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"Fire and Ice" Runs Hot, Cold, And Bloody

Why do mature animated action films draw sizable audiences in Japan, whereas American adults are highly reluctant to show up at theaters unless you throw in a few adorable singing animals so that their kids will drag them along? It’s one of the industry’s great mysteries. But in 1982 oddball animation director Ralph Bakshi of […]

Jack Kirby Museum Opens Virtual Doors

an appreciation of Jack has opened up its official website on what would have been Kirby’s 88th birthday. The website currently hosts a video interview with Kirby and rare artwork. (via Mark Evanier’s weblog, who also posted an appreciation of Jack on August 28)

NY Times on "Avatar: The Last Airbender" Origins

The New York Times looks at Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender, Nick’s belated entry into territory staked out by cartoons like Dragonball Z and Yu-Gi-Oh (free registration required).

Toon Zone Talks to Greg Weisman, Part Four: "W.I.T.C.H."

Toon Zone would like to welcome readers to the fourth and final installment of our four-part Greg Weisman interview. Previous installments will be linked at the end of the interview. Ever heard of the Jetix/Disney cartoon series W.I.T.C.H.? No? Well, that’s going to change. The series acquired a cult following during its first season, and […]

Check Out The Batgirl In Action!

Batman: Yesterday, Today, & Beyond has images from a Batgirl-themed The Batman commercial currently airing on Kids’WB! For a first look at the Batgirl in action, go here.

No Current Cancellation Threat for "The Batman"

An official representative from Warner Bros. Animation has confirmed that despite the current spreading rumors, The Batman is currently in no danger of being cancelled. Rumors of the show’s demise began to spread earlier this week when a simple comment posted on the Legions of Gotham fansite concerning the show’s current post-production status was misunderstood, […]

Can Manga Work in the States?

FOX News has a lengthy article on anime and manga within the U.S. (hat tip: Feslmogh)

Pixar Receives Request from SEC

Pixar Animation Studios reports receiving an “informal request for information” from the Securities and Exchange Commission, which it has complied with fully. A report in the Wall Street Journal states that the inquiry is related to their second quarter earnings results, which fell short of estimates due to lower-than-expected sales of The Incredibles DVD. DreamWorks […]

Disney's "3 Wise Men" DVD Exclusive to Wal-Mart

The Walt Disney Company has given Wal-Mart exclusive sales rights to The 3 Wise Men on DVD. Scheduled for release on November 1, the disc will retell the Biblical story with a voice cast including Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Eddy Martin, Jaci Velasquez, and Marcos Witt. Wal-Mart will provide promotional and marketing support as part […]

Gail Simone Talks "Birds of Prey" #85, Barbara Gordon

Writer Gail Simone has spoken to Newsarama about Birds of Prey #85, which ended with a potentially major change for Barbara Gordon, a.k.a. Oracle. The article contains major spoilers for the issue. Birds of Prey #86, due out on September 21, 2005, will be a self-contained story with artwork by Bruce Timm.

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