Animator Helen Hill Shot and Killed in New Orleans

by Ed Liuon January 5, 2007
South Carolina’s The State newspaper is reporting that filmmaker/animator Helen Hill was shot and killed in New Orleans, Louisiana, early in the morning of January 4, 2007. She was 36 years old. Hill graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in 1995 and won a $35,000 fellowship for her short film “The Florestine Collection.” […]

Tad Stones Interviewed on "Hellboy: Blood and Iron," "Turok"

by Ed Liuon January 5, 2007
The Major Spoilers weblog has posted a brief interview with Tad Stones, director of the Hellboy Animated direct-to-video movies. Stones discusses his past association with Darkwing Duck, the status of Hellboy: Blood and Iron, and the future of the Hellboy Animated franchise. He also confirmed a separate report of a Turok, Son of Stone animated […]

"Turok, Son of Stone" Direct-to-Video Movie In Production

by Ed Liuon January 5, 2007
A post on the TAG (The Animator’s Guild) weblog states that a Turok, Son of Stone direct-to-video animated movie is underway at Starz Media. This report is confirmed by Comic Book Resources Comics Reel (Hellboy Animated) at the Major Spoilers weblog, where he states that he is “starting production” on it and has recruited a […]

Sixth Season of ‘Family Guy’ Production Finally A ‘Go’

by Nobuyuki samaon January 5, 2007
Daily Variety is reporting that production has finally begun on the sixth season of Fox’s animated smash “Family Guy,” 2½ months after the show’s writers were told not to report to work. On Tuesday, “Family Guy” writers were informed that the doors had been unlocked, and they returned to the writers’ room for the first […]

"Spiral Zone": Earth’s Most Powerful Sci-Fi Returns!

by Chris Woodon January 5, 2007
Thanks to Batman:The Animated Series‘ great success, today’s kids seem to prefer spandex to spacesuits, but in the mid to late 80s the airwaves were crowded with a number of prominent sci-fi series like The Transformers, The Centurions, and Silverhawks. Unfortunately the two very best shows of this period quickly slipped into obscurity due to […]

Chris Millar Regenerates the Spiral Zone

by Chris Woodon January 5, 2007
Longtime animation fan Chris Millar is the creator of, an extensive resource for the classic but nearly forgotten 1987 sci-fi series. In December he took it upon himself to make the show available for the first time in decades by releasing Spiral Zone: The Complete DVD Collection. Toon Zone News spoke to Chris Millar […]

"Air Gear" First Episode Streaming at

by Classic Speedyon January 4, 2007
IGN has the first episode of Air Gear, a 2006 anime from Toei Animation and Marvelous Entertainment, streaming on their website in both low and high resolutions: http: It is being dubbed by ADV Films. The first DVD volume of Air Gear will be released on February 6, 2007 and will contain four episodes. [Source: […]

Trailer and Clip Available On-line for "Happily Never After"

by Ed Liuon January 4, 2007
The “Animated Shorts” column at has posted a trailer and a clip from the upcoming CGI animated film Happily Never After in Windows Media Format. The downloadable movies are accompanied by comments by producer John H. Williams (both Shrek movies) and by screenwriter Paul Moreland.

"Cool McCool" Coming to DVD March 13

by Ed Liuon January 3, 2007
BCI Eclipse’s next release of classic TV cartoons on DVD will continue with the release of Cool McCool on March 13, 2007. The show was created by Bob Kane, creator of Batman, and centers on the title character’s espionage exploits against an array of hideous and sinister foes. The release will contain 20 episodes on […]

Press Release: "Cool McCool" Coming to DVD March 13

by Ed Liuon January 3, 2007
NAVARRE’S BCI AND HEARST ENTERTAINMENT BRING BACK “COOL” WITH THE SUAVE SECRET AGENT “COOL McCOOL” 3 DVD Set Available March 13th for $19.98 Los Angeles, CA – BCI Eclipse, a Navarre Corporation Company, and Hearst Entertainment announce the release of the classic King Features animated series “Cool McCool” from “Batman” creator Bob Kane. Under its […]