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"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 3.4" Comes to DVD

4Kids Entertainment Home Video, Inc., in association with FUNimation Productions LTD, will release Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 3.4: Shredder’s Final Countdown on DVD August 30, 2005. This latest release includes five episodes — three from the third broadcast season on 4Kids TV and two never-before-seen episodes. A special in-pack promotion gives kids the chance […]

"DisneyWar," "Complete Peanuts," "1602" Nominated for Quill Awards

The Quills Literary Foundation has named their 2005 Quill Award nominees. James B. Stewart’s DisneyWar was nominated in the “Business” category, Fantagraphics’ Complete Peanuts 1953-1954 was nominated in the “Humor” category, and Marvel Comics’ 1602 by Neil Gaiman, Andy Kubert, and Richard Isanove was nominated in the “Graphic Novel” category.

Toy Play Features Cartoon Characters

Toy Play will release a new line of Color-In Cardboard Playhouses featuring SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Care Bears and a Generic Race Car, AWN reports. The playhouses allow kids to color in their favorite characters and build their own playhouse. The playhouses will be available in retail stores this fall for $12.99.

SpongeBob Comes to UK Phones

UK mobile phones will be able to carry episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants thanks to a deal between Nickelodeon and ROK Entertainment Group, the companies said today. The ROK Player’s first children’s edition DVC release will allow anyone with a memory card compatible handset to watch two hours of full-length, full-screen episodes of the Nickelodeon series. […]

4Kids Entertainment Announces "DVDouble Shot"

4Kids Entertainment, Inc. will unveil “DVDouble Shot,” a new line of value-priced DVDs, culled from such 4Kids Entertainment television series as Yu-Gi-Oh!, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Winx Club, Sonic X, Cabbage Patch Kids, and Kirby: Right Back at Ya!. Each DVD will feature two of the most memorable episodes, hand-picked by the series’ original producers […]

How To Ruin TV Animation In Seven Easy Lessons

I’ve been watching cartoons for over twenty years now. The period that began fifteen years ago is universally referred to as a “renaissance” in the American animation industry. In the United States alone, there are six all-animation outlets (Cartoon Network, Toon Disney, Nicktoons, Boomerang, Anime Network, and Locomotion [a channel I can guarantee you've never […]

Ottawa Festival Announces Lineup

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) has chosen 109 submitted films for competition in the 16th edition of the festival, which is scheduled to run from September 21 through the 25 in Ottawa, Ontario, the festival announced yesterday. Short film competitors include Henry Selick’s “MoonGirl”; John Canemaker’s “The Moon and The Son”; Igor Kovalyov’s “Milch”; […]

4Kids, Playmates Get "Turtles" Licenses

4Kids Entertainment and Playmates Toys will handle worldwide merchandising rights for the all-new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles feature film, the companies said today. Playmates will also develop a new toy line to go with the film. [Source: Business Wire]

"Bratz" Coming to 4Kids This Fall

4Kids Entertainment and MGA Entertainment will produce an all-new Bratz CGI animated television series, the companies announced today. The series, which follows the adventures of Yasmin, Cloe, Sasha, and Jade as they scoop stories for their teen magazine, will debut on 4Kids TV this fall. Bratz will also join anime import Magical Doremi and new […]

Jerry Beck: Animation Maven

Animation historian Jerry Beck has written several books about cartoons, including Looney Tunes & Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide and Outlaw Animation. He was also part of the production of such compilation shows, such as Toonheads and Totally Tooned In, and DVD releases, including the Looney Tunes Golden Collections. He is also the founder […]

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