February 2004

Justice League, cancelled by Midway?" Posted Saturday, February 28, 2004, 6:42PM by TylerL
"Not the series, but the game bearing the same name has officially been canned. Originally announced back in July of last year, Midway declined to comment as to why they made their decision.

The full article can be read here.


Source: GameSpot.com

Keep fighting the good fight. Posted Saturday, February 28, 2004, 11:07AM by TylerL
"In 2003, DJ Clarknova took Toonami's beats - some old, some new, some never before heard -
and threw them into ProTools along with sound bytes from recent Toonami and Adult Swim shows.
Out came an hour-long smorgasbord of Toonami goodness.
It was called the Toonami Black Hole Megamix.
...it was supposed to be the second Toonami CD.
Things happened, and the CD never saw the light of day.
Toonami Digital Arsenal is now hosting the CD here in its entirety.
Update by Tyler 1.5 days later: This is only a test ------------------->

Can't get to Philly? Not a problem thanks to Disney. Posted Friday, February 27, 2004, 9:47PM by Andromaton
"The annual shareholders' meeting of The Walt Disney Company will be available live via webcast at www.disney.com/investors beginning at 10:00am (ET) on March 3, 2004. A re-play will be provided through Wednesday, March 10, 2004 at 5:00pm (PT).

Source: Toonzone.net/Businesswire.com

These boots aren't practical, but they make me look so cool!" Posted Friday, February 27, 2004, 8:05PM by TylerL
"DuelMasters section created, populated.
First Promo
American Intro
Toonami Intro

...and if you're all good boys and girls (and if I'm not working all day), I'll have a nice surprise for you tomorrow.

By the power of Greyskull - the fate of He-Man is in your hands! Posted Friday, February 27, 2004, 4:14AM by Andromaton
"Die-hard fans have been speculating the future of Mattel's Masters of the Universe line heavily in the last couple months. No new official line-up announcements. No word on the continuing of the new 'toon. Could this be the end of the fabled warrior of Eternia; his friends and foes?

According to Dan Salazar, Mattel Boy Toy PR, the answer is no - though don't break out the party favors quite yet.

Mattel's latest Snakemen Wave, found in all places, Aldi's grocery stores, will be bypassing mass retail release. Mattel will instead market this assortment via specialty stores, toy magazines and select online retailers. ""Snakemen"" sales through this new marketing strategy will ultimately determine IF future MOTU product is released.

Source: Figures.com

Amanda's bad at these news post subject things. Posted Thursday, February 26, 2004, 10:45PM by TylerL
"If you haven't read this yet, then you better read it before you finish this sentence.

Astro Boy's coming to Toonami in March. Section created, populated.
Japanese Intro
Original '60s Tetsuwan Atom Intro

New Stragglers:
History of Trunks Long Intro
Cooler's Revenge Long Intro
Cyborg 009 American Intro

Toonami Moves to Saturday, Changes Focus" Posted Wednesday, February 25, 2004, 5:13PM by meteo
"April 17th 2004 Toonami moves to Saturday Nights, 7 PM to Midnight, exclusively. SVES is dead, Toonami weekdays is dead, but there is more to the story.

Toonami is changing its focus to target teens, while the weekday Toonami slot will be replaced with a new block aimed at the 6-11 demographic. Toonami will continue to show Yu Yu Hakusho and Dragonball GT. Transformers Energon will join the block. Rurouni Kenshin will rejoin the block. Toonami will get an original Cartoon Network series, Megas XLR (in May). Finally, the whole thing launches with the premiere of Gundam SEED.

For all the goodness check Animation Insider.

Vote No - Internet y Telephone Posted Tuesday, February 24, 2004, 11:11PM by Andromaton
"We'll I just cast my vote for the upcoming Disney shareholders meeting. If any of you have any shares of Disney stock you might want to do so as well especially if you won't be able to make it to Philadelphia. The easiest way to do so is via Internet or Telephone. You must remember to do this otherwise your shares may not be used to vote how you wish. The information on how needs to get out there somehow. So here goes:

Voting via Internet

Step 1 - Log on to proxyvote.com
Step 2 - Enter the 12-digit control number provided on voting form
Step 3 - Follow instructions on Proposal #1 to vote ""For all except""
Step 4 - Check the boxes that correspond to the names of Michael Eisner, Judith Estrin, George Mitchell and John Bryson
Step 5 - Vote as you wish on Proposals #2, 3, 4, & 5
Step 6 - Submit vote
Step 7 - Review vote cast
Step 8 - Submit final vote

Click read more to find out how to vote via Telephone.
Roy and Stan also have issued another letter to the Disney directors. It's just below the Phone Instructions.

