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Jetix Europe Co-Producing "Yin Yang Yo!" With Disney

by Grant Whiteon May 31, 2006
Jetix Europe is set to launch Yin Yang Yo!, a new co-production with Disney, C21Media reports. The new comedy-action series, from the producers of The Fairly OddParents, focuses on a pair of rabbit siblings named Yin and Yang who are instructed in martial arts by panda Master Yo in order to save the world. The […]

"Maburaho Vol. 7:" The End of Everything, Thankfully

by on May 31, 2006
After a long, annoying, and at times, torturous ride, Maburaho is down to its last volume. The series has shown flashes of being good, but can it recapture that essence in time for the series finale? Rin is the only one left with ashes to give to Kazuki, but Shino’s words tear at her core. […]

Jerry Beck on 10 Most Influential Cartoons

by Ed Liuon May 30, 2006
Animation historian Jerry Beck has written an article for Variety magazine with his picks for the 10 most influential cartoons in animation history. The list includes such works as Winsor McCay’s Gertie the Dinosaur, Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira, and Matt Groening’s The Simpsons. (via Beck’s Cartoon Brew weblog)

John Lasseter Talks "Cars"; Confirms New 2-D at Disney

by Ed Liuon May 30, 2006
An article in the New York Times covers the pressure on Pixar Animation Studios on the upcoming film Cars (registration required), noting that it is poised to extend Pixar’s critical and box-office winning streak past that of Walt Disney himself. Several comments by film director and Disney Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter delve into the […]

"Super Mario Bros." Volume 2 Comes to DVD October 31

by Dan Collinson May 30, 2006
Tvshowsondvd.com reports that Volume 2 of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show will be available on DVD on October 31.

Central Park Setbacks Caused by Musicland Bankruptcy, Managing Director Says

by on May 30, 2006
Late last week, reports of extensive layoffs at anime licensor Central Park Media led to speculation that the company was preparing for bankruptcy. Though the company has not yet confirmed or denied the filing rumors, CPM founder and managing director John O’Donnell issued a statement to Toon Zone News with more information about the recent […]

"X-Men: The Last Stand" Breaks Holiday Record

by Dan Collinson May 29, 2006
The new film X-Men: The Last Stand became the fourth film in box office history with a big three-day opening when it was released this past Friday. The film, which stars Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen, made $103.1 million in the first three days. The film made $120 million overall […]

Tenchi Muyo! "Pretty Sammy" and "Mihoshi Special": Are They Magically Mischevious?

by on May 29, 2006
Unbeknownst to her friends, Mihoshi of the Galaxy Police is not as ditzy as she would seem. She saved the universe from a great evil, when she was partnered with her long-lost ally Kiyone. Likewise, in a different universe, Sasami Kawai is not the little girl that she seems. She has been chosen to fight […]

Superman is Boomerang’s Featured Character for June

by Dan Collinson May 28, 2006
Boomerang will feature Superman as their character spotlight for June. Episodes of the animated series will air Saturdays and Sundays from 2:00pm – 4:00pm (ET) beginning Saturday, June 3. [Source: CartoonNetwork.com]

Alex Toth 1928 – 2006

by Ed Liuon May 28, 2006
Legendary comic book and animation artist Alex Toth passed away on Saturday, May 27. According to his son Eric, Toth passed away at his drawing/writing table. In addition to being a seminal comic book artist of the 1960s and 1970s, Toth was responsible for the character designs of many of Hanna-Barbera’s most recognizable animation properties, […]