ADV Acquires "The Place Promised in Our Early Days"

ADV Films has acquired Makoto Shinkai’s The Place Promised in Our Early Days for release in North America, the company said yesterday. The sci-fi film, which was awarded the Animation Film Award at the 59th annual Mainichi Film Concours, will make its U.S. theatrical debut at The Tribeca Grand Theatre in New York City May […]

Geico Has Good News for Speed Racer

Geico Insurance has produced and is airing a national advertisement featuring footage from Speed Racer, Speed Racer Enterprises says. [Source: PR Web]

Kirch Upped to DisneyToon Studios VP

Toon Disney has promoted B. Susan Kirch to vice-president, creative affairs, for DisneyToon Studios, according to AWN. Kirch will develop original scripts and stories as well as sequels to other Disney properties.

"Morir de Amor" Takes Anima '05 Prize

Gil Alkabetz’s short “Morir de Amor” took home the Grand Jury Prize at the Anima ’05 animation festival in Cordoba, Argentina, AWN reports. Other honorees at the competition include Romain Sigaud’s “Bip-Bip,” Igor Coric’s “Three Feathers and a Rainworm,” and Bill Plympton’s “Guard Dog.”

Three More "Spider-Man" Films on the Way

Sci Fi Wire reports that Sam Raimi, who is currently in preproduction on Spider-Man 3, let slip that Sony is planning three more Spider-Man films and that he would consider directing all of them. Spider-Man 3 is set for release on May 4, 2007.

"Madlax" Vol. 1 Tries to Confuse (and Succeeds!)

Last time on Karl Reviews Madlax, he’d received a two episode screener that left him wanting more just because he had no idea what on Earth was going on. In between that time and now, he got another screener in a great big metal ammo case that had the same two episodes, only dubbed this […]

Muppets Holding Company Names Veteran Muppets Producer Martin G. Baker as Consultant

The Muppets Holding Company, LLC, a Walt Disney Company subsidiary, has hired Martin G. Baker as a consultant for their new entertainment endeavors, the company announced today. Baker is a close colleague of the late Muppets creator Jim Henson, with more than 25 years of experience producing Muppets content in all media. His duties will […]

"Blade" Coming to TV

Reuters reports that Blade is heading to the small screen as a television series. Spike TV president Doug Herzog announced the network will adapt the theatrical franchise “Blade” as a series for early next year. New Line Television and Marvel Studios will produce the project, with David Goyer, writer-director of “Blade: Trinity,” executive producing. Goyer […]

Japan Plans on Turning Animation Into a Mass-Market Industry

Japan has started to establish schools in universities in order to tie up aspiring animators with knowledge in business so they can finance and market their own work. One of the schools that started this was Tokyo University, which established a department of digital contents creation which featured famous animators as instructors, including Mamoru Oshii, […]

Grundy, Joker, and Strange Attack in Season Two of "The Batman"

The Canadian channel Teletoon will air two new episodes of The Batman this weekend, the tenth and eleventh episodes of the sophomore season. The episodes, entitled “Strange Minds” and “Grundy’s Night” will both revisit and introduce new characters for the series. The new episodes will premiere this Saturday and Sunday on the Canadian network, which […]

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