Voting by Telephone

Step 1 - Dial the toll-free number provided
Step 2 - Enter the 12-digit control number appearing on proxy form
Step 3 - Follow instructions on Proposal #1 to vote ""For all except""
Step 4 - When prompted, enter numbers 3, 1, 4 & 9
Step 5 - Vote as you wish on Proposals #2, 3, 4, & 5
Step 6 - Submit vote
Step 7 - Review vote cast
Step 8 - Submit final vote
Step 9 - Hang up

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The Board of Directors
The Walt Disney Company
500 S. Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521


February 24, 2004


Dear Directors:


On January 27, 2004, we delivered to The Walt Disney Company a books and records request asking the Company to make available to us all documents and records which were used or relied upon by the Compensation Committee, chaired by Ms. Judith Estrin, in connection with compensation decisions made for FY2002 and FY2003 for the Company's top five executive officers. Specifically, we requested information regarding the involvement of Mr. Irwin Russell, Mr. Michael Eisner's personal attorney, with respect to Mr. Eisner's compensation and bonuses over the last two fiscal years. This request is a matter of public record and is attached.

On February 10, 2004, because the Company had not provided the requested documents, we filed suit in the Delaware Court of Chancery to enforce our books and records request. Only then did the Company agree to produce the requested documents, which were delivered to us on Monday, February 16, 2004. Unfortunately, the Company has designated as ""Confidential"" virtually all of the materials which reflect the substance of the ""deliberative process"" of Ms. Estrin's Compensation Committee. Since February 17, 2004, we have been seeking through the Delaware Court to have these documents ""unsealed"".

On February 11, 2004, Stanley Gold stated on the Glass Lewis proxy talk forum that it was his belief that Ms. Estrin consulted with Mr. Russell regarding Mr. Eisner's compensation and that he did not believe that this is ""the kind of governance and compensation practices that a company like [Disney] ought to have."" Yesterday, February 23, 2004, Ms. Estrin stated on the Glass Lewis proxy talk forum that her committee had worked with an independent consultant in making its compensation determinations. While we now know that this consultant was only utilized for fiscal 2003, BUT NOT fiscal 2002, we are only seeking to inform your shareholders as to the actual advice given by the consultant and the extent to which the Compensation Committee followed such advice.

Members of the Disney Board, including Presiding Director Mr. Mitchell, have over the last thirty days, both in writing and speeches, indicated that this Board is committed to transparency and best governance practices. Despite those pronouncements, we believe you have mischaracterized what actually transpired with respect to the Company's executive compensation decisions regarding Messrs. Eisner and Iger. If your announced commitment to transparency and good governance is truly a reality, why does the Company continue to oppose in the Delaware Court of Chancery our efforts to make public the facts regarding the deliberations and outside advice utilized by Ms. Estrin (and the Compensation Committee that she chairs) that resulted in bonuses to Mr. Eisner in fiscal 2002 and 2003 worth multi-millions of dollars?

We see no harm to the Company in releasing this historical information regarding the actual workings of Ms. Estrin and her Committee with respect to the very important issue of executive compensation and will continue to pursue these efforts in the Delaware Court. Is the Board afraid that Disney shareholders will see that the Board's public statements are inconsistent with actual boardroom conduct? Ms. Estrin has repeatedly claimed that ""perception does not match reality"" regarding governance at The Walt Disney Company. We agree.

One simple question for Ms. Estrin -- Did you at any time consult with Mr. Russell, Mr. Eisner's personal attorney, regarding Mr. Eisner's fiscal 2002 and/or 2003 bonuses? Yes or No?

If Yes, in order to promote transparency and good governance, we call upon Ms. Estrin to release to shareholders all correspondence related to Mr. Russell's involvement with her and her Committee's deliberations regarding Mr. Eisner's bonuses.

