Germans claim record for gathering of Smurfs

World / Offbeat Feb 17, 2019

Germans claim record for gathering of Smurfs

A group of German friends claimed a world record Saturday for the highest number of Smurfs gathered in one place. Fans of the blue elf-like creatures, created in a Belgian comic strip in 1950s, managed to gather 2,762 people dressed and painted blue in the ...

Animated film to spotlight Polish bear that served in WWII

World Jan 13, 2019

Animated film to spotlight Polish bear that served in WWII

During World War II, Wojciech Narebski and his fellow Polish servicemen had to lift crate after heavy metal crate of artillery. Fortunately for them, one of the soldiers had superhuman strength: Cpl. Wojtek, a Syrian brown bear. "When he saw that we were struggling, he'd ...

New 'Peanuts' cartoon series coming to iTunes

Entertainment News Dec 15, 2018

New 'Peanuts' cartoon series coming to iTunes

Apple will produce a new animated series starring Snoopy and the "Peanuts" gang, created by the late American cartoonist Charles Schulz, for its video platform, a source close to the deal said Friday, confirming press reports. The agreement was reached with Apple, "in a highly ...

Springfield comes alive as 'The Simpsons' take over the Hollywood Bowl

World Sep 14, 2014

Springfield comes alive as 'The Simpsons' take over the Hollywood Bowl

Under the starry skies of Hollywood on Friday, the animated world of America's longest-running television series "The Simpsons" came alive through music and lively performances from the cast on stage at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl. Matt Groening, the show's creator, kicked off the first night ...

'Tank girls' lead the charge

National Mar 19, 2014

'Tank girls' lead the charge

by Tim Kelly and Nobuhiro Kubo

Being a soldier in Japan after World War II was seen as a job for failed police recruits and unemployed youths from depressed rural towns. But as tension with China chips away at Japan's postwar pacifism, the military is regaining its prestige — helped by ...

Manga majors a big draw in the job market

National Sep 10, 2013

Manga majors a big draw in the job market

by Kaoru Otsu

With manga becoming more popular internationally, an increasing number of Japanese universities have been providing courses on the subject, producing graduates who have gone on to work in a broad spectrum of society. "The number of students finding employment at companies unrelated (to manga) has ...

'Sazae-san' sets Guiness cartoon record

National Sep 6, 2013

'Sazae-san' sets Guiness cartoon record

The TV cartoon "Sazae-san," which began airing in 1969, has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the longest-running animated series in the world, beating the U.S. show "The Simpsons." "I am full of emotions. It is a testament to the fact that people of ...