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Gatchaman, Yatterman make their way to the big screen

Index Holdings, through their subsidiary Nikkatsu Corporation, has announced the green lighting of live action movies based on the Gatchaman and Yatterman properties for a spring 2009 release. Yatterman will be helmed by renowed director Miike “Beat” Takashi and will feature mechanical designs by Katsuya Terada. No production details were released about the Gatchaman feature. […]

Song Yang Aims for "Bad Girl" to be Chinese Cartoon Icon

An article in the Independent Online Edition profiles Chinese cartoonist Song Yang, whose Bad Girl comic is spreading to a variety of other media, including animation and advertising. The comic’s heroine, Little P, reflects life in China’s cities, focusing on fashion and the latest mobile phones. (via Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat)

Toonami India Adding "Justiriser" to Schedule

Cartoon Network of India will add Justiriser to its Toonami block for a 6:00pm to 6:30pm airing, Indian Television reports. The show will premiere on March 7 with Shankar Mahadevan singing its title track.

Toon Disney Invades Vietnam

Buena Vista International Television-Asia Pacific (BVITV-AP), one of Disney’s foreign distribution arms, has entered an agreement with Q.net Co., a Vietnamese distribution agent, for an animated series package to launch on Ho Chi Minh Television (HTV), the country’s second largest broadcaster. Starting this month, the 30-minute “Toon Disney” branded block will air on HTV7 daily […]

"YeuWooBi," Possible Ghibli Competitor, Out in Korea Thursday

YeuWooBi, a new animated feature from director Lee Seong-gang, arrives in South Korean theaters Thursday. The JoongAng Daily article reflects just how much the Korean animation industry has riding on the success of this film. The film follows a shapeshifting, mythical fox who takes on the form of a young girl. The Miyazaki comparisons are […]

China to Ban Foreign Cartoons in Prime Time

News reports are stating that government regulators in China have banned foreign cartoons on TV between 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM in an effort to protect China’s native animation studios. The ban has not been formally announced, but is supposed to be put into effect on September 1. The ban will affect all foreign-made cartoons, […]

Ghibli Releases Classic French "Le Roi et L'Oiseau" Cartoon

Amid Amidi of Cartoon Brew reports that Paul Grimault’s classic cartoon Le Roi et L’Oiseau has just been re-issued on DVD in Japan, thanks to the efforts of Studio Ghibli. The movie, which took nearly 30 years to complete, will also be screened in a limited theatrical run until September 22, and Grimault’s work will […]

Shanda Developing Online Disney Game for China

Shanda Interactive Entertainment will develop, distribute, and operate an online casual game based on Disney-branded content under a deal announced by the two companies today. The new game will be available in China for open beta in the spring of 2007. [Source: PR Newswire]

"Catscratch" Wins Award at China Cartoon Festival

Nickelodeon’s Catscratch was named Best Foreign Animation Series at the Second Annual China International Cartoon & Animation Festival, Animation Magazine reports. A panel of judges from various east Asian associations made the award.

Pogo Prepping In-House Cartoon Projects

India’s Pogo channel is planning to commission and produce animated series and films in-house, Indiantelevision reports. The Turner-owned kid network also says it will launch It’s Alive!, a new half-hour comedy show, on May 21, and Galli Galli Sim Sim, an Indian version of Sesame Street, in mid-August.

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