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Today is Sand Animation day!

(Not really, but sometimes that’s just what happens when you end up on a Youtube kick.) It’s pretty cool if you’re into that artsy stuff (which I happen to be). Below is a series of Animal Planet promos done by Ferenc Cakó. The recordings his live performances are awe inspiring. I was particularly fond of […]

Animation reused in Disney films - No one shocked

The following Youtube video features a series of clips edited together as evidence Disney engaged in a practice common in the industry, repurposing animation. It saves time and money when you don’t have to animation something entirely from scratch. While I enjoyed watching the video, what I enjoyed more was the info box. It was […]

Toon Zone Top 5 Things I Learned in Bob Bergen's Voice-Over Class

Me in the recording booth under Bob Bergen’s watchful eye. One of the most common fantasies of animation fans is to become a voice actor. “How do I become a voice actor?” is probably the most common question asked at voice actor panels at conventions or signings. After interviewing a few different voice actors and […]

From "Gotham Knight" to Rising Sun: Discovering Anime via Gotham City

Walking into the anime section of your local video store or retailer can be a rather intimidating experience. It’s like walking into the jazz or classical section of the CD section: without a little bit of knowledge, the breadth of the selection and the many similar-sounding names can result in confusion, bewilderment, and a lot […]

The Looney Tunes Campaign

A couple of days ago, an acquaintance—someone who knows I have every one of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection DVD sets—pointed me toward this Slate article by long-time political analyst Jeff Greenfield. Obviously, my friend thought I’d be interested in the way Greenfield tried developing a key political insight by referencing some of my favorite […]

Katsucon, Katsucon, How I Love Thee, Katsucon, Let Me Count the Ways

Well, maybe not that many ways. And it’s a little off from Valentines Day this year, though next year it’ll be right back to Valentines Day weekend, possibly leading to a reprise of years past, when an elevator in the hotel was completely blocked off so people could get to the restaurant upstairs. At least, […]

A Dressing Down for...Comic-Con International

Cutting a wide swarth of condemnation through a large event, massively planned and attended by so many, is an exceedingly difficult task. That’s why I’m not gonna do it. Only a fool, or an exceptionally bitter person, would find the need to lambast the San Diego Comic-Con on the whole. After all, no matter what […]

To Infinity and Beyond! A Snapshot of Modern Animation

This weekend, the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) in New York City is hosting their annual Art Festival. The following article was submitted to the show organizers to be included in the show’s program. Like comic books, animation is often viewed as a medium suitable only for children. As with comics, this perception […]

A Note of Recognition for...the Top 5 Fathers and Top 5 Father Figures in Animation

We had so much fun with the Top 5 Animated Mothers article for Mother’s Day that we decided that we had to do a follow-up for dads. Presented for your enjoyment are Toon Zone News’ opinionated picks for the top 5 animated dads in honor of Father’s Day, plus a collection of the top 5 […]

A Note of Recognition For: Ren and Stimpy's Music

Music is, and always has been, a huge factor in entertainment. Imagine Jaws or Star Wars without their legendary John Williams scores; try telling the story of Casablanca with no “As Time Goes By”. This is even more true for animation, a medium that has been timed and sold along with its accompanying music for […]

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