Moreover, we call on the Board to demonstrate affirmatively, in deed, its public statements relating to good governance and transparency. Stop wasting corporate funds by trying to deny and delay shareholder access to information regarding how executive compensation decisions have actually been made by Ms. Estrin and the Compensation Committee. Release these materials now so shareholders can decide for themselves whether Ms. Estrin and her Committee in fact acted independently and in the best interests of Disney shareholders in reaching the bonus decisions for Mr. Eisner. Act now, so Disney shareholders can have the facts before they vote on the election of Disney Directors on March 3, 2004.



Sincerely,

Roy E. Disney Stanley P. Gold

Ra's Al Watanabe Posted Tuesday, February 24, 2004, 3:54PM by Andromaton
"Ken Watanabe will follow his Oscar-nominated performance in ""The Last Samurai"" by squaring off against Christian Bale in Warner Bros. Pictures' upcoming untitled Batman movie. Watanabe will play the villainous Ra's Al Ghul, opposite Bale, cast as Bruce Wayne/Batman; Michael Caine as Wayne's trusted butler Alfred; Katie Holmes as a childhood friend of Wayne's; Liam Neeson as Wayne's mentor Henri Ducard; and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, a former board member and sidelined employee of Wayne Enterprises.

Click Read More for a list that Comics2Film.com has put together of what ""they"" can share with you at this time:
source: comics2film

Dennis Quaid is ""close"" to being signed for the part of Jim Gordon, the Gotham City beat cop that will one day become police Commissioner. Gordon has an important role to play in the picture. One might even say that fate will deal him -- and subsequently the Dark Knight -- a card that sets the course for their future and that of Gotham City.

Cillian Murphy is playing The Scarecrow, but you already know that.

At present, the concept for this film's Batmobile is unlike the looks of Batman's wheels from the four earlier films. Instead, this incarnation of the Batmobile -- at least at this stage of development -- might look like it has more in common with the behemoth depicted in Frank Miller's legendary THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS comic book series. As our source tells us, ""the Batmobile will be big and bulky, like an urban tank.""

There is talk about changing the working title of the project to BATMAN BEGINS.

One of the film's major action scenes will take place inside a Tibetan palace and will not involve Batman -- but a pre-Batman Bruce Wayne. Much ass-kicking will take place inside that palace, and it will be upon the film's main villain, or more specifically, his henchmen.

When you see the way Goyer and Nolan choose to end their movie, you'll be wishing that the sequel will be coming out tomorrow. And that's all we'll say about that.

New Ultimate Muscle Releases Tomorrow Posted Monday, February 23, 2004, 5:44PM by meteo
"Ultimate Muscle may not air on Toonami in America, but it does air as part of the Toonami Network over on the British side of the pond. I don't know if DVD or VHS releases of the series are available there, but if any Toonami UK fans are willing to import, Funimation will be releasing the second volume of the series on both DVD and VHS Tuesday, February 24th.

[Source: Funimation]

Stage set for conflict at Disney meeting Posted Monday, February 23, 2004, 3:49PM by Andromaton
"The target of a hostile takeover bid by Comcast, Walt Disney Co. Michael Eisner will face hostility at the 2004 annual shareholders meeting on March 3 in Philadelphia. On its eve, Roy Disney and Stanley Gold plan an anti-Eisner rally to set the stage for a Disney vs. Disney confrontation.

The duo say Comcast's offer does ""not adequately reflect the true potential value of Disney's assets,"" though they would look at a better offer. But what the Magic Kingdom really needs, they say, is not a new owner. It's new management.

The company sent a letter to shareholders last week attacking the two men's ""propaganda"" campaign, saying that as board members the two approved many decisions they now criticize. And it was Roy Disney and Gold who recruited Eisner as chairman and CEO to help save the mouse house from corporate raiders in 1984.

They discussed their campaign with USA TODAY media reporter Michael McCarthy last week at Gold's New York apartment overlooking Central Park.

Click Read more for that discussion.
Source: SaveDisney.com/USAToday.com

Q: So who do you think should succeed Michael Eisner?

Disney: There have been a lot of names out there. Certainly, some of those names would be on a list we might make. We've been very steadfast about not naming names. We know the company will go out and trash them tomorrow morning. That story would run right alongside this one. All we're going to do is harm them.

Gold: Let me say, we think there are five to 10 people in this industry and adjacent industries that could run this company better than Michael Eisner. ... This is not about Michael Eisner, the person. I'm sure he's a good husband and a good father. This is about Michael Eisner, the manager. There he falls woefully short of what we think a good manager of the Walt Disney Co. ought to be.

Q: Should Disney accept Comcast's offer?

