"Howl’s Moving Castle": Home is Where You Park it

by on March 23, 2006
Hayao Miyazaki set the bar perilously high for himself with 2002’s Spirited Away, winning an Academy Award and setting a Japanese box office record. The much anticipated Howl’s Moving Castle doesn’t quite measure up, but engineers a rousing fantasy adventure in the classic Miyazaki mold. Howl was written by novelist Diana Wynne Jones, though you’d […]

Animated Shorts on 100th Anniversary of Animation and Nick Talent Search

by Ed Liuon March 22, 2006
The weekly Animated Shorts column at has posted an article about the upcoming 100th anniversary of animation. On April 6, 1906, cartoonist J. Stuart Blackton released the first animated film, entitled Humorous Phases of Smiling Faces, and created a smash hit sensation. Column writer Steve Fritz links to the celebrations to be conducted by […] on "House Hunting" Animated Short; Takahata Interview

by Ed Liuon March 22, 2006 is reporting that the website has information about the short film Yadosagashi (House Hunting) currently showing at the Studio Ghibli museum in Tokyo. At press time, is also headlining an interview with Ghibli director and co-founder Isao Takahata.

Justice for "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" Songwriter

by Ed Liuon March 22, 2006
The New York Times has published a front-page article about the history of Solomon Linda, a South African singer/songwriter whose 1939 song “Mbube” became the hit single, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (registration required). Despite the multiple recordings of the song and the millions in licensing fees generated, including its brief use in Disney’s The Lion […]

"Venture Bros." Season 1 Streets May 30 (Updated 3/22)

by Zeddon March 22, 2006
Warner Home Video has now announced that The Venture Bros. – Season 1 will street on May 30, 2006. The 2-disc set will include several extras and will retail for $29.98 SRP. Extras include the following: Show Pilot: “The Terrible Secret of Turtle Bay” Bonus Episode: “A Very Venture Christmas” Deleted Scenes Behind The Scenes […]

"Robot Chicken": Bawk-Bawk-Bacawkin’ Its Way to DVD

by on March 22, 2006
Whenever someone asks me what I think about Robot Chicken, I’m hesitant to answer. It really isn’t a well written show by any means, and it relies mostly on toilet humor and vulgar gross out sketches. Having said that, I absolutely love this show. I originally had low expectations as early reviews painted the show […]

"Saber Rider" Rides to DVD, but Only From WEP

by Dan Collinson March 21, 2006
World Events Productions, the company that produces Voltron, is bringing Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs to DVD. The DVD is not available in stores, but is rather available in WEP’s online webstore. The DVD is a 10-episode “best of” set. WEP is selling it for $29.00. [Source:]

"Simpsons" and "King of the Hill" Renewed by Fox

by Ed Liuon March 21, 2006
Fox has announced the renewal of The Simpsons and King of the Hill. The Simpsons has been renewed for two seasons, bringing it to Season 19. King of the Hill has been renewed for its 11th season, which will begin next January. (via TZ poster Jeff Harris)

Disney Shuts Down Pixar Sequel Division

by Ed Liuon March 21, 2006
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Disney has shut down Circle 7, the CGI-animation division set up to create sequels to Pixar movies (free registration required). Thirty-two of the 168 employees of the division were told that they would lose their jobs as of May 26, while the remainder will be absorbed into Disney’s […]

Chef Returns to "South Park" (UPDATED)

by Ed Liuon March 21, 2006
Comedy Central has announced that James McElroy, a.k.a. “Chef,” will be returning to South Park with this Wednesday’s 10th season premiere episode. The episode synopsis states that Chef returns to the town, but Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny “notice that something about Chef seems different.” There is no word on who will be providing the […]