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Newsarama Interviews FUNimation’s Gen Fukunaga

by Ed Liuon July 30, 2008
Newsarama’s Animated Shorts has interviewed FUNimation President and CEO Gen Fukunaga about the firm’s continuing success when the general trend in the anime market suggests a decline. Fukunaga discusses the recent acquisitions of titles from Geneon and ADV, their plans for utilizing new methods and technologies to deliver content, how they have achieved growth when […]

First Looks at Disney’s "The Princess and the Frog" and "Up"; Docter Talks Up "Up"

by Ed Liuon July 30, 2008
New video clips are available for the upcoming Disney movies The Princess and the Frog and Up. The Princess and the Frog trailer is at the movie’s official website. A brief clip of Up is at the Animation Guild’s weblog. The Animation Guild weblog has also posted a video interview with Up director Pete Docter, […]

DVD News Roundup: "Dinosaur King," "Dragon Blade," "Maria Watches Over Us"

by Ed Liuon July 30, 2008
* SEGA, Shout! Factory, and 4Kids Entertainment have announced the first volume of Dinosaur King, the hit TV series currently airing on 4KidsTV (Fox). The DVD will contain the first five episodes of the series, where three young dinosaur enthusiasts find artifacts that pull them into a world of danger, adventure, and dinosaurs. The one-disc […]

PR: Right Stuf’s Nozomi Entertainment Launches "Maria Watches Over Us" Official Site

by Ed Liuon July 30, 2008
RIGHT STUF’S NOZOMI ENTERTAINMENT Launches the MARIA WATCHES OVER US Official Site – mariasama.rightstuf.com Asks fans to submit their questions for the series’ creator; celebrates release of Season 1 DVD Collection GRIMES, IA, July 29, 2008 – Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and Nozomi Entertainment are pleased to celebrate the July 29 release […]

PR: Eagle One Media to Release Dragon Blade Computer Animated Film on DVD

by Ed Liuon July 30, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EAGLE ONE MEDIA TO RELEASE DRAGON BLADE COMPUTER ANIMATED FILM ON DVD World’s first 3D computer animated martial arts feature film From the director of Rumble in the Bronx, Jackie Chan’s First Strike, and Supercop July 29, 2008. Eagle One Media, Inc. is proud to announce it has secured the North American […]

PR: Dinosaur King: The Adventure Begins DVD Set on Sept 23, 2008

by Ed Liuon July 30, 2008
From SEGA®, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment, and 4Kids Entertainment, the force behind Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh!, comes the New Hit Series Featuring the Ultimate in Exciting 2D and 3D Dino-animation! DINOSAUR KING: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS DVD SET INCLUDES SPECIAL-EDITION TRADING CARD AND ADVENTURE-FILLED BONUS CONTENT The First DVD Release To Be Unleashed September 23, […]

"Phineas & Ferb: The Fast and the Phineas" is 2 Fast, Kinda Phunny

by Ed Liuon July 30, 2008
Young Phineas Flynn and his stepbrother Ferb are two bored kids in the suburbs, looking for diversion during summer break. This doesn’t distinguish them from other kids, but while some kids would be satisfied with summer camp or trips to the pool, Phineas and Ferb tend to be a bit more inventive, in both metaphorical […]

Nickelodeon Picks Up Eisner’s "Glenn Martin DDS"

by Ed Liuon July 29, 2008
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Nickelodeon has ordered 20 episodes of Glenn Martin DDS, a stop-motion animated show produced by former Disney CEO Michael Eisner (free registration required). The show centers on a dentist who takes his family on a cross-country road trip, and is expected to debut next summer as part of […]

LA Times on China’s Reaction to "Kung Fu Panda"

by Ed Liuon July 29, 2008
The Los Angeles Times is the latest media outlet to report on the reaction of China’s artistic and political communities to the success of Kung Fu Panda (free registration required). Earlier articles (reported earlier here and here at Toon Zone News) pointed out the self-criticism that came from Chinese filmmakers who complained that it took […]

"SpongeBob SquarePants" Season 5, Vol. 2 DVD Announced

by SB20xxon July 28, 2008
Today, Nickelodeon and Paramount announced that SpongeBob SquarePants: Season 5, Vol. 2 will be released on 11/18/08. It will contain 21 episodes over two DVDs. The specific episodes included and special features haven’t yet been announced. [Source: TVShowsOnDVD.com ]