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Mainframe Series Headed Down Under

Imagine Entertainment will distribute four IDT/Mainframe titles to home video in Australia and New Zealand, according to World Screen News. The titles include Inspector Gadget’s Biggest Caper Ever: The Case of the Giant Flying Lizard, Popeye’s Voyage: The Quest for Pappy and two feature-length ReBoot movies.

Latin America Networks Pick Up New Series

Cartoon Network Latin America has picked up regional rights to three animated series from Cookie Jar Entertainment, World Screen News reports. The deal renews Cartoon Network’s rights to The Little Lulu Show and adds Arthur and Mona the Vampire to the package. Separately, World Screen News also says that Hola Entertainment will represent Atomic Betty […]

"Spriggan: Special Edition" Heads to DVD

ADV Films will release Spriggan: Special Edition to DVD on February 15, Animated Bliss reports.

Manga Market Grows in 2004; Anime Market Flat

A report on ICv2.com states that the manga market grew by 40-50% in 2004 due to increasing bookstore sales, while the anime market was flat for the same time period. The on-line article also names the top 10 manga and anime properties last year. Their results are printed and analyzed in their annual in-depth report […]

Six-page Preview of "Runaways" v2 #1

Newsarama.com has a six-page preview of Runaways v2 #1, the relaunch of Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona’s critically acclaimed series from Marvel Comics. The comic focuses on five children of supervillains trying to maintain order in Los Angeles. Runaways #1 will hit comic book stands on February 16, 2005.

"Totoro" R1 DVD Delays Due to Transfer Issues

Nausicaa.net is reporting that the delay in releasing a region 1 DVD of Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro was due to technical problems in the DVD transfer. Originally scheduled for release in February with Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and Porco Rosso, Totoro was replaced at the last minute with The Cat Returns. […]

Updated: Secretary of Education Criticizes PBS Cartoon

Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings has criticized an unaired episode of the PBS animated series Postcards from Buster for depicting lesbian characters, according to an article in the New York Times (free registration required). PBS has stated that the episode will not be distributed to affiliate stations, but that this decision was not due to […]

Marvel's "Man-Thing" Going Straight To TV

Fangoria reports that Lions Gate Films’ and Marvel Studios’ Man-Thing will indeed bypass a theatrical run and head straight to the Sci Fi Channel in April. It will later hit DVD in June.

"Gregory Horror Show" Vol. 1: Just Think Square-Headed Hitchcock

The Sci-Fi Channel may have stopped running The Twilight Zone in the afternoon, but if Gregory Horror Show, a strange computer-animated release from Geneon, is any indication, the symbolic, abstract, and, of course, campy style of science fiction Rod Serling’s masterpiece epitomized is still alive and well in Japan. Though the DVD case makes the […]

Joanna Priestley: Cartoons as Cultural Seminar

Joanna Priestley’s oeuvre, recently self-released and self-distributed on the two DVD volumes Relative Orbits and Fighting Gravity, comprises some of the most boring animation I have ever seen. These shorts are so dull they are almost restful: you will feel suspense or engagement only when wondering if their perfect and undifferentiated tedium could possibly be […]

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