Nickelodeon Announces New Toy Lines Based on Nick Series

by Zeddon February 12, 2006
Nickelodeon has announced new toy lines based on The Backyardigans, Go, Diego, Go!, and Avatar, The Last Airbender. PR Newswire has details.

Nickelodeon Announces Executive Promotions

by Zeddon February 12, 2006
Nickelodeon President Cyma Zarghami has announced several key executive promotions to support Nickelodeon’s continued growth as a multiplatform kids and family brand. Tom Ascheim, a 16-year veteran of Nickelodeon, has been promoted to Executive Vice President and General Manager, Nickelodeon Television; Steve Youngwood, formerly Senior Vice President, Entertainment Products for Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products, […]

"Finding Nemo: Escape to the Big Blue" Comes to Video Games

by Zeddon February 12, 2006
Finding Nemo: Escape to the Big Blue is now available for Nintendo DS at retail outlets throughout North America. [Source: PR Newswire]

"Kingdom Hearts" Voice Cast Announced

by Zeddon February 12, 2006
Square Enix and Buena Vista Games have announced the voice cast and release date for Kingdom Hearts II, the action role-playing game exclusively for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system. Kingdom Hearts II will be available on March 28, 2006 for $49.99 SRP. PR Newswire has details on the voice cast.

Denver Rocked by Anime Civil War

by Chris Woodon February 12, 2006
A feud has developed between two Denver anime retailers over the legality of bootleg anime imports. Citing a corresponding loss of sales, Gimme Anime’s Roger Morse reported bootleg seller Animeniacs’ Joseph Henderson to the FBI for intellectual property theft. Local anime convention Nan Desu Kan, enforcing a strict ban on bootlegged products, has blacklisted Henderson […]

Toon Zone Podcast Episode 7: "Zixx," Behind the Digital Curtain

by Benon February 11, 2006
Editor in chief Ben Applegate, producer Karl Olson, graphics editor Matthew Williams and former editor in chief Jay Allman dissect: The fusion of Pixar & Disney, and of UPN and the WB The animated Oscar nominations Tartakovsky’s Dark Crystal sequel The end of Bonus Stage? Plus, we talk about commercial machinema on the TV with […]

2 Arrested in Murder of "Curious George" Collaborator

by Ed Liuon February 10, 2006
Two men have been arrested in the murder of Allen Shalleck, reported earlier this week. Shalleck was a collaborator with author Margaret Rey for 28 Curious George books. He also directed 104 five-minute Curious George short films which aired on the Disney Channel. The police are reporting that both of the arrested men have admitted […]

Drawn Together’s Bill Freiberger: Hate Mail Free Since 2004!

by Matt Hazudaon February 10, 2006
Bill Freiberger has been executive producer for Comedy Central’s hit animated series Drawn Together for two seasons now. Toon Zone News reporter Matt Hazuda recently sat down with one of the masterminds behind this show of debauchery, blood, and the occasional penis. Warning: Adult Content Below. (That’s what she said!) Do you have no morals, […]

Kirkland/Gordon Talk ‘X-Men: Evolution’

by Stuon February 10, 2006
To celebrate the launch of an all new X-Men: Evolution site, The Marvel Animation Age caught up with series producer Boyd Kirkland and director/character designer Steve Gordon to discuss their work on the series. The two discuss the difficulties of adapting the comics, their views on making everyone teenagers, and much more. You can find […]

Disney Trades Sportscaster for Cartoon Rabbit

by Ed Liuon February 10, 2006
Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat weblog notes that the Walt Disney Company has traded ABC sportscaster Al Michaels to Universal/NBC in return for the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Oswald is an animated cartoon character created by Walt Disney in 1927, pre-dating Mickey Mouse; Universal has held the rights to Oswald’s cartoons for 77 years. […]