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"The Gremlins" Unite Dahl, Disney, and Dark Horse

by Ed Liuon April 11, 2006
The most recent Dark Horse Comics solicitation information lists a hardcover edition of The Gremlins, scheduled for release on September 13. The book was written by Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and was to be produced as an animated film by Walt Disney before the project faltered and was shelved. The book has […]

"Fosters Home For Imaginary Friends" Comes to Burger King

by Zeddon April 11, 2006
This April, the make-believe buddies from Cartoon Network’s original series Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends are coming to Burger King® restaurants nationwide. From late-April through mid-May, customers can collect a total of nine toys in Burger King Kids Meals. As part of the promotion, Cartoon Network is encouraging kids to dream up their own imaginary […]

Disney Channel April 2006 Animated Movies

by Zeddon April 11, 2006
The following is a list of the animated movies scheduled to air throughout the remainder of the month of April on Disney Channel: Disney’s Kim Possible Movie: So The Drama (2005) Saturday, April 29 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) A Goofy Movie (1995) Tuesday, April 25 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) Disney’s Kim Possible Movie: A Sitch In Time […]

Cartoon Network Names Ramsey A. Naito Vice President of Long-Form Development

by Zeddon April 11, 2006
Ramsey A. Naito has been named vice president of long-form development for Cartoon Network. In this newly created position, Naito will be responsible for finding, developing and producing long-form properties for the network. Based in Burbank, California, Naito will report directly to Michael Ouweleen, senior vice president, development and creative direction for Cartoon Network U.S. […]

Animation Writers Caught Between Two Unions

by Ed Liuon April 10, 2006
The Los Angeles Times covers a dispute between Thomas Short of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Patric M. Verrone of the Writer’s Guild of America, West (free registration required). At stake are the hearts and minds of a growing number of animation writers, whose numbers are growing as “the genre is booming […]

Great Walls Facing Disney’s Entry into Chinese Market

by Ed Liuon April 10, 2006
An article in the Los Angeles Times notes the many obstacles that The Walt Disney Company faces in expanding its media presence into the relatively untapped market of mainland China (free registration required). The tight controls placed on the media by the government of China may present one of the biggest obstacles to Disney’s expansion […]

"Ice Age" Leads Box Office Again

by Ed Liuon April 10, 2006
Ice Age: The Meltdown led the pack in weekend movie ticket sales, with a gross take of $33.8 million to make it the first movie of 2006 to break $100 million in domestic ticket sales, according to an article off the wire at ABCNEWS.com. A related article in the Los Angeles Times (free registration required) […]

NY Times on Return of "Astro Boy" to DVD

by Ed Liuon April 10, 2006
The New York Times talks about the new Astro Boy Collector’s Edition DVD boxed set (registration required), which collects 52 episodes of the seminal anime series by Osamu Tezuka. The article chronicles the historical background behind the series and its impact on the anime industry since its debut in comics in 1952 and on TV […]

CLAMP Makes First U.S. Appearance at Anime Expo 2006

by Ed Liuon April 10, 2006
CLAMP, the Japanese artist’s studio of Satsuki Igarashi, Ageha Ohkawa, Tsubaki Nekoi and Mokona, will be making their first U.S. appearance at this year’s Anime Expo 2006, to be held in Anaheim, CA, from July 1-4, 2006. CLAMP debuted as manga artists in 1989, and have been behind some of the most popular manga and […]

"Dragonball Z" Huzzah! The Main Feature Finally Starts!

by on April 10, 2006
It’s been a long struggle through crappy Toei writers killing any and all potential good filler stories, but finally, we’re at the main fight: Earth’s Special Forces (a.k.a. the Z-Fighters) vs. the Saiyans Vegeta and Nappa. Oh how I’ve waited for this. Vegeta and Nappa have arrived on Earth, and soon after exiting their space […]