Viz Dominates Bookscan GN Charts; "Naruto" a Top Seller

by Ed Liuon December 12, 2005
Viz Media has announced that their manga series dominates the Bookscan graphic novel chart, taking the top thirteen spots on the chart. Naruto manga volumes are six of the thirteen books listed, with Naruto Vol. 8 taking the top spot on the sales charts.

NY Times on the Long Shadow of Yogi Bear

by Ed Liuon December 12, 2005
An item in the New York Times notes the influence Hanna-Barbera’s Yogi Bear has had on animation (registration required). Noting that Yogi himself is a pastiche of then-current pop culture sources, the article further points out how Yogi and other Hanna-Barbera characters were innovators by instigating a practice of cultural homage that has continued to […]

Pixar’s Characters as 19th Century Toys

by Ed Liuon December 12, 2005
An article in The New York Times notes the use of a zoetrope-like device in the “Pixar: 20 Years of Animation” exhibit opening this week at the Museum of Modern Art (registration required). The device — inspired by a similar installation at the Studio Ghibli Museum in Tokyo — combines a strobe light and 3-D […]

"Witchblade" Anime Coming to Japan in April

by Ed Liuon December 12, 2005 is reporting that a new Witchblade anime series will be debuting in Japan in April 2006. The series will transplant the Witchblade story to Japan rather than re-using the Sara Pezzini character from the existing Witchblade comic books and TV series. Twenty-six episodes are planned; Kodansha will also release a tie-in manga series.

"Kronk’s New Groove": Yeah, It’s Direct to Video — So What?

by Chris Woodon December 12, 2005
The recent onslaught of Disney’s highly profitable direct to video (DTV) sequels to theatrical hits has opted for a vanilla approach, simplifying the music, comedy, animation and action of the originals in the apparent belief that the DTV audience is much younger than the box office crowd. The latest release is Kronk’s New Groove, a […]

‘The Batman’ Gets a New Partner in Fourth Season

by Bird Boyon December 11, 2005
Hot on the heels of the Season 4 announcement, Legions of Gotham has revealed that Robin will be joining the team of The Batman and Batgirl in the show’s fourth season. Further details are available here.

"Baby Looney Tunes" Comes to DVD

by Zeddon December 10, 2005
Baby Looney Tunes – Volume 1: Playday Pals will be available on DVD on March 7, 2005 for $14.97 SRP. On this same day, Baby Looney Tunes – Volume 2: Let’s Play Pretend will also be released on DVD. Both sets will contain four episodes of the series with English, French and Spanish audio, as […]

DreamWorks Animation Announces Additions, Promotion to Support Studio’s Growth

by Zeddon December 10, 2005
DreamWorks Animation today announced two new hires and a promotion, all designed to support the company’s strategy of producing two CG films a year plus direct-to-video movies. John Batter has rejoined DreamWorks Animation as a senior production executive; Jane Hartwell, a nine-year veteran with the company, has been promoted to Head of Global Production; and […]

Update on Damaged "He-Man" DVD Sets

by Zeddon December 10, 2005
TVShowsOnDVD has an update on the situation regarding the damaged He-Man and the Masters of the Universe DVD Sets. (hat tip: Dan Collins)

Updated "Ed, Edd ‘n Eddy – Volume 2" Cover Art

by Zeddon December 10, 2005
TVShowsOnDVD has updated cover art for the previously announced Ed, Edd ‘n Eddy – Volume 2: Fools’ Par-Ed-Ise DVD.