December 2003

Green Arrow to the rescue! Posted Saturday, December 27, 2003, 7:37PM by Andromaton
"Kin Shriner will be providing the voice for Green Arrow on the third season of Justice League.

The Question, and Hawk and Dove will also be joining GA, Black Canary, Firestorm, Captain Atom, The Atom, and Red Tornado.
Source: Comics Continuum.

End of The World Posted Monday, December 22, 2003, 12:32PM by TylerL
".hack//SIGN Volume 6 is listed for a March 2 release in both the ""Regular"" and ""Limited Edition"" DVD formats. The episode count will cover the end of the series as well as episode 27, .hack//Intermezzo. In addition, those buying the LE package will get a second disk containing .hack//Unison (credited as episode 28), though no other extras are currently known.

Source: AnimeOnDVD.com

[Special thanks to Beefy for educating me on the subject]

Gertrude's Secrets Posted Thursday, December 18, 2003, 10:56PM by TylerL
ESPN Basketball game review online.
Watch.
Agree.
Disagree.
Accept.

Stickybear Bop Posted Wednesday, December 17, 2003, 6:26PM by TylerL
"You can download TOM's CRAZY SPACE ADVENTURE here

Tink Tonk Tinka's Mazes Posted Monday, December 15, 2003, 10:16PM by TylerL
Hello!
Welcome to TDA.
This is an update.
This update includes the TF: Armada Unicron Battles Intro.
Please enjoy this video file.
Thank you for your patronage.

Online chat with David Kaye Posted Saturday, December 13, 2003, 5:26PM by Andromaton
"AnimationHQ is excited to welcome accomplished voice actor, David Kaye. David has a long list of credits, but is known for his character portrayal of Sesshomaru from Inu Yasha, Professor Xavier in X-Men: Evolution, Spectral in Reboot, Treize Khushrenada in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, and of course Megatron in Transformers: Armada, Beast Wars, and Beast Machines. The chat will take place on Saturday, December 13th at 6 pm EST/3 pm PST. You can go to http://animationhq.net/v2/features/events.htm for more information on him and how to get to the chat room. Don't miss it!

Toonami-related Gaming 3-Pack! Posted Saturday, December 13, 2003, 5:23PM by Andromaton
"A few tidbits for the Toonami gaming faithful:

1.) Dragonball Z: Budokai 2 was released this past Tuesday for the Playstation2. Initial reviews are mixed, as many are praising the graphics upgrade but berating the lack of innovation. Check your favorite gaming site for more info.

2.) Bandai has announced .hack//Quarantine is due for a January 13 release in the U.S. As we've come to expect, the final game of the .hack series will be packaged with the last volume of the Liminality anime.

3.) Mobile Suit Gundam Z: AEUG vs. Titans, the newest Gundam Playstation2 release in Japan, beat out Gran Turismo 4 to premiere as the top-selling game of the week. A U.S. release has been announced, but a date is currently unknown. (Full Article)

Source(s): GamePro.com, Anime News Network.com, and GameSpot.com

Pepito's Message Spread Through Dance Posted Thursday, December 11, 2003, 4:32AM by meteo
"Throughout his glorious history Pepito has utilized myriad media to pursue his goals of world domination. Painting and photographs have shown Pepito spreading his message through history and more recently he has taken to the internet and late night television. In order to make sure everyone sees his vision however, Pepito has begun recruitment of the nation's youth, through dance.

For more on the further reach of Pepito's propaganda, click ""Read More""

According to Backstage.com dance legend and P.D.F. agent Debbie Allen recently put on a performance of ""Pepito's Story"" at the Wadsworth Theater. At the performance she breifly spoke of here involvement with the P.D.F. Acording to the article, """"'I always make time for these guys,' Allen said before the show's premiere, which drew Berry Gordy Jr., Carl Lewis, Mo'Nique, Kenny G, Arturo Sandoval and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.""

Taking a cue from the way the great Pepito trains his forces she noted her training techniques. ""'I can be hard on the kids too. I'm a tough teacher,"" says the veteran instructor, who dedicated the ""Pepito"" gala benefit performance. ""It's a lot of hard work that goes into this show and they need the discipline.""

Finally, she outlined her plans for spreading Pepito's message in the future. ""Allen's discipline is always on display as she is currently prepping for a trip to South America where she is launching a new TV project as well as putting the final touches on a screenplay she wrote for DreamWorks. 'And a few other things that I can't talk about just yet,' she says while tapping her way into the Wadsworth.""

Going... Going... GONE Posted Wednesday, December 10, 2003, 11:06PM by Zogg
"Submissions for the Show us Your Arsenal Contest are now...
CLOSED.
Thanks to everyone who submitted! The judges will begin reviewing the videos in order to choose the winners.

I've looked at a random sampling, and so far things are looking good. Judging is going to be tough.

Right now I don't have an estimate on winner announcement. Give us a few weeks and we should turn something out.

