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SDCC2014: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - Phil Straub Roundtable Interview

by Eileen Cruzon July 28, 2014
Toonzone had the opportunity to participate in a roundtable interview with the Art Director on Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Phil Straub at the San Diego Comic-Con  (SDCC2014). Topics discussed included: Working on the design of Mordor at this point in the Lord of the Rings timeline The advantages and challenges of developing for the Xbox One and PS4 […]
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SDCC2014: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - Michael de Plater Roundtable Interview

by Eileen Cruzon July 28, 2014
Toonzone had the opportunity to participate in a roundtable interview with the Director of Design on Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Michael de Plater at the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC2014). Topics discussed included: Exploring the depth and decay of Mordor and tying both to story progression Favorite area of Mordor to explore Working in Tolkien’s world Scale of the game world […]

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SDCC2014: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - Christian Cantamessa Roundtable Interview

by Eileen Cruzon July 28, 2014
Toonzone had the opportunity to participate in a roundtable interview with the Lead Writer on Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Christian Cantamessa at the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC2014). Topics discussed included: Bringing Gollum into the story Exploring an unspoiled Mordor, on the verge of collapse The possibility of sequels The narrative experience The genesis of Talion and […]
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Kether Donohue On Voice Acting, Pitch Perfect, and Her New FX Comedy 'You're The Worst'

by Shawn Hopkinson July 16, 2014
Toonzone recently got a chance to talk to Kether Donohue, one of the stars of the upcoming FX comedy, You’re The Worst. You might have seen Kether in one of her roles, such as the girl with the cute haircut in a memorable iPhone 4 commercial or the mean choral leader in Pitch Perfect, or at least heard […]

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"The Boxtrolls" Interview With Directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable

by 90'sCartoonManon July 10, 2014
Anthony Stacchi joined LAIKA in 2007 from Sony Pictures Animation after co-directing the CG hit Open Season. Before Sony, he worked as Head of Story, Storyboard Artist and Animator at PDI/DreamWorks, Industrial Light and Magic and Skellington Productions on projects including Antz, Spirit, James and the Giant Peach, Frankenstein and Curious George. Graham Annable makes […]
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Toonzone Interviews "Breadwinners" Gary "Doodles" DiRaffaele & Steve Borst

by Ed Liuon June 20, 2014
Steve Borst is the writer. Gary “Doodles” DiRaffaele is the artist. Together they fight crime. OK, actually, they co-created Nickelodeon’s new animated series Breadwinners, described as the adventures of “two booty-shaking ducks as they operate a bread delivery service out of their awesome, jet-fueled rocket van.” Borst’s animation credits include stints writing for Teen Titans […]

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Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?

by Alex Beanon May 12, 2014
French filmmaker Michel Gondry [“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”] has an animated [literally] conversation with noted philosopher Noam Chomsky in this documentary that is set to be released on DVD and Blu-ray. The film was originally released in November 2013. “Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?” is set to be released on DVD […]
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Toonzone Interviews Jay Bastian on "The Tom and Jerry Show"

by Ed Liuon April 7, 2014
Jay Bastian’s career in animation started with a lengthy stint at the legendary Hubley Studio, as well as stints as Manager of Development and Acquisitions at Lightyear Entertainment and as a freelance format producer for the Story Channel. In 1998, Bastian moved to Cartoon Network, where he developed and supervised production of a wide variety […]

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Toonzone Attends Nickelodeon UK's 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Animation Reveal

by Grant Whiteon January 20, 2014
Before speaking to the panel of TMNT producers we viewed an upcoming episode of season 2, ‘Attack of the Squirrelanoids’. Making its UK debut at 9:30am 25th January on Nicktoons, it’s a love letter to Aliens and pulp sci-fi comics in which our heroes must face a ninja’s natural enemy- mutant squirrels. Scary, funny and […]

Toonzone Interviews Gainax Co-Founder and Anime Producer Hiroaki Inoue

by Todd DuBoison November 14, 2013
A bona fide veteran of the anime industry, Hiroaki Inoue began his career as an animator at Tezuka Productions and would ultimately go on to be a successful producer as well as a co-founder of the animation studio Gainax during the 1980s. In addition to producing Lensman, the first anime work to use 3D graphics, […]