Mark Evanier on Disney’s "Oswald"

by Ed Liuon February 20, 2006
Writer Mark Evanier has posted a history of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit on his weblog. He follows Oswald’s winding path through Hollywood, which has finally returned him to his roots at Disney in return for sportscaster Al Michaels, and even details how a Presidential assassination caused trouble for the character.

NY Times on "Ultimate Avengers" DVD

by Ed Liuon February 20, 2006
The New York Times takes a look at the Ultimate Avengers DVD and the deal between Lions Gate Home Entertainment and Marvel that birthed it (registration required). Marvel Studios chairman Avi Arad and Lions Gate president Steve Beeks are briefly quoted discussing the economics of the decision and their sales expectations.

"Ultimate Avengers the Movie": Animated Superheroes Grow Up

by on February 20, 2006
Fringe projects like the Heavy Metal films aside, mainstream American animation has rarely dared challenge the PG barrier. In a sign that the anime revolution may have at last reached our shores, Ultimate Avengers the Movie boldly tests PG-13 waters with an exciting, intelligent adventure aimed squarely at adult viewers. I can’t tell you how […]

"Angel Wars": Pacifist Christian Heroes That Actually Aren’t All That Bad

by on February 19, 2006
Does this describe you? Per day, your kids spend more time at Sunday school than in real school. You’ve been praying for deliverance from the evils of Pokemon and Gundam. Your kids are finally too old for Veggie Tales. If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, your salvation is here. Ladies […]

"Initial D": Drifts into Mediocrity

by on February 18, 2006
While recent release Memoirs of a Geisha has generated considerable controversy by casting primarily Hong Kong (HK) and Chinese actors in Japanese roles, another 2005 release employing the same strategy has managed to slip beneath the PC police’s radar. Based on the popular racing Japanese anime of the same name, the live action Initial D […]

Viz Expands Home Video Offering; "Full Moon" Comes to DVD

by Zeddon February 18, 2006
VIZ Media has announced the further expansion of its Shojo Beat imprint with the launch of Shojo Beat Home Video, aimed at delivering a variety of anime series targeted at female fans in North America. The first release under Shojo Beat Home Video will be Full Moon, a bittersweet tale of puppy love, tragedy and […]

"The Phantom" Celebrates 70th Anniversary

by Ed Liuon February 17, 2006’s PULSE News has posted a feature article commemorating the 70th anniversary of Lee Falk’s The Phantom comic strip. In addition to the newspaper comic strip (still in syndication from King Features Syndicate) and several comic books, Falk’s mysterious purple-clad crime-fighter has starred in two feature films (one 1943 serial and one cult-favorite 1996 film […]

"Armored Trooper Votoms Stage 1": It’s Gundamn Great!

by on February 17, 2006
I like to think that I have seen most of the truly great anime sci-fi epics. The latest such epic is Armored Trooper Votoms (1983), a riveting, mature tale of love and war in the distant future. Well, really robots and war, but I didn’t want to lose the female readership this early. Stage 1 […]

Marty Sklar Steps Down as Disney’s Head Imagineer

by Ed Liuon February 17, 2006
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Marty Sklar is stepping down as principal creative executive of the Walt Disney Imagineering division (free registration required). The 72-year old Sklar is one of the few remaining Disney employees who worked closely with Walt Disney, who stated that he planned to retire after the 50th anniversary of […]

"Lady and the Tramp: 50th Anniversary Edition" Comes to DVD

by Zeddon February 17, 2006
Walt Disney’s Lady and the Tramp will be released from the Disney Vault in a 2-disc Special Edition on February 28, 2006. The 50th Anniversary Edition will include never-before-seen deleted scenes; a newly discovered alternate, original storyboard version of the film, “Finding Lady: The Art of Storyboards”; “Lady’s Pedigree: The Making of ‘Lady and The […]