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Mako 1933 - 2006

Veteran Japanese-American actor Mako (Makoto Iwamatsu) passed away on Friday, July 21, 2006, from esophageal cancer at his home in Ventura County, CA. He was 72 years old. In addition to his groundbreaking work as an Asian-American actor in Hollywood, Mako lent his distinctive raspy voice to such characters as Aku on Samurai Jack and […]

SDCC: Warner Bros. Showcases Next Year's Animated Features - Info and Impressions

The Big Shield delivered in a massive panel on Thursday at the San Diego Comic-Con, bringing information and appearances based around their three next high-profile animated features. Responses from the audience ranged from general interest to full-blown elation, almost exactly in that order. First in the spotlight was next week’s release, The Ant Bully. Writer/director […]

Teaser Trailer for "TMNT" Now Online

Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for the upcoming feature-length Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. The trailer is available via the QuickTime trailer site.

SDCC: Pokemon 2006 News

The identity of the new Pokemon voice team has been revealed at Pokemon USA’s 10th anniversary panel at San Diego Comic-Con, which also included information on the upcoming new episodes and specials that will be hitting US television this fall. The new voices include Billy Rogers, who will be voicing Brock (KO Beast), and Sara […]

LA Times Goes Behind the Scenes of "Avatar: The Last Airbender"

The Los Angeles Times‘ Kids Reading Room has posted a five-part series going behind the scenes of Nickelodeon’s hit show Avatar: The Last Airbender (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, and part 5). The series covers the basics behind creating an animated show from the script process all the way to final post-production. […]

"Mobile Suit Gundam 0083-The Afterglow of Zeon": Turn Out That Light!!

When you create a smash hit, it’s natural to want to spread the hype as far as you can. As Pokemon became a world wide phenomenon, Bandai/Sunrise hoped for similar success with the Gundam franchise…..so far, Haro plushies aren’t quite outselling Pikachus. Whilst the focus of this campaign has been America, other parts of the […]

"Squirrel Boy": TV to Hibernate to

One might question the creativity of the mastermind of a show called Duckman, but since many iconic and complex characters such Batman, Spider-man, and Hamlet-man share the same nomenclature I’m inclined to give the benefit of the doubt. However, when that person’s next magnum opus turns out to be Squirrel Boy, well, one begins to […]

"Animated Shorts" on "Squirrel Boy," Lou Scheimer Pt. 3, Nicktoons Tour

Steve Fritz’s “Animated Shorts” column at Newsarama.com has an interview with Duckman creator Everett Peck about his new show Squirrel Boy, as well as part 3 chronicling the career of Lou Scheimer and Filmation Productions. Other news in the column includes an award for veteran voice actor Stan Freberg, the Nicktoons Network Mobile Tour, and […]

"Tactics Vol. 1": Spirits and Demons and Goblins, Oh My!

Fantasy anime are becoming rarer and rarer over here in the States nowadays. Sure, you’ve got InuYasha and some other Rumiko Takahashi works, but the majority of the anime has a sci-fi twist (like Saiyuki or Steel Angel Kurumi). It’s been far too long since we’ve had a good horror/adventure story set in Japan’s past. […]

"Squirrel Boy" It's Like a Good Cartoon, Only More Boring

I’ll admit it, I don’t watch as much of Cartoon Network as I did in the past. I used to watch the channel every day. Now, outside of Toonami, Adult Swim and the weekday runs of Pokémon Advanced Challenge and Naruto, I don’t watch Cartoon Network at all. The network’s newest show, Squirrel Boy, doesn’t […]

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