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Animation Upstarts Take Aim at Pixar, Dreamworks

An Associated Press article profiles several small animation studios seeking to challenge the market dominance of animation frontrunners Pixar Animation Studios and Dreamworks Animation SKG. The studios mentioned include Orphanage Animation Studios (who recently hired Samurai Jack and Dexter’s Laboratory creator Genndy Tartakovsky), Wild Brain, and CritterPix.

2005 Forbes 15 Richest Fictional Characters List

Forbes magazine has updated its 15 Richest Fictional Characters list for 2005. Santa Claus takes the top place with infinite assets. Animated characters include Richie Rich ($17B), Lex Luthor of Superman ($10.1B), C. Montgomery Burns of The Simpsons ($8.4B), Disney’s Scrooge McDuck ($8.2B), Bruce Wayne of Batman ($6.5B), and Cruella De Vil from 101 Dalmatians […]

"Rudolph" Animation Puppets Found

A report on cartoonbrew.com states that several of the original animation puppets for Rankin/Bass’ Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer have been found. The puppets were apparently owned by a former Rankin/Bass employee, who used them as yearly Christmas decorations. The report states that the puppets have been purchased to be restored and displayed at comic book […]

WHV Announces 'Teen Titans' and 'The Batman' Complete First Seasons on DVD (Updated)

Update (12/04): Front (Updated) and back cover art and special features for Teen Titans added. Update (11/29): Front and back cover art and special features for The Batman added. WHV has officially announced that both Teen Titans and The Batman will be receiving complete first season DVD treatment. Each two-disc release will retail for $19.98 […]

"The Ultimate Avengers" Trailer Images

Toon Zone poster Aximlli recently obtained screen captures from The Ultimate Avengers: The Movie trailer and has posted several image captures on The Marvel Animation Forum. The trailer will debut on the upcoming Fantastic Four movie DVD next week. Click on the image below to see the rest of the captures.

Toon Disney December 2005 Movies & Specials (Updated 12/3)

The following is a list of the movies and specials scheduled to air on Toon Disney during the month of December: Aladdin And The King Of Thieves (1996) Monday, December 5 (5:00 p.m., ET/PT) Tuesday, December 6 (3:00 p.m., ET/PT) All Dogs Go To Heaven 2 (1996) Tuesday, December 13 (5:00 p.m., ET/PT) Annabelle’s Wish […]

"Quack Pack," "Goof Troop" Pushed Back

Disney has pushed back the previously announced release of Quack Pack and Goof Troop to February 21, 2006. Both releases were previously scheduled for release on February 14, 2006. SRP remains the same at $14.99 each.

Two "Peanuts" DVDs Street in March

Paramount will release Snoopy Come Home and A Boy Named Charlie Brown to DVD on March 28, 2006. The DVDs will retail for $19.99 each. TVShowsOnDVD has cover art.

Sony Wonder to Distribute "Dragon Booster"

Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. today announced that Sony Wonder will distribute home video in Canada for Dragon Booster. Sony Wonder will distribute the first four episodes of the series on VHS and DVD on February 7, 2006. Further episodes will be released in June 2006. Dragon Booster currently airs on ABC Family and Toon Disney […]

Ambitious Deals Secured for "LazyTown"

German kids channel Junior.TV, a subsidiary of EM.TV, has acquired the exclusive pay-TV rights to Icelandic property LazyTown for German-speaking regions. The series will premiere on January 1, 2006. As part of the deal, EM.TV also secured the free-TV rights from Super RTL for German-speaking Switzerland. LazyTown will broadcast on SF DRS as part of […]

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