"Chicken Little" Director and Producer Leave Disney

by Ed Liuon March 30, 2006
The website is reporting that Mark Dindal and Randy Fullmer have left Walt Disney Feature Animation, with yesterday (March 29) being their last day at the company. Dindal and Fullmer were the director and producer, respectively, of The Emperor’s New Groove and Chicken Little. Both stated that the decision to leave Walt Disney was […]

SakuraCon2006 – Dark Horse: New Manga, Manwha And Artbooks To Come

by on March 30, 2006
Dark Horse was out in force with a number of reps in tow, namely Tim Ervin, Samantha Robertson and Phillip Simon, and they had plenty to talk about as well: New manga title wise, Dark Horse announced the pick-up of Ohikkoshi by Hiroaki Samura, who is probably best know for Blade of the Immortal. Ohikkoshi […]

SakuraCon2006 – FUNimation: YuYu Hakusho Price Cuts And Some Syndication Details

by on March 30, 2006
FUNimation’s panel was scheduled against Geneon’s, so I didn’t catch all of it. However, thanks to the handy press packet from Lance Heiskell, all the big talking points should be here, as well as a few extra bits gleaned from talking to Lance at the FUNimation booth: Yu Yu Hakusho will be getting 14-episode sets […]

SakuraCon2006 – ADV Films: Evangelion Stays Strong, But Manga Is Still AWOL

by on March 30, 2006
ADV almost didn’t have a panel, and unfortunately myself (and several other members of the press) only heard they did after it happened. However, the following was brought up at David William’s Q&A and at the ADV booth. We would have gotten an announcement or two, but with John Ledford out at TAF, David Williams […]

SakuraCon2006 – Geneon: Barefoot Gen, DVD Rebates, New Music And Dub Premieres Too

by on March 30, 2006
Geneon didn’t have much in the way of “new” anime announcements per se’, but there were definitely some tidbits that were quite surprising thanks to Geneon’s Stephen Tang. Geneon retrieved another title from the wreckage of Streamline, the anime classic Barefoot Gen. On the live action side, the company announced Last Quarter–a live action title […]

‘Batman Beyond’: The Future’s Bright!

by on March 30, 2006
After a few failed attempts at bringing the show to DVD, Warner Home Video has finally released Batman Beyond: Season One to the joy of Batman fans everywhere. The show features an all-new Batman approximately 40 years in the future, with Bruce Wayne now a bitter, broken old man. The show’s origins trace back to […]

"He-Man" Season 2 Vol. 1 Coming to DVD

by Dan Collinson March 29, 2006 reports that Season 2 Vol. 1 of He-Man & the Masters of the Universe will be available on DVD on June 6. The box set will contain 33 episodes from the second season, as well as two new documentaries. Extras will include two new original art cards from Frank Cho (creator of Liberty Meadows) […]

SAG Voice Actors Get 20% Boost in Rerun Pay

by Ed Liuon March 29, 2006
The Screen Actors Guild stands ready to hand a 20% pay raise to voice actors when their animated TV shows are rebroadcast (free registration required). If the proposed deal is approved by the union’s board, the increase in residual payments will be retroactive to January 1 and be in effect through June 30, 2008.

"Munto 2" Explosions, Character Development, and More Explosions

by on March 29, 2006
Munto is quite an odd little film. A seemingly stand-alone fan project that garnered some really nice animation and was a pretty nice success, but a sequel wasn’t guarenteed. That is where the Japanese fans come in, as they funded the sequel out of their own pockets, something virtually unheard of in this day and […]

McDuffie to Take Marvel Characters "Beyond"

by Ed Liuon March 28, 2006 has posted a feature article about Beyond!, a six-issue limited series from Marvel Comics beginning in June, written by Dwayne McDuffie with artwork by Scott Kolins. The series will set Spider-Man and a pack of Marvel’s minor characters on a strange and hostile alien world, where they must either work together to survive or […]