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Toonzone Interviews "Phineas & Ferb" Co-Creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh

by Jeffrey Harrison June 4, 2012
TZN: Phineas and Ferb is very funny, but it’s also always about kids getting up and outside and learning and also being creative. How important was that when you created the show, to be both funny, hilarious, and to have lots of slapstick but to also have a positive message? DAN POVENMIRE: Well, we wanted […]

Toonzone News Interviews Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television

by Jeffrey Harrison April 9, 2012
Recently after the 2012 WonderCon, Toonzone News got the chance to speak with Marvel’s Head of Television, Jeph Loeb, who is also executive producer of Ultimate Spider-Man and the in-development animated series Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Previously, Loeb has written benchmark stories for DC and Marvel Comics including Spider-Man: Blue, Batman: The Long […]

Toonzone News Interviews Voice Actor Tom Kenny

by Jeffrey Harrison March 30, 2012
TOONZONE NEWS: SpongeBob SquarePants is an amazing phenomenon. And you still can’t turn on a TV without seeing it. TOM KENNY: Still, even twelve years later. [In SpongeBob’s voice] *I just did SpongeBob today, I came right from SpongeBob to the LAAF.* I can’t believe that’s still a place that I go . . . […]

The 2012 Los Angeles Animation Festival Offers Animated Achievements Both Old And New

by Jeffrey Harrison March 18, 2012
The Los Angeles Animation Festival returned for its third outing this year in a five-day celebration of animated cinematic achievement: both new and old, both classic and contemporary. The festival was founded by Miles Flanagan and John Andrews (producer of Beavis and Butthead Do America) to bring a cohesive animation festival to Los Angeles, and […]

The 2012 Los Angeles Animation Festival Offers Animated Achievements Both Old And New

by Jeffrey Harrison March 17, 2012
The Los Angeles Animation Festival returned for its third outing this year in a five-day celebration of animated cinematic achievement: both new and old, both classic and contemporary. The festival was founded by Miles Flanagan and John Andrews (producer of Beavis and Butthead Do America) to bring a cohesive animation festival to Los Angeles, and […]

“GREAT SNAKES!” Steven Spielberg Returns to His Roots with “The Adventures of Tintin"

by Jeffrey Harrison December 21, 2011
Visually, the world of the movie is striking and impressive, including the 3D presentation, and it starts strong with an ingenious animated opening credit montage sequence. However, the animation style comes off as jarring and odd. The film aims to make the characters photo-realistic with some exaggerated, caricatured features similar to their graphic depictions from […]

Toonzone News Interview: James Hong Talks "Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness"

by Jeffrey Harrison November 1, 2011
The scene at the Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank was a delight. James Hong, a veteran actor with over five hundred television and film credits was in the midst of a voice recording session for the new series, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, which is set to premiere on Nickelodeon next month. Under the […]

PowerCon/ThunderCon 2011: Interview with Original Lion-O Voice Actor Larry Kenney

by Jeffrey Harrison September 30, 2011
(l to r) Larry Kenney (voice of Lion-O) and Gerrianne Raphael (voice of Pumyra) TZN: For your cereal mascot characters, did you originate Sunny and Count Chocula? LARRY KENNEY: I did not. Jim Dukas had played Count Chocula for many years. I’ve been doing him since 1978. And Sonny the Cocoa Puffs Bird…oh gosh, I […]

PowerCon/ThunderCon 2011: Interview with "He-Man" and "Avengers" Animation Director Gary Hartle

by Jeffrey Harrison September 30, 2011
(l to r) Gary Hartle and Michael Halperin at PowerCon/ThunderCon 2011 TZN: And not just the Avengers, but also the Fantastic Four for the season two premiere you are credited as director on. You had the Avengers and the classic Fantastic Four members and Doctor Doom all in the same episode together. GARY HARTLE: If […]

PowerCon/ThunderCon 2011: “By the Power of Grayskull, Thundercats Ho!”

by Jeffrey Harrison September 27, 2011
This past weekend saw the debut of the first ever dedicated convention to classic cartoon and toy franchises in ThunderCats and He-Man and the Masters of The Universe in a special double-shot event entitled the PowerCon/ThunderCon.  The event was nowhere near the size of specially themed conventions such as BotCon or JoeCon, more comparable to […]