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Netflix Picks Up Four Animated Series: “Tarzan and Jane,” “An Army of Frogs,” “Puffin Rock,” “Cirque du Soleil Luna Petunia”; Premieres Three More

by Ed Liuon June 8, 2015
Variety reports that Netflix has acquired four new animated series to join their dedicated section for kids under 12, with the series to hit the service as full seasons to maximize “binge-ability.” The four series which were acquired and scheduled release dates are: Cirque du Soleil Luna Petunia (Fall 2016): 11 episodes from Saban Brands and […]
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The Avengers and Ultimate Spider-Man Get New Seasons on Disney XD for 2016

by Ed Liuon June 4, 2015
SAME HEROES, NEW VILLAINS! MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN AND THE AVENGERS RETURN WITH ALL-NEW SEASONS ON DISNEY XD Season Three of “Marvel’s Avengers: Ultron Revolution” and Season Four of “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6” to Debut in 2016 Disney XD has ordered two new action-packed seasons of the popular animated series on the Marvel programming […]

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Toonzone At MCM London Comic Con May 2015 – Hidetaka Tenjin Interview

by Grant Whiteon June 3, 2015
Although popular in his native Japan, the internet has allowed people in many other countries to become fans of the work of Hidetaka Tenjin. Boasting credits in illustration, design and voice acting, he is perhaps most famous for the illustrations he has provided to the world of Macross in addition to box art for Bandai’s […]
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Google Spotlight Stories App Launches for Android, Newest Story “Help” Premieres

by Ed Liuon June 2, 2015
GOOGLE ATAP LAUNCHES GOOGLE SPOTLIGHT STORIES APP FOR ANDROID AND PREMIERES NEWEST STORY, “HELP” BY DIRECTOR JUSTIN LIN AT GOOGLE I/O 2015 Upcoming Google Spotlight Stories from several award-winning filmmakers and artists, as well as the new Story Development Kit (SDK) also announced   At Google’s I/O conference in San Francisco, which kicks off today, Google’s […]

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Toonzone At MCM London Comic Con May 2015 – Hynden Walch Roundtable Interview

by Grant Whiteon June 1, 2015
On the Saturday morning of May’s MCM London Comic Con Toonzone News was invited to take part in a roundtable interview with voice actress Hynden Walch. Having risen to fame as Starfire in Teen Titans, she has returned to the animated DC multiverse a few times to play Harley Quinn and is perhaps currently most […]
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Toonzone At MCM London Comic Con May 2015 – Rocksteady Arkham Knight Panel

by Grant Whiteon June 1, 2015
Promoting Arkham Knight, the conclusion to Rocksteady’s hugely popular ‘Batman Arkham’ games, the panel consisted of game director/Rocksteady co-founder Sefton Hill, art director David Hego, character artist Albert Feliu and John Noble, voice of lead antagonist the Scarecrow. The game is set one year after the events of Arkham City. An alliance of villains, led […]

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Women in Animation in the Spotlight at Annecy 2015

by Ed Liuon May 28, 2015
WOMEN IN ANIMATION IN THE SPOTLIGHT AT ANNECY 2015 Annecy International Animation Film Festival Gives Ladies Top Billing in 2015, with Great Support by WIA On All Levels of Participation Los Angeles, CA – Women in Animation (WIA), the organization of animation professionals and students who aim to empower and support women in the field […]
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Nickelodeon UK And Forbidden Planet Unite For Retro Ninja Turtles Merchandise

by Grant Whiteon May 27, 2015
Nickelodeon/Viacom Consumer Products have teamed up with cult merchandise store Forbidden Planet to produce a line of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle merchandise inspired by the original Fred Wolf animated series. Boasting the iconic chubby faced Turtles that many will remember from the 80s and 90s, the line includes t-shirts, posters, cards, homeware and more. Although […]

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New Yorker Magazine Profiles George Daugherty, Wovewy Conductor for Live Looney Tunes Orchestra

by Ed Liuon May 26, 2015
The New Yorker has profiled George Daughterty, conductor for the “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony” program since he started the concert series in 1989. The series pairs original Looney Tunes cartoons (including “What’s Opera, Doc?”, “Corny Concerto,” and “The Rabbit of Seville”) with live orchestral accompaniment. Among other topics, Mr. Daughterty discusses how he started […]
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LA Times on Growing Number of Women Enrolling at CalArts Animation Program

by Ed Liuon May 26, 2015
The Los Angeles Times uses a visible rise in the number of women enrolled in the renowned CalArts animation program as a barometer for the rise of women on the creative side of the animation industry overall. While the character animation program debuted in 1975 with only two female students, the current CalArts class is […]