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"Muffin the Mule" Returns to UK Television

Peak Entertainment Holdings will produce a new animated television series based on a sixty-year-old BBC property, the company said today. Muffin the Mule, which was a popular series in the 1940s and 1950s, is expected to launch in the fall of 2005 on CBBC. [Source: PR Newswire]

"Maburaho" Gets April DVD Date

ADV Films will release Maburaho: Bewitched and Bewildered (Vol. 1) to DVD on April 19, the company said yesterday. The DVD-only release will feature four complete episodes presented in English 5.1 and Japanese 2.0 audio with English subtitles. Extras include “The Magic Times” insert, clean opening and closing animation, The Art of Maburaho, translator’s comments, […]

"Boys Over Flowers" Gets DVD Release

Viz will release Boys Over Flowers, Volume 11: Open Up Your Heart to DVD on May 3 and Volume 12: Neverending on July 5, Animated Bliss reports. Both releases will contain five episodes and retail for $24.98.

HIT Entertainment Agrees to Buyout

Thomas the Tank Engine-producer HIT Entertainment will be purchased by venture capital firm Apax Partners in a $934 million deal, according to AWN. Talpa Media, HIT’s second-largest shareholder, is reportedly supporting the deal but also seeking an agreement that would give it distribution rights to HIT brands in the Benelux countries. HIT recently reported a […]

Neal Promoted at Disney Channel UK

James Neal has been named vice president of programming for Disney Channel UK, according to AWN.

"Belleville" Wins at Genie Awards

The Triplets of Belleville was named Best Film at the 25th Genie Awards, AWN reports. Chris Landreth’s “Ryan” was named Best Animated Short.

Village Voice Talks to Otomo about "Steamboy"

The Village Voice has spoken to director Katsuhiro Otomo about his latest film Steamboy, which opened nationwide last Friday. Otomo talks about the inspiration behind the film, the challenges he faced during its 10-year production, and the sequel.

Joe Kelly & Ariel Olivetti talk "Space Ghost" Comics

Joe Kelly and Ariel Olivetti have spoken to Comicon.com’s PULSE News about their Space Ghost comic book mini-series being published by DC Comics. The creative team is already talking about a Space Ghost sequel, and writer Kelly is at work on two more Hanna-Barbera properties in addition to an original show for Cartoon Network.

WizardWorld Los Angeles News Roundup

The WizardWorld Los Angeles comic book convention was held last weekend, resulting in a deluge of comic-book related news. – DC Comics’ panel revealed details about DC Countdown to Infinite Crisis and its many tie-in books, Grant Morrison’s Seven Soldiers of Victory maxi-series, the return of Donna Troy to the DC Universe, a new Teen […]

"DC Countdown #1" Cover Posted (Updated with Preview)

Newsarama has posted the cover to the first issue of DC Comics’ DC Countdown. PopCultureShock.com has also posted the first five pages of the comic. The 80-page issue will be on sale on March 30, 2005.

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