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Nick Renews "Backyardigans" and "Kappa Mikey"

by Ed Liuon April 6, 2006
The latest “Animated Shorts” column by Steve Fritz reports that Nickelodeon has renewed The Backyardigans and Kappa Mikey, with orders for 20 and 26 additional episodes, respectively. Other news in the column includes coverage of the Adult Swim upfront (which mentions Dexter’s Laboratory/Samurai Jack creator Genndy Tartakovsky’s involvement in Korgoth of Barbaria), a screening of […]

Where "The Wild" Things Aren’t

by Ed Liuon April 6, 2006
Jim Hill Media is reporting a rumor that Toys ‘R Us has declined a chance to produce an exclusive plush toy from Disney’s upcoming film The Wild after watching a rough-cut of the movie. According to the website, this rejection is even more surprising considering a rather prominent “cameo” in the film by the Toys […]

CPM Anime Content Available from IFILM

by Ed Liuon April 6, 2006
Central Park Media has announced that IFILM.com will begin carrying their anime content. In addition to several previews and trailers, IFILM is hosting the first seven minutes of Kakurenbo and the U.S. trailer to Negadon: The Monster from Mars, with more content coming soon.

2006 Eisner Award Nominations Announced

by Ed Liuon April 6, 2006
The 2006 Eisner Award nominees have been announced by the organizers of Comic-Con International, San Diego. Nominees of interest to animation fans include the following: Best Single Issue (or One-Shot): The Bakers by Kyle Baker and Solo #5 by Darwyn Cooke Best Continuing Series: Rocketo by Frank Espinosa Best Limited Series: Nat Turner by Kyle […]

Pixar’s Catmull to Receive 400K Shares in Disney Deal

by Ed Liuon April 6, 2006
An article in the Los Angeles Times states that Pixar Studios President Dr. Ed Catmull will receive 400,000 shares of Pixar stock as a result of the merger deal with the Walt Disney Company (free registration required). The shares will be worth $25.64 million at Tuesday’s closing price of $64.10/share, and come in addition to […]

Extras Found on "Krypto" DVD

by Dan Collinson April 6, 2006
Tvshowsondvd.com has reported on the five episodes and bonus features on the upcoming DVD Krypto the Superdog: Cosmic Canine. Krypto’s Scripto Parts 1 & 2 Superflea A Bug’s Strife Meet the Dog Stars Special Features: Krypto’s Hideaway-Cool Guided Tour of Krypto’s Spaceship, His Second Home Unaired Promo Introduction to the Series. The DVD will be […]

"South Park" Wins Peabody Award

by Ed Liuon April 5, 2006
Comedy Central’s South Park has won one of the 65th annual George Foster Peabody Awards for excellence in radio and TV broadcasting. The committee described South Park as “Comedy Central’s notoriously rude, undeniably fearless lampoon of all that is self-important and hypocritical in American life, regardless of race, creed, color or celebrity status.” A full […]

Siegel Heirs Win Ruling Calling "Smallville" Ownership into Question (UPDATED)

by Ed Liuon April 5, 2006
A Los Angeles judge has ruled that the WB network’s TV show Smallville may infringe on the copyrights on Superboy held by Joanne Siegel and Laura Siegel Larson, the wife and daughter of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel. Siegel’s heirs successfully recaptured the copyright to Superboy in November 2004, and this ruling now brings the ownership […]

Larry Hama Returns to "G.I. Joe"

by Ed Liuon April 5, 2006
Devil’s Due Publishing has announced that writer Larry Hama will be returning to G.I. Joe this June in a three-issue run on G.I. Joe: Declassified. The mini-series promises to show the origins of the counter-terrorist team, and will be drawn by Pat Quinn.

Ghibli Museum Super Special at GhibliWorld.com

by Ed Liuon April 5, 2006
The new website GhibliWorld.com has just posted a special feature about the Ghibli Museum in Japan. The feature takes readers on a virtual tour of the museum and includes numerous photographs. (via Nausicaa.net)