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Adult Swim Busts Boundaries With "ATHF," "Sealab 2021"

Yeah, okay, I know: Praising an animated series for its dialogue is like praising a landscape painter for his musical ability. It’s not what the art form is about. So maybe it’s best just to be up front about it and assert that Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Sealab 2021 are “cartoons” by courtesy only. […]

SuperFriends' Greatest "Challenge": Keep the Audience from Laughing

There are very few animated franchises that develop into true television dynasties. Scooby Doo is one, and its Hanna Barbera cousin SuperFriends is another. From 1973 to 1985 SuperFriends was broadcast virtually nonstop, occupying a prime Saturday morning slot for most of this run. Some competitors aside, up until the debut of Batman: The Animated […]

"Gravitation Vol.1" Shonen-ai for the Straight Guy

Ah, shonen-ai, a sub-genre of anime known best for flimsy plots geared around getting two or more pretty boys romantically involved with each other, to the extent of on-screen kissing and (if possible) off-screen relations. For the most part, this genre only appeals to the fangirl demographic that keeps Inu-Yasha on the air. However, there […]

"Spider-Man: '67" Shines In Spectacular Box Set

First airing on ABC Television in 1967, Spider-Man has gone on to become a cult favourite, best known for its cheap animation, hammy voices, and, of course, its outstanding theme song. After releasing a few episodes as bonus features on other Spider-Man related DVDs, Disney has decided to release all 52 episodes of the classic […]

Emmy-Winner, Joe Alaskey Talks 'Duck Dodgers' (

With an Emmy under his belt for his current series, Duck Dodgers, and a history of voicing some of animation’s most beloved characters, Joe Alaskey has range that is a virtual “Who’s Who” of cartoon characters. And, luckily for us, he was able to find time to grant Toon Zone an interview, giving us a […]

"Spider-Man: Doc Ock" Falls Short, But Pleases

Aiming to cash in on the release of Sony’s Spider-Man 2, Buena Vista will release its fourth Spider-Man: The Animated Series DVD on June 29. And—will coincidences never cease—the DVD just happens to hype the villain to be be featured in the live-action film. I say “hypes” rather than “features,” because, in point of fact, […]

Central Park's "Anime Test Drive" Might Need a Tune-Up

U.S. Manga Corps and Central Park Media have been trying something new recently: a line of single-episode, trailer-packed DVDs to give viewers (as the title suggests) an “Anime Test Drive.” So you not only get to take one episode of a series for a spin around the block, you get to kick the tires on […]

".hack//SIGN" Ends in an Explosive Finale

Those who followed the intricate and dramatic .hack//SIGN on Cartoon Network last year were treated to a rich plot based on a massive multi-player online RPG (MMORPG). It’s a franchise that that went on to become a series of games for the Playstation 2, a manga, and a separate series: .hack//Legend of the Twilight Bracelet, […]

Let Garfield Be Garfield!

When I was a kid, one of my favorite cartoons was Garfield and Friends. So when I heard they were going to make a feature movie, I cheered. Then I found out it was going to be live-action–time to go into cringe-mode. Then I heard that Jim Davis, the creator of Garfield, would be overseeing […]

Grrl Power: Cute Candy Shell on the Outside, Great Anime on the Inside

The world is chock-full of hyper-saccharine, obscenely cute anime. However, Grrl Power distances itself from the pack with genuine humor and a small of dash of pathos. Created, directed, and storyboarded by Akitoroh Daichi (who directed the cute yet bittersweet Fruits Basket, Kodocha, Jubei-chan, and Animation Runner Kuromi, and also wrote the manga that Grrl […]

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