When I picked up Full Metal Panic I was expecting another generic giant robot series. Some knockoff of Gundam, Voltron, or the like. What I got instead is an expert combination of comedy, drama, and sci-fi mixed with an extensive knowledge of real military hardware and tactics. The setting of Full Metal Panic is present […]
Many people imagine the Japanese to be quiet, unassuming, and earnest, hardly words to describe the life of the party. Those assumed traits are accurate often enough, but not in the case of Japan’s rich comic tradition. Largely unknown to the rest of the world, Japanese TV is full of goofball comedians who ham it […]
Nick Jr. kicks off its summer schedule on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30) with a six-episode marathon of the comic/action series LazyTown and the debut of “Power Play Summer,” the network’s new summer packaging hosted by LazyTown‘s heroine Stephanie (played by Julianna Rose Mauriello). During “Power Play Summer,” Stephanie will encourage viewers to move the […]
The DreamWorks film Rocumentary, an animated feature based on the 1964 Beatles movie A Hard Day’s Night, has been put on hold, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The film was to star four penguins from Antarctica who become the biggest rock band in the world. However, George Harrison refused to approve the idea before his […]
4Kids Entertainment has signed on several broadcasters for its new anime action adventure series Mew Mew Power including France 3, Cartoon Network Latin America, Nickelodeon Australia, TVNZ, SIC in Portugal, Greece’s Alter Channel, MNET South Africa and the Children’s Channel in Israel, among others. Mew Mew Power began airing on 4Kids TV in the U.S. […]
The Los Angeles Times has published an article about Bob Foster, a 61-year-old veteran Disney animator who was recently hired by Warner Brothers for a Tom and Jerry TV series revival (free registration required). The article notes a recent rise in hiring by the local animation industry, although it does not cite any supporting statistics.
Variety is reporting that Spanish comic book artist Miguelanxo Prado will be directing an animated film called De Profundis – The Sound of the Sea (registration required). In addition to his social-issue comics published in Europe, Prado was the character designer for the animated Men in Black and Starship Troopers TV shows. (via Comicon.com’s The […]
The Canadian channel Teletoon will air the final two episodes of The Batman this weekend, bringing the second season to a close. The episodes, entitled “The Laughing Bat” and “Night and the City,” will bring back a host of villains to the series. The new episodes will premiere this Saturday and Sunday on the Canadian […]