Galaxy Railways Station 4 Leaps of Faith: The Thrill is Back

by Chris Woodon May 24, 2006
It was commonly claimed in the golden years of Japan’s economic miracle that its companies succeeded because they focused on long-term results, unperturbed by occasional short-term setbacks. It seems a similar viewpoint is beneficial when regarding Galaxy Railways, which I came close to abandoning after the . The series roars back to life with volume […]

"Fairy Idol" Draws Five Million Viewers

by Maxie Zeuson May 23, 2006
The Fairly Oddparents‘s “Fairy Idol” drew five million viewers during its May 19 premiere, making it the highest-rated program of the day among kids 2-11, 6-11, and 9-14, Nickelodeon said today. The special also generated 4.6 million streams on Nickelodeon’s TurboNick broadband video service and 4 million plays on’s “Fairy Idol: Fast Fame!” game. […]

"The Animation Show" Coming to DVD

by Dan Collinson May 23, 2006
DVDToons reports that Paramount will release The Animation Show onto DVD. The box set will contain 20 celebrated animated short films chosen by Mike Judge (creator of Beavis & Butt-Head and King of the Hill), and Oscar nominee Don Hertzfeldt. Among the toons in the collection are Academy Award nominees “The Cathedral,” “The Rocks,” and […]

Weinstein Plans "Unstable Fables" DVD Series

by Maxie Zeuson May 23, 2006
The Weinstein Co. will distribute Unstable Fables, a new series of direct-to-video CG feature films, AWN reports. The new films, whose screenplays will be overseen by Shrek-writer Roger S. H. Schulman, will be irreverent versions of well-known fairy tales. Production is set to start in September. The Jim Henson Co., Flame Ventures, and Prana Studios […]

Wayans, MacFarlane Judging at Nicktoons Festival

by Maxie Zeuson May 23, 2006
Shawn and Marlon Wayans, Seth MacFarlane, and Bill Plympton are among the judges named for the third annual Nicktoons Network Animation Festival, it was announced today. They are joined on the panel by Andreas Deja and J. G. Quintel, who was last year’s Producers Choice and Student Award winner. The two-day Festival will kick off […]

Hatcher Joins "Coraline" Cast

by Maxie Zeuson May 23, 2006
Teri Hatcher has joined Dakota Fanning in Coraline, says The Hollywood Reporter. Hatcher will play a dual role, as the mother of Fanning’s character in both the real world and in a parallel universe.

Besson Plans More "Arthur" Installments

by Maxie Zeuson May 23, 2006
Luc Besson plans two more installments of Arthur and the Minimoys, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Arthur, a combination live-action/3D animated feature film about a ten-year-old boy who falls into a secret world, is scheduled for release in December. Madonna, David Bowie, Freddie Highmore, Mia Farrow, and Snoop Dogg contribute their voices to the English-language […]

AT&T, Disney Partner in "Cars" Promotion

by Maxie Zeuson May 23, 2006
AT&T Inc. and Disney-Pixar will jointly promote the release of Cars with a new website that highlights AT&T consumer offers while also carrying games and downloads related to the Pixar film. AT&T will also tout its high speed internet service with Pixar-animated television ads. [Source: PR Newswire]

Gorillaz’s Hewlitt Gets Award

by Maxie Zeuson May 23, 2006
Jamie Hewlitt of the cartoon band Gorillaz has been named Designer of the Year by the Design Museum, CBBC reports. He will also receive a £25,000 prize.

FlickerLab Names Merola to Post

by Maxie Zeuson May 23, 2006
Design and animation studio FlickerLab has named Eric Merola as its director of animation, Digital Animators reports. Merola will be responsible for the direction of animated spots and the creation of original content.