March 2005

Naruto...TV-Y? Posted Thursday, March 31, 2005, 11:36PM by TylerL
"Ed Note: If you are gullible, feel free to believe the following story:

It seems Viz has plans for Naruto outside Toonami.

An anonymous source has provided some information about the production of Naruto's dub. It turns out they're looking to give Naruto as wide an audience as possible, including airing it on multiple blocks on Cartoon Network and eventually in syndication after Cartoon Network's contract expires.
Unfortunately, this means heavy cuts and plot changes to meet the ""lowest common denominator"".

Naruto and his friends still make their way through ninja school, but will emphasize peaceful resolutions to problems they encounter.

A screen grab was leaked to us by the same contributor of an edit early on in the series. In the original Japanese version, Naruto stabbed his hand in an effort to show his seriousness about an upcoming mission. In the Americanized/edited version, Naruto is shown angry about his mother's choice of lunch.

Original Naruto Frame.
Leaked edited frame.

No announcements have been made, but are expected within the next few weeks.

Cartoon Network Soars with All-New Quarterly Delivery, Ratings Records" Posted Wednesday, March 30, 2005, 7:18AM by Nobuyuki
"... PR spin doctors break out thesaurus...

Cartoon Network completed First Quarter 2005 (1Q05) by setting new kids’ total day (Monday-Sunday, 6 a.m.-6 a.m.) delivery and ratings records across the board for its target demos—kids 6-11, kids 2-11, boys 6-11, girls 6-11, boys 2-11 and girls 2-11—ranking #4 overall (standard total day, persons 2+) among basic cable networks, according to Nielsen Media Research. Similarly, the network’s prime time delivery and ratings also earned high double-digit gains, seting new first quarter records among kids 6-11, tweens 9-14, boys 6-11 and boys 2-11.

Highlights of 1Q05 average delivery and ratings growth claims vs. the same time period last year include the following:
(Click ""Read More"" for Toonami highlights)

Additional 1Q05 performance highlights for Cartoon Network’s key franchise and stunt programming vs. the same time periods last year include the following:

MIGUZI (1Q05, Monday-Sunday, 5-7 p.m.)
* Best quarterly performance ever with kids 6-11 and kids 2-11.
* Kids 6-11 delivery (702,000) lifted by 39% and ratings (2.9) by 38%.
* Kids 2-11 delivery (1,075,000) and ratings (2.7) both rose by 35%.

TOONAMI (1Q05, Saturday, 7-11 p.m.)
* Tweens 9-14 delivery (610,000) bounded ahead by 55% and ratings (2.5) by 56%.
* Kids 6-11 delivery (698,000) and ratings (2.9) both surged by 26%.

Star Wars: Clone Wars—Chapters 21-25 (Saturday, March 26, 8-9:30 p.m.)
* Kids 6-11 delivery (801,000) blasted ahead by 31% and ratings (3.3) by 27%.
* Tweens 9-14 delivery (642,000) increased by 57% and ratings (2.6) by 53%.
* Adults 18-34 delivery (476,000) catapulted by 192% and ratings (0.7) by 133%.

Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in 87.8 million U.S. homes and 160 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service offering the best in original, acquired and classic animated entertainment for kids and families. Overnight from 11 p.m.-6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animation for young adults 18-34.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.

RATING PERIOD: 12/27/04-3/27/05

SOURCE: Turner Entertainment Research from Nielsen Media Research data. These television ratings data are reproduced here with permission from Nielsen Media Research. Reproduction of these data in volume, without permission from Nielsen Media Research, is prohibited.

NOTES: All ratings based on Total U.S. Television Universe of 109,600,000 homes.

Notice: warning your bandwidth on 216.127.64.64 is close to the limit specified for your server. You are currently at 92.1% of your total bandwidth quota of 1,000." Posted Sunday, March 27, 2005, 6:46PM by TylerL
One Piece Megapost Part 2:
One Piece Fourth Intro
One Piece Fifth Intro
One Piece Eleventh Ending
One Piece Twelfth Ending
One Piece Thirteenth Ending
One Piece Fourteenth Ending

I also updated the Eighth intro to a HQ clip.
Do your worst. See what happens.

