One Piece of Advice: "First Voyage" Rocks

by Jameson June 12, 2008
A few months ago I had the pleasure of being forced out from under my rock to experience the One Piece, the animated adaptation of the world-wide best-selling manga comic. I was given the opportunity to plunge into the One Piece universe cold through the DVD release of the uncut, yet slightly compressed Alabasta story […]

IGN Hosts New Trailer for "Next Avengers"

by Ed Liuon June 11, 2008 is hosting a new two-minute trailer for Next Avengers, the direct-to-video animated movie from Lionsgate and Marvel coming in late 2008. The movie will center on the children of the original Avengers battling the evil robot Ultron. In addition to the streaming video version embedded below, the site offers the trailer in a larger […]

Two Interviews with Shyamalan on "The Last Airbender"

by Ed Liuon June 11, 2008
In two interviews with M. Night Shyamalan at and, the director briefly talks about The Last Airbender, his upcoming live-action adaptation of Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender. With, Shyamalan commented that he has become accustomed to R-rated movies, which will make sticking to a PG to PG-13 rating a challenge. He also […]

"The Last Airbender" Preview, "Ni Hao" Products at Licensing International Expo 2008

by Ed Liuon June 11, 2008
At this year’s Licensing International Expo, Nickelodeon will be hosting a special preview of M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender, the live-action adaptation of Avatar the Last Airbender slated for release in July 2010. During his presentation, Shyamalan stated, “Casting has begun and we’ve seen thousands of kids.” At the Expo, Nickelodeon also announced new […]

AnimeToday Interviews AnimEigo Founder & CEO Robert Woodhead on "Yawara"

by Ed Liuon June 11, 2008
The Anime Today podcast has interviewed Robert Woodhead, founder and CEO of AnimEigo, about their upcoming release of Yawara, the anime adaptation of Naoki Urasawa’s manga series. He also discusses “classic” anime, his recommendations from AnimEigo’s catalog, and their live-action offerings.

PR: Mermaid Mystery, Batman, and The Next Star this July on YTV

by Ed Liuon June 11, 2008
MERMAID MYSTERY, BATMAN AND THE NEXT STAR THIS JULY ON YTV (June 6, 2008 – Toronto, Canada) YTV is celebrating summer to the fullest with the launch of its newest original series, The Next Star hosted by Adamo Ruggiero (Degrassi: The Next Generation), a weekend dedicated to Batman, mini-marathons of viewers’ favourite series on Canada […]

"The Animation Show": Freakery-Deakery For Freakery’s Sake?

by Maxie Zeuson June 11, 2008
I am one of those tiresome people who complains about DreamWorks and the way it keeps releasing the same crappy movie, year after year, slapping only a new title over the fading prints. I am one of those tiresome people who wish Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon would hire someone whose idea of creativity didn’t begin […]

Toon Zone Throwdown Round 3: Top 5 Power Fights

by Jacob T. Paschalon June 11, 2008
Here at Toon Zone News, we firmly believe that non-violent solutions to Real World problems are the ones that should be actively sought out and implemented. These solutions are harder to do, but if done correctly, they will tend to be more permanent, resulting in less ancillary suffering of innocent bystanders and more long-term happiness […]

Media Blasters Licenses Dokuro-chan

by Weathermanon June 10, 2008
According to a posting today by Media Blasters’ John Sirabella, the company has acquired the rights to Dokuro-chan, an eight episode series based on a light novel series. A comedy series, Beating Angel Dokuro-chan centers on the life of Sakurak Kusakabe after Dokuro-chan, an angel from the future sent to assassinate him so he does […]

"Car Talk: As the Wrench Turns" Animated Series on DVD September 30, 2008

by Ed Liuon June 10, 2008
TV Shows on DVD is reporting that the upcoming PBS animated series based on National Public Radio’s Car Talk will be coming out on DVD on September 30, 2008. The show, titled As the Wrench Turns, will depict a fictionalized slice of life of the Car Talk co-hosts Tom and Ray Magliozzi, who will voice […]