NY Times Covers the Return of "Captain Planet"

by Ed Liuon April 25, 2006
An article in the New York Times covers the return of Captain Planet to the airwaves (registration required), starting last Earth Day on Boomerang with new episodes never before broadcast in the United States. The article covers the history of the show and Ted Turner’s influence on it, along with the state of the Captain […]

CN and Viz Media Announce "Toonami Jetstream"

by on April 25, 2006
Cartoon Network and VIZ Media have announced a joint venture called Toonami Jetstream, a new broadband service that will provide on-demand, full-length streaming episodes of several hit anime and action series. In addition, users will also be able to watch full-length episodes of series that are not currently offered on U.S. broadcast or basic cable […]

Kids’ WB! On The CW Announces 2006-2007 Saturday Morning Programming Schedule

by Zeddon April 25, 2006
Kids’ WB! On The CW has announced its Saturday morning programming schedule for the 2006-2007 season. The programming slate will feature four new original programs and the return of four established series. The five-hour block of programming, created for a target audience of children ages 6-11, will introduce a new generation of young viewers to […]

"The Best of She-Ra" Coming to DVD With Fan Favorite Episodes & Movie (Updated 4/25)

by Dan Collinson April 25, 2006 & have announced that She-Ra Princess of Power is coming to DVD from BCI Eclipse as a two-disc DVD on July 18. The Best of She-Ra: Princess of Power will feature the full-length animated feature film, The Secret of the Sword. In the film, He-Man travels to Etheria to find his long lost […]

It’s Official: "Animaniacs" and "Pinky & the Brain" are Coming to DVD (Updated 4/25)

by Dan Collinson April 25, 2006 has announced that both Animaniacs and Pinky & the Brain are coming to DVD July 25. Animaniacs is a 5-disc set containing 25 episodes featuring the Warner Brothers (Yakko & Wakko) and their sister Dot, along with Slappy Squirrel, the Goodfeathers, Rita & Runt, Buttons & Mindy, Chicken Boo, and, of course, Pinky & […]

Sony/SkyLife Set to Launch Animation Channel in Korea

by Grant Whiteon April 25, 2006
Sony Pictures Television International and SkyLife are set to launch a new animation channel in Korea this coming Saturday, April 29, C21Media reports. The new Animax Korea will air a range of animation including Japanese anime and home grown Korean entertainment.

"Transformers" Cast Shaping Up

by on April 25, 2006
Superhero Hype! reports that Jon Voight, Michael Clarke Duncan, Josh Duhamel, Bernie Mac, Tyrese, John Turturro, Rachael Taylor, Megan Fox, Travis Van Winkle and John Robinson are in talks to join Shia LaBeof in the Paramount/Dreamworks big screen adaptation of Transformers. There is still no word on who will voice the Autobots and Decepticons.

"Gedo Senki" ("Tales from Earthsea") Synopsis Posted

by Ed Liuon April 24, 2006
Ursula K. LeGuin, the author of the Earthsea series of novels, has posted an English translation of the plot synopsis for Studio Ghibli’s Gedo Senki (Tales from Earthsea). The movie will be directed by Goro Miyazaki and is scheduled for release in Japan in July 2006. (via

Studio Ghibli Ranked Number 1 Consumer Brand in Japan

by Ed Liuon April 24, 2006
A survey by Nikkei BP Consulting has named Studio Ghibli as the top-ranked business-to-consumer brand in Japan, ahead of Toyota. The studio also ranked 4th or higher in all the sections organized by demographic.

NY Times on Robert Smigel and SNL’s "Saturday TV Funhouse"

by Ed Liuon April 24, 2006
The New York Times has profiled comedian and animator Robert Smigel in advance of the April 29 airing of Saturday TV Funhouse, which will collect the best of his animated shorts originally aired on Saturday Night Live (registration required). Among other topics, the article covers Smigel’s career through Hollywood, the often last-minute rush to get […]