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Future Spotlight: The Amazing World Of Gumball - Part III

The Amazing Wold Of Gumball, which we have blogged about on two prior occasions (here and here), is currently scheduled to premiere in the United Kingdom on May 2nd.  The series, which was created by Ben Bocquelet, has forty episodes in its first season and it stars Logan Grove and Kwesi Boakye, who voice Gumball and […]

Future Spotlight II: The Amazing World Of Gumball

I first blogged about The Amazing World Of Gumball when I learned about its existence back in 2009.  At the time, I deemed it one of the most surreal animated programs ever proposed.  It had a unique visual style, combining 2D and 3D animation with live-action backgrounds, and its cast of characters really stood out.  […]

Toonzone News Interviews Butch Hartman on "T.U.F.F. Puppy"

TZN: Eric Bauza was replaced as the voice actor for Dudley by Jerry Trainor of iCarly. What was the reason for the replacement? How has it been working with Trainor in the booth? BUTCH HARTMAN: Eric Bauza is an amazingly – and I mean AMAZINGLY talented voice actor. In this situation, however, we didn’t feel […]

Toons of the 2000s: Top 5 Cartoon Network Originals

Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro.  During its 17 years, Cartoon Network has done a great deal of good for animation.  The network’s development of original programming changed the landscape of televised animation. Many of their shows became classics amongst animation enthusiasts and a multitude of talented individuals broke into the business through […]

Toons of the 2000s: Top 5 Disney Animated Television Series

Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro.  When most people think of Disney’s television animation, they think back to the late 80s and early 90s. That is, after all, when their studios were bustling with shows being developed left and right. While that level of production is a thing of the past, Disney was […]

Future Spotlight: The Amazing World Of Gumball

Seldom does an animated program come along that captivates me with little more than a picture and a paragraph.  However, such has recently happened and I have felt the urge to shine my spotlight on it: The Amazing World Of Gumball. I am a fan of the surreal and this series seems just about as […]

DreamWorks' Plight

People were stunned earlier this year when DreamWorks’ “Kung Fu Panda” swept the Annie Awards while Pixar’s “Wall-E” didn’t win in a single category. While quality is subjective and people are entitled to believe that “Wall-E” was the superior film, I was somewhat disturbed by the number of people who refused to give DreamWorks’ any […]

Future Spotlight: Hero: 108

I have noticed over the years that a lot of people have grown fond of the animated programs that handle themselves more seriously than the average cartoon. Perhaps it’s because such is typically uncommon in western animation, but many people consider these animated programs to be the gold standard and wish that more cartoons made […]

Future Spotlight: Skunk Fu! - Exit The Dragon

The past two decades have given us a lot of animated programs, but it also gave us a lot of feature films based on those animated programs. “Doug”. “Hey Arnold!”. “Rugrats”. “SpongeBob SquarePants”. “Teacher’s Pet”. “The Powerpuff Girls”. “The Wild Thornberrys”. I could go on. However, the trend has slowed down dramatically after several mediocre […]

Future Spotlight: Hareport

A lot has been said about originality over the years. While a few animated programs can claim to be original – a certain sponge who lives in a pineapple comes to mind – most animated programs have a premise that doesn’t really stand out when compared to the ones that came before it. Some believe […]

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