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"Finding Nemo" to Become Stage Musical

by Ed Liuon April 11, 2006
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 […]

"O.C." Animated Comic Coming to Verizon’s V Cast

by Ed Liuon April 11, 2006
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 […]

"Popetown" Draws Fire from German Catholics

by Ed Liuon April 11, 2006
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.

"The Gremlins" Unite Dahl, Disney, and Dark Horse

by Ed Liuon April 11, 2006
The most recent Dark Horse Comics solicitation information lists a hardcover edition of The Gremlins, scheduled for release on September 13. The book was written by Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and was to be produced as an animated film by Walt Disney before the project faltered and was shelved. The book has […]

"Fosters Home For Imaginary Friends" Comes to Burger King

by Zeddon April 11, 2006
This April, the make-believe buddies from Cartoon Network’s original series Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends are coming to Burger King® restaurants nationwide. From late-April through mid-May, customers can collect a total of nine toys in Burger King Kids Meals. As part of the promotion, Cartoon Network is encouraging kids to dream up their own imaginary […]

Disney Channel April 2006 Animated Movies

by Zeddon April 11, 2006
The following is a list of the animated movies scheduled to air throughout the remainder of the month of April on Disney Channel: Disney’s Kim Possible Movie: So The Drama (2005) Saturday, April 29 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) A Goofy Movie (1995) Tuesday, April 25 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) Disney’s Kim Possible Movie: A Sitch In Time […]

Cartoon Network Names Ramsey A. Naito Vice President of Long-Form Development

by Zeddon April 11, 2006
Ramsey A. Naito has been named vice president of long-form development for Cartoon Network. In this newly created position, Naito will be responsible for finding, developing and producing long-form properties for the network. Based in Burbank, California, Naito will report directly to Michael Ouweleen, senior vice president, development and creative direction for Cartoon Network U.S. […]

Animation Writers Caught Between Two Unions

by Ed Liuon April 10, 2006
The Los Angeles Times covers a dispute between Thomas Short of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Patric M. Verrone of the Writer’s Guild of America, West (free registration required). At stake are the hearts and minds of a growing number of animation writers, whose numbers are growing as “the genre is booming […]

Great Walls Facing Disney’s Entry into Chinese Market

by Ed Liuon April 10, 2006
An article in the Los Angeles Times notes the many obstacles that The Walt Disney Company faces in expanding its media presence into the relatively untapped market of mainland China (free registration required). The tight controls placed on the media by the government of China may present one of the biggest obstacles to Disney’s expansion […]

"Ice Age" Leads Box Office Again

by Ed Liuon April 10, 2006
Ice Age: The Meltdown led the pack in weekend movie ticket sales, with a gross take of $33.8 million to make it the first movie of 2006 to break $100 million in domestic ticket sales, according to an article off the wire at ABCNEWS.com. A related article in the Los Angeles Times (free registration required) […]