Thursday, March 6, 2008
Mouse To Make Anime?
In another move to become more "region specific", the Walt Disney Company appears to be ready to start making animation for Japanese television.
Anonymouse... err, anonymous sources are saying that Disney will team with Toei Animation Co., Madhouse Co. and Jinni's Animation Studios to create localized content of Disney products for the Japanese audience.
With Madhouse, Disney will produce a 30-minute program "Stitch!," which will be an offspring of the Lilo & Stitch television series, to be aired in Japan, the official said, the Mouse has not decided when the show will be broadcast. In the new series a Japanese girl named Hanako will play Stitch's sidekick and the story will take place in a southern Japanese island, instead of in Hawaii as in the feature film and Disney channel show.
With Jinni, Disney will make a short animation "Fireball," an animated comedy on another planet in the near future that follows Rosselle, the daughter of the Duke of Flugel and her two robots minders. It will be aired in April on Disney's cable channel and Tokyo Metropolitan Television, according to the unnamed official.
Disney will be producing a short, computer/hybrid animation series called "Robodz" for television with Toei Animation, to be aired in summer, possibly June.
Bob Iger truly believes it's a Disney world and he is apparently trying to make it so... one country at a time.
Hat Tip to The Disney Blog and The Animation Guild Blog.