SmashPhone, a mobile phone comic strip network, announced it's bringing Amy DeZeller's DATING AMY and Chris Muir's DAY BY DAY comic strips to mobile phones everywhere. Viewers may access the SmashPhone Comic Strip Network through Verizon, Cingular, Sprint, T-Mobile and many other carriers. The comics are served by SmashPhone for free (although phone company data charges may apply).
THQ Inc. has released three new games, including MOTOGP '06 for Xbox 360, JUICED: ELIMINATOR for PSP and TITAN QUEST for PC.
Developed by Climax, MOTOGP '06 is rated "E" for Everyone and is available worldwide for $59.99.
The Right Stuf Intl (TRSI) has launched a special episode of ANIME TODAY, the first commercial podcast aimed at anime and manga enthusiasts, covering the biggest anime convention in the U.S. Anime Expo.
ANIME TODAY is rated one of the top 100 podcasts of all TV & Movie podcasts subscriptions on Apples iTunes competing against major podcasts by corporate moguls such as Cartoon Network, Fox and HBO. ANIME TODAY fans have been raving about the show since its initial debut last November.
The HELLO GARCI video is now on Google Video, reports INQ7.net. The short animation features excerpts from Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's alleged phone conversation with Commission on Elections Commissioner Virgilio "Garci" Garcillano as she manipulate the results of the 2004 elections in her favor.
Atari Inc. announced the company has signed a deal with Playlogic Ent. to distribute the new action-adventure role-playing game AGE OF PIRATES: CARIBBEAN TALES throughout Europe, the U.S. and Asia. The game is scheduled for release for the Windows platform in September 2006.
MTV Networks International (MTVNI) debuted its first animated series of made-for-mobile shorts, WULFFMORGENTHALER. A co-production between MTVNI and the "Danish Duo" Mikael Wulff and Anders Morgenthaler, the series of 20 short animations is inspired by the famous WULFFMORGENTHALER comic strips of the same name. The witty, compelling animations are the perfect "snack-size" for mobile users wanting more.
WULFFMORGENTHALER underscores MTVNIs commitment to creating and providing users with breakthrough, original mobile content.
HOUSTON CHRONICLE editorial cartoonist Nick Anderson has moved into 3D animation with a new short on Chron.com, reports EDITOR & PUBLISHER. The first animation skewers the Supreme Court's recent Texas redistricting ruling.
Anderson said future animations "will grow in complexity." The opportunity to do 3D animation was his "deciding factor in accepting the job at the CHRONICLE. It is an incredible opportunity to redefine the role of a staff cartoonist."
In the world of sports gaming, Electronic Arts has released the first 3D sports strategy game, NFL HEAD COACH, announced that Tracy McGrady will be the new face of NBA LIVE 07 and reveals the 35 songs that will be featured in MADDEN NFL 07.
NFL HEAD COACH¸ a new franchise from the EA SPORTS brand is now in stores and challenges gamers to manage every aspect of a professional football team and build their franchise from the ground up into a perennial powerhouse.
Buena Vista Games, Inc. (BVG) has shipped handheld videogames based on Walt Disney Pictures' feature film, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST, to retail stores in North America, in time for the film's release on July 7, 2006.
Coinciding with Warner Bros' release of SUPERMAN RETURNS, ReelTime has made SUPERMAN, THE LOST EPISODES available for viewing at no cost. Plus, every time the series is watched, ReelTime will make a donation to the Christopher Reeve Foundation (CRF).
This collection of wartime-era SUPERMAN classic cartoons, produced by Famous Studios, never made it to the television screen in the 1940s. They were the first, most lavishly produced, as well as the most faithful to the printed comics. There is also a bonus MIGHTY MOUSE cartoon at the end.
Activision Inc. and Lionhead Studios have shipped THE MOVIES: STUNTS & EFFECTS EXPANSION PACK to retail stores nationwide. Building on THE MOVIES' critically acclaimed gameplay, THE MOVIES: STUNTS & EFFECTS EXPANSION PACK gives players the tools to turn ordinary scripts into blockbuster films with the addition of stuntmen, visual effects, a variety of dangerous stunts, a movie-making toolset, impressive new sets and an innovative "Freecam Mode" that allows players to adjust the camera location, angle, field of view and path.
