St. Petersburg Times Interviews "Phineas & Ferb" Creators

by Ed Liuon April 22, 2009
The St. Petersburg Times has interviewed Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, co-creators of Disney’s hit animated comedy Phineas & Ferb. Among other things, the pair discuss how one moves from shows like Family Guy and SpongeBob SquarePants to Phineas & Ferb, the inspirations for the mixed family and individual characters on the show, whether […]

PULSE News Talks with Armin Shimerman on "Batman: The Brave and the Bold"

by Ed Liuon April 22, 2009’s PULSE News has interviewed actor Armin Shimerman about his upcoming role as the Calculator on the “Night of the Huntress!” episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Shimerman reveals how much of a comic book and science fiction fan he was when he was younger, discusses how he worked with the producers of […]

Disney, Marvel, Nick/Viacom on Top 5 Licensors List

by Ed Liuon April 22, 2009
The Hollywood Reporter notes that Disney Consumer Products was the biggest licensing company for 2008, according to License! Global magazine. Their $30 billion in retail sales for 2008 placed them well ahead of the second place finisher Iconix (which manages brands such as Joe Boxer and Candie’s), which made $6.5 billion. Warner Bros. Consumer Products […]

MoCCA to Host "Chuck Jones: Memories of Childhood" Screening April 23, 2009

by Ed Liuon April 22, 2009
On Thursday, April 23, 2009, the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) in New York City will be hosting a screening of the documentary Chuck Jones: Memories of Childhood. The film by John Canemaker and Peggy Stern was one of the last filmed interviews with Jones before his passing in 2002, and also features […]

"Kurau: Phantom Memory" Is a Lot of Phantom Pain

by Maxie Zeuson April 22, 2009
Eighteen months ago, when my Toon Zone colleague Chad Bonin reviewed the first four episodes of Kurau: Phantom Memory, he complained that it had “a good idea and a good execution” but was weakened the “banality of certain plot elements.” “If you’ve ever seen a show about bounty hunters in the future,” he concluded, “you’ve […]

Shout! Factory Releases Details on "Transformers: Complete First Season" DVD Set

by Ed Liuon April 21, 2009
Following earlier reports, Shout! Factory has announced The Transformers: The Complete First Season 25th Anniversary DVD set, which will re-release the classic 1980’s TV cartoon that introduced Optimus Prime, Megatron, and the rest of the robots in disguise. The 3 DVD set will be released on June 16, 2009, and will contain more than 38 […]

SpongeBob’s "To SquarePants or Not to SquarePants" Coming to DVD and Marathon

by Dan Collinson April 21, 2009 reports that Paramount and Nickelodeon will distribute “To SquarePants or Not to SquarePants,” in which SpongeBob goes in search for a new pair of pants. The new episode will air on Nickelodeon as part of a 100 episode marathon airing July 17th-19th, 2009. The DVD will feature the episode as well as 7 new-to-DVD […]

"Ni Hao, Kai-lan" Renewed for Second Season to Debut on May 11, 2009

by Ed Liuon April 21, 2009
Nickelodeon has renewed its pre-school series Ni Hao, Kai-lan for a second season of 20 half-hour episodes, which will begin on May 11, 2009. The series is a variation on the Dora the Explorer formula, centering on a young girl Kai-lan and her adventures with her animal friends and grandfather, teaching life-lessons for pre-schoolers and […]

SpongeBob "Square Butts" Burger King Ad Sparks Controversy

by Ed Liuon April 21, 2009
A Burger King ad that mixes SpongeBob SquarePants and Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” song is generating controversy for pushing obesity and inappropriate sexuality to children. The ad changes the original song’s lyrics to say, “I like square butts and I cannot lie,” and features several dancers gyrating suggestively with big square boxes stuffed down […]

"Ouran High School Host Club" Part 2: A Satisfying Finish

by Classic Speedyon April 21, 2009
Ouran High School Host Club was one of the pleasant surprises I had in 2008 and 2009. The series wasn’t even on my radar screen until I heard certain individuals proclaiming it a great comedy/drama series. Initially I was skeptical; often when something is hyped too much, it can be a let-down when you finally […]