Square Enix Inc. announced that FINAL FANTASY TACTICS: THE WAR OF THE LIONS, available exclusively for the PSP, is shipping to retailers across North America.
Multi-platform animation network Aniboom is launching a branded ad-supported animation channel on Joost, the world's first broadcast-quality Internet television service.
Jerry O'Flaherty, a veteran of the videogame industry, has been tapped to direct Warner Bros.' bigscreen CG adaptation of THUNDERCATS, says VARIETY. O'Flaherty was an art director on Epic Games' GEARS OF WAR and UNREAL TOURNAMENT 3 and Westwood Studios' COMMAND AND CONQUER series.
The story will be a coming-of-age tale for Lion-O as he becomes the leader of the Thundercats. The original series followed a band of humanoid cats as they fled their dying planet, Thundera, to arrive on Third Earth, where they faced the evil sorcerer Mumm-Ra.
Spanish animation company Zinkia has inked a deal with videogame publisher and distributor Virgin PLAY to launch HELLO POCOYO!, the first console game based on the award-winning animation series POCOYO.
The deal, signed on the first day of MIPCOM, sees Virgin PLAY's v.2 PLAY label handling worldwide distribution rights for HELLO POCOYO! for Nintendo DS. The console game, which is currently in production at Zinkia's studio in Madrid, is set to debut in Spain in the first quarter of 2008.
Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf Inc. and Nozomi Ent. have launched astroboy.rightstuf.com, the official website celebrating Osamu Tezuka's groundbreaking 1963 ASTROBOY anime series.
At astroboy.rightstuf.com, visitors can view the trailers, download ASTROBOY wallpapers and avatars, and listen to an exclusive interview with Frederik L. Schodt, author of THE ASTRO BOY ESSAYS, about the significance of Dr. Tezuka's works worldwide, the differences between the ASTROBOY manga and its anime adaptations, and Tezuka's love-hate relationship with his best-known creation.
Warner Bros. Interactive Ent. announces the launch of LOONEY TUNES: ACME ARSENAL for the Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation 2 and LOONEY TUNES: DUCK AMUCK for the Nintendo DS.
Nintendo has gone green with the launch of CHIBI-ROBO: PARK PATROL for the Nintendo DS. As part of celebrating the environmental game, Nintendo is offering 500 tree seedlings to kids.
CHIBI-ROBO: PARK PATROL is one of the first games based on the growing environmental movement. In the game, players take on the persona of a cute little robot and clean up a park by planting flowers, building park equipment and defeating toxic enemies called Smoglings.
SPIDER-MAN: FRIEND OR FOE from Activision Inc. has arrived in stores. Throughout the game's original story and battles, players are challenged to defeat and then join forces with notorious movie foes including Doc Ock, Green Goblin, Venom and Sandman, as well as others from the classic SPIDER-MAN family of characters, and embark on a global quest to overcome an evil threat.
SCI FI and Fallon Worldwide have enlisted the world's leading CG artists to create a unique online experience that transports viewers into the world of TIN MAN, the channel's wildly re-imagined miniseries take on L. Frank Baum's THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ. INFINITE O.Z. (www.road2oz.com) is a Flash-enabled digital experience that uses ZoomQuilt technology to allow users to literally "dive" into the O.Z. (Outer Zone).
qubo announced a new partnership with Bejuba! Ent. and zinc Roe design, the creators of the ZIMMER TWINS, one of Canada's most popular kids' websites, to bring the award-winning property to American audiences on qubo.com. Winner of the 2007 International Interactive Emmy Award, the ZIMMER TWINS, Edgar and Eva, are animated characters featured in interactive cartoons that kids can create from scratch, modify and share with their friends in a rich, safe web environment.
Worldwide Biggies Inc. has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Act III Licensing to develop a series of games based on the 1987 cult film classic THE PRINCESS BRIDE. Marking the first time the film will be brought into the interactive entertainment arena, Worldwide Biggies will create a downloadable game entitled TRUE LOVE AND HIGH ADVENTURE - THE OFFICIAL PRINCESS BRIDE GAME, as well as THE OFFICIAL PRINCESS BRIDE DVD GAM" featured exclusively on the film's 20th Anniversary DVD Nov. 13, 2007 from MGM Home Ent.
After launching just one week ago, the SESAME STREET Podcast is the most downloaded video on iTunes. Since the launch on Sept. 18th, SESAME STREET fans are continuing to download the weekly video podcast based on the award-winning preschool series produced by Sesame Workshop.
