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"Kim Possible: The Villain Files" Not as Funny as Possible

With all eyes focused on the continuing decline of its theatrical animation, Disney has quietly carved out a solid TV franchise with Kim Possible. The Villian Files marks the third DVD compilation release for the teenage girl spy who has beaten the odds to prove that a female lead can successfully anchor an action-oriented cartoon […]

"Ed Edd n Eddy's Jingle Jingle Jangle": The Best Present a TV Has Ever Given Me

Ed, Edd n Eddy will always have a peanut gallery throwing bricks at it. They don’t understand it. They don’t want to understand it. They don’t watch it so that they can justify their totally inaccurate claims about the series. If, on the other hand, you’re the least bit curious about how much the show […]

"Popeye's Voyage: Quest for Pappy" Strong to the Finish

Well blow me down, matey. Apparently not lost at sea, Popeye makes a surprise return to animation in the direct to DVD feature Popeye’s Voyage: Quest for Pappy. If memory serves, Popeye’s last foray put him up against the likes of the Smurfs on Saturday mornings, so it’s been a good long while. Showing that […]

"Puffy" Power is Undercharged

Perhaps envious of the high social status given toys in the U.S., Japanese celebrities seem to be looking for their own piece of the pie. After all, who wouldn’t want bling-bling like Pikachu has – millions in the bank, Hummers in the garage, Pokemon in the Jacuzzi. So here comes Japanese pop duo Puffy hoping […]

"Dragons: Fire & Ice" Turns Out Lukewarm

The most common criticism levied at 80s cartoons is that they are little more than glorified toy commercials. I often bristle at this label, especially when applied to favorites like G.I. Joe and M.A.S.K., which I feel rise well above it. Dragons: Fire & Ice is the latest production in this longstanding tradition of toy […]

"Atomic Betty" Arrested, Charged With Grand Theft Stereotype

Canadian superhero Atomic Betty was arrested by local police at a 7-Eleven yesterday and charged with trying to shoplift a spunky, determined attitude that exemplifies courage (current retail price: $6.99). After she was taken in for questioning, it was discovered that she had also smuggled in an episode guide to The Powerpuff Girls for purposes […]

"The Three Musketeers": All For One In One Good DVD

You know, for being Disney’s trademark characters, Mickey Mouse and friends sure don’t appear in many cartoons anymore. Aside from House of Mouse and its DTV, the gang is pretty much relegated to Disneyland. Well, that all changes now, as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy all come together for their very first feature-length film […]

Stimpy's Pregnant, and Births One Sick Little Monkey

Let us now say a brief, kind word about network censors. Not that I’m terribly fond of network censors as a breed; I’m not fond of plague-bearing rats, either. Still, they are a part of the cartoon ecosystem, and—circle of life, hakuna matata, whatever-hippy/dippy-Gaia-crap-you-choose—they have their role. Every once in awhile something they do rebounds […]

"The Batman": Oh God, the Pain

Toon Zone this week will run a series of reviews of The Batman, the new animated series from Kids WB and Warner Bros. Animation. The series premieres on Saturday, September 11, at 10:30am (ET). Let me say first: I wanted to like this show. The idea—a novice Batman fighting crime, a new focus on Bruce […]

"The Venture Brothers" Makes Campy a Family Affair

Imagine a wedgie-crippled Jonny Quest screaming as he hobbles through the jungle. Picture the Hardy Boys on acid. Hazard Tom Swift or Danny Dunn (if your memory goes back that far) put through the Williams Street thunderblender. Now you’ve got a fair idea of what Adult Swim’s newest series is like. Mummy dearest Brock fights […]

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