"As Told by Ginger": Slow Times at Junior High

Animators have long concentrated their attention on boys … Sorry, that sounds like a Michael Jackson reference. Anyway, animation has usually focused on the young male audience, and it’s only in the last few decades that cartoons specifically targeting girls have become prevalent. Perhaps it was assumed girls bought fewer toys or were more literate. […]

"Fantastic Four"? More Like "Barely Adequate Four"

Twentieth Century Fox’s live-action Fantastic Four falls short of expectations, limping along with a cast of mixed talent doused in mediocre special effects, poor direction, and an anemic plot. What should have been a major comic book adventure comes across as just another bland action movie. Like the cartoons and comics that have come before, […]

DVD Collection Is Fun But Not "Fantastic"

The four-disc Fantastic Four: The Complete 1994-5 Animated Series DVD set is a mixed offering giving us both the best and worst of Marvel Animation. Thankfully, a fantastic (pun intended) second season makes up for a wretched, laughably horrid first season. But much like the first season of this cartoon, the DVD extras fall incredibly […]

"Kakurenbo" Gets Comic-Con Screening

Central Park Media will hold a free preview screening of the upcoming release Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek on Thursday, July 14, at Comic-Con in San Diego, the company says. More details will be available at the company’s booth (Booth 5478). Central Park Media also says that Tomoko Taniguchi, author and artist behind such books as […]

Lions Gate Picks Up Steve Niles Graphic Novels

Superohero Hype! reports that Lions Gate Films has picked up the feature rights to various graphic novels by Steve Niles. The films will serve as starring vehicles for actor Tom Jane. The first movies to be produced under the deal will include adaptations of Niles’ The Lurkers, In the Blood and The Dark Country. Jane […]

McDuffie Discusses The Complexities of "Justice League Unlimited"

With the current season finale of Justice League Unlimited in high gear, writer and story editor Dwayne McDuffie has his hands full. Besides the heavy planning already going into the next thirteen episodes, he’s making sure the current finale story-arc flows smoothly. McDuffie says that a lot of work has gone making sure this finale […]

"Ben 10" Comes to CN Next May

Cartoon Network will add Ben 10, a new thirty-minute science-fiction action-adventure series, to its schedule in May of 2006, the network says. The series focuses on Ben Tennyson, who can transform into ten different superpowered alien beings. The powers are granted by the Omnitrix, a watch-like device that straps itself to Ben’s wrist and gives […]

Roy Disney Makes Peace With Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney Co. has named Roy E. Disney a director emeritus and consultant to the company, The New York Times reports. Disney and his associate Stanley Gold have in return agreed to back the leadership of Robert Iger, who is slated to succeed Michael Eisner as Disney CEO in September. The pair have also promised […]

ADV Announces Five DVDs for August

ADV Films will release Gantz: Fatal Attractions; Gilgamesh: Cage Without a Key; Get Backers: Memories, Mementos & Monkeys; Saiyuki Double Barrel Collection; and Pretear: Complete Collection to DVD on August 9, the company said today. Gantz: Fatal Attractions will include episodes 14 through 17 of the series in both English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 with […]

SAG, Industry Sign Toon Agreement

Actors and producers have reached a new three-year contract covering television animation, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The tentative pact calls for a 3% increase in minimum pay and a 1% increase to the union’s health and pension plans.

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