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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 […]

Study on Cartoon-Watching Reveals Positive Impact on Bonding and Overall Well-Being

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A national survey commissioned by classic cartoon network TELETOON Retro and conducted by market research firm, The Strategic Counsel, shows that Canadians view cartoon-watching as a positive experience that facilitates family bonding, fosters well-being and builds memories between kids and parents. These findings counter the common misconception that television is mostly used as babysitting tool […]

Review: "Berserk: The Golden Age Movie I – The Egg of the King (UK Edition)": Hail to the King

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The problem with animated adaptations of serialised manga is that the creators are attempting to adapt a series that may be years away from its conclusion. This isn’t a problem if you’re pretty much guaranteed to get enough episodes to cover everything, as is practically a rule with Shonen Jump adaptations, but it can cause […]

Mixed Messages: Of Legos & Ponies

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In the twilight of 2010, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic began to get the attention of older, male viewers. While many were skeptical of the show at the time, those viewers would go on to set the foundations for what the fandom – the bronies – would become. No matter what people thought about […]

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