Shanda Developing Online Disney Game for China

by Maxie Zeuson May 24, 2006
Shanda Interactive Entertainment will develop, distribute, and operate an online casual game based on Disney-branded content under a deal announced by the two companies today. The new game will be available in China for open beta in the spring of 2007. [Source: PR Newswire]

Slate Explains CG Animation Basics

by Maxie Zeuson May 24, 2006
Online magazine Slate has a brief overview in its “Explainer” series describing how CG-animated creatures, like those in Over the Hedge, are created. Separately, the Cleveland Plain Dealer talks with Jeff Kasunic of the Over the Hedge digital lighting department about the film.

Edward Herskovitz, RIP

by Maxie Zeuson May 24, 2006
Animation producer Edward Herskovitz has died at the age of 85, AWN reports. Herskovits co-founded ASIFA-Japan and worked on several international co-productions.

Digital Video Releases New Software

by Maxie Zeuson May 24, 2006
Digital Video is introducing Toonz 5.0 Bravo!, a 2D animation software tool, AWN reports. The software is available for download at the Toonz website; a save-disabled demo version is also available.

ADV Announces July 25 Releases

by Maxie Zeuson May 24, 2006
ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime in North America, is pleased to announce four hot new titles set to hit the streets on July 25 – the original OVAs for Area 88, volume six of Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok, volume six of Princess Tutu, and a brand new thin-pack collection for Gravion Zwei. […]

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 […]