Briefly: Disney IT’s Graham Allen; "Madagascar 2" Overseas; "Peter & the Wolf"@Helix

by Ed Liuon December 23, 2008
* Scotland’s Sunday Herald interviewed Disney’s Graham Allan, IT strategist for the Walt Disney Corporation, who discusses the move to CGI and how that affected infrastructure decisions. * Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa made a strong showing in overseas markets this past weekend, netting $33.5 million to beat out The Day the Earth Stood Still for […]

PR: Right Stuf’s Nozomi Entertainment Announces "Aria the Natural" Pt2 for Mar 24, 09

by Ed Liuon December 23, 2008
RIGHT STUF’S NOZOMI ENTERTAINMENT Announces the ARIA The NATURAL – Part 2 DVD Collection for March 24, 2009 Box set to include final 13 episodes of ARIA anime’s second television season GRIMES, IA, December 22, 2008 – Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and Nozomi Entertainment are pleased to announce the ARIA The NATURAL […]

Funimation Opens Licensing Blitz with "Ikki Tousen"

by Weathermanon December 22, 2008
Funimation has opened their year end licensing blitz of 10 titles in 10 days by announcing that they will be distributing “Ikki Tousen”, a former Geneon title, in 2009. Rather than aquiring the license from Geneon, Funimation picked it up directly from the Japanese rights holder, Enoki Films. Read more here Source: and

Newsweek Names Steve Jobs, John Lasseter in List of 50 Most Powerful People for 2009

by Ed Liuon December 22, 2008
Newsweek‘s cover story “The Story of Power” contains their “highly subjective list of the most powerful people who will figure in the era over which [US President Barack] Obama will preside.” Sitting at #34 and #35, respectively, are Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple and co-founder of Pixar, and John Lasseter, chief creative officer at Disney/Pixar. […]

"Kyo Kara Maoh!" – Season 2 Vol. 7 Intrigues, Vol. 8 Stalls, and Vol. 9 Just Ends

by Ed Liuon December 21, 2008
The sixty-seventh episode is almost assuredly not the best place to pick up a long-running television series, so if this review of the latest volumes of Kyo Kara Maoh seems a bit tepid or lukewarm, be assured that this may well be caused entirely by general confusion about what’s going on rather than any deficiencies […]

Fred Ladd Talks "Astro Boy," "Kimba," and Classic Anime on Anime Today Podcast

by Ed Liuon December 21, 2008
The latest Anime Today podcast contains an interview with Fred Ladd, producer of the earliest anime imports such as Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion, about his upcoming book Astro Boy and Anime Come to the Americas, the similarities between Osamu Tezuka’s Kimba and Disney’s Simba the Lion King, the live-action Speed Racer movie, […]

TELETOON Announces January 2009 Programming Highlights

by Ed Liuon December 21, 2008
Canada’s TELETOON Network has announced programming highlights for the main TELETOON channel, the teen-to-adult oriented TELETOON Detour channel, and the TELETOON Retro channel. On TELETOON, the new animated series Batman: The Brave and the Bold will make its debut on the Sunday Action Force block alongside Wolverine and the X-Men. New episodes of these shows […]

PR: 4Kids Entertainment Unveils New Saturday Morning Schedule on CW TV Network

by Ed Liuon December 20, 2008
4KIDS ENTERTAINMENT UNVEILS NEW SATURDAY MORNING SCHEDULE ON THE CW TELEVISION NETWORK “CHAOTIC: M’arrillian Invasion” and” SONIC X” Move to The CW from Fox beginning Saturday, January 3 “HUNTIK” and “KAMEN RIDER: Dragon Knight” Highlight TheCW4Kids New Lineup Web Portal Launches With Huge Library of 4Kids Shows Available On Demand Via Streaming Video NEW […]

PR: Right Stuf’s Anime Today Talks "Astro Boy" & Anime with Fred Ladd

by Ed Liuon December 20, 2008
Right Stuf’s ANIME TODAY Talks ASTRO BOY & Anime With Fred Ladd “If you like ARIA…,” the AUTOMATICS, contests & more in episode 82! GRIMES, IA, December 19, 2008 – Anime producer and mega-online anime retailer Right Stuf, Inc. is pleased to welcome Mr. Fred Ladd – the producer of anime classics including Astro Boy […]

Toon Zone Top 5 Things I Learned in Bob Bergen’s Voice-Over Class

by Ed Liuon December 20, 2008
Me in the recording booth under Bob Bergen’s watchful eye. One of the most common fantasies of animation fans is to become a voice actor. “How do I become a voice actor?” is probably the most common question asked at voice actor panels at conventions or signings. After interviewing a few different voice actors and […]