tenth Anniversary Edition DVD. (via Animated-News)

Fox Times "Bart Wars" for "Star Wars"

Fox will release Simpsons: Bart Wars, collecting four Simpsons episodes that feature Star Wars references, to DVD on May 17, Animated Bliss reports. The disc will retail for $14.98.

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