Hey, they opened a Sony Style a few stores down from us. / ""Let's go window shopping. With a brick.""" Posted Saturday, March 26, 2005, 9:00PM by TylerL
Pickup + New Stuff
Duel Masters Season 2 Promo
Star Wars Clone Wars Volume 2 Toonami Promo
Star Wars Clone Wars Volume 2 Mini Toonami Intro

More One Piece tomorrow before we run out of bandwidth.
Get 'em while you can.
Update by Tyler after bedtime: Second Dual Masters US Intro online in the usual place.

Gradual Replacement Posted Wednesday, March 23, 2005, 9:07PM by TylerL
The low-res (yet nice quality) RealVideo version of One Piece's third ending has been replaced with a full-res MP4 version.
Supposedly there's a Dual Masters Season 2 promo floating around.
...erm...anyone got it?

Thank God Comcast boosted my upstream... Posted Monday, March 21, 2005, 9:32PM by TylerL
"One Piece MEGAPOST Part 1:
One Piece Second Intro (HQ)
One Piece Third Intro (HQ)
One Piece Second Ending (HQ)
One Piece Third Ending
One Piece Fourth Ending (HQ)
One Piece Fifth Ending (HQ)
One Piece Sixth Ending
One Piece Seventh Ending
One Piece Eighth Ending
One Piece Ninth Ending
One Piece Tenth Ending

Spoiler-tastic clips are marked as such on the One Piece Downloads page.
I'll have the rest of One Piece's OP/EDs (6 more so far) later in the week.

Costco had Simpsons and Family Guy DVD boxsets for $20. You're too late now. Posted Sunday, March 20, 2005, 9:13PM by TylerL
"The Batman premieres in a few weeks.
The Batman section created, populated.
The Batman Original Intro
The Batman First Promo

One Piece stuff coming in the next few days, HQ or not. I need to get them online and get you leeches blowing out my bandwidth THIS month.
...Because I have something else for you guys to download NEXT month...

Toonami in May: Hello Goku! Posted Tuesday, March 15, 2005, 11:22PM by meteo
"While Dragonball GT will be concluding its Toonami run in April, the block isn't finished squeezing ratings from the dragonballs. In May the show that put Toonami on the map returns with sort of new episodes. Funimation has redubbed the first two season of Dragonball Z, restoring many episodes worth of footage Saban had cut out of the original syndication runs.

[Source: Funimation]

Ok, I Swear this is the last one. Roy and Gold weigh in." Posted Monday, March 14, 2005, 5:32AM by andromaton
"I would have tacked this on to the last news post but I fealt it just would have been lost in there.

""While it has taken three years to reach this point, our efforts to remove Michael Eisner as CEO of the Walt Disney Company have finally succeeded. Even the Disney Board, which has proven unresponsive to its shareholders, recognized that it had to take this action after our campaign which resulted in a resounding 45% No Confidence Vote on Michael Eisner last year.""

Click Read More for the dramatic conclusion.

Unfortunately, our concerns regarding this Board's process to replace Mr. Eisner were well-founded. We find it incomprehensible that the Board of Directors of Disney failed to find a single external candidate interested in the job and thus handed Bob Iger the job by default. We find it very telling that Mr. Mitchell refused to answer repeated questions about whether the entire Board had interviewed more than one external candidate. The Board has failed in what is clearly one of their most important responsibilities, the selection of the Company's CEO.

The need for the Walt Disney Company to have a clean break from the prior regime and to change the leadership culture has been glaringly obvious to everyone except this Board. The scathing portrait painted by James Stewart in DisneyWar has been widely reported without serious challenge or contradiction. A Board that is so deaf and insular cannot be entrusted to provide independent stewardship to this valuable, unique institution.

The selection of Bob Iger is yet another example of this Board's breach of faith. The pledge made by Chairman Mitchell to conduct a bona fide search was a ruse to avoid a contest at the 2005 annual meeting. Mr. Mitchell's approach to good governance is no better than a carny at the fair, enticing words but in the end the game is rigged. Disney Shareholders have been conned and their trust in this Board abused.

""Shareholders should seriously consider replacing this Board and starting anew.""

Los directores han decidido. Iger sera CEO. Posted Sunday, March 13, 2005, 2:43PM by andromaton
"The Walt Disney Company Board of Directors announced today that Robert A. Iger has been unanimously elected Chief Executive Officer effective September 30, 2005. He will succeed Michael D. Eisner, current CEO, who announced his intention to retire in a letter to the Board last year dated September 9, and will step down as CEO on September 30, 2005.

From: Animated-News
Click Read More for, well, more.

