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"Avoid Eye Contact Vol. 2": Independence Day

by Dr. Daedaluson October 17, 2006
One of the things I love about independent animation is that there are no limits. There are no network suits telling the artist to change something because it won’t appeal to the kids, it is too violent or sexual, or it isn’t cost-effective. If the artist wants to draw someone getting mutilated, they do so. […]

Toon Zone Interviews Don Hahn on a "Nightmare" Project

by Ed Liuon October 17, 2006
Examine the credits of some of the most acclaimed animated films and you’ll find Don Hahn listed as the producer for many of them. He began his career as an assistant animator for Pete’s Dragon, and moved up to associate producer for Who Framed Roger Rabbit. His first credit as producer for a feature length […]

JustMyShow.com Posts "Peanuts" Director Bill Melendez Podcast (Part 1)

by Ed Liuon October 16, 2006
JustMyShow.com has posted part 1 of a podcast/phone call with Bill Melendez, director/producer of many of the most beloved Peanuts animated TV specials, including It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Christmas. A bonus clip also includes comments from Melendez on performing Snoopy for the cartoons. (via Cartoon Brew weblog)

NY Times on Nickelodeon vs. Disney

by Ed Liuon October 16, 2006
The New York Times looks at the ratings race for children and teen programming, focusing on current front-runner Nickelodeon and rising challenger the Disney Channel (registration required). The article notes that none of Nickelodeon’s new programming has achieved superstar status on the order of Spongebob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer, Blue’s Clues, or Rugrats, while also […]

"Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror Of Shamballa": Whuppin' Nazis Faster than Indiana

by Chad Boninon October 16, 2006
Alchemy’s first law of equivalent exchange: to obtain, something of equal value must be lost. What happens in a world without alchemy? Edward Elric, formerly known as the Fullmetal Alchemist of the State, has to deal with that situation. Having been transported to a country called “Germany” for some time, he is having to adapt […]

"Krypto the Superdog": Dog-gone Fun on DVD!

by Bird Boyon October 16, 2006
Krypto the Superdog sails onto DVD with his second volume containing five more episodes (10-12 minutes each). With this volume, Streaky gets his superpowers, Mechanicat returns and Ace the Bathound shows up for his first appearance. The series, while meant for kids, retains a certain amount of enjoyability even for older audience members. I’m sure […]

"Negima Vol. 2: Magic and Combat": Legend of the Mild! Mystic Boring Stuff!

by Chad Boninon October 15, 2006
You are the newest professor at the Mahora Academy, an all-girls school… where most the girls are older than you, and they can’t know that you’re a master of magic. One student does, because your father put the bloodsucker at that school in the first place. Another does, because she’s got the mad ninja skills […]

"MoonPhase Vol. 1 with Box": The Cute But Bratty Vampire Girl Strikes!

by Dukeon October 14, 2006
There are four things which will please any true fanboy (or perhaps fangirl): Mecha, cute girls (or boys), catgirls and vampires. Well, take away the mecha and you have one of FUNimation’s newest series MoonPhase. Eh, well, I guess you can take away the catgirl, since Hazuki’s not really part cat, she just wears the […]

"MoonPhase Vol.1 with Box": Great, Yet Problematic, Yet Still Great

by Karl Olsonon October 14, 2006
Moe – A Japanese slang-word used by otaku to describe something that’s cute but also quasi-sexual. Usage: MoonPhase (originally known as Tsukuyomi Moon Phase) is moe. Extremely moe. From the Gothic Lolita via Lolita Complex character design to the very concept of an eternal teenager, its moetastic even. Of course, one might wonder whether anything […]

Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo Officially Announced for 2007 Release

by Bird Boyon October 13, 2006
Those expecting the Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo DTV to hit DVD before years end will be disappointed, as the DVD release won’t hit shelves until February 6th, 2007. It is unknown if the DTV will receive a repeat airing on Cartoon Network (it aired on September 15th) in the mean time. Release Information Announce […]