February 2005

HI! WY ME OR AL? OH, OK!" Posted Thursday, February 24, 2005, 8:52PM by TylerL
"Bo-BoBo First Ending now online. Can't wait for its premiere.

I'm going to start throwing together the One Piece section next week (anyone have high-quality raw versions of the second and third endings?), bandwidth willing. We're cutting it really close this month.
Here's my dilemma, and one I should've had many times before:
Should I post intros and endings which may very well spoil future plot-points as of yet unaired in America?
The addition of characters or a change in setting often happens with great turning points in the story that are reflected in the ever-changing intros and endings for a show. Nearly every serial anime show on Toonami had been spoiled in whole or in part for me since I need to collect these intros and endings and moderate message boards (including reading spoiler tags).
What's a poor webmaster supposed to think?
Go to Toonami Infolink and take the poll on the left column of the page and tell me what to do.

Pretend this got posted before: Batman Volume 3 info. Posted Wednesday, February 23, 2005, 10:20PM by andromaton
"Street Date: 5/24/05
MSRP: $44.98
Discs: 4
Run Time: 609
Subtitles: 1 English, 2 Francais, 3 Espanol
Aspect Ratio: Original Aspect Ratio - 1.33, Standard [4:3 Transfer]

Click Read More for Special Features.
Oh and there will be a Superfriends Second Season DVD set.

Commentary on ""Read my Lips"" by Producer, Bruce Timm; Writer, Paul Dini; Director, Boyd Kirkland; Writer, Michael Reaves; and Composer, Shirley Walker
Commentary on ""House and Garden"" by Producer, Bruce Timm; Writer, Paul Dini; Director, Boyd Kirkland; and Moderator, Jason Hillhouse
Commentary on ""Harlequinade"" by Producer, Bruce Timm; Writer, Paul Dini; and Composer, Shirley Walker
""Gotham's New Knight"" - Featurette on Batgirl

thunder... Thunder!... BATMAN HO! Posted Wednesday, February 23, 2005, 5:03PM by andromaton
"From DVDtoons.com: With the announcement of Batman: The Animated Series V.3 and Superfriends: Season 2, WB has included the following:

Trailered On: Batman: The Animated Series Vol. 3;
Thundercats: Season One, Volume One (3-Pack)

What that means is that a trailer for Batman V3 and Superfriends S2 will be included in the release Thundercats DVD release. Besides that, there are no further details, but at least you know that a DVD is coming.

Toon Zone interviews Goku! Posted Monday, February 21, 2005, 2:25PM by andromaton
"From Toonzone.net: Chances are you've heard Ian James Corlett in one of the innumerable animated series he's lent his voice to: ReBoot (Glitch-Bob); Beast Wars: Transformers (Cheetor); Dragon Ball Z (Goku); Mega Man (Mega Man); Mobile Suit Gundam Wing (Quinze); Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century (Martin Fenwick); Ranma 1/2 (Dr. Tofu Ono); G.I. Joe (Inferno); [I]or in countless supporting roles in other series. But he is also a writer (Rescue Heroes, Rolie Polie Olie), a composer Yvon of the Yukon, Being Ian) and a series creator (Yvon of the Yukon, Being Ian). He recently spoke to Toon Zone about his career and history.

Click Read More for a Portion of the Interview

Toon Zone: Thanks for talking to us, Ian. First of all, where are you from?

Ian James Corlett: I am from a suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia, called Burnaby. I’m the youngest in a family of three boys, who all grew up in and around our family business, which was a piano store. Which is probably a pretty odd setting and is the setting for an animated series that I created, called Being Ian.

TZ: So the show has ""Ian"" in the title and is set in a piano store like where you grew up. Can we call it autobiographical?

IJC: Well, it is loosely based on my life growing up as a young film buff and filmmaker in Burnaby, and the series mirrors lots of imaginative happenings in my life. Or, maybe not so loosely, since it’s set around the same kind of family and family business. We all worked in the family business ever since I can remember, basically, which is the joy of family businesses. My parents were there and so were we.

Being IanAnyway, the Ian character in the show is a guy with a huge imagination, who, whatever situation he finds himself in, will drift off into a fantasy world which has always got something to do with film. So, for instance, if he's trying to get out of a task, he'll imagine that he's in the military and his Dad is choosing someone for a very dangerous assignment, and we'll go to a short fantasy sequence of him imagining that he's in the army. Or if he loses something around the house, he'll drift off into an Indiana Jones–style fantasy sequence. He might be searching for his sock, for all we know, but he thinks he's searching for the golden idol.

And there's always several of these in every episode. These sequences are always done in sort of a different style and format from what the actual show is produced in. When I dreamt up the concept I thought it would be fun to have an animated show that was able to showcase different styles of animation at the same time. So it's not what you would call a high-brow, animation-festival style of a show, but we do get a chance to use stop-motion and computer animation and different styles within the same show.

