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Robert "Tiger" West, Animation Xerographer, Passes Away at 81

by Ed Liuon March 6, 2006
A post at the Big Cartoon Forum reports that Robert “Tiger” West has passed away at the age of 81. After a brief career as an infant silent film actor, West began working at Walt Disney under legendary animator Ub Iwerks in 1944. He was a key developer in Xerox equipment used for animated cartoon […]

Bill Cosby vs. Web Animated Series

by Ed Liuon March 6, 2006
Legal counsel to Bill Cosby have sent cease and desist notices to blogger Andy Baio, demanding the removal of the on-line animated series “House of Cosbys” (registration required). The series centers on a fan who creates a machine that creates Cosby clones, each with a special super power. The series was originally posted on the […]

Peri Gilpin to Play Kate Corrigan in Animated "Hellboy"

by Ed Liuon March 6, 2006
Peri Gilpin will be voice-acting Kate Corrigan in the upcoming animated Hellboy series, according to a recent entry in the official weblog. Gilpin is best known as “Roz” from the NBC sitcom Frasier, but she has voice-acted numerous roles in the past, including Volcana from Superman: The Animated Series and Officer Jane Proudfoot in the […]

Animation Expert Tim Eldred on "Armored Trooper VOTOMS" (UPDATED March 6)

by Ed Liuon March 6, 2006
The following interview was conducted with Tim Eldred, animation director, anime enthusiast and VOTOMS expert, at the New York Comic-Con on February 25 and 26, 2006, with some supplemental material provided via e-mail TOON ZONE: How did you get into anime and manga professionally? TIM ELDRED: I started out doing comics. Anime played a huge […] on Upcoming Cinema CGI Cartoon War

by Ed Liuon March 3, 2006 has posted an article about the upcoming clash of the CGI animated film titans, coming soon to a movie theater near you. The article notes the efforts of the Weinstein brothers (Hoodwinked and Doogal), Fox (Ice Age 2), Sony (Monster House and Open Season), and Warner Brothers (The Ant Bully and Happy Feet) to […]

John K. Seeks Girls for Feedback on "The Heartaches"

by Ed Liuon March 3, 2006
Following his request for feedback on He-Hog the Atomic Pig, famed animator John Kricfalusi is soliciting feedback from girls for The Heartaches, starring three girls and a poodle. The blog entry contains numerous character sketches, a plot summary of the pilot episode, and movie clips of the Heartaches in action. Kricfalusi explicitly states, “Now all […]

NY Artexpo Animation Pavilion at Javits This Weekend

by Ed Liuon March 3, 2006
An item in the New York Times Arts section notes the gathering of animation industry luminaries at this weekend’s Artexpo (registration required). Artexpo’s Animation Pavilion will host artists Bill Melendez (Peanuts) and Dick Duerrstein (Looney Tunes). Other events include the unveiling of a Dr. Seuss statue, an auction by the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity […]

FUNimation Announces Details on Anime Theatrical Releases

by Ed Liuon March 3, 2006
FUNimation Entertainment has announced details and release dates for their theatrical release program (mentioned in our New York Comic-Con report). FUNimation Films will be teaming with the Bigger Picture to bring Japanese anime to movie houses, beginning on March 17 with screenings of Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler followed by the premiere of […]

NY International Children’s Film Festival to Go Monthly

by Ed Liuon March 2, 2006
The closing paragraph of Steve Fritz’s “Animated Shorts” column at is reporting that the New York International Children’s Film Festival will screen new movies monthly, rather than on their prior annual schedule, starting on March 11. The inaugural movies will be Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbor Totoro, followed by Nausicaa of the Valley of the […]

"G.I. Joe vs. Transformers" Comic Book Team Speaks

by Ed Liuon March 2, 2006
Tim Seely and Erik Ko have been interviewed by about their upcoming G.I. Joe vs. Transformers limited series. Subjects discussed include how the project came about, what connections it has to prior comics, and what’s happening in the new series. Several unlettered preview pages are included in the article. G.I. Joe vs. Transformers: The […]