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"Braceface" Stripped on Disney Channel; New Episodes to Air

Starting this Monday, The Disney Channel will begin stripping Braceface Mondays through Thursdays, airing it at 5:00pm (ET/PT). The channel will also begin broadcasting previously unaired episodes of the series on Mondays. [Source: FUNimation]

Japan To Open Graduate School in Animation

Japan’s Wao Corp. will establish the country’s first graduate school for animation studies, Big News Network reports. A two-year degree at the school will cost about $10,000 per year and will include courses covering the business side of animation.

ISS Backs Disney Directors in Annual Vote

Institutional Shareholder Services, which last year joined dissident director Roy Disney in opposing the re-election of Michael Eisner to the board of directors of Walt Disney Co., is recommending a favorable vote for all twelve Disney directors, including Eisner, the Los Angeles Times (link requires registration) reports.

Mainframe Series Headed Down Under

Imagine Entertainment will distribute four IDT/Mainframe titles to home video in Australia and New Zealand, according to World Screen News. The titles include Inspector Gadget’s Biggest Caper Ever: The Case of the Giant Flying Lizard, Popeye’s Voyage: The Quest for Pappy and two feature-length ReBoot movies.

Latin America Networks Pick Up New Series

Cartoon Network Latin America has picked up regional rights to three animated series from Cookie Jar Entertainment, World Screen News reports. The deal renews Cartoon Network’s rights to The Little Lulu Show and adds Arthur and Mona the Vampire to the package. Separately, World Screen News also says that Hola Entertainment will represent Atomic Betty […]

"Spriggan: Special Edition" Heads to DVD

ADV Films will release Spriggan: Special Edition to DVD on February 15, Animated Bliss reports.

Manga Market Grows in 2004; Anime Market Flat

A report on ICv2.com states that the manga market grew by 40-50% in 2004 due to increasing bookstore sales, while the anime market was flat for the same time period. The on-line article also names the top 10 manga and anime properties last year. Their results are printed and analyzed in their annual in-depth report […]

Six-page Preview of "Runaways" v2 #1

Newsarama.com has a six-page preview of Runaways v2 #1, the relaunch of Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona’s critically acclaimed series from Marvel Comics. The comic focuses on five children of supervillains trying to maintain order in Los Angeles. Runaways #1 will hit comic book stands on February 16, 2005.

"Totoro" R1 DVD Delays Due to Transfer Issues

Nausicaa.net is reporting that the delay in releasing a region 1 DVD of Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro was due to technical problems in the DVD transfer. Originally scheduled for release in February with Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and Porco Rosso, Totoro was replaced at the last minute with The Cat Returns. […]

Updated: Secretary of Education Criticizes PBS Cartoon

Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings has criticized an unaired episode of the PBS animated series Postcards from Buster for depicting lesbian characters, according to an article in the New York Times (free registration required). PBS has stated that the episode will not be distributed to affiliate stations, but that this decision was not due to […]

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