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NYAF2008: Digging into Anime's American Success with "Japanamerica"

The “Japanamerica” panel was one of the last of the 2008 New York Anime Festival on Sunday afternoon. The description said that author Roland Kelts would “share the raw experiences that were the basis for his book, Japanamerica,” but the end result stretched well beyond that. When time was up, the small but rapt audience […]

"Avatar the Last Airbender" The Complete Book 3's Flawed Triumph

Let’s get the easy stuff out of the way first. If you already own the first two boxed sets of Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender, you don’t really need me to tell you that the Avatar the Last Airbender Complete Book 3 Collection is an obligatory purchase. If nothing else, you need to know how […]

NYAF2008: Top Talent Talk "Voice Actors and the City"

Saturday afternoon was voice actor time at the 2008 New York Anime Festival, with the Voice Acting and the City panel, bringing together New York City’s finest voice acting talent to talk about their work. The first panelists to arrive were Mandy Bonhomme (Komaki in Kujibiki Unbalance, Juri in Revolutionary Girl Utena, and Mimi and […]

"Superjail": Visually Insane But Comedically Average

Adult Swim originals, even to this day, are often exceedingly low-budget affairs with stiff-as-a-board, Flash/After-Effects animation. Sure, there are a few highlights like the visually rich Boondocks and co-productions like Family Guy and American Dad, but the 11-minute shows don’t typically get smooth animation. That’s not at all been a bad thing, as the writing […]

"WhoBob WhatPants?" to Air on Oct 13, 2008, Guest-Starring Ray Liotta

Nickelodeon has announced that the next SpongeBob SquarePants special, “WhoBob WhatPants?” will be airing on Monday, October 13, 2008, at 8:00 PM (Eastern/Pacific). In the special, SpongeBob is struck with amnesia and wanders away from Bikini Bottom, causing his friends to fear that they’ve lost him forever. The memory-impaired sponge will have a fateful encounter […]

"Dinosaur King" is Prehistoric Poop

I’m not sure what’s worse about Dinosaur King: the fact that such an abysmally bad toy commercial disguised as a cartoon was made at all, or the fact that the few, clumsily inserted factoids in each episode means it probably qualifies as “educational and informational programming.” About the only good thing about it is its […]

PR: SpongeBob SquarePants "WhoBob WhatPants?" Guest-Starring Ray Liotta

SpongeBob’s Friends Fear They Have Lost Him Forever in All-New Special, SpongeBob SquarePants’ “WhoBob WhatPants?”, Guest-Starring Ray Liotta Premiering Monday, Oct. 13, at 8:00 p.m. on Nickelodeon Half-Hour Special Preceded by Four-Hour SpongeBob SquarePants Marathon Burbank, Calif. – Sept. 24, 2008 – When SpongeBob is struck with amnesia and drifts from Bikini Bottom, his friends […]

Nickelodeon Picks Up "Fanboy & Chum Chum" and "Team Umizoomi;" Renews "Mighty B!"

Nickelodeon has announced two new animated series and the second season of The Mighty B! Fanboy and Chum Chum will be a CGI animated series spun off from Nickelodeon’s Random! Cartoons series, focusing on the 10-year old comic-book loving Fanboy and his friend and sidekick Chum Chum. The series was created by Eric Robles (Ni […]

PR: Imagi Secures US$30M (HK$234M) in Financing

Imagi Secures US$30 Million (HK$234 Million) in Financing FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Hong Kong (September 16, 2008) – Imagi International Holdings, Limited (HKSE Stock Code: 0585) today announced that it had raised US$30 million in financing through two separate subscription agreements. The first agreement, the terms of which were originally announced to the stock exchange on […]

PR: Nickelodeon's "The Mighty B!" Keeps Buzzing for Second Season

Nickelodeon’s The Mighty B! Keeps Buzzing! Animated Comedy Created by Amy Poehler and Nick Veterans Cynthia True and Erik Wiese Picked Up for Second Season (20 Episodes) Burbank, Calif. – Sept. 17, 2008 – Nickelodeon’s hit animated comedy The Mighty B!, created by comedian Amy Poehler and executive producers/Nickelodeon animation veterans Cynthia True and Erik […]

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