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More ‘MAD,’ ‘Thomas’ Spin Out on DVD

There’s no week that can’t be brightened up with a DVD release from the Usual Gang of Idiots. Leading this week’s home entertainment releases is MAD: Season 1, Part ... Continue Reading →
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Keeping Toons Alive in Old Blighty

Although many U.K. TV animation producers are disheartened about the bleak economic climate and lack of government support, they continue to follow the country’s much-admired tradition ... Continue Reading →
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Bob’s Big Build a Big Hit in London

HIT Entertainment’s world-renowned handy man Bob the Builder attracted quite the crowd in London’s O2 Live Quarter as 2,500 fans came to attend Bob’s Big Build—an interactive ... Continue Reading →
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Canada’s Treehouse Sprouts New Animated Shows

New arrivals Mike the Knight, My Big Big Friend and returning shows such as Babar and the Adventures of Badou, Franklin and Friends, Max & Ruby, The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About ... Continue Reading →
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Giant Robots, Firemen and Classic Re-issues Out on Disc

Robots, children’s titles and re-issues dominate this week’s animated home video releases. Up first is Transformers — The Japanese Collection: Headmasters (Shout! Factory, ... Continue Reading →
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Extended ‘Lord of the Rings’ Arrives on Blu-ray

Fans of Middle Earth can put the final touches on their high-def home video collection. Out this week for the first time on high-definition disc is The Lord Of The Rings: The Motion ... Continue Reading →
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Acker to Direct Live-Action ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ Movie

Shane Acker, who directed the animated short and feature film 9, has signed on to directed a live-action Thomas the Tank Engine movie, according to Deadline.com. Acker will direct from ... Continue Reading →
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HIT Orders 8th Series of ‘Fireman Sam’

Look for Fireman Sam to be on the job for a while longer. HIT Entertainment announced it has begun pre-production on an eighth season of the animated series for preschoolers. Twenty-six ... Continue Reading →
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France’s TF1 Acquires ‘Mike the Knight’

Mike the Knight looks like he’s on his way to France. Co-producer Nelvana is finalizing a deal with TF1 for the French channel to air the CG-animated series for preschoolers. Ready ... Continue Reading →
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HIT Seals 51 Broadcast Deals for ‘Thomas,’ ‘Angelina,’ ‘Bob’ and More

HIT Entertainment has completed 51 sales of its preschool programs, including animated hits Thomas & Friends, Angelina Ballerina and Bob the Builder, to broadcasters all over the ... Continue Reading →