PR: VIZ Media Teams with Joost to Deliver Naruto, Bleach, and Death Note

by Ed Liuon September 23, 2008
VIZ MEDIA TEAMS WITH JOOST™ TO DELIVER HIT SERIES NARUTO, BLEACH AND DEATH NOTE TO AN EVEN WIDER AUDIENCE Web Video Portal To Offer Streamed Episodes Of Three Hit Series Complemented With Social Interaction San Francisco, CA, SEPTEMBER 23, 2008 — VIZ Media, LLC. (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive […]

PR: Teletoon Animation Scholarship 2008 Awards Animators Across Canada

by Ed Liuon September 23, 2008
TELETOON ANIMATION SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS ANIMATORS ACROSS CANADA Toronto – The winners of the2008 TELETOON Animation Scholarship have been announced by Len Cochrane, President of TELETOON Canada inc., in a special screening and presentation at the Ottawa International Animation Festival on September 19. All 23 of the finalists received a full pass to the OIAF and […]

"Batman: Gotham Knight" to Debut on Cartoon Network on Oct 4, 2008

by Ed Liuon September 23, 2008
MTV’s Splash Page reports that Batman: Gotham Knight will be debuting on Cartoon Network on Saturday, October 4, 2008, at 9:00 PM (times assumed to be Eastern/Pacific). The direct-to-video movie debuted on DVD earlier this year (read Toon Zone News’ review #1 and review #2), and was intended to bridge the time period between the […]

"Astro Boy" to Debut on 3,000 Screens on October 23, 2009

by Ed Liuon September 23, 2008 is reporting that Imagi Animation Studios’ Astro Boy has gotten a release date of October 23, 2009, and that it will debut on 3,000 screens in North America. For purposes of comparison, Disney’s WALL-E debuted on 3,992 screens, while Warner Brothers’ The Dark Knight debuted on 4,366. (via Comic Book Resources Comics Reel)

"101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure" Not a Trip Worth Writing Home About

by Ed Liuon September 22, 2008
101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure kept reminding me of My Favorite Year, another movie about a youngster who discovers that his hero is really a jackass. In Richard Benjamin’s 1982 film, a TV writer is charged with looking after a washed-up movie star who’s slated to guest star on a variety-comedy show in the […]

Warner Home Video Announces "Ben 10 Alien Force" Season 1 Vol. 2 DVD for Jan 2009

by Ed Liuon September 22, 2008
Warner Home Video has announced that Ben 10 Alien Force Season 1 Volume 2 will be released on January 13, 2009. Four episodes will be included on the disc: – Pier Pressure – Max Out – Be-Knighted – What Are Little Girls Made Of? Special features are not available at this time.

"Duckman" Seasons 1 and 2: I’m Starin’ at a Funny Series!

by SB20xxon September 21, 2008
I first saw the irreverent Duckman at age ten. Back then, half the jokes flew over my head, so I had fun watching the recent DVD release of the first two seasons of the show. As an adult, I can now catch all the double entendres and mature discussions that eluded me as a naive, […]

VIZ Media Announces "Blue Dragon" Vol. 1 on DVD

by Ed Liuon September 21, 2008
VIZ Media has announced the release of Blue Dragon vol. 1 on DVD, available now from retailers. The animated series is based on the Microsoft XBox 360 role-playing video game, telling a tale of high-action adventure with magical shadow powers and flying air fortresses. The first volume contains 5 episodes of the series and has […]

"Family Guy" Season 7 Hits UK DVD on November 10, 2008

by Ed Liuon September 21, 2008
Family Guy Season 7 will be released on DVD in the United Kingdom on Monday, November 10, 2008. The 3-disc set will include 12 episodes of the show, along with deleted scenes, audio commentary, the 100th Episode Special, and other making-of materials. Suggested retail price is £28.99. For full details, read the press release here. […]

Pixar’s Catmull and Hollander Describe Story Development at SIGGRAPH

by Ed Liuon September 21, 2008
Variety reports on a presentation at this year’s SIGGRAPH conference about the story development process at Pixar Animation Studios. The session was led by Pixar President and Co-founder Ed Catmull, who was joined by producer Richard Hollander (“Presto”), who described their highly untraditional and unstructured process that has led to an unprecedented chain of critical […]