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"Three Delivery" is Pretty Good for Fast Food

by Ed Liuon June 28, 2008
Between Avatar the Last Airbender, Yin Yang Yo!, Skunk Fu, Chop Socky Chooks, and Kung Fu Panda, there seems to be a bit of a glut of cartoons on the market that are exploiting kung fu as a plot element. Some of these cartoons aim for reverent lifts from the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon school […]

Satoshi Kon to Host Retrospective Film Series at Lincoln Center

by Ed Liuon June 28, 2008
Famed anime director Satoshi Kon will be hosting a retrospective of his films for the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City. Titled “Satoshi Kon: Beyond Imagination,” the series will run from June 27 – July 1, 2008, and will include screenings of Millenium Actress, Paprika, Paranoia Agent, Tokyo Godfathers, and Perfect Blue. […]

MTV Hosts "Batman: Gotham Knight" Clip

by Ed Liuon June 28, 2008
MTV has posted a five-minute streaming video clip from the upcoming Batman: Gotham Knight direct-to-video animated movie. Titled “Crossfire,” the clip shows Batman coming to the rescue of two Gotham City Police officers caught in between warring mob factions. (via Comic Book Resources Comics Reel)

Briefly: Munroe on Leaving Imagi; Futurama DTV Sales Figures; WIA in India

by Ed Liuon June 28, 2008
* At Newsarama, Kevin Munroe discussses his departure from Imagi Animation and the Gatchaman feature film, citing creative differences. * In a review of Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs DVD, the Weekly Standard notes that the first DVD movie Bender’s Big Score sold just under a million units for more than $16.5 million […]

Toon Zone Interviews Larry Schwarz on "Three Delivery"

by Ed Liuon June 27, 2008
Over the span of his career, Larry Schwarz has worn many hats. He began his career in show business as a child actor and stand-up comic. Later, he moved on to publishing with the seasonal H Magazine aimed at the Hamptons and as the CEO of VIAM Communications, which published the Vietnam Business Journal and […]

"Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!" Comes to DVD in September 2008

by Ed Liuon June 25, 2008
Nick Jr.’s hit pre-school animated show Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! will be getting its first official DVD release on September 23, 2008. The single-disc release will contain 6 regular and 2 bonus episodes, a music video, printable coloring pages, and other DVD games. Suggested retail price is $16.98.

Vancouver Sun on the Genesis of "WALL•E"

by Ed Liuon June 25, 2008
The Vancouver Sun has taken a look into the making of WALL•E, the Disney/Pixar movie which opens this Friday. The article notes the happy coincidence that brings the movie out just in time to capitalize on a growing environmental awareness, and chats with director Andrew Stanton about the long path from idea to screen with […]

Boston Herald Talks with Brendan Small on Metalocalypse’s Dethklok Tour

by Ed Liuon June 25, 2008
The Boston Herald has spoken with Brendon Small about the tour for Dethklok, the heavy metal band that is the star of Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse. Small, who plays guitar and bass and provides vocals, states that, “My whole goal was ‘How can I make this live outside of the TV show?,'” adding that he didn’t […]

Work Begins on "Kung Fu Panda" Sequel, 2D Cartoon for DVD

by Ed Liuon June 25, 2008
The Animation Guild’s weblog is reporting that work has begun on the sequel movie to Kung Fu Panda at DreamWorks Animation. The same report states that, “animators are hand-drawing new material for the DVD of Kung Fu Panda.” (via Toon Zone member Dudley)

"Futurama: Beast with a Billion Backs" Has Some Performance Problems

by Ed Liuon June 25, 2008
The news that Matt Groening’s lesser-known animated comedy Futurama would be returning for four direct-to-DVD movies was cause for celebration among the show’s many fans, all of whom were richly rewarded for their patience last year with the first movie, Bender’s Big Score (reviewed here and here at Toon Zone News). Unfortunately, the follow-up movie, […]