"Kingdom Hearts" Voice Cast Announced

by Zeddon February 12, 2006
Square Enix and Buena Vista Games have announced the voice cast and release date for Kingdom Hearts II, the action role-playing game exclusively for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system. Kingdom Hearts II will be available on March 28, 2006 for $49.99 SRP. PR Newswire has details on the voice cast.

Denver Rocked by Anime Civil War

by on February 12, 2006
A feud has developed between two Denver anime retailers over the legality of bootleg anime imports. Citing a corresponding loss of sales, Gimme Anime’s Roger Morse reported bootleg seller Animeniacs’ Joseph Henderson to the FBI for intellectual property theft. Local anime convention Nan Desu Kan, enforcing a strict ban on bootlegged products, has blacklisted Henderson […]

Toon Zone Podcast Episode 7: "Zixx," Behind the Digital Curtain

by on February 11, 2006
Editor in chief Ben Applegate, producer Karl Olson, graphics editor Matthew Williams and former editor in chief Jay Allman dissect: The fusion of Pixar & Disney, and of UPN and the WB The animated Oscar nominations Tartakovsky’s Dark Crystal sequel The end of Bonus Stage? Plus, we talk about commercial machinema on the TV with […]

2 Arrested in Murder of "Curious George" Collaborator

by Ed Liuon February 10, 2006
Two men have been arrested in the murder of Allen Shalleck, reported earlier this week. Shalleck was a collaborator with author Margaret Rey for 28 Curious George books. He also directed 104 five-minute Curious George short films which aired on the Disney Channel. The police are reporting that both of the arrested men have admitted […]

Drawn Together’s Bill Freiberger: Hate Mail Free Since 2004!

by on February 10, 2006
Bill Freiberger has been executive producer for Comedy Central’s hit animated series Drawn Together for two seasons now. Toon Zone News reporter Matt Hazuda recently sat down with one of the masterminds behind this show of debauchery, blood, and the occasional penis. Warning: Adult Content Below. (That’s what she said!) Do you have no morals, […]

Kirkland/Gordon Talk ‘X-Men: Evolution’

by on February 10, 2006
To celebrate the launch of an all new X-Men: Evolution site, The Marvel Animation Age caught up with series producer Boyd Kirkland and director/character designer Steve Gordon to discuss their work on the series. The two discuss the difficulties of adapting the comics, their views on making everyone teenagers, and much more. You can find […]

Disney Trades Sportscaster for Cartoon Rabbit

by Ed Liuon February 10, 2006
Heidi MacDonald’s The Beat weblog notes that the Walt Disney Company has traded ABC sportscaster Al Michaels to Universal/NBC in return for the rights to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Oswald is an animated cartoon character created by Walt Disney in 1927, pre-dating Mickey Mouse; Universal has held the rights to Oswald’s cartoons for 77 years. […]

Jetix Leaving ABC Family

by Zeddon February 9, 2006
As of this fall, Jetix programming will no longer be seen on ABC Family. Toon Disney will then become the exclusive home of Jetix in the United States. [Source: Disney ABC Television Group] For information on the 2006-2007 schedule for Jetix and for other Disney ABC Kids networks/blocks, see Toon Zone’s article Disney ABC Kids […]

Disney ABC Kids Networks Announces Programming for 2006-2007 Season

by Zeddon February 9, 2006
Disney ABC Kids Networks today unveiled its programming slate for the 2006-2007 television season. A total of 849 new episodes, 11 new series and 25 new movies will debut across ABC Kids, Toon Disney, Jetix and Disney Channel. * The ABC Kids schedule for the 2006-2007 season is as follows: Saturdays: 9:00am ET / 8:00am […]

Disney ABC Kids Network Ratings

by Zeddon February 9, 2006
The following ratings news was announced today as part of Disney ABC Kids Networks’ Upfront presentation to advertisers: ABC Kids, the Saturday morning programming block on the ABC Television Network, is up 7% with Kids 6-11 and 21% with Boys 6-11, season-to-date. Toon Disney, the #1 co-viewing destination for Kids 6-11 and Adults 18-49, reaches […]