“Akira” Blu-ray: Still Da Bomb After Two Decades

by Classic Speedyon February 24, 2009
I’ll never forget the first time I saw the 1988 animated feature film Akira. It was Saturday morning on the Sci-Fi Channel, back in the ’90s when that was their timeslot for Japanese anime. While I had somewhat enjoyed my samplings of anime to that point, Akira really impressed and intrigued me. Here was a […]

Toon Zone Interviews Elisa Gabrielli on Being Nana in "Madagascar 2"

by Ed Liuon February 24, 2009
One of the breakout characters of DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar series is Nana, the little old lady who serves as the lion Alex’s nemesis, popping up at inopportune times to deliver a world-class butt-kicking to the dancing lion. Nana was brought to vocal life through the talents of Elisa Gabrielli, a long-time on-camera and voice-over actor […]

NY Times on Cyma Zarghami’s Leadership of Nickelodeon

by Ed Liuon February 24, 2009
The New York Times has taken a look at Cyma Zarghami’s long tenure as the President of Nickelodeon (free registration required), and the network’s general philosophy of capturing viewers from “cradle to grave.” Among other things, the article investigates how Nickelodeon has reacted to the success of Disney’s High School Musical and Hannah Montana franchises […]

Cartoon Network Champions National Recess Week from March 2-6, 2009

by Ed Liuon February 24, 2009
Cartoon Network has issued a press release announcing their involvement in National Recess Week 2009 from March 2-6, 2009, as part of the network’s Get Animated initiative to “recognize unstructured break time as an essential element of the school day and to connect educators, parents and kids as advocates to either keep and enhance existing […]

"Phineas and Ferb": Lots of "Summer", Not Much of a "Daze"

by Leviathanon February 23, 2009
I don’t think any show has given me as many mixed feelings as Phineas and Ferb. It’s created by an animation veteran of Rocko’s Modern Life and Family Guy (who in this series has also partnered with one of his Rocko writing colleagues), so I kind of expected it to be witty, if not especially […]

ANN Interviews Tony Oliver on "Adventures in Voice Acting" Seminars

by Ed Liuon February 23, 2009
Anime News Network has interviewed voice actor Tony Oliver on the new “Adventures in Voice Acting” seminars he is conducting with Bang Zoom Entertainment designed to help people break into the voice acting business. Oliver discusses how the project was started from the same questions being asked all the time at anime conventions, what attendees […]

"Garfield’s Fun Fest" in UK on April 6, 2009

by Ed Liuon February 23, 2009
Garfield’s Fun Fest will be arriving on DVD in the United Kingdom on April 6, 2009. The direct-to-DVD CGI animated movie (released in the United States in August 2008) follows Jim Davis’ famous fat comic-strip feline in his quest to win the town’s annual talent show with the help of Odie the dog and the […]

"Happily N’Ever After 2" Comes to DVD March 24, 2009

by Ed Liuon February 23, 2009
Lionsgate will be releasing Happily N’Ever After 2 to DVD on March 24, 2009. The sequel to the 2006 feature Happily N’Ever After will tell a twisted fairy tale version of Snow White, who turns into a misguided teenager trying to prevent the marriage of her father the King to the evil, scheming Lady Vain. […]

"Afro Samurai: Resurrection" Is Sizzle Without the Steak

by Maxie Zeuson February 22, 2009
“Afro.” “Samurai.” Is it even possible to make an anime series combining those two concepts that does not kick all kinds of ass? Afro Samurai: Resurrection, a follow up to the TV series, is ninety-minutes of visceral, bloody, vengeance-driven samurai action with a post-apocalyptic/blaxploitation twang. Visually, it is an eye-popping tour de force of rippling, […]

2008 Academy Awards: "WALL-E" Wins Best Animated Feature, "Bashir" Loses Out

by Ed Liuon February 22, 2009
The 81st annual Academy Awards are underway, and all awards have been announced for categories with an animated film in contention. The animated winners are: BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM: WALL-E (Walt Disney) Dir. by Andrew Stanton (21:06 EST) BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM: “La Maison en Petits Cubes” A Robot Communications Production, Kunio Kato (21:09 EST) […]