Disney: Clearly, at the stage of the game we are right now, the price is not probably as high as it needs to be. But beyond that, it's way premature. We have not talked to Comcast. Nor they to us.

Q: What would be a fair share price for Disney — mid-$30s?

Gold: Our position in this is that this management has not gotten maximum efficiency out of the assets. A good management team could improve the earnings. That would take the stock price up. Whether it takes it up $5 to $6 or $10, we're not to be the judge of that. Whatever that amount is, that modicum of increase in value in the company ought to go to the Disney shareholders, not the Comcast shareholders. The first job here is to get a management team that can perform, work the assets in an efficient manner and get the Disney shareholders whatever that amount is. And thereafter, maybe in several years we ought to talk about whether someone should pay a premium for the assets. Right now, it would be, I think, premature and leaving money on the table for the Disney shareholders.

Q: Given what you know of Comcast, do they have the management to run Disney?

Disney: I have personally never met Brian Roberts, although he certainly has a reputation of being a good manager. We all know Steve (former Disney executive Steve Burke, who is president of Comcast Cable) because he spent 12 years at Disney. We worked not with him but near him and around him and felt he was a good friend. I like Steve a lot. He appears to have a management style that sounds to me like a better one than other people.

Q: Would Steve Burke be on a short list of candidates to run Disney?

Gold: I don't know what Steve's arrangements are for Comcast and what he plans for his future. But if you're asking me do I think Steve Burke is qualified to run the Walt Disney Co., the answer is yes. He'd be on a short list.

Q: Should the Walt Disney Co. be restructured? Should ABC be sold?

Disney: I think all the parts of the company need to be run better. That's the first thing. You can't even talk about selling until after that happens. So it really isn't a real discussion you can have.

Q: Why did Disney's 12-year relationship with Steve Jobs' Pixar go bust?

Disney: It was actually close to a 20-year relationship. I started it with John Lasseter, (the Oscar-winning creative chief at Pixar) when Pixar still belonged to George Lucas in 1984. Michael Eisner does not like creative people robbing him of the spotlight. He will tend to badmouth them or in some way put them down. ... The only way you can answer that question is to talk about how long it took for this relationship to go that sour. It took years. The more success Pixar had, the more annoyed Michael seemed to be by it. With Finding Nemo, we had a screening a year and a half ago of the unfinished film. ... Michael told the board that it was ""OK."" That it would probably open, but it's not as good as they think. I really think he wanted it not to do well because he'd have greater negotiating power.

Gold: Roy especially has been saying there's been a creative exodus from this company for the better part of five to six years. Jobs is just the latest of a long line of hundreds of people.

Q: You've criticized management of Disney's theme parks. Why?

Disney: The parks are giving away tickets. They will tell you they have record attendance, which may well be true, but unfortunately, half the rides are closed, and they're giving away tickets. So I think this is a net loss. They've cut back on employee base level so that the service is not as good. Everywhere throughout the whole park system is way, way down. They're cutting people back. ... They're doing a lot of very hard things on the employees who in turn are not as nice to the guests these days.

Q: Is Eisner really the micromanager you make him out to be?

Disney: The head of feature animation, Tom Schumacher, was told to report every conversation he had with me back to Michael. Tom, God love him, came and told me that immediately. ... That was mean. There are plenty of other people I'm sure the same thing happened to. How does a creative person operate under that kind of a structure? It's like Big Brother.

Q: How do you respond to Disney's letter to shareholders?

Disney: They were questioning our motives as if we have some motive in this that's different from the rest of the shareholders. I find that rather insulting.

Q: What percentage of shareholders do you hope vote ""no"" against Eisner and three directors at Disney's annual meeting?

Gold: We're looking for 15% to 20%. If we hit 20%, it would be a big-time message.

Disney: That was what was voted against Steve Case (former chairman of AOL Time Warner) a few years ago. And you saw what happened there.

Q: What do you say to the criticism that you are doing this for revenge or your own self-interest and that, as board members, you signed off on many of the decisions you now criticize?

Disney: We should do the self-interest thing first. How does my self-interest differ from any shareholder in Disney? Ask them that question. I'd sure love to hear what they think.

Gold: What this company does and what Michael always does, he begins to demean anybody who opposes him. It goes on all the time. That's why this board is so reluctant to oppose him.

