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NY Children's Film Festival Goes Monthly and Maybe National

An article in the New York Times covers the decision to make the New York International Children’s Film Festival a monthly event instead of an annual one (registration required, see previous Toon Zone News coverage). Future plans may involve going nationwide. Founder Eric Beckman aims to show films he describes as “art house for kids,” […]

Vito DelSante on Writing for "Scooby Doo," "Batman Adventures"

Writer Vito DelSante has been interviewed by Comicon.com’s PULSE News about his career writing comics, which has included a backup feature in Batman Adventures and a regular assignment on DC’s Scooby Doo comics. The interview covers how he broke into the business, the unusual reaction he had when he was paid for his Batman Adventures […]

Adam Beechen Talks "Robin" and Future Projects

Writer Adam Beechen has spoken to Comicon.com’s PULSE News about his takeover of DC’s monthly Robin comic book. In the interview, Beechen discusses his plans for the Boy Wonder in the wake of DC’s “One Year Later” event and the differences between writing Robin and the Justice League Unlimited tie-in comic book. In discussing his […]

"Chicken Little" Director and Producer Leave Disney

The website o-meon.com is reporting that Mark Dindal and Randy Fullmer have left Walt Disney Feature Animation, with yesterday (March 29) being their last day at the company. Dindal and Fullmer were the director and producer, respectively, of The Emperor’s New Groove and Chicken Little. Both stated that the decision to leave Walt Disney was […]

SAG Voice Actors Get 20% Boost in Rerun Pay

The Screen Actors Guild stands ready to hand a 20% pay raise to voice actors when their animated TV shows are rebroadcast (free registration required). If the proposed deal is approved by the union’s board, the increase in residual payments will be retroactive to January 1 and be in effect through June 30, 2008.

McDuffie to Take Marvel Characters "Beyond"

Newsarama.com has posted a feature article about Beyond!, a six-issue limited series from Marvel Comics beginning in June, written by Dwayne McDuffie with artwork by Scott Kolins. The series will set Spider-Man and a pack of Marvel’s minor characters on a strange and hostile alien world, where they must either work together to survive or […]

Mort Walker's Cartoon Museum Continues Raising Funds

An article by the Associated Press chronicles the path charted by the National Cartoon Museum to open in Manhattan’s Empire State Building. Founded by Mort Walker, creator of the Beetle Bailey comic strip, the museum has raised about $3 million of the $8 million target set by the museum organizers. The museum will eventually house […]

Isaac Hayes Spokesperson Denies "South Park" Rumors

A spokesperson for soul singer Isaac Hayes has publicly refuted rumors that Hayes had a stroke in January, and that his decision to quit South Park was made by someone other than Hayes himself. Hayes’ sudden departure was attributed to an episode of South Park that poked fun at the Church of Scientology, while Roger […]

Jim Hill on the Death of "Gnomeo & Juliet," Retooling of "Robinsons"

Disney-watcher Jim Hill has stated that Disney’s Gnomeo and Juliet has been axed by incoming creative executives John Lasseter and Ed Catmull. The CGI-animated film was to re-tell Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with garden gnomes, set to a soundtrack by British rocker Elton John. The same report also states that a workprint of Meet the […]

Disney's "Kingdom Hearts II" Ships

A press release notes that the Kingdom Hearts II role-playing game for the PlayStation 2 has shipped to North America. The sequel to 2002’s Kingdom Hearts is a co-production of Buena Vista Games, Inc. and Square Enix, and features a lineup of original characters next to classic characters from Disney animated movies and Square/Enix role-playing […]

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