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Toon Zone Interviews Larry Schwarz on "Three Delivery"

by Ed Liuon June 27, 2008
Over the span of his career, Larry Schwarz has worn many hats. He began his career in show business as a child actor and stand-up comic. Later, he moved on to publishing with the seasonal H Magazine aimed at the Hamptons and as the CEO of VIAM Communications, which published the Vietnam Business Journal and […]

"Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!" Comes to DVD in September 2008

by Ed Liuon June 25, 2008
Nick Jr.’s hit pre-school animated show Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! will be getting its first official DVD release on September 23, 2008. The single-disc release will contain 6 regular and 2 bonus episodes, a music video, printable coloring pages, and other DVD games. Suggested retail price is $16.98.

Vancouver Sun on the Genesis of "WALL•E"

by Ed Liuon June 25, 2008
The Vancouver Sun has taken a look into the making of WALL•E, the Disney/Pixar movie which opens this Friday. The article notes the happy coincidence that brings the movie out just in time to capitalize on a growing environmental awareness, and chats with director Andrew Stanton about the long path from idea to screen with […]

Boston Herald Talks with Brendan Small on Metalocalypse’s Dethklok Tour

by Ed Liuon June 25, 2008
The Boston Herald has spoken with Brendon Small about the tour for Dethklok, the heavy metal band that is the star of Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse. Small, who plays guitar and bass and provides vocals, states that, “My whole goal was ‘How can I make this live outside of the TV show?,'” adding that he didn’t […]

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 […]