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"Ice Age" Sequel Breaks Box Office Doldrums

by Ed Liuon April 3, 2006
Ice Age: The Meltdown took the top spot at the box office this past weekend, with an estimated $70.5 million in ticket sales. That total makes Ice Age: The Meltdown the top March opening for a film ever (a record held previously by the $46.3 million opening weekend for the original Ice Age).

"Simpsons" Movie Trailer Debuts

by Ed Liuon April 3, 2006
Ice Age: The Meltdown moviegoers were treated to a surprise screening of a trailer for The Simpsons movie, currently scheduled for release in July 2007. The trailer also aired during Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons. Some small details about the movie appeared when writer/producer Al Jean and creator Matt Groening were interviewed by USA Today, […]

"Over the Hedge" Comic Collections Get Re-Release

by Ed Liuon April 3, 2006
Editor and Publisher is reporting that the first three Over the Hedge books are to be re-issued to tie-in to the upcoming CGI-animated feature film. The film, based on the daily comic strip by Michael Fry and T. Lewis, will be released by DreamWorks on May 19, with voices provided by Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling, […]

NY Times Covers Tokyo International Anime Fair

by Ed Liuon April 3, 2006
The New York Times has coverage of the Tokyo International Anime Fair (registration required). The article focuses mostly on the experiences of anime writer Dai Sato (Cowboy Bebop and Eureka seveN) at the fair, although brief digressions cover cosplay, the hardcore American otaku who traveled to Tokyo for the fair, and some provocative comments by […]

Comicon.com's PULSE Covers New Japanese Anime

by Ed Liuon April 3, 2006
Jen Bomford has published a column at Comicon.com’s PULSE News covering new anime TV shows debuting this season in Japan. The shows she highlights are Gintama (debuting April 4), a new Shonen Jump series set in a quasi-Meiji Era Japan populated by aliens and strange beings; Nana (debuting April 5), based on a popular manga […]

Evan Dorkin Working on Pilot for Adult Swim

by Ed Liuon March 31, 2006
Evan Dorkin, creator of the Milk & Cheese comic book and the animated Welcome to Eltingville, has confirmed that he and his wife Sarah Dyer are working on Tyrone’s Inferno, a pilot episode for Adult Swim. The same blog entry provided some details on upcoming comic book work and more anime rewrites for FUNimation. (via […]

JLU #20 Preview On-Line

by Ed Liuon March 31, 2006
A 4-page preview of Justice League Unlimited #20 is available at Mile High Comics. The issue is written by Paul Storrie with art by Rick Burchett and a cover by Ty Templeton, and introduces Mary Marvel into the DC Animated Universe. The issue will be available on comic book stands on April 5. Other previews […]

Animation Magazine Covers "Negadon"

by Ed Liuon March 31, 2006
Animation Magazine‘s April 2006 issue has a feature article about Negadon: The Monster from Mars, which is available in full at the Negadon website. The feature film uses innovative CGI-animation techniques to simulate classic kaiju “rubber-suit monster” movies from the 1970’s. Negadon is scheduled for theatrical release in the U.S. in the spring of 2006, […]

More Ghibli Screenings on TCM in May

by Ed Liuon March 31, 2006
Nausicaa.net is reporting more airings of Studio Ghibli animated films on Turner Classic Movies throughout the month of May: Castle in the Sky (Friday, May 5, 2:00 AM) Porco Rosso (Friday, May 5, 4:15 AM) Princess Mononoke (Friday, May 12, 2:00 AM) My Neighbor Totoro (Friday, May 12, 4:30 AM) Whisper of the Heart (Friday, […]

NY Children's Film Festival Goes Monthly and Maybe National

by Ed Liuon March 31, 2006
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,” […]