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Cartoon Intro Cavalcade: "Thundercats" Ho!

From the opening trumpets, to the over-the-top whining electric guitars, to the beautifully detailed and yet still fluid animation, there’s only one word suitable to describe the Thundercats opening theme, “badass”. It’s a slick 1:15 of animation that gets you entirely psyched up to watch a cartoon that’s not nearly as good as what you […]

"Olivia" on DVD: Safe, Harmless, Unsurprising Kidvid

Olivia is the latest of Nickelodeon’s animated series for pre-school and younger viewers, and fits perfectly with the rest of the lineup in being safe and innocuous entertainment, if not terribly exciting or likely to get anybody riled up for good or bad reasons. The series is based on the series of children’s books by […]

Corus Kids Announces Fall 2009 Schedules for YTV, Treehouse, & Discovery Kids

Corus Kids has announced its Fall 2009 programming lineup for the YTV, Treehouse, and Discovery Kids networks. Highlights include the debut of The Penguins of Madagascar and The Garfield Show on YTV, and Waybuloo and Shaun the Sheep spinoff Timmy Time on Treehouse. The full press release follows: CORUS KIDS ANNOUNCES FALL 2009 PROGRAMMING LINEUP […]

San Diego Comic Con 2009: Marvel Animation - Steve Blum And Chris Yost Interview Session

Following the Marvel Animation panel showcasing some excellent looking upcoming animated projects from the House of Ideas, Toon Zone was able to catch up with superstar voice actor, Steven Blum, and Marvel Animation writer, Chris Yost.  Steven Blum currently voices Wolverine in just about every Marvel animation or video game project.  Chris Yost is one […]

San Diego Comic-Con 2009: IMAGI Convention Breakfast

After waiting in line for hours for the chance to get into an early convention only screening of Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds, Toon Zone headed over to the Ivy Hotel for food and discussion with the executives and filmmakers at IMAGI for a special Con breakfast.  In October, Summit will be releasing the new IMAGI […]

"To SpongeBob or Not to SpongeBob": Angst Under the Sea

Another day, another SpongeBob SquarePants DVD to review. By this point, I can almost use an algorithm to churn out a notice. 1. The show, in its early days, was the most brilliant cartoon on television. 2. At some point, a lot of the magic leaked out, and the new DVD collects some of these […]

SpongeBob SquarePants 10th Anniversary Coverage Around the News

Several different media outlets are covering the 10th anniversary SpongeBob SquarePants festivities, which begin tonight, July 17, 2009: The Mercury News follows many news outlets and provides an extended recap of the Square Roots documentary, chronicling SpongeBob’s rise to fame. The Boston Globe speaks with SpongeBob creator Steve Hillenburg about how he went from a […]

2009 Emmy Nominations Announced

This year’s Emmy’s nominations for animation are as follows: Outstanding Animated Program (Less Than an Hour): * American Dad: “1600 Candles” * Robot Chicken: “Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II” * Simpsons, The: “Gone Maggie Gone” * South Park: “Margaritaville” Outstanding Animated Program (An Hour or More): * Afro Samurai: Resurrection * Destination Imagination (from […]

"Square Roots": No Math Can Solve This Puzzle

Do you want to know why SpongeBob SquarePants is such a popular and well-beloved character? Probably the best way to get an answer is to go find your grandmother (or great-grandmother) and ask her to tell you about Mickey Mouse. It’s hard to remember these days, when the Mouse is (justly) satirized by South Park […]

SDCC09: Full Con Programming Available; "Avatar" Co-Creators Signing

The San Diego Comic-Con International has made the full programming schedule available for the con. Schedules for Friday July 24, Saturday July 25, and Sunday July 26 have been added to the Thursday schedule; animation fans may want to restrict the plethora of choices to the Animation category and pretend none of the other cool […]

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