Briefly: H-B Treasury Award; WB’s Animated Feature for India; Shyamalan Profile

by Ed Liuon June 3, 2008
* Jerry Beck’s Hanna-Barbera Treasury has won the first place (Gold) award in ForeWord Magazine‘s Book of the Year competition in the Popular Culture category. [Cartoon Brew] * The New York Times examines the career of director M. Night Shyamalan (free registration required), quoting Paramount Film Group president John Lesher on why he was selected […]

PR: Final Three Original Episodes of "Spectacular Spider-Man" Scheduled

by Ed Liuon June 3, 2008
Just three original episodes remain for the first season of “The Spectacular Spider-Man” … starting on Saturday, May 31 with the blockbuster gathering of The Sinister Six in an all-new episode entitled “Group Therapy.” Ratings for the series have continued to build over its first 10 episodes as “The Spectacular Spider-Man” has been posting tremendous […]

PR: Jennifer Coyle Discusses Debut of the Sinister Six in "Spectacular Spider-Man"

by Ed Liuon June 3, 2008
DIRECTOR JENNIFER COYLE DISCUSSES DEBUT OF THE SINISTER SIX IN AN ALL-NEW “THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN” EPISODE Jennifer Coyle has literally worn her love of Spider-Man for much of her adolescent and adult life – she went so far as to paint a huge Spidey on the back of her motorcycle jacket in her days growing […]

PR: DC Comics’ Senior Vice President Gregory Noveck Discusses "Batman Gotham Knight"

by Ed Liuon June 3, 2008
DC COMICS’ SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF CREATIVE AFFAIRS GREGORY NOVECK DISCUSSES “BATMAN GOTHAM KNIGHT” DC Universe original animated movies are created by a unique collaboration between four diverse units within the Warner Bros. family – Warner Premiere, Warner Home Video, Warner Bros Animation and, the source of the characters and many of the stories, DC […]

The Mixed Nuts of "Fruits Basket"

by on June 2, 2008
Fruits Basket is a pretty good case study of what happens when you take a clever idea and push it around in a small circle for twenty-plus episodes. A series that is nearly magical in small doses becomes merely charming in larger ones, and slightly tedious before it ends. The series centers on Tohru Honda, […]

NY Times Examines Disney/Pixar Merger One Year Later

by Ed Liuon June 2, 2008
The New York Times examines how well the merger of Disney and Pixar has gone one year after the fact (free registration required). The article notes how well the merger has gone as compared to other large-scale corporate mergers, pointing to several techniques and practices to ease the integration of Pixar into the Disney fold. […]

"The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye" Vol 6’s Understated Ending

by Ed Liuon June 2, 2008
In its sixth volume of four episodes, The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye ends with more of a whisper than a bang. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it does come as a bit of a surprise after the slam-bang thrill ride that was the previous volume. Still, this last set of […]

Toon Zone News Interview Series: "A Life in Voice Acting" with Bob Bergen (Part 2)

by Ed Liuon June 2, 2008
In part one of our interview with Bob Bergen, we followed his training as an actor, his careers as a tour guide for Universal Studios and as the host of the Hollywood Christmas Parade, and his approach to acting in the studio. In part two, below, we focus in on his roles as Porky Pig […]

Verizon Internet to Add Manga Entertainment Anime

by Weathermanon May 31, 2008
A new download-to-own service on the Verizon internet service called Starz Play will have access to over 3,000 Starz Entertainment titles including titles from Manga Entertainment as well as other Starz Entertainment properties like Anchor Bay. The plan will also include a live feed of the main Starz cable channel and will be available for […]

"Liberty’s Kids" Coming to DVD

by Dan Collinson May 31, 2008 reports that the PBS series Liberty’s Kids is coming to DVD in a 6-disc set from Shout! Factory. The show chronicles James, Sarah, and Henri, three kids who cover the American Revolution for Benjamin Franklin’s newspaper. The show features guest voices like Billy Crystal, Ben Stiller, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Whoopi Goldberg, and […]