"Afro Samurai" Among FUNimation May Releases

by Nobuyuki samaon January 30, 2007
The official solicitations for FUNimation-distributed releases in May are out, with the release of AN Entertainment’s Hare+Guu OVA kicking things off on May 1st. According to current information, releases of FUNimation-proper titles don’t begin until May 15th with the release of the final Moon Phase DVD (#6). May 22nd brings Afro Samurai in Edited ($19.99) […]

Shueisha Offers "Slam Dunk" Scholarship to Japanese Students

by Benon January 30, 2007
One Japanese high school graduate interested in training with basketball professionals in the United States will get that chance, thanks to a new scholarship run by Slam Dunk author Masahiko Inoue and publisher Shueisha. The rigorous six-month screening process will begin with 30 semifinalists and end with one winner of a 14-month training and playing […]

Nick To Launch A Whole New Virtual World, Just Ahead of Disney

by Nobuyuki samaon January 29, 2007 is launching Nicktropolis, a new virtual community focused on games and video featuring characters like “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “Avatar.” Similar to other online worlds popular with kids, such as Habbo, Nicktropolis denizens will create virtual representations of themselves with their own living space in the digital city. They can then find games to play, […]

Fox Executive Shuffle Brings Animation Production Into Live-Action Deck

by Nobuyuki samaon January 29, 2007
Just two weeks after Fox Animation president Chris Meledandri startled 20th Century Fox by jumping to Universal to set up a family entertainment production unit, Fox is shaking up the executive hierarchy in a major move that brings animation into the live-action production fold. Several key Fox executives are being promoted in a companywide overhaul […]

Motion Picture Academy To Highlight Short Subject Nominees At Screening

by Nobuyuki samaon January 29, 2007
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will kick off Oscar week with a presentation of “Shorts!,” a program featuring the 10 nominated films in the animated and live-action short categories. “Shorts!” will screen at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Free advance tickets will be available Feb. 1 at the […]

Pixar’s Sanjay Patel on "Little Book of Hindu Deities"

by Ed Liuon January 29, 2007 has spoken to Pixar animator Sanjay Patel about his recently released book The Little Book of Hindu Deities, a primer on the Hindu pantheon aimed at younger readers. Patel discusses his aesthetic choices, how own personal history colored the reasons for doing the book, and how it went from a self-published volume to a […]

"Everything Will Be OK" Wins Jury Prize in Shorts at Sundance

by Ed Liuon January 29, 2007
Don Hertzfelt’s animated short film “Everything Will be OK” has won the Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival (note: link goes to PDF file). The win is notable because animated shorts compete alongside live-action ones at Sundance. (via Amid Amidi at Cartoon Brew)

"Teen Titans" Terra-ific Second Season

by Jameson January 29, 2007
It’s no shock that Cartoon Network’s Teen Titans was hugely popular. True, its premiere was preceded by the usual fan freakouts, but once it aired, most of the skeptics got down off their soapboxes to watch a rather enjoyable new show. They were joined by a wealth of new fans who were enraptured by the […]

Black History Month Gets Animated

by Dukeon January 29, 2007
BrainPOP will be offering free viewings of several animated shorts based on African-American culture to celebrate Black History Month. Shorts range from cultural icons, such as Maya Angelou, Martin Luther King Jr., and Oprah Winfrey, to the historical timeline of the African-American community, detailing the events of slavery and the Harlem Renaissance, among others. These […]

Press Release: Black History Month is Animated with Movies Honoring African-Americans

by Dukeon January 29, 2007
Black History Month Gets Animated with Short Movies Honoring African American Heritage BrainPOP premieres new animations commemorating the likes of Maya Angelou, Jackie Robinson and Oprah Winfrey as February’s featured flicks NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Black History Month gets animated this February. More than a dozen animation shorts honoring some of the most well known African Americans […]