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Cartoon Network Upfront 2008: Complete Coverage

by Ed Liuon April 4, 2008
George Lucas and Cartoon Network executives at its 2008 Upfront presentation. Toon Zone News is at the Cartoon Network Upfront 2008, and will be providing complete coverage of all the announcements and news there. Click individual article titles below to get more details about any of the stories: Batman: The Brave and the Bold Flies […]

"Tom and Jerry Tales": Big Mouse-take, or Utter Cat-astrophe?

by on April 4, 2008
How did they do it? How did Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera manage to take the barest of conceits—a cat and a mouse abusing each other—and spin it out for fifteen years, making dozens of brutally funny and beautiful shorts? After all, there isn’t often much to distinguish one Tom and Jerry cartoon from another. […]

SakuraCon 2008 Tokyopop Panel – Big On Bishonen

by on April 3, 2008
Tokyopop came out with a pretty big group of folks: editors Lillian Diaz-Przybyl and Michelle Hyunh, and marketing rep Kasha Picars. On the announcements side, they mentioned a new Princess Ai series slated to start at the end of this year by the manga-ka who did the original series, albeit with much more refined art. […]

SakuraCon 2008 FUNimation Panel – Claymore and More

by on April 3, 2008
FUNimation representative Adam Sheehan lead off this year’s panel with a sentiment anyone familiar with the works of Douglas Adams could appreciate: DON’T PANIC! Yes, in this past year of industry upheaval, FUNimation seems to be taking the official view that it’s mainly an issue of adapting to changes in the market, and that they […]

SakuraCon 2008 Bandai Ent. Panel – Nothing New But Good News

by on April 3, 2008
Bandai Entertainment fielded company representative Robert Napton at SakuraCon this year, and while there were no new announcements (other than reconfirming the previously announced Rocket Girls,) there was good news as the trailer reel rolled. First off, they ran the trailer for otaku favorite Lucky Star. Napton noted that while it will not be getting […]

New York Anime Festival Moves to September 26-28, 2008

by Ed Liuon April 3, 2008
The New York Anime Festival has announced that the dates for the 2008 show have moved to September 26-28, 2008. Originally, the festival was scheduled for September 12-14. It will still be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. For more details, visit the New York Anime Festival home page.

"Venture Bros" Season 3 Debuts on June 1, 2008

by Ed Liuon April 3, 2008
On his weblog, Jackson Publick stated that The Venture Bros third season will debut on Adult Swim on June 1, 2008. He also noted that he and co-creator Doc Hammer were interviewed in the latest issue of Comic Foundry magazine, which is available now, and that he will be attending both the New York Comic […]

CN Upfront 2008: "Batman: The Brave and the Bold" Flies to Fridays

by on April 3, 2008
At Cartoon Network’s Upfront 2008 presentation this morning, they announced the the new series Batman: The Brave and the Bold, which will premiere on the newly re-focused fantasy/adventure Friday night block this fall. Cartoon Network provided the following description of the series: Batman isn’t going at it alone this time! From Warner Bros. Animation comes […]

CN Upfront 2008: Toon and Live-Action Movies Slated for Sunday Nights

by on April 3, 2008
Cartoon Network is launching a Sunday night movie franchise this June, the network said today. The as-yet-unnamed programming bloc will feature a mix of animated and live-action films. Movies already on tap include Ant Bully, Hoodwinked, Monster House, Open Season, Kicking and Screaming and Cheaper by the Dozen. [Source: Cartoon Network]

CN Upfront 2008: Thursday Nights to Get Comedy Bloc

by on April 3, 2008
Chowder will anchor a new bloc of Thursday night comedies on Cartoon Network, the network announced at its Upfront presentation today. The series, which is getting new episodes, will be joined by the returning Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Camp Lazlo, and George of the Jungle, and by a newbie series, The Marvelous Misadventures of […]