Anime Weekend Atlanta 2007: "Sober me up, or get me drunk. This limbo thing must go."

by Chad Boninon October 19, 2007
For the past two years, I have covered Anime Weekend Atlanta. A real oddity for me, as I hear legends of Toon Zone members meeting up at cons, or watching friends do Nerdcore music, and so forth. Located in Atlanta, the only Toon Zone members I ever meet are ones I know in real life, […]

"Surf’s Up" Tops DVD Sales and Rental Charts in Debut Week

by Ed Liuon October 18, 2007
Sony Pictures’ CGI animated feature film Surf’s Up landed at the top of the sales and rental charts in its debut week, according to the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart and Home Media Magazine’s video rental chart. (via Internet Movie Database Daily Briefing)

Bryan Konietzko Talks "Avatar"

by Ed Liuon October 18, 2007
Bryan Konietzko, co-creator of Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender, has given an interview to Animation World Magazine about the show. The article focuses on Konietzko’s path from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he met the other Avatar co-creator Michael DiMartino, all the way to today, with the show in its third season and […]

Top Ten Anime and Manga Properties For Q3 2007

by Classic Speedyon October 18, 2007
ICv2 reports that while the manga market gained sales for the third quarter of 2007 (particularly in the seinen and josei demographics), the anime market has been hit hard, with a 23% drop in sales compared to 2006’s 19% drop. They report that the first volume of Witchblade sold very well, though nothing as of […]

"Ratatouille" Tops UK Box Office

by Ed Liuon October 17, 2007
Disney/Pixar’s Ratatouille pulled in £4.4m (approximately $8.97m at current exchange rates) during its opening weekend in the United Kingdom and Ireland, easily winning the box office crown for the weekend from Resident Evil 3, which grossed approximately £931,991. (via Internet Movie Database Daily Briefing)

Disney to Revamp California Adventure Theme Park

by Ed Liuon October 17, 2007
The Walt Disney Corporation will be spending .1 billion on an overhaul of its California Adventure theme park, according to a report at the Los Angeles Times (free registration required). Among the proposed changes are several attractions based on the Pixar movies Cars and Toy Story, as well as a replica of the Carthay Circle […]

"Pumpkin Scissors" 1st Episode on

by Classic Speedyon October 17, 2007
ADV Films and IGN are streaming the first dubbed episode of Pumpkin Scissors, a 2006 anime series from AIC and Gonzo. It can be viewed here. The first DVD volume of Pumpkin Scissors will be released on 10/23/07, and contains the first four episodes; the series runs 24 episodes total. [Source: ADV Films ]

"Kyo Kara Maoh": Life is Only a Dream

by Dukeon October 17, 2007
It’s a real shame that fantasy anime aren’t the big sellers that, say, harem anime are. Even with Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter reviving the fantasy genre, it seems a fantasy anime can’t sell unless it has a girl in a skimpy bikini getting into precarious situations. Thankfully, one anime has gone off […]

Toon Zone Interviews Jennifer Davidson, CN’s Sr. VP of Programming & Scheduling

by Ed Liuon October 16, 2007
In her 15 year career, Jennifer Davidson has moved up from assistant to senior management positions. Along the way, she’s overseen the launch of the Boomerang network and the Adult Swim programming block, and won numerous industry and marketing awards for her work. She was recently selected as a Betsy Magness Fellow by Women in […]

Michael DiMartino on "Avatar" Season 3

by Ed Liuon October 16, 2007
Newsarama’s Animated Shorts has 10 questions and answers with Michael Dante DiMartino, co-creator of Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender, about the show’s third season. Among the topics discussed are the live-action movie adaptations to be directed by M. Night Shyamalan, the common themes throughout the three seasons so far, and assorted questions about events in […]