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MGM Courts Pixar

{{link http://news.awn.com/index.php?ltype=top&newsitem_no=10291 Animated World Network}} reports that MGM Vice Chairman and COO Chris McGurk has been in talks with Pixar Animation Studios about a distribution partnership. McGurk is quoted saying that MGM would be “the best fit” for Pixar because of its worldwide distribution apparatus and because MGM doesn’t possess any competitive animated films or […]

Toon Radio expands popular anime show to 1 hour

{{link http://www.toonradio.net/ Toon Radio’s}} anime program Anime in the Limelight will expand to a full hour starting Saturday, February 7, at 6:00pm EST.

Heat Guy J coming to Mtv2

{{link http://www.animationinsider.net/article.php?forum_id=7&topic_id=7970 Animation Insider}} reports that the hit action anime Heat Guy J will be airing on the (formerly) all-music channel Mtv2. The series, from the director and staff that created the Escaflowne movie, is centers on the character Android J. “J” was secretly built by the government as a special agent to combat crime […]

X-Men Evolution cancelled

Animation Insider {{link http://www.animationinsider.net/article.php?forum_id=7&topic_id=7942 reports}}, citing an unnamed source, that the hit Kids WB series X-Men Evolution has been cancelled. This was to be the fifth season of the show.

Cartoon Network to Air First Made-for-TV Animated Feature

Toonzone {{link http://forums.toonzone.net/showthread.php?t=100819 reports}} that on Friday, February 27, at 8:00pm (ET/PT) Party Wagon will debut on Cartoon Network. The cable network’s first made-for-TV animated feature tells of a band of settlers traveling through the Old West. When the ferry boat they are aboard begins to sink, one of them produces a map disclosing the […]

Teen Titans Scores Highest Ratings to Date

Toonzone {{link http://forums.toonzone.net/showthread.php?t=100358 reports}} Teen Titans’ Sunday telecast was Cartoon Network’s highest rated episode of the week among key demographics, the network said today, as the superhero series scored its best-ever ratings and delivery. The episode was Cartoon Network’s #1 show among kids 6-11, who lifted the episode more than 70% over the same time […]

Disney Loses Federal Appeal in Pooh Copyright Case

Animation World Network {{link http://news.awn.com/index.php?ltype=top&newsitem_no=10093 reports}} The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has denied an appeal by Clare Milne and Disney to recapture the rights under copyright to Winnie the Pooh from the Slesinger family, originally granted in an agreement with author A. A. Milne in the ’30s. This appeal was […]

Gundam Seed and Detective Conan on CN

Animation World Network {{link http://news.awn.com/index.php?ltype=top&newsitem_no=10092 reports}} two popular Japanese Anime series will debut on Cartoon Network in April. Gundam Seed will air on the network’s weekend Action Block. The debut will roughly coincide with the release of the first volume of the Gundam Seed manga from Del Rey on April 30. Detective Conan will air […]

Star Trek Animated Adventures Celebrates 30th Aniversary

The official {{link http://www.startrek.com/startrek/view/index.html Star Trek website}} is celebrating the 30th aniversary of the Star Trek Cartoon with a {{link http://www.startrek.com/startrek/cda/html/images/feature/community/contests/031202_animated/detail.jsp contest}}, {{link http://www.startrek.com/startrek/view/features/bst/article/2843.html interview}} with the animated shows story editor and associate producer D.C. Fountana, and a {{link http://www.startrek.com/startrek/view/features/specials/article/2674.html guide}} to the most memorable episodes of the short lived series.

A Dozen Animated Films at Sundance Online Film Festival

{{link http://forum.bcdb.com/gforum.cgi?post=17980 The Big Cartoon Database}} reports that this year’s {{link http://www.sundanceonlinefilmfestival.org Fourth Annual Sundance Online Film Festival}} includes 12 films in the Animation section. The films were chosen to represent the diversity and creativity of online animators and artists. The Online Film Festival will run until Feb. 15th. Showcased are Ahnold for Governor, by […]

Academy Sends Animation Teaching Kits To 18,000 Schools

{{link http://www.awn.com/index.php Animation World Network}} {{link http://news.awn.com/index.php?ltype=date&newsitem_no=10043 reports}} The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has produced its fifth high school teaching kit to promote understanding and appreciate the art of animation. This kit will be sent to 18,000 high schools throught the U.S., and all production and distribution-related costs will be covered by […]

Empire State Building Turns Green to Celebrate Popeye's 75th Birthday

{{link http://www.southernillinoisan.com/rednews/2004/01/14/build/top/TOP004.html The Southern Illinoisan}} reports that to honor the 75th birthday of world famous cartoon character Popeye, the famous tower lights of the Empire State Buidling will turn green this weekend. “We’re kicking off a yearlong celebration in honor of our favorite sailor man, ” said Claudia Smith, director of advertising and public relations […]

Ratings for Cartoon Network's Adult Swim and Teen Titans Remain Strong

{{link http://www.toonzone.net/ Toonzone}} {{link http://forums.toonzone.net/showthread.php?t=99598 reports}} Cartoon Network today released year-to-year ratings from its Adult Swim programming block, showing the late night block of animation gaining viewers. In the latest week, Adult Swim bested its year-ago ratings performance among adults 18-24 by 33% and among men 18-24 by 18%. Delivery in those demographics were up […]

Justice League Season Two Finale Coming to DVD

{{link http://www.tvshowsondvd.com TVShowsOnDVD.com}} {{link http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/newsitem.cfm?NewsID=954 reports}} that {{link http://www.amazon.com Amazon}} is taking {{link http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0001A7V1U/qid%3D1073927525/sr%3D11-1/ref%3Dsr%5F11%5F1/102-5189550-6849708 pre-orders}} for DVD release of the season two finale Star Crossed. “When a Thanagarian force arrives and occupies Earth, Hawkgirl is torn between loyalty to her homeland and love of her adopted planet.” That’s the Cartoon-Network-supplied synopsis that’s been floating around […]

MTV Plans Blade Animated Series

{{link http://www.animationinsider.net/news.php Animation Insider}} {{link http://www.animationinsider.net/news.php news}} has posted that According to financial statements released by {{link http://www.marvel.com/ Marvel Entertainmant}} , a new animated series based on the popular Blade movies is in development for {{link http://www.mtv.com MTV}}. The series will be targeted at an adult audience, and is likely still in the early developmental […]

Teen Titans Second Season Premiere Airs Saturday at 9pm EST on Cartoon Network

{{link http://www.animationinsider.net/ Animation Insider’s}} {{link http://teentitans.aifandom.com/source/00indexanimated.html Teen Titans page }} has full coverage of the upcoming season including news, interviews, and episode guides.