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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
When viewing a film, it is always best to leave one’s personal preferences and biases outside the theater. In my case, with The Adventures of Tintin, it’s a dislike of computer-generated motion-capture features. The issue is not necessarily the technology, but rather Hollywood filmmakers use of the technology to create “realistic” looking figures while often […]

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 […]

SDCC2011: "Batman: Year One" Roundtable Interviews

by Jeffrey Harrison July 31, 2011
At the San Diego Comic-Con before the screening of Batman: Year One, Toonzone caught up with members of the movie’s cast and crew. INTERVIEW WITH ANDREA ROMANO, CASTING AND VOICE OVER DIRECTOR Andrea Romano is one of the hardest workers in the industry today and has worked as a casting and voice over director for […]

SDCC2011: "Transformers Prime" Roundtable Interviews

by Jeffrey Harrison July 29, 2011
(l to r) Bob Orci, Jeff Kline, and Therese Trujillo While at the San Diego Comic-Con, Toonzone was able to catch up with the creative minds behind Transformers Prime. The production crew revealed a montage of clips for the show’s first season plus a special teaser for the multi-part season finale to broadcast soon. The […]

SDCC2011: Toonzone Interviews the New "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Creative Team

by Jeffrey Harrison July 27, 2011
In 2012, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be returning to television with a brand new, computer generated series. Nickelodeon recently purchased the franchise, beginning work on this new show almost immediately. During the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con at a special Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles unveilling event at the Urban Kitchen + Bar in San […]

SDCC2011: Toonzone Interviews Voice Actor Kevin Michael Richardson

by Jeffrey Harrison July 27, 2011
Photo by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons While at the San Diego Comic-Con, Toonzone was able to catch up with animation voice over veteran, Kevin Michael Richardson. The long-time actor can currently be heard as Bulkhead on Transformers: Prime, Jabba the Hutt on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and Cleveland Junior on The Cleveland Show. […]