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"Otaku Unite!" Great, But Not Perfect, Documentary

by on March 7, 2006
There are very few anime documentaries out there, and most of them poke fun at the fandom instead of looking at it in a neutral light like other documentaries are supposed to do. Who knew a college kid’s final project would be the one to get things right? For his final project, anime fan Eric […]

Filmmaker Eric Bresler On "Otaku Unite!"

by Ed Liuon March 6, 2006
The following interview was conducted with Eric Bresler, director of documentary film Otaku Unite!, at the New York Comic-Con on Februrary 25 and 26, with some supplemental questions being answered over e-mail. Toon Zone: What is Otaku Unite!? Eric Bresler: Otaku Unite! is a documentary on the history of Japanese animation fandom in the United […]

Writing Workshop with Ty Templeton Beginning March 23

by Ed Liuon March 6, 2006
Max the Mutt Animation School will be conducting a workshop on writing for comics with writer/artist Ty Templeton (Batman Adventures, Bigg Time), beginning March 23, 2006, at the school’s campus in Toronto. Enrollment is limited, and full details can be found at the Max the Mutt Animation School website.

Robert "Tiger" West, Animation Xerographer, Passes Away at 81

by Ed Liuon March 6, 2006
A post at the Big Cartoon Forum reports that Robert “Tiger” West has passed away at the age of 81. After a brief career as an infant silent film actor, West began working at Walt Disney under legendary animator Ub Iwerks in 1944. He was a key developer in Xerox equipment used for animated cartoon […]

Bill Cosby vs. Web Animated Series

by Ed Liuon March 6, 2006
Legal counsel to Bill Cosby have sent cease and desist notices to blogger Andy Baio, demanding the removal of the on-line animated series “House of Cosbys” (registration required). The series centers on a fan who creates a machine that creates Cosby clones, each with a special super power. The series was originally posted on the […]

Peri Gilpin to Play Kate Corrigan in Animated "Hellboy"

by Ed Liuon March 6, 2006
Peri Gilpin will be voice-acting Kate Corrigan in the upcoming animated Hellboy series, according to a recent entry in the official weblog. Gilpin is best known as “Roz” from the NBC sitcom Frasier, but she has voice-acted numerous roles in the past, including Volcana from Superman: The Animated Series and Officer Jane Proudfoot in the […]

Animation Expert Tim Eldred on "Armored Trooper VOTOMS" (UPDATED March 6)

by Ed Liuon March 6, 2006
The following interview was conducted with Tim Eldred, animation director, anime enthusiast and VOTOMS expert, at the New York Comic-Con on February 25 and 26, 2006, with some supplemental material provided via e-mail TOON ZONE: How did you get into anime and manga professionally? TIM ELDRED: I started out doing comics. Anime played a huge […]

"Case Closed" Limping to the Season Finale

by on March 6, 2006
Well, with Case 1 of Case Closed (known as Detective Conan in Japan) recently released, it’s time to go back and finish off Case 5. After some really good episodes involving Harley, the Knight Baron, and the Phantom Thief Kid, this disc has a lot to live up to. Does it reach the mark? We […]

TV Movies Form Backbone of New CN Slate, Live Action Downplayed (Updated)

by on March 5, 2006
At their upfront presentation in New York this morning, Cartoon Network announced a major new TV-movie initiative, saying 12 straight-to-TV movies were in the works, including both originals and features based on existing series. The most ambitious is a two-hour original live action-animated hybrid film called Re-Animated, created by Adam Pava and Tim Mckeon (both […]

"Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" Wins Best Animated Feature Oscar

by on March 5, 2006
During the 78th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday evening, Aardman Animation’s Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit took the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. The other nominees were Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle and Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride. This is the first time either a British film or a stop-motion animated film has […]