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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 […]

LA Times on Possible Acquisition of DreamWorks Animation

The Los Angeles Times has published an article examining the possibility that DreamWorks Animation SKG will be acquired by another movie studio seeking a 3-D CGI animation branch (free registration required). Arguments for a buyout involve the Disney/Pixar merger, the success of DreamWorks franchises such as Shrek, and studio competition with Disney in the animated […]

Jeff Hayne on "He-Man" DVD Releases

Jeff Hayne, Director of Acquisitions at BCI Eclipse, spoke briefly to Comicon.com’s PULSE News regarding the DVD release of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Among other topics, Hayne discusses the reasoning behind the strategy of the “Best Of” volume first and the role He-Man fans had in both home video releases.

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