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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 […]

Anime Central Con Clarifies Bulk Mail Badge Policy

by Ed Liuon May 9, 2007
The Anime Central convention drew fire from many on-line communities by shipping pre-registration badges via bulk mail, meaning that some attendees might not receive their badges in time for the convention this weekend, May 11-13. Comicon.com’s PULSE News has spoken with the convention chair Beryl Turner to clarify why the badges were sent via bulk […]

Tony Millionaire on "Drinky Crow" Show

by Ed Liuon May 8, 2007
Tony Millionaire has been interviewed at Newsarama’s Animated Shorts column about The Drinky Crow Show, based on his Maakies comics and premiering on Adult Swim this Sunday, May 13, 2007. Millionaire discusses the origins of Maakies, the frustrating attempts to bring the show to the air before Adult Swim funded the short, and how the […]

Mark Evanier on Creating Scrappy Doo (Part 3)

by Ed Liuon May 7, 2007
Writer Mark Evanier has posted the third in a series of entries on his weblog on how the character Scrappy Doo went from concept to screen. The latest entry deals with a set of contradictory “notes” from various network executives and the easy way to get credited for a TV script.

Sci Fi Channel to Debut Anime Block in June – Updated With Schedule

by Ed Liuon May 5, 2007
Broadcasting & Cable is reporting that the Sci Fi Channel will be launching a 2-hour anime block on Monday nights starting on June 11. The content will be provided by Starz Media’s Manga Entertainment imprint, although no titles were available at press time. The block will air from 11:00 PM to 1:00 AM, putting it […]