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Did Turtle Toy Sales, Superman, and Batman Lead to "TMNT"?

by Ed Liuon March 27, 2007
In comments to the Los Angeles Daily News, Warner Brothers distribution head Dan Fellman seemed to indicate that strong continuing toy sales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles led the studio to revive the film franchise with the CGI animated TMNT movie. Fellman stated that, “The toys were selling and there was a resurgence of […]

Maxwell Atoms on "Grim" Movie, Upcoming Grim/KND Crossover

by Ed Liuon March 27, 2007
Animated Shorts has interviewed Maxwell Atoms about the Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy movie, Big Boogey Adventure. The interview covers Atoms’ career at Cartoon Network and the longevity of the show, as well as the upcoming movie. Atoms also revealed that a crossover movie between Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy and Codename: Kids […]

Marshall Rogers, "Laughing Fish" Artist, 1950 – 2007

by Ed Liuon March 27, 2007
Comic book artist Marshall Rogers passed away over the weekend at the age of 57. Rogers was the artist on the seminal Detective Comics “Strange Apparitions” story arc, which included the famous “Laughing Fish” story that was adapted into an episode of Batman the Animated Series. His other work included memorable runs on DC’s Mr. […]

Yani Mentzas of Vertical on Manga Titles; Possible CN Tie-ins

by Ed Liuon March 27, 2007
Newsarama.com has interviewed Yani Mentzas, Editorial Director and Executive Vice President of Vertical, on the company’s manga publishing efforts. The company has published English translations of Osamu Tezuka’s Buddha and Ode to Kirihito, and just released To Terra… Vol. 1. At the end of the interview, Mentzas states, “We are looking to launch a manga […]

"Witchblade Anime" Clip On-line

by Ed Liuon March 26, 2007
ComicBookResources.com has a 5-minute video clip from Witchblade Anime available for viewing on-line. The project is the first collaboration between Top Cow, FUNimation, and Studio Gonzo to introduce new elements into the Witchblade franchise.

Neil Patrick Harris in "Justice League" Movie

by Ed Liuon March 26, 2007
The cast biographies on the NCAA How I Met Your Mother Picks states that actor Neil Patrick Harris “will appear in the upcoming Justice League movie.” It was not clear whether the statement applied to one of the direct-to-video DC animated movies (presumably DC: The New Frontier) or to the announced live-action movie project. (via […]

Elbert Tuganov, "Father of Estonian Animation", 1920 – 2007

by Ed Liuon March 23, 2007
Cartoon Brew’s Amid Amidi is reporting the passing of Elbert Tuganov, the father of Estonian animation, on March 22, 2007 at the age of 87. Tuganov’s career in animation began during World War II, producing most of his output for Estonia’s Tallinnfilm state film studio under its Nukufilm puppet animation division.

"LA Times" on "TMNT"

by Ed Liuon March 23, 2007
The Los Angeles Times takes a look at this week’s TMNT, which will attempt to bring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles back to the forefront of American pop culture. Director Kevin Munroe is quoted extensively throughout the article, which also takes a look back at the three earlier, live-action outings. Read Toon Zone News’ review […]

"Avatar" Co-Creators on Season 3 Finale

by Ed Liuon March 23, 2007
Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko have spoken to SciFi Wire about season 3 of Avatar the Last Airbender, promising that the season will culminate with a big climactic fight between the title character and the Fire Lord. DiMartino stated that, “Book three is all mapped out, and much of it is written.” DiMartino also discusses […]

Pixar Artists on "The Ancient Book of Myth and War"

by Ed Liuon March 23, 2007
Comicon.com’s PULSE News has interviewed four Pixar artists about The Ancient Book of Myth and War, an art book that revolves around the two themes in the title. Organized by Scott Morse, the book’s contributors also include Lou Romano, Don Shank, and Nate Wragg. The book will be the subject of a gallery exhibition at […]