Nickelodeon Announces Special Programming for SpongeBob SquarePants 10th Anniversary

by Ed Liuon June 25, 2009
Nickelodeon has issued a press release detailing their plans for celebrating the 10th anniversary of SpongeBob SquarePants, which debuted on July 17, 1999, and has gone on to conquer the airwaves in his distinctive poriferic way. Anchoring the celebration will be the “Ultimate SpongeBob SpongeBash Weekend” on July 17-19, 2009, starting at 8:00 PM (Eastern/Pacific). […]

"Tom & Jerry: The Chuck Jones Collection": Familiar Faces, New Team

by Classic Speedyon June 24, 2009
There are some genuine successes in the set, though. “Pent-house Mouse” is an impressive debut, despite a couple bits of repeated animation. “Is There a Doctor in the Mouse?” is a funny entry where Jerry is able to speed himself up to a blur, and uses that ability to mess with the clueless Tom. Watching […]

The Chico Marx Effect

by Ed Liuon June 24, 2009
During his Presidential campaign, Barack Obama asked for a new, freer, and more open conversation about issues of race, saying, “I have never been so naïve as to believe that we can get beyond our racial divisions in a single election cycle,” and “that working together we can move beyond some of our old racial […]

FUNimation Announces New September Titles Including "Heat Guy J"

by Classic Speedyon June 23, 2009
Updated on 6/23/09 September’s FUNimation DVD titles include: * 009-1 Complete Series (Re-issue): 9/15/09 – $29.98 * Big Windup! Oofuri Season 1 Part 2: 9/29/09 – $59.98 * Black Lagoon Complete Collection (Seasons 1 and 2): 9/29/09 – $69.99 * Case Closed Season 2 Box Set (Viridian Collection): 9/15/09 – $34.98 * Dragon Ball Season […]

Gundam Director Yoshiyuki Tomino to Appear at New York Anime Fest 2009

by Ed Liuon June 23, 2009
The New York Anime Festival has announced that Yoshiyuki Tomino, legendary anime director of Mobile Suit Gundam, will be a guest of honor at this year’s convention. Mr. Tomino will host a panel about the 30-year history of Gundam and also hold autograph sessions for his fans. The New York Anime Festival will be held […]

"The Jetsons Season 2": Back to a Very Retro Future

by JerryvonKrameron June 22, 2009
That said, the episodes on offer here are mostly solid if unspectacular. Episodes usually feature one character more than the others, so it’s possible to speak of “Elroy episodes” and “Rosie episodes.” This is a good thing, because it not only gives the show a bit of variety but also lets us get to know […]

Anime Network Launches Online

by Ed Liuon June 22, 2009
The Anime Network has launched its online player service at The service currently offers more 40 hours of free content via streaming video, as well as a premium package for $6.95 a month that gives access to more than 300 hours of content. Programming is available in both standard-definition and high-definition, offering anime series […]

Pixar Grants Girl’s Dying Wish to See "Up"

by Ed Liuon June 21, 2009
The Orange County Register is reporting that Pixar Animation Studios helped to grant the dying wish of a young girl with a rare form cancer. 10-year old Colby Curtin was a victim of vascular cancer, but her wish to see Pixar’s Up looked like it would go unfulfilled after she took a turn for the […]

Marvel Animation Age Talks with Greg Weisman on "Spectacular Spider-Man" Season 2

by Ed Liuon June 20, 2009
In advance of its season 2 premiere, the Marvel Animation Age has posted two interviews with Greg Weisman, supervising producer and story editor for The Spectacular Spider-Man. In the first interview, Weisman discusses what to expect in season 2, his feelings about the show airing outside US markets and the potential for video piracy, the […]

"X-Men" Vols. 3 and 4 Coming to DVD

by Classic Speedyon June 19, 2009
Walt Disney Home Entertainment plans to continue the 1992 animated series X-Men with vols. 3 (featuring “The Dark Phoenix”) and 4 (featuring “Beyond Good and Evil”). The 2-disc DVD sets will be released on 9/15/09 for $23.99 each. Stay tuned to Toon Zone for a full episode list for each volume. [Source: ]