Disney: They always fail to mention, and they know perfectly well, that we were ... trying to make all of these points and work within the confines of the company itself and not let this become a big public to-do. We wrote a long series of letters to the board saying all the things we're now saying on the outside.

The Future of He-Man is still up in the air. Posted Sunday, February 22, 2004, 2:43PM by Andromaton
"Quoted from He-Man.org

There are a lot of sites reporting that Masters of the Universe has ended.
This is not true. Many of these sites talked with sales reps on the Toy Fair floor who are not privy to the behind-the-scenes workings of Mattel. This is usually the way of large companies. We point to Mattel Customer Service as an example of this, who swore to almost everyone who called that Masters would be at Toy Fair.

He-Man.org has recently had some contact with the decision makers at Mattel. And while they cannot offer any news yet on the future of the line, it is evident that they are very aware of MOTU's popularity and have also seen the petition. Mattel is still discussing what can be done, as Masters continues to sell well internationally and has a large US collector's fan base.

Don't let these reports sway your opinion of the new line, and don't let them discourage your support. He-Man.org has had its finger near the pulse of this line since it was launched, and we wouldn't steer you wrong. So please continue to show your support, please continue to call and e-mail Mattel to let them know you still want MOTU, and spread the word about the petition!

ATTN Haters: Jason says stop whining about the opens. Posted Saturday, February 21, 2004, 12:39PM by TylerL
Hello.
This is the part of the update where I apologize about not updating for two weeks.
This is the part of the update where I have new videos to download:
Viewtiful Joe Game Review
Duel Masters Promo

I'll comb through everything else I missed on Sunday.
...but now I have to go to work.

Duel FUNi News (Z Store and DBGT TCG) Posted Friday, February 20, 2004, 7:00PM by KnuxFive
"FUNimation has both updated their Z Store, along with announcing that each card in the DBGT TCG will have two foil variants.

Check out the newest presales from FUNimation Productions and the Z Store (www.zstore.com). Find the newest releases from Dragon Ball GT to YuGiOh!, Kiddy Grade to Tenchi Muyo GXP!

What makes the DBGT TCG unique? How about every card has 2 alternative foil patterns!Check out www.dragonballgt.com for today’s exclusive images!And now pre-order the Trading Card Game @ the Z Storehttp://www.zstore.com/Search.bok?category=DragonballGT:Games:CardBe the first on your street to own the hottest Trading Card Game Available.

Source: Press Releases

More DGBT TCG News Posted Wednesday, February 18, 2004, 7:42PM by KnuxFive
"Once again, some news about the DBGT TCG. 6 Preview cards showcase the Super 17 Saga.

Read more for the short Press Release.

Source: Um, a Press Release

""What makes the DBGT TCG unique? How about 6 brand new Preview cards showcasing the upcoming Super 17 Saga!""

DBGTCG Revelation Posted Tuesday, February 17, 2004, 9:27PM by KnuxFive
"FUNimation has announced that the DBGT TCG will have 36 cards from the ""Broly: The Second Coming Movie"".

Well, there's a movie name for us. Click on for the short PR.

Source: Press Release

""What makes the DBGT TCG unique? How about 36 card feature subset containing cards from Broly: The Second Coming Movie!""

Would somebody please think of the deaf children?! Posted Tuesday, February 17, 2004, 2:16PM by Andromaton
"The US Department of Education has declared nearly 200 TV programs inappropriate for close-caption funding and denyed them federal grant requests to make them accessible to the hearing-impaired. Among the offensive titles that the department is banning, based on the recommendations of a secret five-member panel, are nearly every major animated TV series, including POWERPUFF GIRLS, DEXTER'S LAB, TRANSFORMERS ARMADA, JUSTICE LEAGUE, X-MEN EVOLUTION, SAMURAI JACK, TEEN TITANS and TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES. Just to be safe, they are also banning every single ""classic cartoon.""

An editorial was recently published in the PALM BEACH POST which sheds more details on this harebrained attempt at censorship, such as revealing that the secret members of the five-person panel were never even aware that they were on a panel or that their views would be used for censorship. You can find a complete list of the blacklisted shows at the National Association of the Deaf website.

Source: Animation Blast

Comcast officially shot down after full review from Board of Directors. Posted Tuesday, February 17, 2004, 12:38AM by Andromaton
"Walt Disney Co.'s board said on Monday it had unanimously rejected cable operator Comcast Corp's unsolicited takeover bid as too low and endorsed Chief Executive and Chairman Michael Eisner and his strategy for the company.

