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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 […]

Tony Millionaire's "Drinky Crow" to Adult Swim

A report on Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat weblog states that cartoonist Tony Millionaire is working on a pilot for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim based on his Maakies comic strip. The pilot will be titled Drinky Crow, and Millionaire is working on it with writer and producer Bruce Kaplan. MacDonald has an exclusive Drinky Crow image […]

SciFi Wire Updates on Stan Lee Projects

A brief article on SciFi.com’s SciFi Wire provides several updates to film, home video, and video game projects coming from Stan Lee’s Pow! Entertainment. In addition to previously announced animated superhero projects involving former Beatle Ringo Starr and Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner, Lee also mentioned two new animated DVD films coming soon: The Condor, […]

"Wired" Magazine on Dominance of Digital Animation and "A Scanner Darkly"

The March issue of Wired magazine contains a cover story titled “How Digital Animation Conquered Hollywood,” now available on the Wired website. The article covers subjects as diverse as pure CGI-animation, performance capture (as in King Kong), “green screening” (as in Sin City), and digital compositing (as with glass and reflection effects in Steven Spielberg’s […]

DreamWorks Animation Beats 4Q 2005 Estimates Despite Drop in Profit

DreamWorks Animation SKG has just announced its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2005, reporting net income of $63.2 million (or 61 cents per share) on revenues of $172.9 million. These numbers represent a significant drop from 4Q 2004 results ($192 million profit on $495.7 million revenue), but were still significantly higher than Wall […]

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