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Building a Better NeverBeast with "Tinker Bell" Director Steve Loter and Producer Michael Wigert

Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast

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 […]

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

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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 […]

Jorge Gutierrez and the Bulletproof Heart Behind "The Book of Life"

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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 […]

How to Be a Tough Guy the Danny Trejo Way

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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 […]

Making Beautiful Music with "The Book of Life" Composer Gustavo Santaolalla

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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 […]

Toonzone Interviews Billy Lopez For The UK Premiere Of "Welcome to the Wayne"

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Welcome to the Wayne, Nickelodeon’s first ever original online animated series, has launched in the United Kingdom on the official Nick App and Nick websites (nick.co.uk and nicktoons.co.uk). The series focuses on Ansi, a meek young boy who has recently moved with his family into the titular apartment complex. The Wayne is full of eccentric […]

Inspired by the Muse - Toonzone Interviews Actor Sunday Muse

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The multi-talented Sunday Muse wears many hats in her career, with the first being an actor on stage, on-camera, and in voiceover. She also claims credits as an author (of the book You Can Do Cartoon Voices, Too!), a stand-up comedian (with Toronto Life naming her ‘one of the funniest ladies in Toronto’), and an […]

TMNT Exec. Producer Ciro Nieli Talks Ninja Turtles, Robot Monkeys, and the United Kingdom

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 4

Toonzone recently had the chance to talk with Ciro Nieli, executive producer of Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, during his latest visit to the United Kingdom. TOONZONE NEWS: Season two is racing towards its dramatic conclusion, season three is soon to start and a fourth season has been confirmed. You’ve said before that ideally you […]

Adam West on Not Being Adam West

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For most comic book superhero fans, Adam West is an actor who needs no introduction. The native of Walla Walla, WA, moved to Hollywood in 1959, appearing on stage and screens large and small, with a number of roles in Westerns and police procedurals and a guest spot on The Outer Limits. His career changed […]

NYCC 2014: The "Justice League: Throne of Atlantis" Roundtables - Heath Corson, Andrea Romano, James Tucker, Phil Bourassa, and Matt Lanter

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At New York Comic Con 2014, Toonzone News was able to sit with several members of the crew and cast of Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, the next new direct-to-video movie that promises to introduce Aquaman, King of the Seven Seas, to the new universe of animated movies. Heath Corson is the screenwriter for Justice […]

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