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"The Space Sentinels": Filmation's Mythological Trio Return on DVD

Nostalgia trips are a double-edged sword. Putting it slightly more pretentiously, one can only look to the past, with the eyes of the present. Adding even more ostentatiously to that, we can never recapture that magic of our youth — merely skim the surface of our memories. To add the icing to this rather pompous-looking […]

Batman: Teacher of Judaic Moral Values

An article in The Jewish Week spotlights Rabbi Cary Friedman, author of Wisdom from the Batcave: How to Live a Super, Heroic Life, in which he discusses how Batman “instills in his audience some of Judaism’s most important moral values.” The book arose from his experiences in Jewish studies classes at Duke University and the […]

Hellboy Interviews with Mike Mignola and Tad Stones (UPDATED Oct 26)

Several interviews with the creative forces behind the animated direct-to-video feature film Hellboy: Sword of Storms have been interviewed. Hellboy creator Mike Mignola is interviewed in the Word Balloon podcast, hosted at Comic Book Resources.com. Meanwhile, writer/director/producer Tad Stones gets an extended interview at Major Spoilers and a shorter feature article at Sci Fi Wire. […]

"Baki the Grappler": I'm Gonna Pound You Into The Ground!

The end of the first round of the Supreme Fighting Tournament is almost here and it’s time for Baki to get it together. Can he become a Champion once again and defeat his father, or will he space out and start thinking of how pigtails can make people fly like a certain high school girl? […]

Matt Wayne Casts a "Storm" With Hellboy

After you unleash an army of supervillains upon the Justice League, where do you go from there as a writer? Straight to Hell, apprantly. Toon Zone News managed to catch up with Hellboy: Swords Of Storms screenplay writer Matt Wayne via e-mail to talk about his work on the movie, which will air this Saturday. […]

"Persepolis" Animated Production Blog and Stills On-line

A production weblog has been started for Persepolis, an animated film based on the graphic novel memoirs of the same name by Marjane Satrapi. The weblog will track Satrapi’s progress as the days of her youth in post-revolution Iran are chronicled in animated form. Several still photos from the film are available on the official […]

Nicktoons Shows Now Available on iTunes

Animation World Network is stating that Nicktoons Network will be launching new content on the iTunes Store, including their new Skyland cartoon that debuts on November 18. All offerings will be $1.99, and presumably season discounts will be available.

Class of 3000, Nick's Skyland, and King of the Hill Renewal at Animated Shorts

This week’s Animated Shorts column at Newsarama.com covers three major news events in the animated world: the upcoming debut of Class of 3000 on Cartoon Network and of Skyland on the Nicktoons network, the renewal of Fox’s King of the Hill for an 11th season, and the addition of Basilisk and Gunslinger Girl to the […]

The Existential Angst of "Hello Kitty: Stump Village" Vol. 1

It could have been a recipe for disaster. In 2005, Sanrio began work on a new cartoon for their top-licensed character, the charming but aloof Hello Kitty. Following the current trend of “re-imagining” classic series, the producers chose to abandon all the prior continuity of her earlier animated incarnations, opting instead for a 3-D stop-motion […]

"Hello Kitty" Is Taking Over the World...Starting With Disney

When people think of Disney, they think of old childhood stories re-imagined into major motion pictures that the whole family can enjoy (the quality of said films will be saved for another time). When people think of Hello Kitty, they think of a mass-merchandised Japanese icon that’s so popular it even has its own store […]

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