Form of a Website! Shape of Saving Disney! Posted Monday, December 8, 2003, 11:34PM by Andromaton
"A lot has happened within the executive board of the Disney company in the last few weeks, with Roy Disney's resignation and public denouncements of Michael Eisner, not to mention the decree that 2-D Animation is all but dead. As if that wasn't enough, in the wake of their resignations Roy Disney and Stan Gold have created a web site devoted to saving the Disney company: savedisney.com. Their goal is to ""...restore Disney to its position as the preeminent entertainment company in the world."" The site provides the emails for both Gold and Disney, and encourages people to give ideas, comments and feedback.

To visit the site, click HERE.
click Read More to read a snippt from the site.
Source: Toonzone.net

Welcome to Save Disney.com. This website is devoted to those concerned about the welfare of The Walt Disney Company and its future direction. Stan Gold and I plan to use this site as a central information location as we begin to restore Disney to its position as the preeminent entertainment company in the world. We have also provided a mechanism for all interested parties to provide ideas, comments, concerns and input, and we sincerely hope that you will communicate with us.I thank you for your concern about this wonderful Company founded by my father and uncle more than 80 years ago whose sole motivation was to provide lasting and wholesome entertainment to people around the world. I seek your support as we embark on this extremely important mission to restore the magic and wonder to The Walt Disney Company.Roy E. Disney

Justice League Unlimited? Posted Monday, December 8, 2003, 11:45AM by Andromaton
"Comics Continuum has a rumor that Justice League might undergo a name change to Justice League Unlimited in the third season. The rumor also has the roster shaken up, with the Martian Manhunter the only stable character. Other potential JL members include Captain Atom, Red Tornado, Atom, Black Canary and Green Arrow.

""Roy understands better than anyone the essence of Disney."" - Michael Eisner" Posted Sunday, December 7, 2003, 10:30PM by Andromaton
"I've always been bored with just making money. I've wanted to do things, wanted to build things, to get something going. - - Walt Disney

We've brought you the Roy Disney resignation letter, Stanley Gold's resignation, and a couple reactions from different media examinations on the subject. Recently a letter had been sent by Roy to the multitudes of Disney employees. Even more recently has been the start of the online letter writing petition to remove Eisner.

We, the undersigned members of the animation community, wish to lend our full support to Roy E. Disney and Stanley Gold as they seek to uphold the traditions of excellence that once defined the Disney name. We follow their lead in calling for Michael Eisner's resignation from the Walt Disney Company.
Petition signing closes on December 9 at midnight! Sign NOW!

Click Here for the full letter and petition for support of Roy Disney.
Click Read More for Roy's letter to the Employees.

Dear Disney Cast Members,

It was nearly 20 years ago that a small group of us recognized that dramatic changes were necessary to reinvigorate and reenergize the Disney Company. We changed the composition of the Board and assembled a new leadership team headed by Frank Wells and Michael Eisner. I returned to the Disney cast and, working as a team, we planted the seeds that rekindled the spirit and creativity that is synonymous with Disney. Those efforts paid off handsomely in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. Once again, Disney was admired for the wholesome family entertainment it brought to millions of people of all ages. Together we created the dreams and excitement that made Disney respected and beloved throughout the world. We succeeded in recapturing the dream born of Walt and my father and the heritage they left to us.

Sadly, times have changed. Michael Eisner has lost sight of the vision upon which this Company was founded. The focus has shifted to the chase for the quick buck instead of a dedication to new and high quality ideas, the development of enduring value. This has led to division within the Disney workforce, a revolving door of managers, and the exodus of too many of our most creative and inspired employees.

For the last several years, Michael Eisner has done his utmost to isolate me from the members of Disney’s Animation Department and exclude me from participation in decision making regarding the Department. Most recently, I was prevented from even attending the Animation Department screening of three pending feature animation projects. The collegiality and openness that once typified the Disney workplace has been destroyed.

It is against this backdrop that I had no choice but to resign as Chairman of Disney’s Animation Department and as a member of Disney’s Board of Directors. This has been a very painful decision. I am torn between my duties and loyalties to all of you who have made my journey so memorable and special, and the
need to preserve the Disney heritage for future generations. However, I cannot stand idle as the heart and soul of this Company is being systematically eliminated by senior management protected by an ineffective Board of Directors. This is a Board that seeks to avoid the constructive tension necessary to guide management through difficult times. Instead, it is a Board that seeks to stifle dissent and, to that end, has asked me to leave the Board of Directors.

Although this is not how and when I would have liked to leave the Disney Company, I assure you that I view it not as an isolated and sad event, but as part of a process. I hope it is not too late for the Disney Board of Directors to finally recognize that fundamental change is needed to restore the Disney luster, nurture and protect the wonderful characters that together we have developed and, most importantly, to create the environment within the workplace necessary to give life to new Disney icons for the generations to come.

As I now set off on a different course, I cannot fail to publicly and openly once again express to all of you my most heartfelt thanks. I am grateful that we have shared this journey. Without you, your contributions and camaraderie we would not have been able to make the magic and wonder that is Disney. I hope that one day soon the Disney Board gets the message.

