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Introduction to Gundam Week: Top 5 Mobile Suits - Top 5 Kookiest Mobile Suits

With the 30th anniversary of Gundam just recently passing, it is only appropriate that we at toonzone decided to take a moment to celebrate the astonishing mark Gundam has made within the animation universe. I’m not entirely sure anyone expected a show about giant robots to continually find new ideas to explore with said machines. […]

Cool Stuff: Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty

Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty from Darragh O’Connell on Vimeo. One of the nominees for the 2010 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. Based on a character from Kathleen O’Rourke’s comedy show. Center on Granny O’Rourke’s very self-centered and funny take of the “Sleeping Beauty” story as she reads it to her granddaughter. Produced by […]

Cool Stuff: Alarm

In Alarm, a man’s alarm clock wakes him every time he dozes off. He, much to my delight, inflicts violence upon the source of the ringing. This is a cute short, directed by Moo-hyun Jang of Team Mesai. The animation is pretty smooth. I enjoyed the character design. There’s not really all that much of a point […]

THE AMPAS PRESENT: THE ANIMATED FEATURE SYMPOSIUM

From L to R:  Jon Musker, Henry Selick, Pete Docter, Tom Sito, Tom Moore, and Ron Clements; ©A.M.P.A.S. On March 4, three days before the 82nd Academy Awards of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) ceremony, the AMPAS held an event at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in West Hollywood to honor the five animated feature […]

Welcome to Toonzone's Miyazaki Week

To commemorate the release of Ponyo on DVD and Blu-ray on March 2, 2010, Toonzone is kicking off Miyazaki Week: 5 days of reviews and essays on the work of Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki. OK, fine, that’s a business week, but “Miyazaki Business Week” sounds like a magazine. Work with us, here. To many fans […]

Miyazaki Week: Why "Princess Mononoke" is Not an Environmentalist Fable

One common criticism I’ve seen of Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke is that it’s “environmentalist,” which is usually used to mean the sort of preachy, treacly, Earth First screed where people are Bad and nature is Good, end of story. Really, I have to wonder if we’re watching the same movie. While there is a healthy […]

Miyazaki Week: Yes, THAT'S Miyazaki, Too!

So, Hayao Miyazaki.  Quite possibly the most influential animator on the planet Earth right now.  Owner of too many international film awards to be counted here.  Lauded the world over for creating some of the best animated films of all time.  Director of a good few episodes of the Lupin III television show. Huh? Yep. […]

Miyazaki Week: Crafting the World of "Spirited Away"

Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi) is an animated film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The feature was released in Japan in 2001 and to the United States in 2002. Spirited Away went on to went on to win a lengthy list of awards, including Best Animated Feature at the 2003 Academy Awards. […]

Miyazaki Week: "My Neighbor Totoro" as a Reverse Coming-of-Age Story

The coming of age story is a common plot in cinema, and in the works of Hayao Miyazaki in particular. The coming of age can be literal, as in Kiki’s Delivery Service, where the plot revolves around the title character reaching the age when she must strike out into the world and find her own […]

Miyazaki Week: The End of Studio Ghibli

For quite some time, Studio Ghibli has been known for its great animated movies. The movies they make are not only beautifully animated, but contain great storylines that fully engage the viewer. However, I believe that this trend may come to a swift end once Hayao Miyazaki is done making films for the studio, and […]

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