I would like to thank everyone on TI who has supported my coverage of the SaveDisney campaign. Hopefully, you won't be seeing much more on it here.

""After a lengthy, thorough and professional selection process, comparing both internal and external candidates against our criteria for CEO, I am pleased to announce the decision of the Walt Disney Board of Directors to select Robert Iger as the company's next chief executive officer,"" said Sen. George J. Mitchell, chairman of The Walt Disney Company Board of Directors. ""Bob is an experienced, talented and visionary leader who has made crucial and substantial contributions toward Disney's strong performance. On behalf of the entire Board, I want to express how excited we are at the prospect of Bob leading this extraordinary company and talented management team to new levels of financial and creative success in the years ahead.""

""It is truly an honor to be entrusted with the responsibility of guiding this great company that occupies such an important place in the hearts and minds of millions the world over toward a very bright future,"" said Iger. ""It's also an honor to work with our incredibly talented and dedicated worldwide team. I feel all the more privileged to succeed Michael, whose tremendous 20-year leadership and enormous accomplishments have built this company into the world's preeminent leader in family entertainment.""

""It is with a considerable amount of satisfaction and even pride that I approach the end of my term as CEO of this company,"" said Michael D. Eisner, former chairman and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company. ""By every financial and creative measure, Disney is performing at its peak. I have enjoyed virtually every moment of my tenure and want to express my appreciation to the phenomenal colleagues with whom I have been privileged to work. I believe Disney is now poised for its brightest days in the years ahead under the able and insightful leadership of Bob, who has not only the qualities to succeed, but also has a keen sense of the Disney brand and how to maintain its leadership position and grow it on a worldwide scale.""

The election of Mr. Iger culminates a lengthy and detailed CEO selection process that started formally when the Disney Board announced on September 21, 2004 that it would, ""engage in a thorough, careful, and reasoned process to select as the next CEO the best person for the company, its shareholders, employees, customers, and for the many millions of others who care so much about The Walt Disney Company. The Board is keenly aware of the special place our company holds in the hearts of people all over the world and the importance of its responsibility in choosing a CEO."" The Board also made known that day its intention to ""complete the process and announce a successor as soon as possible, with an expected date of completion of June 2005.""

Directors selected the executive search firm of Heidrick & Struggles in October 2004 in order to assist with the CEO selection process.

""The search and the process for considering potential candidates was thorough and exhaustive and met the most rigorous standards,"" said Gerard Roche, senior chairman, Heidrick & Struggles.

Robert A. Iger was named president and chief operating officer of The Walt Disney Company in January, 2000. At that time, he also became a member of Disney's board of directors and of its executive management committee.

Iger had been chairman of the Disney-owned ABC Group, where he guided the complex merger of ABC with The Walt Disney Company. Simultaneously, he was president of Walt Disney International, where he created an organization embracing Europe, the Asia-Pacific Region and Latin America. His mission for Walt Disney International was to establish Disney's brand on a worldwide basis and consolidate international operations under a coordinated leadership.

As Disney's president and chief operating officer, Iger works with Michael D. Eisner, chief executive officer, in overseeing all aspects of The Walt Disney Company's operations on a worldwide basis. The heads of all of Disney's business units and its chief strategic officer report to both Eisner and Iger. Iger first became part of Disney's management team in 1996, when The Walt Disney Company acquired Capital Cities/ABC, where Iger had been president and chief operating officer.

During Iger's years with ABC, he obtained hands-on experience in virtually every aspect of the television network business, including news, sports and entertainment, as well as the business side of television such as program acquisition, rights negotiations and business affairs.

ABC saw tremendous growth during Iger's career there, becoming a market leader in network television and expanding into numerous cable and related ventures, including A&E, The History Channel, Lifetime, ESPN and ESPN-related businesses.

He began his career at ABC in 1974 as a studio supervisor in New York, then moved to ABC Sports, where he advanced over a 12-year period through a series of increasingly responsible management posts. He became vice president of programming, responsible for all scheduling and program acquisitions for ABC Sports in 1987.

He left ABC Sports in 1988 for a promotion to executive vice president of the ABC Television Network and became president of ABC Entertainment in Los Angeles a year later. Iger was promoted to president to the ABC Television Network Group in New York in 1993 and added the title of president and chief operating officer of ABC in 1994.

