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20 Animated Films to Contend for the 2014 Oscars

by Todd DuBoison November 5, 2014
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has announced that twenty animated feature films have been submitted to be considered as award nominees for the 2014 Oscars. Provided that at least sixteen of the submissions ultimately have a mandatory qualifying run in Los Angeles and follow the Academy’s other rules for eligibility, there will again be […]
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NYCC 2014: Roundtable Interviews for Cartoon Network Programming

by Todd DuBoison November 4, 2014
Cartoon Network had quite a presence at New York Comic Con last October when it brought in a host of guests to attend its massive “CN Anything” panel, which you can read all about here. In attendance was creative and voice acting talent behind all of the channel’s latest big productions: Adventure Time, Clarence, Over […]

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FUNimation Launches "Broadcast Dubs" Initiative With "Psycho Pass" Season 2, "Laughing Under the Clouds"

by Todd DuBoison October 30, 2014
In an interview on nerdist.com Wednesday, FUNimation Entertainment announced a new and unprecedented “Broadcast Dub” effort for Japanese anime available on its streaming video service. On such outlets as FUNimation’s own website and Crunchyroll.com the video streaming of Japanese cartoons with English subtitles as they air in Japan has become standard practice, but under this […]
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Marvel Dates New "Phase 3" Live Action Superhero Films

by Todd DuBoison October 28, 2014
At a special event at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles today, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has officially named and dated several new films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the years 2016 through 2019. These are summarized in chronological order below: May 6, 2016: Captain America: Civil War November 4, 2016: Doctor […]

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NYCC 2014: Toonzone Interviews Lion Forge's Carl Reed on the New Series "Deep Sea 7"

by Todd DuBoison October 22, 2014
Among other things New York Comic Con 2014 brought the revelation of Deep Sea 7, a new action-adventure cartoon series set in a somewhat futuristic maritime setting. The show is the result of a partnership between Harmony Gold and Lion Forge Comics, a producer of all-ages comics now in the midst of making its first […]
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Review: "Adventure Time Season 4" Blu-ray Keeps Up the Quality

by Todd DuBoison October 22, 2014
If Adventure Time hit a high point in its third season, season 4 coasts along on the show’s momentum as it goes about gleefully playing in the sandbox built by its predecessors. This is also where the show touches on some substantive continuity in the wake of season 3 pioneering new and serious territory, but […]

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NYCC 2014: Toonzone Interviews Ciro Nieli on Season 3 of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"

by Todd DuBoison October 22, 2014
With a third season on the air and a fourth already on the way, Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is sure to be a fixture on the network for quite some time to come. Once again the show had a strong presence at New York Comic Con this year, once again the show’s creators and […]
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NYCC 2014: The KAKEHASHI Project's "New Japanese Animation Talent" Panel

by Todd DuBoison October 21, 2014
On the final day of New York Comic con the Japan Foundation hosted a panel entitled “KAKEHASHI Project – New Japanese Animation Talent”, which spotlighted five young Japanese animators: Saki Muramoto, Ryo Okawara, Saori Shiroki, Aya Suzuki and Yuzuru Tachikawa. The five were joined by special guest Natasha Allegri (Adventure Time, Bee and PuppyCat), while […]

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NYCC 2014: Animator Tom Cook On His Career and the Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons

by Todd DuBoison October 21, 2014
Challenge of the Superfriends, Thundarr the Barbarian, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Bravestarr. Those are just some of the cartoons worked on by animator Tom Cook, whose animation career started in at Hanna-Barbera Studios in 1979 and stretched through the heyday of Saturday morning animation and beyond. At New York Comic Con Mr. […]
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Review: "Sleeping Beauty" Diamond Edition

by Todd DuBoison October 20, 2014
It is fitting that the last film of Disney’s early golden era should also be its crown jewel and so it is with 1959’s Sleeping Beauty, a late but ideal choice for Disney’s Diamond Edition line. These days a lot of digital ink gets spilled about Disney’s “princess movies” as if they were a genre onto […]