Work Begins on "Kung Fu Panda" Sequel, 2D Cartoon for DVD

by Ed Liuon June 25, 2008
The Animation Guild’s weblog is reporting that work has begun on the sequel movie to Kung Fu Panda at DreamWorks Animation. The same report states that, “animators are hand-drawing new material for the DVD of Kung Fu Panda.” (via Toon Zone member Dudley)

"Futurama: Beast with a Billion Backs" Has Some Performance Problems

by Ed Liuon June 25, 2008
The news that Matt Groening’s lesser-known animated comedy Futurama would be returning for four direct-to-DVD movies was cause for celebration among the show’s many fans, all of whom were richly rewarded for their patience last year with the first movie, Bender’s Big Score (reviewed here and here at Toon Zone News). Unfortunately, the follow-up movie, […]

Yoshitaka Amano Named a Guest of Honor at NY Anime Fest 2008

by Ed Liuon June 24, 2008
The New York Anime Festival has announced that Yoshitaka Amano will be a guest of honor at this year’s convention in September. The Vampire Hunter D artist will be joining Hideyuki Kikuchi (Vampire Hunter D novelist) and Kevin Leahy (translator of the novel series) as guests of the festival. All were co-sponsored by Dark Horse […]

PR: Yoshitaka Amano to Appear at New York Anime Festival 2008 as Guest of Honor

by Ed Liuon June 24, 2008
YOSHITAKA AMANO AT NYAF FAMED ARTIST TO APPEAR AS A GUEST OF HONOR AT NYAF 2008 Norwalk, CT, June 24, 2008: The New York Anime Festival (NYAF) today announced Yoshitaka Amano — an acclaimed artist whose credits include Final Fantasy, Sandman, and Vampire Hunter D — will appear at the 2008 New York Anime Festival […]

Newsarama Interviews Billy West on "Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs" DTV

by Ed Liuon June 24, 2008
Newsarama’s Animated Shorts has interviewed voice actor Billy West on his multiple roles in the newly released direct-to-video movie Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs. West discusses the latest plot twists in the on-going Leela/Fry relationship, the next two DTV Futurama movies, and his other upcoming projects.

PR: Watership Down Deluxe Edition on October 7 from Warner Home Video

by Ed Liuon June 24, 2008
An animation classic from the novel that enthralled the world… Watership Down Deluxe Edition October 7 from Warner Home Video Burbank, Calif, June 23, 2008 – On October 7, Warner Home Video will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the classic fantasy film favorite with the DVD debut of Watership Down Deluxe Edition. Adapted from British […]

"Silverhawks" Coming to DVD (Updated)

by Dan Collinson June 24, 2008 reports that the long awaited Silverhawks are officially coming to DVD in Silverhawks: Season 1-Volume 1. The toon features a group of heroes who are partly metal, and partly real. There’s Quicksilver, the leader of the group. The Steel twins Steelheart & Steelwill. Bluegrass, the guitar playing pilot of the mirage. And the super […]

"Kung Fu Panda" Received with Enthusiasm in Asia

by Ed Liuon June 24, 2008
Variety reports a good reception for DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda in South Korea and China’s Sichuan province. Even though the movie slipped to the #2 box office spot in South Korea this past weekend, Kung Fu Panda‘s $20.7 million box office take from 3.3 million admissions has made it the most successful animated feature […]

Laika Preps "Coraline" Film and Pitches More to Come

by Ed Liuon June 24, 2008
Variety is reporting on the slate of projects underway at Laika Studios, the animation studio owned by Nike’s Phil Knight after he purchased the famed Will Vinton studios. Their first feature film will be Coraline, a stop-motion project directed by Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas) based on the novel by Neil Gaiman. The movie […]

"Watership Down" 30th Anniversary DVD Coming October 7, 2008

by Ed Liuon June 24, 2008
Warner Home Video has announced that a 30th Anniversary edition of Watership Down will be released on October 7, 2008. The groundbreaking animated movie based on the novel by Richard Adams followed a warren of rabbits struggling for survival in the English countryside. The cast included an array of famous British actors, including John Hurt, […]