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Otakon 2006 News Roundup

by Ed Liuon August 7, 2006
Toon Zone News is on the scene at Otakon 2006 in Baltimore, Maryland. Stay tuned for Toon Zone News’ continuing coverage of Otakon all weekend long. Links to all of Toon Zone’s coverage can be found here: Kadokawa Announces Licensees and Release Dates FUNimation Announces “School Rumble” ADV Announces “Shin Angyo Onshi” Kadokawa Announces Licensees […]

AvatarSpirit Interviews Track Team, Pt. II

by Ed Liuon August 7, 2006 has posted the second part of their interview with the Track Team, the group that provides the music for Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender. This short segment of the interview covers the mechanics of how the group creates music for the show, their use of non-Western instruments, and their favorite contributions to the show.

Didier Ghez Starts "Disney History" Weblog

by Ed Liuon August 7, 2006
Jerry Beck’s Cartoon Brew weblog points out a new Disney History weblog from Didier Ghez, editor of the Walt’s People series of interviews with various Disney insiders. The new weblog promises, “interesting discoveries about Disney history, vintage Disneyana, Disney artwork, the Walt’s People book series, and new books about Disney.” (via Jerry Beck’s Cartoon Brew)

TMNT’s Kevin Munroe Speaks to SciFi Wire

by Ed Liuon August 7, 2006
Kevin Munroe, writer and director of the upcoming CGI-animated TMNT movie, has spoken to SciFi Wire about his aims for the new movie. Munroe candidly states, “We had botched badly [film] number two,” and details the ways he and the creative team are trying to avoid the same mistakes for the new movie. (via Comic […]

DreamWorks Animation Reports $13.7m 2Q Profit

by Ed Liuon August 4, 2006
DreamWorks Animation reported a net profit of .7 million for the 2nd quarter of 2006, largely on the strength of Madagascar on home video and pay television. Revenues from the theatrical release Over the Hedge are not expected to be booked until the fourth quarter home video release.

Ghibli Releases Classic French "Le Roi et L’Oiseau" Cartoon

by Ed Liuon August 3, 2006
Amid Amidi of Cartoon Brew reports that Paul Grimault’s classic cartoon Le Roi et L’Oiseau has just been re-issued on DVD in Japan, thanks to the efforts of Studio Ghibli. The movie, which took nearly 30 years to complete, will also be screened in a limited theatrical run until September 22, and Grimault’s work will […]

Comedy Central: "South Park" Ad Not Aimed at Mel Gibson

by Ed Liuon August 2, 2006
Representatives from Comedy Central had to state that a recent ad for South Park was not meant to exploit the public relations problems actor Mel Gibson is facing over anti-Semitic remarks made during a driving-while-intoxicated incident (free registration required). Instead, the ad intended to exploit the public relations problems actor Tom Cruise faced over the […]

LA Times: "Animation is the Most Profitable Segment of Today’s Business"

by Ed Liuon August 2, 2006
The Los Angeles Times has examined the tough times Hollywood faces this summer with a number of disappointing box office returns for highly touted movies (free registration required). The article makes a point of stating that three of the summer’s hits were animated (Ice Age: The Meltdown, Over the Hedge, and Cars), and speculates why […]

"Animated Shorts" on Barnyard, Squirrel Boy’s Richard Horvitz

by Ed Liuon August 2, 2006
The latest Animated Shorts column on Newsarama includes a review of the new CGI animated movie Barnyard, speaks to voice actor Richard Horvitz about his role as Rodney in Cartoon Network’s Squirrel Boy, and the return of 2-D animation to Disney with The Frog Princess.

Sony Pictures TV Working on New Animated DTV Spider-Man Series

by Ed Liuon August 2, 2006
An article in the Hollywood Reporter focuses on Sony Pictures Television’s Culver Entertainment subsidiary company, which will make it “the first major television studio to enter the direct-to-DVD market for series.” The first new series will be a new animated Spider-Man show, presumably to capitalize on the upcoming Spider-Man 3 movie. The article states that […]