Disney XD Launches; NY Times on the "Boy-Focused, Girl-Inclusive" Network

by Ed Liuon February 13, 2009
At midnight on Friday, February 13, 2009, Toon Disney quietly went off the airwaves and was replaced by Disney XD, the new network that is currently described by Disney executives as “boy-focused, girl-inclusive,” with programming targeted to appeal to boys aged 6-14. The New York Times has taken a look at the new network (free […]

NYCC2009: One Note Samba – Thoughts on This Year’s Con

by Ed Liuon February 13, 2009
New York Comic Con #4 is done now. Random thoughts while I can still remember them. – Don’t think this is the big wrap-up. There’s still more NYCC stuff coming. I have roundtable interviews about Wonder Woman with Bruce Timm, Lauren Montgomery, and Michael Jelenic coming up. – I should point out that I took […]

Dragonball GT Season 1-2: Of Sins and Farewells

by Jacob T. Paschalon February 13, 2009
Son Goku’s feelin’ pretty spry for fifty-two. ‘Course he was just turned back into a boy. After a chance encounter with an old foe, Son is left with but one year to retrieve the ‘Black Star Dragonballs’ that have turned him back into a kid. However, this time they aren’t spread across one world, they’re […]

Batman: Brave & the Bold "Return of the Fearsome Fangs!" Clips & Videos

by Ed Liuon February 12, 2009
Toon Zone News is proud to present new video clips and stills from “Return of the Fearsome Fangs!”, the new episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold that premieres on Friday, February 20, 2009, at 8:00 PM (Eastern/Pacific) on Cartoon Network. Click the images to play the clips (requires QuickTime): <!– <!– <!– Click […]

Well Go USA to release Digimon Data Squad in North America

by Jacob T. Paschalon February 12, 2009
Toei Animation has signed Well Go USA to release Digimon Data Squad on DVD in box set format during the Spring of 2009 in both the United States and Canada. The initial box shall continue the first thirteen episodes of the series. Further details have not be released. Source: Cynopsis.

Nickelodeon Kids’ Premieres on "Filthy Friday," February 27, 2009

by Ed Liuon February 12, 2009
Nickelodeon has announced a “Filthy Friday” Playdate for February 27, 2009, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (Eastern/Pacific), showcasting cartoons featuring filth fighting fun, including three premieres of The Backyardigans (“Robin Hood the Clean”), Olivia (“Olivia Paints a Mural/Olivia’s Day at the Office”), and Yo Gabba Gabba! (Guest Stars: Rachel Dratch, Chromeo, Biz Markie). The […]

"Romeo X Juliet" Cast/Crew Announced By FUNimation

by Classic Speedyon February 12, 2009
Hot off the heels that Romeo X Juliet is available to watch on FUNi’s official website, FUNimation also announced the cast and partial crew list for the 2007 Gonzo series based on the Shakespeare play. Line Producer: Christopher Bevins ADR Directors: J. Michael Tatum and R Bruce Elliott Script Adaptations: Taliesin Jaffe (and team) Romeo: […]

"Ghost in the Shell" Blu-ray Disc Coming Late Summer

by Classic Speedyon February 12, 2009
In August or September, Anchor Bay plans to release a Blu-ray version of the 1995 anime film Ghost in the Shell, which arguably was one of the properties to help Japanese animation get more U.S. exposure in the ’90s. For the Blu-ray edition, expect numerous reworkings in the visuals, including enhanced CGI sequences and cleaned-up […]

New York Comic Con 2009: Complete On-Site Coverage and Photo Gallery

by Ed Liuon February 12, 2009
Toon Zone News is proud to be back at the 2009 New York Comic Con for the best animation-related news on the Internet. Stay tuned for continuing coverage live from the Con all weekend long. Links to all of Toon Zone’s coverage so far can be found here, or by searching for “NYCC2009,” and make […]

NYCC2009: A Roundtable Discussion with "Up"’s Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera

by Ed Liuon February 12, 2009
Pete Docter’s long career with Pixar Animation Studios has meant he’s worked on many of the studio’s most beloved films, including both Toy Story movies, WALL-E, and his directorial debut Monsters, Inc. Jonas Rivera has also been with the studio for quite some time, starting off as an assistant on Toy Story and working his […]