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TZ @ SDCC: WB Animation Showcases "The Batman" and "Legion of Superheroes"

The panel for Friday, July 27th at Comic-Con featured a nicely lengthy discussion of the two new seasons of WB’s currently-running comic book cartoons, The Batman and Legion of Superheroes. Both shows will be premiering their new seasons – #5 for The Batman and #2 for Legion – on Saturday, September 22. Legion came first, […]

TZ @ SDCC: World Premiere of "Superman: Doomsday"

On Thursday, July 26th, DC Comics unveiled the first in their line of direct-to-video animated features, being launched under the auspices of Warner Premiere Productions. The film in question, shown to an audience of fans almost two months in advance of its street date – September 18th – was none other than the adaptation of […]

"Ratatouille": Animation's Finest Chefs Save Us From All The Fast Food

It’s getting to the point where one might barely associate the output of this wunderkind studio with the rest of the animated medium. There’s other quality work out there, but there’s also so much sheer junk being foisted on us. But while there is no true Pixar formula (you know, other than just doing everything […]

"Shrek the Third" - No More! Please, No More!

Suit up, gentle readers. The following words will be as fair as I can make them, but I definitely cannot promise you that they will be kind. In 2001, we were given a film that its makers originally intended to stand alone. As in, no planned sequels. Shrek – or maybe we should call it […]

A Dressing Down For....The Worst Sons/Daughters in Animation!

As Mother’s Day rounds the bend once again, we take the time to remember all the good things our mothers and our parents have done for us, and Ed Liu celebrated that with a look at the finest of animated mothers. But it’s not enough that we simply take our collective moms and pat them […]

Cutting Down on the Chaff in "Animaniacs Vol. 2"

Those paying attention will have noticed that Toon Zone has already reviewed this set. Bird Boy’s opinion is pretty much mine, but I can’t just point to his review and say “ditto.” No Animaniacs review is that easy to write; in fact, it may be among the hardest shows that any conscientious reviewer can try […]

"Sonic the Hedgehog": A Fan Looks Back

It’s a reviewer’s job to be objective, but you, the reader, are going to have a hard time perceiving my objectivity this time. As anybody with half a brain and the ability to Google can discover, I am, or at least was, a major Sonic SatAM fanboy. I haven’t been an active fan for quite […]

Brian Ward Dives Headfirst into Mobius and "Sonic the Hedgehog"

Last time we heard from Brian Ward, Toon Zone was talking to him via e-mail. This time, in honor of the DVD release of the SatAM series of Sonic the Hedgehog, I drove out myself to Los Angeles and took a look at Shout! Factory in person. Meeting Brian Ward face-to-face, we grabbed a couple […]

A Note of Recognition for....The Best Animated Feature Category

On Sunday, the next entry to the still-new category of Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards was announced. Happy Feet joins the other five in the ever-so-slowly developing first decade of top toon movies. No doubt the announcement will carry with it a fair amount of controversy, just like the penguin film itself did. […]

A Dressing Down For... The Audience

Here, you see the beginning of a new feature at the TZ Opinions/Editorial section. Op/Ed will still feature any number of editorials or miscellanous articles, but we now inaugurate a bimonthly column (written by myself and others in the TZ Crew) dedicated either to significant praise or condemnation of some specific topic in regards to […]

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