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"Runaways" Return to Marvel

Newsarama.com has posted an article on the return of Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona’s Runaways, a comic starring a cast of Los Angeles teens who discover that their parents are supervillains. Vaughan addresses the series’ initial cancellation and subsequent revival, as well as the new directions promised for the second run of the title. […]

Cartoon Network Readies Tsunami PSAs

Cartoon Network is creating an integrated PSA program urging kids to support relief efforts for victims of the December tsunami, the network said today. The PSA will feature Cartoon Network characters in a musical salute set against “Give a Little Bit,” an anthem by Roger Hodgson, formerly of Supertramp. John Ondrasik, Clay Aiken and India.Arie […]

BTAS DVD Artwork Previewed

DVDToons has disc artwork for the Batman: The Animated Series Volume 2.

Thunderbirds and Mainframe To Co-Distribute "Zixx"

Thunderbird Films and Mainframe Entertainment will co-distribute seasons one and two of YTV’s Zixx, the companies announced today. The series is a live-action/game-animation hybrid sci-fi series about a team of heroes saving the universe from evil. Thunderbird wiill produce the series while Mainframe will design and create the CGI animation content. [Source: Canada Newswire]

Newspaper Profiles Lasseter, Mays

The Detroit News has a profile of Cars-director John Lasseter and Ford Motor Co. design chief J. Mays, who became friends while Lasseter worked with Mays on design models for the upcoming Pixar film. (via Animated-News)

"Bin Weevils" Rolls Across Europe

Nickelodeon Europe will add the online world of the Bin Weevils to its websites in Sweden, Italy and Spain, AWN reports. The animated environment, which is jointly designed and owned by Prism Entertainment and Nickelodeon UK, allows browsers to design and interact with others through Weevil characters.

"Fighting Spirit" Vol. 2: An Uppercut of Pure Boxing Action

Sports anime. Perhaps the only anime genre more neglected than shoujo in the U.S. I’ve always wondered why that was, and I think Fighting Spirit may have answered the question: though it may be beautifully done sometimes, it’s fairly targetted material. You’ve got to be into the sport in question for it to really hit […]

FUNimation Sold to Navarre Corp.

Navarre Corporation will buy FUNimation Productions in a $100 million cash and stock deal announced by the companies today. Navarre Corporation is a home entertainment distributor specializing in PC software, video games, CD audio and DVD video. FUNimation is a licensee, licensor and home video/DVD distributor and brand manager of Japanese animation and children’s entertainment […]

ADV Anime Available from Sprint via CellToons

Users of Sprint PCS Vision mobile phone service are now able to subscribe to CellToons, a new service which publishes one- to three-minute animated shorts from a variety of content creators, including ADV Anime and the Vancouver Film School. CellToons content is provided by Thumbworks and is available for $4.95 a month.

Hayao Miyazaki Interview in "New Yorker"

An interview with Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle) appears in this week’s issue of the New Yorker magazine. The interview is not available on-line, but a Q&A session with the interviewer is on the New Yorker website. Discuss this news on the Anime Forum. (via Nausicaa.net)

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