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Toon Zone was There: Shin Chan comes to Adult Swim

I had the pleasure of attending Virginia’s Anime USA 2006, where FUNimation voice actress Catlin Glass confirmed that Shin Chan‘s test run was indeed successful and that the series will again be airing on Adult Swim in the future.

"Skyland": Beautiful Clichés With a Glint of Potential

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: two teenage siblings discover that they have the power between them to end the tyranny of their totalitarian overlords, who… OK, that didn’t take long. Welcome to Skyland, a new series created by Alexandre de la Patellière, Matthieu Delaporte, and Emmanuel Gorinstein and debuting on the Nicktoons […]

Saving the World (of TV Animation): The "Avatar the Last Airbender" Complete Book 1 Collection

Water, Earth, Fire and Air are the four elements that the title character of Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender must master as part of his quest to save the world. Similarly, the show’s success lies in its mastery of four different elements: Setting, Story, Characterization, and Technique. The first season, recently released on DVD, proves […]

Nicktoons Shows Now Available on iTunes

Animation World Network is stating that Nicktoons Network will be launching new content on the iTunes Store, including their new Skyland cartoon that debuts on November 18. All offerings will be $1.99, and presumably season discounts will be available.

The Existential Angst of "Hello Kitty: Stump Village" Vol. 1

It could have been a recipe for disaster. In 2005, Sanrio began work on a new cartoon for their top-licensed character, the charming but aloof Hello Kitty. Following the current trend of “re-imagining” classic series, the producers chose to abandon all the prior continuity of her earlier animated incarnations, opting instead for a 3-D stop-motion […]

Sifu Kisu Talks Martial-Arts of "Avatar" to AvatarSpirit.net

AvatarSpirit.net has posted the first section of an interview with Sifu Kisu, the martial-arts consultant to Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender. Included in the topics discussed are how Sifu Kisu discovered the martial arts, how he got invovled with the show, what his involvement in the show entails, and how to develop a martial-arts style […]

Matt Thompson and Adam Reed Talk "Frisky Dingo"

The latest Animated Shorts column at Newsarama speaks to Matt Thompson and Adam Reed about Frisky Dingo, the latest premiere show on Adult Swim. The two are the co-creators of Adult Swim’s Sealab 2021 as well, and discuss what it’s like to work with Adult Swim, how the show got its name, and the driving […]

"Avatar" Season 2 DVD Volume 1 in January 2007

TVShowsOnDVD.com is reporting that the first DVD of Avatar the Last Airbender‘s second season will be released on January 23, 2007. The disc will include the first five episodes of the second season (up from the 4 per disc for all the season 1 DVD releases); it is expected that a boxed set will be […]

Publishers Weekly on Cable TV Effect on Graphic Novel Sales

Thomas J. McLean of Publishers Weekly has written an article analyzing how a hit anime show often leads to a surge in manga sales, while similar ratings hits for cartoons based on American superhero comics often have little or no effect on comic sales, including for tie-in books such as Justice League Adventures or Teen […]

Bowie goes to Bikini Bottom

The Sci-Fi Wire reports that Rock Star David Bowie will appear in a future episode of Nickelodeon’s Spongebob Squarepants. Bowie said that his 6-year-old daughter loves the show, and she’s a huge fan. Bowie will play a character called Lord Royal Highness. The episode will be out next year.

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