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Dave Johnson on "Ben 10," "Legion," and Bruce Timm Projects

by Ed Liuon June 1, 2006
Men of Action member Dave Johnson has been interviewed by Newsarama about his new sketchbook collection being published this August. The sketchbook includes several of his animation designs, including those for Cartoon Network’s Ben 10. At the end of the interview, Johnson states that he is working on the new Legion show with James Tucker, […]

Toon Zone Podcast Episode 9: DreamWorks Supervising Animators Burgess, Hill & Reisig

by on June 1, 2006
David Burgess, John Hill and Jason Reisig, supervising animators at DreamWorks Animation, talk about characterizations, fur troubles, and animation in Over the Hedge, plus the new wave of “cartoony” cg cartoons and new projects such as Bee Movie, Kung Fu Panda and Rex Havoc. RSS feed On the next episode, TZ talks with Pixar animator […]

"ThunderCats" Nostalgia Claims Another Victim

by on June 1, 2006
Ah, ThunderCats. One of the most popular cartoons from the 80’s, with an awesome theme song, memorable voice acting (though the quality of said voice acting is debatable), and, most importantly, the first show to ever be broadcast on this tiny little action block known as Toonami. But does the series still hold up? Especially […]

Disney to Sell Downloadable Films via CinemaNow

by Ed Liuon May 31, 2006
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the Walt Disney Company will begin selling movies over the Internet through CinemaNow Inc (free registration required), with the CGI animated Chicken Little being named as a launch title. It is expected that the movies will be available on the same day as the DVD release for $19.95 […]

Central Park Sets New Release Dates for "Votoms," "Wrath of the Ninja"

by on May 31, 2006
Central Park Media this morning announced August 8 as the release date for the Wrath of the Ninja Collector’s Edition, and for the last volume and series box set of Armored Trooper Votoms, suggesting the company plans to continue releasing discs through its recent financial difficulties. The Votoms series set will include all four volumes […]

"Wrath of the Ninja Collector’s Series" Edition Scheduled for August Release

by on May 31, 2006
“WRATH OF THE NINJA COLLECTOR’S SERIES” EDITION SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST RELEASE Two-Disc Set To Be Priced At Only $24.95 SRP NEW YORK, NY (May 31, 2006)  Central Park Media announced the release of the Wrath of the Ninja Collector’s Series Edition which contains both the Wrath of the Ninja motion picture and the original […]

Ground-Breaking War Epic Draws to a Close with the August Release of Armored Troop…

by on May 31, 2006
GROUND-BREAKING WAR EPIC DRAWS TO A CLOSE WITH THE AUGUST RELEASE OF ARMORED TROOPER VOTOMS: GOD PLANET QUENT “VOTOMS DVD Collection” To Be Released At Same Time as Last Story Arc And To Be Housed In Collector’s Ammo Can NEW YORK, NY (May 31, 2006)  Central Park Media announced today that the release of […]

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)