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Barbara Babbitt Named Miss Krazy Kat 2006

by Ed Liuon May 22, 2006
Jerry Beck’s Cartoon Brew weblog is reporting that Barbara Babbitt was named “Miss Krazy Kat” of 2006. Babbitt, the widow of animator Art Babbitt, received a tiara and sash as badges of her office, along with a lifetime supply of “9 Lives” cat food. The award was given at the ASIFA-Hollywood screening on Saturday, May […]

El Capitan to Celebrate 65th Anniversary of "Dumbo"

by Ed Liuon May 22, 2006
The El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, CA, will be celebrating the 65th anniversary of Disney’s Dumbo by screening the film for two weeks, beginning on May 25. Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree will be shown with Dumbo to commemorate its 40th anniversary and Pooh’s 80th birthday. The opening night festivities will include a […]

Cranium Hires Nick Exec for "Gametoons"

by Ed Liuon May 22, 2006
An article in the Los Angeles Times covers game developer Cranium, Inc.’s hiring of Nickelodeon executive Albie Hecht (free registration required). Hecht’s Worldwide Biggies, Inc. will oversee Cranium’s efforts to develop downloadable “gametoons” that will “combine mysteries and puzzles with the storytelling of animated cartoons.”

NY Times on the Origins of California Institute of the Arts

by Ed Liuon May 22, 2006
In advance of an exhibition opening at the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Times covers the MoMA web site (registration required).The article covers CalArts’ roots with Walt Disney and the achievements of its alumni list, including Tim Burton, Stephen Hillenburg, Henry Selick, and John Lasseter. “Tomorrowland: CalArts in Moving Pictures” will be on […]

"Over the Hedge" Grosses $37 Million in Debut Weekend

by on May 22, 2006
Over the Hedge took the number two spot at the box office during its debut weekend, the Associated Press reports. The film grossed $37.2 million at North American theaters.

FUNimation Licenses TokyoPop Catalog for North American Release

by on May 22, 2006
FUNimation Entertainment has acquired the exclusive North American distribution rights for selected TokyoPop titles, the companies announced today. FUNimation will rework packaging, pricing and configurations. Street Fury Remixed will be the first title released under the new deal, appearing on shelves on June 27. Other titles licensed as part of the deal include Great Teacher […]

"Broken Saints" Comes to DVD in August

by on May 22, 2006
Fox will release Broken Saints to DVD on August 1, DVD Toons reports. The four-disc set will retail for $49.98.

"Avatar" DVD Due in September

by on May 22, 2006
Paramount Home Entertainment will release Avatar: The Last Airbender, Season One, Volume Five to DVD in September, TVShowsOnDVD reports.

Student Academy Award Winners Announced

by on May 22, 2006
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the winners in its 33rd annual Student Academy Awards competition, AWN reports. Meng Vue, Chris Choy, and Thomas Leavitt were named in the Animation category for their films “The Dancing Thief,” “The Possum,” and “Turtles,” respectively. Awards and prizes will be given at the Student […]

"Gundam Wing" Sweet, Beautiful Altron

by on May 22, 2006
Ah, Gundam Wing. After nostalgia (and premieres five days a week) rendered your beginning good, one wonders if this is yet another old time series that was good and now sucks royally in this day and age. Does the inclusion of newer, cooler Gundams make the series worth watching? Or is it more of the […]