He is a member of the board of directors of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. and New York City Outward Bound. He is a trustee of the Museum of Television and Radio and of Ithaca College, where he graduated magna cum laude.

A native of New York, Iger was born February 10, 1951. He has two daughters, Kate and Amanda, and two sons, Max and William.

He is married to Willow Bay.

processing needed Posted Saturday, March 12, 2005, 10:14PM by TylerL
Bunch of new stuff today...
Zatch Bell US Intro
Hot Wheels Acceleracers: Speed of Silence Promo
Hot Wheels Acceleracers: Speed of Silence Short Promo
Teen Titans 2005 Promo
Alien Hominid Game Review

Anyone have a raw version of One Piece's second ending? My methods of acquisition are less-than-optimal...

JLU Season 2 Episode Titles and Taglines. Arr Matey, thar be spoilers ahead!" Posted Friday, March 11, 2005, 12:50PM by andromaton
"Thank you to The World's Finest and Cartoon Network for providing these. Since not all of you want anything spoiled, Click Read More for the Taglines.

E14 - The Cat and the Canary / E15 - The Ties That Bind / E16 - Doomsday Sanction / E17 - Task Force X / E18 - The Balance / E19 - Double Date / E21 - Mystery in Space / E22 - Question Authority / E23 - Flashpoint / E24 - Panic in the Sky / E25 - Divided we Fall / E26 - Epilogue

E14 - The Cat and the Canary
Black Canary convinces Green Arrow to help save her mentor, the Wildcat, from his involvement in an underground, super-powered fight club.

E15 - The Ties That Bind
The world's greatest escape artist needs help from the Flash in order to break a deadly enemy out of an inescapable prison on an alien planet.

E16 - Doomsday Sanction
While Superman battles Doomsday in the heart of a Volcano, Batman discovers an elaborate conspiracy to destroy the Justice League.

E17 - Task Force X
Five incarcerated super villains are offered suspended sentences if they can survive an impossible mission: steal a deadly weapon from the Justice League’s satellite headquarters.

E18 - The Balance
Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl must put aside their feud and go to the depths of Tartarus when the evil sorcerer Felix Faust establishes dominion over Hades.

E19 - Double Date
Green Arrow and Black Canary race to stop The Question and Huntress from killing organized crime lord, Tobias Whale.

E20 - Clash
The world’s mightiest mortal, Captain Marvel, joins the Justice League but even his power may not be enough to foil Lex Luthor’s latest plot.

E21 - Mystery in Space
Responding to a deep space distress call, Shayera leads her reluctant teammates Vigilante and Vixen into a deadly trap.

E22 - Question Authority
The Question discovers a secret that threatens to shake the very foundations of the Justice League.

E23 - Flashpoint
To avenge a fallen comrade, Superman declares war on Cadmus.

E24 - Panic in the Sky
With the founding members out of action, the remaining 50 heroes fight to survive Cadmus’ ultimate attack on the Justice League.

E25 - Divided we Fall
When most of the Justice League is incapacitated, who will be left to stand against the League deadliest enemies?

E26 - Epilogue
50 years in the future, the history of the Justice League is the key to Batman’s darkest secret –and his final destiny.

All'arrembaggio! Posted Thursday, March 10, 2005, 10:10PM by TylerL
"


ありったけの夢をかき集め

捜し物を探しに行くのさ...
Arittakeno yume o kakiatsume

sagashi mono sagashini yuku no sa...
Gathering together all our dreams.

We'll find the things that we are looking for...
Now it's time to set sail...for a mystery.

Don't know where we will go or what we're gonna see...

ONE PIECE!

One Piece First Intro - Includes rare English dub
One Piece First Ending
One Piece US Intro

I'm working on acquiring some more endings. Bear with me...

By the power of Greyskull, I HAVE THE DVD'S!" Posted Tuesday, March 8, 2005, 11:59AM by andromaton
"He-Man and the Masters of the Universe along with The New Adventures of He-Man will be coming to DVD.
Under an agreement with Entertainment Rights, BCI Eclipse release the series this July starting with a ""best-of"" featuring ten selected episodes.
There is no word on special features as of yet.

Editor's Note: This is the original series. Not the recent remake.
Author's Update Note: Multiple season box sets are coming in the fall.

