Viz to Move "Animerica" from Newsstands to Conventions

ICv2 News is reporting that Viz’s Animerica magazine will stop publishing as a newsstand, direct market, and subscription publication as of its June issue. It will distribute a revamped Animerica at anime conventions, starting with Anime Expo in July.

"Loonatics": So Dethpicable?

Animation historian Michael Barrier calls it “terrifying.” Amid Amidi uses the word “desecration.” The mainstream press wonders what is wrong in Burbank. “Have our Looney Tunes taken a wrong turn at Albuquerque?” asks the Boston Herald) “Has Warner Bros. gone daffy?” speculates the New York Post. Even the staid Wall Street Journal (in its print […]

Updated: Kids WB To Give Looney Tunes Extreme Makeover

Six descendents of the original Looney Tunes crew will gain superpowers in Loonatics, a new franchise property coming to Kids WB this fall, the network announced today. The series is one of three new and four returning series that Kids WB announced for its 2005-06 season. Set in the year 2772, Loonatics will be an […]

Updated: Kids WB Announces 2005 Fall Schedule

Three new animated series, including a revamped, futuristic version of the Looney Tunes gang, will join Kids WB this fall, the network said today. New seasons of The Batman, Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh! and Xiaolin Showdown will premiere this fall alongside freshman offerings Loonatics, Johnny Test and Coconut Fred’s Fruit Salad Island. In addition, Xiaolin Showdown and […]

Updated: Kids WB Adds "Coconut Fred," "Johnny Test" to Weekend Lineup

Kids WB will add Johnny Test and Coconut Fred’s Fruit Salad Island to its weekend lineup this fall, the network announced today. Set on tiny, tropical Fruit Salad Island, Coconut Fred’s Fruit Salad Island features the adventures of a wacky coconut and a community of living bananas, melons, mangos, lemons and other fruit. Johnny Test, […]

Disney Options "Peter Pan" Prequel

Peter and the Starchasers, a “prequel” to Peter Pan, has been optioned by Walt Disney for a CGI feature, Mickey News reports, citing Variety.

"Tokyo Pig" To DVD in June

The Best of Tokyo Pig will come to DVD on June 7 courtesy of Miramax Home Entertainment, Animated Bliss reports. The 171-minute release will retail for $19.99.

Hasbro Wins Nick License for Games, Toys

Hasbro has picked up US licensing rights to all Nickelodeon TV and movie properties under a deal between the toymaker and the network, the companies announced yesterday. Toys announced under the agreement include two games based on SpongeBob SquarePants (Ants in the Square Pants and The Game of Life in Bikini Bottom); versions of Candy […]

4Kids Names Lyons to Home Video Position

4Kids Entertainment has tapped Joe Lyons as its Director of Home Entertainment, the company announced yesterday. [Source: 4Kids Entertainment]

"Cartoon Cartoon Show" Set to Return; Two New Shorts Currently in Production

Michael Ouweleen, creative director of Cartoon Network, said today that Cartoon Network Studios is in production of two new short cartoons designed to restart their original cartoon anthology series, which has been known alternately in the past as The What a Cartoon Show and The Cartoon Cartoon Show. One of the two greenlit shorts, Welcome […]

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