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Fox to Distribute Certain DiC shows to DVD

by Dan Collinson November 9, 2006
Tvshowsondvd.com and Variety.com report that 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has signed a five-year deal with DiC Productions. They will distribute the line of toons from Inspector Gadget, Madeline, Care Bears, and Dennis the Menace. DiC currently has a deal with Fox on the Strawberry Shortcake line of DVDs.

Movie Studios Keeping Close Eye on "Cars" on iTunes; Retailers Offer DVD Incentives

by Ed Liuon November 9, 2006
A report in Variety states that movie studios are keeping a close watch on sales of Disney/Pixar’s Cars on DVD and as a digital download from the Apple iTunes Store. Cars can be purchased at the iTunes Store for $12.99, significantly lower than most retailers will be charging for the DVD. The price discrepancy is […]

Seinfeld on "Bee Movie" Trailer

by Ed Liuon November 9, 2006
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld has spoken to USA Today about the live-action trailer for Bee Movie, his CGI animated comedy coming from DreamWorks Animation Studios in November 2007. The article describes the trailer as “the first of two live-action spoofs” partially meant to justify why doing the film in animation is better than live-action. (via Amid […]

"Cars" on DVD: Built for Comfort, Not for Speed

by Ed Liuon November 9, 2006
Pixar has a lot to live up to. This would be true if their only contributions to film were technological, considering the many breakthroughs they made in the field of computer animation. However, when one considers an unbroken streak of critical and box-office successes, a series of disappointing CGI-animated movies from other studios, and the […]

"Cars" DVD Provides Great Flick But Is Light On Extras

by Alex Weitzmanon November 9, 2006
Conventional wisdom would be that the film comes first and the DVD second in the review. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I’m going to switch it up. That way, I don’t have to blunt the criticisms of the DVD with retroactive apologetic tone nor end it on a downer note at all. (Our fellow […]

"Class of 3000" Debut Scores Big in Ratings

by Ed Liuon November 9, 2006
A press release from Cartoon Network states that Class of 3000 is the biggest ratings hit for the network since 2004, ranking #1 for the kids 6-11, boys 6-11, and boys 2-11 demographics according to Nielsen Media Research. The prior record holder was the debut of Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. Read the full press […]

Press Release: Class of 3000 is CN’s Biggest Original Series Premiere Since 2004

by Ed Liuon November 9, 2006
Class of 3000 Scores as Cartoon Network’s Biggest Original Series Premiere Since 2004 Friday Premiere Ranks #1 on All Television With Boys 6-11 and Boys 2-11 André Benjamin Series Charts Double-Digit Growth Among Kids 6-11, Kids 2-11 Cartoon Network’s Class of 3000 from André Benjamin (OutKast) earned the network’s highest kids 6-11, boys 6-11 and […]

Animated Shorts on "Skyland," "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" Movie

by Ed Liuon November 8, 2006
Steve Fritz’s Animated Shorts column at Newsarama.com has a headline story about Skyland, a science fiction cartoon debuting on the Nicktoons Network on November 18. The story includes several comments from Nicktoons VP and General Manager Keith Dawkins, who discusses the aesthetics and technology behind the show, the rationale behind airing it at 9:00 PM, […]

Wachowski Brothers to direct "Speed Racer"

by La Parkaon November 7, 2006
Coming Soon.net reports that the Wachowski Brothers will helm the long-in-development adaptation of the popular classic cartoon, Speed Racer. The film will follow the adventures of Speed as he tries to achieve glory in his souped up, gaget-laden car, The Mach 5. The movie will also feature characters from the series such as Speed’s family […]

Zac Efron Guest Stars On Disney Channel’s “The Replacements”

by Zeddon November 7, 2006
Zac Efron (High School Musical) will guest star on Disney Channel’s new animated series The Replacements on Saturday, November 18, at 8:00pm (ET/PT). In order to get Johnny Hitswell’s attention, Riley replaces the old pool lifeguard with Davey Hunkerhoff (voiced by Zac Efron), a hunky 14-year-old lifeguard she can flirt with to make Johnny jealous. […]