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Elena of Avalor

NY Times on Disney’s Gambles on Latina Princess “Elena of Avalor”

by Ed Liuon July 11, 2016
The New York Times has taken a look at Disney’s new TV show Elena of Avalor, where the title character will be the first Latina Disney Princess. The article is a good capsule summary of the show’s genesis and the challenges it faces as both the latest entry in the ideologically fraught “Disney Princess” line […]

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“Gundam” Leads The Charge For Loot Anime’s SQUADRON Crate

by Grant Whiteon July 6, 2016
Loot Anime, the anime focused avenue of the popular Loot Crate subscription service, have announced their next theme to be ‘SQUADRON”. This means a focus on the various elite squads of Japanese animation with exclusive products inside to draw from the likes of Mobile Suit Gundam, GATE, Anti-Magic Academy: The 35th Test Platoon and Arpeggio of Blue […]
Noel Neill

Noel Neill, TV’s Lois Lane, 1920 – 2016

by Ed Liuon July 5, 2016
Actor Noel Neill passed away at the age of 95 on Sunday, July 3, 2016, at her home in Tuscon, AZ, after a long illness. She was best known as the first screen Lois Lane, bringing the intrepid comic book reporter to life first opposite Kirk Alyn’s Clark Kent/Superman in 1948 in Columbia Superman movie […]

Life, Animated

Review: “Life, Animated” – Disney Animation as Real World Magic for Autism

by Christopher Glennonon July 1, 2016
Disney loves to promote the idea of “Disney magic,” often accompanying that phrase with smiling children faces, catchy music, and movie re-release after movie re-release. However, “Disney magic” isn’t necessarily just a marketing tool. The animation of Disney has created all kinds of hardcore fans, and in some instances, the love of these movies can […]
Anastasia Stage Musical

“Anastasia” Stage Musical Sets Broadway Opening Date

by Ed Liuon June 30, 2016
Variety reports that the Anastasia stage musical will debut on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theater with a targeted opening date of April 24, 2017. The musical is based on Don Bluth’s animated feature film of the same name, centering on an amnesiac 18-year old who may be the last surviving member of the Russian royal […]

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Disney Announces “Wreck-It Ralph 2”, Reschedules “Gigantic” in 2018

by Todd DuBoison June 30, 2016
Walt Disney Animation has officially announced a sequel to its 2012 feature film Wreck-It Ralph. The news was first announced through a live video on Facebook, where director Rich Moore was joined by screenwriter Phil Johnson and Ralph actor John C. Reilly to break the news to fans. For the sequel, Phil Johnson will be co-directing […]
Anime Limited Taking Pre-orders For Limited Edition “Fullmetal Alchemist” Blu-ray Set

UK “Fullmetal Alchemist” Ultimate Edition Early Bird Discount Ends Tuesday

by Grant Whiteon June 30, 2016
The law of equivalent exchange states that to gain something you must lose something of equal value. The law of Anime Limited exchange works a bit differently. There are just a few days left to take advantage of the company’s early bird discount on their HD Blu-ray Ultimate Edition boxset of the original Fullmetal Alchemist […]

James Hong

Toonzone Interviews “Kung Fu Panda” Actor James Hong on Being Mr. Ping

by Ed Liuon June 27, 2016
Veteran actor James Hong has had a career stretching over six decades, and is one of the most recognizable actors working today with over 500 roles on his resume. Born in 1929 in Minneapolis, MN, Mr. Hong spent his elementary school years in Hong Kong before returning to the United States at age 10. Despite […]
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Sony Pictures Animation Announces 2017-2018 Slate: “Emojimovie,” “Hotel Transylvania 3,” “Spider-Man,” Animated “Ghostbusters” Series

by Ed Liuon June 23, 2016
Sony Pictures Animation Announces 2017 & 2018 Slate Projects Include EMOJIMOVIE: EXPRESS YOURSELF, Faith-Based Film THE STAR, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3, Animated SPIDER-MAN and GHOSTBUSTERS Animated TV Series Culver City, CA, June 20, 2016 – In a move signaling an expansion of its output and increased year-round production across multiple platforms, Sony Pictures Animation announced today […]