"Coconut Fred’s Fruit Salad Island!": Déjà Vu All Over Again

by Deeon September 16, 2005
When I sat down and watched Coconut Fred’s Fruit Salad Island, I had the strangest feeling of déjà vu. Something seemed really familiar. Wait— everything was really familiar. Fred, Greenrind, the bananas, Bingo, and a Tazmanian strawberry.Literally within moments, the similarities to Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants started hitting me like a ton of coconuts. Coconut Fred […]

VIZ Media Establishes European Presence

by Ed Liuon September 15, 2005
VIZ Media and the London-based Copyright Promotions Licensing Group (CPLG) will be forming a new company, VIZ Media B.V., which will focus on penetrating European comics markets with its manga and animation brands. The company will officially open in Amsterdam on October 3, 2005. (via the Comics Reporter weblog)

Guardian Interviews Hayao Miyazaki

by Ed Liuon September 15, 2005
The Guardian’s film section has interviewed Hayao Miyazaki (Howl’s Moving Castle). The interview subjects range from his recent films and his stature in the animation industry to challenges faced in his relationship with Disney and Miramax. (via

Disney and Time-Warner Look Ahead for Wall Street

by Ed Liuon September 15, 2005
The New York Times covers the recent announcements that Disney is expecting disappointing results from its movie studio division, while Time Warner is expecting to meet its financial goals for 2005 (free registration required). The Times‘ coverage fails to note that Disney’s Chief Financial Officer Tom Staggs stated that Disney is still on-target to meet […]

Details for "Kimba the White Lion" DVD Set Announced

by Ed Liuon September 15, 2005
The Right Stuff International has provided details on their DVD release of Osamu Tezuka’s Kimba the White Lion anime series. The 11-disc limited edition boxed set will include all 52 original episodes of the show, the original Japanese episode 1, deleted scenes, and other extras. The set will be available on November 29 with an […]

Management Buy-out CPLG

by Zeddon September 14, 2005
Copyright Promotions Group — the licensing giant that represents the likes of Bratz, Care Bears, Dora the Explorer, Sabrina and The Simpsons — has been bought out by its management, who have acquired the share that was owned by US venture capital firm Beringea. The current management, led by Chairman Matthew Wheeler and CEO Kirk […]

"Rugrats" Alum Signs With National Geographic Kids

by Zeddon September 14, 2005
The LA-based kids programming and production unit of National Geographic Television & Film (NGT&F) has signed a development deal with the writer of Recess and Rugrats for a new animated series. Emmy-nominated writer/producer Holly Huckins will team with NGT&F to create a preschool comedy series featuring “a unique stop-motion animation style.” [Source: C21Media]

YTV Launches Fall Schedule

by Zeddon September 14, 2005
YTV is launching its new fall schedule. AWN has an overview.

"Lunar Jim" Licensing Agents Tapped

by Zeddon September 14, 2005
Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. has appointed BBC Worldwide (U.K.), m4e (Germany), and ABC (Australia) as licensing agents for their new children’s stop-motion animated property Lunar Jim, AWN reports. Each of the licensing agents — working alongside master toy licensee, Fisher-Price — will oversee the licensing program, including securing new licenses and managing product launches, in […]

Amberwood, YTV Develop "RollBots"

by Zeddon September 14, 2005
Canadian toon house Amberwood Entertainment has signed a deal with Corus-owned broadcaster YTV to develop a new 3D animated series for the international kids market, C21Media reports. Dubbed RollBots, the project is an action series for kids 6-11. Both YTV and federal financier the Canadian Television Fund have come in for development of the project, […]