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"Incredibles," "Family Guy" and "Simpsons" Win DVDX Awards

Video Business has announced the winners of the DVDX Awards. Among the winners were The Incredibles with four wins, including Overall DVD, New Movie and New Movie Scenes for the small feature “Jack-Jack Attack.” Other winners included Tarzan II which won three awards, and Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch which took home […]

"Kodocha" Vol. 4: Child's Toy for the Whole Family

Sana Kurata, despite only being 12, has accomplished more than most people accomplish in their entire lives. Between being the star of the popular TV series Child’s Toy, appearing in commercials, and attending school full-time, it’s amazing that she still manages to fix every personal problem of those around her. She’s tamed the class lone […]

Bandai Announces New Titles For June

The re-packaging of older Bandai titles continues in the month of June, as Galaxy Angel, Mobile Fighter G-Gundam, Love Hina, and Banner of the Stars 2 get full series re-releases in the Anime Legends line. Other releases slated for June include the final volume of Cowboy Bebop Remix, a second volume of Eureka 7, more […]

Pixar Reports Record 2005 Revenue on Lower 4Q Results

Pixar Animation Studios announced profits of $30.9 million on revenues of $55.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2005, for earnings of $0.25 per diluted share. These results are significantly lower than those from a year ago, whose $55.2 million profit rivaled this past quarter’s entire profit. However, the quarterly numbers capped off Pixar’s most […]

Pixar's "Cars" Website Goes Live

The official website for Pixar’s Cars has opened with content about the film. Jim Hill has run through the material available there now, pointing out highlights of the site along with in-jokes and missing content. Cars is scheduled for release in the U.S. on June 9, 2006. In a related story, Hill has also written […]

"Otaku Unite!" Great, But Not Perfect, Documentary

There are very few anime documentaries out there, and most of them poke fun at the fandom instead of looking at it in a neutral light like other documentaries are supposed to do. Who knew a college kid’s final project would be the one to get things right? For his final project, anime fan Eric […]

Filmmaker Eric Bresler On "Otaku Unite!"

The following interview was conducted with Eric Bresler, director of documentary film Otaku Unite!, at the New York Comic-Con on Februrary 25 and 26, with some supplemental questions being answered over e-mail. Toon Zone: What is Otaku Unite!? Eric Bresler: Otaku Unite! is a documentary on the history of Japanese animation fandom in the United […]

Writing Workshop with Ty Templeton Beginning March 23

Max the Mutt Animation School will be conducting a workshop on writing for comics with writer/artist Ty Templeton (Batman Adventures, Bigg Time), beginning March 23, 2006, at the school’s campus in Toronto. Enrollment is limited, and full details can be found at the Max the Mutt Animation School website.

Animation Expert Tim Eldred on "Armored Trooper VOTOMS" (UPDATED March 6)

The following interview was conducted with Tim Eldred, animation director, anime enthusiast and VOTOMS expert, at the New York Comic-Con on February 25 and 26, 2006, with some supplemental material provided via e-mail TOON ZONE: How did you get into anime and manga professionally? TIM ELDRED: I started out doing comics. Anime played a huge […]

TV Movies Form Backbone of New CN Slate, Live Action Downplayed (Updated)

At their upfront presentation in New York this morning, Cartoon Network announced a major new TV-movie initiative, saying 12 straight-to-TV movies were in the works, including both originals and features based on existing series. The most ambitious is a two-hour original live action-animated hybrid film called Re-Animated, created by Adam Pava and Tim Mckeon (both […]

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