January 2004

Bing Posted Friday, January 30, 2004, 12:00AM by TylerL
"Looking for these?
Update by Tyler after sleep: And you people wonder why we don't use DivX very often...
If you're having trouble viewing any of the entries, I recommend using VLC instead. You can thank me later.
Prettified Update: If you follow the link above, you'll find the results of Toonami: Digital Arsenal's Show Us Your Arsenal contest! The judging is complete, the senseless fist fights among the judges have finally come to an end, and the winners have been chosen! Congratulations to everyone who entered, the overall quality of the submissions was SUPERB. Now then, go download those submissions and enjoy the wealth of talent!

He-Man IS in trouble and only YOU can save him. Posted Thursday, January 29, 2004, 2:19PM by Andromaton
"'Masters' NEEDS your vote!
Click on the above link to sign the He-Man.org Petition to show Mattel your support for Masters of the Universe!
This is no joke everyone.
We are potentially watching our dream come to an end.
Do you really want to risk losing Masters of the Universe, despite what you may have heard?
We do not! And we won't sit by and wait to find out that the toy line we love is gone!
The time to act is now.
Please sign the petition today!

source: he-man.org
Click read more for their press release.

As quoted from TZ.


Fans from the popular site www.he-man.org are rallying support to save the Masters of the Universe franchise in the United States.

Relaunched in the summer of 2002, the new toy line has received rave reviews from critics and fans alike. The new cartoon and comic have also received praise as well, and are strong fan favorites. But all of this could change.

Despite a large following with adults and collectors, the new toy and cartoon did not appear to find its intended audience with children. After numerous reports of the toy line being dropped by major retailers, no reports of new figures debuting this spring, and the cartoon airing one day a week in syndication, fans of this brand are joining together in an effort to keep Masters in production for the extensive collector community.

""Masters of the Universe is a brand that has a very large and very passionate following,"" says Val Staples, writer of the Masters of the Universe comic and administrative contact for He-Man.org. ""As a fellow fan, I can say without a doubt that the huge Masters fan base has been dreaming about this kind of relaunch for over a decade.""

Mattel has a history of producing toys that are primarily child-oriented. And thankfully this has struck home with international markets, as both children and adults appear to be taking to the relaunch. But Masters in the U.S. has not been as fortunate. And since Mattel does not specialize in collector oriented toys, fans fear that Masters may be gone for good in the U.S.

""We know this line would have a long and successful life in the U.S. as a collector and fan-oriented brand."" added Staples. ""The fans won't stop until Mattel realizes this.""

He-Man.org has started an online petition as one way of sending Mattel their message. The petition is just one of a few measures they have planned to let Mattel know about their love for this property.

""We take this very seriously. Masters is our passion. It's just as important to us as the hobbies and collections embraced by millions of others,"" says Staples. ""We set out to create a petition that proudly displays the names and comments of every unique Masters fan and their love for this property. We hope our efforts might ensure that fans across the globe will look forward to not only new toys, but new cartoon episodes or specials, comics, and more.""

The fans of He-Man.org hope that other fans who enjoy Masters of the Universe will add their names to the petition, and join them in the other events to raise Mattel's awareness.

You can sign the petition at: http://www.he-man.org/petition/ and you can track regular updates about the Masters of the Universe brand and the efforts of its fans at http://www.he-man.org/ .

Toonami ratingness super adventure groove master II: Champion Edition time. Posted Wednesday, January 28, 2004, 3:35AM by Andromaton
"Toonami increased its ratings and delivery of kids 6-11 by 5% compared to the same period last year, and its Fridays block saw ratings and delivery of kids 6-11 grew by 2% and 4%, respectively.

Source: TZ

Just say No! Especially on March 3rd. Posted Wednesday, January 28, 2004, 3:19AM by Andromaton
"Roy Disney and Stanley Gold are sending a letter to all Disney shareholders asking them to vote ""No"" on the re-election of Michael Eisner, amungst other Directors on March 3.

Click Read More for a copy of the letter.Source: www.savedisney.com

An Open Letter To Our Fellow Disney Shareholders
From Roy E. Disney And Stanley P. Gold

Roy E. Disney
Stanley P. Gold

4444 Lakeside Drive
Burbank, CA 91505

January 27, 2004

Dear Fellow Walt Disney Company Shareholders:

Now is the time for all Disney shareholders to take the first step to bring needed change to The Walt Disney Company. We ask each of you to join us in our campaign to change senior management's and the Board's ""business as usual"" attitude at Disney.

Join us in voting NO on the re-election of Michael Eisner, George Mitchell, Judith Estrin, and John Bryson as Directors at the Wednesday, March 3 Annual Meeting of Shareholders in Philadelphia.

