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

by Radical Ravenon June 2, 2011
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"

by Ed Liuon June 1, 2011
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?

by Ed Liuon May 27, 2011
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

by Ed Liuon May 23, 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 […]

PR: Adult Swim Announces New Programming Line-Up for 2011-12 Season

by Ed Liuon May 20, 2011
Adult Swim Announces New Programming Line-Up for 2011-12 Season New Series and Additional Episodes Ordered for Returning Programs Adult Swim “Owns the 9ight” with Star-Studded Upfront Event Adult Swim celebrated a new slate of programming for the 2011-12 season last night during their star-studded annual Upfront event in New York City . Coming off a […]

New "Back Into Cars 2" Behind-the-Scenes Video Released

by Ed Liuon May 20, 2011
Walt Disney Feature Animation and Pixar have released the following behind-the-scenes look at Cars 2: Cars 2 is slated for release on June 24, 2011. Check out Toonzone News’ earlier coverage of Cars 2.

"The Illusionist": Sylvain Chomet's Beautiful, Melancholy Ambiguity

by Ed Liuon May 13, 2011
All film is an illusion. Persistence of vision is the illusion that still images projected at 24 frames a second are actually moving, while suspension of disbelief is the illusion that shadows on a wall are as real as what we see and experience every day. Like the best stage magicians, great film can compel […]

"Super Hero Squad" Vol 4: This DVD, This Season Finale!

by Ed Liuon May 12, 2011
With volume 4, Shout! Factory wraps up season 1 of The Super Hero Squad Show, and if the results don’t quite hit the loopy heights of the previous volume, it’s only because the show has found a comfortable, high-quality groove that mixes up standard super heroics with madcap slapstick. This also means that when surprises […]

"Dora the Explorer: It's Haircut Day!": Needs Trimming

by Maxie Zeuson May 11, 2011
Every time Nickelodeon sends us a copy of its latest Dora the Explorer DVD, we here at toonzone play a little game of “Hot Potato” to see who can go without getting stuck with the job of reviewing it. I thought I’d recently pulled off a nifty escape plan—I moved to the other side of […]