TZ: Ian is a young filmmaker, you say. Were you a young filmmaker?

IJC: Yes. When I was a kid I got interested in making little animated movies, basically just using toys and doing stop-motion animated films with my wind-up 8mm movie camera. When I was in Grade 6 or 7, I made a film for a school project, for a science class. I decided to do this thing on volcanoes and to do a little animated film with a cutaway of a volcano, showing where the magma comes from and all that kind of stuff. And then I spiced it up by having a little scene with these little cavemen running away when they saw the volcano coming, just to add a little drama to the science. Basically, it was my way of trying something more interesting than the regular written report, and it was trying to do something fun, probably so it didn't feel so much like work. (Laughs) But the teacher suggested that I enter it into this little film festival that we used to have in Burnaby, and I ended up winning Best Primary School entry, or something like that.

I kind of got the bug from there, and, from that year on right up until Grade 12, I made films for these film festivals. In my last year of secondary school, in 1980, I ultimately wound up winning Most Promising Filmmaker in the BC Student Film Festival, which, for its time and the region, was kind of a big deal. I mean, it was shown in a downtown movie theater and had real judges and movie critics from the newspapers. And that was a bit of a coup, because the winner of that award was usually from the university category—whoever won the university category usually got the Most Promising Filmmaker because they were usually poised to go off on some sort of career path after university. But I would enter lots of films each year, taking the quantity over quality strategy, and my films were always comedies, and some of them were animated. And when I won it was kind of a big deal because I was the youngest winner ever. Anyway, I think they may have had a notion that I wasn't going to go to university (laughs).

For the rest of the interview (there is alot left) click on over

Say What? Posted Sunday, February 20, 2005, 8:20PM by TylerL

Dragged into updates. Posted Sunday, February 20, 2005, 1:21AM by TylerL
"Zatch Bell promo aired today. It premieres next week.
Zatch Bell section created, populated.
I'd go to bed, but ASF needs updating too.
Update by Tyler 34,273 seconds later: Zatch Bell Short Promo online too.

Transformers: Cybertron to Cartoon Network Posted Friday, February 18, 2005, 6:54PM by andromaton
"Hasbro announced its 2005 plans for the Transformers franchise today. Included were a few details on the latest animated series Transformers Cybertron (Galaxy Force in Japan) and its home on Cartoon Network. It wasn't announced exatly where would premiere but odds are Toonami or Miguzi either way, look for it come summer.

Click Read More for a short description of the series and more.

The new universe-spanning storyline finds the Transformers home planet, Cybertron, in danger once again. To save the planet from certain destruction Optimus Prime leads the Autobots in their search to find the four Cyber Planet Keys. However, Megatron and his nefarious Decepticons also want the Keys in order to harness their power for evil.

The toys will be released in July with MSRP's between $6.99 and $49.99.

Character Designs:

TZ Mirrorage. Posted Friday, February 18, 2005, 4:55PM by TylerL
"Loonatics, the new Looney Tunes-esque show. Coming to KidsWB Fall 2005 (and probably Cartoon Network sometime later).
Download the preview.

EXT3-fs error (device ide2(33,3)): ext3_new_block: block(9229343) >= blocks count(9229342) - block_group = 281, es == dfd6b400" Posted Thursday, February 17, 2005, 10:31PM by TylerL
"Naruto section complete!
5 Intros
8 Endings

All full-motion 640x480 MP4s.
Come and get 'em.
I'm sure a lot of you would like to see what Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo looks like. I'm working on getting at least the intro for tomorrow. No promises.

''Samurai Jack: Season 2'' Release date set Posted Thursday, February 17, 2005, 9:16PM by Nobuyuki
"Thanks to the guys at DVDToons for the original information!

Release Info
From Genndy Tartakovsky, the creator of Star Wars: Clone Wars, comes the Emmy Award winning Samurai Jack Season 2 on DVD, scheduled for May 24, 2005.

The series follows the tales of a young samurai cast far into the future by the evil shape-shifting wizard Aku. Join Samurai Jack on his quest to return to the past and undo the destruction that Aku has wrought upon the land. With award-winning artwork and intricate, action-packed plots, the many journeys of Samurai Jack are a must for any fan's collection.

Click ""Read More"" for episode titles and disc features.

