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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 ]

"The Fairly OddParents" Season 6, Vol. 1 DVD Announced

by SB20xxon July 28, 2008
Today, Nickelodeon and Paramount announced the 2-disc release The Fairly OddParents: Season 6, Vol. 1, which will be released on 11/18/08. It runs 220 minutes. The episodes included, as well as special features, haven’t yet been announced. [Source: TVShowsOnDVD.com ]

NY Times on "Horton Hears a Who" DVD Marketing Push; DVD Streets Dec. 9, 2008

by Ed Liuon July 28, 2008
The New York Times examines the upcoming marketing push by 20th Century Fox for the DVD release of the Horton Hears a Who feature film (free registration required). The article notes how Horton will appear in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, as a plush toy in Macy’s stores, with L’Oreal hair care products, and in […]

SDCC2008: DC Animation Panel Report

by Eileen Cruzon July 28, 2008
On Saturday afternoon at the San Diego Comic Con, DC President Paul Levitz, Senor VP Greg Noveck, voice director Andrea Romano, executive producer Bruce Timm, director Lauren Montgomery and actor Nathan Fillion were the panelists for the DC Universe Animation Panel. Noveck officially announced Wonder Woman‘s release to DVD and Blu-ray in February 2009. Keri […]

Judge, Lasseter, and Park Take McCay Awards for Lifetime Achievement

by Ed Liuon July 28, 2008
At the San Diego Comic-Con International 2008, ASIFA-Hollywood named King of the Hill creator Mike Judge, Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter, and Wallace & Gromit creator Nick Park as this year’s recipients of the Windsor McCay Award for their career contributions to the art of animation. The trophies will be awarded to the recipients […]

Newsarama Interviews Craig Kyle on Future of Marvel Animation (UPDATED July 27, 2008)

by Ed Liuon July 27, 2008
Newsarama has posted part 1 of an interview with Craig Kyle, VP of Marvel Animation, about the future of the group with TV shows like The Spectacular Spider-Man and direct-to-video projects like the upcoming Next Avengers. Kyle focuses on Next Avengers in this interview, talking about Gary Hartle’s work directing Next Avengers and giving some […]

Nickelodeon Announces "Avatar: Legends of the Arena" Multiplayer Online Game for Sept

by Ed Liuon July 26, 2008
Nickelodeon has announced Avatar: Legends of the Arena, a new multiplayer on-line video game based on their hit show Avatar the Last Airbender. The game will allow players to test their elemental bending skills against players around the world. The game will launch in September in 81 markets, and will be Nickelodeon’s first 3-D multiplayer […]

Briefly: Ponyo Box Office; India and China ‘Toon Growth; MyToons Funding

by Ed Liuon July 26, 2008
* Variety Asia notes that the box office opening of Studio Ghibli’s Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea was 83% of that of megahit Spirited Away, also reporting on empty seats during its opening weekend. [via Nausicaa.net] * Marbridge Consulting notes a 23% growth rate in the online game and animation industry in the […]