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The New Thundercats and the Retro Revival

Today’s unexpected news about the development of Warner Bros’ new ThunderCats cartoon for a 2011 premiere is welcome and interesting for a few reasons worth noting. First of all, I think it’s fair to say that assorted animation news in the past nine months has introduced a fad of retro revival. What young adults grew […]

Geneon Anime Worth Rescuing - Part 1

Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 During the recent Anime North convention in Toronto, a Canadian blogger reported on twitter that FUNimation entertainment stated its intention to announce “new Geneon license rescues” at Anime Expo, which will take place July 1st through July 4th in San Francisco. Such news is good and unsurprising; a considerable portion of Geneon […]

Cool Stuff: Leiji Matsumoto's Bohemian Rhapsody AMV

This fantastic and strange music video was produced by the famed anime & manga creator Leiji Matsumoto (Galaxy Express 999, Captain Harlock, Space Battlship Yamato) and released in Japan to commemorate the 18th anniversary of Freddie Mercury’s death. The footage apparently uses some characters and concepts from Out of Galaxy Koshika, a digitally-distributed manga by […]

Cool Stuff: Gaiking CG Teaser Trailer

This is an early pilot for a movie adaptation of Toei Animation’s Gaiking cartoon. It was produced by Jules Urbach, a developer of Light Stage. Light Stage uses advanced “scanning technology”; it is a powerful production tool that has notably been used for the Oscar-winning special effects in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and […]

"Dragon Ball Season Four" Is More Of The Same, Except Better

Season four of Dragon Ball needs very little introduction. Even casual viewers of anime likely either remember Dragon Ball from its television run on Cartoon Network years ago, as I do, or they’ve at least heard of it thanks to the enduring popularity of its sequel, Dragon Ball Z. If the show is brand new […]

Top 5 Martial Artists of Animation

There have been many martial artists in animation. Some of these characters are the perfect embodiment of stealth and cunning, others wield remarkable power, and still others are remarkably skilled and look spectacularly awesome on the screen. As tough as it is to choose, the following is a list of five particularly impressive animated martial […]

"Best. Episode. Ever!" Toonzone Talks "The Simpsons"

Welcome to the very first “Best. Episode. Ever!” feature at the Toonzone blog! Rather than offering the usual ranked list, for this feature our goal was very simple: get a bunch of the Toonzone staff together and let them briefly reminisce about their favorite episodes from great cartoons. No ranks, no winners and losers, just […]

Cool Stuff: Round 6 - The Last Round

Round 6 is a 3D animated short by Snowball Studios. In short, it’s a cinematic trailer for a video game that doesn’t exist: Fragball. Say hello to Snap. Snap is after a detonation device that looks suspiciously similar to a football. Does he frag or get fragged? Well, there’s one way to find out….. (via […]

Cool Stuff: Jona/Tomberry

Today we feature the animated short Jona/Tomberry by Rosto, a Dutch filmmaker and creator of Studio Rosto A.D. in Amsterdam. It is one of three short films that tell part of the story of Mind My Gap, which is described as an online graphic novel. Its website is here; the website for Jona/Tomberry itself is […]

Cool Stuff: Jo Jo in the Stars

Directed and written by Marc Craste, Jo Jo in the Stars is officially described as “…a 12 minute story of love, self-sacrifice, and jealousy played out against a black and white world that is both nightmarish and hauntingly beautiful.” Indeed. I’d say that the mark of great execution is when you can’t imagine a different […]

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