"Beowulf" and "JL: New Frontier" Make Strong DVD Debut

by Maxie Zeuson March 13, 2008
New animated DVD releases took four of the top twenty spots on the DVD sales charts for the week ended March 1, Video Business Online reports. The motion-capture feature Beowulf was both the best-selling and best-renting release in its debut week, and also scored the number three spot on CinemaNow’s download charts. Meanwhile, Barbie Mariposa […]

Brad Bird to Direct Live-Action "1906"

by Maxie Zeuson March 13, 2008
Brad Bird has signed on to direct 1906, a film about a college student who while investigating his father’s murder uncovers deceptions that have left the city of San Francisco vulnerable to fire, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film will mark Bird’s live-action feature directorial debut. Bird is revising James Dalessandro’s adaptation of his […]

Disney’s "Fireball" to Debut in Japan in April

by Maxie Zeuson March 13, 2008
Fireball, a new series Walt Disney Japan is producing for the Japanese market, will consist of thirteen two-minute episodes about a little rich girl and her two robot servants, Variety reports. The CG-animated series will debut on Tokyo MX on April 7 and the Disney Channel on April 11. It will be screened at the […]

Briefly: Distributors Buy TV Shows; Lebanon Bans "Persepolis"

by Maxie Zeuson March 13, 2008
* Lebanon has banned Persepolis over fears that it could offend pro-Iranian groups, including Hezbollah, in the country. [Variety] * Korea’s Educational Broadcasting System (EBS) is adding My Friends Tigger & Pooh, Little Einsteins, and Handy Manny to its schedule. [c21 Media] * Networks in Australia, Belgium, Portugal, South Africa, and Singapore have picked up […]

PR: "The Spectacular Spider-Man" Scores Big in Nielsen Ratings

by Maxie Zeuson March 13, 2008
BURBANK – MARCH 13, 2008 – “The Spectacular Spider-Man” swung to new heights for Kids’ WB! on The CW for Saturday, March 8, scoring season high household numbers in its timeslots and raising ratings by significant percentages during the series’ premiere weekend for the No. 1 rated broadcast network kids lineup, according to Nielsen Research […]

Nick Orders New Eps of "SpongeBob," "OddParents" and Other Series

by Maxie Zeuson March 13, 2008
Nickelodeon has ordered 26 new episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants and 20 new episodes of The Fairly OddParents, the network said today. In addition, the network has picked up another 20 episodes of Back at the Barnyard, the TV spinoff of the animated movie that is currently the channel’s number-two animated series with kids 2-11. Nick […]

Updated: Bandai Entertainment and Kadokawa USA Announce "Lucky Star" Vol. 1

by Classic Speedyon March 13, 2008
The first volume of Lucky Star, the 2007 anime comedy series from Kyoto Animation, has been announced by Bandai Entertainment and Kadokawa Pictures USA. It will be released on 5/6/08 for $29.98 (regular edition) or $64.98 (limited edition w/artbox). It runs 100 minutes. [Source: RightStuf ] Update: The 24-episode series about a high school girl […]

"Legion of Superheroes" to End with Current Season

by Matt Hazudaon March 13, 2008
Toon Zone sister-site World’s Finest is reporting that the Kids WB! series Legion of Super Heroes will cease production with the end of the currently running second season. According to World’s Finest, “Warner Bros. Animation is currently working on a new Batman team-up animated series, tentatively titled Batman: The Brave and The Bold, and a […]

To Bee or Not to Bee? Uh, Not to Bee

by Maxie Zeuson March 13, 2008
Are there any actual, live human beings in Hollywood? Or is everyone in Tinsel Town like Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?—just a CG-animated thing pretending to be human? On TV and in the magazines, all of them—the actors, the writers, the agents, the executives; the personal assistants, the gofers, the pool cleaners, the […]

"The Spectacular Spider-Man" Is Pretty Much That

by Christopher Glennonon March 13, 2008
Spider-Man is Marvel Comics’ icon. In the past decade alone, he’s starred in three live action movies, over a dozen video games, and countless comic books. Those ten years have also put him in three animated series; if you go back to the beginning, The Spectacular Spider-Man is the sixth (or even seventh, depending on […]