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"Witchblade" Goes GONZO in Japan

by Ed Liuon March 23, 2006
Japanese company GDH K.K. has announced that they will be bringing the American comic book Witchblade to Japanese television starting in April. GDH’s group company GONZO will be handling the animation for the show.

"Cars" Debuts in North Carolina on May 26

by Ed Liuon March 23, 2006
Disney/Pixar’s Cars is scheduled for a May 26 debut at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. The location is just outside Charlotte, which was recently named as the site for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Voice actors from the movie and NASCAR stars will attend, with proceeds from the debut going to the […]

BBC Picks Up "Postman Pat" Spin-off "Jess"

by Grant Whiteon March 23, 2006
The BBC has picked up Entertainment Rights CGI pre-school series Jess, C21 Media reports. Starring the sidekick of the long running Postman Pat series, Jess will see the titular black and white cat teach children about the world around them. The show will air on BBC1, BBC2, and the CBeebies channel.

Teletoon Commissions National Geographic’s "Iggy Arbuckle"

by Grant Whiteon March 23, 2006
Canadian station Teletoon has commissioned 26 half-hour episodes of the National Geographic/Blueprint Entertainment co-production Iggy Arbuckle, C21Media reports. The comedy adventure series focuses on a thrill seeking explorer pig as he and his friends explore the wilderness.

US and Korean Networks Show Interest in "Iron Kid"

by Grant Whiteon March 23, 2006
Korean Network KBS has acquired the Spanish-produced CGI cartoon Iron Kid, C21Media reports. TVE and Jetix in Spain and TVI in Portugal have also acquired the show, with the currently unidentified US network to be announced during MipTV.

Manga Entertainment Announces "Karas" on DVD

by on March 23, 2006
The first half of Karas (The Crow) will be available on DVD from Manga Entertainment on April 25, 2006 and retail for $19.98 SRP. Released in Japan as a six-part original video animation series, Karas will be available in America as two movies. The first movie will be released as Karas: The Prophecy with the […]

"Howl’s Moving Castle": Home is Where You Park it

by on March 23, 2006
Hayao Miyazaki set the bar perilously high for himself with 2002’s Spirited Away, winning an Academy Award and setting a Japanese box office record. The much anticipated Howl’s Moving Castle doesn’t quite measure up, but engineers a rousing fantasy adventure in the classic Miyazaki mold. Howl was written by novelist Diana Wynne Jones, though you’d […]

Animated Shorts on 100th Anniversary of Animation and Nick Talent Search

by Ed Liuon March 22, 2006
The weekly Animated Shorts column at Newsarama.com has posted an article about the upcoming 100th anniversary of animation. On April 6, 1906, cartoonist J. Stuart Blackton released the first animated film, entitled Humorous Phases of Smiling Faces, and created a smash hit sensation. Column writer Steve Fritz links to the celebrations to be conducted by […]

GhibliWorld.com on "House Hunting" Animated Short; Takahata Interview

by Ed Liuon March 22, 2006
Nausicaa.net is reporting that the GhibliWorld.com website has information about the short film Yadosagashi (House Hunting) currently showing at the Studio Ghibli museum in Tokyo. At press time, GhibliWorld.com is also headlining an interview with Ghibli director and co-founder Isao Takahata.

Justice for "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" Songwriter

by Ed Liuon March 22, 2006
The New York Times has published a front-page article about the history of Solomon Linda, a South African singer/songwriter whose 1939 song “Mbube” became the hit single, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (registration required). Despite the multiple recordings of the song and the millions in licensing fees generated, including its brief use in Disney’s The Lion […]