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"Tales From Earthsea": A Troubled Fantasy

The immorality of this and the preciousness of mortal life is spoken of extensively throughout the climatic final act of the film, to the point that the topic is unfortunately explored at the expense of all else. The foremost problem lies with Arren, our intended protagonist. The specter of his father’s murder and his self-described […]

"Cowboy Bebop: The Movie" Coming to Blu-ray on June 28, 2011

Image Entertainment has announced a Blu-Ray edition of studio Sunrise’s 2001 film Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, scheduled for release on June 28, 2011. In this complement to the popular science fiction television series, Spike Spiegel and his bounty hunter associates pursue an unprecedented reward for a dangerous criminal plotting to unleash a bioterror attack on […]

Syfy Channel Schedules "Star Blazers" Premiere For April 21, 2011

A recent schedule update at the official website of the Syfy Channel has slated Star Blazers: The Quest For Iscandar to premiere the night of Thursday, April 21st at 12:00 AM and 12:30 AM. Star Blazers was originally broadcast in syndication from 1979 to 1984 as an adaptation of the Japanese sci-fi series Space Battleship […]

Katsucon 2011: Premiere Impressions

The weekend of Katsucon 2011, FUNimation Entertainment screened English-dubbed premieres for multiple titles well in advance of their releases on home video. I was there for the film Eden of the East: King of Eden and the TV series Hero Tales and RideBack. King of Eden is the first of two movies continuing the story […]

Toonzone Interviews Peter S. Beagle on the Blu-ray Release of "The Last Unicorn"

An award-winning writer and fantasy novelist, Peter S. Beagle has created an impressive and growing body of work since his first novel was published in 1960. Among his creations are the novels A Fine and Private Place and Tamsin, the screenplay for Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 adaptation of The Lord of the Rings and the episode […]

"Kaleido Star" Dazzles and Inspires

Relentlessly positive and fun-loving, Kaleido Star is the tale of a plucky teenager’s rise to stardom, and is possibly the best family-friendly Japanese cartoon that has not been picked up for U.S. television broadcast. Armed with big dreams matched by her great heart and gymnastics skills, Sora Naegino travels from Japan to California to audition […]

Shout! Factory To Release "Transformers", "Beast Wars", Takara Collections On DVD

Shout! Factory has recently announced its intention to rerelease The Transformers on DVD with a “The Transformers – The Complete Original Series” boxed set. The 15-disc collection will repackage the discs included in the prior boxed sets for the first four seasons. The set has been slated for release on May 24th, with the price […]

"Gnomeo and Juliet" Mildly Entertains

Gnomeo and Juliet is ostensibly based on Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy, but don’t expect more from this G-rated tale of warring lawn ornaments than some borrowed names and the basic framework. Out in the suburbs, two neighboring lawns feud just as their grouchy elderly neighbors do. (Yes, their last names are Montague and Capulet). Among […]

"Waking Sleeping Beauty": A Candid History of Disney's Renaissance

The documentary Waking Sleeping Beauty offers an focused inside look at the history of Walt Disney Animation Studios between 1984 and 1994, up until The Lion King hit theaters to tremendous success. The film is produced by veteran producer Don Hahn (who also directed) and one-time Disney executive Peter Schneider, both of whom played very […]

"Fantasia": Animation Fantastique

The Walt Disney quote on the packaging is truth in advertising: Fantasia is timeless. Seventy years after its debut in 1940, no production has brought animation and truly great music together in such a perfect synthesis. Fantasia was an experimental project of the best sort, an earnest attempt by Walt Disney and his company to […]

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