"Batman Begins" Tops Weekend with Estimated $46.9 Million

Box Office Mojo reports that Warner Bros. Pictures’ Batman Begins earned $46.9 million in North America during its opening weekend. The film, earning critical acclaim, has grossed an estimated $71 million since opening Wednesday.

Banjax Announces Upcoming Animated Projects

Banjax, a new digital animation studio located in Belfast, has announced two upcoming animated projects — Luke The Lifeboat and Gene-Fusion. The Belfast Telegraph has details on the two series.

Wit Animation Creates CG Spot for McDonald's

Wit Animation has been commissioned to create a character animation spot for McDonald’s. DTV Professional has details.

Warner Bros. Books "Guardians of Ga'Hoole" For CG Feature

Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to turn Kathryn Lasky’s children’s fantasy series Guardians of Ga’Hoole into a CG feature, AWN reports, citing Variety.

Southern Star Picks Up "Faireez"

Australian distributor Southern Star International has picked up Faireez. Co-produced in several countries, the series follows a foursome of young fairies as they explore the magical land of Faireezia. [Source: C21Media]

BRB Bringing Toons To U.S. Market

Spanish cartoon producer/distributor BRB International is bringing its latest 3D animations to the U.S. and Canada, in the hopes that U.S. companies will work with them on the co-production and development of future series in order to exploit them via merchandising and new media markets, C21Media reports.

Disney Channel Acquires "Daniel Cook"

The Canadian preschool series This is Daniel Cook has been picked up by the Disney Channel for its Playhouse Disney block, according to World Screen. It will air as part of Breakfast With Bear.

PorchLight Licenses "Four Eyes" Throughout Asia-Pacific

PorchLight Entertainment, through its distribution partners, has secured several distribution deals for its animated series Four Eyes. The series has been licensed to Nickelodeon Australia, Nickelodeon Asia, Disney Channel Italy, and TG4. [Source: World Screen]

Mainframe Acquires Rights to "Arthur" Film

Mainframe has picked up international distribution rights to Arthur’s Missing Pal, the CGI direct-to-video film based on the children’s property Arthur, World Screen reports.

"Polar Express" Hits DVD November 22

The Polar Express will be available on DVD from Warner Home Entertainment beginning November 22, 2005, AWN reports.

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