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NYCC: MoCCA Brings Saturday Morning to the Museum in November

At the New York Comic-Con, Toon Zone News spoke to the staff of the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA), including Matt Murray, MoCCA’s Chief Operating Officer. MoCCA is currently running a Todd McFarlane retrospective, with samples of his work in comics, toys, and animation. In May, MoCCA will be opening a show dedicated […]

NYCC: Funimation Goes "Big Gonzo" in 2006

At the New York Comic-Con, Toon Zone News spoke to Adam Sheehan of FUNimation Entertainment about their upcoming releases. Rumbling Hearts was announced last week, presenting a dating sim as an anime series. Desert Punk, coming on February 28, is the first of their “big gonzo” anime TV shows, which will be followed afterwards by […]

NYCC: CPM Announces VOTOMS, Animation Runner Kuromi 2, Negadon

The Central Park Media panel at the New York Comic-Con provided mayhem and anime news. The first volume of Armored Trooper VOTOMS was just released, bringing the classic hard sci-fi series to DVD. Otaku Unite!, a documentary film on anime fandom, will be released on March 7. In addition, CPM announced street dates for several […]

NYCC: ADV Films to Release Prefectural Earth Defense Force

ADV Films announced several new titles at their panel at the New York Comic-Con, including Prefectural Earth Defense Force and This Ugly Yet Beautiful World. Prefectural Earth Defense Force will be available direct from ADV Films and TheRightStuf.com Stay tuned for more of Toon Zone’s New York Comic-Con news coverage, including a full report on […]

NYCC: VIZ Media Announces Uncut "Naruto" Box, "Full Moon" DVD

At the New York Comic-Con, VIZ Media announced an uncut Naruto boxed set to be released on July 4, 2006. The set will include 13 episodes on 3 DVDs, with complete English and Japanese language soundtracks and several extras which have not been released in the U.S. or Japan. They also announced a Full Moon […]

Bruce Hart, "Free to Be..." Lyricist 1938 - 2006

Bruce Hart, a composer and lyricist, has passed away at the age of 68 due to lung cancer (registration required). Hart’s best known lyrics are for the theme song to Sesame Street, but he was also the composer for the famous Free to Be…You and Me, which mixed live-action and animation for a legendary TV […]

"Enchanted" May Revive Hand-Drawn Animation at Disney

A report at Jim Hill Media is deducing that Enchanted, a new hybrid animated/live-action movie, will resurrect the currently moribund Disney hand-drawn animation division. Hill states that the movie, which features an animated fairy-tale princess flung into live-action modern-day Manhattan by an evil queen, will use traditional hand-drawn animation for its fairy-tale segments. Prior reports […]

LeSean Thomas Talks "Boondocks" TV Show

This week’s Animated Shorts column at Newsarama.com features LeSean Thomas, co-director of the Boondocks animated series on Adult Swim. Thomas discusses his path from comics to animation, his animation influences, and his upcoming projects in animation and comics. Other features in the column include an article about Dougal, an upcoming CGI film from the Weinstein […]

China Bans Human/Toon Movies

A report in Variety states that the Chinese government has banned foreign films that mix human and animated characters, as done in Space Jam or Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The ban will only apply to future films. At least one industry analyst belives the ban is driven by a desire to boost China’s domestic animation […]

Spider-Man: Threat or Menace?

Surveillance video camera footage has caught superhero Spider-Man brazenly robbing a comic book shop in broad daylight. A man in a Spider-Man mask walked into Dream World Comic Books of Culver City, CA, smashed a display case, grabbed several rare comics, and fled the scene on foot. (via Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat weblog)

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