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Toons of the 2000s: Top 25 Animated Television Series Countdown #5-1

You are reading #5-1 of the Top 25 Animated Television Series Countdown.  25-21 | 20-16 | 15-11 | 10-6 | 5-1 | Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro.   5. THE VENTURE BROS. Dates: 2004-present (pilot aired 2003) Adult Swim (Cartoon Network) 47+ episodes Created by Jackson Publick (Christopher McCulloch) Starring: James Urbaniak, Patrick Warburton, Michael Sinterniklaas, Christopher McCulloch, Doc Hammer Synopsis The misadventures […]

"Yogi's First Christmas": A Very Cheap Stocking Stuffer

Back when I was a kid, we must have had longer attention spans than the young ‘uns do today. I mean, we must’ve. How else we could have managed to sit through something like Yogi’s First Christmas? Even two hours of a good thing can wear on a boy’s nerves, and Yogi’s First Christmas (which […]

Toon Zone Presents 2 Clips and 1 "Making Of" for "The Princess and the Frog"

Toon Zone News is proud to present the following 3 clips from Disney’s The Princess and the Frog. The Princess and the Frog is currently playing a limited engagement in New York and Los Angeles, and opens nationwide on Friday, December 11, 2009. For more details, read Toon Zone News’ earlier coverage.

"I Want a Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown": If Christmas Specials Were Underwear ...

It’s not hard to guess when I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown was made. It lacks the rampant creativity and outstanding imagination that made the earliest Charlie Brown ventures such successes, and it is also missing the obvious periodic quirks that marked the better specials of the 70s and 80s. In fact, I […]

"Outer Space Astronauts": More Like Outer Space As[censored]s

Crude, ugly, and about as funny as a head wound, SyFy’s Outer Space Astronauts suggests that the network’s ability to make with the ha-ha’s is about on a par with its ability to spell. In both cases, you can see what SyFy is aiming at, and you can see that it means to be hip […]

"A Miser Brothers Christmas" Is Retro-Fitted Family Fun

You know, I really don’t remember anything about the Rankin-Bass special The Year Without a Santa Claus. I presume from the title it was another one of those Christmas stories that eventually had someone looking pensively out a window into a dark night before turning to a short person (a child or elf), to shake […]

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

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. […]

"The Princess and the Frog" News Roundup: Interviews, Ultimate Disney Review/Photos

Several interviews with the cast and crew of The Princess and the Frog are surfacing in advance of its wide premiere date of December 11, 2009: Canada’s Movies Online has spoken with directors Ron Clements and Jon Musker, composer Randy Newman, and executive producer John Lasseter about several specific scenes in the movie. Musker and […]

"Fantastic Mr. Fox": Foxy by Proxy

Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of the most inanimate animated movies ever made. The disconnect between its images and its soundtrack is so complete as to be disorienting. And heaven only knows whether anyone under the age of sixteen will be able to make sense of it. But it is also a terrific […]

"Planet 51" Is Just Earthbound

According to the credits, it took four people to come up with the “original idea” for Planet 51. One wonders how many assistants it takes to remind these four creative types how to breathe. Okay, that’s a cheap, smug, and unfunny wisecrack. But why should I trouble to come up with anything new and good […]

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