Edinburgh-based Strange Co. have released the first part of BLOODSPELL, a computer-animated feature film. Using computer games technology and machinima, a new way of making animated films, the studio was able to complete the film in under three years, with a mostly volunteer staff and a budget of less than 5,000 pounds.
THQ Inc. is helping fans of Disney/Pixar film CARS continue the ride with a videogame, based upon the animated feature. The game, released for play on PlayStation2, Xbox GameCube, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, PSP, Windows PC and Mac, is available at retail outlets in the U.S. It will also be available worldwide in 18 languages, and in more than 40 countries, including China, Thailand, Japan, Russia and Poland. Also this fall, the CARS videogame is expected to release for Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii.
In a meeting on Saturday, June 24, 2006, at Trilogy Studios in Santa Monica, the president of the Dominican Republic Leonel Antonio Fernandez Reyna, along with Trilogy execs, set plans in motion for an outsourcing program that they hope to have in place before the end of the year, beginning with Trilogy's first title, DAYBREAKERS. If all goes well, Trilogy Studios will assist and act as the Dominican's liaison to the entire games industry for future outsourcing initiatives.
Johnny Depp will lend his voice as Captain Jack Sparrow in the upcoming videogame, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE LEGEND OF JACK SPARROW. Slated for a June 27 release for the PlayStation2 and the PC, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE LEGEND OF JACK SPARROW features a blend of fast-paced action and adventure from Bethesda Softworks.
Capcom released MEGA MAN BATTLE NETWORK 6 in two versions CYBEAST GREGAR and CYBEAST FALZAR for the Game Boy Advance, and STREET FIGHTER ALPHA ANTHOLOGY for the PlayStation 2, a compilation of the STREET FIGHTER ALPHA series.
Electronic Arts brings to life the triumphs and travails of one of sports most gut wrenching jobs with NFL HEAD COACH¸ a new franchise from the EA SPORTS brand. The first 3D sports strategy game, NFL HEAD COACH, challenges gamers to manage every aspect of a professional football team and build their franchise from the ground up will trying to become the greatest coach of all time.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based CG animation studio Hatchling Studios announced the development of MODREDS ISLE and STORE 118, two animated short series targeted exclusively at mobile media distribution.
Hatchling Studios has always looked towards the cutting-edge when providing animation for our clients. Now, we can use this vast new arena of mobile technology to bring digital animation to the next level, said Hatchling Studios ceo/producer Marc Dole.
Walt Handelsman has created a new editorial animation skewering recent comments made by right-wing pundit Ann Coulter about a group of 9/11 widows enjoying their husbands deaths.
In the animation, Coulter sings new lyrics to "My Favorite Things," including "I write evil stuff ... for the money it brings."
Nick Jr.'s will "sneak peek" its newest preschool show, WOW! WOW! WUBBZY!, across several media platforms, beginning Tuesday, June 20, 2006. The 26-episode series premieres on Nick Jr. on Aug. 28.
Ubisoft announced that HEROES OF MIGHT AND MAGIC V for PC has released and will be arriving at North American retailers this week.
Today we celebrate the return of the beloved MIGHT AND MAGIC franchise with HEROES OF MIGHT AND MAGIC V, enhanced and revamped but still holding true to the values of the series that its loyal fans love and demand, said Tony Key, vp of marketing at Ubisoft. Ubisoft is proud to bring the series into a new realm of PC gaming with an all-new 3D universe and innovative new features such as the Dynamic Battle System.
Emdigo Inc. has acquired the exclusive rights to develop and deploy 3D graphics based episodic SUPERGIRL animation content to mobile users in China. One of China's hottest TV productions, SUPERGIRL is China's hugely successful, AMERICAN IDOL-like television show.
Timed to coincide with the upcoming release of SUPERMAN RETURNS (in theatres June 28), Warner Bros. and AOL have launched a special Superman Channel on In2TV (www.aol.com/in2tv) to celebrate the Man of Steel. In2TV is the largest offering of popular television series available online for free and the destination for watching full TV episodes. The Superman Channel is available now through the end of July 2006.
This month, top players from around the globe will compete for the sporting worlds other top international prize the Altador Cup. On June 8, 2006, concurrent with the start of the World Cup, Neopets.com will kick-off its first ever Altador Cup Tournament, offering its 25 million members the opportunity to compete internationally in the online sport, "Yooyuball" (pronounced you-you-ball).