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Oscar Nominations for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year Announced

by Matt Hazudaon January 23, 2007
The nominees for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year came out today and there were only 3 films selected. The films were Cars, Happy Feet and Monster House. Cars was also nominated in the “Best Original Song” category for “Our Town” by Randy Newman. The Academy Award nominees for Best […]

‘Le Chevalier D’Eon’ Episode 1 Online

by Nobuyuki samaon January 23, 2007
As they have with other recent series such as Air Gear and Coyote Ragtime Show, ADV Films is offering as a preview the first episode, in English, of their upcoming release of Le Chevalier D’Eon, the 24-episode TV series directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi and animated by Production I.G. Like the previous offerings, the streaming feed […]

Nicktoons Picks Up ‘Planet Sketch’ For Spring Broadcast

by Nobuyuki samaon January 23, 2007
Nicktoons Network, Nickelodeon’s 24-hour animation network, has ordered all 26 11-minute episodes of DECODE Entertainment’s animated series Planet Sketch for launch this spring. The series is commissioned by Canada’s Teletoon and the U.K.’s CiTV and co-produced with Aardman Animations. It is a series of shorts that features the Street Rappers, a collection of young rappers […]

FUNimation Announces "Ragnarok: The Animation"

by Classic Speedyon January 22, 2007
Ragnarok: The Animation, a 2004 anime based on the MMORPG, has been licensed by FUNimation. The series contains 26 episodes, and the first DVD volume is expected to hit shelves by the fall of this year. FUNimation will be announcing news every day this week at noon (CST). Stay tuned to Toon Zone News for […]

"Blackstar The Complete Series" Review: He’s No Man, He’s a Star

by Chris Woodon January 22, 2007
Dungeons and Dragons, Conan the Barbarian, and He-Man are arguably the only sword and sorcery properties to have notably endured beyond the genre’s brief boom in the early 1980s. Most of the many also-ran properties have been all but forgotten, regrettably including the two animated series that blazed the trail for He-Man. Ruby Spears’ excellent […]

"YeuWooBi," Possible Ghibli Competitor, Out in Korea Thursday

by Benon January 22, 2007
YeuWooBi, a new animated feature from director Lee Seong-gang, arrives in South Korean theaters Thursday. The JoongAng Daily article reflects just how much the Korean animation industry has riding on the success of this film. The film follows a shapeshifting, mythical fox who takes on the form of a young girl. The Miyazaki comparisons are […]

Miyazaki’s Next Film in Production for March Announcement

by Benon January 22, 2007
In a press conference in Tokyo, Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki let slip a few details about the company’s next film. Hayao Miyazaki’s new film has been titled, is now in production, and will be announced in March, Suzuki said. [via Nausicaa.net]

"Tales from Earthsea" Takes Worst Director, Worst Film at Japanese Razzies

by Benon January 22, 2007
Tales from Earthsea, the latest feature film from Studio Ghibli, directed by Goro Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki’s son, took home the dubious Worst Director and Worst Film honors at the Japanese Bunshun Raspberry Awards. The “awards” are voted on by 32 Japanese movie critics, a group that had no particular affection for the younger Miyazaki’s work […]

"Paprika" Opens Stateside May 25, Screens at Rotterdam February

by Benon January 22, 2007
Paprika, the new film from director Satoshi Kon (Millennium Actress, Perfect Blue) will open in select U.S. theaters May 25. Meanwhile, in the Netherlands, the film will play at the International Film Festival Rotterdam from Feb. 1-3. [via Anime News Network]

Marjane Satrapi on Animating Her Life for "Persepolis"

by Ed Liuon January 22, 2007
The New York Times takes an early look at Persepolis, the black-and-white animated feature film coming later this year (registration required). The film is based on the graphic novel memoir of Marjane Satrapi, telling her coming-of-age story in Iran after the overthrow of the Shah. The article discusses the path the graphic novel took from […]