Ghibli World Interviews Michel Ocelot

by Ed Liuon August 25, 2008
The website has posted a lengthy interview with Michel Ocelot, director of Azur et Asmar and Kirikou and the Sorceress. Among other topics, Ocelot discusses the use of music in his movies and hand-drawn animation vs. CGI, as well as digging into several of his more popular films. (via

Kristen Bell Joins "Astro Boy" Cast

by Ed Liuon August 25, 2008
Variety is reporting that Kristen Bell will join the voice cast of Imagi Animation Studio’s Astro Boy as the lead female character. She will join Nicholas Cage, Donald Sutherland, Nathan Lane, Bill Nighy, and Eugene Levy as cast members, with Freddie Highmore as the title character. The CGI animated film is due for release in […]

Marvel Teams with Madhouse for Anime of Iconic Superheroes (UPDATED Aug 27, 2008)

by Ed Liuon August 25, 2008
The New York Times is reporting that Marvel Entertainment is teaming up with renowned Japanese animation studio Madhouse to develop four anime series that will re-vision several of Marvel’s iconic superheroes for the Japanese market (free registration required). The characters and back stories will be revamped to “reflect Japanese culture,” and “create an entire parallel […]

"Sleeping Beauty" to Screen at El Capitan Theatre from Aug 29 – Sep 18, 2008

by Ed Liuon August 25, 2008
Disney will be screening the newly restored Sleeping Beauty at the historic El Capitan Theatre from August 29 – September 18, 2008. A special gala event will take place on opening night, hosted by veteran Disney producer Don Hahn and a panel of animation cast and crew, including Mary Costa (voice of Princess Aurora), animator […]

"Transformers Animated" Season One is "Teen Titans" for the Giant Robot Set

by Ed Liuon August 25, 2008
Teen Titans changed all the rules. Before Teen Titans debuted in 2003, American superhero cartoons were either played completely straight or completely silly. Teen Titans rejected this dichotomy, keeping one foot firmly in each camp. As a result, the show could encompass villains as diverse as the ludicrous Mad Mod and the sinister Slade, and […]

Financial Times on Possible "Dora the Explorer" Makeover

by Ed Liuon August 24, 2008
The Financial Times discusses possibilities for additional Dora the Explorer projects and merchandise aimed at expanding the bilingual character’s audience to older children. While Nickelodeon did not comment on specific changes, they did acknowledge that they are “eager to find ways to retain Dora’s pre-school fans as they mature,” especially in the face of increased […]

Toon Zone’s 10th Anniversary: Memories from Staff

by Toon Zone Staffon August 24, 2008
On August 24, 1998, Toon Zone opened its virtual doors to the Internet. To commemorate our 10th anniversary celebrating the art of animation, several Toon Zone staff members have contributed their memories and reminiscences of the site. In alphabetical order by username: Alex Weitzman What first brought me to Toon Zone was a pursuit of […]

Spongebob’s Atlantic Squarepants

by on August 22, 2008
Ever since he became a so-called “pop culture phenomenon”, I’ve had trouble placing SpongeBob Squarepants. So I’m going to begin my review of this DVD-release of the feature-length episode, Atlantis Squarepants, with a question: Who is SpongeBob‘s target audience? Is it, like its spiritual predecessors Ren & Stimpy and Rocko’s Modern Life, a show for […]

Briefly: Learn Japanese at NY Anime Fest; InTru 3-D Monsters and Aliens

by Ed Liuon August 21, 2008
* The New York Anime Festival and Japan Society will be teaming up to provide Japanese language lessons at this year’s festival from September 26-28, 2008. [Press Release] * DreamWorks Animation and Intel Corp have announced a 3-D movie image brand called InTru 3D, which will debut with Monsters vs. Aliens in March 2009. [Reuters]

DVD News Roundup: Polar Express 3-D, VIZ Media, Peanuts Holiday Collection

by Ed Liuon August 21, 2008
* The Polar Express will be coming to DVD and Blu-ray high definition disc in full 3-D on October 28, 2008, from Warner Home Video. Special features include an extra song that was cut from the movie and several making-of featurettes. [Press Release] * VIZ Media has announced its Q3 2008 DVD releases, including Death […]