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NYCC2010: Intro to Animation Voice-Acting with Stevie Vallance

Voice actor and director Stevie Vallance about to put some volunteers to work. On Saturday at the New York Comic Con, Emmy-winning actor and director Stevie Vallance offered a briefer version of her “Tooned In!” one-day workshop, which teaches actors with all levels of experience (including none) how to get started in animation voice acting. […]

Toonzone Interviews Paige O'Hara & Robby Benson on Being "Beauty & the Beast"

As part of the publicity for the new re-release of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on Blu-ray, Toonzone News was able to interview the voice actors who portrayed the title characters: Paige O’Hara (Belle) and Robby Benson (the Beast) via an Internet video feed. Click the image below to begin playing the video, which runs […]

George DiCenzo, Voice of Blackstar and Hordak 1940-2010

Variety reports that actor George DiCenzo died on Monday at the age of 70. The actor was best known for playing attorney Vincent Bugliosi, the man who prosecuted serial killer Charles Manson, in the 1976 TV mini-series Helter Skelter. DiCenzo also made guest appearances on such shows as Gunsmoke, The Equalizer, Space Academy, and Law […]

The Hub Adds Classic "G.I. Joe" and "Transformers" Shows; Announces Voice Casts

The Hub, the upcoming new network from Discovery Channel and Hasbro Entertainment, has announced that the classic 1980′s cartoons G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero and Transformers G1 will be included in the network’s opening lineup when it debuts on October 10, 2010. Elsewhere, Animation Magazine has listed the voice casts for several of the […]

A Review of "Book It!" with Mary Lynn Wissner

The popular view of voice acting is doing voices for cartoons, especially among the would-be voice over actors frequenting a site like Toonzone. However, the truth is that most voice actors’ bread-and-butter work is in promotions and advertising, even for the bigger, recognizable cartoon voice over names. We may know Corey Burton as the voice […]

"JC" Critics Reiterate Criticisms

A group of TV and religious watchdogs reiterated their criticisms of the planned Comedy Central animated series JC this morning, though most of them stopped short of calling for a boycott, according to a blogger who participated in a media conference call with the group. Most of the remarks by the organizers of the Coalition […]

Bratty Otaku vs. Soulja Boy: No, This Isn't A MC Battle

I’m going to lead this off by saying the following: I don’t like Soulja Boy as an MC. However, he wasn’t in the wrong on this. He did what every other rapper who makes mixtapes does, just with something besides the backing music, and with something outside of the mainstream HipHop milieu. The site that […]

What's Wrong with Disney Feature Animation? - Part 2

Continued from Part 1 of What’s Wrong with Disney Feature Animation? MERCHANDISE VS. MEDIA The 1990′s and 2000′s saw a massive rise in Disney’s merchandising efforts, such as the extremely successful launch of the Disney Princesses franchise itself. One might even argue that Disney is now essentially a merchandising company that makes its own media, rather than a […]

What's Wrong with Disney Feature Animation? - Part 1

“There is always an easy solution to every human problem — neat, plausible, and wrong.” – H.L. Mencken What’s wrong with Walt Disney Feature Animation? The Princess and the Frog‘s $24.2 million opening weekend and $104 million total box office take (which comes $1 million short of covering its production costs) was a major box-office […]

"Up", "Fantastic Mr. Fox" and "Coraline" Nominated at the BAFTAs

It has been announced that Up, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Coraline have been nominated for the Orange British Academy Film Awards in the Animated Film category. In addition, Up has been nominated for Original Screenplay, Music and Sound. Fantastic Mr. Fox has also been nominated for Music. The three nominees in the Short Animation category […]

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