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Anime Weekend Atlanta 2013: The Old Familiar

The line amasses for the Dealer’s Room. Tables promoting competing conventions line up outside, peddling their flyers to any and all passer-bys. It’s about noon on Friday, and Anime Weekend Atlanta is officially kicking off. And yet, if you’ve gone for ten years (about half of the con’s history), it may feel all the same, […]

Nintendo Fans Campaign Against Region Locking

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A while back, Sony announced that their new video game console, the Playstation 4, will be region free. Shortly after, Microsoft announced that they were removing their DRM policies for their own upcoming console, the Xbox One, making it effectively region free. With all of this, Nintendo is now the only major video game company […]

A Day in Mary Lynn Wissner's New York City Voiceover "Working Pros Workout"

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Voice acting industry pro Mary Lynn Wissner returned to the Big Apple at the beginning of June for a one-day seminar promising “The Working Pros Workout,” and that’s exactly what she delivered in an all-day session for voice-over actors of all levels of experience. One sure sign of her stature in the community were the […]

Crowdfunding and the Future of Animation

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With the rise of Kickstarter, more and more people in the entertainment industry are turning to crowdfunding with the hope that the general public will be more receptive of their ideas than the executives that they usually work with. However, while it’s somewhat common to see a game developer or a movie director going it […]

Cartoon Intro Cavalcade: "G.I. Joe: The Movie" (1987)

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I’ve expressed my love for the 1980’s G.I. Joe opening sequences multiple times (especially the one that ran starting with the “The Pyramid of Darkness” mini-series and the TV show proper), but the opening credits for the feature-length G.I. Joe: The Movie deserves a closer look on its own. Like the opening credits to the […]

“Best. Episode. Ever!” Toonzone Talks “G.I. Joe”

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Yo Joe! In conjunction with the impending release of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the Toonzone blog staff has teamed up to present an (almost) week of posts looking back at the best G.I. Joe material, classic and modern, in the hope of providing animated alternatives to show what real G.I. Joe entertainment should be. Shoot, did […]

Eight Things To Like And Two Things To Hate About The 2013 Oscars

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The 85th version of the Academy Awards – that annual self-congratulatory show business industry shindig where industry executives and mucky-mucks show up in their limos to pat themselves on the back in front of a live television viewing audience – is over for another year and, as usual, nobody in Hollywood is ever completely happy […]

My Little Pony - Can Alicorns be Magic?

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Well, it finally happened.  After months of speculation, leaks, then an official announcement, we’ve now witnessed Twilight Sparkle become an alicorn princess.  What did I think of how it was pulled off?  Aesthetically not too bad, story-wise exceptionally lifeless and didactic.  It was as if the whole “destiny” part was an afterthought compared to the […]

My Little Pony: The Alicorn Cometh - A Neigh-Sayers View

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There weren’t a whole lot of us who watched My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic back when it premiered in 2010.  After all, it was a My Little Pony cartoon, and the new network it was premiering on was owned in part by a toy company.  Many believed that it would be just as bad […]

Review: "Trigun: Badlands Rumble" (UK Edition): Good Times in The Badlands

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Trigun is set on the planet Gunsmoke, a desert colony world styled after the American Wild West with a steampunk aesthetic, and follows the adventures of Vash the Stampede. Classified as the most dangerous of criminals for the incredible amount of damage he leaves in his wake, ‘The Humanoid Typhoon’ is actually a well-meaning blonde […]

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