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4Kids files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
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Thoughts About 4Kids 5 Years After its End: A Challenge to Readers

In an email conversation with fellow Toonbarn staff Neil, I was told that a lot of people still come to this site looking for info on 4Kids. To me, it’s not a surprise. A lot of companies die out, leaving the products behind to other owners. 4Kids’s bankruptcy in reality left a gaping hole that exposed a lot of things in the process. The biggest thing it exposed? That the way ...

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Disney finally settles the lawsuit in the wage scandal, which “ends” the suit, but not its implications.

After many months of litigation, the wage fixing scandal that rocked the animation world has finally come to a close. The suit includes many famous studios, including LucasFilm, Pixar, Imageworks and Imagemovers, and now also names Two Pic MC. Variety Continues: The lawsuit was filed in 2014 by Robert Nitsch, a former DreamWorks Animation senior character effects artist; David Wentworth, ...

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Dragon Ball Super and Dragon Ball Z Kai Buu Saga will Air On Toonami back to Back Starting in January

From IGN: Toei Animation, Funimation, and Adult Swim have announced that the Dragon Ball Super English dub will air as part of Adult Swim’s Toonami lineup beginning next year. Dragon Ball Super season 1 will premiere on Adult Swim on January 7, 2017 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. pT/1 a.m. GMT/11 a.m. AEST and 11:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. PT/4:30 a.m. GMT/2 p.m. AEST. The first season’s 26 episodes ...

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Why The AT&T/Time Warner merger, means a massive change in US Dubbing (and isnt a good thing)

Note: The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily the views of Toon Barn or its affiliates For a few years, I have been talking about Crunchyroll and its effects on the US Dubbing of anime and the way anime has been marketed in the states for some time. It has also been an issue with how licensing has been done, with certain artists (western artists like LeShawn Thomas who has ...

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Dreamworks (Now Owned By Comcast) settles with artists in the wage suppression scandal

The drama, and story continues to takes even more twists, even more turns and now – the end might be near? As I and Mark Ames and others have been reporting for three years, the wage suppression scandal has been a stick in the crawl of many of the major media folks. Now with AT&T possibly going to make a deal with Time Warner (or is CBS is also in play as well), it would be advantageous ...

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Why Crunchyroll Is causing more problems than good…and Zootopia shows why…

Note: This Essay is not a review of Zootopia, nor a criticism of the movie. This essay takes its queue mostly in response to the wisecrack video about Zootopia and its issues about Race – this topic deals with why Jared made these criticisms, but expands on these questions to the how and why these issues come up. The opinions and observations made in this essay, do not represent the views ...

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The Voice of Moltar (On Space Ghost Coast to Coast and the first few seasons of Toonami) has Passed away

On September 18th, news broke over twitter and facebook, that C. Martin Croker – the first voice of Toonami, passed away at the age of 54. One of the more underrated voice actors in his time, his work made Space Ghost Coast to Coast a cult classic. He also did Zorak for the series. But his work on toonami’s early years will stand as one of his great accomplishments. Toonami later did ...

Cartoon Network Releases Steven Universe iOS App
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The Battle Between Respect and Fanbases (Whats Going on with Steven Universe and Sausage Party?)

Note: The Opinions in this essay are not necessarily are the views of Toon Barn and its affiliates  There are more black marks in animation these days than most. But right now, these black marks are turning into an abyss. In the last several days, we have seen what a marketplace based on a “entities” biases towards content does to the producers of these works. For years, Steven ...

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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure FINALLY Heads to Toonami this October

This franchise had some very, very strange history in the states. For many years, the OVA was considered a cult classic in the here, and the rest of North America. Aspects of the franchise, which takes certain concepts from historical  (Victorian era England and other eras) and modern concepts (the 4th part is deals with the mid 1990’s), have made it one of the biggest hits in Japan for ...

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Things I Learned from AX 2016 (even though I wasn’t there)

Note: The Comments made in this essay does not necessarily represent the views of Toonbarn. Something big happened in AX 2016. Maybe it was that amazing cosplay work of one Anime character, maybe it was the meme and jokes that came around it and so on. But i want to talk about business and franchises. In AX, i saw a generation that was promised the world, falling into the dirt and the trash of ...

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In the continuing story about the wage suppression trial – Both Disney and Dreamworks come up with a strange excuse.

This has been a 2 and half year story, with so many twists and turns, it has become a venerable soap opera. In this recent installment, Disney and Dreamworks comes up with a very unusual excuse on why they believe they were not suppressing wages – from Cartoon Brew: By the end of last week, however, Disney and Dreamworks had appealed the certification to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. ...

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