Website for Fred Patten Launches

by Ed Liuon September 8, 2005
A website dedicated to sci-fi and anime maven Fred Patten has been launched to keep his friends and fans up to date on his health. Patten has written about anime and manga for more than 25 years, but suffered a stroke in March 2005. (via Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat weblog)

Spectra Takes Three Series to MIP Junior

by Maxie Zeuson September 8, 2005
Spectra International Distribution will take its new animated series Toopy and Binoo, Blasé Blair and Amos Daragon to MIP Junior, the company says. Toopy and Binoo is a preschool series based on the children’s books by Dominique Jolin. Blasé Blair is a comedy series looking at the world through the eyes of a bright but […]

New "Backyardigans" Debut in September

by Maxie Zeuson September 8, 2005
Nick Jr. will premiere four new episodes of The Backyardigans the week of September 19, the network says. New episodes “Castaways,” “Eureka!” “Polka Palace Party” and “Cave Party” will debut on Monday through Thursday at 10:00am (ET/PT). They will get encore presentations during a Friday morning mini-marathon from 9:00am to 11:00am (ET/PT). [Source: PR Newswire]

Gary Marsh Promoted at Disney Channel Worldwide

by Zeddon September 8, 2005
Gary Marsh has been promoted to the newly created global position of President, Entertainment, Disney Channel Worldwide. In his new position, Marsh will be responsible for overseeing development and production of Disney Channel Worldwide’s entire slate of original programming — both live action and animated — leading the effort to create world-class Disney and Jetix-branded […]

ABC Kids Premieres New Fall Season Saturday, September 17

by Zeddon September 8, 2005
ABC Kids, the Saturday morning children’s programming block on the ABC Television Network, will premiere its fall schedule on Saturday, September 17 (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET/8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon PT). Joining the line-up will be Disney Channel’s live-action comedy The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and the animated series The Buzz […]

George Perez on Teen Titans, Crisis, and Storyteller DVD

by Ed Liuon September 8, 2005
Comic book artist George Perez is the subject of a lengthy article at, where he discusses his prior work at both DC and Marvel Comics, his new George Perez: Storyteller DVD, his connections to the Teen Titans cartoon, and his upcoming comics work in JSA and an unnamed monthly comic book.

On-Line Comics Previews for September 14

by Ed Liuon September 8, 2005 has posted several previews for comics scheduled to be released on September 14, including Franklin Richards #1 by Marc Sumerak and Chris Eliopoulus (Marvel), Thor: Blood Oath #1 by Michael Avon Oeming and Scott Kolins (Marvel), Ronin Hood of the 47 Samurai OGN by Jeff Amano and Craig Rousseau (Image), Green Arrow #54 by […]

Hong Kong Disneyland Has Crowd Problems During Pre-Opening Trial

by Ed Liuon September 8, 2005
An article in the New York Times notes that a charity day at the Hong Kong Disneyland amusement park resulted in massive overcrowding (free registration required). The near-capacity crowd of approximately 30,000 visitors faced hourlong waits for rides, food shortages, and inadequate parking. The park will do at least one more test day before its […]

"Cyberchase" Online Contest Opens in September

by Maxie Zeuson September 8, 2005
Two Intel Centrino Mobile Technology-based notebook computers–one for the winner and one for the winner’s school or community group–will go to a Grand Prize winner as part of the third annual Cyberchase Online Contest, WNET said today. In addition, the Grand Prize winner will receive Cyberchase products donated by Flying Minds. Ten First Prize winners […]

"The Ultimate Avengers" Trailer Announced

by Stuon September 8, 2005
DVDAnswers has announced that a trailer for the upcoming animated feature The Ultimate Avengers will be featured on the Fantastic Four movie DVD, scheduled to be released in December. The Ultimate Avengers is planned for release in February 2006. Stay tuned to Toon Zone News for more news on The Ultimate Avengers.