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New 'Toward the Terra' to TV in Tokyo

Keiko Takemiya’s classic 1970s science fiction manga “Toward the Terra”, previously adapted in movie form in 1980, is returning in television anime form this April on Mainichi Broadcasting and Tokyo Broadcasting stations. The series is set in the far future, after mankind has fled the polluted Earth to live in computer-regulated space colonies. On the […]

"Fullmetal Alchemist": Shamballa Isn't Paradise, But It's Still Glorious

When FUNimation brought over Fullmetal Alchemist, I doubt they knew just how huge the series would become. The anime was a huge hit for Adult Swim; the DVDs sold like hotcakes; the manga became a top seller; and the merchandise flew off the shelves. So it was natural that FUNimation would bring over the movie […]

Steve Jobs Approved Backdated Options for Pixar's Lasseter

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that John Lasseter was granted back-dated options as part of his contract renewal in 2001. The options were granted at a price from three months before the contract was signed, which also happened to be the lowest price from the prior year. The contract was signed by Pixar CEO […]

'Haruhi Suzumiya' Website Updated; Cast Announced

A new video was posted at Kadokawa USA and Bandai Entertainment’s official website for the upcoming anime series release of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, announcing that Bang Zoom! Entertainment would be handling the production of the English-language dub, with company president Eric Sherman on directing duty. The cast list was also announced, with Wendee […]

So Not the Drama: "Kim Possible" Returns to Form for Season 4

All serial fiction that runs for any length of time eventually faces the challenge of change. Change too much in a serial and you risk damaging or eliminating the qualities that made the serial compelling in the first place. Change too little and you risk creative stagnation and audience boredom. It’s a fine line that […]

Nick Previews Toy Fair Lineup, Claims 'Dora the Explorer' #1 Toy Line

According to a press release from Nickelodeon outlining their plans for Toy Fair, holiday 2006 sales propelled Dora the Explorer into the number one slot as the year’s top toy license. In addition to introducing new licensing partners CDI/Jakks, Mega Bloks, RC2 and Imperial Toy at this year’s trade show, Nick plans to showcase new […]

Toon Zone Interviews Bob Schooley & Mark McCorkle on Kim Possible Season 4

One of the Disney Channel’s most popular original series is Kim Possible, about a cheerleader who saves the world in her spare time. The show was created by Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley, who worked as entertainment managers at Sesame Place and in the mailroom at DIC Entertainment before embarking on a 16-year career at […]

'Toy Story 3' Coming Along, without Lasseter; More Disney Details Outlined

Toy Story 3 is coming in 2009, but John Lasseter won’t be the director, according to a Daily Variety report. Lasseter and Disney Animation president Ed Catmull provided extensive details on their upcoming slate in a Walt Disney Feature Animation presentation at Disney’s investor conference Thursday. In addition to confirming for the first time that […]

PR: Dora the Explorer Takes the Lead as Sales Growth Elevates Property to Megabrand

Dora the Explorer Takes the Lead as Sales Growth Elevates Property to Megabrand Status as Number One Toy License in 2006 Dora Breaks New Ground in 2007 with Expanded Products and Play Patterns Nickelodeon Debuts New Product Lines for Hit Series’ Go, Diego, Go!, The Backyardigans, Avatar: The Last Airbender and SpongeBob SquarePants as CDI/Jakks, […]

"American Dad" Vol. 2 Announced

The second volume of American Dad will be released on 5/15/07 for an MSRP of $39.98. It will contain 19 episodes: the last three remaining episodes from 2005, as well as all episodes that aired in 2006. Special features include commentaries for many episodes, deleted scenes, and featurettes. [Source: TVShowsOnDVD.com]

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