NY Times on Lucas’ Animated Return to "Star Wars: The Clone Wars"

by Ed Liuon June 30, 2008
The New York Times has taken a look at George Lucas’ return to the Star Wars universe for Star Wars: The Clone Wars (free registration required), the upcoming TV series which will debut in a limited theatrical release on August 15, 2008. The article notes that Lucas has yet to make good on his promise […]

A Haunting Tale of the End of the World in "WALL-E"

by Alex Weitzmanon June 30, 2008
I’ve been mourning the death of George Carlin all week, and in my recent searches of the Net I found his appearance on Inside the Actors Studio. In that episode, he said something of note: “To me, using technology to fix the mess made by technology is what [humanity is] planning to do, and it […]

ADV Films Announces New September Titles Including "RahXephon" Collection

by Classic Speedyon June 29, 2008
Aside from Welcome to the NHK vol. 6, which comes out on 9/23/08 for $29.98, all the other titles in this wave of ADV announcements are re-releases. * Aquarian Age (Thinpak): 9/9/08 – $39.98 * New Fist of the North Star / Neo Tokyo (Double Feature): 9/30/08 – $19.98 * RahXephon (Thinpak): 9/9/08 – $99.98 […]

"Three Delivery" is Pretty Good for Fast Food

by Ed Liuon June 28, 2008
Between Avatar the Last Airbender, Yin Yang Yo!, Skunk Fu, Chop Socky Chooks, and Kung Fu Panda, there seems to be a bit of a glut of cartoons on the market that are exploiting kung fu as a plot element. Some of these cartoons aim for reverent lifts from the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon school […]

Satoshi Kon to Host Retrospective Film Series at Lincoln Center

by Ed Liuon June 28, 2008
Famed anime director Satoshi Kon will be hosting a retrospective of his films for the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City. Titled “Satoshi Kon: Beyond Imagination,” the series will run from June 27 – July 1, 2008, and will include screenings of Millenium Actress, Paprika, Paranoia Agent, Tokyo Godfathers, and Perfect Blue. […]

MTV Hosts "Batman: Gotham Knight" Clip

by Ed Liuon June 28, 2008
MTV has posted a five-minute streaming video clip from the upcoming Batman: Gotham Knight direct-to-video animated movie. Titled “Crossfire,” the clip shows Batman coming to the rescue of two Gotham City Police officers caught in between warring mob factions. (via Comic Book Resources Comics Reel)

Briefly: Munroe on Leaving Imagi; Futurama DTV Sales Figures; WIA in India

by Ed Liuon June 28, 2008
* At Newsarama, Kevin Munroe discussses his departure from Imagi Animation and the Gatchaman feature film, citing creative differences. * In a review of Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs DVD, the Weekly Standard notes that the first DVD movie Bender’s Big Score sold just under a million units for more than $16.5 million […]

Toon Zone Interviews Larry Schwarz on "Three Delivery"

by Ed Liuon June 27, 2008
Over the span of his career, Larry Schwarz has worn many hats. He began his career in show business as a child actor and stand-up comic. Later, he moved on to publishing with the seasonal H Magazine aimed at the Hamptons and as the CEO of VIAM Communications, which published the Vietnam Business Journal and […]

"Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!" Comes to DVD in September 2008

by Ed Liuon June 25, 2008
Nick Jr.’s hit pre-school animated show Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! will be getting its first official DVD release on September 23, 2008. The single-disc release will contain 6 regular and 2 bonus episodes, a music video, printable coloring pages, and other DVD games. Suggested retail price is $16.98.

Vancouver Sun on the Genesis of "WALL•E"

by Ed Liuon June 25, 2008
The Vancouver Sun has taken a look into the making of WALL•E, the Disney/Pixar movie which opens this Friday. The article notes the happy coincidence that brings the movie out just in time to capitalize on a growing environmental awareness, and chats with director Andrew Stanton about the long path from idea to screen with […]