Eight weeks ago, we resigned from the Board of Directors to vividly demonstrate our dissatisfaction with the direction and management of The Walt Disney Company. Our resignation letters, which can be easily accessed on our website www.savedisney.com, describe in detail our reasons. In particular, our ongoing concern is that the Company's senior management has been unable to generate long-term growth and performance and that the Board of Directors has failed to hold management accountable for its failures.

SEND A MESSAGE TO EISNER AND THE BOARD

By just saying NO you will send a message the Board of Directors cannot ignore. By withholding your vote from these four directors - who we believe are representative of what is wrong at Disney - you will force the Board to recognize the widespread conviction that serious changes in both senior management and the Board are necessary.

NO ON EISNER AND NO ON ESTRIN, MITCHELL AND BRYSON

We are seeking a NO vote on Michael Eisner and also a NO vote on George Mitchell, Judith Estrin and John Bryson because they symbolize, respectively, the poor management, poor governance, poor compensation practices, and lack of board independence that are impeding the development of long-term shareholder value at The Walt Disney Company.

MICHAEL EISNER (poor management): Since the death of Frank Wells in 1994, Michael Eisner has been unable to manage growth or achieve performance levels that were once commonplace at The Walt Disney Company. Since 1995, Return-on-Invested Capital has declined by 63% from 18% to 7%. Return-on-Equity has declined by 80% from 22% to 6% and Return-on-Assets has declined by 79% from 10% to 3%. While the Company's stock has improved in recent months, it is important to note that since January 1996, an initial investment of $10,000 in Disney stock would have grown to only $11,497 over the 8 years ending December 2003, as compared to an investment in Dow Jones which grew to $20,191 (or 75% greater than Disney).

Mr. Eisner has failed to formulate a viable long-term strategy. Instead of investing wisely the cash flow produced by the company over the past ten years, those resources have been squandered on many failed projects, the most recent of which is the $5.2 billion acquisition of the Fox Family Channel.

He has built theme parks using copies of rides found elsewhere and built other attractions that fail to spark the imagination and excitement our guests and customers have a right to expect from Disney. The dismal financial results at Disney's California Adventure and Disney's Studio Paris are testimony to this flawed strategy.

The revolving door of executives has also led to an enormous loss of creative talent - once the clear hallmark of Disney.

While these activities may provide a short-term (in many cases, very short) boost to revenues, they have the long-term effect of dissipating what has made The Walt Disney Company great. If this process is allowed to continue, Disney will wind up ""just another entertainment company""- and will never be able to recover its hard-earned reputation for providing unparalleled quality family entertainment and exceptional value to its guests and customers.

GEORGE MITCHELL (poor governance): We believe Ex-Senator Mitchell is not capable of providing effective leadership as the Company's ""Presiding Director."" He has opposed our repeated efforts to separate the functions of CEO and Chairman of the Board. Instead, he supported the Company's new governance rules, which are more form than substance - and which have left him as a Presiding Director with no authority or real responsibility.

Equally troubling, in addition to his full-time career as a practicing lawyer, ex-Senator Mitchell serves on far too many other boards to permit him adequate time for his Disney commitments. (It is worth noting that many of the other companies on whose boards he has sat have experienced significant financial, legal, and governance problems - among them Xerox, U.S. Technologies, Oily Rock Group Ltd. and Staples Inc.).

Moreover, within the last several years ex-Senator Mitchell has served as a paid consultant to the Company and his law firm has received more than $1 million in fees from The Walt Disney Company.

JUDITH ESTRIN (poor compensation practices): As Chair of the Board's Compensation Committee for the past two years, Ms. Estrin engineered what we believe were excessive total compensation packages for the Company's top five executives. For example, in fiscal 2002, when the Disney stock price was down approximately 16%, total compensation for those executives alone was approximately $40 million.

Good governance requires - and shareholders deserve - a real connection between performance and pay. Under Ms. Estrin's leadership of the Compensation Committee, we believe that connection has been severed.

JOHN BRYSON (lack of independence): For almost two years, we have pointed out to the Board that John Bryson should not be considered an ""independent"" director because his wife was being paid millions of dollars as an executive of Disney's 50%-owned Lifetime Channel.

Moreover, as CEO of Edison International, Mr. Bryson oversaw transactions with The Walt Disney Company for the naming rights to Anaheim Stadium that involved tens of millions of dollars. Nonetheless, the Disney Board continued to publicly declare that John Bryson was independent.

In his capacity as an ""independent"" director and Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee, he collaborated with Michael Eisner to manage the removal of Andrea Van de Kamp from the Board one year ago because of her opposition to some of management's proposals. He performed a similar role this year in removing Roy E. Disney from the Board.

Only after eliminating dissenting voices from the Board and being confronted with the recently adopted New York Stock Exchange certification requirements for independent directors, did the Board belatedly concede that Mr. Bryson is not independent.

