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Spring 2010 Anime Preview

by Todd 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 […]

Miyazaki Week: Why "Princess Mononoke" is Not an Environmentalist Fable

by Ed Liuon February 27, 2010
One common criticism I’ve seen of Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke is that it’s “environmentalist,” which is usually used to mean the sort of preachy, treacly, Earth First screed where people are Bad and nature is Good, end of story. Really, I have to wonder if we’re watching the same movie. While there is a healthy […]

Forgotten Licensed Anime: Saint Tail

by Dukeon February 9, 2010
Ever since Japan started making cartoons, they’ve been brought over to the West. After the runaway success of Pokémon and Cartoon Network’s Toonami block, anime began to explode here in the West, giving us animated exploits that have never been seen before. Unfortunately, with all the series that are brought over, many are lost in the shuffle […]

A Few Random Thoughts on the 2010 Oscar Nominations

by Ed Liuon February 2, 2010
The 82nd Academy Award nominations have been announced, with Disney/Pixar’s Up getting a nod for Best Picture in addition to the expected Best Animated Feature nomination. I have to admit that as much as I liked the movie, I don’t think it’s the one I would have picked among Pixar’s total output to get the […]

Best Animated Feature of 2009: "Coraline"

by Weathermanon January 1, 2010
This week, Toon Zone News looks back at 2009 by reposting our reviews of what we felt was the best that the year had to offer. Whatever else may be said about 2009, it was an auspicious year for animated features. It brought new films from Pixar (Up) and Hayao Miyazaki (Ponyo); Walt Disney’s return […]

Voice Actor for a Weekend: Top 5 More Lessons from Bob Bergen's Advanced Class

by Ed Liuon December 5, 2009
Last year, I took a beginner voice acting class with Bob Bergen when he brought it to New York City, and had so much fun doing it that I wanted to take his advanced class this year. Luckily, taking Bob’s class last year fooled him into thinking that I was qualified for the advanced class. […]

Toons of the 2000s: Reviewed Cartoons You Probably Haven't Seen, But Really Should

by Todd DuBoison December 2, 2009
Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. Throughout this decade, toonzone’s news team has reviewed a truly impressive number of cartoons. Along the way there have been many disappointments, but also many strong works well deserving of praise. From time to time, they’ve even had occasion to review exceptional achievements that may eventually be […]

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

by Eileen Cruzon November 10, 2009
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 […]