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Anime Festival Orlando 7 to Host Fan Film Contest and AFOscars

by Ed Liuon April 13, 2006
The Anime Festival Orlando (AFO) has announced that it will host its first Fan Film Contest at the Anime Festival Orlando 7. The best of the fan films will be recognized at the AFOscars, an awards ceremony modeled after the Academy Awards. AFO7 will be held at the Wyndam Orlando Resort from July 28-30. More […]

"Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" to Debut on May 5

by Ed Liuon April 13, 2006
A press release from the Walt Disney Company has announced that Mickey Mouse Clubhouse will debut on Friday, May 5. The show will be “the first Mickey Mouse series created specifically for preschoolers,” and will also be the first TV show to use CGI to animate Disney’s “Sensational Six” (Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Goofy, […]

Winnie the Pooh Gets Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

by Ed Liuon April 13, 2006
Winnie the Pooh received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, April 11, in commemoration of the famous bear’s 80th anniversary. The awarding of the star is part of Disney’s 18-month long jamboree celebrating Pooh’s anniversary. The day also marked the release of 1997’s Pooh’s Grand Adventure – The Search for Christopher […]

Royal Armories Explains Samurai Armor with Usagi Yojimbo

by Ed Liuon April 12, 2006
The Royal Armories in Leeds has made their educational trail on samurai clothing and armour available on their website, with Stan Sakai’s cartoon and comic book character Usagi Yojimbo assisting in modeling and narration. The trail and the use of Sakai’s rabbit ronin are part of the museum’s “learning through literacy” Easter Trail. (via Usagi […]

"Animated Shorts" on Anime Network, H-B Toys, Lost "Captain Planet" Eps

by Ed Liuon April 12, 2006
The feature story of the latest “Animated Shorts” column on Newsarama.com focuses on ADV Films’ Anime Network, with comments by manager Stacy Slanina commenting on the network’s strategy and programming organization, the spread of the network as both a Video-on-Demand (VOD) service and a regular cable channel, and programming coming to the network in the […]

Mattel to Distribute "Barbie" and "Polly Pocket" DVDs Through Universal

by Ed Liuon April 12, 2006
Mattel has signed a multi-year deal with Universal Studios to market and distribute DVDs based on their Barbie and Polly Pocket toy lines. Universal was handling international distribution of the DVDs in the past, with Lionsgate handling domestic marketing and distribution.

Playlist Interviews Doug Bresler on Animated Podcasts

by Ed Liuon April 12, 2006
Playlist magazine has interviewed independent animator Doug Bresler about Doug Bresler’s Doogtoons, an animated podcast available from Apple’s iTunes Music Store. The interview covers Bresler’s decision to start in animation, the background of the Nick and Haig characters on the current show, and the tools he uses to make the podcast. Doogtoons will begin airing […]

"Finding Nemo" to Become Stage Musical

by Ed Liuon April 11, 2006
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Pixar’s Finding Nemo will be the next Disney film to be turned into a stage musical (registration required). The new stage show will be written by Robert Lopez (Avenue Q) and his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Along the Way) and is scheduled to debut at Walt Disney World in […]

"O.C." Animated Comic Coming to Verizon's V Cast

by Ed Liuon April 11, 2006
A team-up of Verizon Wireless, Warner Brothers, and Fox will bring an Atomic County animated comic series to Verizon Wireless customers. The series will be based on a comic book created by fictional character Seth Cohen from the TV show The O.C. A total of fourteen 3-minute animated shorts will be available, and subscribers to […]

"Popetown" Draws Fire from German Catholics

by Ed Liuon April 11, 2006
German Catholic groups are protesting the upcoming Popetown animated series to be shown on MTV’s German-language channel beginning on May 3. The series was originally developed for the BBC, which opted not to air the show because it was too controversial (see Toon Zone News’ earlier coverage). MTV has no plans to change its schedule.