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Media Giants Moving in on Indian Children's Market

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Time-Warner Inc. is joining the Walt Disney Corporation in moving into children’s entertainment in India (free registration required). Turner Entertainment Networks Asia has just signed with three Indian production houses to make localized animated features for the Indian market. The article also notes that Turner’s Cartoon Network and […]

Disney Teams with Bollywood for Animated Musicals

Disney has signed a deal with Bollywood film company Yash Raj Films to create animated movies featuring the voices of several top Indian film stars. The films will be in Hindi, but Disney Studios chairman Dick Cook stated that they would be, “culturally relevant for the whole world.” The first film is tentatively titled Roadside […]

Rintaro, Madhouse and Denis Friedman Productions announce "Yonna Yonna Penguin"

Famed anime director Rintaro (Metropolis, X: The Movie, Space Pirate Captain Harlock) and Japanese production house Madhouse(X/1999, X: The Movie, Metropolis, Trigun) along with paris-based Denis Friedman Productions have annouced a new CGI-animated movie to be called Yonna Yonna Peguin. As reported by Screen Daily, the movie will the story of “a little girl who […]

Japan creates new "Nobel Prize" for foreign manga

Japan’s Foreign Minister Taro Aso has announced the creation of a new official Japanese government prize for the best foreign manga. Nominations will come from members of the general public worldwide as well as the companies that publish the productions. The winner of the award will be judged by a panel consisting of Michiko Satonaka […]

India's UTV Aims For Big Future with Three New Features

Indian film and TV conglomerate UTV has greenlighted a trio of 3D CGI cartoon features, according to Variety. The company is ramping up its UTV Toons division into an industrial scale production-line capable of releasing features on an annual basis. The Mumbai-based facility is to grow from its present 300-member staff to 1,000 employees and […]

"Negima!" Gets Real

Ken Akamatsu has confirmed in a May 18th blog post that there will be a live-action version of his popular show and manga Negima! debuting on Japanese television in 2008. This will be an addaption of the original Negima!, not the recent alternate retelling, Negima!? [source:http://www.animenewsnetwork.com]

Bandai Visual Possibly Changing Course

Animeondvd.com is reporting that Bandai Visual Japan has released new specifications for the next generation DVD releases they have planned in Japan in 2007. The listing was first published in Watch Impress magazine. Akira, Wings of Honneamise, Patlabor Movie 1 and Patlabor Movie 2 are all listed as having an English language vocal track for […]

Bandai Visual details their US businesses plan

Bandai Visual held a panel at Anime Boston where they went over the details of their release plans and the businesses model they plan to use in the US anime market. For anyone who is confused, Bandai Visual is a separate company from Bandai Entertainment. Bandai Visual is releasing the new Gunbuster series as well […]

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)

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