Chef Returns to "South Park" (UPDATED)

by Ed Liuon March 21, 2006
Comedy Central has announced that James McElroy, a.k.a. “Chef,” will be returning to South Park with this Wednesday’s 10th season premiere episode. The episode synopsis states that Chef returns to the town, but Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny “notice that something about Chef seems different.” There is no word on who will be providing the […]

Things Heat Up With "Godannar Vol. 4"

by SB20xxon March 21, 2006
Godannar may not have the religious symbolism or the angst-ridden contemplations of existence that Evangelion has, but it definitely has a higher replay value as it’s a whole lot of fun. The series is a throwback to earlier mecha series that were more about hot-blooded mecha action, especially in its tone. It’s paced in such […]

Geneon Announces New Titles For Summer

by SB20xxon March 20, 2006
Two new series kick off Geneon’s summer: Elemental Gelade comes out on June 13, 2006 with both regular and artbox editions, while Strawberry Marshmallow (aka Ichigo Mashimaro) is set to debut a week later. Other Geneon releases include the last volumes of Tenjho Tenge and Kannazuki No Miko, along with further volumes of Kamichu, Doki […]

Lasseter on Post-Merger Role at Disney

by Ed Liuon March 20, 2006
An article in the New York Times aggregates a number of public comments made by Pixar’s John Lasseter about his role at Disney once the Disney-Pixar merger is completed (registration required). Some of the topics discussed include how Lasseter and Pixar president Ed Catmull will split their time between Pixar and Disney, Lasster’s attempts to […]

Pixar Stock Certificates a Hot Commodity

by Ed Liuon March 20, 2006
An article in the Los Angeles Times notes that the Disney/Pixar merger has triggered a small boom in collectors anxious to own a physical stock certificate of the company before the merger (free registration required). Several companies, such as and Frame-a-Stock offer to sell investors and collectors a single share of stock in a […]

"Minoriteam" Creators Talk About Motivations and Influences

by Ed Liuon March 20, 2006
An article in the New York Times speaks to Adam de la Peña, Todd James and Peter Girardi about their new animated series Minoriteam, which debuted on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block last night (registration required). The trio talk about the use of ribald humor as social commentary, the potential of the show to offend, […]

NY Times on Overly Talky Cartoons

by Ed Liuon March 20, 2006
The New York Times‘ Arts & Leisure section published an article by Charles Solomon commenting on the excessively talkative cartoon films coming out of the major studios today (registration required). He condemns films such as Chicken Little, Madagascar, and Hoodwinked for being overstuffed with dialogue. These movies stand in contrast to the examples set by […]

WizardWorld L.A. News Roundup: "Ultimate Avengers" Voice Actors Panel, "Gargoyles"

by Ed Liuon March 20, 2006
This past weekend’s WizardWorld Los Angeles comic convention was the platform for DC, Marvel, and other American comic book companies to make several new announcements. The Comics Reporter’s “Collective Memory” feature is the best single source for all the news reports filed about the con. Of particular interest to animation fans are the panel discussion […]

Teddy Ruxpin’s "Journey Begins": A Fantastic Flashback

by on March 20, 2006
The 1980’s were the decade of decadence. Hair was big, music was big, and almost every animated series had a matching toy line. Landing somewhere between the gender divide of G.I. Joe and My Little Pony, The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin emerged as an all-ages cartoon for both boys and girls. Although some can contribute […]

Nickelodeon Announces New Series, Episodes, etc., at Upfront Presentation

by Zeddon March 19, 2006
Nickelodeon held its upfront presentation to advertisers on Thursday, March 9. During the presentation, Nickelodeon announced a slate that will include content developed from such platforms as feature films, video games, broadband and international production, as well as a multi-million dollar development slate for non-linear productions. Nickelodeon television will also premiere 254 new episodes during […]