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"Iron Man": If You Love the Movies, You'll Moderately Enjoy the Cartoon Series

Although Iron Man’s popularity has gotten a boost from the recent movies starring Robert Downey Jr., he has always been one of the big guns in the Marvel Comics stable. Rather than drape himself in brightly colored spandex, Iron Man dons high tech armor equipped with an array of different powers, making him one of […]

Top 5 Martial Arts Fights of Animation

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 […]

"Hong Kong Phooey": Kanine Kung-Fu

Rummaging through the 1970s for good Saturday morning cartoons is like rummaging through a plague-rat-infested garbage heap for old Twinkies: Even if you don’t get bitten and infected by something disgusting; even if you don’t come out needing a tetanus shot; and even if you actually find what you’re looking for, well … The thing […]

Comedy Central Preps New Toons; "Futurama" Returns

Comedy Central’s development slate for 2010-2011 includes three new animated comedies and the return of Futurama, the network announced yesterday. The half-hour animated comedy JC has Jesus Christ trying to escape from the shadow of his “all-powerful yet apathetic” father by returning to Earth and living in New York City. Brian Boyle of American Dad […]

CN Orders More "Ben 10," "Generator Rex"

Cartoon Network has ordered 32 more episodes of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien and 20 more episodes of Generator Rex, Animation Magazine reports. The orders come after both series debuted to strong ratings, placing as the top-rated programs for boys 6-11 and 9-14 in their time slots.

Cartoon Intro Cavalcade: Hong Kong Phooey

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 […]

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

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 […]

Mystery Train: All Aboard "Baccano!"

If the past really is another country, then Baccano! is doubly foreign; a view of America’s past seen through Japanese eyes. Set in the early 1930s—the heyday of Prohibition, gangsters, and the Great Depression—the show is an intricately constructed mare’s nest. Put in motion by a mob family feud in New York, it relates what […]

New Video Clip & Stills from "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" Season 2 Finale

Lucasfilm and Cartoon Network have released a new video clip from the hour-long season 2 finale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars which premieres this Friday, April 30, 2010, at 9:00 PM (Eastern/Pacific). Click the image to play the clip (requires QuickTime): The full press release follows, including two new images from the episode and […]

The Censorship of South Park and Our Culture's Courage

  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 […]

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