With single-day sales of $170 million, Microsoft is pretty much hailing HALO 3 as the biggest thing since sliced bread, declaring it "the biggest entertainment launch in history." In comparison, SPIDER-MAN 3's opening day record was only $59.8 million. The blockbuster film's three-day total of $151 million doesn't even meet HALO 3's mark. Moreover, the 8.3 million units sold even beat the summer release of J.K. Rowling's HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS.
RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION helmer Russell Mulcahy is set to direct ZEN IN THE ART OF SLAYING VAMPIRES, says VARIETY. CP Prods. partners Michael Cerenzie and Christine Peters will produce. Capitol Films' David Bergstein is funding the production and will handle the distribution rights.
35th Annual Annie AwardsGlendale, California, USAFeb. 8, 2008Deadline: Oct. 5, 2007
Honoring outstanding achievements and excellence in the field of animation, awards will be presented in twenty-three categories, including best animated feature, home entertainment, short subject, television production, television commercial and videogame, as well as individual excellence in areas ranging from production design, character animation, character design, and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, directing, music, and voice acting.
On the back of Buena Vista's investment in an all new TUROK videogame, Turok Prods. has completed an all-new TUROK animated feature titled TUROK: SON OF STONE. The Weinstein Company presentation will be released domestically by the company's subsidiary Genius Products. Gold Key, the games division of Classic Media, and home of properties such as MAGNUS ROBOT FIGHTER, DOCTOR SOLAR and M.A.R.S, will be selling the film at this year's American Film Market (AFM).
Toei Animation Europe S.A.S, a subsidiary of Toei Animation Co. Ltd., will launch its new corporate website for Europe on Oct. 6. The new Toei Animation Europe website will serve as a comprehensive resource for corporate information, providing current and potential clients with databases and updated news about the company.
Konami Digital Ent. Inc., announced that YU-GI-OH! GX TAG FORCE 2 for the PSP is now available in retail outlets nationwide. This sequel to the best-selling title, YU-GI-OH! GX TAG FORCE and based on the Cartoon Network series, features ad-hoc multiplayer support for up to four players.
Electronic Arts Inc. announced that the award-winning EA Redwood Shores Studio has been developing an original intellectual property in the sci-fi horror genre.
Gameloft announced a worldwide multi-year, multi-game agreement with CBS Mobile to develop, publish and distribute games based on the hit television series CSI. The first game, based on CSI: MIAMI, has already launched in the U.S. and will be available in 140 countries in the months thereafter.
The eDIT 10th Filmmaker's Festival, which takes place from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at CineStar Metropolis in Frankfurt, will offer presentations of HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END, SPIDER-MAN 3 and TRANSFORMERS.
ILM: Past, Present and Future will be the subject of the Keynote. Marketing Director Miles Perkins dares to define the future prospects of the VFX industry on the basis of a retrospective of ILM's best works.
LucasArts revealed that STAR WARS: THE FORCE UNLEASHED will come to the Wii next spring, giving owners the chance to live out their Jedi fantasies by wielding the Wii Remote as a lightsaber.
The producers of kids' CGI science series ZULA PATROL are joining with IBM to create a virtual world based on the popular property, report C21 MEDIA and KIDSCREEN. "Zulaworld," which launches later this year, will be a "marriage of Second Life with Club Penguin," according to creator Deborah Manchester. The immersive environment, which targets 4- to 8-year-olds, will be not only for the home market, but for educational establishments as well.
Glu Mobile Inc. announced the launch of the classic Atari arcade hit, ASTEROIDS, for mobile phones. The original arcade game released by Atari in 1979 is among the most recognized and successful arcade games of all time. The classic retro space shooter has been reinvented specifically for the mobile platform, with all new enhancements including new themes, bonuses and gameplay modes, as well as "classic mode," which gives gamers the gameplay and graphics true to the original game.
Harmonix, MTV Games and Rhino Ent. announced a deal that will bring the legendary band Grateful Dead to the highly anticipated music videogame ROCK BAND. The iconic group is making 18 master recordings from its diverse catalog available as digitally distributed game levels following ROCK BAND's release this holiday season. Among the songs available will be the classic Dead tracks "Truckin'," "Uncle John's Band," "Touch of Grey," "Sugar Magnolia" and "Casey Jones."