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VIZ, ShoPro Complete Merger

VIZ and ShoPro Entertainment have completed their previously announced merger, AWN reports. The new company will be known as VIZ Media.

".hack//SIGN" Honored for Package Design

The .hack//SIGN Collector’s Edition has been honored for its packaging by the National Paperboard Packaging Competition, winning the Excellence Award in Media/Software packaging. [Source: Bandai]

Comic Book Artists Interviewed in New DVD

Hero Video Productions will release Telling Stories: The Comic Book Creators, a collection of interviews with comic book artists, to DVD this summer, the company said today. Bruce Timm, Greg Rucka, Howard Chaykin, Steve Englehart, Adam Hughes, Trina Robbins, Jimmy Palmiotti, Geoff Johns and Arnold Drake are among interviewees; in addition, the DVD will feature […]

"My Dad the Rock Star" Set for Fall DVD Release

FUNimation has acquired the domestic video rights to Gene Simmons’ new animated series My Dad the Rock Star, the company announced today, and expects to release the series to DVD this fall. Simmons has signed on to help promote the release. The series, which chronicles the adventures of a rock star’s son who discovers the […]

Don Hertzfeldt in Live Chat in April

The Animation Show will host a live chat with Don Hertzfeldt on April 14 at 6:00pm (PT) in the website’s chat room. [Source: Bitter Films]

"Bambi Platinum Edition": Cuddly and Sweet But A Bit Obsolete

These days, among all the wildly eccentric characters, dazzling special effects, zany wisecracks, and grandiose musical numbers, it’s easy to forget the innocence and simplicity that marked the early years of Walt Disney’s career. In fact, it’s hard to imagine modern filmmakers letting audiences sit still for more than a few minutes without hitting them […]

"Harvie Krumpet": That Fantastic Adventure Called Life

These days animation is enjoying something of a golden age, expanding its audience, winning Academy Awards, and earning hundreds of millions. However, for all the hoopla that inevitably surrounds the latest rendering technology, it’s important to remember that CGI is not the only fish in the sea. Though nothing on the scale of Shrek or […]

"IGPX" Announced for Fall 2005

Cartoon Network will partner with Production I.G. and Bandai Entertainment to produce IGPX, the first original animated series for its Toonami bloc, the network announced today. The new series, which got a sneak peek on Friday, April 1, at the Tokyo Anime Fair in Japan, will use both traditional and CGI animation. It will debut […]

Two Suitors Circling HIT

HIT Entertainment may be the target of two unsolicited takeover bids, the Associated Press reports. The producer of Barney and Bob the Builder says that Lions Gate Entertainment and another, unidentified company have expressed a tentative interest in purchasing the company. The interest comes shortly after HIT agreed to be purchased by Apax Partners, a […]

Katzenberg: CGI Glut No Problem

Jeffrey Katzenberg downplayed concerns that a glut of CGI-animated films could oversaturate the film market, Reuters reports. The DreamWorks Animation executive, speaking at a media conference last week, expressed doubt that any companies except DreamWorks and Pixar had the resources to produce high-quality animated offerings and argued that the films coming out are sufficiently distinct […]

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