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"Transformers" Cast Shaping Up

by on April 25, 2006
Superhero Hype! reports that Jon Voight, Michael Clarke Duncan, Josh Duhamel, Bernie Mac, Tyrese, John Turturro, Rachael Taylor, Megan Fox, Travis Van Winkle and John Robinson are in talks to join Shia LaBeof in the Paramount/Dreamworks big screen adaptation of Transformers. There is still no word on who will voice the Autobots and Decepticons.

"Gedo Senki" ("Tales from Earthsea") Synopsis Posted

by Ed Liuon April 24, 2006
Ursula K. LeGuin, the author of the Earthsea series of novels, has posted an English translation of the plot synopsis for Studio Ghibli’s Gedo Senki (Tales from Earthsea). The movie will be directed by Goro Miyazaki and is scheduled for release in Japan in July 2006. (via Nausicaa.net)

Studio Ghibli Ranked Number 1 Consumer Brand in Japan

by Ed Liuon April 24, 2006
A survey by Nikkei BP Consulting has named Studio Ghibli as the top-ranked business-to-consumer brand in Japan, ahead of Toyota. The studio also ranked 4th or higher in all the sections organized by demographic.

NY Times on Robert Smigel and SNL’s "Saturday TV Funhouse"

by Ed Liuon April 24, 2006
The New York Times has profiled comedian and animator Robert Smigel in advance of the April 29 airing of Saturday TV Funhouse, which will collect the best of his animated shorts originally aired on Saturday Night Live (registration required). Among other topics, the article covers Smigel’s career through Hollywood, the often last-minute rush to get […]

"Digimon" Such Humble Beginnings

by on April 23, 2006
It’s hard to imagine why the Digimon franchise never got to be as big as Pokémon did. It came out first, there’s a larger number of monsters, and it has all the things Pokémon haters wanted (a serial storyline, the monsters to speak English, etc.). Maybe it’s because it languished on Fox Kids instead of […]

Dress Up Like Mario or Company, Get on the DVD

by SB20xxon April 23, 2006
According to a recent article on TVShowsOnDVD.com, Shout! Factory is planning to release a second set of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show. No release date has been given at this time. In addition, Shout! Factory is accepting pictures of people dressed up as their favorite Mario character. Only photos from The Super Mario Bros. […]

More Details and Official Info On "Xiaolin Showdown: The Complete First Season"

by Zeddon April 22, 2006
As Toon Zone previously reported, Warner Home Video will release Xiaolin Showdown: The Complete First Season on DVD on August 8, 2006. Xiaolin Showdown: The Complete First Season follows the adventures of warriors-in-training Omi, Kimiko, Raimundo and Clay as they search the globe for Shen-Gong-Wu, ancient artifacts that hold both good and evil supernatural powers. […]

More Details and Official Info On "A Pup Named Scooby-Doo" Volumes 3 and 4

by Zeddon April 22, 2006
As Toon Zone previously reported, Warner Home Video will release A Pup Named Scooby-Doo Volumes 3 and 4 on DVD on July 18, 2006. Each volume will contain four 22-minute episodes from the series, which originally aired on ABC and are currently airing on Cartoon Network. The Volume 3 DVD includes “Scooby-Doo Dude,” “Ghost Who’s […]

Betsy McGowen Joins The CW as Senior VP and General Manager, Kids’ WB! on The CW

by Zeddon April 22, 2006
Betsy McGowen will join The CW as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Kids’ WB! on The CW. McGowen, a senior executive at Kids’ WB! since its inception in 1995, will oversee all series development, current programming and scheduling, as well as brand, image and marketing for Kids’ WB! on The CW. McGowen has served […]

Disney Channel Showcases "Little Einsteins"’ ‘Roocket’ Character

by Zeddon April 22, 2006
Disney Channel’s Playhouse Disney will celebrate Little Einsteins‘ debut season with a week of episodes showcasing a viewer favorite, Rocket–the Little Einsteins’ versatile, marimba-voiced flying machine. “Rev it Up with Rocket Week” on Playhouse Disney airs Sunday, April 30 through Saturday, May 6 (8:00 a.m. ET/PT). The salute will be capped off with a brand […]