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"Walt Disney’s It’s A Small World of Fun" Comes to DVD

by Zeddon May 6, 2006
Buena Vista is releasing Walt Disney’s It’s A Small World of Fun, a new DVD collection with two volumes of Disney animated short films. Starring Mickey, Goofy, Pluto and friends, each volume features adventures that are themed to different countries from around the world. Walt Disney’s It’s A Small World of Fun features Disney’s FastPlay™, […]

Rare 1st Edition Preston Blair "Animation" Book On-Line (UPDATED)

by Ed Liuon May 5, 2006
The first half of a rare 1st edition of Preston Blair’s Animation textbook is available at the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive Project weblog. Originally published in 1947, the book used several characters from MGM without permission, which resulted in the book being pulled and replaced with a new version that is still in print. The second […]

Pixar Shareholders Approve Disney Merger

by Ed Liuon May 5, 2006
Pixar shareholders approved the takeover of the company by the Walt Disney Company in a special shareholders meeting held on Friday, May 5. The all-stock deal is valued at more than $7.4 billion.

Free Comic Book Day Hits on May 6, 2006

by Ed Liuon May 5, 2006
Free Comic Book Day will be hitting comic shops across the United States and Canada tomorrow, May 6, 2006. Full information about the day and the comics to be given away by participating stores can be found at the Free Comic Book Day website, and individual publishers describe their offerings and why they are participating […]

SEC Drops DreamWorks Animation Probe

by Ed Liuon May 5, 2006
DreamWorks Animation SKG has stated that the SEC will drop an informal probe investigating the company begun nearly a year ago (free registration required, see Toon Zone’s earlier coverage of this news). The investigation came after the company reported lower-than-expected earnings due to disappointing home video sales of Shrek 2. The SEC documentation filed with […]

DreamWorks Animation to Debut New Animated Short in NY & L.A. on May 19

by Zeddon May 4, 2006
DreamWorks Animation will debut a new animated short film entitled “First Flight” on May 19, 2006, exclusively in select New York and Los Angeles theatres, together with the opening of the studio’s upcoming animated comedy Over the Hedge. Written and directed by two longtime DreamWorks Animation veterans, Cameron Hood and Kyle Jefferson, “First Flight” is […]

"Animated Shorts" on IFC Toons and Toonami Jetstream

by Ed Liuon May 4, 2006
The latest “Animated Shorts” column on Newsarama.com contains a profile of the growing animated content available on the Independent Film Channel, including Samurai 7 and Bob Balaban’s Hopeless Pictures. Discussions with IFC VP of Acquisitions and Scheduling Jerry Lentz also reveals details about the channel’s MediaLab initiative, intended to showcase up-and-coming animators. The second half […]

"The Trinity Blood Movie" – Anime Vampire Hunters on the Big Screen

by on May 4, 2006
Funimation Films will roll out the first 4 episodes of Trinity Blood as a “movie” in theaters this Friday, embarking on a bold experiment that could add a new and interesting route for people to check out anime before they plunk down $29.95 for the first DVD (or even more than that if you, like […]

"Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters" Comes to DVD

by Zeddon May 4, 2006
4Kids Entertainment Home Video, Inc., in association with FUNimation Entertainment, has set a May 23, 2006 street date for Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters — the first of two all-new, direct-to-DVD Capsule Monster films to be released this year. In the follow up to the theatrical film and DVD release — Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie — the new […]

"Naruto"/Adult Swim April Ratings

by Zeddon May 4, 2006
Cartoon Network’s newest Japanese import, Naruto (Saturday, 9:00 p.m.), claimed April’s #1 regularly scheduled Saturday Prime Time program on all television — broadcast and cable — among its target demo: Boys 9-14. Versus the same time period last year, Naruto‘s average April boys 9-14 delivery grew by 46% and ratings by 47%. Kids 6-11 delivery […]