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"The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack" Vol. 1: It Got The Weird Infusion, Mateys!

When I reviewed the series premiere of The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, I declared that it really needed a weirdness infusion. The pilot episode was pleasant enough, but not as funny as I was hoping for. I would invoke the cliché of being careful what you wish for, but in this case, I don’t see […]

"G.I. Joe: Resolute" & "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" on DVD on Nov 3, 2009 (UPDATED)

Paramount Home Entertainment has announced that G.I. Joe: Resolute and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra will be coming to home video on November 3, 2009. G.I. Joe: Resolute returns the Real American Heroes to animation in a grittier, more realistic version written by Warren Ellis and directed by Joaquim Dos Santos. The DVD will […]

"Peanuts" 1970s Collection: Mush from the Wimp

I’m a child of the 1970s—excuse me a moment while go apply some of Grandpa Simpson’s Old-Timey Medicinal Lineament to my arthritic joints—and the Peanuts specials were a staple of the holidays. (Keep in mind, this was back when you only had five or six channels tops, so a special was a special.) The great […]

New Video Clips and Art from "Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure"

Disney has released several new video clips from Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, the new direct-to-video CGI animated movie starring the icon of Disney’s Fairies line and famed sidekick to Peter Pan. There are a total of six clips available, from the movie itself and several of the bonus features on the DVD and […]

The Latest "Yo Gabba Gabba!", "Backyardigans," and "Kai-lan" DVDs from Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon has just released three more DVDs of their popular pre-school programming. The results won’t surprise anybody keeping track of Nick’s pre-school programming (or my reviews of them): Yo Gabba Gabba! is awesome, The Backyardigans is a surprisingly fun pleasure, and Ni Hao, Kai-lan is a pleasant variation on Dora the Explorer. YO GABBA GABBA! […]

"Astro Boy": Spam in a Can

Mark my words: The day is not long distant when some boorish entrepreneur has the bright idea of making a CG-animated adaptation of Princess Mononoke or Spirited Away or some other Miyazaki classic. Maybe no one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public, but neither did anyone ever lose a bet by […]

Toon Zone Interviews "Tinker Bell & the Lost Treasure" Art Director Ellen Jin Over

Art director Ellen Jin Over has managed to make quite a name for herself in a rather short span of time. Over was one of the first digital background painters in the United States, and shortly after her graduation from the Otis College of Art and Design, she was receiving recruitment offers from overseas animation […]

Why "Epilogue" Honors Terry McGinnis

Epilogue just might be one of the best remembered episodes of Justice League Unlimited, if not the DC Animated Universe itself. For DC animation fans, it hardly needs introduction. In terms of chronology it currently stands as the last DCAU episode, and it ended it where it began: with Batman. Rather than the usual action […]

"Tokyo Majin" Complete Series: Strong Start, Weak Finish

I am a dyed-in-the-wool New York Knicks fan, even though I don’t follow the team religiously, and this means that I have had to get used to the team’s singular talent for blowing a lead. In recent years, you could depend on them to take a 20-point lead at the half and blow it by […]

Cartoon Intro Cavalcade: "Cowboy Bebop"

The opening credits to Cowboy Bebop are like the best improvised jazz: it may seem spontaneous, but close analysis reveals powerful structure and intelligence underneath. While improv jazz is inherently free-form, the best improv jazz still uses structure and a few rules to make sure it sounds like music instead of meandering nonsense. There’s a […]

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