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"Batman: Gotham Knight": Kicking Ass from Here to Japan

by Maxie Zeuson July 8, 2008
Batman: Gotham Knight is the kind of DVD release I’d normally sink my teeth into with a review. This time I’m going to let my colleague Ed Liu do those honors. In this review, I’ll just content myself with finding half a dozen ways of saying that this latest DC/Warner release kicks all kinds of […]

"Batman Gotham Knight:" How Do You Say "I Am the Night" in Japanese?

by Ed Liuon July 8, 2008
In 2003, right before the release of The Matrix Reloaded, Warner Bros. released The Animatrix, a collection of short animated films that renewed our acquaintance with the world of the movie. The films themselves were produced by some of the top anime talent at the time (with the exception of Peter Chung’s “Matriculated”), which also […]

From "Gotham Knight" to Rising Sun: Discovering Anime via Gotham City

by Ed Liuon July 8, 2008
Walking into the anime section of your local video store or retailer can be a rather intimidating experience. It’s like walking into the jazz or classical section of the CD section: without a little bit of knowledge, the breadth of the selection and the many similar-sounding names can result in confusion, bewilderment, and a lot […]

FUNimation Announces New September Titles Including First Geneon Rescues

by Classic Speedyon July 7, 2008
As announced before Anime Expo ’08, FUNi will be distributing select Geneon titles. The first wave of releases has been announced for September: * Black Lagoon vol. 1, 2, and 3: 8/19/08 – $29.98 each (regular) ; $39.98 each (limited editions) * Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage vol. 1: 8/19/08 – $29.98 (regular); $39.98 (limited […]

Imagi News: "Astro Boy" Won’t Stray Far; Lands $40m in New Financing

by Ed Liuon July 7, 2008
Sci Fi Wire has comments from David Bowers, the writer for Imagi Animation Studios’ Astro Boy movie, stating that his adaptation won’t stray far from the source material, saying “It is the original characters, but we have new characters, and Astro’s basic journey is the same.” (via Comic Book Resources Comics Reel) Elsewhere, Variety reports […]

"WALL-E" Takes Another $33.4M at Box Office

by Ed Liuon July 7, 2008
Disney’s WALL-E took in an estimated $33.4 million in ticket sales this past weekend, slipping to second place at the box office this past weekend behind Sony’s Hancock. Its total domestic box office sits at $128.1 million. DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda is still maintaining a spot in the top 10, with a $7.5 million […]

Comicus Interviews "Batman Gotham Knight" Composer Kevin Manthei

by Ed Liuon July 7, 2008
The Comicus.it website has interviewed Kevin Manthei, one of the composers for the Batman Gotham Knight direct-to-video movie who scored the chapters “Crossfire” and “Working Through Pain.” In the interview (posted in Italian and English), Manthei discusses how he landed the job, the tools of the trade that he uses, how his score differs from […]

Chris Yost: Farewell, Fantastic Four

by Stuon July 7, 2008
To celebrate the release of Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes on DVD, The Marvel Animation Age and Toon Zone News managed to catch up with the show’s story editor Chris Yost in an email interview to talk about his experiences on the show. MAA/TZN: How did you get your start in the animation business? CHRIS […]

"Spider-Man" Signs Off with a Spectacular First Season

by Christopher Glennonon July 7, 2008
The Spectacular Spider-Man snuck up on me. I knew that a new Spider-Man cartoon was coming, but it’d been five years since the previous one, which came out five years after the one before that. It can get a little tiring keeping track, especially when they tweak the character too much. But the guiding idea—and […]

"Popeye: Volume 3" & "Popeye & Friends: Volume 2" Coming to DVD (Updated)

by Dan Collinson July 6, 2008
Tvshowsondvd.com reports that Warner Bros. will release Popeye the Sailor – Volume 3: 1941-1943 and Popeye & Friends: Volume 2. Popeye the Sailor – Volume 3: 1941-1943 will be a 2 disc set featuring 32 digitally remastered and unedited shorts. Many of the toons will consist our favorite sailor during World War II. Popeye & […]