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Animated "Fantastic Four" to Cartoon Network This Fall

An article in Variety confirms that Cartoon Network has acquired exclusive domestic TV rights to the new Fantastic Four animated series. The show is a co-production of Marvel Studios and French animation firm Moonscoop. Cartoon Network has commissioned 26 episodes of the series, which will begin airing this fall. (via Franklin Harris’ Graphic Novelties weblog)

Adam Beechen Talks "Robin: One Year Later"

Writer Adam Beechen (Justice League Unlimited) has spoken to Newsarama.com about his upcoming run on Robin: One Year Later and his plans for Gotham City’s Boy Wonder. The article contains preview art which may spoil a plot point in Beechen’s first issue. Robin #148, Beechen’s first issue, will hit comic book stands next Wednesday, March […]

Theatre Owners Hope for Animation Salvation in 2006

An article in the Los Angeles Times about the ShoWest convention addresses the lackluster box office performance of 2005 (free registration required), where theatre owners complained about the terrible movies produced throughout the year. Of interest to animation fans is the fact that studios used animated features to demonstrate their new commitment to quality. Disney/Pixar’s […]

"Legion of Superheroes" Cartoon Debuts on Fan Site

A fan-produced Legion of Superheroes cartoon has debuted on the internet. Creator David Miller has used Shockwave Flash to animate 4 episodes so far, based on classic Legion of Superheroes stories. This cartoon has no connection to the upcoming Legion of Superheroes cartoon coming from Warner Brothers Animation.

AWN Explains China's Human/Toon Hybrid Ban

An article at Animation World Network goes into further detail explaining China’s recent ban on foreign films showing human and cartoon characters together (previously reported on Toon Zone News). China’s broadcasters were circumventing a law that mandated matching imported animation with domestically produced animation hour-for-hour by showing live-action programming with only a few minutes of […]

"Animated Shorts" Covers Nick Upfront, "MinoriTeam," and "Futurama"'s Future

The latest Animated Shorts column at Newsarama leads off with coverage of the Nickelodeon upfront meeting, which touted Nick’s dominance in Nielsen demographics for the target market of kids ages 2 to 14 and revealed several new shows coming in the next year. The new shows will include Tak and the Power of Juju, based […]

DC Comics Announces July & August Collected Editions

DC Comics has announced its upcoming book-format comics coming in July and August, 2006. Highlights include: – 2 new Teen Titans Go! collections: Ready for Action and On the Move (July) – The Batman Chronicles Vol. 2, the second volume reprinting all of Batman’s adventures in chronological order (July) – Absolute Kingdom Come, reprinting the […]

Adam Wylie is Brainiac 5 for "Legion of Superheroes"

Actor Adam Wylie has made an announcement on his website that he will be providing the voice for Brainiac 5 on the new Legion of Superheroes cartoon. Wylie states that the show will be on the new CW network this fall. Wylie’s prior voice acting credits include guest roles in Ben 10, The Life and […]

New "Over the Hedge" Trailer Debuts

News website MonstersAndCritics.com has just posted a new trailer for DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming CGI film Over the Hedge. The film is the screen adaptation of Michael Fry and T Lewis’ popular daily comic strip and stars Bruce Willis, Steve Carell, and Avril Lavigne.

Disney CFO: Disney/Pixar Deal to Close by May

At the Walt Disney Company’s annual meeting, Disney Chief Financial Officer Tom Staggs stated that he expects the Disney/Pixar merger to be complete by late April or early May. During the meeting, Pixar creative chief John Lasseter had much praise for Disney CEO Bob Iger, telling all assembled that “you are led by a great […]

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