Character Designer Yoshikazu Yasuhiko Speaks

by Grant Whiteon February 15, 2007
ComiPress has published a translation of a recent interview with character designer Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, Gunota Headlines reports. Yasuhiko is famous for his character designs of various anime series including the original Mobile Suit Gundam, which he is currently retelling in the ongoing Gundam: The Origin manga.

Mark Evanier on the Birth of Scrappy Doo

by Ed Liuon February 15, 2007
Writer Mark Evanier has begun a series on his weblog about the origins of Scrappy Doo. The first installment discusses how stories were pitched on the show, the threat of cancellation looming over the show, and how Scrappy Doo entered into the picture.

"Avatar" Season 2, Volume 3 Coming May 22, 2007

by Ed Liuon February 15, 2007 is noting that volume 3 of season 2 of Avatar the Last Airbender is scheduled for release on May 22, 2007. As with volumes 1 and 2, the DVD will be packaged with an exclusive mini-comics. The disc will include episodes 211 (“The Desert”) through 215 (“Tales of Ba Sing Se”).

"Voltron: Volume 3" Pushed Back (Updated 2/15)

by Dan Collinson February 15, 2007 reports that Media Blasters has pushed back Voltron: Defender of the Universe – Collection 3: Green Lion from February 27th to May. No word on why the date changed or on a new specific date. Stay tuned for further details. Updated 2/15: reports that Voltron: Defender of the Universe – Collection 3: Green […]

A Note of Recognition for: Filmation’s "Star Trek" Animators

by Ed Liuon February 15, 2007
There are a lot of fond childhood memories surrounding the assorted products of Filmation Studios, but it’s pretty safe to say that none of them involve shockingly high production values. This becomes painfully evident when watching the recently released Star Trek: The Animated Series boxed set. Watching the first few episodes, the animation is almost […]

SLG’s Dan Vado Talks Disney Licensed Comics Issues (Updated)

by Ed Liuon February 15, 2007
In a recent weblog posting, Slave Labor Graphics’ owner, president, and publisher Dan Vado discussed the state of the Disney licensed comics deal that produced comics based on Haunted Mansion, Tron, and Gargoyles. Vado acknowledges that there have been bumps in production and that the line “has not been what one might call a success […]

"Utawarerumono" Vol. 1: Trouble in the Forest

by Classic Speedyon February 15, 2007
You might be browsing your anime section at a local Suncoast or Best Buy and think to yourself, “Hmmm, what’s this show about? All I see is a skull mask on a grass background.” Indeed, Utawarerumono has one of the most unorthodox covers in animedom. This unusual cover is a clever marketing gimmick that might […]

Cartoon Network Upfront 2007 Complete Coverage (Updated)

by Benon February 15, 2007
Cartoon Network has posted an online preview of their upfront presentation in New York tomorrow, and Toon Zone News is on it. Check back tomorrow for more as Toon Zone News’ Chris Wood reports from the presentation on-site. Links to all of Toon Zone News’ coverage so far can be found here: CN Upfront: “Flapjack,” […]

CN Launches "CallToons" for Mobile Phones

by Maxie Zeuson February 14, 2007
Cartoon Network New Media will launch CallToons for mobile phones in the fall of 2007, the company said today. The new application will tie cell phone ringtones, ringbacks, wallpapers, and audio and text alerts into a single Cartoon Network or Adult Swim personality. For example, a caller attempting to leave a voice mail might be […]

CN Upfront: "Spot the Block" Health Spots Coming to Cartoon Network

by Maxie Zeuson February 14, 2007
Cartoon Network will launch a new health initiative called “Spot the Block” as part of its continuing “Get Animated” initiative, the company said today as part of its 2007 Upfront presentation. Cartoon Network characters from such series as Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends will appear in a School House Rock-type public service announcement that teaches […]