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"King of Fighters Another Day": Maximum Action, Minimum Plot

King of Fighters: Another Day is an original net animation (or ONA) that Production I.G. made to coincide with the release of King of Fighters: Maximum Impact 2 (known as King of Fighters 2006 in the U.S.) While it’s not getting an official U.S. release, many R1 copies are being shipped with King of Fighters […]

AvatarSpirit.net Interviews Voice Actor Crawford Wilson (UPDATED Nov 27)

The AvatarSpirit.net fan site has posted part 1 of an interview with Crawford Wilson, the voice actor who plays “Jet” on Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender. Wilson discusses his character and how his one-episode role turned into something more substantial in the second season. (UPDATED Nov 27, 2006): AvatarSpirit.net has posted part 2 of the […]

"Skyland": Beautiful Clichés With a Glint of Potential

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: two teenage siblings discover that they have the power between them to end the tyranny of their totalitarian overlords, who… OK, that didn’t take long. Welcome to Skyland, a new series created by Alexandre de la Patellière, Matthieu Delaporte, and Emmanuel Gorinstein and debuting on the Nicktoons […]

Saving the World (of TV Animation): The "Avatar the Last Airbender" Complete Book 1 Collection

Water, Earth, Fire and Air are the four elements that the title character of Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender must master as part of his quest to save the world. Similarly, the show’s success lies in its mastery of four different elements: Setting, Story, Characterization, and Technique. The first season, recently released on DVD, proves […]

"Persepolis" Animated Production Blog and Stills On-line

A production weblog has been started for Persepolis, an animated film based on the graphic novel memoirs of the same name by Marjane Satrapi. The weblog will track Satrapi’s progress as the days of her youth in post-revolution Iran are chronicled in animated form. Several still photos from the film are available on the official […]

The Existential Angst of "Hello Kitty: Stump Village" Vol. 1

It could have been a recipe for disaster. In 2005, Sanrio began work on a new cartoon for their top-licensed character, the charming but aloof Hello Kitty. Following the current trend of “re-imagining” classic series, the producers chose to abandon all the prior continuity of her earlier animated incarnations, opting instead for a 3-D stop-motion […]

Sifu Kisu Talks Martial-Arts of "Avatar" to AvatarSpirit.net

AvatarSpirit.net has posted the first section of an interview with Sifu Kisu, the martial-arts consultant to Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender. Included in the topics discussed are how Sifu Kisu discovered the martial arts, how he got invovled with the show, what his involvement in the show entails, and how to develop a martial-arts style […]

"Avatar" Season 2 DVD Volume 1 in January 2007

TVShowsOnDVD.com is reporting that the first DVD of Avatar the Last Airbender‘s second season will be released on January 23, 2007. The disc will include the first five episodes of the second season (up from the 4 per disc for all the season 1 DVD releases); it is expected that a boxed set will be […]

Publishers Weekly on Cable TV Effect on Graphic Novel Sales

Thomas J. McLean of Publishers Weekly has written an article analyzing how a hit anime show often leads to a surge in manga sales, while similar ratings hits for cartoons based on American superhero comics often have little or no effect on comic sales, including for tie-in books such as Justice League Adventures or Teen […]

Toon Zone Interviews Don Hahn on a "Nightmare" Project

Examine the credits of some of the most acclaimed animated films and you’ll find Don Hahn listed as the producer for many of them. He began his career as an assistant animator for Pete’s Dragon, and moved up to associate producer for Who Framed Roger Rabbit. His first credit as producer for a feature length […]

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