Newsarama Talks to Frederick Schodt about Osamu Tezuka and the "Astro Boy Essays"

by Ed Liuon December 12, 2007
Newsarama has interviewed author Fredrick Schodt about his book The Astro Boy Essays, which examines the tremendous impact that Osamu Tezuka has had on the manga and anime industries and on Japanese culture as a whole. Schodt discusses how he became connected with Tezuka and Tezuka Productions, what it was like to work with Tezuka, […]

"Pup Named Scooby Doo" Coming to DVD in March

by on December 12, 2007
Warner Home Video will release A Pup Named Scooby-Doo: The Complete First Season to DVD on March 18, the company announced yesterday. The 13-episode release will come on a two-disc set and retail for $19.98. Bonus features will include an interactive map of Coolsville, USA; character dissections of Shaggy, Daphne, Freddy, Velma, and Scooby Doo; […]

Nick Number One in 2007

by on December 12, 2007
Nickelodeon was the number one basic cable network among kids for the fourteenth year in a row in 2007, the network announced today. Citing Nielsen Media data, the company said that it delivered 2.1 million total viewers, averaged 1.2 million viewers among kids 2 to 11 and 674,000 viewers among kids six to 11. These […]

PR: Warner Home Video Brings Entire Season of "Pup Named Scooby Doo" to DVD

by on December 12, 2007
Two-Disc DVD Set Includes 13 Episodes and Bonus Content BURBANK, CA (December 10, 2007)- The littlest detectives solve the biggest mysteries on the hit animated series Pup Named Scooby-Doo, whose entire first season comes to DVD March 18, 2008 from Warner Home Video (WHV). Titled Pup Named Scooby-Doo: The Complete First Season, the DVD will […]

"Tokyo Majin" Vol. 1: 110% of Your Daily Dose of Monster Killing

by Ed Liuon December 12, 2007
Anime fans will often tell others that there’s so much more to the medium than the stereotypes of giant robots, pocket monsters, and samurai drama. There are works that evoke incredibly deep feelings, plunging deep into the universals of the human condition with sensitivity and grace. They work their magic on us and transcend traditional […]

New "Speed Racer" Comic Miniseries Coming Soon from IDW

by on December 11, 2007
IDW Publishing has announced that they will be doing a comic book miniseries based on the popular anime series Speed Racer starting in January 2009. Chris Ryall, publisher and editor-in-chief at IDW said that the series will “expand the entire Speed Racer legend. We look at the Speed Racers of the past-incarnations throughout history, from […]

PR: IDW Publishing Kicks Off a Brand-new Era of Speed Racer Comic Series

by on December 11, 2007
San Diego, CA (December 11, 2007) – Fans of the iconic Speed Racer know that the title character can drive-and fast (his car, after all, is named the Mach-5), but fast enough to travel through time? Perhaps Speed can’t, but his legend is certainly one for the ages. And in January, IDW Publishing will take […]

Popping Out for "Popotan": DVD Shrugs Off Its Hentai Roots

by on December 11, 2007
Quests. Difficult things really; they have a start, a middle and an end. For Popotan, the story has arguably one, maybe two of these elements as three sisters partake a quest to find fulfillment—I think. What is it with anime characters and facial tics? I had the fortunate luxury of going into this DVD box […]

Funimation Voice Actor Randy Tallman Has Passed Away

by Weathermanon December 11, 2007
Voice actress Caitlin Glass reported on the forums on Sunday night that fellow character voice Randy Tallman had passed away on November 20. He was 67. He had roles in about 24 Funimation productions. Among his credits were Ryuuhei in Moon Phase, Fei Wong Reed in Tsubasa: RESIVoir CHRoNiCLE, and Booker Kudo in Case […]

Toon Zone News Covers the New York Anime Festival 2007 (UPDATED Dec 10, 2007)

by Ed Liuon December 10, 2007
Toon Zone News got to attend the first annual New York Anime Festival, held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center from December 7 – 9, 2007. Run by Reed Exhibitions, the same organization that manages the New York Comic Con, the New York Anime Festival promises a wealth of information, merchandise, and exclusive first looks […]