The Disney board said it would carefully consider any ""legitimate proposal"" that created shareholder value. Comcast, which vowed it would be a disciplined bidder, almost immediately shot back that its proposal was ""compelling"" and ""sound.""

Click Read more for Comcasts response to Disney's rejection.
Source: SaveDisney.com/Rueters

Comcast in response to Disney's rejection of their takeover bid:

Our proposal to acquire The Walt Disney Company reflects a full and generous valuation based upon Disney's prospects and performance over a long period of time, representing a significant premium over Disney's unaffected share price during any relevant measurement period over the last three years. We maintain the belief that our merger proposal represents a sound and compelling proposition for both sets of shareholders.

Dragonball GT TCG Preview Cards Posted Monday, February 16, 2004, 3:03PM by KnuxFive
"Just a note, DragonballGT.com will be posting previews of the DBGT TCG cards coming out. Every day, there will be new ones.

Source: Press Release

You guys rock. Anywho, onto the news." Posted Friday, February 13, 2004, 1:20AM by Andromaton
"31 to 3. Those numbers make me so happy.

Roy Disney sued Disney Tuesday over a proxy battle he's waging with the media giant. In addition, within hours of Comcast's unsolicited bid for Disney, a Disney shareholder filed a merger-related class-action suit in Delaware.

The shareholder's complaint alleges that Disney CEO Michael Eisner's reported refusal to consider a merger with Comcast means that Eisner and the rest of the Disney board ""are attempting unfairly to deprive plaintiff and other members of the Class the true value of their investment in Disney.""

Both lawsuits represent further annoyances for Eisner, who likely had hoped to start a two-day investor meeting Wednesday without having to contend with further distracting criticisms of his leadership. A Disney representative couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

Click Read More to well, read more.
Source: TheStreet.com

Disney's shares, buoyed by Comcast's offer, rose $3.40 Thursday to trade at $27.48.

Roy Disney's lawsuit, filed Tuesday evening in Delaware Chancery Court, stems from his attempt to rally shareholder sentiment against Eisner. Roy Disney and fellow former director Stanley Gold are focusing on withholding support for directors at the company's March 3 shareholder meeting.

The two directors quit Disney's board last year, saying that Eisner's management had failed the company founded by Roy's uncle Walt.

Roy Disney's suit seeks an order compelling Disney to hand over ""certain stocklist materials and books and records of the Company for purposes of inspection and copying.""

Disney says he wants the stocklist materials to communicate with shareholders of the company in advance of the meeting, and to request they withhold their vote for certain of Disney's nominees for the board.

He says he wants to inspect the company's books and records to investigate whether the company's management has engaged in activities including ""improper conflicts between directors and officers and the Company's compensation committee, and lack of due care with respect to compensation matters.""

Roy Disney says the company has asked him to sign an ""unreasonable and improper"" confidentiality agreement, and says the company won't provide a list of shareholders who own Disney stock through their participation in the company's 401(k) plan.

The separate shareholder suit says the company's board had a duty to ""undertake an appropriate evaluation of the Company's net worth as a merger/acquisition candidate.""

That suit was filed Wednesday morning in Delaware Chancery Court, less than three hours after Comcast publicly announced its bid.

Please vote in the poll inside. Posted Wednesday, February 11, 2004, 10:08PM by Andromaton
"Two things are happening in this news post. A Disney news post and a poll to let me know if you would like to continue to see updates with the Disney situation on the main page or if you've had your fill and would like me to stop.

Roy E. Disney and Stanley Gold today said they are extremely pleased that Institutional Shareholder Services has recommended that Walt Disney Company shareholders withhold their vote (Vote No) for Michael Eisner's reelection to the Company's Board of Directors.

To finish reading the story click Read More and after your done or even before please vote.
Source: SaveDisney.com

""ISS' recommendation is an important independent validation of our campaign's primary theme that real change is needed in the Walt Disney Company boardroom,"" Messrs. Disney and Gold said. ""With respect to recent changes in corporate governance practices at Disney, it is noteworthy that ISS said in its report that the withhold vote recommendation on Mr. Eisner is meant as a signal to try a little harder, not just on paper.' We agree with ISS' view that 'shareholders will be best served by cracking open the door to the boardroom.'""

