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"Princess Natasha" Coming to DVD

Anchor Bay Entertainment will release the AOL web series Princess Natasha to home video, World Screen reports. The twenty-part series will be released in installments featuring ten episodes each. AOL will also develop two exclusive bonus episodes for the release and two games for DVD and video.

KIKA Buys "Benjamin Bear"

Germany’s KIKA has bought fifty-two 11-minute episodes of The Secret World of Benjamin Bear, World Screen reports. The deal puts the Amberwood Entertainment show in every major European territory.

Competition for Voiceover Spots Intensifies

Competition in the voiceover field is intensifying, and Backstage takes a look at the state of the industry. Celebrities continue to invade the field, and the report discovers that studios aren’t above abusive trickery in getting what they want.

Friedman, Beard: RIP

Ed Friedman, a long-time animator and director with Walt Disney, Ub Iwerks, UPA, and other studios, died on April 29, AWN reports. He was 92. Separately, AWN reports that Blue’s Clues animator Paul Beard died on April 22 in a Kansas City car crash. He was 27.

Fox Toons Score Strong Ratings

Fox’s animated shows did well in the ratings, despite stiff competition from ABC’s Desperate Housewives, Reuters reports. The 350th episode of The Simpsons was watched by 10.4 million viewers; the 8:30pm installment of the series was watched by 11.7 million. Family Guy, returning to Fox, had an audience of 11.9 million. The debut of American […]

Florida Man Wins Pokemon Contest

Chris Darling of Orlando, Florida, has won the title of Pokemon Emerald Ultimate Frontier Battle Brain, Nintendo said today. Darling defeated twelve other finalists to win a trip for two to the new Pokemon The Park 2005 in Nagoya, Japan. [Source: Business Wire]

CritterPix Names Creative Team to "Ollie the Otter"

Animation alums Gary Goldman, Chris Rock and Sandra Joy Lee have joined the creative staff working on CritterPix’s Ollie the Otter, the company said today. Goldman, who has worked on Don Bluth productions The Secret of NIMH, Anastasia and The Land Before Time, has been named to a management role, while Pixar’s Rock has signed […]

FUNimation Acquires "Desert Punk" for 2006

FUNimation has acquired Desert Punk and will bring the series to North America in 2006, the company announced at Anime Boston on Saturday. Updates on the series can be found at www.desertpunk.tv. [Source: FUNimation] Correction: Stupid, mistaken reference to title corrected. Thanks, Karl.

Blue Sky Animator To Lecture at Williams College

Blue Sky Studio’s Michael Reed will lecture on computer animation at Williams College during the week of May 2, iBerkshires.com reports. Reed will speak on Thursday, May 5, at 8:00pm on “Computational Aspects of Feature Animation” in Wege Auditorium in The Science Center. On Friday, May 6, at 2:35pm, he will speak on “Lead Character […]

'Constantine' Announced on DVD

DVD Answers has put the official specs and cover art for the DVD of the DC Comics / Vertigo title, Constantine. Expect two versions of the DVD, a double disc collectors edition and a single-disc, regular edition.

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