JAKKS Pacific and Pokemon USA Sign Master Toy Deal for Hugely Popular Pokemon Brand; Companies Jointly Announce the Expansive New License at Press Conference Before the Opening of Licensing 2006 International MALIBU, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 20, 2006–JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (Nasdaq:JAKK) and Pokemon USA, Inc. announced today that the two companies have signed a Master Toy licensing […]
Mile High Comics has posted advance previews of comics shipping next Thursday, July 5, 2006, including DC’s Justice League Unlimited #23 by Mike McAvennie, Leigh Gallagher, and Jesse Delperdang and starring the Royal Flush Gang; and Marvel’s Beyond #1 by Dwayne McDuffie and Scott Kolins.
Nickelodeon has ordered a third season of 20 episodes for the hit show Avatar: the Last Airbender. The new episodes will premiere in 2007. In the meantime, an hour-long animated movie titled The Fury of Aang is scheduled to debut on July 14, 2006. (via TZ Forum Member RBryanA)
At the annual Gathering of the Gargoyles convention this past weekend, series creator Greg Weisman announced that Disney currently has no plans for a DVD release of Gargoyles Season Two, Volume Two. There have been two previous DVD releases. Season One contained the first 13 episodes while Season Two, Volume One contained the next 26. […]
Writer Mark Evanier is reporting the passing of voice actor Lennie Weinrib at the age of 71. Weinrib’s career in voice acting lasted nearly 40 years, with his most memorable roles being the voice of H.R. Pufnstuf and Scrappy-Doo.
Steve Fritz’s latest “Animated Shorts” column for Newsarama.com contains part 1 of a 2-part feature interviewing Lou Scheimer, one of the key members of the Filmation Studios. Scheimer details his entry into the business working for legends like Chuck Jones and Joseph Barbera, his connection to Bozo the Clown, and the con job that led […]
UK network ITV has commissioned a series of Ricky Gervais’ book series Flanimals, C21Media reports. Gervais, most famous for both versions of the comedy series The Office, will write and narrate the series, which focuses on his personally imagined monster creations. The series will be animated via a mix of claymation and CGI.
You know every once and a while, an anime will come out of Japan that just really blows the doors off what people thought could be done in the way of animation, storytelling and overall scenario. Sure, it might be grounded in some familiar roots, but the resulting work seems to redefine its genre, if […]
Voltron.com has officially launched their new website as of 1:00 PM today. The biggest announcement is that they’ve teamed up with Media Blasters to come up with a DVD box set scheduled for release in September 2006. The box set will be available from Animeworks. Tvshowsondvd.com has the full press release. Media Blasters has launched […]
ICv2.com is reporting that the Sojitz Corporation’s Japan Content Investments (JCI) investor group has made a “substantial” investment in A.D. Vision. CEO and founder John Ledford will remain as ADV’s CEO and majority shareholder. The article states that the investment will allow ADV Films to raise its output of anime titles and expand its operations […]