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"Baki the Grappler" Return of the Gore

by on March 3, 2006
Over the various volumes, I’ve actually grown to enjoy Baki the Grappler. However, it has now moved to a tournament-style plotline, which has plagued many, many shonen anime over the years. Baki has been training for two years to become stronger than his father and has entered the Underground Fighting Circuit. One year after his […]

John K. Seeks Girls for Feedback on "The Heartaches"

by Ed Liuon March 3, 2006
Following his request for feedback on He-Hog the Atomic Pig, famed animator John Kricfalusi is soliciting feedback from girls for The Heartaches, starring three girls and a poodle. The blog entry contains numerous character sketches, a plot summary of the pilot episode, and movie clips of the Heartaches in action. Kricfalusi explicitly states, “Now all […]

NY Artexpo Animation Pavilion at Javits This Weekend

by Ed Liuon March 3, 2006
An item in the New York Times Arts section notes the gathering of animation industry luminaries at this weekend’s Artexpo (registration required). Artexpo’s Animation Pavilion will host artists Bill Melendez (Peanuts) and Dick Duerrstein (Looney Tunes). Other events include the unveiling of a Dr. Seuss statue, an auction by the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity […]

FUNimation Announces Details on Anime Theatrical Releases

by Ed Liuon March 3, 2006
FUNimation Entertainment has announced details and release dates for their theatrical release program (mentioned in our New York Comic-Con report). FUNimation Films will be teaming with the Bigger Picture to bring Japanese anime to movie houses, beginning on March 17 with screenings of Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler followed by the premiere of […]

Toon Disney March 2006 Movies and Specials

by Zeddon March 3, 2006
This month, Toon Disney is featuring March Movie Madness. Viewers will be allowed to vote for their favorite movies in five (5) categories (one per week) with the winners airing each weeknight in March at 5:00 p.m., ET/PT. The following are the voting categories: March 1 – 3: Best Creature Feature winners. March 6 – […]

Disney Channel Achieves Best February Ratings Ever Among Kids 6-11 and Tweens 9-14

by Zeddon March 3, 2006
Disney Channel posted its highest February ratings ever, in both total programming day and primetime, among its targeted demographics of Kids 6-11 and Tweens 9-14, according to Nielsen Media Research. Disney Channel’s learning-focused Playhouse Disney block saw its series Little Einsteins reach its highest ratings ever with Kids 2-5 last Saturday. Playhouse Disney weekday ratings […]

"My Gym Partner’s a Monkey" Delivers Ratings Gains for Cartoon Network

by Zeddon March 3, 2006
Cartoon Network launched My Gym Partner’s a Monkey — the network’s newest half-hour original animated series — on Friday, February 24, with a two-episode premiere at 9:00pm and 9:30pm (ET). The premiere achieved solid double-digit delivery and ratings gains with kids 6-11 and kids 2-11, according to preliminary data from Nielsen Media Research. The 9:30pm […]

Adult Swim February Ratings Highlights

by Zeddon March 3, 2006
Charting two additional young adult delivery records for basic cable, Adult Swim now adds the largest February total day delivery ever of men 18-34 and men 18-24 among all ad-supported basic cable, according to preliminary data from Nielsen Media Research. Aided by seven telecasts of Family Guy that landed in the top 50 for the […]

FUNimation Acquires Certain Rights to "Afro Samurai"

by Zeddon March 3, 2006
FUNimation Entertainment has acquired home video, master toy and merchandising rights to Afro Samurai, an animated miniseries scheduled to premiere on Spike TV later this year. Academy Award-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson is set to voice and co-produce the miniseries. Following its North American debut, Afro Samurai is scheduled for broadcast in Japan. More information […]

NY International Children’s Film Festival to Go Monthly

by Ed Liuon March 2, 2006
The closing paragraph of Steve Fritz’s “Animated Shorts” column at Newsarama.com is reporting that the New York International Children’s Film Festival will screen new movies monthly, rather than on their prior annual schedule, starting on March 11. The inaugural movies will be Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbor Totoro, followed by Nausicaa of the Valley of the […]