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NY Times on the Revival of Pokémon

by Ed Liuon August 27, 2007
The New York Times has taken a look at the revival of Pokémon after sales and interest in the brand flagged after 2003 (registration required). An executive for Pokémon USA noted that Pokémon was a victim of its own success, suffering from overexposure after its first peak in popularity, but that the brand has bounced […]

BET Courts Controversy Over "Read a Book" Cartoon

by Ed Liuon August 27, 2007
A controversy has been brewing over a cartoon currently airing on the BET Network and, in an uncensored cut, on YouTube (registration required). Titled “Read a Book,” the short cartoon contains numerous images that some consider offensive stereotypes about African-Americans, as an animated rapper named D’Mite sings a foul-mouthed song exhorting the benefits of reading […]

"South Park" Creators Signed to 2011, Land Ad-Sharing Deal

by Ed Liuon August 27, 2007
The New York Times is reporting that Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the co-creators of South Park, have just signed a deal with Comedy Central to renew the show to a 15th season (in 2011), evenly split ad revenues, and significantly raise their salaries and back-end advances on merchandising revenues (registration required). As part of […]

Emo Philips and Seth Kearsley Talk "Slacker Cats"

by Ed Liuon August 24, 2007
Newsarama’s Animated Shorts has spoken to voice actor Emo Philips and supervising director/producer Seth Kearsley about the new ABC Family show Slacker Cats. The pair discuss their respective relationships with the cats in their lives, the rushed schedule Kearsley had to deal with when he signed on to the show, how the voice actors were […]

Animated "Afterworld" Breaks New Ground in Online Programming

by Ed Liuon August 24, 2007
The Los Angeles Times has profiled Afterworld, an online animated series that debuts on MySpace today (free registration required). The show will span 130 episodes, each about 2-3 minutes. The show’s budget of $3 million makes it one of the most expensive online content programs to run on MySpace, with the show being supported by […]

"Hello Kitty Stump Village" Vol. 4: Hurrah for Comrade Kitty!

by Ed Liuon August 24, 2007
. , a.k.a. my niece Mira. She was quite excited to be watching another Hello Kitty video, but declared that it was “lamer” than the last one because it wasn’t as funny. Her initial reaction suggests that there is probably still a market for Hello Kitty videos, even if that market doesn’t include thirty-something male […]

"Naked Chef" Jamie Oliver to Get Aardman Animated Series

by Ed Liuon August 22, 2007
British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, a.k.a. “The Naked Chef,” is working with Aardman Animation on a new animated series. Titled little j, the series will depict the misadventures of a 10-year old verison of Oliver, traveling through a surreal cartoon world on a quest to become a great chef. An Aardman official stated that production […]

IDW Talks "Speed Racer" Comics

by Ed Liuon August 22, 2007
IDW’s Chris Ryall spoke to Newsarama.com about the company’s plans for new Speed Racer comics in conjunction with the upcoming live-action movie and animated series. Ryall discussed why IDW went after the Speed Racer license, their plans for publishing older Speed Racer comics, and publication plans for the new Speed Racer comics starting in February […]

"Frisky Dingo" Creators Talk Season 2

by Ed Liuon August 21, 2007
Newsarama’s Animated Shorts has interviewed Matt Thompson and Adam Reed, co-creators of Adult Swim’s Frisky Dingo, about the debut of the second season this Sunday. The interview notes how a second season is a bit of a spoiler in itself, considering the ending of the first one, along with the source of some of their […]

DreamWorks Animation and Paramount Back HD DVD over Blu-Ray

by Ed Liuon August 21, 2007
Paramount and DreamWorks Animation have both announced that they will be backing the HD DVD high-definition DVD format over the rival BluRay format (registration required). In the past, both studios released movies in both formats, but Paramount president of worldwide marketing and distribution Rob Moore cited a lower cost to consumers with HD DVD. The […]