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

by Karl Olsonon May 31, 2010
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 […]

Top 5 Martial Arts Fights of Animation

by Ed Liuon May 11, 2010
Hit with emotional content! Below, we’ve selected our picks for the Top 5 Animated Martial Arts Fights. Our main standard for judgment was that these fights had to work as both “Animation” and “Martial Arts.” It wasn’t enough for a bout to be well-choreographed and well-animated if it could have been done as well or […]

Cartoon Intro Cavalcade: Hong Kong Phooey

by Matthew Williamson May 4, 2010
There are a select few cartoon theme songs that have entered the public zeitgeist: tunes that are easily recalled even by people who have not seen the original cartoon.  Many of them originate from cartoons or characters that everyone knows: the Flintstones, the Jetsons, Spider-Man, Speed Racer.  But one rather curious Hanna-Barbera effort from the […]

Top 5 Martial Artists of Animation

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison May 3, 2010
There have been many martial artists in animation. Some of these characters are the perfect embodiment of stealth and cunning, others wield remarkable power, and still others are remarkably skilled and look spectacularly awesome on the screen. As tough as it is to choose, the following is a list of five particularly impressive animated martial […]

"Best. Episode. Ever!" Toonzone Talks "The Simpsons"

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison April 29, 2010
Welcome to the very first “Best. Episode. Ever!” feature at the Toonzone blog! Rather than offering the usual ranked list, for this feature our goal was very simple: get a bunch of the Toonzone staff together and let them briefly reminisce about their favorite episodes from great cartoons. No ranks, no winners and losers, just […]

The Censorship of South Park and Our Culture's Courage

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison April 24, 2010
  I am of course confident that I will fulfill my tasks as a writer in all circumstances—from my grave even more successfully and more irrefutably than in my lifetime. No one can bar the road to truth, and to advance its cause I am prepared to accept even death. But may it be that […]

Robert Zemeckis Revealed to be Motion-Captured CGI Animated Character

by Ed Liuon March 31, 2010
Film director Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Beowulf, and A Christmas Carol (you know, the ugly-ass version that came out last year)) has been revealed to be a motion-captured CGI animated creature disguising himself as a normal human being (seen in photo at right between Tim Burton (left) and Joseph […]

Spring 2010 Anime Preview

by Todd "GWOtaku" DuBoison March 28, 2010
In a just a matter of days, a new slate of animated programming will begin in Japan. As the fandom fires up its anticipation for what could be a fruitful spring for Japanese animation, here at the toonzone blog we’re going to try focusing in on what we think some of the highlights of the […]

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

by Ed Liuon March 22, 2010
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

by Ed Liuon March 16, 2010
“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 […]