Messrs. Disney and Gold continued, ""We believe it is also important that shareholders take note that ISS points out in its report that:

* 'Based on a peer group of media, hotel, restaurant and leisure companies, the ratio of Net Operating Profits After Taxes to Invested Capital was below the lowest quartile for all the last five years.'

""This measure of financial performance spotlights the long-term deterioration of the Disney business under Mr. Eisner's leadership. We continue to believe there is a great deal of intrinsic value in the Company that is not being realized,"" they said.

The ISS report also states:

* ""At the end of the day, all roads lead back to Eisner,"" the ISS report continues. ""For 20 years Disney's revolving door for board members and management has had one constant - Mr. Eisner. The boardroom battles and management departures, which pre-date the Disney/Gold campaign, are disappointing, expensive, distracting, and not in the best interest of shareholders. If there were ever a case for separating the roles of Chairman and CEO, this company is the poster child.""

""We couldn't agree more,"" Messrs. Disney and Gold stated. ""We urge shareholders to take heed of the ISS recommendation on Mr. Eisner by withholding their vote on his reelection to the Disney Board. We further urge that although not recommended in the ISS report shareholders also withhold their votes on the reelection of John Bryson, George Mitchell and Judith Estrin as Directors of the Walt Disney Company.""

Perhaps he can do something thing right? Posted Wednesday, February 11, 2004, 9:30AM by Andromaton
"Cable giant Comcast has announced an offer today to buy the Walt Disney Company for $66 billion, including the assumption of debt, according to CNN/Money. The plan by Comcast highlights incentives for current Disney shareholders. Comcast president and CEO Brian L. Roberts comments that he thinks it is unfortunate that Disney CEO Michael Eisner is unwilling to discuss this deal.

Click Read more for Roy and Stanley's reponse to the bid.
source: Toonzone y SaveDisney

Roy E. Disney and Stanley Gold said that ""the Comcast presentation today highlighted many of the same issues that we have raised for weeks with shareholders. The areas Comcast listed as needing improvement are basically the same ones we have highlighted - animation, the theme parks, ABC and the ABC Family Channel.

""We have long maintained that the inherent value in Disney's assets has not been realized by current management and that this Board has failed to take the necessary steps to restore long- term shareholder value and to hold management accountable for its failures,"" Messrs. Disney and Gold said. ""We believe those failures have made Disney an attractive target for those that recognize, as we do, that with the right leadership the extremely valuable assets of Disney can be properly utilized to create lasting and significant value.

""Today's action by Comcast makes it more important than ever that shareholders send a message to management and the Board by withholding their votes on Michael Eisner, John Bryson, George Mitchell and Judith Estrin. Disney's shareholders deserve a board that looks at what is best for the company and its shareholders,"" they stated

A few short weeks. Posted Monday, February 9, 2004, 7:03PM by Andromaton
"Very soon Disney shareholders will meet to vote on whether or not Eisner and his Cronies will stay on the board. Disney released a letter to the shareholders which criticized Roy Disney and Stanley Gold. Today, Roy and Stan wrote and released an open letter back to the Disney Co.

Click Read more for Roy and Stan's response.
source: SaveDisney.com

Roy Disney and Stanley Gold Response
to Walt Disney Company Directors' Letter

Burbank, CA -- February 9, 2004 -- Roy E. Disney and Stanley Gold today issued the following open letter in response to a letter to shareholders from Directors of The Walt Disney Company released to the media today:

February 9, 2004

To the Directors of The Walt Disney Company:

We read with disappointment, but not surprise, the shareholder letter you released today regarding our ""just vote no"" solicitation of Disney shareholders. It appears that the Board continues to resist independent, thoughtful consideration of opinions raised in opposition to Michael Eisner.

Although we could very easily refute your letter point-by-point, we will not do so. Rather, we will just highlight a few of the letter's misleading facts and distortions:

We could go on but suffice it to say it is not we who are trying to protect executive positions or board seats. As we have repeatedly stated, neither of us desire to be the Chairman or CEO of the Company; our concern is solely the interests of the shareholders and the integrity and future of The Walt Disney Company.

It is sad and unfortunate that the Board has resorted to these tactics in the wake of our campaign to educate shareholders as to the issues facing the Company. We expected better of you.

