"G.I. Joe" What’s Cooler than Ninjas? MORE NINJAS!

by on October 30, 2005
Ask almost any fan of G.I. Joe and undoubtedly every single one will list either Snake Eyes or Storm Shadow as one of their top ten favorite characters. Hasbro realized this during G.I. Joe‘s revival and created a huge Snake Eyes/Storm Shadow duel in Spy Troops, and then focused in on Jinx and newcomer Kamakura […]

"Popeye" and Other Classics Come to DVD

by Zeddon October 29, 2005
The first volume of Mackinac Media’s The Golden Age of Cartoons DVD includes ten original Popeye cartoons from the 1930s. Each of the cartoons included have been digitally remastered from original 35mm material and digitally restored to their original brilliance. The collection also features many bonus features including interviews, still galleries, and more. The second […]

"Dinosaur" Director to Direct "Ollie the Otter"

by Zeddon October 29, 2005
Regency Enterprises has hired Disney’s Dinosaur director Ralph Zondag to direct its first CG feature, Ollie The Otter, AWN reports. The story centers on a circus sea otter named Ollie who ventures out into the cruel, harsh world to discovery what life is like “on the other side of the tracks.” Regency, which is based […]

New Licensing Deals for "Pretty Pony" and "Muffin the Mule"

by Zeddon October 29, 2005
Peak Ent. Holdings Inc. has announced new licensing deals for its Pretty Pony and Muffin the Mule properties. AWN has details.

Italian Toon Fest Date Confirmed

by Zeddon October 29, 2005
Italy’s Cartoons on the Bay festival, home to the prestigious Pulcinella Awards, is set to take place from April 5 – 9 next year, festival director Alfio Bastiancich has confirmed. The festival will once again take place in Positano, Italy, and the deadline for entries for the Pulcinella awards will be January 15. [Source: C21Media]

Playmates Acquires Toy Rights to "Little Robots"

by Zeddon October 29, 2005
BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) has granted North American master toy licensee rights for preschool series Little Robots to toy manufacturer Playmates, C21Media reports. Playmates plans to launch a character-driven line in the fall of 2006 that will include electronic figures, plush dolls, play sets, and games.

"Wide Eye" Comes to Italy

by Zeddon October 29, 2005
Wide Eye, the animated CO-production between the BBC and Abbey Home Media, has been sold into another new territory — Italy — under a deal with pubcaster Rai. The series has already sold to fourteen other broadcasters including ABC in Australia, TV2 in Denmark, TV3 in New Zealand, Ki.Ka in Germany, and SVT in Sweden. […]

Granada Kids Moves to Increase Production

by Zeddon October 29, 2005
In a move to increase production, Granada Kids has hired Ken Olshansky as VP of creative affairs, C21Media reports. Olshansky will be based in New York, but will travel frequently to London to work with the UK-based Granada team. He will be charged with developing preschool and animation programming, focusing specifically on the U.S. market. […]

Two Way TV & Fat City Films Partner for Interactive Toon

by Zeddon October 29, 2005
Two Way TV has partnered with animation house Fat City Films to CO-produce an interactive kids cartoon series, C21Media reports. Entitled The Dweebz, the series is aimed at eight- to 12-year-olds and features two schoolboy supergeeks at Dumphill High who use the super computer hidden in their locker to take a stand against bullies and […]

OCON Completes Financing for "Dibo The Gift Dinosaur"

by Zeddon October 29, 2005
Korean animation studio OCON has completed financing for its new preschool property Dibo The Gift Dinosaur, World Screen reports. The 3-D series is set in Cozy Land, where everything is made of soft fabrics, and follows the adventures of DIBO, a dinosaur who delivers gifts to his friends. The studio is now looking for an […]