A company seriously committed to ""best practices"" in corporate governance would not have allowed Mr. Bryson to serve as Chair of its Nominating and Governance Committee.

JOIN US IN VOTING NO ON YOUR PROXY

WITHHOLD YOUR VOTE FROM EISNER, MITCHELL, ESTRIN AND BRYSON

We believe it is important for you to understand that our actions today are not motivated by any personal ambitions. Neither of us has any desire to be Chairman or CEO of The Walt Disney Company. Rather, we are launching our ""Vote No"" campaign in an effort to improve the long-term financial health of the Company, to restore shareholder value, and to return the quality of its products and services to a level that will yield sustainable growth.

PLEASE TAKE A FEW MOMENTS TO VOTE YOUR SHARES. EVERY VOTE COUNTS. WE NEED YOU TO SIGN AND RETURN YOUR PROXY CARD - BUT PLEASE TAKE THE TIME AND INDICATE ON YOUR PROXY THAT YOU ARE WITHHOLDING YOUR VOTE FOR MICHAEL EISNER, GEORGE MITCHELL, JUDITH ESTRIN AND JOHN BRYSON.

DON'T LET YOUR BROKER VOTE FOR YOU. UNLESS YOU SEND BACK YOUR PROXY WITH AN ""X"" MARKED IN THE BOX ""FOR ALL EXCEPT"" AND LIST THE NAMES OF MICHAEL EISNER, GEORGE MITCHELL, JUDITH ESTRIN AND JOHN BRYSON (OR THE NUMBERS ASSOCIATED IN THE PROXY WITH THESE NOMINEES) IN THE SPACE PROVIDED, YOUR SHARES WILL BE VOTED ""FOR"" EISNER AND ALL THE OTHER MANAGEMENT DIRECTORS.

If you have any questions on how to VOTE NO, please contact our proxy specialists -- Mackenzie Partners, Inc. Toll-Free at (800)-322-2885 or at (212)-929-5500 or by email at savedisney@mackenziepartners.com. They will be pleased to help you through the process. You may also see www.savedisney.com for specific instructions or email us at voteno@savedisney.com.

Make sure your voice is heard. The damage The Walt Disney Company has suffered at the hands of Michael Eisner and the current Board must be repaired before it is too late. VOTE NO TODAY AND BRING BACK THE MAGIC! Thanks for your support.

Sincerely,
Roy E. Disney Stanley P. Gold

WHERE'S MY TIVO REMOTE?!?!??! Posted Tuesday, January 27, 2004, 9:00PM by TylerL
"HappyFun Contest News:
The Contest results will be announced in the Show Us Your Arsenal Feature at Midnight e.s.t. on Friday.
All entries will be available for download at that time as well.
Oh, the anticipation...
Update from Zogg: Sweet. Let me say, everyone is in for a treat. These things are awesome. (Especially the winners.)

''Star Wars: Clone Wars'' Season 2 Chapter Summaries Posted Friday, January 23, 2004, 12:52AM by meteo
"Season 2 of ""Star Wars: Clone Wars"" hits the UK Toonami Network on Monday March 29th and Toonami Infolink has the summaries for the first few episodes.

Episodes will premiere each morning at 7:00 and repeat throughout the day at 8:00, 13:00. 14:00, 15:00 and 16:00. To read the summaries for the first three Season 2 episodes click ""Read More"" However, there may be spoilers so proceed at your own risk.

Monday March 29th: Chapter 11

Anakin tracks a mysterious ship to Yavin 4 and leads a group of Clone Toopers into the misty jungle to find the pilot. Each one is picked off until Anakin is left alone with Asajj Ventress, Count Dooku's assasin.

Tuesday March 30th: Chapter 12

Whilst Mace Windu's forces on the planet Dantooine are under attack a craft arrives and shoots a seismic charge into the ground. When the dust clears, Mace finds himself alone, surrounded by numerous droid soldiers and without his lightsaber.

Wednesday March 31st: Chapter 13

Mace Windu must manage to take on overwhelming droid soldiers in hand-to-hand combat on the planet Dantooine. His lightsaber is missing, but he still has the power of the Force as his weapon.

I'm updating faster than I can think up news post titles. Posted Thursday, January 22, 2004, 9:04AM by TylerL
Thanks to the six superawesome generous people who donated this month! We'll live to see another.
The Debt-O-Meter will be reset on January 26th for the new billing month.

2 Minutes Remaining Posted Wednesday, January 21, 2004, 5:51PM by TylerL
"Alex Ross' Toonami interview is here.
I'll make a subsection for these interviews someday.
In the future.

