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Toon Zone Picks the Top 5 Iconic Cars of Animation

by Ed Liuon May 9, 2008
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! To commemorate the double-header of the new Speed Racer cartoon on the Nicktoons network and the live-action movie by the Wachowski brothers, the staff of Toon Zone News has put together our list of the top iconic animated cars. We’ve limited our to 5 in honor of Speed Racer’s […]

The Looney Tunes Campaign

by on March 12, 2008
A couple of days ago, an acquaintance—someone who knows I have every one of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection DVD sets—pointed me toward this Slate article by long-time political analyst Jeff Greenfield. Obviously, my friend thought I’d be interested in the way Greenfield tried developing a key political insight by referencing some of my favorite […]

Katsucon, Katsucon, How I Love Thee, Katsucon, Let Me Count the Ways

by Weathermanon February 26, 2008
Well, maybe not that many ways. And it’s a little off from Valentines Day this year, though next year it’ll be right back to Valentines Day weekend, possibly leading to a reprise of years past, when an elevator in the hotel was completely blocked off so people could get to the restaurant upstairs. At least, […]

"Thundercats": A Critical Retrospective

by on January 11, 2008
Looking back, I see growing up in the UK in the 1980s as a uniquely soulless experience. When I was eight, my favourite drink was Coca-Cola, my favourite treat on a day out was a visit to McDonalds, and my favourite cartoon action hero was a guy designed solely to sell plastic action figures. (If […]

Color Coding: How "Avatar the Last Airbender" Uses Color (Part 2)

by Ed Liuon December 6, 2007
The first half of this article examined the basic color schemes of each of the four nations of Avatar the Last Airbender. In this half, we take a look at the exceptions to the rule, some of which may send subtle clues about character traits or true motivations. As with the first half, this article […]

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

by Ed Liuon November 30, 2007
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

by on August 28, 2007
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

by Ed Liuon June 22, 2007
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

by Ed Liuon June 17, 2007
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

by SB20xxon June 3, 2007
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 […]