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"Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" to Debut on May 5

by Ed Liuon April 13, 2006
A press release from the Walt Disney Company has announced that Mickey Mouse Clubhouse will debut on Friday, May 5. The show will be “the first Mickey Mouse series created specifically for preschoolers,” and will also be the first TV show to use CGI to animate Disney’s “Sensational Six” (Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Goofy, […]

Winnie the Pooh Gets Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

by Ed Liuon April 13, 2006
Winnie the Pooh received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, April 11, in commemoration of the famous bear’s 80th anniversary. The awarding of the star is part of Disney’s 18-month long jamboree celebrating Pooh’s anniversary. The day also marked the release of 1997’s Pooh’s Grand Adventure – The Search for Christopher […]

"Samurai 7" Light on Action, Heavy on Plot

by Dukeon April 12, 2006
At first, the idea of fusing sci-fi with ancient samurai tales doesn’t look all that promising. After all, there are a million ways you could screw something like that up. Then I watched the first volume of Samurai 7, where Kanbe goes out without a protective suit and, with a normal, everyday sword, slices a […]

"Samurai 7 Vol. 5" – Even With The Clip Show It’s Still Awesome.

by Karl Olsonon April 12, 2006
Yeah, you heard me right, a clip show. This volume of Samurai 7, coming hot off the blistering action from the 4th volume (which likely burned out the animation staff for a week,) leads off with a clip show. However, even that episode is pretty darn good. In general, this volume backs off the action, […]

Royal Armories Explains Samurai Armor with Usagi Yojimbo

by Ed Liuon April 12, 2006
The Royal Armories in Leeds has made their educational trail on samurai clothing and armour available on their website, with Stan Sakai’s cartoon and comic book character Usagi Yojimbo assisting in modeling and narration. The trail and the use of Sakai’s rabbit ronin are part of the museum’s “learning through literacy” Easter Trail. (via Usagi […]

"Animated Shorts" on Anime Network, H-B Toys, Lost "Captain Planet" Eps

by Ed Liuon April 12, 2006
The feature story of the latest “Animated Shorts” column on Newsarama.com focuses on ADV Films’ Anime Network, with comments by manager Stacy Slanina commenting on the network’s strategy and programming organization, the spread of the network as both a Video-on-Demand (VOD) service and a regular cable channel, and programming coming to the network in the […]

Mattel to Distribute "Barbie" and "Polly Pocket" DVDs Through Universal

by Ed Liuon April 12, 2006
Mattel has signed a multi-year deal with Universal Studios to market and distribute DVDs based on their Barbie and Polly Pocket toy lines. Universal was handling international distribution of the DVDs in the past, with Lionsgate handling domestic marketing and distribution.

Playlist Interviews Doug Bresler on Animated Podcasts

by Ed Liuon April 12, 2006
Playlist magazine has interviewed independent animator Doug Bresler about Doug Bresler’s Doogtoons, an animated podcast available from Apple’s iTunes Music Store. The interview covers Bresler’s decision to start in animation, the background of the Nick and Haig characters on the current show, and the tools he uses to make the podcast. Doogtoons will begin airing […]

Trinity Blood Preview: Because You Like Trigun And Hellsing

by Karl Olsonon April 11, 2006
Now, a lot of people are going to tell me that headline is unfair, and others are going to say it’s dead on, and you know what? Both sides are probably right. Trinity Blood is at times very Trigun-esque, especially with the lead character being a complete goof-ball a-la Vash when he’s just living his […]

"Finding Nemo" to Become Stage Musical

by Ed Liuon April 11, 2006
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Pixar’s Finding Nemo will be the next Disney film to be turned into a stage musical (registration required). The new stage show will be written by Robert Lopez (Avenue Q) and his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Along the Way) and is scheduled to debut at Walt Disney World in […]