Class of 3000, Nick’s Skyland, and King of the Hill Renewal at Animated Shorts

by Ed Liuon October 25, 2006
This week’s Animated Shorts column at covers three major news events in the animated world: the upcoming debut of Class of 3000 on Cartoon Network and of Skyland on the Nicktoons network, the renewal of Fox’s King of the Hill for an 11th season, and the addition of Basilisk and Gunslinger Girl to the […]

The Existential Angst of "Hello Kitty: Stump Village" Vol. 1

by Ed Liuon October 25, 2006
It could have been a recipe for disaster. In 2005, Sanrio began work on a new cartoon for their top-licensed character, the charming but aloof Hello Kitty. Following the current trend of “re-imagining” classic series, the producers chose to abandon all the prior continuity of her earlier animated incarnations, opting instead for a 3-D stop-motion […]

"Hello Kitty" Is Taking Over the World…Starting With Disney

by Dukeon October 25, 2006
When people think of Disney, they think of old childhood stories re-imagined into major motion pictures that the whole family can enjoy (the quality of said films will be saved for another time). When people think of Hello Kitty, they think of a mass-merchandised Japanese icon that’s so popular it even has its own store […]

Toon Disney to Present "Bambi II" and "Kronk’s New Groove" Next Month

by Zeddon October 25, 2006
This November, Toon Disney will present the world television premiere of Bambi II, as well as the basic cable premiere of Kronk’s New Groove. Times and descriptions follow: Friday, November 3 (5:00pm – 7:00pm, ET/PT): “Bambi II,” the return of one of the silver screen’s most cherished characters Bambi, makes its world television premiere on […]

"The Replacements" Scores Impressive Ratings for Disney Channel

by Zeddon October 25, 2006
Disney Channel’s original animated series The Replacements finished as TV’s most watched series (broadcast & basic cable) the week of October 9-15 in Kids 6-11 (1.39 million/5.7 rating) with the episode “Halloween Spirits” that aired on Saturday, October 14. Since its premiere, The Replacements is the #1 animated series on Disney Channel with the key […]

Terrence Howard in "Iron Man"

by La Parkaon October 25, 2006
Coming Soon! reports that Terrence Howard (Hustle and Flow) has been cast as Tony Stark’s friend and confidant, James “Rhodey” Rhodes, in the comic book adaptation of Iron Man. In the comic, Rhodes eventually gets a suit of his own known to fans as The War Machine. Iron Man starts filming in Los Angeles in […]

Weta Digital Creating Silver Surfer FX

by La Parkaon October 25, 2006
Superhero Hype! reports that Weta Digital will be creating the special effects for the Silver Surfer in Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer. Character actor Doug Jones will provide the performance and movement references for the character.

VIZ Media Announces Shonen Jump Naruto Road Tour

by Ed Liuon October 25, 2006
VIZ Media has issued a press release announcing a special Shonen Jump Naruto road tour, meant to promote the Naruto anime and manga series, and the Shonen Jump magazine from which it originated. The tour will begin on November 4 in Atlanta, GA. Read the full press release here, which contains more tour dates and […]

Urban Alchemist Launches to Produce Otaku and Gamer Clothing

by Ed Liuon October 25, 2006
Two former employees of Central Park Media have joined forces to found Urban Alchemist, dedicated to creating original licensed clothing aimed at the serious anime and video game fanbase. Kevin Sopko and Peter Tatara debuted their line of yaoi-inspired clothing at the Syracuse Heroes Expo on October 22, 2006, and are taking orders now at […]

"Class of 3000" Mockumentary Celebrity Cameos to Include Maroon 5, Norah Jones

by Ed Liuon October 25, 2006
A press release from Cartoon Network trumpets the upcoming Class of 3000 “mockumentary” Sunny Bridges: Bankhead to Buckhead, which will document the career of fictional musician Sunny Bridges. The show, airing on October 27 at 7 PM (Eastern and Pacific Time), will feature an all-star lineup of celebrities and athletes including Maroon 5, Norah Jones, […]