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Toonzone Presents: An Interview/Tribute to Dwayne McDuffie

by Alex Weitzmanon March 9, 2011
Back in 2006, I briefly flirted with the notion of writing a book about superhero animation, its history and trajectory. It never came to fruition, partially because real life got in the way, and partially because I decided to refocus my energies on my biggest passion, which is voice acting. But I was fortunate enough […]

The Passions of Henry Selick: A "Coraline" Interview

by Alex Weitzmanon October 4, 2008
The last stop in my tour of Laika Animation was to have a sitdown with Henry Selick himself, the great stop-motion animator and the writer/director of this project. Henry’s a guarded guy, but he was willing to be open with us and answer our questions with great insight and humor. In this roundtable interview, Henry […]

On Set with "Coraline": A Tour Through Laika Animation

by Alex Weitzmanon October 3, 2008
The building that housed upwards of 57 active sets in tandem for a stop-motion animated film (a new record, by the way) is an inconspicuous-looking building several miles outside of Portland, Oregon. There’s nothing so ostentatious as the kind of studios you’d find in Hollywood, be it a Warner Bros water tower or a massive […]

"Legion of Superheroes, Vol. 3": An Innocent and Interesting Show, Warts and All

by Alex Weitzmanon September 25, 2008
When push comes to shove, I remain a stalwart opponent of all single-disc releases of TV episodes. Recognizing that such releases are sadly inevitable has been a bitter pill to swallow, but it follows from the apparently proven success of the so-called “impulse market”: DVD buyers who pick them up on the impulse of a […]

A Haunting Tale of the End of the World in "WALL-E"

by Alex Weitzmanon June 30, 2008
I’ve been mourning the death of George Carlin all week, and in my recent searches of the Net I found his appearance on Inside the Actors Studio. In that episode, he said something of note: “To me, using technology to fix the mess made by technology is what [humanity is] planning to do, and it […]

"Kung Fu Panda:" A Light and Enjoyable Summer Film

by Alex Weitzmanon June 7, 2008
It’s funny how unfunny comedies can be. Being bogged down by a bad concept or a lugubrious set of gags can instantly turn the experience of a poor comedy into pain. It’s perhaps perfectly summed up by the opposite reactions we have to bad dramas and comedies: a bad drama makes us laugh, a bad […]

The Chipmunks on DVD: Making a Movie and Then Stealing From Several Others

by Alex Weitzmanon April 26, 2008
A half-century of success is nothing to be scoffed at. So to those who look down on the Chipmunks and their career of sped-up covers, keep in mind that they’ve been popular since their 1958 introduction by novelty-song guru Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. That said, their history is mostly characterized by innocuous Saturday morning fluff, neither […]

"Superman: Doomsday": A Great Start For A New Line

by Alex Weitzmanon September 19, 2007
If there had been more news in November of 1993, maybe it wouldn’t have been the huge headlining event that everybody seemingly heard about. The death of Superman was a story that practically ran away from the control of DC Comics as they were doing it, since the intention all along had been to bring […]

Tad Stones: Directing the Demon in "Hellboy: Blood and Iron"

by Alex Weitzmanon August 29, 2007
With producer or creator credits on shows like Darkwing Duck, Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers, and Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Tad Stones could very easily have stopped and rested on his laurels. However, after leaving the Walt Disney Company in 2003, Stones took on a radically different project: direct-to-video animated movies based on Mike […]

A Dressing Down for...Comic-Con International

by Alex Weitzmanon August 28, 2007
Cutting a wide swarth of condemnation through a large event, massively planned and attended by so many, is an exceedingly difficult task. That’s why I’m not gonna do it. Only a fool, or an exceptionally bitter person, would find the need to lambast the San Diego Comic-Con on the whole. After all, no matter what […]