Sincerely,
Roy E. Disney Stanley P. Gold

Kiddy Grade Release Tomorrow Posted Monday, February 9, 2004, 3:08PM by KnuxFive
"Kiddy Grade, the series constantly in that ""Almost Toonami"" field, is getting it's first DVD release on Tuesday, February 10th. With the starter set, you also get a premium hat!

Get your love on a few days before Valentine's Day.

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This Tuesday (2/10/04) marks the release of the much anticipated SciFi Anime Kiddy Grade. To mark the occasion, FUNimation has produced a very limited number of Kiddy Grade Starter Sets that include a premium hat. Rush to your local retailer to receive your premium hat before supplies run out!

Dragonball Z Cell Games Saga Release Posted Monday, February 9, 2004, 3:03PM by KnuxFive
"FUNimation Productions will be release the Cell Games Saga on DVD with a collectible Starter Box. The Box comes with DVDs 48 and 49, with DVD 50 coming out on March 23rd.

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FUNimation has recently released, for the first time ever, Cell Games Saga on DVD with collectible Starter Box! Tons of fans have asked, “Will the entire Cell Games Saga be released on DVD?” FUNimation’s answer: “Of Course!!!” FUNimation has released the Dragon Ball Z Cell Games Starter Set including DVD 48 & 49. The Box is to be completed with each additional release of the saga. Look for Dragon Ball Z DVD 50: Guardian’s Return on 3/23/04!Go to your local retailer today to get the DVDs that will complete your Dragon Ball Z Collection before the collectable box runs out!

John Hench, RIP." Posted Friday, February 6, 2004, 4:40PM by Andromaton
"John Hench, a Disney animation and Imagineering legend, has passed away at the age of 95. An overview of the work he did for the studio can be found in this Disney PRESS RELEASE. Hench worked on everything from FANTASIA and THE THREE CABALLEROS, to developing the ride ""It's A Small World"" and supervising the construction of Walt Disney World and Epcot in Florida. Hench kept an office at Disney Imagineering until his passing. Last year, he wrote a book, DESIGNING DISNEY: IMAGINEERING AND THE ART OF THE SHOW in which he spoke about the design and thought process behind the Disney theme parks. To put into perspective just how long Hench worked at Disney, he was the artist who collaborated most closely with Salvador Dali on the initial attempt at producing DESTINO in 1946, and he was also involved in producing the new version of the film which was completed in 2003 and is currently nominated for an Academy Award. DESTINO is also nominated for an ASIFA-Hollywood Annie Award, but more importantly John Hench was to have been the recipient of a Winsor McCay Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's Annies, which are being held tomorrow evening. Alas, the award will now be a posthumous honor.

A few years ago, Victor Haboush told me the following story about his first assignment as a layout artist at Disney. The anecdote serves as an eloquent tribute to Hench's artistic talent:

""John Hench gave me this layout to do on PETER PAN. The characters were on Skull Rock. I couldn't have done this scene well had I been there three years. It was a tough scene; they were walking out of the cave on these rocks through a waterfall and behind them was Skull Rock. I worked on it three weeks, smudged it, dirty as hell and everything else, and John Hench came and fixed it up in about 15 minutes. And boy, it really gave me humility. All of a sudden I went 'Woah! Wait a minute. There's some pretty damn good artists here.' I was really impressed that John could do what he did, just like that.""

Quoted Directly from AnimationBlast.com

I'm the Batman and I'm ok, I sleep all day and work all night." Posted Friday, February 6, 2004, 4:24PM by Andromaton
"Kids' WB! and Cartoon Network next season will share Warner Bros. Animation’s The Batman, a new take on DC Comics' legendary super hero.

According to the deal, Kids' WB! will air the half-hour show on Saturday mornings next fall, with Cartoon Network starting its run some six months later. The Batman looks at the hero in his mid-twenties, when he lives in a bachelor pad surrounded by hyper-modern Bat-gadgets and drives a souped-up Batmobile.

During the series, he’ll meet each of the story’s famed villains––Penguin, Joker, Catwoman, Riddler and Mr. Freeze––for the first time. U2’s The Edge performs the show’s theme song.

Batman has been through the ringer when it's come to finding a home on Cartoon Network. At first premiering after Toonami then becoming part of Toonami then leaving Toonami for SVES to leaving the network altogether. When this new Batman's timeslot will be is anybodies guess.
source: TZ

Vaguely Decisive Posted Thursday, February 5, 2004, 6:49PM by TylerL
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