Animated Shorts Interviews Chuck McCann (Pt. 1 and 2); plus Dan Didio on "ReBoot"

by Ed Liuon April 10, 2007’s Animated Shorts column has posted Part 2 of the interview has been posted. The first part of the interview covers McCann’s early career in children’s television up to his casting in the Cool McCool animated series. UPDATED April 10, 2007: Part 2 of the interview has been posted, where McCann discusses his work through […]

ASIFA-Hollywood Hosts Bill Plympton, Stop-Mo Expo

by Ed Liuon April 10, 2007
Animation historian Jerry Beck is noting two special events in April hosted by ASIFA-Hollywood. The first is a Q&A with Beck and independent animator Bill Plympton on Wednesday, April 11, 2007, on the DreamWorks campus at 7:30 PM; Plympton’s feature film Hair High will be screened at the Laemmle’s Sunset 5 starting on Friday, April […]

Woody Woodpecker on DVD July 24

by Ed Liuon April 10, 2007
Universal will be releasing The Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection on DVD on July 24, 2007. The 3-disc set will contain 75 uncut and restored theatrical cartoons starring the likes of Woody Woodpecker, Andy Panda, and Chilly Willy. Expected retail price for the set will be $39.98.

Brazil’s SBT Picks Up "Lola & Virginia"

by Grant Whiteon April 10, 2007
Icon Animation have sold Lola & Virginia to a variety of new territories, C21Media reports. Brazil’s SBT has extended their license for the show into a licensing and merchandise deal with partner Creative Licensing.

TV5 Monde USA Unveils New Kids Block

by Grant Whiteon April 10, 2007
24 hour French language channel TV Monde USA will soon boast a new children’s afternoon block, C21Media reports. Initial shows will include The Farm Potlach and Tronto the Donkey.

Flash in the Pan: "Defenders" Fails to Ignite

by Jameson April 10, 2007
I wouldn’t describe Defenders of the Earth as one of my childhood favorites. Even back then, my toy-addicted lump of gray matter found it generic and uninspiring. Last year, when I had the opportunity to review Filmation’s Flash Gordon for Toon Zone, I also had the chance to compare it with Defenders of the Earth […]

LA Times Damns "Aqua Teen" Movie with Faint Praise

by Ed Liuon April 9, 2007
The Los Angeles Times has taken a look at the Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie in advance of its opening in theaters this Friday, April 13, 2007 (free registration required), briefly touching on the show’s demographic and the sensibilities (or lack of them) of the show’s creators, Matt Maiellaro and Dave Willis. The article also […]

Roy Disney: "Song of the South" on US Home Video "Overdue"

by Ed Liuon April 9, 2007
Speaking at the Philadelphia Film Festival, Roy E. Disney stated that he felt that a home video release of Song of the South was overdue, and that “I’ve got a bunch of cohorts working with me to convince the powers that be that it’s the smart thing to do,” to release the movie on DVD. […]

Johnny Hart R.I.P.

by Dan Collinson April 9, 2007
Johnny Hart, creator of the comic strip “B.C.” died of a stroke on Saturday at his home in Endicott, NY. Hart created the comic strip “B.C.” in 1958 about living in caveman times. He also co-created the comic strip “Wizard of Id” with Brant Parker. Hart was 76 years old. [Source: AP]

"Jigoku Shojo" Licensed By FUNimation

by Classic Speedyon April 8, 2007
At Sakura-con, FUNimation announced they have licensed Jigoku Shojo, a 26-episode horror anime from Studio DEEN and Aniplex. It deals with an internet website that can only be accessed at midnight, and which allows the user to type in the name of someone they want sent to Hell. No word yet on a volume 1 […]