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Color Coding: How "Avatar the Last Airbender" Uses Color (Part 1)

There are many tools that Avatar the Last Airbender uses to characterize each of the four nations that form its world. Just in time for the Day of Black Sun, Toon Zone News will take a look how at the show associates specific colors to each of the four nations, and then examine some of […]

A Dressing Down for...Comic-Con International

Cutting a wide swarth of condemnation through a large event, massively planned and attended by so many, is an exceedingly difficult task. That’s why I’m not gonna do it. Only a fool, or an exceptionally bitter person, would find the need to lambast the San Diego Comic-Con on the whole. After all, no matter what […]

To Infinity and Beyond! A Snapshot of Modern Animation

This weekend, the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) in New York City is hosting their annual Art Festival. The following article was submitted to the show organizers to be included in the show’s program. Like comic books, animation is often viewed as a medium suitable only for children. As with comics, this perception […]

A Note of Recognition for...the Top 5 Fathers and Top 5 Father Figures in Animation

We had so much fun with the Top 5 Animated Mothers article for Mother’s Day that we decided that we had to do a follow-up for dads. Presented for your enjoyment are Toon Zone News’ opinionated picks for the top 5 animated dads in honor of Father’s Day, plus a collection of the top 5 […]

A Note of Recognition For: Ren and Stimpy's Music

Music is, and always has been, a huge factor in entertainment. Imagine Jaws or Star Wars without their legendary John Williams scores; try telling the story of Casablanca with no “As Time Goes By”. This is even more true for animation, a medium that has been timed and sold along with its accompanying music for […]

A Dressing Down For....The Worst Sons/Daughters in Animation!

As Mother’s Day rounds the bend once again, we take the time to remember all the good things our mothers and our parents have done for us, and Ed Liu celebrated that with a look at the finest of animated mothers. But it’s not enough that we simply take our collective moms and pat them […]

A Note of Recognition for....the Top 5 Mothers in Animation

In honor of Mother’s Day, the staff of Toon Zone News decided to put together a list of the top 5 animated mothers. This turned out to be a surprisingly challenging task. Single-parent families and orphans appear with great regularity in animation, and those parental figures that do make it into the final products are […]

A Note of Recognition for....The Best Animated Feature Category

On Sunday, the next entry to the still-new category of Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards was announced. Happy Feet joins the other five in the ever-so-slowly developing first decade of top toon movies. No doubt the announcement will carry with it a fair amount of controversy, just like the penguin film itself did. […]

A Note of Recognition for: Filmation's "Star Trek" Animators

There are a lot of fond childhood memories surrounding the assorted products of Filmation Studios, but it’s pretty safe to say that none of them involve shockingly high production values. This becomes painfully evident when watching the recently released Star Trek: The Animated Series boxed set. Watching the first few episodes, the animation is almost […]

A Dressing Down For... The Audience

Here, you see the beginning of a new feature at the TZ Opinions/Editorial section. Op/Ed will still feature any number of editorials or miscellanous articles, but we now inaugurate a bimonthly column (written by myself and others in the TZ Crew) dedicated either to significant praise or condemnation of some specific topic in regards to […]

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