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FUNimation Acquires "Desert Punk" for 2006

FUNimation has acquired Desert Punk and will bring the series to North America in 2006, the company announced at Anime Boston on Saturday. Updates on the series can be found at www.desertpunk.tv. [Source: FUNimation] Correction: Stupid, mistaken reference to title corrected. Thanks, Karl.

Blue Sky Animator To Lecture at Williams College

Blue Sky Studio’s Michael Reed will lecture on computer animation at Williams College during the week of May 2, iBerkshires.com reports. Reed will speak on Thursday, May 5, at 8:00pm on “Computational Aspects of Feature Animation” in Wege Auditorium in The Science Center. On Friday, May 6, at 2:35pm, he will speak on “Lead Character […]

'Constantine' Announced on DVD

DVD Answers has put the official specs and cover art for the DVD of the DC Comics / Vertigo title, Constantine. Expect two versions of the DVD, a double disc collectors edition and a single-disc, regular edition.

Bandai Acquires Namco

Bandai Co. has agreed to buy “Pac-Man” designer Namco Ltd. for about 175.3 billion yen ($1.7 billion) in cash and stock to create Japan’s second-largest maker of toys and video-game software. Bandai purchased 6.3 percent of Namco for 10.5 billion yen in cash, according to a joint statement released today. Namco shareholders will receive one […]

SpongeBob Starts Fourth Season This Friday

After many months of reruns, Nickelodeon’s cartoon SpongeBob SquarePants returns with new episodes starting May 6 at 8:00pm (ET). This new season will consist of 20 half-hour episodes, as reported by Yahoo! News.

NY Times Covers "Family Guy Live!"

The New York Times covers “Family Guy Live!”, where cast members performed a script for live audiences last Friday and Saturday (free registration required). The article notes Family Guy’s resurrection on network TV and briefly analyzes the show’s fans.

VIZ to release 3 "Howl's Moving Castle" Titles

VIZ Media, LLC, has announced three published tie-ins to Howl’s Moving Castle, the latest animated movie by Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. The Art of Howl’s Moving Castle will be a full-color coffee table picture book featuring production artwork and interviews. Howl’s Moving Castle Film Comics Vol. 1-4 will use movie frames to tell the […]

LA Times on Disney's Theme Park Strategy

The Los Angeles Times delves into the Disney Corporation’s efforts to update and upgrade their theme park attractions on the eve of the 50th anniversary of Disneyland (free registration required). The article addresses Disney’s strategy to compete with other theme parks as well as other entertainment media competing for recreational dollars.

Templeton, Cooke Win Shuster Awards; Harvey Award Nominees Named

The first annual Shuster Award winners were named over the weekend, recognizing outstanding Canadian comic talent for the past year. Ty Templeton shared top honors in the “Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Writer” category for his work on DC’s Batman Adventures, while Darwyn Cooke won in the “Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Cartoonist” category for DC: The […]

Cartoon Network Looks for Big Wig

Kids will get a chance to program a special three-hour Cartoon Network marathon, thanks to a joint promotion by the network and ConAgra Foods, the companies announced Friday. The winner of the “Big Wig Gig!” sweepstakes will be given a trip to Cartoon Network headquarters in Atlanta to take a behind-the-scenes, VIP tour of the […]

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