Episodes include:
(14) Jack Learns to Jump
(15) Jack vs the Worm, The Metal-Eaters, & The Fairy
(16) Jack and the Smackback
(17) Jack and the Scotsman II
(18) Jack and the Ultra-Robots
(19) Jack Remembers the Past
(20) Jack and the Monks
(21) Jack and the Dragon
(22) Jack vs the Five Hunters
(23) Jack vs Demango
(24) Jack Is Naked
(25) Jack and the Spartans
(26) Jack's Shoes


Aspect Ratio: Original Aspect Ratio - 1.33, Standard [4:3 Transfer]
Sound Track Language: English
Subtitles: 1 English, 2 Francais, 3 Espanol

Sound Quality:

Espanol: Dolby Surround Stereo 2.0
English: Dolby Surround Stereo 2.0
Francais: Dolby Surround Stereo 2.0
Closed Captioning: Yes

Street Date: 5/24/05
MSRP: $29.98
Media Quantity: 2
Packaging Type: Digi-Pack
Run Time: 296

Sure, pick the popular shows with like, fifty bazillion intros and endings..." Posted Wednesday, February 16, 2005, 10:18PM by TylerL
"Holy crap. Big day for Toonami.
Coming to Toonami:
One Piece
Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo
IGPX (full original series!)
I'm working on acquiring all the necessary clips now. I had a healthy collection of Naruto going before, so part of that is going up now.
Naruto First Intro
Naruto Second Intro
Naruto First Ending
Naruto Second Ending
Naruto Third Ending

More from the new serieses (serieii) later.

Cartoon Network drops both shoes at once. In Toonami's Direction. Posted Wednesday, February 16, 2005, 11:37AM by andromaton
"Cartoon Network today announced several major acquisitions for their venerable Toonami action-animation block. Fan-favorite Naruto will join the block in the third quarter of 2005, while One Piece will move to Toonami in May. Toonami original IGPX will expand into a full series from Production IG.

From Toonzone.net
Click Read More for a bit more of ""New for Toonami""

The Batman will see a Toonami airing beginning April 2, ShoPro acquisition Zatch Bell will start in March, and nosehair-fighting anime Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo is coming in the fourth quarter. Teen Titans will air 17 new episodes in the coming year, Justice League Unlimited has 23 new episodes on the block, and Duel Masters will return with 26 new episodes. D.I.C.E. and Dragonball GT will both also continue with new episodes.

Naruto licensed, Fanboys left with nothing to talk about." Posted Tuesday, February 15, 2005, 7:27PM by TylerL
"Viz/ShoPro has licensed Naruto.
Viz (and ShoPro) have been friendly with Cartoon Network before, providing Inu Yasha and Hamtaro to Adult Swim and Toonami.
We'll see later what the future holds for this very popular series.

See the press release at ANN:

What I dug up is quite unsettling. / ""Just how unsettling?"" / ""Quite!""" Posted Thursday, February 10, 2005, 8:31PM by TylerL
DBGT Lost Episodes Toonami Promo
JLU Season 2 Promo
Astro Boy: Omega Factor Game Review

Nightly News in Gotham: Rupert Thorne found dead. Posted Friday, February 4, 2005, 11:55AM by andromaton
"John Vernon, whose distinctive baritone and indelible screen presence brought class and weight to such roles as Dean Vernon Wormer in Animal House and Rupert Thorne in Batman: The Animated Series, has died at the age of 72.

According to his family, the Saskatchewan-born Vernon – who became known for playing villains, sinister officials and unsympathetic authority figures – died peacefully at his Los Angeles home Tuesday.


Click ""Read More"" for a bit of background about John.
Source: Toonzone and CBC News

Born Adolphus Raymondus Vernon Agopsowicz, he started acting while attending high school in the community of Zehner, located northeast of Regina. He went on to study at the Banff School of Fine Arts and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

He spent time working in theatre troupes in London and at the Stratford Festival of Canada.

Vernon's stage training led to a job performing live in the early days of CBC-TV, which he recalled fondly in a 1988 interview. ""Live TV was something else,"" he said. ""An actor got to do Chekhov one week, Shakespeare a few weeks later.""

Wojeck, which turned out to be his breakthrough role, was one of the CBC's first filmed series, Vernon said. ""They hadn't even drawn up contracts to cover such things as actors' residuals.""

Though he did only 20 episodes of the show, based on the exploits of Toronto coroner Dr. Morton Shulman, ""the reaction was so strong that it reached the attention of some Hollywood producers, who brought me to L.A.,"" he said.

Vernon did voice work for several animated TV series based on comics (including Captain America, Iron Man, and The Marvel Superheroes) before being cast in the 1967 gangster classic Point Blank.

His prolific Hollywood resumé also included Dirty Harry, Alfred Hitchcock's 1969 cold war thriller Topaz and the Clint Eastwood western The Outlaw Josey Wales, as well as comedies like John Landis's Animal House, in which he played Dean Vernon Wormer, and the 1988 blaxploitation spoof I'm Gonna Git You Sucka.

Altogether, he appeared in more than 100 TV shows and films but returned to voice work, primarily for video games, in the last 10 years.

Samba PDCs are the coolest things since LDAP. Posted Thursday, February 3, 2005, 7:08PM by TylerL
"The ""Lost Episodes"" of Dragon Ball GT are airing starting this week.
Someone at FUNimation found the tapes while clearing out their refrigerator.
DBGT Lost Episodes Promo
DBGT Lost Episodes Short Promo