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Incredible Ink: The Te Wei 90th Birthday Collector's Edition DVD

China may manufacture and export many things in an increasingly globalized world, but animation does not seem to be one of them. Japanese animation is a well-known quantity, and Korea is growing as an animation outsourcing destination and for a growing amount of original content. However, China‚Äôs modern animation industry seems to be rather moribund, […]

"Munto 2" Explosions, Character Development, and More Explosions

Munto is quite an odd little film. A seemingly stand-alone fan project that garnered some really nice animation and was a pretty nice success, but a sequel wasn’t guarenteed. That is where the Japanese fans come in, as they funded the sequel out of their own pockets, something virtually unheard of in this day and […]

"Howl's Moving Castle": Home is Where You Park it

Hayao Miyazaki set the bar perilously high for himself with 2002′s Spirited Away, winning an Academy Award and setting a Japanese box office record. The much anticipated Howl’s Moving Castle doesn’t quite measure up, but engineers a rousing fantasy adventure in the classic Miyazaki mold. Howl was written by novelist Diana Wynne Jones, though you’d […]

Nickelodeon Announces New Series, Episodes, etc., at Upfront Presentation

Nickelodeon held its upfront presentation to advertisers on Thursday, March 9. During the presentation, Nickelodeon announced a slate that will include content developed from such platforms as feature films, video games, broadband and international production, as well as a multi-million dollar development slate for non-linear productions. Nickelodeon television will also premiere 254 new episodes during […]

NY Daily News: "Avatar" to Go to iTunes

An article in the New York Daily News on the success of Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender states that the first season of the show will be available on Apple’s iTunes Music Store, along with the second season premiere. According to comments made in the article by series creators Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, the […]

"Case Closed": Hooked Early On

Two of the biggest complaints about the Case Closed DVD releases have been the skipped episodes (FUNimation released the first four episodes, then skipped to Episode 53 to bring up sales by picking up where the Adult Swim airings left off), and the limited episode count (except for the occasional 4-episode volumes, they’ve all been […]

"SpongeBob SquarePants: The Yellow Avenger" Comes to the PSP

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Yellow Avenger has shipped for the PSP (PlayStation Portable) System, THQ has announced. Based on the characters of Nickelodeon’s animated television show SpongeBob SquarePants, the game explores a new dimension of SpongeBob as a superhero and is now available at retail outlets nationwide. [Source: PR Newswire]

Warner Bros. and Weinstein Co. to Distribute "TMNT" Film

The upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles CG animated film has landed deals for both domestic and international theatrical distribution. Warner Bros. Pictures will oversee domestic distribution of the film, while the Weinstein Co. will distribute the film internationally. The film is scheduled for domestic release on March 30, 2007. [Source: The Hollywood Reporter] (via William […]

Jeannie Schulz on Managing "Peanuts" Legacy

Jeannie Schulz, the widow of famed Peanuts cartoonist Charles Schulz, has been profiled in an article syndicated by the Los Angeles Times. The article goes into Jeannie Schulz’s life and her marriage to Charles Schulz, her stewardship of the Peanuts legacy and the Charles Schulz Museum and Research Center, and how she finds balance through […]

"Otaku Unite!" Great, But Not Perfect, Documentary

There are very few anime documentaries out there, and most of them poke fun at the fandom instead of looking at it in a neutral light like other documentaries are supposed to do. Who knew a college kid’s final project would be the one to get things right? For his final project, anime fan Eric […]

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