(UPDATED) Retailers Offering Volume 1 of "The Real Ghostbusters" On DVD

Tvshowsondvd.com has reported that Volume 1 of The Real Ghostbusters is coming to stores on January 27th, 2009. The 5-disc set will contain the first 30 episodes of the show that was produced by DiC, in association with Coca-Cola Telecommunications (syndication episodes) and Columbia Pictures Television (ABC episodes from the first season). Also included in […]

Sony Animation Signs First-Look Production Pact with Gotham Group

Variety is reporting that Sony Pictures Animation has signed a first-look production deal with the Gotham Group, which produced The Spiderwick Chronicles and has recently expanded into a full-fledged production company. The Gotham Group is reported to be working on a Dead Space animated movie for Starz Media (following up on the Dead Space: Downfall […]

Briefly: Sony's Family Movie Push; MyToons.com Digital Portfolio; "Chowder" Comics

* Sony is quietly developing a portfolio of family-friendly movies to take advantage of a growing market sector in which they have traditionally been under-represented. Sony Imageworks and Sony Animation will gain larger roles at the studio to produce more hybrid live-action/animated movies. [posted roughs from a Chowder story, free registration required] * MyToons.com has […]

Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Mr. T in Cast of "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs"

Sony Pictures Animation has announced the voice cast for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, a CGI animated feature film based on the bestselling book by Judi Barrett and Ron Barrett (see TZ News’ earlier coverage here). Saturday Night Live‘s Bill Hader will voice lead character Flint Lockwood, while Anna Faris (The House Bunny) will […]

Sony Pictures Licenses Oshii's "Sky Crawlers" Film

Based on a novel by Hiroshi Mori “Sky Crawlers” is a military romance story set in an alternate-history. The film is directed by Mamoru Oshii. No screening or distribution date have been announced so far. The agreement covers distribution in the Americas, Australia and New Zealand. [Source: Anime News Network]

Sony's "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" Slated for 3-D, January 2010 Release

The Hollywood Reporter is stating that Sony Picture Animation’s CGI animated feature film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs has gotten a release date of January 15, 2010, and will also get a stereoscopic 3-D release. The movie will be based on the children’s book by Judi Barrett and Ron Barrett.

Hybrid Live-Action/CGI "Smurfs" Movie Coming from Columbia/Sony

Variety is reporting that a live-action/CGI-animated Smurfs movie is in the works from Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation. The rights were acquired from Lafig Belgium via Jordan Kerner. Variety is also stating that David Stern and David Weiss, who wrote the second and third Shrek movies, are in negotiations to write the screenplay.

"Blood+" Volume 2 Comes to DVD on June 17, 2008

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced that Blood+ volume 2 will be released on DVD on June 17, 2008. The disc will contain the next five episodes of the show, and continues the story of Saya Otonashi and her battle with the immortal Chiropterans. Read the full press release here.

Sony Nabs Int'l DVD Rights to Anchor Bay Catalog

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has picked up international distribution rights to Anchor Bay’s home entertainment catalog, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The deal gives Sony rights to such product as the Hellboy animated movies and Manga Entertainment titles in territories outside the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

"Boondocks" Season Two Hitting DVD in June

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the second season of The Boondocks to DVD on June 10, Animation Magazine reports. The three-disc set will include thirteen episodes, including two that did not air on Adult Swim. Extras will feature commentary by creator Aaron McGruder and character profiles. It will retail for $49.95.

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