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Game Factory To Make Games Based on "Garfield," "Miss Spider," and More

by Zeddon February 17, 2006
The Game Factory announced a significant expansion in its 2006 product portfolio at the 2006 American International Toy Fair, AWN reports. More than 20 titles, including Garfield and His Nine Lives and Miss Spider Harvest Time Hop and Fly, will ship for the Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2 and PC/CD-ROM platforms.

Animators, Ink to Host 5th Anniversary Screening

by Zeddon February 17, 2006
Animators, Ink is celebrating its 5th anniversary with a screening in New York on February 24. The screening will include works by animation veterans such as Signe Baumane, Bill Plympton, PES and Pat Smith, as well as animation by Christi Bertelsen, Chris Conforti, Stieg Retlin, Nelson Diaz and Dominka Juraszek. AWN has more info.

"Zatch Bell" Ending in Japan, Replaced by "Digimon Savers"

by on February 16, 2006
According to Moonphase, Konjiki no Gash Bell, known in the United States as Zatch Bell, will be airing its final episode in Japan on March 26, 2006. The series, which will end with 150 episodes total, will be replaced with Digimon Savers, the fifth season in the franchise. Oddly enough, Gash Bell originally took the […]

Saturn Awards Nominate "Howl," "Wallace & Gromit"

by Ed Liuon February 16, 2006
The Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror Films has named the latest Saturn Award nominees. The nominees for Best Animated Film are Howl’s Moving Castle, Chicken Little, Corpse Bride, Hoodwinked, Madagascar, and Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. (via Nausicaa.net)

"Diamond Daydreams:" Nothing New, Yet Still Enjoyable

by on February 16, 2006
When I heard of Diamond Daydreams‘ premise, I could have sworn I’d heard it somewhere before: a series comprised of relatively short vignettes about women searching for true love in the face of adversity, or at least that’s a good byline for it. Then I remembered where I’d heard it – Sunrise Studios’ Sentimental Journey, […]

Johnson, Gordon Talk "Ultimate Avengers"

by on February 16, 2006
With The Ultimate Avengers set to be released this coming Tuesday on DVD and UMD, The Marvel Animation Age managed to catch up with writer Greg Johnson and co-director/character designer Steve Gordon to talk about their work on the direct-to-DVD feature. To read the interviews, click on the above link.

Chuck Austen Talks Comics, Internet Hatred, and "Tripping the Rift"

by Ed Liuon February 16, 2006
A two-part interview with writer Chuck Austen has been posted at Comic Book Resources (part 1 and part 2). Austen was a frequent target of Internet rampage while he was writing comic books for DC and Marvel, but he achieved some success with the animated Tripping the Rift on the Sci Fi Channel, which he […]

UMDs Lagging, Studios Cut Back

by Ed Liuon February 16, 2006
A report in Daily Variety states that sales of movies on UMD for the PlayStation Portable are lagging, and that Sony, Paramount, and Time Warner are all cutting back on their offerings in the new format (subscription required, RottenTomatoes.com summarizes the article). The only successful movies on the format seem to be TV comedy shows, […]

Joe Roth on Pixar/Disney Deal

by Ed Liuon February 16, 2006
Joe Roth has been interviewed by About.com about his work with Revolution Studios and the Disney/Pixar merger. Roth is a board member at Pixar Animation Studios and a former chairman of Walt Disney Studios. Among other things, Roth states his belief that, “Pixar will totally infuse Disney with its own stuff.” (via Internet Movie Database […]

"Tales from Earthsea" Voice Casting Announcement

by Ed Liuon February 16, 2006
Nausicaa.net has posted voice casting information for the studio’s upcoming Tales from Earthsea film, with Bunta Sugawara (Kamaji in Spirited Away) cast as Ged and Junichi Okada as Prince Arren.