"Witchblade" Getting Live-Action Adaptation

by on May 12, 2008
Platinum Studios and Arclight Films will produce a live-action adaptation of Witchblade, the comic book title most recently seen in the US as a Gonzo-made anime series, Variety says. Casting, writing, and directing duties have not been announced yet.

HIT Revamps Int’l Arm, Announces Licenses and Partnerships

by on May 12, 2008
HIT Entertainment has signed a long-term partnership agreement with US public TV broadcaster Thirteen/WNET New York, covering station representation and new project development, the company said today. Separately, AWN reports that HIT will expand and reorganize its international home entertainment arm. c21 Media reports the company has also signed a deal to represent the preschool […]

Briefly: Toons Go Online; Siggraph Names Noms; BBC Draws a Blanc

by Ed Liuon May 12, 2008
* IGN is hosting a free episode of the new dub of Shin Chan. NOTE: For mature audiences only. * is hosting an animated version of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s Astonishing X-Men #1, similar to the vintage 60’s cartoons that incorporated art from comic books. [via Toon Zone member Kazuya Prower] * BBC […]

Updated: "Iron" Smashes "Speed" in Box Office Demolition

by on May 12, 2008
Iron Man stayed golden at weekend box offices while Speed Racer, the live-action adaptation of the classic anime series, hit a wall. Updated: Speed Racer, from the Wachowskis and Warner Bros., grossed only $18.6 million at North American box offices in its premiere weekend, coming in third behind Iron Man and the Ashton Kutcher romantic […]

"Alvin" and "Enchanted" DVD Sales Continue Strong

by on May 12, 2008
Alvin and the Chipmunks sold 210,000 DVD units in the latest reporting period, while Enchanted continued to sell well with 142,000 unit sales, according to data complied by Other animated titles placing in the top 30 DVD sales for the week were Bee Movie (88,000), 101 Dalmatians (33,000) and Beowulf (16,000).

Dot-Anime to Stream First "Super Robot Wars" Episode

by on May 12, 2008
Bandai Visual will begin streaming the first episode of Super Robot Wars OG: Divine Wars through its website, the company said today. The streaming begins on May 12. [Source: Bandai Visual]

Inside The Armour Wars: Len Uhley Talks Iron Man

by on May 12, 2008
A veteran of various animated shows throughout the years, Len Uhley has written for various Marvel cartoons since the mid 1990’s. The Marvel Animation Age and Toon Zone News caught up with Len via an email interview to talk about his freelance assignment on Iron Man, the critically acclaimed Armour Wars storyline. TOON ZONE NEWS/MARVEL […]

The Black Hole at the End of "Glass Fleet"

by on May 11, 2008
Time for a pop quiz, kids! Kindly read the following line of dialogue, then choose the answer that best matches your response. Ready? Go: “Vetti! I figured it out! The part about the box that makes the two-headed eagle sleeping in the child of the stars!” (A) “Dude! Spoilers! I’ve been saving my pennies in […]

Time To Get Mushi: Goodbye to Ginko as "Mushi-Shi" Ends

by on May 10, 2008
As with everything great in life, it’s all about timing. In television, it’s about finding the balance between “too little” and “too much,” between bowing out too soon and going on too long. It seems like a lost art these days, but on rare occasions a show will get it right. And after 26 episodes, […]

Toon Zone Picks the Top 5 Iconic Cars of Animation

by Ed Liuon May 9, 2008
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! To commemorate the double-header of the new Speed Racer cartoon on the Nicktoons network and the live-action movie by the Wachowski brothers, the staff of Toon Zone News has put together our list of the top iconic animated cars. We’ve limited our to 5 in honor of Speed Racer’s […]