Briefly: Ghibli’s Brand Power; India’s Expanding Pyramid; Two Series’ New Deals

by Ed Liuon April 23, 2008
* NikkeiBP Consulting has released a study declaring that Studio Ghibli is the second-most valuable brand in the business-to-consumer category behind Nintendo. Ghibli ranked 12th in 2007. [] * India’s Pyramid Saimira has purchased and plans to expands Sabdalaya, an animation and post-production studio. [Animation Express] * KI.KA of Germany and MNET of South Africa […]

New York Comic Con 2008: Complete On-Site Coverage (Updated Apr 22 11:45 PM)

by Ed Liuon April 22, 2008
The 2008 New York Comic Con is now finished in New York City, and I’m here to report on all the animation news I can find. Stay tuned for continuing coverage live from the Con all weekend long. Links to all of Toon Zone’s coverage so far can be found here: DAY 1 Ralph Bakshi […]

NYCC 2008: One Note Samba – Thoughts on This Year’s Con

by Ed Liuon April 22, 2008
The third annual New York Comic Con has come and gone, so before it gets too far in the past, I figured I’d share the random thoughts that bounced around my brain during the weekend. Why? We’re the media. We can do things like this. Everything in here is worth exactly what you paid for […]

NYCC 2008: Dark Horse Comics on "Hellboy Animated," "Turok," "Gremlins," and Manga

by Ed Liuon April 22, 2008
We missed the Dark Horse Comics panel at New York Comic Con, but had a chance to meet up briefly with Jeremy Atkins at the Dark Horse booth on Sunday to catch up on the animation-related comics from Dark Horse, and chat about a few other things besides. – For now, there aren’t any new […]

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 6: Cowadunga

by on April 22, 2008
As I’ve said before, revisiting the sacred cows of one’s childhood can lead to mixed feelings. For me, in the case of Thundercats, it was worth it. Yes, that show has its undoubted flaws, but I can forgive them; it has just enough virtues, and I’ve enough warm, fuzzy feelings, to smooth over the cracks. […]

"Bleach the Movie: Memories of Nobody" Getting Special Theatrical Screening

by on April 22, 2008
Bleach the Movie: Memories of Nobody will play in 300 theaters across North America in a two-day event, Viz Media announced today. The special screening, held in conjunction with NCM Fathom, will be held on June 11 and 12 and will include a behind-the-scenes look at the talent, along with interviews with director Noriyuki Abe, […]

PR: Viz Media Teams with NCM Fathom to Present Bleach the Movie on Big Screen …

by on April 22, 2008
VIZ MEDIA TEAMS WITH NCM FATHOM TO PRESENT BLEACH THE MOVIE: MEMORIES OF NOBODY ON THE BIG SCREEN FOR ITS U.S. DEBUT IN SPECIAL TWO-NIGHT EVENT Best-selling Animated Series Feature To Be Shown In More Than 300 Movie Theatres Nationwide San Francisco, CA, April 22, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the […]

Filmation’s "DC Superheroes" Coming to DVD

by Dan Collinson April 22, 2008 reports that the guest DC heroes will have their own DVD in DC Superheroes: The Filmation Adventures. Its a two disc set containing all 18 cartoons featuring heroes like Green Lantern, The Flash, Hawkman, The Atom, The Teen Titans, and The Justice League of America. These toons aired as the guest heroes spot in […]

"South Park," Pixar Guys Set to Mentor, Talk About Mentoring

by on April 22, 2008
South Park animation director Eric Stough will advise students in two film studies classes later this month at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the university says. Stough, who graduated from the college’s film studies program in 1996, will talk to and review the work of students in the “Animation Production” and “Experimental Digital Animation” […]

Briefly: LA Con to Honor Trio; Rollman to Run Marvel Toons; B’cast and License Deals

by on April 22, 2008
* Corinne Orr (the voice of Trixie in the original Speed Racer) and Art Clokey (creator of Gumby) will join Stan Lee as the Guests of Honor at the Los Angeles Comic Book and Sci-Fi Convention on May 4, 2008. [Cartoon Brew] * Eric Rollman has been promoted to president of Marvel Animation, where he […]