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Choppy Waters: The Highs and Lows of "Black Lagoon: Second Barrage" Vol. 1

by Jameson November 19, 2008
When I think of pirates and smugglers, I conjure up visions of Han Solo types: slightly abrasive, silver-tongued men who lurk in cantinas trying to make an honest living quite dishonestly. I have no idea what real smugglers are like—probably a little less partial to waist-coats I guess. Pirates even less so. I somewhat doubt […]

Trey Parker on "Imaginationland" and How They’ll End South Park

by Ed Liuon November 19, 2008
The Los Angeles Times Hero Complex weblog has spoken to South Park co-creator Trey Parker about when and how the series will end, with the respective answers being “Not anytime soon” and “as a movie” akin to the 3-part Imaginationland special. Parker confirms that Imaginationland was intended as a second South Park feature film, but […]

"Kung Fu Panda" Has Real Kick on DVD and Blu-ray

by Ed Liuon November 18, 2008
, along with the closing credits). In some ways, it’s a bit of a disappointment when the movie shifts to a more traditional 3-D CGI style. This disappointment doesn’t last long, though, since the CGI on display is beautiful, especially on the Blu-ray edition of the movie. We’re reaching a point when the technological leaps […]

SpoutBlog Talks with Nina Paley on "Sita Sings the Blues"

by Ed Liuon November 18, 2008
The Spout Blog has Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You, which superimposes the Indian epic poem The Ramayana on an ugly period in her own life to the 1920’s jazz music of singer Annette Hanshaw. Paley discusses her influences and other topics on her mind recently. Sita Sings the Blues will be […]

TimesOnline Talks with "Waltz with Bashir" Art Director David Polonsky

by Ed Liuon November 18, 2008
The Times Online has spoken with David Polonsky, the art director for the Israeli documentary film Waltz with Bashir, which uses animation to re-visit director Ari Folman’s time in the Israeli Army during the 1982 war in Lebanon. Polonsky discusses some of the more vivid scenes in the movie as part of the article, explaining […]

"Wonder Pets! – Save the Nutcracker!" Debuts on Nickelodeon on Dec 8, 2008

by Ed Liuon November 18, 2008
The Wonder Pets! special episode Save the Nutcracker will be debuting on Nickelodeon on December 8, 2008, at 8:00 PM (Eastern/Pacific). The special episode of the Emmy-winning show sends Linny the Guinea Pig, Turtle Tuck, and Ming-Ming Duckling into a version of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker ballet, as the Mouse King emerges from a picture book […]

"Venture Bros" Creators Three-peat at NY Comic Con

by Ed Liuon November 18, 2008
Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick, co-creators of Adult Swim’s The Venture Bros., will be returning for their third panel appearance at New York Comic Con this coming February. Mayhem will almost certainly ensue. The con will be held on February 6-8, 2009, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. For full […]

PR: Holiday Programming Bounty on Cartoon Network Includes "Chowder" Holiday Episode

by Ed Liuon November 18, 2008
A Holiday Programming Bounty on Cartoon Network All- New Chowder Holiday-Themed Episode and Favorite Christmas Specials Return in December Instead of enjoying only 12 days of Christmas, Cartoon Network presents favorite Christmas treats throughout the month of December. Cartoon Network kicks off the holiday season with a brand new holiday episode of Chowder premiering Dec. […]

Toon Zone Presents a Virtual Roundtable with "BURN-E" Director Angus MacLane

by Ed Liuon November 18, 2008
One of the bonus features on the DVD and Blu-ray disc of Disney/Pixar’s WALL•E is a new short film called “BURN•E,” which fills in the story for of one of the robots on the giant starship Axiom that we see briefly during the movie. The short is the directorial debut for WALL•E‘s Directing Animator Angus […]