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Anime Sales Fall in Japan

The Japan External Trade Organization says that anime market sales in Japan fell 10.4% to 191.2 billion yen in 2003 from a 2002 high, AWN reports. Box office revenues for anime features fell 53% between 2001 and 2003, and sales of anime DVDs fell 5.5% between 2003 and 2004.

Canemaker on End of Disney Hand-Drawn Animation

John Canemaker, director of the animation program at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, writes in The Wall Street Journal on the closure of the last Disney studio devoted to hand-drawn animation. (via Cartoon Brew)

Navarre Ups Deacon to President

Navarre Corp., parent of anime-distributor FUNimation, has named Cary Deacon as president and chief operating officer, the company says. [Source: PR Newswire]

"New Getter Robo" When Gore Goes Into Overdrive

You know you’ve got a good remake on your hands when not only does it appeal to old-school fans who enjoyed the original, but it also reels in newbies like myself who have never seen any previous Getter Robo series. New Getter Robo delivers a knockout punch, sending your head flying 300 feet while leaving […]

DreamWorks Animation Shows Loss in Second Quarter

DreamWorks Animation lost $3.7 million in the second quarter of 2005, the company said today. That compared to a profit of $146.1 million in the same quarter last year. Quarterly revenues fell to $35.4 million from $300.3 million in the same period last year. For the six months ended June 30, DreamWorks Animation had revenues […]

Studios Working with Colleges to Train Animators

Walt Disney, DreamWorks Animation, and Pixar are collaborating with colleges and univesities to train the next generation of animators, USA Today reports. The studios are creating educational programs to ensure that students and animators already in their employ are trained in the CG techniques that are currently in high demand.

IDT Names Braun, Davis to Executive Posts

IDT Entertainment has named Neil S. Braun to the post of President of Feature Films and Television and Jerry Davis to the post of Chief Creative Officer, Animated Features, the company said today. Braun will oversee all business deals regarding feature film and television properties. Davis will head up the development of creative content and […]

CPM to Photograph Cosplay at Otakon 2005

Central Park Media will be photographing fans in their cosplay costumes at Otakon 2005, the company said today. The best pictures will be included in a special photo gallery on the DVD release of Eric Bresler’s anime fandom documentary Otaku Unite! Fans should come to the CPM booth (#1327) dressed as their favorite anime character […]

"Kim Possible" Characters Guest Star on "Lilo & Stitch: The Series"

Disney Channel will present seven new episodes of its animated comedy Lilo & Stitch: The Series all week long, Monday, August 22 – Friday, August 26 (1:00pm, ET/PT), as well as a primetime premiere of a “cross-over episode” featuring characters from the animated series Kim Possible. During the primetime cross-over episode, entitled “Rufus,” characters from […]

"Naruto" to Premiere on Toonami September 10

Naruto — the global anime series centering around Uzumaki Naruto, a rebellious ninja in training — makes its U.S. debut on Saturday, September 10, 2005, at 9:00pm (ET/PT) during Toonami on Cartoon Network. Its debut on Cartoon Network will mark the first time the series has been shown in English. The story of Naruto begins […]

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