From Graphic Novel to Hollywood

by Ed Liuon August 3, 2005
A lengthy article in Animation World Magazine covers the growing phenomenon of graphic novels being adapted into Hollywood movies, in live-action and animated formats.

"LA Times" on the Rise of Direct-to-Video Features

by Ed Liuon August 3, 2005
An article in the Los Angeles Times follows the history of the direct-to-video feature, now beginning to achieve critical mass and substantial sales figures (free registration required). Credit for the success of the format is given to the many successful animated feature films developed specifically for home video.

"Samurai Gun" Vol. 1: Tokugawa Cowboys

by Chris Woodon August 3, 2005
Cowboy Bebop‘s stylish bounty hunters generated one of the largest and most devoted followings in anime history. This lesson was not lost on studio executives, who have been trying for some years to come up with “the next Bebop,” and although wave after wave of new anime titles continue to crash upon these shores, most […]

TV Schedules Update

by Zeddon August 3, 2005
Several schedule updates are now available on the Toon Zone Schedules Page. Please continue checking back for further updates.

Toy Play Features Cartoon Characters

by Zeddon August 3, 2005
Toy Play will release a new line of Color-In Cardboard Playhouses featuring SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Care Bears and a Generic Race Car, AWN reports. The playhouses allow kids to color in their favorite characters and build their own playhouse. The playhouses will be available in retail stores this fall for $12.99.

Thomas and Fleck Promoted at FUNimation

by Zeddon August 3, 2005
Navarre Corp. has promoted Ward Thomas to Senior VP of Sales and Operations for FUNimation and upped Joyce Fleck to VP of Sales & Marketing for FUNimation, AWN reports. Fleck takes over the sales responsibilities previously held by Thomas, in addition to her previous position of VP of Marketing for Navarre Corp.

"Looney Tunes" Wins in "The Best Marketing Campaign"

by Zeddon August 3, 2005
The BOC Credit Card (International) Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited, has been awarded “The Best Marketing Campaign” in Hong Kong for their “y not Credit Card” program featuring Looney Tunes characters, Warner Bros. Consumer Products announced Monday. The licensing initiative kicked off in 2004, with the BOC Credit Card […]

Lucas Ramping Up Singapore Facility for "Clone Wars" TV Show

by Ed Liuon August 2, 2005
Variety‘s coverage of George Lucas’ address at the annual SIGGRAPH convention revealed that Lucas Animation is currently ramping up a facility in Singapore for production of the 3-D computer animated Clone Wars show. (via Internet Movie Database Daily Briefing)

Disney to Open Shanghai Theme Park in 2012

by Ed Liuon August 2, 2005
An unsubstantiated report in the Hong Kong Economic Times states that Disney is planning to open a theme park in Shanghai, with construction to begin in 2008 for an opening date of 2012. (via Internet Movie Database Daily Briefing)

WizardWorld Atlanta Moved to 2007

by Ed Liuon August 2, 2005
In the wake of much negative publicity, Wizard Entertainment has stated that they will not be running a WizardWorld convention in Atlanta in 2006 as previously reported. CEO Gareb Shamus stated that Wizard is planning for an Atlanta show in 2007 which does not conflict with other comic conventions in the region. In a related […]