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"Green Lantern: Emerald Knights," a.k.a. "The Color of Corporate Money"

Green Lantern: Emerald Knights contains more than a few fun things. I’d like it better, though, if it weren’t also so good at putting me to sleep. I’m not sure what the point is of this latest DTV from DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, aside from the obvious one: It’s a tie-in to the […]

"Green Lantern: Emerald Knights": Great Space Popcorn Flick, Skip the Bonuses

Green Lantern: Emerald Knights is a slight but entertaining anthology film intended to capitalize on the upcoming live-action feature film and corresponding PR blitz. It’s packed with a lot of crowd-pleasing sci-fi superhero moments that will make fans of the genre smile, and it’s all executed with enough skill and good humor that I’m willing […]

Split Signals for "Green Lantern: Emerald Knights"

As is their custom, Ed Liu and Maxie Zeus team up to review the latest Warner Premiere/DC direct-to-video, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights. Ed: “Green Lantern: Emerald Knights is a slight but entertaining anthology film intended to capitalize on the upcoming live-action feature film and corresponding PR blitz. It’s packed with a lot of crowd-pleasing sci-fi […]

"Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil" on Blu-ray 3-D, Blu-ray, and DVD on August 16, 2011

Anchor Bay Entertainment, the Weinstein Company, and Kanbar Entertainment have announcedthat Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil will be released on Blu-ray 3-D, Blu-ray, and DVD on August 16, 2011. The following trailer was released as well: The full press release follows: “Great family entertainment!” ~ Stuart Lee, WNYX-TV ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT, THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY and […]

Toonzone Presents "Cars 2" BTS Video: "Spy Cars Like Us"

Walt Disney Feature Animation and Pixar Animation Studios have released a new behind-the-scenes video for Cars 2, focusing on the British spy cars Finn McMissile and Holley Shiftwell: Cars 2 is slated for release on June 24, 2011. Check out Toonzone News’ earlier coverage of Cars 2.

A New Way To Engage Fans

When I interviewed Ben Bocquelet, the creator of The Amazing World Of Gumball, he mentioned that he was fond of his cartoon’s live-action backgrounds because it gave him hope that children would watch the show and wonder, even ever so slightly, if the quaint little town of Elmore could be real; if somewhere in the […]

"Fanboy & Chum Chum": Better Than "Planet Sheen"

I sat down to watch this new release of Nickelodeons show Fanboy & Chum Chum with a fair amount of trepidation. I’ve never seen a DVD with a more off-putting cover: The ugly main characters shoved at our faces at an angle, mouths agape in a horrible facsimile of genuine cartoony zaniness, and holding homogenous […]

Finding Lots to Love in "The North Star" & "The Scrambled States of America"

A common criticism of TV is that it will distract younger viewers from reading books. This criticism is a bit harder to sustain in the face of Scholastic’s Storybook Treasures series of DVDs, which faithfully adapt well-known and award-winning children’s books for the screen, sometimes through “pan-imation” over original artwork and sometimes in more fully […]

"Gantz" Complete Series: Lots of Sound and Fury, But Does It Signify Anything?

Like David Fincher’s adaptation of Fight Club, the anime series Gantz is a remarkably challenging, deliberately provocative, and deeply flawed work that uses lowest-common-denominator entertainment to deliver highbrow messages. Also like Fight Club, one of the things I like about Gantz is how unsure I was whether I liked it or not after I finished […]

PR: "Voltron Force" Premieres on Nicktoons on June 16, 2011

Nickelodeon has announced that Voltron Force is set to premiere on the Nicktoons network on June 16, 2011, at 8:30 PM (Eastern/Pacific), and released the following new video clip: The new series is the first original Voltron content in 10 years, and follows a team of new recruits training under the original five Voltron Force […]

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