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Pixar Shareholders Approve Disney Merger

Pixar shareholders approved the takeover of the company by the Walt Disney Company in a special shareholders meeting held on Friday, May 5. The all-stock deal is valued at more than $7.4 billion.

Free Comic Book Day Hits on May 6, 2006

Free Comic Book Day will be hitting comic shops across the United States and Canada tomorrow, May 6, 2006. Full information about the day and the comics to be given away by participating stores can be found at the Free Comic Book Day website, and individual publishers describe their offerings and why they are participating […]

SEC Drops DreamWorks Animation Probe

DreamWorks Animation SKG has stated that the SEC will drop an informal probe investigating the company begun nearly a year ago (free registration required, see Toon Zone’s earlier coverage of this news). The investigation came after the company reported lower-than-expected earnings due to disappointing home video sales of Shrek 2. The SEC documentation filed with […]

"Animated Shorts" on IFC Toons and Toonami Jetstream

The latest “Animated Shorts” column on Newsarama.com contains a profile of the growing animated content available on the Independent Film Channel, including Samurai 7 and Bob Balaban’s Hopeless Pictures. Discussions with IFC VP of Acquisitions and Scheduling Jerry Lentz also reveals details about the channel’s MediaLab initiative, intended to showcase up-and-coming animators. The second half […]

Simon Furman Talks "Transformers: Stormbringer"

Writer Simon Furman has spoken to Newsarama about Transformers: Stormbringer, a four-issue mini-series coming from IDW Publishing in July. The series will focus on a human-free zone on Cybertron, and will attempt to address the fans’ call for “intense, full blown giant robot (sans humans) action.” Several preview pages are included in the article.

DreamWorks Posts $12.3M Profit, 73% Drop from Last Year

DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. reported a .3 million profit for the financial quarter that ended on March 31, 2006, representing a 73% drop from the same quarter a year ago. The profit was largely driven by home video sales of Madagascar, with no revenue generated by Shrek 2 or Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of […]

Hayao Miyazaki to Announce Next Film on May 5

A news report on Nausicaa.net states that famed director Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli will announce his next film project on May 5, 2006, as part of an interview commemorating Children’s Day in Japan.

"TV Guide" Posts Character Designs for "Legion of Superheroes"

The Superman Homepage is hosting an exclusive image from TV Guide of character designs for the upcoming Superboy and the Legion of Superheroes animated TV show. The picture comes from the May 8 edition of TV Guide magazine, which will also include an article about the show. (via Hannibal Tabu’s Comics Reel at Comic Book […]

"Hikaro No Go" to Debut on ImaginAsian TV on May 2

A press release has announced that VIZ Media’s Hikaru No Go will be premiering tonight, May 2, 2006, on ImaginAsian TV at 8:00 PM ET/PT. iaTV will broadcast both dubbed and subtitled versions of the TV series.

3-D Film Festival at Egyptian Theatre this Summer

Animation historian Jerry Beck has posted an announcement concerning animated content in this year’s 3-D Film Festival at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. The festival will take place from September 8-17, with all the animated content being presented on Saturday, September 16. Beck will be hosting the program, which will include all the Hollywood 3-D […]

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