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Toon Zone Interviews Joaquim Dos Santos on Directing "Avatar"

Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender built its reputation at least partially through its dazzling displays of animated martial-arts. However, fans of the show may have noticed that the action sequences started getting larger, more intricate, and more creative somewhere around the middle of Book 2. The exceptionally sharp-eyed may have also noticed that Joaquim Dos […]

"Sozin's Comet" Produces an Epic Season Finale for "Avatar the Last Airbender"

Fans of Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender have had a long and frustrating wait for the conclusion to book 3. That wait is finally over as “Sozin’s Comet,” the show’s four-part season finale, finally hits the airwaves on July 19. The wait was worth it. “Sozin’s Comet” truly is the culmination of the preceding 57 […]

Wall Street Journal on Mort Walker's National Cartoon Museum

The Wall Street Journal has taken a look at the long and trouble-fraught history of Mort Walker’s National Cartoon Museum, which holds more than 200,000 pieces of artwork from comics, cartoons, and animation, but was not able to find a stable location for the museum until recently. Last year, Ohio State University announced that it […]

"Iron Man: Armored Adventures" Trailer On-Line

The trailer for Marvel’s upcoming Iron Man: Armored Adventures has appeared on-line. The new animated series is scheduled to debut on the Nicktoons Network in the spring of 2009. (via Comic Book Resources Comics Reel)

"Click & Clack's As the Wrench Turns:" Like "Car Talk" Without the Funny Bits

Car Talk is consistently one of the funniest and most popular offerings on National Public Radio, despite what the show’s hosts Tom and Ray Magliozzi claim. On their radio show, Tom and Ray (a.k.a. Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers) offer up really rotten puns, crazy puzzlers, questionable relationship advice, a lot of laughing at […]

Thruop Van Orman Talks "Flapjack" with Animation Magazine

Animation Magazine has posted an interview with Thurop Van Orman about his new show on Cartoon Network, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack. In the interview, Van Orman describes how his life as a child influenced the show, how he got Cartoon Network interested in the show, and the lessons he’s learned over the two years […]

"Kung Fu Panda" Success in China Triggers Introspection and Questions

The Guardian has noted that the success of DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda in China (previously reported by Toon Zone News here) has triggered a round of soul-searching in the country asking why Hollywood could make such a sucessful movie using Chinese symbols when China itself cannot. The movie’s popularity caused a parliamentary cultural affairs […]

New Trailer for "Hulk Vs." DTV Unveiled

Comic Book Resources Comics Reel is revealing that a new trailer for the Hulk Vs. direct-to-video movie is now available in streaming video on-line. The DTV is currently scheduled for release in early 2009.

"Batman: Gotham Knight": Kicking Ass from Here to Japan

Batman: Gotham Knight is the kind of DVD release I’d normally sink my teeth into with a review. This time I’m going to let my colleague Ed Liu do those honors. In this review, I’ll just content myself with finding half a dozen ways of saying that this latest DC/Warner release kicks all kinds of […]

"Batman Gotham Knight:" How Do You Say "I Am the Night" in Japanese?

In 2003, right before the release of The Matrix Reloaded, Warner Bros. released The Animatrix, a collection of short animated films that renewed our acquaintance with the world of the movie. The films themselves were produced by some of the top anime talent at the time (with the exception of Peter Chung’s “Matriculated”), which also […]

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