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SDCC2010: "Transformers Prime" To Roll Out On October 10

Hasbro and the producing staff for the new animated series, Transformers: Prime, previewed the new CG animated series at the San Diego Comic Con. Among the panel were executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the screenwriters for Transformers and Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen. Here are the highlights: The staff showed character design […]

Toonzone Interviews Writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio on "Despicable Me"

TZN: Did either of you ever think of a back story for the minions? Were they created by Dr. Nefario? KEN DAURIO: Well if you pay attention and look closely in the background, there are visual clues as to where the minions came from. You can see some blueprints in the background on the walls. […]

Anime Expo 2010: Days 3 and 4

ANIME EXPO – DAY 3 VIZ INDUSTRY PANEL  Representatives of VIZ Media gave away prizes and presented their upcoming titles to attendees.  VIZ showed a preview for one of its recent anime licenses, Vampire Knight, which will get volume 2 and 3 DVD releases in September and November respectively.  The next uncut DVD boxset for Naruto Shippuden […]

"Despicable Me": Far From Despicably Bad, Yet Not Admirably Good

Over the last few years, CG animation has become a familiar fixture on the big screen. Its quality runs the usual range, from the truly exceptional (Toy Story 3 and Up) to the better-than-average (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs) and the only-average (Monsters vs. Aliens), and to the execrable (Battle For Terra). Universal’s new […]

Anime Expo 2010: Toonzone Interviews FUNimation's Adam Sheehan

US anime distributor, FUNimation Entertainment, definitely presented one of the best, if not the best, showings of any company represented at the 2010 Anime Expo. On Saturday, I caught up with FUNimation’s Marketing Manager, Adam Sheehan, to talk about the company’s business and big announcements at the convention. This interview shortly took place before the […]

Anime Expo 2010: Toonzone Interviews Voice Actor Kyle Hebert

Voice actor Kyle Hebert was one of the special guests of honor for the 2010 Anime Expo. Early in the convention, Toonzone caught up with Hebert for an exclusive interview to discuss his latest voice acting work, the state of the anime industry, and much more: TOONZONE NEWS: I hear you are working on the […]

Anime Expo 2010: Toonzone Interviews Character Designer Toshihiro Kawamoto

For nearly twenty years, Toshihiro Kawamoto has been a leading character designer, storyboard artist, and animation director in Japan. Kawamoto has served as a designer and animator for such fantastic shows as Cowboy Bebop, Wolf’s Rain, Golden Boy, Mobile Suit Gundam 0083, and Ghost Slayers Ayashi. Currently, Kawamoto serves as the chief animator for the […]

Anime Expo 2010: Day 2

The Anime Expo 2010 adventure continued on Friday.  I started the day at the Geneon Universal industry panel which I recapped in another story.  Geneon is now back under the banner of Universal International Pictures.  Attendees received a fancy bag that also featured a Japanese anime preview magazine.  Now, if only I knew Japanese.  ANIME […]

Anime Expo 2010: Day 1

ANIME EXPO 2010 The largest anime convention of the year, Anime Expo, hit the Los Angeles Convention Center for the July Fourth weekend.  I was live in attendance, so here is what went down on Thursday, day one of the convention.  The day stated off well with a trivia contest at the Gundam 31st Anniversary […]

Anime Expo 2010: Geneon Universal Previews New Anime Titles

Japanese anime producer and distribution company, Geneon Universal Entertainment, previewed new anime shows at its industry panel Friday at the Anime Expo. Among the new titles Geneon previewed were Hakuouki: Shinsengumi Kitan, Black Lagoon 3: Roberta’s Trail of Blood, and High School of The Dead. Hakuoki, animated by Studio DEEN, is a Japanese samurai story […]

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