IFC Adds Three Anime Series to 2008 Slate

by Maxie Zeuson December 20, 2007
IFC has added Witchblade, Speed Grapher, and Hell Girl to its 2008 programming slate, the company said today. Witchblade will premiere on the channel in January, and Speed Grapher will be added in March. No date has been announced for Hell Girl. [Source: FUNimation]

Mental Floss Weblog on "A Charlie Brown Christmas" History

by Ed Liuon December 20, 2007
The mental_floss weblog has posted a summary of historical factoids about A Charlie Brown Christmas, the perennial animated holiday special starring the characters of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip. The post notes the origins of the special in a documentary about Charles Schulz, the reason why Snoopy gets all the action scenes, and the initial […]

Scrooge McDuck, Mom, and More Make Forbes Fictional 15 Richest List

by Ed Liuon December 20, 2007
Forbes has just released its annual Fictional 15 list, chronicling the top 15 richest fictional characters. Topping the list this year is Scrooge McDuck ($28.8 billion, minus the lucky dime), avian billionaire and star of a popular series of comic books and the Disney animated TV series DuckTales, although some in the fictional business community […]

"George of the Jungle" Watch Out for Him on DVD

by Dan Collinson December 20, 2007 reports that Genius Entertainment and Classic Media is releasing the original George of the Jungle cartoons in George of the Jungle: The Complete Series. The 2 disc set contains all 17 episodes as well as Tom Slick and Super Chicken. The DVD will be out on February 12th.

DVD Talk Radio Interviews Marjane Satrapi on "Persepolis"

by Ed Liuon December 20, 2007
DVD Talk Radio has posted an audio interview with Marjane Satrapi about Persepolis, the animated movie based on her autobiographical graphic novel about her childhood during the Islamic Revolution.

"Beowulf" on DVD and HD DVD on February 26, 2008

by Ed Liuon December 20, 2007
Robert Zemeckis’ Beowulf will be released on DVD and HD DVD on February 26, 2008, according to a report on the High-Def Digest website. The movie used performance capture techniques to produce CGI-animation to adapt the Old English poem about the mythical monster killer. (via Neil Gaiman’s weblog)

Arthur Smith Posts an Open Letter About the State of the Anime Industry

by Weathermanon December 20, 2007
Arthur Smith, President of GDH International (the owners of GONZO Digimation), has posted an open letter to the anime fan community concerning the state of the industry. In it, he notes that sales of anime DVDs, according to the Videoscan service, have dropped over 50% from their peak time in 2005. At the same time […]

PR: Cartoon Network and Hasbro Roll Out New Series TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED

by Matt Hazudaon December 20, 2007
There’s MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE when Cartoon Network premieres a 90-minute feature presentation of Transformers Animated Special: “Transform and Roll Out”on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007 at 8 p.m. (ET, PT). The adventure begins when OPTIMUS PRIME and his small crew of AUTOBOTS come into possession of the ALLSPARK, a powerful Cybertronian artifact that attracts […]

Toon Zone Interviews Pamela Hayden on Being Millhouse for "The Simpsons"

by Ed Liuon December 20, 2007
At The Simpsons Movie DVD Release event in Bryant Park, New York City, Toon Zone News got the chance to sit down briefly with the funny and charming Pamela Hayden, the voice actress who provides the voice of Milhouse, Rod Flanders, Sarah Wiggum, Janey Powell, and several other supporting characters on the show. We are […]

"JL: New Frontier" Trailer at IGN

by Maxie Zeuson December 19, 2007
IGN has posted a new trailer for the upcoming DTV Justice League: The New Frontier. It can be found here. (via Toon Zone member Teo)