The New York Times has published an opinion piece by critic A.O. Scott that suggests that Who Framed Roger Rabbit was the forerunner to the current Sin City movie and Stephen Chow’s Kung Fu Hustle (free registration required).
The James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylsetown, Pennsylvania, will host “That’s All Folks! The Art of Warner Brothers Cartoons” through July 3, the museum says. The exhibit, curated by author Stephen Schneider, will feature more than 160 drawings, cels, paintings and related items. (via CookieS)
MGM will release the Pink Panther Classic Cartoon Collection to DVD on July 26 with a retail price of $69.96. Animated Bliss has all the details.
South Korea’s CHAMP animation channel—which is set to launch on May 2—will carry a branded Jetix block under a deal with Buena Vista International Television, World Screen reports. The one-hour block will air weekdays and feature W.I.T.C.H., Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!, and A.T.O.M. Alpha Teens on Machines.
HIT Entertainment says that an unidentified company—widely reported to be Classic Media—is no longer pursuing takeover talks with HIT, the Associated Press reports. Lions Gate is continuing to pursue a due diligence review.
Cartoon Network Halloween 2: Grossest Halloween Ever will be released to DVD on August 9, DVDToons reports. The release will feature five Halloween and four bonus episodes drawn from such signature Cartoon Network shows as Billy & Mandy, Courage the Cowardly Dog, and Dexter’s Laboratory. It will retail for $14.97.
Matt Groening marks the 350th episode of The Simpsons by saying he expects the series to run another seventeen years. It’s hard to tell if he’s joking, but The New York Times plays it straight, and goes behind the scenes of a taping of a new Simpsons episode.
Animax Asia has reached a carriage deal with Thailand’s UBC, World Screen reports.
The Los Angeles Times (link requires free registration) marks a Ralph Bakshi retrospective by profiling the veteran animator.
Update (4/25): Revised front cover (featuring a peak at the disc art) and back cover added. Special Features added to list. WHV has officially announced the second season of Samurai Jack, coming to DVD this May. Synopsis: From Genndy Tartakovsky, the creator of Star Wars: Clone Wars, comes the Emmy Award winning Samurai Jack Season […]