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Film Recalls and Laments Disney Animation Division

The Los Angeles Times covers Dream On Silly Dreamer, a 40-minute documentary about the closing of Disney’s hand-drawn animation department after 75 years of service (free registration required). The film, made by former Disney animator Dan Lund, will be shown in Minneapolis the day before the next annual shareholders meeting. Roy Disney has already praised […]

"Fantastic Four" Bumped Back to July 8

Twentieth Century Fox has bumped Fantastic Four from its Fourth of July berth to July 8, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The move opens up some space between it and the Tom Cruise/Steven Spielberg War of the Worlds.

Disney to Release Karaoke, Pooh CDs

Walt Disney Records will release Disney’s Karaoke Series: Disneymania to CD on February 15, the company says. The disc will contain instrumental and vocal versions of eight updated Disney classics previously released on Disneymania and Disneymania 2: “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah,” “Welcome,” “Hakuna Matata,” “Kiss the Girl,” “Part of Your World,” “He’s a Tramp,” “The Second Star to […]

Disney, Gold To Withhold Votes at Annual Meeting

Roy Disney and Stanley Gold will withhold their votes for the board of directors at the Walt Disney Co. annual meeting, Reuters reports. Disney and Gold say they are waiting to see how the board handles the selection of a successor to Disney CEO Michael Eisner.

"Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence": Androids Dream of Electric Sci-fi

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence comes to DVD with high expectations, and it doesn’t disappoint. An elegant treatise less on man versus machine than man in machine, this sophisticated sci-fi thriller explores the human relationship to robots. And automatic weapons. It would be a disservice to take the reader too far into the film’s […]

"Scooby Doo" Valentine Special To Air Feb. 11

JC Chasez and Joey Lauren Adams will guest star in A Scooby-Doo Valentine, premiering on Friday, February 11, at 8:30pm (ET/PT) on The WB, the network said today. Chasez will star as himself while Adams will play Shaggy’s ex-girlfriend in a story that has the Mysteries Inc. gang going undercover as sweethearts in order to […]

Spanish Broadcaster Picks Up Two Series

Spain’s Radio Televisión Castilla-La Mancha has picked up Kong and Kumba Park for broadcast, World Screen News reports. Separately, World Screen also reports that Spain’s Edebé Group and Tiburón TV have begun offering The Edebits to international broadcasters.

Disney Plans More Platinum, DTV DVD Releases

Walt Disney will continue to release two Platinum-edition DVDs per year, and plans to repeat the cycle of releases when high-definition DVD is established, UltimateDisney reports. The company is also set to release more direct-to-video releases, which have given Disney triple-digit returns on its investment. UltimateDisney also reports that Disney has twenty CGI-feature projects in […]

Japan Influences U.S. Toy Market; Bandai Leads Cultural Wave

PR Newswire talks about the Japanese influence on the American toy industry and Bandai’s role in the cultural wave.

Bruce Timm to Draw "Conan" Fill-in Issue

Buried among news coverage of last weekend’s Emerald City Comic convention, it was revealed that Bruce Timm will draw a fill-in story of Dark Horse Comics’ new Conan monthly comic. He will share an issue with comics legend John Severin, although it is unclear if Timm and Severin or regular Conan scribe Kurt Busiek will […]

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