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Toonzone Interviews Tommy Stathes and J.J. Sedelmaier on Early New York Animation

by Ed Liuon May 18, 2015
Many animation fans have seen and even purchased collections of public domain cartoons on home video, but Tommy José Stathes used those earliest collections (on VHS tapes in the 1990’s) as a springboard to become an early animation historian, archivist, and preservationist, with a focus on the earliest animated cartoons produced from the 1900’s to […]
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Being Two Different Kinds of Batman, the Roger Craig Smith Way

by Ed Liuon May 12, 2015
When we last spoke with voice actor Roger Craig Smith, he had just begun playing Captain America in Marvel’s Avengers Assemble and the dastardly Ripslinger in DisneyToon’s Planes, in addition to his earlier iconic roles as Sonic the Hedgehog in several earlier video games and as the assassin Ezio in the Assassin’s Creed video games. […]

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Toonzone Interviews Creator and Executive Producer C.H. Greenblatt About "Harvey Beaks"

by 90'sCartoonManon March 31, 2015
C.H. Greenblatt began his career as a storyboard artist and writer on SpongeBob SquarePants and continued on to The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy before creating and executive producing Chowder for Cartoon Network (where we interviewed him right before the premiere). Toonzone News caught up with Greenblatt to talk to him about his newest […]

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Actor Brian Stepanek on Going "Home" for DreamWorks Animation

by Ed Liuon March 27, 2015
Actor Brian Stepanek ought to be familiar to audiences of kids and grown-up entertainment, both on-camera and in voiceover work for animation. A guest role on CBS’s Two and a Half Men so impressed writer/producer Chuck Lorre that he created a recurring role for Mr. Stepanek on the show, and cast him in guest roles […]
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Building a Better NeverBeast with "Tinker Bell" Director Steve Loter and Producer Michael Wigert

by Ed Liuon March 3, 2015
In an elegant proof that phobias are learned and not inherited, Steve Loter learned that his longstanding fear of large dogs was not shared by his young daughter, who would greet all the giant canines in the neighborhood with a giant hug. When he asked her about this, she told him, “all animals are my […]

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Lee Mendelson Looks Back on "Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown!"

by Ed Liuon February 10, 2015
In 1963, producer Lee Mendelson had formed his production company in San Francisco, CA, and produced the documentary A Man Named Mays. The documentary on famed baseball player Willie Mays had aired on NBC in the fall, and when Mendelson was looking around for his next project, he noticed a Peanuts comic strip about baseball […]
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Jorge Gutierrez and the Bulletproof Heart Behind "The Book of Life"

by Ed Liuon January 27, 2015
Born in Mexico City and raised in Tijuana, Jorge Gutierrez grew up on a multi-pop-cultural mix of Japanese anime, American Popeye cartoons, and Mexican Cantinflas movies. Over the objections of his father (who didn’t consider animation a “real art”), he attended the famed California Institute of the Arts, perpetually wondering why the Mexico and Latin-American […]

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How to Be a Tough Guy the Danny Trejo Way

by Ed Liuon January 26, 2015
Danny Trejo spent his youth throughout the 1960’s in and out of all the California state penitentiaries, but had gone clean and sober and straight after getting released in 1969. In 1985, he was working as a drug counselor when a young, recovering addict gave him a call asking for help, saying he was about […]
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Making Beautiful Music with "The Book of Life" Composer Gustavo Santaolalla

by Ed Liuon January 23, 2015
Multi-talented Gustavo Santaolalla has made an impact in the world of music as a musician, a songwriter, an album producer, and a film music composer. The Argentinan-born musician began his career as a teenager when he founded the rock band Arco Iris in the late 1960’s, which fused rock and Latin American folk music to […]