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"Starchaser" to DVD

Starchaser: The Legend of Orin will be released to DVD on June 21, DVDToons reports. It will retail for $14.95.

Mattel Gets "Puffy AmiYumi" License

Mattel has been awarded the master toy license for Cartoon Network’s Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, the companies announced on Friday. A full line of toys, including fashion dolls, plushes, play sets, musical and electrical toys, puzzles, and other items, is expected this fall. [Source: Time Warner]

C&A Gets Babar-Themed License

C&A stores will begin carrying Babar-themed infantwear under a pan-European direct-to-retail agreement with Nelvana, the companies announced today. Under the deal, C&A stores will begin carrying nightwear and pramcoats beginning this June. Nelvana says it expects to announce future Babar licenses in the future. [Source: PR Newswire]

Miss Spider In Multiple Merchandising Deals

Nelvana today announced a series of licenses for its Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Friends franchise, including deals with Penguin for a line of series-related books and distribution agreements with Lions Gate and MGM Kids. Spin Master, Kellytoy, A.D. Sutton, Baby Bom, Bakery Crafts, and Happy Kids are some of the companies granted merchandising rights to […]

"Stellvia," "R.O.D." DVDs Announced

Stellvia: Foundation IV and Stellvia: Foundation V will be released to DVD later this year, according to Animated Bliss. Foundation IV will be released on April 12; Foundation V will follow on June 14. Both releases will retail for $24.98. Separatetly, Animated Bliss also reports that R.O.D – THE TV, Volumes 6 and 7, will […]

Olsen Twin Animated Series Invading Home Video

Mary-Kate & Ashley in Action (Volume 1) will be released to DVD on May 3, DVDToons reports. The 110-minute DVD release will retail for $9.97.

"Dinotopia" DVD Due in May

Dinotopia – Quest For The Ruby Sunstone: The Movie will be released to DVD on May 3, DVDToons reports. The film will retail for $19.95.

4Kids, Mirage Make Tsunami-Relief Donation

4Kids Entertainment and Mirage Licensing have donated $40,000 to Save the Children for Tsunami relief efforts, the companies said today. The donation will be targeted to helping children of the Aceh province in Indonesia. [Source: 4Kids Entertainment]

"Simpsons" Takes WGA Prize

Ian Maxtone-Graham picked up the WGA award in the animation category at Saturday night’s Writers Guild of America awards. Maxtone-Graham won for his “Catch ‘Em If You Can” script for The Simpsons. [Source: Writers Guild of America]

Patty Comes Out of the Closet; New York Times Furrows Brow

The New York Times (free registration required) looks at the outing of Patty Bouvier in last night’s The Simpsons. As usual with the Times, the article manages to suck the joy out of life itself.

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