Studio Ghibli Releasing More Foreign Films in Japan; Plans Film with Foreign Director

by Ed Liuon January 9, 2007 is reporting that Studio Ghibli is branching out further into film distribution in Japan, focusing on bringing foreign animated films to Japanese movie theaters after a successful run of the French Le Roi et L’Oiseau. The next film to be brought to Japan by Ghibli will be My Love by Aleksandr Petrov, to be […]

Luc Besson Talks "Arthur and the Invisibles"

by Ed Liuon January 9, 2007 has posted an interview with Luc Besson, director of the forthcoming Arthur and the Invisibles. Besson discusses the genesis of the movie, the many valued contributions of artist/designer Patrice Garcia, and the live-action/CGI hybrid technique he used for the film.

Hanna-Barbera veteran Iwao Takamoto, 1925-2007

by Nobuyuki samaon January 9, 2007
Iwao Takamoto, the animator who designed the cartoon canine Scooby-Doo as well as characters on such shows as “The Flintstones” and “The Jetsons,” died on Monday after suffering a massive coronary, a spokesman said. He was 81. Takamoto died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was being treated for respiratory problems, said […]

Genius Products Enters Co-Pro, Distribution Deals With ER and Classic Media

by Nobuyuki samaon January 9, 2007
Genius Products, LLC, The Weinstein Company (TWC) and Entertainment Rights PLC (“ER”) of London, England, and Classic Media Holdings, Inc. of New York City announced Monday that they have entered into long-term agreements for the distribution, co-production and co-financing of multiple home video and videogame productions for the family, children and teen markets. Genius Products […]

M. Night Shyamalan to Helm "Avatar" Film Trilogy

by Chris Woodon January 9, 2007
Variety reports that Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan has signed on with Paramount to write, produce, and direct three live action films based on Nickelodeon’s popular Avatar animated series. A potential conflict looms with Fox’s just greenlighted James Cameron sci-fi project of the same title. According to Fox, “We own the movie title ‘Avatar.’ […]

New "TMNT" Images Available

by Ed Liuon January 8, 2007
Comic Book Resources has posted several new images of the TMNT movie, showing the titular ninja turtles and their master Splinter. The movie is scheduled for release at the end of March.

"The Replacements," "Yin Yang Yo!" Renewed for New Seasons

by Ed Liuon January 8, 2007
Toon Disney’s Yin Yang Yo! has been renewed for a second season of 26 half-hour episodes. Since its debut in September, the show has received the highest ratings of all shows in Toon Disney’s Jetix programming block. The show centers on Yin and Yang, two hyperkinetic tween rabbits learning the mystic martial art of Woo […]

Chris Yost on the New X-Men and X-23

by Ed Liuon January 8, 2007
Writer Chris Yost has been interviewed by’s PULSE News about his work on New X-Men for Marvel Comics. Yost discusses the current state of affairs for the younger, newer generation of X-Men and how the work differs from the writing he and his writing partner Craig Kyle did for X-Men Evolution. Special focus is […]

FUNimation Announces New April-July Titles

by Classic Speedyon January 6, 2007
Quite a large batch of new FUNimation titles will debut during the months of April through July. On April 17th, Peach Girl vol. 1 debuts. May brings us the first volumes of Beck (5/15), Shin-Chan (5/22), and Suzuka (5/1). A couple of box sets will also see their release. Desert Punk Box Set is set […]

qubo To Launch As 24/7 Broadcast Network January 8th

by Nobuyuki samaon January 5, 2007
In a World Screen profile of ‘qubo,’ the children’s programming venture between NBC Universal, Corus Entertainment, Scholastic and Classic Media (soon to be Entertainment Rights), information regarding qubo’s January 8, 2007 launch as a full-time digital terrestrial network carried by ION Media TV stations across the US was released. In addition to programming already available […]