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Bob Papenbrook Passes Away at 50

by Ed Liuon March 24, 2006
Voice actor Bob Papenbrook apparently passed away on March 17, 2006, due to complications from a chronic lung condition. Papenbrook (sometimes credited as “John Smallberries”) was a frequent performer in voice acting roles, including Power Rangers Zeo, Tenchi Muyo, and Gungrave. (via TZ poster Mercy Drive)

Live "Simpsons" Intro Debuts on March 26 Episode

by Ed Liuon March 24, 2006
The viral marketing live-action intro sequence to The Simpsons will be used to kick off the show on Fox this Sunday, March 26. The intro sequence was originally created by a British marketing firm and posted on YouTube.com, where it quickly propagated throughout the Internet. The episode, titled “Homer Simpson, This is Your Wife,” was […]

"Stratos 4" Reaches for the Stars But Plummets to the Earth

by SB20xxon March 24, 2006
Let it be known that Stratos 4 is my least favorite of the four Studio Fantasia properties I’ve watched. Stratos 4 is what I can only describe as “blah.” The plot: Mikaze is an underachieving rookie on a military base. This is no ordinary base, however; its daily mission is to send fighter pilots into […]

Chef Returns to South Park While C4 Apologizes for "Bloody Mary"

by Ed Liuon March 23, 2006
News outlets throughout the country are covering the return of Chef to South Park in last night’s 10th season premiere. All of the news coverage reveals multiple spoilers for events in the episode, including an obvious swipe at the Church of Scientology near the end. In a related story, New Zealand TV channel C4 has […]

Nickelodeon Developing Original Japanese Cartoon Series

by Ed Liuon March 23, 2006
C21Media is reporting that Nickelodeon is developing two original Japanese cartoon series. The first is Domo-Kun, named for Japanese broadcaster NHK’s mascot, which will be a co-production between Nickelodeon and NHK affiliate Domo Production Company. The second is Akihabara@Deep, based on the graphic novel series, which is being developed with 3D animation house Polygon Pictures. […]

"Witchblade" Goes GONZO in Japan

by Ed Liuon March 23, 2006
Japanese company GDH K.K. has announced that they will be bringing the American comic book Witchblade to Japanese television starting in April. GDH’s group company GONZO will be handling the animation for the show.

"Cars" Debuts in North Carolina on May 26

by Ed Liuon March 23, 2006
Disney/Pixar’s Cars is scheduled for a May 26 debut at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. The location is just outside Charlotte, which was recently named as the site for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Voice actors from the movie and NASCAR stars will attend, with proceeds from the debut going to the […]

BBC Picks Up "Postman Pat" Spin-off "Jess"

by Grant Whiteon March 23, 2006
The BBC has picked up Entertainment Rights CGI pre-school series Jess, C21 Media reports. Starring the sidekick of the long running Postman Pat series, Jess will see the titular black and white cat teach children about the world around them. The show will air on BBC1, BBC2, and the CBeebies channel.

Teletoon Commissions National Geographic’s "Iggy Arbuckle"

by Grant Whiteon March 23, 2006
Canadian station Teletoon has commissioned 26 half-hour episodes of the National Geographic/Blueprint Entertainment co-production Iggy Arbuckle, C21Media reports. The comedy adventure series focuses on a thrill seeking explorer pig as he and his friends explore the wilderness.

US and Korean Networks Show Interest in "Iron Kid"

by Grant Whiteon March 23, 2006
Korean Network KBS has acquired the Spanish-produced CGI cartoon Iron Kid, C21Media reports. TVE and Jetix in Spain and TVI in Portugal have also acquired the show, with the currently unidentified US network to be announced during MipTV.