Tyler, this is your mother speaking. You have to go to work." Posted Wednesday, January 21, 2004, 8:35AM by TylerL
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[News Post Title Idea Timeout: 180 seconds] Posted Tuesday, January 20, 2004, 6:19PM by TylerL
Many fun new files for the people:
Long Bardock Movie Intro
Return of the King game review
Macross 7 intro (Almost Toonami by request)
Gundam SEED (Almost Toonami)

Have fun.
Update by Tyler 5 minutes later: Thanks to Brian and Eric for donating this month! I've updated the donation info a bit. Check above for the current Debt-O-Meter and bill deadline.

Circular Troubleshooting Posted Monday, January 19, 2004, 8:42AM by TylerL
"Alias has a customer profile on their website for Turner Studios.
There's a QuickTime movie with video snippets and interviews with some of the Maya users inside Turner. One third of the way into the video, there's an in-depth look at the production of TOM and the entire Toonami animation package.
Definitely worth a look. And another.
http://www.alias.com/eng/community/movie_gallery/turner_studios.jhtml
Thanks to Toonmaster (for finding it) and Nobuyuki (for actually posting the link) on the Toon Zone Forums.

Unisexy Posted Friday, January 16, 2004, 4:31PM by TylerL
"This is not an update.

Disney responds to Disney closures. Posted Tuesday, January 13, 2004, 1:25AM by Andromaton
"Walt Disney Company closed their Florida studio today, firing nearly 260 artists. Roy E. Disney had the following to say about the closure:

""Closure of the Walt Disney Florida Feature Animation facility is yet another example of Michael Eisner's de-emphasis of creativity and total indifference to the impact his decisions have on the people who helped to make the company great. Once again, the Eisner regime has emphasized short-term gains over long-term value. The drain of talent over the past several years from the company's feature animation department in Orlando, Burbank, Paris, and Tokyo has been absolutely gut-wrenching. People are being asked to leave because management -- particularly Michael -- can't figure out what to do with them. That certainly is not the fault of the talent. It is the fault of the so-called strategic thinkers at headquarters.""

UNIX and Chopsticks Posted Monday, January 12, 2004, 10:30PM by TylerL
"GI-Joe Spy Troops Intro uploaded. Happy day.

Contest News: Yes, it still exists. I'm just lazy and busy.
I've also been informed by The Whiny One that I still need to judge.
After that, I'll start working on the page.
Someday.
Update from Zogg: Back to judging!

Righteous Insubordination Posted Wednesday, January 7, 2004, 7:58PM by TylerL
"Hello!
I am the awesome totally hot and sexy webmaster of Toonami Digital Arsenal.
I send you this update in order to have your advice:

Prince of Persia Game Review
Better Cartoon Show Promo 3000
He-Man vs. The SnakeMen Intro
GI-Joe Spytroops Promo
TOM's Crazy Concert Adventure

Thank you.

It's a man baby! Posted Monday, January 5, 2004, 10:42PM by Andromaton
"Michael York, known as Basil Exposition of the Austin Powers movies, will provide the voice of Ares, God of War, on season 3 of Justice League. York previously played Count Vertigo on B:TAS.

New Schedule Hatches on Toonami Today Posted Monday, January 5, 2004, 2:48AM by meteo
"Today ""Justice League"" and ""Transfomers Armada"" leave the block to make way for the winter schedule. Joining ""SD Gundam"" and the second run of ""Dragonball"" Season 4 will be the Buu Saga of ""Dragonball Z,"" the first episodes of which haven't been seen in almost two years and ""Yu Yu Hakusho"" which will start from the beginning. ""Yu Yu Hakusho"" will be leading to new episodes starting in March. Toonami Fridays also sees a change with movies at 5.5 PM Eastern.

For the complete line-up click ""Read More""

January Toonami Schedule - All Times Eastern

Monday - Thursday

5.0 PM - SD Gundam - 4th Toonami Run
5.5 PM - Yu Yu Hakusho - From the Beginning
6.0 PM - Dragonball Z - Buu Saga
6.5 PM - Dragonball - Season 4, 2nd Toonami Run

Fridays

5.0 PM - SD Gundam - 4th Toonami Run
5.5 PM - Toonami In-Flight Movies
6.5 PM - Dragonball GT - Premieres

This Friday will be the Toonami premiere of ""G.I. Joe: Spy Troops."" The four ""Dragonball Z"" movies that aired in September will air on the next four Fridays.

I am not the answer. I am not the way. I am The Question. Posted Sunday, January 4, 2004, 6:55PM by Andromaton
"The voice of the Scarecrow (TNBA), Jeffrey Combs, will play the The Question in the upcoming season Justice League.

Aside from the The Question, there will be appearances (at the very least) from Green Arrow (Kin Shriner), Hawk and Dove (Jason Hervey and Fred Savage), Captain Atom (George Eads), as well as the unvoiced Black Canary, Red Tornado, and Firestorm.

Now with added poll, click Read More to vote. Do it; so commands Pepito.