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Live-Action "Simpsons" Demonstrates Viral Marketing in Action

by Ed Liuon March 8, 2006
A post at the Los Angeles Times‘ “Channel Island” weblog notes that a live-action version of the Simpsons opening sequence posted on YouTube.com has been a rampaging success. Originally commissioned by director Chris Palmer and UK ad agency Devilfish, the ad has spread throughout the Internet with incredible speed, achieving the “viral marketing” goals of […]

Jeannie Schulz on Managing "Peanuts" Legacy

by Ed Liuon March 8, 2006
Jeannie Schulz, the widow of famed Peanuts cartoonist Charles Schulz, has been profiled in an article syndicated by the Los Angeles Times. The article goes into Jeannie Schulz’s life and her marriage to Charles Schulz, her stewardship of the Peanuts legacy and the Charles Schulz Museum and Research Center, and how she finds balance through […]

Ghibli World Covers "Monmon the Water Spider"

by Ed Liuon March 8, 2006
GhibliWorld.com’s news entry for March 7 includes information and several still pictures of Studio Ghibli’s Mizugumo Monmon (Monmon the Water Spider). The short film is currently only shown at the Studio Ghibli museum in Japan. (via Nausicaa.net)

CN’s Terry Kalagian Interviewed at Newsarama.com

by Ed Liuon March 8, 2006
The latest Animated Shorts column at Newsarama.com has interviewed Terry Kalagian, Cartoon Network VP of Acquisitions and Co-Productions. Among the topics discussed are the ratings for CN’s various anime properties, new acquisitions (or the inability of Kalagian to say anything about them), and details behind the airing of Marvel’s new animated movies.

"Incredibles," "Family Guy" and "Simpsons" Win DVDX Awards

by Dan Collinson March 8, 2006
Video Business has announced the winners of the DVDX Awards. Among the winners were The Incredibles with four wins, including Overall DVD, New Movie and New Movie Scenes for the small feature “Jack-Jack Attack.” Other winners included Tarzan II which won three awards, and Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch which took home […]

"Kodocha" Vol. 4: Child’s Toy for the Whole Family

by on March 8, 2006
Sana Kurata, despite only being 12, has accomplished more than most people accomplish in their entire lives. Between being the star of the popular TV series Child’s Toy, appearing in commercials, and attending school full-time, it’s amazing that she still manages to fix every personal problem of those around her. She’s tamed the class lone […]

Bandai Announces New Titles For June

by SB20xxon March 7, 2006
The re-packaging of older Bandai titles continues in the month of June, as Galaxy Angel, Mobile Fighter G-Gundam, Love Hina, and Banner of the Stars 2 get full series re-releases in the Anime Legends line. Other releases slated for June include the final volume of Cowboy Bebop Remix, a second volume of Eureka 7, more […]

Pixar Reports Record 2005 Revenue on Lower 4Q Results

by Ed Liuon March 7, 2006
Pixar Animation Studios announced profits of $30.9 million on revenues of $55.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2005, for earnings of $0.25 per diluted share. These results are significantly lower than those from a year ago, whose $55.2 million profit rivaled this past quarter’s entire profit. However, the quarterly numbers capped off Pixar’s most […]

Pixar’s "Cars" Website Goes Live

by Ed Liuon March 7, 2006
The official website for Pixar’s Cars has opened with content about the film. Jim Hill has run through the material available there now, pointing out highlights of the site along with in-jokes and missing content. Cars is scheduled for release in the U.S. on June 9, 2006. In a related story, Hill has also written […]

Devil’s Due Publishing Announces 2Q 2006 Trade Paperbacks

by Ed Liuon March 7, 2006
Devil’s Due Publishing has announced their trade paperback release schedule for the second quarter of 2006, which will include two Familiy Guy original graphic novels and a collection of the Snake Eyes: Declassified mini-series which was spun off from their regular G.I. Joe comic book series.