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Toons of the 2000s: The Fall and Rise (?) of 2D Animation - Part 2

You are reading Part 2 of The Fall and Rise (?) of 2D Animation.  Part 1 | 2 | 3 | Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. Stop-Motion   Let’s take a quick respite from the studio breakdown to talk about stop-motion animation. This retrospective blog post is about 3D CG and 2D animation, so […]

Why "Epilogue" Honors Terry McGinnis

Epilogue just might be one of the best remembered episodes of Justice League Unlimited, if not the DC Animated Universe itself. For DC animation fans, it hardly needs introduction. In terms of chronology it currently stands as the last DCAU episode, and it ended it where it began: with Batman. Rather than the usual action […]

Robert Zemeckis Just Sees What He Wants to See

Robert Zemeckis is going to remake the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine using his “performance capture” CGI animation techniques, and the news is being received with a number of catcalls and jeers from animation fans and traditional animators. Most of the complaints from animation circles center on the motion-capture technique itself, which converts a filmed actor into […]

Sgt. Frog's Dub: A Success?

As most attentive anime fans know by now, the popular comedy anime Sgt. Frog is emerging from a long limbo outside of Japan. The series’ trials have certainly been tougher than most, with the series suffering delays similar to another currently successful former A.D. Vision title, Gurren Lagann. Sgt. Frog is finally streaming online in […]

Otakon 2009: The Wrap Up

Jellyfish…Dinosaurs…OTAKU!!!!!!!!!! The otaku have come, and it was good. Otakon 2009, bigger than ever. Better, well, depends on who you ask. Unoficially so far there were a touch over 26,000 attendees at Otakon this year. That’s about twice the full house capacity of the arena where they staged the cosplay masquerade this year. That number […]

Toon Zone Top 5 Ways "G.I. Joe" Was (and Is) Ahead of History

To commemorate the return of G.I. Joe to DVD, thanks to Hasbro and the Shout! Factory, Toon Zone presents our next Top 5 list: the top 5 ways that G.I. Joe was (or still is) ahead of history. Face front, strap on your K-pots, check your gear, stow that tongue firmly in cheek, and lock […]

The Chico Marx Effect

During his Presidential campaign, Barack Obama asked for a new, freer, and more open conversation about issues of race, saying, “I have never been so naïve as to believe that we can get beyond our racial divisions in a single election cycle,” and “that working together we can move beyond some of our old racial […]

Cartoon Network Real: The Sky Is Not Falling

It is easy to see why so many people are upset over the sudden influx of live-action programming on Cartoon Network.  Once groundbreaking for airing animated content around the clock, the network appears to be forsaking its roots in a desperate attempt to catch up with its competitors.  This has sparked boundless fears that the […]

Anime Boston 2009 Day 3-This is the End, Beautiful Friend the End...

Anime Boston, Day three. Sunday, traditionally the dead day of the con as half the attendees make an early break for the exit, or just have an early flight to catch. Generally speaking there aren’t too many major events going on during Convention Sunday. Anime Boston 2009 was no exception. In fact, the only events […]

Anime Boston 2009 Day 2: Marching on Boston

Saturday. The big day. The one where the heavy hitters come out to play. The concerts, the costume masquerade, the hentai dubbing party. Yes, you heard me right, a panel dedicated to fan dubbing animated porn, but more on that later. Lots of fun to be had all around today and thankfully a lack of […]

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