Yours faithfully,


Roy E. Disney

Give a Ray of Hope. Posted Friday, December 5, 2003, 12:04PM by Andromaton
"No, Toonami's not getting it's third hour after all. It's not getting some brand spanking new show. This post is about helping your fellow gamer and children in pain.

I'm sure a number of you read Penny-Arcade and know about their drive to bring Toys (and gaming) to the sick children at the Seattle Children's Hospital. They call it Child's Play.

Michael Thomas, the PA reader who has been helping them had this to say:
Now I understand what all of the anti-videogame people meant when they said children raised on games would grow up abnormal. They were right, we'd all grow up with really big hearts.


Feel the love, you can either go to the Child's Play website, the Penny-Arcade homepage, or straight to the Amazon.com wish list.

I should probably update this page someday. Posted Friday, December 5, 2003, 11:21AM by TylerL
"Anyone who is or who has had trouble finding webspace for your contest entry, e-mail me.

Two! Two News in One! Posted Wednesday, December 3, 2003, 11:36AM by Andromaton
"Damage Control Begins and Batman Casting Rumors

1) Reaction to Roy Disney's sudden resignation from Walt Disney Co. continues to reverberate (except here), with major articles on the future of Disney and CEO Michael Eisner appearing in The Hollywood Reporter and International Herald-Tribute.
source: Toonzone

2) Clint Eastwood (who was rumoured play Commissioner Gordon) is now rumored that he is to play the Mayor of Gotham City. On top of that, Katie Holmes is being talked about as Bruce's ""latest"" fling.

Huge earthquake in animation. Posted Monday, December 1, 2003, 4:28PM by Andromaton
"This might not be Toonami related but it is too big of news to be ignored on the main news page

Roy Disney, the last of the Disney family, has resigned from the company. While doing so he has called Eisner to do the same. Standing with Roy in stance, poise and actions is Stanley Gold whom has also resigned.

For a copy of Roy Disney's letter of resignation and links to orignal sources click read more.

November 30, 2003

Mr. Michael D. Eisner, Chairman
The Walt Disney Company
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521

Dear Michael:

It is with deep sadness and regret that I send you this letter of resignation from the Walt Disney Company, both as Chairman of the Feature Animation Division and as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors.

You well know that you and I have had serious differences of opinion about the direction and style of management in the Company in recent years. For whatever reason, you have driven a wedge between me and those I work with even to the extent of requiring some of my associates to report my conversations and activities back to you. I find this intolerable.

Finally, you discussed with the Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors its decision to leave my name off the slate of directors to be elected in the coming year, effectively muzzling my voice on the Board—much as you did with Andrea Van de Kamp last year.

Michael, I believe your conduct has resulted from my clear and unambiguous statements to you and to the Board of Directors that after 19 years at the helm you are no longer the best person to run the Walt Disney Company. You had a very successful first 10-plus years at the Company in partnership with Frank Wells, for which I salute you. But, since Frank's untimely death in 1994, the Company has lost its focus, its creative energy, and its heritage.

As I have said, and as Stanley Gold has documented in letters to you and other members of the Board, this Company, under your leadership has failed during the last seven years in many ways:

1. The failure to bring back ABC Prime Time from the ratings abyss it has been in for years and your inability to program successfully the ABC Family Channel. Both of these failures have had, and I believe will continue to have, significant adverse impact on shareholder value.

2. Your consistent micro-management of everyone around you with the resulting loss of morale throughout this Company.

3. The timidity of your investments in our theme park business. At Disney's California Adventure, Paris, and now in Hong Kong, you have tried to build parks ""on the cheap"" and they show it and the figures reflect it.

4. The perception by all of our stakeholders-consumers, investors, employees, distributors and suppliers—that the Company is rapacious, soul-less, and always looking for the ""quick buck"" rather than long-term value which is leading to a loss of public trust.

5. The creative brain drain of the last several years, which is real and continuing, and damages our Company with the loss of every talented employee.

6. Your failure to establish and build constructive relationships with creative partners, especially Pixar, Miramax, and the cable companies distributing our products.

7. Your consistent refusal to establish a clear succession plan.

In conclusion, Michael, it is my sincere belief that it is you who should by leaving and not me. Accordingly, I once again call for your resignation or retirement. The Walt Disney Company deserves fresh, energetic leadership at this challenging time in its history just as it did in 1984 when I headed a restructuring which resulted in your recruitment to the Company.

I have and will always have an enormous allegiance and respect for this Company, founded by my uncle, Walt, and father, Roy, and to our faithful employees and loyal stockholders. I don't know if you and other directors can comprehend how painful it is for me and the extended Disney family to arrive at this decision.

In accordance with Item 6 of Form 8-K and Item 7 of Schedule 14A, I request that you disclose this letter and that you file a copy of this letter as an exhibit to a Company Form 8-K.

With sincere regret,
___________________
Roy E. Disney
cc: Board of Directors


For information on Roys resignation the full article can be found here.
For information on Stanleys resignation the full article can be found here