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"Fullmetal Alchemist": Shamballa Isn’t Paradise, But It’s Still Glorious

by Dukeon February 10, 2007
When FUNimation brought over Fullmetal Alchemist, I doubt they knew just how huge the series would become. The anime was a huge hit for Adult Swim; the DVDs sold like hotcakes; the manga became a top seller; and the merchandise flew off the shelves. So it was natural that FUNimation would bring over the movie […]

Steve Jobs Approved Backdated Options for Pixar’s Lasseter

by Ed Liuon February 9, 2007
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that John Lasseter was granted back-dated options as part of his contract renewal in 2001. The options were granted at a price from three months before the contract was signed, which also happened to be the lowest price from the prior year. The contract was signed by Pixar CEO […]

Jim Samples Resigns as Head of Cartoon Network

by Matthew Williamson February 9, 2007
CNN.com is reporting that Cartoon Network head Jim Samples has resigned after the Aqua Teen Hunger Force bomb scare in Boston, a scare that effectively shut down the city and resulted in a $2 million payment to the city and state. Samples released this statement in an internal memo to staffers at CN: I am […]

‘Haruhi Suzumiya’ Website Updated; Cast Announced

by Nobuyuki samaon February 9, 2007
A new video was posted at Kadokawa USA and Bandai Entertainment’s official website for the upcoming anime series release of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, announcing that Bang Zoom! Entertainment would be handling the production of the English-language dub, with company president Eric Sherman on directing duty. The cast list was also announced, with Wendee […]

So Not the Drama: "Kim Possible" Returns to Form for Season 4

by Ed Liuon February 9, 2007
All serial fiction that runs for any length of time eventually faces the challenge of change. Change too much in a serial and you risk damaging or eliminating the qualities that made the serial compelling in the first place. Change too little and you risk creative stagnation and audience boredom. It’s a fine line that […]

Trump Says "You’re Hired" to Animated Dimensions

by Nobuyuki samaon February 9, 2007
Premiere Publishing Group announced today that Animated Dimensions has been appointed to help develop an animated pilot for a Donald Trump-themed series. The project’s development deadline was extended to March 31, 2007 to help accomodate Animated Dimensions in completing the show’s presentation materials to The Trump Organization. Upon approval by The Trump Organization, Premiere Publishing […]

Nick Previews Toy Fair Lineup, Claims ‘Dora the Explorer’ #1 Toy Line

by Nobuyuki samaon February 9, 2007
According to a press release from Nickelodeon outlining their plans for Toy Fair, holiday 2006 sales propelled Dora the Explorer into the number one slot as the year’s top toy license. In addition to introducing new licensing partners CDI/Jakks, Mega Bloks, RC2 and Imperial Toy at this year’s trade show, Nick plans to showcase new […]

Toon Zone Interviews Bob Schooley & Mark McCorkle on Kim Possible Season 4

by Ed Liuon February 9, 2007
One of the Disney Channel’s most popular original series is Kim Possible, about a cheerleader who saves the world in her spare time. The show was created by Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley, who worked as entertainment managers at Sesame Place and in the mailroom at DIC Entertainment before embarking on a 16-year career at […]

‘Toy Story 3’ Coming Along, without Lasseter; More Disney Details Outlined

by Nobuyuki samaon February 8, 2007
Toy Story 3 is coming in 2009, but John Lasseter won’t be the director, according to a Daily Variety report. Lasseter and Disney Animation president Ed Catmull provided extensive details on their upcoming slate in a Walt Disney Feature Animation presentation at Disney’s investor conference Thursday. In addition to confirming for the first time that […]

PR: Trump Animation Project Moving Forward

by Nobuyuki samaon February 8, 2007
NEW YORK, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Premiere Publishing Group, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: PPBL), a fully integrated consumer and custom publisher, today announced an extension of its Letter of Intent for the development of a Trump-themed animation pilot by Donald J. Trump. Michael Jacobson, CEO of Premiere Publishing Group, Inc. noted, “Donald Trump extended the […]