Toon Boom Studio Goes to Version 3

by Ed Liuon July 6, 2005
Toon Boom Animation, Inc. has announced Toon Boom Studio v3, a major upgrade to their 2D animation software for MacOS and Windows. New features include a Free Transform tool, improved sound scrubbing to adjust lip synchronization, and anti-aliasing support under MacOS X.

Jack Kirby Museum and Research Center Announced

by Ed Liuon July 6, 2005
Lisa Kirby, daughter of Jack Kirby, has announced the creation of the Jack Kirby Museum and Research Center. The new museum will focus on the study, preservation, and appreciation of Kirby, best known as the co-creator of many of Marvel Comics’ most iconic characters.

Disney and Sprint to Launch Mobile Phone Service

by Ed Liuon July 6, 2005
The Walt Disney Corporation is teaming with Sprint to launch a national wireless phone service in the United States next year. The service, to be called Disney Mobile, will be designed for families and will be part of the Walt Disney Internet Group, which currently offers Disney-branded content for mobile phones.

Selby Kelly, 1917 – 2005

by Ed Liuon July 6, 2005
Writer Mark Evanier is reporting the passing of Selby Daley Kelly over the July 4th weekend. Kelly was the wife of cartoonist Walt Kelly (Pogo). She worked for multiple Hollywood animation studios before marrying Kelly and assisting on the Pogo comic strip. (CORRECTION: Evanier notes that Kelly’s passing was two weeks ago and only reported […]

Ben Burtt Moves to Pixar; Possible Director for "Chassis"

by Ed Liuon July 6, 2005
Academy Award winning sound designer Ben Burtt has left his position at Lucasfilm for Pixar Animation Studios. A recent news item on’s The Beat weblog suggests that Burtt may be directing Chassis, an adaptation of a comic book series from Hurricane Comics that centers around an independent rocket car driver from an alternate history […]

New "Gargoyles" DVD On The Way

by James Harveyon July 5, 2005
Greg Weisman has confirmed for Toon Zone that Gargoyles: The Animated Series – Season Two, Volume One is on the way. Exact number of episodes, extras, release date and price are expected to be announced by Disney in the near future.

Credit But No Cash for Kirby in "Fantastic Four"

by Ed Liuon July 5, 2005
A brief column in the Los Angeles Times states that Jack Kirby, co-creator of Marvel Comics’ Captain America, the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, and the X-Men, will be receiving some kind of recognition in the upcoming Fantastic Four movie, but his estate will still receive no monetary compensation for his contributions. (via Mark Evanier’s weblog; […]

NickToons Gets ‘Ren & Stimpy’

by Anthonynoteson July 5, 2005
Variety is reporting that Nicktoons, Nickelodeon’s 24-hour digital net dedicated to animation, is bringing back The Ren & Stimpy Show. The Ren & Stimpy Show, which originally launched on Nickelodeon in 1991, will air weeknights at 11:30pm and weekends at 11:00am & 11:30am starting August 1. Nicktoons has rights to all three seasons of the […]

North Korea-South Korea Cooperatively Produced Film May See August Release

by Benon July 4, 2005
Wanghusimchung (Empress Chung), an animated feature film co-produced by studios in North and South Korea, may see a simultaneous release in the two countries this August if negotiations with the North Korean side of the production are successful, Creative Film Marketing reported last week. A new dub track is expected to be produced in North […]

"Camp Lazlo" Comes to CN July 8

by Zeddon July 2, 2005
Camp Lazlo will debut on Cartoon Network on Friday, July 8, at 8:00pm (ET) during Cartoon Fridays, the network has announced. The series is currently in production at Cartoon Network Studios. Twenty-six episodes have been ordered. [Source: Cartoon Network]