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Genius Prouducts to Release "Kong: Return to the Jungle"

by Ed Liuon October 18, 2006
GENIUS PRODUCTS CONTINUES FRANCHISE OF ONE OF THE GREATEST ANIMAL STORIES OF ALL TIME WITH RELEASE OF KONG: RETURN TO THE JUNGLE All-New Feature Length Animated Movie Produced Entirely in 3D CGI by BKN FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: LOS ANGELES, CA (October 17, 2006) – Top independent home entertainment company Genius Products, LLC has set November […]

Matt Thompson and Adam Reed Talk "Frisky Dingo"

by Ed Liuon October 18, 2006
The latest Animated Shorts column at Newsarama speaks to Matt Thompson and Adam Reed about Frisky Dingo, the latest premiere show on Adult Swim. The two are the co-creators of Adult Swim’s Sealab 2021 as well, and discuss what it’s like to work with Adult Swim, how the show got its name, and the driving […]

"Avatar" Season 2 DVD Volume 1 in January 2007

by Ed Liuon October 18, 2006
TVShowsOnDVD.com is reporting that the first DVD of Avatar the Last Airbender‘s second season will be released on January 23, 2007. The disc will include the first five episodes of the second season (up from the 4 per disc for all the season 1 DVD releases); it is expected that a boxed set will be […]

"Speed Grapher Vol. 3": A Strong Marriage Built on a Solid Foundation of Deception

by SB20xxon October 18, 2006
One of the most challenging things for a critic is to review the new volume of a serialized show without giving away all the turns it takes. After all, what point is there in watching it for suspense if I just give it all away right up front? It’s an unavoidable problem. All I’ll say […]

Cartoon Network Comes to Nokia Content Discoverer

by Ed Liuon October 17, 2006
Cartoon fans now have another option to get their material on-the-go, as Turner Broadcasting has announced that content from Cartoon Network will be available on “the Nokia Content Discoverer client, embedded in millions of Nokia devices currently available in markets around the globe.” Johnny Bravo, Dexter’s Laboratory, and The Powerpuff Girls were all cartoons named […]

Publishers Weekly on Cable TV Effect on Graphic Novel Sales

by Ed Liuon October 17, 2006
Thomas J. McLean of Publishers Weekly has written an article analyzing how a hit anime show often leads to a surge in manga sales, while similar ratings hits for cartoons based on American superhero comics often have little or no effect on comic sales, including for tie-in books such as Justice League Adventures or Teen […]

Disney Mandates Nutritional Standards for Cross-Marketing Deals

by Ed Liuon October 17, 2006
The Walt Disney Company has announced that it will institute minimal nutritional standards as part of any licensing deal it signs with food companies (registration required). The new guidelines will prohibit marketing deals where “total fat exceeds 30 percent of calories for main and side dishes and 35 percent for snacks, saturated fat exceeds 10 […]

"Avoid Eye Contact Vol. 2": Independence Day

by SB20xxon October 17, 2006
One of the things I love about independent animation is that there are no limits. There are no network suits telling the artist to change something because it won’t appeal to the kids, it is too violent or sexual, or it isn’t cost-effective. If the artist wants to draw someone getting mutilated, they do so. […]

Toon Zone Interviews Don Hahn on a "Nightmare" Project

by Ed Liuon October 17, 2006
Examine the credits of some of the most acclaimed animated films and you’ll find Don Hahn listed as the producer for many of them. He began his career as an assistant animator for Pete’s Dragon, and moved up to associate producer for Who Framed Roger Rabbit. His first credit as producer for a feature length […]

Patrice Holloway, "Valerie" on "Josie & the Pussycats" 1948 – 2006

by Ed Liuon October 16, 2006
Singer/songwriter Patrice Holloway passed away on October 1, 2006, due to a heart attack. Holloway was the singing voice of Valerie Brown, the tambourine player for the fictional band Josie and the Pussycats, during the first season of their eponymous cartoon. Before her singing role as Valerie, Holloway recorded records for Motown and Capitol Records […]