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Toy Play Features Cartoon Characters

Toy Play will release a new line of Color-In Cardboard Playhouses featuring SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Care Bears and a Generic Race Car, AWN reports. The playhouses allow kids to color in their favorite characters and build their own playhouse. The playhouses will be available in retail stores this fall for $12.99.

Thomas and Fleck Promoted at FUNimation

Navarre Corp. has promoted Ward Thomas to Senior VP of Sales and Operations for FUNimation and upped Joyce Fleck to VP of Sales & Marketing for FUNimation, AWN reports. Fleck takes over the sales responsibilities previously held by Thomas, in addition to her previous position of VP of Marketing for Navarre Corp.

"Looney Tunes" Wins in "The Best Marketing Campaign"

The BOC Credit Card (International) Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited, has been awarded “The Best Marketing Campaign” in Hong Kong for their “y not Credit Card” program featuring Looney Tunes characters, Warner Bros. Consumer Products announced Monday. The licensing initiative kicked off in 2004, with the BOC Credit Card […]

Lucas Ramping Up Singapore Facility for "Clone Wars" TV Show

Variety‘s coverage of George Lucas’ address at the annual SIGGRAPH convention revealed that Lucas Animation is currently ramping up a facility in Singapore for production of the 3-D computer animated Clone Wars show. (via Internet Movie Database Daily Briefing)

Disney to Open Shanghai Theme Park in 2012

An unsubstantiated report in the Hong Kong Economic Times states that Disney is planning to open a theme park in Shanghai, with construction to begin in 2008 for an opening date of 2012. (via Internet Movie Database Daily Briefing)

WizardWorld Atlanta Moved to 2007

In the wake of much negative publicity, Wizard Entertainment has stated that they will not be running a WizardWorld convention in Atlanta in 2006 as previously reported. CEO Gareb Shamus stated that Wizard is planning for an Atlanta show in 2007 which does not conflict with other comic conventions in the region. In a related […]

"Galaxy Railways Volume 1 Ahead Full!": What if the Millennium Falcon had a Caboose?

Many people credit George Lucas’s epic Star Wars franchise with the creating the modern space opera, but manga legend Leiji Matsumoto’s classic series Space Battleship Yamato (Star Blazers in the U.S.) broke ground on this genre three years earlier. Since then Matsumoto has generally pursued sci-fi of a more surreal or whimsical nature, including the […]

Next "Gargoyles" DVD Set Arriving This Winter

During this past weekend’s Gathering of the Gargoyles convention in Las Vegas, the show’s creator/producer Greg Weisman announced that the Gargoyles: Season 2, Part 1 DVD set will arrive this winter. This three-disc release will hold 26 episodes of the mid-’90s animated series, episodes #14-39, with audio commentaries and more bonus features to be announced. […]

New "Batman Movie Anthology" DVD Set Information

IGN DVD has released updated specs for the Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology 1989-1997 DVD set, including a movie by movie breakdown of the extras. The set will be offered for the MSRP of $79.92, but each title will also be available individually for the price of $26.99. Click the link for more information.

"Hi Hi" Says Hello to DVD

Warner Home Video will release Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi to DVD this November with two releases, the company says. Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi: Rock Forever will include episodes “Showdown,” “In the Cards,” “Team Teen,” “Yumi Saves Kaz,” “Rock & Roe,” “Scowlitis,” “Koi Fish,” “Arbor Day,” “Ami Ami,” “Hungry Yumi,” “The OddyGuard,” and “Song […]

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