Cutting Down on the Chaff in "Animaniacs Vol. 2"

by Alex Weitzmanon April 25, 2007
Those paying attention will have noticed that Toon Zone has already reviewed this set. Bird Boy’s opinion is pretty much mine, but I can’t just point to his review and say “ditto.” No Animaniacs review is that easy to write; in fact, it may be among the hardest shows that any conscientious reviewer can try […]

Oscar-Winning Short Filmmaker John Canemaker on His Career and State of Animation

by Ed Liuon April 24, 2007
Newsarama’s Animated Shorts column has profiled Oscar-winning short film director and animation historian John Canemaker. The profile covers Canemaker’s childhood, his start in animation, his tenure on the 1970’s TV show Patchwork Family, his career as a teacher of animation history, and his Oscar win for The Moon and the Sun over works from Pixar […]

Uphill Battle Marketing "Ratatouille" in a World of Sequels

by Ed Liuon April 24, 2007
The New York Times discusses the obstacles in marketing Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille — one of very few summer tentpole movies that is entirely original and cannot rely on being a sequel or an adaptation of material from other media (registration required). Among Disney’s more unusual marketing efforts are advertising a 9-minute clip posted on the official […]

Making The Amazing: John Semper Talks Spider-Man: The Animated Series

by Stuon April 24, 2007
John Semper served as the series producer/story editor for Spider-Man: The Animated Series, which premiered in November, 1994. He was given the daunting task of adapting Spider-Man’s long comic book history onto the small screen and now speaks to The Marvel Animation Age and Toon Zone News via e-mail about his work on the series. […]

Jorge R. Guiterrez & Sandra Equihua on Creating "El Tigre"

by Ed Liuon April 22, 2007
Newsarama’s Animated Shorts column has interviewed Jorge R. Guiterrez and Sandra Equihua, the husband-and-wife team that created El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera for Nickelodeon. The pair discuss their art backgrounds, origins and inspirations for Manny and his supporting cast, and how they’re dealing with the hit ratings for their new show. Other news […]

Director’s Cut of "Afro Samurai" Coming to DVD

by Dan Collinson April 22, 2007 reports that Funimation will release an unedited Director’s Cut edition of the hit Spike TV mini-series Afro Samurai, starring the voice of Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson. The Director’s Cut edition will be a 2-disc set containing 15 minutes of never before seen footage, as well as a 40 minute behind the scenes reel […]

"My-Hime Vol. 7": Great Box, Great Finale

by Dr. Daedaluson April 22, 2007
One the 2006 titles I was most anticipating was My-Hime, a school-based melodrama with fantasy/sci-fi and mecha elements. Though the series started a bit slow, it eventually became very interesting. The large number of characters, each with his/her own unique looks/quirks and intertwined relationships, paved the way for numerous plot lines, and the action started […]

4Kids and FUNimation to Release "TMNT" to DVD on May 22

by Weathermanon April 21, 2007
4Kids Entertainment Home Video and FUNimation Entertainment will release the first 12 episodes of the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles television show to DVD on May 22, 2007. The storylines for the show were based on creator Peter Laird’s early storyline from the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics books. The cover art for the […]

Production IG Interviews Yoko Kanno

by Weathermanon April 21, 2007
Production IG has posted the first part of a translated interview with uber-composer Yoko Kanno to its English language website, In the interview, Kanno talks about composing the music for Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. [Source:]

"The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3" Coming to DVD (Updated 4/21)

by Dan Collinson April 21, 2007 reports that The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3: The Complete Series will arrive on DVD on June 5. King Koopa has escaped from the banishment zone and attacks the Mushroom Kingdom with his Koopa Kids. Its up to Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool, and Toad to stop them. The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. […]