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"Excel Saga" Soundtrack 1: Get Wacky!

by Dr. Daedaluson September 22, 2005
The comedy anime series Excel Saga is one of my all-time favorites. It has an uncontrolled comic energy that I hadn’t previously seen in anime and has more in common with an American cartoon like Animaniacs, Looney Tunes, or The Simpsons than, say, something like Evangelion, Sailor Moon, or heck, even other anime comedies. It […]

"La Portrait de Petit Cossette": Gothic Lolita Romantic Horror Doesn't Bore

by Karl Olsonon September 22, 2005
You know, what with Gothic Lolita tea parties at various anime cons, Gwen Stefani openly chilling with Harajuku-district Gothic Lolitas in her music videos and manga like Godchild, Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase, and Doll all getting picked up for distribution in the States, it seems like it’s a safe bet that what started as a little […]

Verizon/Disney Sign Long-Term Programming Agreement

by Zeddon September 22, 2005
Verizon and The Walt Disney Company on Wednesday announced a long-term, wide-ranging programming agreement for multiple Disney and ESPN networks and services. Under the agreement, Verizon will carry 12 television services on Verizon FiOS TV’s expanded basic, including ABC Family, ABC News Now, Disney Channel, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, ESPN HD, ESPN2 HD, […]

Disney Online Names Brad Davis Vice President of Advertising Sales

by Zeddon September 22, 2005
Disney Online has appointed Brad Davis to serve as vice president of its online advertising sales unit. In his new position, Davis will provide strategic direction for the sales team and lead all media sales efforts for Disney Online, which includes Disney.com, FamilyFun.com, and Movies.com. [Source: Business Wire]

"X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse" Comes to Retailers

by Zeddon September 22, 2005
X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse, the sequel to X-Men Legends, is now available for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Nintendo GameCube. The game retails for $49.99 SRP. Additionally, the PC/CD-ROM version is available for $39.99 SRP. Later this fall, the PSP (PlayStation Portable) system version will be available for $49.99 SRP. [Source: PR Newswire]

Karen Driscoll and Lauren Elchoness Promoted at Nickelodeon

by Zeddon September 22, 2005
Nickelodeon has named marketing executive Karen Driscoll as Senior Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Planning; and Lauren Elchoness to Vice President, On-Air and Off-Channel Promotions Marketing. As Senior Vice President, Driscoll will direct the brand management of Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. brands and properties such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, its recent spin-off Go […]

Adult Swim Block premieres on CN Latin America on October 7th

by Javeon September 21, 2005
Latin America is going to get its own version of the popular Adult Swim block beginning October 7th. Among the confirmed shows that will air in the block are Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, The Brak Show, Sealab 2021 and Home Movies. Source: [Cartoon Network/Terra.com.mx]

DreamWorks Animation Announces Future Film Projects

by Ed Liuon September 21, 2005
DreamWorks Animation Studios has announced several of their forthcoming movie releases through 2009, including Kung Fu Panda with Jack Black in the title role and a sequel to this year’s Madagascar. Other projects listed include Over the Hedge and Flushed Away for 2006 and How to Train Your Dragon, Rex Havoc, It Came From Earth! […]

"Futurama" Writer Elected to Head of Writers Guild of America, West

by Ed Liuon September 21, 2005
Patric M. Verrone was elected to head the Writers Guild of America, West, winning a 69% majority of 2,012 ballots cast. Verrone’s credits include writing for Futurama, Muppets Tonight, and Rugrats. In his campaign, Verrone stated a need to better organize animation, cable, and reality TV writers.

Owen Dunne Webcomic Optioned by Fox for TV Series

by Ed Liuon September 21, 2005
Owen Dunne’s You Damn Kid! webcomic has been optioned by Fox TV to become an animated television show. Based on the content of the comic, the show is expected to follow in the tradition of irreverent animated family cartoons on Fox from The Simpsons to Family Guy. (via Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat weblog)