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Corgi Signs License Agreement For "Wallace & Gromit" Replicas

by Zeddon November 2, 2005
Corgi, the leading name in die-cast scale models, has signed a license agreement to produce exclusive die-cast replicas featuring Wallace & Gromit, the legendary British clay characters and stars of the new film The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. The three-year deal is for the U.S., U.K., and Ireland. [Source: Corgi]

Viz Media Names Mattel as Master Toy Licensee for "Zatch Bell!"

by Zeddon November 2, 2005
VIZ Media, LLC has named Mattel as master toy licensee for Zatch Bell! by Makoto Raiku. Today’s announcement is the most recent development for Zatch Bell! since VIZ Media was granted the North and South American broadcast and licensing rights in June 2004. Additionally, the company has entered into partnerships with Cartoon Network (where Zatch […]

Using CG Animation in Books

by Zeddon November 2, 2005
AWN reports on an attempt to illustrate a Christmas book using computer graphics (CG) animation.

WHV Goes UMD

by Zeddon November 2, 2005
Warner Home Video (WHV) will begin releasing DVDs in the new Universal Media Disc (UMD) format on December 6, 2005. Among the first DVDs to be released in that format will be Aqua Teen Hunger Force Volume 4, Batman Begins, and Enter the Dragon. The UMD is a newly developed compact, high capacity, optical format […]

Asian Ministers Meet to Discuss Animation

by Zeddon November 2, 2005
Leaders from Asian countries gathered for a high-level seminar on October 28, 2005, in Tokyo to enhance Asia-wide cooperation to produce animated movies, games and other cultural products, recognizing the importance of having movies and animation produced and circulated throughout the region. A main topic of discussion is to establish an organization to serve as […]

HIT Licenses Shows to Al Jazeera Children’s Channel

by Zeddon November 2, 2005
HIT Entertainment has sold a package of programming to the recently launched Al Jazeera Children’s Channel (JCC), C21Media reports. The package includes Fireman Sam, Oswald, Magic Key, and Shakespeare’s Animated Tales.

Macy’s Announces Thanksgiving Day Float Lineup, Featuring Many Animated Characters

by Zeddon November 2, 2005
On the heels of Monday’s separate announcements that floats featuring both Dora the Explorer and Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi would be featured in Macy’s 79th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, Macy’s has now announced a full list of floats. In addition to the two announced yesterday, floats featuring Jo Jo of Jo Jo’s Circus (announced earlier […]

"Madagascar" Penguins Star in Christmas Special

by Zeddon November 2, 2005
Skipper, Kowalski, Private and Rico, the scene-stealing Penguins from Madagascar, will now star in their very own film entitled The Madagascar Penguins In A Christmas Caper. The story follows young Private as he ventures out of the zoo on a solo mission but runs into trouble when he’s mistaken for a Christmas toy. With Skipper, […]

THQ Announces New "Incredibles" Game

by Zeddon November 2, 2005
THQ Inc. on Tuesday announced that The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer has shipped to retailers and is now available on the PlayStation 2, the Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, and Windows PC/Mac. The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer is the follow-up to the video game The Incredibles, inspired by the Walt […]

SpongeBob Takes a Trip, Kids Invited

by Zeddon November 2, 2005
In “Where’s Gary,” a half-hour SpongeBob SquarePants special premiering on Nickelodeon on Friday, November 11, at 8:00pm (ET/PT), SpongeBob’s pet snail Gary runs away from home after feeling neglected by SpongeBob. The snail is “adopted” by a new owner. After realizing the error of his ways, SpongeBob sets out with his best friend Patrick to […]