"IGPX" Off to a Cool Start

by Karl Olsonon November 2, 2005
Anime studio Production I.G. has made an impressive name for itself. They launched a new era of animation technology in Japan with Ghost In The Shell, which not only managed to top the U.S. Billboard Video Sales charts, but also brought digital compositing and digital animation into play in Japan. They used their success not […]

Rupert the Bear Returns to TV

by Zeddon November 1, 2005
UK’s Entertainment Rights has paid Express Newspapers £6m for a controlling interest in the 85-year-old character, Rupert the Bear. Under the deal, the Express — which has published Rupert comic strips since 1920 — retains a 33.33 percent interest in the brand and the right to continue with its strips, while Entertainment Rights gets worldwide […]

Al Ovadia Partners with BAF for "Cinderalla" Tale

by Zeddon November 1, 2005
Al Ovadia & Associates has agreed to be Berliner Film Companie Distribution’s exclusive North American licensing and promotional agent for forthcoming CGI effort Happily N’ever After (working title). The toon shows what happens when Cinderella’s wicked stepmother, Frieda, tries to take over Fairy Tale Land. [Source: C21Media]

"Bionicle 3" Heads to DVD

by Zeddon November 1, 2005
Bionicle 3: Web of Shadows is now available on DVD from Buena Vista Home Entertainment. Made by the Glendale-based Creative Capers animation studio, the movie is presented by the LEGO Co. and produced by Miramax Films and Good Story Prods. It retails for $29.99 SRP. [Source: AWN]

Nickelodeon Announces "Let’s Just Play" Winners

by Zeddon November 1, 2005
Nickelodeon has announced the second round of winners of the “Let’s Just Play Giveaway,” an effort by the network to distribute more than $1 million in funds to help kids improve their schools’ or communities’ play facilities. PR Newswire has details.

Dora Explores Macy’s Parade

by Zeddon November 1, 2005
On Thanksgiving Day, Dora the Explorer will make her debut as a giant helium balloon in the 79th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The balloon, filled with approximately 15,000 cubic feet of helium and measuring approximately 54 feet tall, will travel from Central Park to Herald Square on Thanksgiving Day. [Source: PR Newswire]

"Chicken Little" Goes High Tech

by Zeddon November 1, 2005
Chicken Little will debut on November 4 in Disney Digital 3D. Disney Digital 3D — presented exclusively in Dolby Digital Cinema — is a brand new, state-of-the-art technology that provides the first true three-dimensional digital experience in movie theatres. PR Newswire has more info.

CN Unveils "Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi" Float for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

by Zeddon November 1, 2005
Cartoon Network today unveiled their Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi float which will appear in Macy’s 79th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. The float will feature the real-life performers as well as giant-sized, puppet versions of their cartoon alter-egos. [Source: Cartoon Network] More info is available on Time Warner’s corporate website.

Steve Case Resigns From Time Warner Inc. Board

by Zeddon November 1, 2005
Steve Case, co-founder of America Online and former Chairman of Time Warner Inc.’s Board of Directors, has resigned from his position as a Time Warner director. Mr. Case issued the following statement regarding his departure: The decision to leave the Board is a difficult one, because Time Warner is a great company, and I respect […]

Comedy Central Goes Broadband

by Zeddon November 1, 2005
Comedy Central today launches its own broadband network, “Comedy Central MotherLoad.” The broadband-optimized video channel will include video clips from current and classic Comedy Central shows, stand-up performances, sneak previews, behind-the-scenes exclusives, and original content. You can find more information on MotherLoad at http://www.comedycentral.commotherload. [Source: PR Newswire] (via Jeff Harris)