Bandai Co. has agreed to buy “Pac-Man” designer Namco Ltd. for about 175.3 billion yen ($1.7 billion) in cash and stock to create Japan’s second-largest maker of toys and video-game software. Bandai purchased 6.3 percent of Namco for 10.5 billion yen in cash, according to a joint statement released today. Namco shareholders will receive one […]
After many months of reruns, Nickelodeon’s cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants returns with new episodes starting May 6 at 8:00pm (ET). This new season will consist of 20 half-hour episodes, as reported by Yahoo! News.
The New York Times covers “Family Guy Live!”, where cast members performed a script for live audiences last Friday and Saturday (free registration required). The article notes Family Guy’s resurrection on network TV and briefly analyzes the show’s fans.
VIZ Media, LLC, has announced three published tie-ins to Howl’s Moving Castle, the latest animated movie by Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. The Art of Howl’s Moving Castle will be a full-color coffee table picture book featuring production artwork and interviews. Howl’s Moving Castle Film Comics Vol. 1-4 will use movie frames to tell the […]
The Los Angeles Times delves into the Disney Corporation’s efforts to update and upgrade their theme park attractions on the eve of the 50th anniversary of Disneyland (free registration required). The article addresses Disney’s strategy to compete with other theme parks as well as other entertainment media competing for recreational dollars.
The first annual Shuster Award winners were named over the weekend, recognizing outstanding Canadian comic talent for the past year. Ty Templeton shared top honors in the “Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Writer” category for his work on DC’s Batman Adventures, while Darwyn Cooke won in the “Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Cartoonist” category for DC: The […]
Kids will get a chance to program a special three-hour Cartoon Network marathon, thanks to a joint promotion by the network and ConAgra Foods, the companies announced Friday. The winner of the “Big Wig Gig!” sweepstakes will be given a trip to Cartoon Network headquarters in Atlanta to take a behind-the-scenes, VIP tour of the […]
Justin Timberlake will play a rebellious young King Arthur, nephew to King Harold, in Shrek 3, the Associated Press reports. It will be Shrek’s job to teach “Artie” how to act like royalty.
Disney will release Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie to DVD on September 13, Animated Bliss reports. It will retail for $19.99.
Dennis Budd and Joe Caramagna, creators of “Model Operandi,” will be at Wizard World Philadelphia, where they will be signing copies of their first trade paperback. The convention will be held June 3-5, 2005, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. [Source: ModelOperandi.net]