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qubo To Launch As 24/7 Broadcast Network January 8th

by Nobuyuki samaon January 5, 2007
In a World Screen profile of ‘qubo,’ the children’s programming venture between NBC Universal, Corus Entertainment, Scholastic and Classic Media (soon to be Entertainment Rights), information regarding qubo’s January 8, 2007 launch as a full-time digital terrestrial network carried by ION Media TV stations across the US was released. In addition to programming already available […]

AvatarSpirit.net Interviews Voice Actor Jessie Flower (UPDATED)

by Ed Liuon January 5, 2007
AvatarSpirit.net has posted part 1 of an interview with voice actor Jessie Flower on her roles on Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender. This section includes answers on how her earlier role as Meng is related to her current recurring role as Earthbending master Toph and how she gets into character as Toph. UPDATED 05-Jan-2007: Part […]

Pixar-based Rides Coming to Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

by Ed Liuon January 5, 2007
The Walt Disney Corporation announced several new attractions and rides that will be rolled out to their amusement parks and resorts internationally throughout 2007. Included in the list are several attractions built around Pixar Animation Studios movies, including several Finding Nemo underwater attractions, a comedy club experience based on Monsters Inc, and a racing ride […]

Jerry Beck Previews Nicktoons on Jan 10

by Ed Liuon January 5, 2007
Animation historian Jerry Beck will be hosting a preview screening of six new short films at the Nicktoons Studios in Burbank, CA, on January 10, 2007. The screenings will be from Random Cartoons, a new series for Nickelodeon from Studio Frederator, and will include Beck’s own “Hornswiggle.” The event is open to members of ASIFA-Hollywood.

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 Spiral-Zone.com, 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 […]