"Shadow Star Narutaru" Vol. 4: Kids Have Issues, But DVD Has Extras

by on October 28, 2005
A catchy alt-pop opening song that’s somewhere between the Spin Doctors, old school No Doubt and Blues Traveler. Cute, simple opening animation that looks like it was probably done with markers and crayons. Adorable monsters that make Pikachu appear pathetic. Cripplingly cute characters, calling to mind Kodocha and Ojamajo Doremi. It’s a total bait and […]

Lucas Opens Animation Studio in Singapore

by Zeddon October 27, 2005
Lucas, the company of U.S. director George Lucas, today launched an animation studio in Singapore to produce television shows and feature films for the global market. The studio, Lucasfilm Animation Singapore, is financially backed by the Singapore government to boost the island’s multimedia industry. [Source: Japan Today]

JAKKS Pacific Signs Licensing Agreement with Scholastic for "Clifford" & "I Spy"

by Zeddon October 27, 2005
JAKKS Pacific, Inc. today announced a worldwide licensing agreement with Scholastic Media to produce a line of JAKKS Pacific’s new Tell-A-Story interactive books based on Scholastic Media’s preschool properties Clifford The Big Red Dog and I SPY. The Tell-A-Story system connects directly into a standard TV using Plug & Read technology, serving as an introductory […]

Berlin Animation Film Series Tread New Waters

by Zeddon October 27, 2005
Berlin Animation Film’s (BAF) animated series Mission Odyssey will enter several new territories after some major deals were signed following Mipcom Jnr., C21Media reports. German distributor Telepool has sold the series to Spain and Hungary and to a pan-Arabic broadcaster, taking the total number of territories signing up to twenty. A commission in Germany is […]

Noodlesoup Prods. Founder Departs Studio

by Zeddon October 27, 2005
Jeff Nodelman, founder of Noodlesoup Prods., is leaving the animation studio to pursue his own independent portfolio. Nodelman will continue to collaborate periodically with the studio on specific projects. [Source: AWN]

ASIFA To Screen "Chicken Little"

by Zeddon October 27, 2005
ASIFA-Hollywood is hosting a free screening of Disney Animation’s Chicken Little, AWN reports. The screening will be held November 4, 2005, at 7:00pm at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, 5230 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, California. It will be followed by a question & answer session with Disney CG supervisor Kevin Geiger.

PBS KIDS & PBS KIDS GO! Announce Halloween Schedule

by Zeddon October 27, 2005
PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS GO! have announced their Halloween-themed programming schedules for this year. AWN reports.

YTV Announces Halloween Programming Slate

by Zeddon October 27, 2005
YTV has announced its slate of Halloween-themed programming for this year. AWN has details.

20th Century Fox Names Licensing VP

by Zeddon October 27, 2005
Twentieth Century Fox Licensing and Merchandising has named Michael Peikoff as VP of licensing, World Screen reports. In his new position, Peikoff will oversee the company’s U.S. licensing business with specific oversight of the category management team, its list of domestic licensees, and retail initiatives.

RC2 Corp. to Underwrite "Thomas & Friends"

by Zeddon October 27, 2005
HIT Entertainment has signed up toy licensee RC2 Corporation as a new underwriter for the Thomas & Friends TV series, World Screen reports. Through the partnership, RC2’s Learning Curve brand will receive 15-second credits at the open and close of Thomas & Friends. In addition to on-air messaging, the program will include cross-sell and promotional […]