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First Look at Blackheart

Superhero Hype! has posted the first picture of Blackheart (played by Wes Bentley) in the upcoming Ghost Rider film, coming to theatres on July 14, 2006. Also in the picture are Abigor (played by Mathew Wilkinson) and Wallow (played by Daniel Frederiksen) at the Old Train Station.

Titles and Descriptions of Studio Ghibli Museum Shorts Available

Nausicaa.net is reporting on three new short films which will be shown at the Studio Ghibli Museum starting January 3, 2006. The three films are: – “Yagodashi” (Looking for a Home), about a girl on the road looking for a new home – “Hoshi wo Katta Hi” (The Day I Cropped a Star), focusing on […]

Frederator Studios Launches Cartoon Podcast Channel

Frederator Studios founder Fred Seibert has launched Channel Frederator, the world’s first cartoon video podcast created expressly for distribution of world-class content on portable video devices. Episodes released weekly will contain several shorts from original and vintage cartoons submitted by producers from around the world, packaged into 10- to 15-minute episodes by the Channel Frederator […]

Corgi Signs License Agreement For "Wallace & Gromit" Replicas

Corgi, the leading name in die-cast scale models, has signed a license agreement to produce exclusive die-cast replicas featuring Wallace & Gromit, the legendary British clay characters and stars of the new film The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. The three-year deal is for the U.S., U.K., and Ireland. [Source: Corgi]

Viz Media Names Mattel as Master Toy Licensee for "Zatch Bell!"

VIZ Media, LLC has named Mattel as master toy licensee for Zatch Bell! by Makoto Raiku. Today’s announcement is the most recent development for Zatch Bell! since VIZ Media was granted the North and South American broadcast and licensing rights in June 2004. Additionally, the company has entered into partnerships with Cartoon Network (where Zatch […]

Using CG Animation in Books

AWN reports on an attempt to illustrate a Christmas book using computer graphics (CG) animation.

WHV Goes UMD

Warner Home Video (WHV) will begin releasing DVDs in the new Universal Media Disc (UMD) format on December 6, 2005. Among the first DVDs to be released in that format will be Aqua Teen Hunger Force Volume 4, Batman Begins, and Enter the Dragon. The UMD is a newly developed compact, high capacity, optical format […]

Asian Ministers Meet to Discuss Animation

Leaders from Asian countries gathered for a high-level seminar on October 28, 2005, in Tokyo to enhance Asia-wide cooperation to produce animated movies, games and other cultural products, recognizing the importance of having movies and animation produced and circulated throughout the region. A main topic of discussion is to establish an organization to serve as […]

HIT Licenses Shows to Al Jazeera Children's Channel

HIT Entertainment has sold a package of programming to the recently launched Al Jazeera Children’s Channel (JCC), C21Media reports. The package includes Fireman Sam, Oswald, Magic Key, and Shakespeare’s Animated Tales.

Macy's Announces Thanksgiving Day Float Lineup, Featuring Many Animated Characters

On the heels of Monday’s separate announcements that floats featuring both Dora the Explorer and Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi would be featured in Macy’s 79th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, Macy’s has now announced a full list of floats. In addition to the two announced yesterday, floats featuring Jo Jo of Jo Jo’s Circus (announced earlier […]

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