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San Diego Comic-Con 2009: "Batman: The Brave And The Bold" Roundtable Interviews

On Friday of the Comic Con, Toon Zone was given the chance to speak with the cast and crew of the hit animated series Batman: The Brave And The Bold, which will soon begin its second season. The roundtable press sessions took place following the panel for the show. Please note a minor spoiler warning […]

SpongeBob SquarePants 10th Anniversary Coverage Around the News

Several different media outlets are covering the 10th anniversary SpongeBob SquarePants festivities, which begin tonight, July 17, 2009: The Mercury News follows many news outlets and provides an extended recap of the Square Roots documentary, chronicling SpongeBob’s rise to fame. The Boston Globe speaks with SpongeBob creator Steve Hillenburg about how he went from a […]

Why I Like "G.I. Joe" Over "The Transformers"

On the surface, G.I. Joe and The Transformers are pretty similar. They were both released at the same time to capitalize on the relaxing of regulations that prohibited TV shows based on toys, both were produced by Marvel and Sunbow, both shared a lot of the same staffers and voice actors, and both shows were […]

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 […]

"G.I. Joe" Season 1.1: High-Speed, Low-Drag 1980's Idiocy

“G.I. Joe is the code name for America’s daring, highly-trained special missions force. Its purpose: to defend human freedom against Cobra, a ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world.” In 1982, Hasbro revived its “G.I. Joe” line of toys with the help of Marvel Comics and writer Larry Hama, replacing the 12-inch archetypal “American […]

SDCC09: Full Con Programming Available; "Avatar" Co-Creators Signing

The San Diego Comic-Con International has made the full programming schedule available for the con. Schedules for Friday July 24, Saturday July 25, and Sunday July 26 have been added to the Thursday schedule; animation fans may want to restrict the plethora of choices to the Animation category and pretend none of the other cool […]

"Baccano!" Vols. 3 & 4: How to Nearly Derail a Train with Blood

There’s a moment early on in Baccano vol. 3 where mob hit man Ladd Russo discovers the mutilated corpse of one of his henchmen. While his dialogue clearly indicates that he’s upset by this turn of events, the lines are delivered with a giddy fascination, if not a perverse sense of delight. His actions are […]

"Peanuts 1960's Collection:" Respect for the Classics...and the Other Specials, Too

As part of their commemoration of the Woodstock music festival (or shameless commercial exploitation of it, depending on who you ask), Warner Home Video brings us the Peanuts 1960’s Collection, packaging the first six Charlie Brown TV specials on two DVDs and adding a short documentary about jazz composer and performer Vince Guaraldi to sweeten […]

Honolulu Star Bulletin on Nick's "Ape Escape" Shorts

The Honolulu Star Bulletin has profiled Hawaii animation studio Hawaii Film Partners, which produced the 38 2-minute Ape Escape shorts which debuted on the Nicktoons network yesterday. The shorts are based on the Sony PlayStation game franchise of the same name, and will be the studio’s first animation project.

680News on Tom Kenny as "The New Mel Blanc"

680News has dubbed Tom Kenny “the New Mel Blanc” in a profile article, where the voice actor for SpongeBob SquarePants discusses that role and his many others in the voice acting business, with roles in Rocco’s Modern Life, Camp Lazlo, The Powerpuff Girls, Transformers Animated, and Dilbert. The article discusses how Kenny got the gig […]

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