PR: Spectacular Spider-Man Premires "Nature vs. Nurture" on Saturday, June 14

by Ed Liuon June 13, 2008
Spider-Man has shed his symbiote suit, but the alien has made Eddie Brock’s mind and body its new home – and that lethal combination is coming after Spidey and his friends and relatives in the action-packed season finale of “The Spectacular Spider-Man” this Saturday, June 14 at 10:00 a.m. ET/PT on CW4Kids. Entitled “Nature vs. […]

Katzenberg Wants Five More "Kung Fu Panda" Movies

by Ed Liuon June 12, 2008
DreamWorks Animation head Jeffrey Katzenberg wants to make five more Kung Fu Panda movies, stating that “There is a larger story here of which this is the first chapter.” However, he added that getting to the sequel will depend on the movie becoming a blockbuster hit. (via

Andrew Stanton Roundtable Interview on "WALL*E" and "John Carter"

by Ed Liuon June 12, 2008
A four-part roundtable interview with Pixar director Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo and the upcoming WALL*E) has been posted at In part 1, Stanton discusses his approach to moviemaking. Part 2 discusses inspirations and the selection of certain elements of the film. Part 3 discusses what the Pixar working environment is like and touches on […]

Briefly: Bakshi Party; YTV in July; "WALL*E" and "Alvin" Licensing Plans

by Ed Liuon June 12, 2008
* ASIFA-Hollywood will be holding a party for animator Ralph Bakshi at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles, CA, on Saturday, June 14, 2008, from 7:00 – 11:00 PM. In addition to Bakshi himself, several alumni from Bakshi Productions will be in attendance as well. * Canada’s YTV has announced its programming schedule for July 2008, […]

Toon Zone Throwdown Round 4: Top 5 Comedy Fights

by Jameson June 12, 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 […]

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.