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LA Times on What "Bolt" Means for Disney; Theaters Balk at "Bolt" Preview

by Ed Liuon October 27, 2008
The Los Angeles Times has published an article on how all eyes in the industry are on Disney’s Bolt (free registration required) to evaluate the success of the Disney-Pixar merger and see whether Walt Disney Feature Animation can begin to reclaim its past glories. The article details the history of Bolt, including story changes from […]

Hollywood Reporter Names John Lasseter "Innovator of the Year"

by Ed Liuon October 25, 2008
The Hollywood Reporter has named John Lasseter as their Innovator of the Year for 2008 for his work at Disney and Pixar, saying, “There are few men as inventive as Lasseter and even fewer whose creativity pays such respect to tradition.” The article details Lasseter’s rise to his current position, including his dismissal from Walt […]

"Schoolhouse Rock – Earth" Coming to DVD

by Dan Collinson October 24, 2008
Tvshowsondvd.com reports that Disney will release an all new version of Schoolhouse Rock! called Schoolhouse Rock – Earth. The DVD will feature 10 brand new songs about taking care of the environment. The DVD will hit stores on March 31st, 2009.

New Streaming Video of "Tinker Bell" Voice Cast

by Ed Liuon October 24, 2008
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released another streaming video clip to promote Tinker Bell, the new direct-to-video movie coming to DVD and Blu-ray on October 28, 2008. This behind-the-scenes feature spotlights voice actors Mae Whitman (Tinker Bell), Angelica Huston (Queen Clarion), Lucy Liu (Silvermist), Raven-Symoné (Iridessa), and America Ferrera (Fawn). Director Bradley Raymond and […]

PR: TELETOON is Full of Drama, Drama, Drama, Drama This Month

by Ed Liuon October 24, 2008
TELETOON IS FULL OF DRAMA, DRAMA, DRAMA, DRAMA THIS MONTH Toronto – Total Drama Continues as TELETOON takes a trip to Total Drama Island every night throughout November and airs the world premiere of the hour-long special, Total Drama, Drama, Drama, Drama Island on November 29. Also this month, TELETOON launches the brand new series: […]

Pittsburgh’s ToonSeum to Screen "It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!" on Oct 31

by Ed Liuon October 24, 2008
The ToonSeum and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh will be hosting a special screening of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! on October 31, 2008 at 3:00 PM. Attendees will get free popcorn and free Peanuts comic books courtesy of New Dimension Comics and the ToonSeum, and also be able to participate in special events […]

Briefly: Tinker Bell as BT’s Clock; Chowder Contest; SpongeBob Returns to China

by Ed Liuon October 24, 2008
* The voice for the BT speaking clock service will be temporarily replaced by Mae Whitman voicing Tinker Bell to promote the Disney direct-to-video movie. [BBC News] * Cartoon Network will run a contest in conjunction with the first DVD release of Chowder, where fans can create a recipie using bizarre ingredients at Home Media […]

"Batman: Brave and the Bold" Preview, Interviews On-Line

by Ed Liuon October 24, 2008
Cartoon Network has posted a preview of the premiere episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold in streaming Flash video format. The clip from “Rise of the Blue Beetle” includes footage of both Batman and the Blue Beetle, voiced by Diedrich Bader and Will Friedle, respectively. In addition, the Legions of Gotham website has […]

Nicktoons Network Debuts "Domo-kun" Shorts

by Ed Liuon October 24, 2008
Nicktoons Network has begun airing the first official Domo-kun short films imported from Japan, launching the new shorts in a variety of international markets. The fuzzy brown title character is the mascot of Japan’s NHK broadcast network, and named himself after the first word he heard on TV, which is usually translated as “thank you” […]

Toon Zone Interviews Don Hahn on "The Alchemy of Animation"

by Ed Liuon October 24, 2008
Most animation fans know that Disney experienced a resurrection in its animated feature films starting in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, with The Little Mermaid in the vanguard, followed closely by the Oscar-nominated Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King. What two of those four movies have in common is veteran producer […]