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Animation News from the 2009 Cartoon Network Upfront (UPDATED 12:57 PM with images)

by Eileen Cruzon March 25, 2009
The Cartoon Network 2009 Upfront is finished! Check below for news about all the new and returning shows, with images (click any image to enlarge), or click here to read the Cartoon Network press release for this year’s upfront. UPDATE 11:45 AM Returning series include Star Wars: Clone Wars, Chowder, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, […]

"Tsubasa: The Soul Of Memory": An Ending to Try Men’s Souls

by Chad Boninon March 25, 2009
The heroes have traveled to a new world, but a new hero rises from it! Princess Sakura’s childhood friend, who is better at magic and sword fighting, and is more devoted to her than any of her current companions, swears he will take her on the quest for all of her memory feathers. Will this […]

Disney Releases 3 Video Clips from "Lilo & Stitch"

by Ed Liuon March 25, 2009
In conjunction with the newly released Lilo & Stitch Big Wave Edition 2-disc DVD, Disney has made several video clips from the movie available: Elvis (film) Ugly Duckling (film) Wishing Star (film) Lilo & Stitch Big Wave Edition is available now. For more information, check out Toon Zone News’ earlier coverage.

PR Interviews with "Bolt" Co-Directors and Exec. Producer John Lasseter

by Ed Liuon March 25, 2009
In conjuction with the DVD and Blu-ray release of Bolt, Disney has released three interviews with Chris Williams and Byron Howard, co-directors of Bolt, and John Lasseter, executive producer of Bolt and Chief Creative Officer of Disney and Pixar. Bolt is available now on DVD and Blu-ray disc. For more information on the releases, read […]

FUNimation Announces New June Titles Including "Romeo X Juliet"

by Classic Speedyon March 24, 2009
A couple new shows make their region 1 debuts in June. Firstly, Romeo X Juliet, a series based on the famous William Shakespeare play, sees a Part 1 collection on 6/23/09 for $59.98. Kaze no Stigma, a 2007 fantasy series from Gonzo, gets a similar Part 1 release on 6/30/09 for $59.98. Complete and partial […]

Media Blasters Announces New June Titles Including "Genshiken 2"

by Classic Speedyon March 24, 2009
Genshiken 2, a sequel to the comedy series about otakus, makes its DVD debut on 6/30/09 with the first volume, which comes with an artbox ($34.99) or without ($29.99). Other new DVD titles coming soon from Media Blasters include: * Ah My Buddha vol. 3: 6/30/09 – $29.99 * Moribito Two Pack (vol. 3 & […]

ADV Films Opens Anime Network iTunes Store

by Ed Liuon March 24, 2009
ADV Films has begun selling anime titles on Apple’s iTunes via the Anime Network iTunes Store. Initial offerings include Saiyuki, Angelic Layer, Pet Shop of Horrors, Mahoromatic, and Tsukihime. (via ADVNation weblog)

"Ponyo" Gets US Release Date of August 14, 2009

by Ed Liuon March 24, 2009
The newest Hayao Miyazaki movie Ponyo will be released in the United States on August 14, 2009. The dubbed version of the movie will feature Noah Cyrus as the title character, a young and overeager goldfish. Other cast members include Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Cloris Leachman, Liam Neeson, Lily Tomlin, Betty White and […]

Briefly: 3-D Slow to Theaters; Real-Time Toon Interviews; MTV Human Trafficking Toon

by Ed Liuon March 24, 2009
* While promoting Monsters vs. Aliens in Hong Kong, DreamWorks Animation SKG CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg noted that the upgrading of theaters to support screening 3-D films is moving slower than expected, noting that the $100,000 up-front cost to upgrade and the current economic climate are making it harder to justify mass upgrading of theaters. [Chicago […]

Toon Zone Presents: A Virtual Roundtable with "Bolt"’s Mark Walton & Nathan Greno

by Ed Liuon March 23, 2009
To tie in with the DVD and Blu-ray release of Bolt, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment invited journalists to participate in a virtual roundtable with Nathan Greno, story supervisor for Bolt and director of the new short “Super Rhino,” and Mark Walton, visual development artist and voice of Rhino (and yes, he typed all the […]