At first, the idea of fusing sci-fi with ancient samurai tales doesn’t look all that promising. After all, there are a million ways you could screw something like that up. Then I watched the first volume of Samurai 7, where Kanbe goes out without a protective suit and, with a normal, everyday sword, slices a […]
Yeah, you heard me right, a clip show. This volume of Samurai 7, coming hot off the blistering action from the 4th volume (which likely burned out the animation staff for a week,) leads off with a clip show. However, even that episode is pretty darn good. In general, this volume backs off the action, […]
The Royal Armories in Leeds has made their educational trail on samurai clothing and armour available on their website, with Stan Sakai’s cartoon and comic book character Usagi Yojimbo assisting in modeling and narration. The trail and the use of Sakai’s rabbit ronin are part of the museum’s “learning through literacy” Easter Trail. (via Usagi […]
The feature story of the latest “Animated Shorts” column on Newsarama.com focuses on ADV Films’ Anime Network, with comments by manager Stacy Slanina commenting on the network’s strategy and programming organization, the spread of the network as both a Video-on-Demand (VOD) service and a regular cable channel, and programming coming to the network in the […]
Mattel has signed a multi-year deal with Universal Studios to market and distribute DVDs based on their Barbie and Polly Pocket toy lines. Universal was handling international distribution of the DVDs in the past, with Lionsgate handling domestic marketing and distribution.
Playlist magazine has interviewed independent animator Doug Bresler about Doug Bresler’s Doogtoons, an animated podcast available from Apple’s iTunes Music Store. The interview covers Bresler’s decision to start in animation, the background of the Nick and Haig characters on the current show, and the tools he uses to make the podcast. Doogtoons will begin airing […]
Now, a lot of people are going to tell me that headline is unfair, and others are going to say it’s dead on, and you know what? Both sides are probably right. Trinity Blood is at times very Trigun-esque, especially with the lead character being a complete goof-ball a-la Vash when he’s just living his […]
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Pixar’s Finding Nemo will be the next Disney film to be turned into a stage musical (registration required). The new stage show will be written by Robert Lopez (Avenue Q) and his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Along the Way) and is scheduled to debut at Walt Disney World in […]
A team-up of Verizon Wireless, Warner Brothers, and Fox will bring an Atomic County animated comic series to Verizon Wireless customers. The series will be based on a comic book created by fictional character Seth Cohen from the TV show The O.C. A total of fourteen 3-minute animated shorts will be available, and subscribers to […]
German Catholic groups are protesting the upcoming Popetown animated series to be shown on MTV’s German-language channel beginning on May 3. The series was originally developed for the BBC, which opted not to air the show because it was too controversial (see Toon Zone News’ earlier coverage). MTV has no plans to change its schedule.