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Toon Zone Podcast Episode 4: Jerry Beck Part 1

by Benon November 30, 2005
With the combined strength of four men: Ben Applegate, chief editor Karl Olson, staff reviewer and podcast producer Jay Allman, a.k.a. Maxie Zeus, former chief editor Matthew Williams, graphics editor Our targets this week: The end of Teen Titans, and Cartoon Network’s business mentality The independent animation “ghetto” The 60s King Kong on DVD: Whaaaa? […]

Toon Zone Podcast Episode 3

by Benon November 27, 2005
These are the people in your neighborhood: Ben Applegate, chief editor Karl Olson, staff reviewer and podcast producer Matthew Williams, graphics editor Ian Lueck, a.k.a. Speedy Boris, staff reviewer Javier Vera, a.k.a. Javeman, staff reviewer Jibber-jabbering about: Disney TV Animation dissolves From Hanna-Barbera to Cartoon Network Studios Nicktoons returns? Plus an exclusive interview with Avi […]

"My Beautiful Girl Mari": Innocence, Never Really Lost

by Benon November 22, 2005
The first thing My Beautiful Girl Mari (titled simply Mari’s Tale in the original Korean) brings to mind is My Neighbor Totoro. Both have huge flying furry creatures, both have children escaping from the troubles of their families into worlds of fantasy and both are artistically stunning. The Korean feature shares many aspects with the […]

"Totoro," "Howl," "Whisper" Coming to DVD March 2006

by Benon November 21, 2005
Ultimate Disney reports that the next wave of Ghibli discs, which will include Miyazaki’s latest, Howl’s Moving Castle, as well as Whisper of the Heart and the new release of My Neighbor Totoro, is scheduled for release in the U.S. on March 7, 2006. [via the Miyazaki Mailing List]

Toon Zone Podcast Episode 2

by Benon November 18, 2005
Your guides on this week’s magical mystery tour: Ben Applegate, chief editor Karl Olson, staff reviewer and podcast producer Matthew Williams, graphics editor Ian Lueck, a.k.a. Speedy Boris, staff reviewer This week on the pod to the cast: Miyazaki’s son directs Ghibli film: Nepotism… or nepotawesome? How many cartoon n-words is too many? Animated Oscar […]

Son of Miyazaki to Direct Next Ghibli Film

by Benon November 13, 2005
Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki has announced in a talk at Meiji University that the next Studio Ghibli film will be directed by Goro Miyazaki, one of Hayao Miyazaki’s sons, Ryoko Toyama on the Miyazaki Mailing List reports. In the past, Goro Miyazaki worked in landscaping. According to Ms. Toyama, he designed the rooftop garden […]

Toon Zone Podcast Episode 1

by Benon November 10, 2005
You read right, Toon Zone News has a podcast! On the show this week: Ben Applegate, chief editor Karl Olson, staff reviewer and podcast producer Matthew Williams, graphics editor Chad Bonin, a.k.a. Knux Five, staff reviewer and Toonami Forum moderator Listen to the thrilling talking, focused on such exciting topics as: Is Pixar facing a […]

"Human Crossing" Vol. 3: Stories from Boringville, Japan

by Benon November 5, 2005
Human Crossing sounds like a good idea: an anthology of adult-oriented dramas, each exposing the difficulties of a different set of social relationships. Unfortunately, the intriguing concept is almost its only advantage. The visuals are the most obvious and biggest disappointment. Yes, this isn’t an action show, but there are minimal standards below which a […]

Wallace & Gromit Conquer Cell Phones

by Benon November 2, 2005
MediaWeek reports that Aardman Animation, the studio behind Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and many other stop-motion classics, has penned several deals to distribute promotional videos for the new film as well as older animations including “Creature Comforts” and “Angry Kid” over cellular phones. In Britain, Aardman’s partner is Orange UK. Licensing […]

G-Rated Cartoons Getting More Violent?

by Benon November 2, 2005
The Associated Press ran an article today on a possible increase in violence in G-rated children’s films. Almost all the examples in the story are of animated films. The story highlights particularly violent scenes in Disney’s new “Chicken Little,” printing quotes from various parents’ groups, but lacks solid statistical evidence. Strangely, none of the parents’ […]