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Nebula Awards for "Howl’s Moving Castle," Peter Beagle’s "Two Hearts"

by Ed Liuon May 16, 2007
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have awarded it’s 2007 Nebula Award for Best Script to Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle and the Best Novelette award to Peter S. Beagle’s Two Hearts. Howl’s Moving Castle was released in June, 2005, and is based on the novel by Diana Wynne Jones. Two Hearts is […]

Eric Calderon Talks "Afro Samurai"

by Ed Liuon May 16, 2007
DVD Talk has interviewed Eric Calderon, associate producer of Studio Gonzo’s Afro Samurai. Among other topics, Calderon discusses how the project went from a toy on a shelf to a mini-series on Spike TV and a DVD coming out this month.

Gollum Mo-Cap Tech May Get Used for "Tintin" Movies

by Ed Liuon May 16, 2007
Daily Variety is reporting that Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg will be using 3-D motion capture technology to make three back-to-back films based on Tintin, Georges Remi’s famous globe-trotting comic strip hero. Spielberg is quoted in the article as saying, “Peter and I felt that shooting them in a traditional live-action format would simply not […]

NY Times Profiles Tony Millionaire

by Ed Liuon May 16, 2007
The New York Times ran a profile of cartoonist Tony Millionaire on the eve of Sunday’s premiere of The Drinky Crow Show on Adult Swim (registration required). The article covers the origins of the cartoon and Millionaire’s artistic inspirations.

Directing Shrek: Toon Zone Interviews "Shrek the Third" Director Chris Miller

by Ed Liuon May 16, 2007
Chris Miller began his career at DreamWorks in 1998 as a story artist on Antz, the studio’s first animated comedy. In the 9 years since then, Miller has been stepping into more and larger creative roles at DreamWorks, adding dialogue writer, voice actor, and story editor credits to his résumé on Madagascar and both Shrek […]

Criminal Charges Dropped for Guerilla ATHF Marketers

by Ed Liuon May 13, 2007
On Friday, Boston prosecutors dropped criminal charges against Peter Berdovsky and Sean Stevens, the “guerilla marketers” who triggered a day of bomb scares on January 31 while promoting Adult Swim’s Aqua Teen Hunger Force. The two apologized in court, stating that they had no idea that their campaign would cause a scare. As part of […]

A Note of Recognition for….the Top 5 Mothers in Animation

by Ed Liuon May 13, 2007
In honor of Mother’s Day, the staff of Toon Zone News decided to put together a list of the top 5 animated mothers. This turned out to be a surprisingly challenging task. Single-parent families and orphans appear with great regularity in animation, and those parental figures that do make it into the final products are […]

Stephan Nilson on "Smallville" Animated Comics

by Ed Liuon May 10, 2007
Newsarama’s Animated Shorts column has spoken to Stephan Nilson about his work on the Smallville animated shorts, which combine an advertising campaign for Toyota with side stories of several “Justice League” characters who have appeared on Smallville, such as Green Arrow. Nilson focuses on the latest short, “Justice and Doom,” discussing how he got the […]

Shrek to Promote Healthy Foods in Cross-Promotion with McDonald’s

by Ed Liuon May 9, 2007
DreamWorks Animation and McDonald’s are teaming up to use the ogre Shrek as the centerpiece of a cross-marketing campaign to encourage more healthy eating habits. Shrek and his co-stars will be used in a Happy Meal tie-in, but advertising will emphasize salads, milk, apple slices, and other more healthy alternatives. Internet advertising will also use […]

Iranian Animator Fired from Teaching for "Insulting the Islamic Hijab"

by Ed Liuon May 9, 2007
Noureddin Zarrinkelk, a professor of fine art at Tehran University commonly referred to as the father of Iranian animation, has been removed from his teaching duties over comments made to a female student who was wearing a chador, a full body covering that leaves only the face on view. According to student reports, Prof. Zarrinkelk […]