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"Popetown" Draws Fire from German Catholics

German Catholic groups are protesting the upcoming Popetown animated series to be shown on MTV’s German-language channel beginning on May 3. The series was originally developed for the BBC, which opted not to air the show because it was too controversial (see Toon Zone News’ earlier coverage). MTV has no plans to change its schedule.

"The Gremlins" Unite Dahl, Disney, and Dark Horse

The most recent Dark Horse Comics solicitation information lists a hardcover edition of The Gremlins, scheduled for release on September 13. The book was written by Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and was to be produced as an animated film by Walt Disney before the project faltered and was shelved. The book has […]

Animation Writers Caught Between Two Unions

The Los Angeles Times covers a dispute between Thomas Short of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Patric M. Verrone of the Writer’s Guild of America, West (free registration required). At stake are the hearts and minds of a growing number of animation writers, whose numbers are growing as “the genre is booming […]

Great Walls Facing Disney's Entry into Chinese Market

An article in the Los Angeles Times notes the many obstacles that The Walt Disney Company faces in expanding its media presence into the relatively untapped market of mainland China (free registration required). The tight controls placed on the media by the government of China may present one of the biggest obstacles to Disney’s expansion […]

"Ice Age" Leads Box Office Again

Ice Age: The Meltdown led the pack in weekend movie ticket sales, with a gross take of $33.8 million to make it the first movie of 2006 to break $100 million in domestic ticket sales, according to an article off the wire at ABCNEWS.com. A related article in the Los Angeles Times (free registration required) […]

NY Times on Return of "Astro Boy" to DVD

The New York Times talks about the new Astro Boy Collector’s Edition DVD boxed set (registration required), which collects 52 episodes of the seminal anime series by Osamu Tezuka. The article chronicles the historical background behind the series and its impact on the anime industry since its debut in comics in 1952 and on TV […]

CLAMP Makes First U.S. Appearance at Anime Expo 2006

CLAMP, the Japanese artist’s studio of Satsuki Igarashi, Ageha Ohkawa, Tsubaki Nekoi and Mokona, will be making their first U.S. appearance at this year’s Anime Expo 2006, to be held in Anaheim, CA, from July 1-4, 2006. CLAMP debuted as manga artists in 1989, and have been behind some of the most popular manga and […]

Legendary Animator Alex Toth in Hospital

Comic Book Galaxy is reporting that Alex Toth has been in the hospital for the past several weeks and “can use some words of encouragement, humor and appreciation.” Toth is one of the seminal comic book and animation artists of the 1960′s and 1970′s, and is credited with designing Space Ghost, Birdman, and The Herculoids. […]

Nick Renews "Backyardigans" and "Kappa Mikey"

The latest “Animated Shorts” column by Steve Fritz reports that Nickelodeon has renewed The Backyardigans and Kappa Mikey, with orders for 20 and 26 additional episodes, respectively. Other news in the column includes coverage of the Adult Swim upfront (which mentions Dexter’s Laboratory/Samurai Jack creator Genndy Tartakovsky’s involvement in Korgoth of Barbaria), a screening of […]

Where "The Wild" Things Aren't

Jim Hill Media is reporting a rumor that Toys ‘R Us has declined a chance to produce an exclusive plush toy from Disney’s upcoming film The Wild after watching a rough-cut of the movie. According to the website, this rejection is even more surprising considering a rather prominent “cameo” in the film by the Toys […]

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