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"Maya & Miguel" Toys Coming in August

Toy Play will launch a line of toys for kids ages four to eight based on the PBS Kids’ animated series Maya & Miguel, the company says. The collection will include the ¡Eso Es! Maya doll; a collectible set of two-inch characters; Maya with Twinkling Bobbles; and Maya’s Messenger Bag & Doll Carry Case. The […]

"Zatch Bell!" Joins YTV

VIZ Media’s Zatch Bell! will join Canada’s YTV in September, the companies have announced. The series will debut on September 9 at 8:00pm. VIZ also says it plans to roll out an extensive line of consumer products, including a collectible card game, a toy line, and video games based on the property. The company has […]

"Chicken Little" Creators Interviewed

Coming Soon interviews Chicken Little director Mark Dindal and producer Randy Fullmer.

"Peep" Explores DVDs

WGBH Boston Video will release three new DVDs based on Peep and the Big Wide World, the company says. Peep Explores, Chirp Flies and Quack Knows It All will each feature six animated Peep stories with live-action interstitials. DVD extras include printable coloring sheets and science activities; closed captioning; and English and Spanish language tracks. […]

Toei Content Landing on Chinese Cell Phones

Toei Animation will lend its animation characters to a cellular content service in China, JCN Network reports. The service, which is being launched by Tom Online, will debut in September.

Newsarama Looks Back at Five Years of Ultimate Marvel

To begin its week-long coverage of the 5th anniversary of Marvel’s “Ultimate” line of comics, Newsarama.com has posted a time-capsule of articles published before the line was firmly established. Coverage this week will interview multiple Ultimate Marvel creators and delve into the future of the imprint.

Sony to Triple Cell Phone Manga Offerings

Sony Pictures Entertainment has announced that it will be offering 300 comic books targeted for reading on cellular phones. This number nearly triples their current output and is less than half that offered by their top rivals in the market. The cell phone manga is often enhanced with pop-up frames and vibration effects, with sound-effects […]

Treehouse Animation Gives "Phantom of the Opera" a Backstory

Treehouse Animation, makers of the “LEGO Star Wars: Revenge of the Brick and Clone Trooper Orchestra” animated shorts, will be publishing The Trap-Door Maker, billed as a prequel to Gaston Leroux’s 1911 novel The Phantom of the Opera. Two pages of preview artwork and the cover are provided with the article.

TZ at Otakon: Central Park Media Announces "Kuromi 2," "Outlanders," & Discount DVDs

At Otakon, Central Park Media announced a number of new titles coming in 2006, including Animation Runner Kuromi 2, Outlanders, the fan-financed Munto 2, Vatoms complete collection boxset, and Otaku Unite, which includes photographs from conventions across America, including Otakon 2005. Coming in 2005 are Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek Volume 1 in October at a […]

"Gundam 08th MS Team" Gundam At Its Very Best.

The other two Gundam side stories, 0080 and 0083, were created to shed light on the One Year War and act as a bridge between the original Gundam and Zeta Gundam. But with the Universal Century now over and the alternate universes of G Gundam and Gundam Wing king, something had to be done to […]

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