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 […]

"Wall Street Journal" on Internationalizing Cartoon Characters

by Ed Liuon October 16, 2007
The Wall Street Journal examines the growing practice of “transcreating” cartoon characters for export from the United States to international markets (registration required). The article makes note of the newer versions of the Powerpuff Girls and Spider-Man created for Japanese and Indian markets, respectively, and also highlights Chinese versions of Disney’s Mickey Mouse that resembles […]

Stephen Anderson on "Meet the Robinsons"

by Ed Liuon October 15, 2007
On the eve of the DVD release of the movie, director Stephen Anderson has been interviewed about Meet the Robinsons by The Trades website. Anderson discusses how his animation background affects his directorial style, what it was like working with Adam West, what the environment at Walt Disney Feature Animation is like under John Lasseter, […]

"Persepolis" Wins People’s Choice at Vancouver Fest; Creator Satrapi Interviewed

by Ed Liuon October 15, 2007
The Gold Derby weblog is noting that the animated feature film Persepolis has won the People’s Choice Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival. The same post speculates why the film was submitted as France’s candidate for the Best Foreign Film Acacemy Award over the live-action La Vie En Rose, which was the expected choice. […]

Animated "Highlander" Coming to DVD

by Dan Collinson October 14, 2007 reports that BKN and Genius Products is releasing the USA network original toon Highlander: The Animated Series to DVD on December 4th. The 4 disc set will contain all 40 episodes that originally aired in 1994. The toon is about Quenton MacLeod, a man who is immortal. Who must bring peace to a post-apocalyptic […]

Writer’s Guild of America Strike Threatens Animated Features (UPDATED Oct 15, 2007)

by Ed Liuon October 12, 2007
Due to continuing failure to reach agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers (AMPTP), the Writers Guild of America (WGA) has formulated unusually harsh strike rules for its members, declaring that its members may not write for animated features if a strike should occur. This is notable because animation is usually not […]