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"Avatar" Season 2 DVD Volume 1 in January 2007

TVShowsOnDVD.com is reporting that the first DVD of Avatar the Last Airbender‘s second season will be released on January 23, 2007. The disc will include the first five episodes of the second season (up from the 4 per disc for all the season 1 DVD releases); it is expected that a boxed set will be […]

Cartoon Network Comes to Nokia Content Discoverer

Cartoon fans now have another option to get their material on-the-go, as Turner Broadcasting has announced that content from Cartoon Network will be available on “the Nokia Content Discoverer client, embedded in millions of Nokia devices currently available in markets around the globe.” Johnny Bravo, Dexter’s Laboratory, and The Powerpuff Girls were all cartoons named […]

Publishers Weekly on Cable TV Effect on Graphic Novel Sales

Thomas J. McLean of Publishers Weekly has written an article analyzing how a hit anime show often leads to a surge in manga sales, while similar ratings hits for cartoons based on American superhero comics often have little or no effect on comic sales, including for tie-in books such as Justice League Adventures or Teen […]

Disney Mandates Nutritional Standards for Cross-Marketing Deals

The Walt Disney Company has announced that it will institute minimal nutritional standards as part of any licensing deal it signs with food companies (registration required). The new guidelines will prohibit marketing deals where “total fat exceeds 30 percent of calories for main and side dishes and 35 percent for snacks, saturated fat exceeds 10 […]

Toon Zone Interviews Don Hahn on a "Nightmare" Project

Examine the credits of some of the most acclaimed animated films and you’ll find Don Hahn listed as the producer for many of them. He began his career as an assistant animator for Pete’s Dragon, and moved up to associate producer for Who Framed Roger Rabbit. His first credit as producer for a feature length […]

Patrice Holloway, "Valerie" on "Josie & the Pussycats" 1948 - 2006

Singer/songwriter Patrice Holloway passed away on October 1, 2006, due to a heart attack. Holloway was the singing voice of Valerie Brown, the tambourine player for the fictional band Josie and the Pussycats, during the first season of their eponymous cartoon. Before her singing role as Valerie, Holloway recorded records for Motown and Capitol Records […]

JustMyShow.com Posts "Peanuts" Director Bill Melendez Podcast (Part 1)

JustMyShow.com has posted part 1 of a podcast/phone call with Bill Melendez, director/producer of many of the most beloved Peanuts animated TV specials, including It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Christmas. A bonus clip also includes comments from Melendez on performing Snoopy for the cartoons. (via Cartoon Brew weblog)

NY Times on Nickelodeon vs. Disney

The New York Times looks at the ratings race for children and teen programming, focusing on current front-runner Nickelodeon and rising challenger the Disney Channel (registration required). The article notes that none of Nickelodeon’s new programming has achieved superstar status on the order of Spongebob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer, Blue’s Clues, or Rugrats, while also […]

The Trouble With Being Goro Miyazaki

A profile in the New York Times reveals the trials that Goro Miyazaki has endured since the release of Gedo Senki (Tales from Earthsea) (registration required), including critical comments by Earthsea author Ursula K. LeGuin and the inevitable comparisons to his father, renowned animation director Hayao Miyazaki.

Image Metrics Promises "Soul Transference" in New CGI Animation Technique

An article in the New York Times spotlights the software from a company called Image Metrics which “lets a computer map an actor’s performance onto any character virtual or human, living or dead” (registration required). The technique promises less restrictive and more accurate digital recreation than the state-of-the-art motion capture used by films like The […]

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