Upcoming Films with Robert Tinkler

Coopers’ Camera, a film including Robert Tinkler (Rubeus) as officer Malette will be screening at the Victoria Film Festival in the Capitol 6 in Victoria on January 30th at 6:45pm, and January 31st at 2pm. It will also be screened at the Boulder International Film Festival on Friday February 12th at 10:00 pm at the Boulder Theater on Boulder, Colorado. The comedy film is about a dysfunctional family on Christmas day in 1985 primarily told through the eyes of Teddy, the youngest son, via a VHS camcorder. The film was previously shown at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Fans can also listen for Robert Tinkler in the upcoming film Kung Fu Magoo, where he voices some background characters. The 80 minute film produced in Mexico will be released on DVD on May 11th. The film “pits Quincy Magoo and his 12-year-old nephew, Justin, against giant robotic spiders, ninjas on jet skis and mutant Beasteens which are half animal and half teenage girl.” (description from Cartoon Brew)

Italian Fans, Mark Your Calendars for March 1st!

Today, Moon Chase came across a very intriguing story posted today by an Italian group organizing a Sailor Moon petition A few news outlets in Italy are buzzing with the news of Sailor Moon’s TV premiere date today! The show will return on March 1st on Mediaset Premium’s Hiro Channel (earlier than what Toei wrote in their press release) but as of this writing we don’t have a timeslot to share. There will be more to hear about this from HIRO later – this seems to be the only statement about Sailor Moon in their February release, and they announced a few other February highlights. Another blog that wrote of this news today also made special mention of a fan campaign in Italy for an uncensored DVD release, a re-release of the manga, and an Italian doujinshi project. We are keeping an eye on news coming out of Italy, and we will let you know the moment we learn of a time slot! Special thanks to Light for sending in this story!

North American VA Update: January 2010

Stephanie Beard’s (Rini #2) upcoming movie, A True Story: Based on Things That Never Actually Happened …And Some That Did will have an unofficial screening near the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Stay tuned to the movie’s Facebook page or Twitter feed for details about when and where the movie will be screened.

It looks like fans will have to wait longer for Toby Proctor‘s (Tuxedo Mask #1) upcoming role in The Bridge. No news yet on an official season premiere date, but CBC News is suggesting that The Bridge as well as Stephanie Morgenstern’s (Sailor Venus #1) and Mark Ellis’s Flashpoint may air in the summer on CBS.

Katie Griffin (Sailor Mars #1) appeared in an episode of Cra$h & Burn as Maya Porter, a wealthy owner of a thoroughbred horse that died suddenly under suspicious circumstances. Canadian fans can catch the show on Showcase. The show is about an insurance adjuster who deals with dishonest clients and trying to keep costs down in order to do his job. A trailer for the show is available here and full episodes are available online here.

Wendy Lyon (Queen Serenity) will be appearing in three episodes of the new series Happy Town scheduled to begin airing this year. She plays Donna Friddle in this mystery show about “a deputy sheriff confronted with the unsolved mystery of a half-dozen child kidnappings over the past decade in a small town in Minnesota.” (description from IMDb). Filmed in southern Ontario, there is no information about the air date for Canada and the US, but it is slated to air in Hungary in February.

Emilie-Claire Barlow (Sailor Venus #2) will be performing at L’Astral in Montréal, Québec on Saturday, February 13 at 8pm. Event details and a link to purchase tickets are available here. She will also be performing on February 18th and 19th at the Midland Theatre in Newark, Ohio.

BREAKING NEWS: Columbia Music Entertainment Japan to Remaster and Re-release Old Sailor Moon Soundtracks!

A fan (who wished to remain anonymous) sent us an email a few hours ago telling us that the Sailor Moon soundtracks with the catalog numbers COCX-36146 to COCX-36157 were going to be re-released on March 17th. More importantly, we found out something even more interesting when we tracked these CDs down on CD Japan – these are going to be remastered into the HQCD format! We tried to look everywhere for an official press release but we were unable to find one – so fans, you’re just going to have to trust the online stores for this one (but seeing as many stores are listing them, you can be sure that this isn’t fake news). The price of these CDs is pretty reasonable too, at $25 each (this is about on par what you would pay normally for a J-POP album in Japan), so fans who may find the new boxset release to be a bit astronomical to afford, can probably get a few of these CDs! As of this writing, it doesn’t look like the memorial collections are going to be re-released. Fans who wish to pre-order these can hit any of these links:

Amazon Japan
CD Japan
HMV Japan

BREAKING NEWS: Italian Press Release Shows Potential of International Revival of Sailor Moon!

Finally, after many months of waiting, Toei Animation Europe finally posts an official press release announcing the return of Sailor Moon! As we reported not too long ago, Italy’s Backstage Licensing and Toei have signed an exclusive deal to resurrect Sailor Moon on the Italian market. Backstage, will be managing the TV, publishing, merchandising, and theatrical release rights of the franchise (Sacre Bleu, does this mean the manga as well?). The press release also says “The feasibility of this project also relies on a close collaboration with the original author of SAILORMOON, Mrs Naoko Takeuchi.” This is echoing what the licensing reporters were speaking of before with the Style Guide. But the best part of this press release is a quote from Mr. Kanji Kazahaya, the General Director of Toei Animation Europe:

“We are very happy, to have Backstage as the licensing partner of SAILORMOON. It is one of the most important factor of success. We are certain that strategically Italy is the ideal country to initiate a global re-launch of the classic Japanese animated series, such as SAILORMOON. The Italian public has traditionally been passionate about ‘anime’.”

Perhaps, this strategy chose Italy first to “test the waters” since it is not necessarily one of the bigger markets that Sailor Moon has been successful with (a Spanish dub for example, would be shown in various markets in Europe, South, and Latin America, and the English dub would go to Australia and the UK, aside from North America). Best to see what happens in a smaller market in case it doesn’t go well (but we can’t imagine Sailor Moon not doing well)!

Unfortunately, the press release also announces that the series is delayed to air again, this time listing it as Autumn 2010. Another website, MangaForever, has posted a new image and this may be from the style guide considering the copyrights posted below. We have to say, we love this new logo (if it will be a new logo) – it is a LOT better than the old titles which just appeared to look like drab colored text during the show openings. We have featured this new image above – what do you all think?

We recommend all of our Italian readers, send Toei, Mediaset, and Backstage licensing their most heartfelt “Grazie Tanto!” This was a long time coming, Italia!