“Best. Episode. Ever!” Toonzone Talks “Avatar: The Last Airbender”

by Ed Liuon June 30, 2010
To mark the release of M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender live-action movie, the staff of Toonzone News came together to name their picks for a “Best. Episode. Ever!” dedicated to the original Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series. The rest of this article assumes you’re already seen the show, and contains spoilers. Loads of […]

Geneon Anime Worth Rescuing – Part 2

by Todd DuBoison June 8, 2010
Today, we continue our overview of some quality Geneon anime currently in limbo that, with any luck, might be picked up for distribution in the coming weeks and months. Read on and give voice to your own opinions! 5. Space Pirate Captain Herlock – The Endless Odyssey: Outside Legend Before this oddly-titled OVA series came […]

The New Thundercats and the Retro Revival

by Todd DuBoison June 2, 2010
Today’s unexpected news about the development of Warner Bros’ new ThunderCats cartoon for a 2011 premiere is welcome and interesting for a few reasons worth noting. First of all, I think it’s fair to say that assorted animation news in the past nine months has introduced a fad of retro revival. What young adults grew […]

Geneon Anime Worth Rescuing – Part 1

by Todd DuBoison May 31, 2010
Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 During the recent Anime North convention in Toronto, a Canadian blogger reported on twitter that FUNimation entertainment stated its intention to announce “new Geneon license rescues” at Anime Expo, which will take place July 1st through July 4th in San Francisco. Such news is good and unsurprising; a considerable portion of Geneon […]

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 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 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 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 […]