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"Cowboy Bebop" Sales Soar, New DVD Coming

by Zeddon August 25, 2005
Home video sales for Shinichiro Watanabe’s Cowboy Bebop have totaled more than one million units in North America since its original home video debut, again raising the bar for anime series released on DVD, Bandai Entertainment announced today. In addition, Bandai is also scheduled to release a definitive special edition entitled Cowboy Bebop REMIX on […]

On-Line Comics Preview Pages

by Ed Liuon August 25, 2005
Buzzscope.com has posted a set of on-line comics previews for comics to be released on August 31, 2005. Included are Death Jr. #3 by Gary Whitta and Ted Naifeh (Image), Robin #141 by Bill Willingham and Scott McDaniel (DC), Astro City: The Dark Age #3 by Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson (DC/Wildstorm), Astonishing X-Men #12 […]

ABC Announces New "Charlie Brown" Title; Airing Rankin Bass Special this Christmas

by Anthonynoteson August 25, 2005
ABC has revealed their full plans for animated specials for 2005-06. A new Charlie Brown special is in the works and is slated for sometime in 2006. ABC will also air the classic special Santa Claus is Coming to Town this Christmas. Here is their full list: Charlie Brown Specials: It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie […]

How Manga and Anime Fans Guide the Industry

by Ed Liuon August 25, 2005
Jake Forbes has written an article for Comicon.com’s PULSE News about how manga and anime fans are the force which really drives the industry, citing the rise of Naruto and Yaoi manga as being largely fan-driven before being picked up by corporate interests.

"Hammerboy" Doesn't Quite Hit the Nail on the Head

by Shnayon August 25, 2005
How can a small boy from a peaceful island rise up to stop a cunning politician with mystical powers who plans to prolong a war through deceit and intimidation? By learning to speak loudly and carry a big hammer. This boy is Mangchi, the scrappy lead of Hammerboy, the 2003 Korean film that provoked international […]

Lions Gate Expands Family Entertainment Slate

by Zeddon August 24, 2005
Lions Gate Entertainment has entered into a three-title co-production and co-financing deal with RichCrest Animation, the U.S.-based subsidiary of India’s Crest Animation Studios, World Screen reports. Lions Gate will distribute the three films worldwide except in India. The first film under the new agreement will be the previously announced Sylvester And The Magic Pebble, based […]

Utley Joins Animation Outfit Cosgrove Hall Films

by Zeddon August 24, 2005
Anthony Utley, director of television distribution at BBC Worldwide, is leaving his post to become managing director of the Granada Media-owned animation outfit Cosgrove Hall Films, World Screen reports. Based in Manchester, Cosgrove Hall is Europe’s largest animation company. Its most recent productions include Postman Pat, Andy Pandy, Engie Benjy, and Little Robots.

Spellbound Expands "Koala Brothers" Toy License

by Zeddon August 24, 2005
U.K. animator Spellbound Entertainment has expanded its existing Koala Brothers toy license with Fisher-Price Brands beyond the U.S. and Latin America, C21Media reports. The new license will cover several international markets including the U.K., Germany, France, Scandinavia, Poland, Australia, and New Zealand.

Disney on Ice Launches "Incredibles"

by Zeddon August 24, 2005
Disney On Ice is launching a brand new ice show with Disney presents Pixar’s The Incredibles in a Magic Kingdom Adventure. The show premieres Friday, September 9, 2005, in Orlando, Florida, with stops in more than 65 North American cities, before heading overseas. PR Newswire has a schedule of the show’s U.S. schedule.

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood Trashes Tickle U.

by Ed Liuon August 24, 2005
The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood has issued a statement condemning Cartoon Network’s claim that their Tickle U. block of programming will aid in developing a child’s sense of humor. The CCFC claims that the block is a ploy designed for marketing rather than education or development, while Cartoon Network counter-claims that they maintain a […]