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Toons of the 2000s: DVD and Digital Distribution - Part 2

You are reading Part 2 of DVD and Digital Distribution. Part 1 | 2 | 3 | Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. Beyond DVD By 2007, DVD had reached saturation – nearly every major release had come out on the format, and nearly every American home owned a player.  Not surprisingly, the market for discs had slowed – software […]

Toons of the 2000s: DVD and Digital Distribution - Part 1

You are reading Part 1 of DVD and Digital Distribution. Part 1 | 2 | 3 | Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro.   In the halcyon days of the 1990s, die-hard fans of cartoons had to subsist only on what the networks fed them. Online petitions were formed to get Cartoon Network to pick up He-Man and the Masters […]

Toons of the 2000s: Anime That Still Haven't Made It To America

Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. For a decade of anime that was defined by paying top-dollar for mid-season licenses and co-productions, a surprising number of gems haven’t made it to America yet, and post-crash, they may never get a proper release here. So, the blog staff and I set about trying […]

Toons of the 2000s: Reviewed Cartoons You Probably Haven't Seen, But Really Should

Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. Throughout this decade, toonzone’s news team has reviewed a truly impressive number of cartoons. Along the way there have been many disappointments, but also many strong works well deserving of praise. From time to time, they’ve even had occasion to review exceptional achievements that may eventually be […]

Toons of the 2000s: Bottom 5 Cartoons

 Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro.  Some cartoons are made with tender loving care. They are gorgeously animated. They are well-written. They tell stories in new and interesting ways. These cartoons prove how versatile the medium is and should not be confused with anything appearing on this list. Instead, this is the cream […]

Toons of the 2000s: Top 5 Toonami Programs

Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. Toonami. From 1997 until its end in 2008, Cartoon Network’s popular and long-lived programming block was the perfect home for action cartoons. It gathered old cartoons from the 80′s and 90′s, Japanese animation, and Cartoon Network originals to create an appealing smorgasbord of programming that no animation […]

Toons of the 2000s: Anime We Hope Never Come to America

 Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. Japanese animation has hit many high notes over the years and in this decade. Yet for all of that success, any anime fan that’s been paying attention to Japan’s latest knows that a lot of anime gets made that is flat out mediocre, if not downright terrible. […]

Toons of the 2000s: Top 5 Nicktoons

 Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro.  Here we are, at the close of the second decade of Nicktoons. The first began in 1991 with Doug, Rugrats, and The Ren and Stimpy Show, three shows that are not only well-remembered, but whose memory lasted long after their initial run through spin-offs, movies, and changes of […]

Toons of the 2000s: Top 5 Anime That Made It To U.S. TV

 Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro.  Through all the ups and downs, the 2000′s have been a remarkable decade of opportunity for dedicated fans of Japanese animation. The success of Cartoon Network’s Toonami block was soon followed by other programming that featured anime. For a time, the former TechTV hosted its own Anime […]

Stop Motion: The Handmade 3D Animation

Prior to the holidays, I was at the movie theater to see an animated feature, of course, and one of the trailers before it started was for “The Fantastic Mr. Fox,” an animated feature based on a Roald Dahl book. And as I sat watching the trailer, this momentary thought crossed my brain. “Hey, that’s […]

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