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Scooby-Doo Named Macy's Holiday Ambassador

Scooby-Doo will make his Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade debut on Thursday, November 24, 2005, as a larger-than-life giant helium balloon, Macy’s and Warner Bros. announced Tuesday. He will also be starring as Macy’s very own Holiday Ambassador as a kid-friendly collectible plush. You can find more information on both the balloon and the plush at […]

4Kids Entertainment Reports First Quarter 2005 Financial Results

4Kids Entertainment, Inc. today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2005. For the quarter, net revenues totaled $20.3 million, compared to $22.5 million in the same period last year. Net income for the quarter was $2.0 million, compared to net income of $3.2 million in the year-earlier period. 4Kids Chairman and […]

Andre 3000 Signs Deal With Nickelodeon and MTV

Andre 3000, from the duo group OutKast, has signed a deal with Nickelodeon and MTV. As part of the deal, Andre is set to star in a new Nick Movies film, The Hit, which he will also co-produce. The film is about a fifth-grader, seeking a new wife for his father, who discovers that his […]

DreamWorks Animation Reports First Quarter 2005 Financial Results

DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2005. For the quarter, revenue totaled $167 million and net income totaled $46 million, compared to revenue of $41 million and a net loss of $25 million for the same period in 2004. The improvement in both profit and revenue […]

"Full Metal Panic" Or, A Military Otaku's Dream

When I picked up Full Metal Panic I was expecting another generic giant robot series. Some knockoff of Gundam, Voltron, or the like. What I got instead is an expert combination of comedy, drama, and sci-fi mixed with an extensive knowledge of real military hardware and tactics. The setting of Full Metal Panic is present […]

"Full Metal Panic FUMOFFU" Vol. 1: Jokes That Blow Up Real Good

Many people imagine the Japanese to be quiet, unassuming, and earnest, hardly words to describe the life of the party. Those assumed traits are accurate often enough, but not in the case of Japan’s rich comic tradition. Largely unknown to the rest of the world, Japanese TV is full of goofball comedians who ham it […]

"LazyTown" Highlights Nick Jr.'s Summer Schedule

Nick Jr. kicks off its summer schedule on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30) with a six-episode marathon of the comic/action series LazyTown and the debut of “Power Play Summer,” the network’s new summer packaging hosted by LazyTown‘s heroine Stephanie (played by Julianna Rose Mauriello). During “Power Play Summer,” Stephanie will encourage viewers to move the […]

"Rocumentary" Put on Hold

The DreamWorks film Rocumentary, an animated feature based on the 1964 Beatles movie A Hard Day’s Night, has been put on hold, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The film was to star four penguins from Antarctica who become the biggest rock band in the world. However, George Harrison refused to approve the idea before his […]

4Kids Scores New Deals on "Mew Mew Power"

4Kids Entertainment has signed on several broadcasters for its new anime action adventure series Mew Mew Power including France 3, Cartoon Network Latin America, Nickelodeon Australia, TVNZ, SIC in Portugal, Greece’s Alter Channel, MNET South Africa and the Children’s Channel in Israel, among others. Mew Mew Power began airing on 4Kids TV in the U.S. […]

Animation Industry Hiring on the Rise?

The Los Angeles Times has published an article about Bob Foster, a 61-year-old veteran Disney animator who was recently hired by Warner Brothers for a Tom and Jerry TV series revival (free registration required). The article notes a recent rise in hiring by the local animation industry, although it does not cite any supporting statistics.

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