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PR: VIZ Media Announces Debut of Buso Renkin 3-Disc Boxed Set

by Ed Liuon April 23, 2008
VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES THE DEBUT OF NEW ANIMATED FANTASY ACTION SERIES- BUSO RENKIN New Series on DVD Is Based On Popular Manga By The Creator Of RUROUNI KENSHIN And GUN BLAZE WEST San Francisco, CA, April 23, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation […]

TV Guide Talks With Amy Poehler on "The Mighty B!"

by Ed Liuon April 23, 2008
TVGuide.com has posted a brief interview with comedian Amy Poehler about her upcoming Nickelodeon cartoon The Mighty B!. Poehler, a co-creator of the show along with Cynthia True and Erik Wiese, plays Bessie Higgenbottom, described as, “like Animal meets Gilda Radner meets Daffy Duck meets Jimmy Stewart: energetically optimistic.” The interview digs into how Poehler’s […]

Nick Jr. Gets Buggy with New "Diego," "Backyardigan" Episodes in May

by on April 23, 2008
Nick Jr. will premiere new episodes of Go, Diego, Go! and The Backyardigans during a special week of bug-themed episodes beginning Monday, May 12, the network said today. The event will kick off with “What’s Bugging You?” on The Backyardigans and “It’s a Bug’s World” on Go, Diego, Go! on Monday at 9:00am and 9:30am […]

Imira Wheels and Deals "Lola & Virginia"

by on April 23, 2008
Rai Trade has acquired merchandising rights to Imira Entertainment’s Lola & Virginia, and Panini will launch a line of sticker, puzzle and coloring books based on the title, c21 Media reports. In addition, Nintendo DS will develop a video game based on the animated series for selected international territories.

Briefly: Ghibli’s Brand Power; India’s Expanding Pyramid; Two Series’ New Deals

by Ed Liuon April 23, 2008
* NikkeiBP Consulting has released a study declaring that Studio Ghibli is the second-most valuable brand in the business-to-consumer category behind Nintendo. Ghibli ranked 12th in 2007. [Nausicaa.net] * India’s Pyramid Saimira has purchased and plans to expands Sabdalaya, an animation and post-production studio. [Animation Express] * KI.KA of Germany and MNET of South Africa […]

New York Comic Con 2008: Complete On-Site Coverage (Updated Apr 22 11:45 PM)

by Ed Liuon April 22, 2008
The 2008 New York Comic Con is now finished in New York City, and I’m here to report on all the animation news I can find. Stay tuned for continuing coverage live from the Con all weekend long. Links to all of Toon Zone’s coverage so far can be found here: DAY 1 Ralph Bakshi […]

NYCC 2008: One Note Samba – Thoughts on This Year’s Con

by Ed Liuon April 22, 2008
The third annual New York Comic Con has come and gone, so before it gets too far in the past, I figured I’d share the random thoughts that bounced around my brain during the weekend. Why? We’re the media. We can do things like this. Everything in here is worth exactly what you paid for […]

NYCC 2008: Dark Horse Comics on "Hellboy Animated," "Turok," "Gremlins," and Manga

by Ed Liuon April 22, 2008
We missed the Dark Horse Comics panel at New York Comic Con, but had a chance to meet up briefly with Jeremy Atkins at the Dark Horse booth on Sunday to catch up on the animation-related comics from Dark Horse, and chat about a few other things besides. – For now, there aren’t any new […]

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 6: Cowadunga

by on April 22, 2008
As I’ve said before, revisiting the sacred cows of one’s childhood can lead to mixed feelings. For me, in the case of Thundercats, it was worth it. Yes, that show has its undoubted flaws, but I can forgive them; it has just enough virtues, and I’ve enough warm, fuzzy feelings, to smooth over the cracks. […]

"Bleach the Movie: Memories of Nobody" Getting Special Theatrical Screening

by on April 22, 2008
Bleach the Movie: Memories of Nobody will play in 300 theaters across North America in a two-day event, Viz Media announced today. The special screening, held in conjunction with NCM Fathom, will be held on June 11 and 12 and will include a behind-the-scenes look at the talent, along with interviews with director Noriyuki Abe, […]