SEC Drops DreamWorks Animation Probe

by Ed Liuon May 5, 2006
DreamWorks Animation SKG has stated that the SEC will drop an informal probe investigating the company begun nearly a year ago (free registration required, see Toon Zone’s earlier coverage of this news). The investigation came after the company reported lower-than-expected earnings due to disappointing home video sales of Shrek 2. The SEC documentation filed with […]

DreamWorks Animation to Debut New Animated Short in NY & L.A. on May 19

by Zeddon May 4, 2006
DreamWorks Animation will debut a new animated short film entitled “First Flight” on May 19, 2006, exclusively in select New York and Los Angeles theatres, together with the opening of the studio’s upcoming animated comedy Over the Hedge. Written and directed by two longtime DreamWorks Animation veterans, Cameron Hood and Kyle Jefferson, “First Flight” is […]

"Animated Shorts" on IFC Toons and Toonami Jetstream

by Ed Liuon May 4, 2006
The latest “Animated Shorts” column on contains a profile of the growing animated content available on the Independent Film Channel, including Samurai 7 and Bob Balaban’s Hopeless Pictures. Discussions with IFC VP of Acquisitions and Scheduling Jerry Lentz also reveals details about the channel’s MediaLab initiative, intended to showcase up-and-coming animators. The second half […]

"The Trinity Blood Movie" – Anime Vampire Hunters on the Big Screen

by on May 4, 2006
Funimation Films will roll out the first 4 episodes of Trinity Blood as a “movie” in theaters this Friday, embarking on a bold experiment that could add a new and interesting route for people to check out anime before they plunk down $29.95 for the first DVD (or even more than that if you, like […]

"Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters" Comes to DVD

by Zeddon May 4, 2006
4Kids Entertainment Home Video, Inc., in association with FUNimation Entertainment, has set a May 23, 2006 street date for Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters — the first of two all-new, direct-to-DVD Capsule Monster films to be released this year. In the follow up to the theatrical film and DVD release — Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie — the new […]

"Naruto"/Adult Swim April Ratings

by Zeddon May 4, 2006
Cartoon Network’s newest Japanese import, Naruto (Saturday, 9:00 p.m.), claimed April’s #1 regularly scheduled Saturday Prime Time program on all television — broadcast and cable — among its target demo: Boys 9-14. Versus the same time period last year, Naruto‘s average April boys 9-14 delivery grew by 46% and ratings by 47%. Kids 6-11 delivery […]

"Charlie & Lola" Comes to DVD

by Zeddon May 4, 2006
Charlie & Lola Volumes 1 & 2 are coming to DVD from Warner Home Video. The release will closely follow the July launch of four new Charlie and Lola books from Penguin. Technical info on the DVD releases follows: Product Info MPAA: NR Product Type: Sell Through Media Quantity: 1 Disc Configuration: 1) 5-Single Sided […]

"Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers" Official Press Release

by Zeddon May 4, 2006
Warner Home Video has issued the following press release for the upcoming release of Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers: Avaste Ye! The ever dueling duo is back, but this time your two favorite furry friends have “all paws on deck” while searching for buried treasure in Tom and Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers from Warner […]

2005-2006 Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award Winners Announced

by Zeddon May 4, 2006
The Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award winners for 2005-2006 have been announced. The following is a list of animation-related winners: Outstanding Children’s Animated Program Jakers! The Adventures Of Piggley Winks (PBS) Outstanding Special Class Animated Program The Batman (Kids’ WB!) Outstanding Performer In An Animated Program Jakers! The Adventures Of Piggley Winks (PBS) Maile Flanagan […]

"Divergence Eve: Misaki Chronicles Vol. 3" In Space, No One Can Hear You Say ‘Huh?’

by SB20xxon May 3, 2006
You’ve got to really pay attention to get the full Misaki Chronicles experience. If you multitask while watching this, you’ll inevitably get lost. Heck, it’s easy to get lost even when you give it your undivided attention! With the large amount of plot twists and jumping back and forth in time to tell the story, […]