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Cool Stuff: Wing Chun Mechanical Arms

This quick bit of animation was created by Anthony McGrath and put online in 2008. In it, mechanical arms practice a martial art form against a wooden dummy. McGrath mentions Digital Domain’s mechanical legs advertisement (VFX Breakdown, Final) as a source of inspiration, along with a passion for both animation and Wing Chun. The piece was modelled, textured and animated in Maya. […]

Cartoon Intro Cavalcade: Hong Kong Phooey

There are a select few cartoon theme songs that have entered the public zeitgeist: tunes that are easily recalled even by people who have not seen the original cartoon.  Many of them originate from cartoons or characters that everyone knows: the Flintstones, the Jetsons, Spider-Man, Speed Racer.  But one rather curious Hanna-Barbera effort from the […]

Top 5 Martial Artists of Animation

There have been many martial artists in animation. Some of these characters are the perfect embodiment of stealth and cunning, others wield remarkable power, and still others are remarkably skilled and look spectacularly awesome on the screen. As tough as it is to choose, the following is a list of five particularly impressive animated martial […]

"Best. Episode. Ever!" Toonzone Talks "The Simpsons"

Welcome to the very first “Best. Episode. Ever!” feature at the Toonzone blog! Rather than offering the usual ranked list, for this feature our goal was very simple: get a bunch of the Toonzone staff together and let them briefly reminisce about their favorite episodes from great cartoons. No ranks, no winners and losers, just […]

Cool Stuff: Round 6 - The Last Round

Round 6 is a 3D animated short by Snowball Studios. In short, it’s a cinematic trailer for a video game that doesn’t exist: Fragball. Say hello to Snap. Snap is after a detonation device that looks suspiciously similar to a football. Does he frag or get fragged? Well, there’s one way to find out….. (via […]

Cool Stuff: Skhizein

text video http://itismonday.com/2009/10/skhizein/ (via @ehsankhoshrou on twitter)

Cool Stuff: Jona/Tomberry

Today we feature the animated short Jona/Tomberry by Rosto, a Dutch filmmaker and creator of Studio Rosto A.D. in Amsterdam. It is one of three short films that tell part of the story of Mind My Gap, which is described as an online graphic novel. Its website is here; the website for Jona/Tomberry itself is […]

Cool Stuff: Jo Jo in the Stars

Directed and written by Marc Craste, Jo Jo in the Stars is officially described as “…a 12 minute story of love, self-sacrifice, and jealousy played out against a black and white world that is both nightmarish and hauntingly beautiful.” Indeed. I’d say that the mark of great execution is when you can’t imagine a different […]

The Censorship of South Park and Our Culture's Courage

  I am of course confident that I will fulfill my tasks as a writer in all circumstances—from my grave even more successfully and more irrefutably than in my lifetime. No one can bar the road to truth, and to advance its cause I am prepared to accept even death. But may it be that […]

Hidden Treasures: Azur & Asmar: The Princes' Quest

Azur & Asmar: The Princes’ Quest is one of the most beautiful animated films I have ever seen. This is not surprising – it comes from Michel Ocelot, who’s 1999 film Kirikou & the Sorceress was also stunning. The difference between the two films, and the aspect that ultimately makes Azur & Asmar aesthetically superior, […]

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