What an incredible update! Posted Saturday, March 5, 2005, 9:54PM by TylerL
"You waited over a week.
...and here it is...
EIGHT SECONDS!!!!!!!111ONE

That should keep you busy for at least another week.
Update by Tyler 7 seconds later: Oh, wait. It's just seven seconds. Looks like we all got gypped.
Update by Tyler 7 minutes later: Well, I guess you can have this too:
Star Wars Clone Wars Volume II First Promo

Adult Swim: The network... well sorta Posted Thursday, March 3, 2005, 2:15PM by andromaton
"Anime News Network is reporting that, ""For ratings purposes, Turner Broadcast will split Adult Swim's from Cartoon Network at the end of this month. The split will see two separate networks, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, carried on the same cable channels at different times of the day.

Ratings tracking firm Nielson will begin classifying Adult Swim as a separate network on Monday, March 28th.

The move will improve Adult Swim's appearance in ratings comparisons, the new network will be #1 in its time period on basic cable among adults 18-34, with 11 of the top 50 ad-supported cable programs among adults 18-34.""

Could this be the first signs of a spin-off channel (ala Boomerang)? If so, would Toonami fill the daytime slots?

Animation A-Go-Go! Two Nights with Genndy Tartakovsky Posted Thursday, March 3, 2005, 1:18PM by andromaton
"This two-night mini-tribute will entail everything from student films to advance looks at future projects, as well as a hearty helping of inspirational material, comprised of shorts and clips presented in conjunction with Cartoon Network, Lucasfilm, and ASIFA-Hollywood (International Animated Film Society) at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.

Genndy Tartakovsky will appear for an extended discussion after each program, moderated by animation writer Jon M. Gibson.

Click Read More for the details on the event.
So I hope all two of you who live close enough to go will have a chance to do so.
Source: americancinematheque.com

Friday, March 18 – 7:30 PM

Genndy Tartakovsky Tribute – Program #1
Encompassing many of his early, short works—including rarely seen, unreleased ditties from his days at Cal Arts, like ""Changes,"" the basis for ""Dexter’s Laboratory""—this first night chronicles Tartakovsky’s evolution as a filmmaker. Then, samplings of the first season of ""Star Wars: Clone Wars""—as well as the ground-breaking two-part ""Samurai Jack"" episode, ""Birth of Evil""—will be washed down by a few of Tartakovsky’s favorite classic cartoons from legends like Tex Avery (shown in 35mm glory). No doubt, there will be a few surprises, too—some never-before-aired… anywhere. Genndy Tartakovsky will appear for an extended discussion after the program, moderated by animation writer Jon M. Gibson.


Saturday, March 19 – 5:00 PM

Genndy Tartakovsky Tribute – Program #2
Tonight’s clincher: the World Premiere of the entire second season of ""Star Wars: Clone Wars,"" which Tartakovsky will have completed mere days before its debut. This second night also veers off the beaten path a bit to uncover the side-projects that have nabbed so much of his imagination, including interstitials he created for Cartoon Network based on vintage Hanna Barbara characters, as well as more inspirational offerings from the masters of animation. Genndy Tartakovsky will appear for an extended discussion after the program, moderated by animation writer Jon M. Gibson.

Saturday, March 19 – 8:00PM

Genndy Tartakovsky Tribute – Program #3
CONAN THE BARBARIAN, 1982, Universal, 129 min. It’s no surprise that director John Milius’ brawny epic was a huge inspiration on Tartakovsky’s career, especially in the more recent ""Samurai Jack"" years. He cites the first 20 minutes of the Schwarzenegger-starrer as ""flawless filmmaking,"" but is still partial to the rest of the feature, too. CONAN will be followed by hand-picked ""Samurai Jack"" episodes that Tartakovsky feels were influenced most heavily by the Oliver Stone-penned tale of a boy born to slavery, who muscles up and seeks sweet revenge on those who massacred the people of his village. Genndy Tartakovsky will appear for a discussion after the program, moderated by animation writer Jon M. Gibson.

Bandai Games To Back Toonami In '05 Posted Wednesday, March 2, 2005, 10:16AM by JJc14
"Now a full-fledged subsidiary of the large company, Bandai Games, Inc. has announced its plans for this year. Taking advantage of recently announced Toonami aquisitions, expect games based on the D.I.C.E., One Piece, and Zatch Bell properties by year's end.

The D.I.C.E. and One Piece titles are expected to be action games, while the Zatch Bell game is slated to be a fighter. All are to be released for the Playstation2, Gamecube, and Game Boy Advance.


Source: GameSpot.com