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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

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, […]
SpongeBob SquarePants Bill Fagerbakke Patrick Star voice actor

Being Patrick Star: Toonzone Interviews Bill Fagerbakke on “SpongeBob SquarePants”

by Ed Liuon November 11, 2013
Bill Fagerbakke has managed to land not one but two incredibly iconic supporting roles in his long acting career: first as the loveable but dim Dauber in the sitcom Coach, and then as the equally loveable and possibly even dimmer Patrick Star in Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants. The 6-foot-6 Fagerbakke started college at the University of […]


toonzone at MCM London Comic Con October 2013 – Interview With “Dark Souls II: Into The Light” Writer Andi Ewington

by Grant Whiteon November 4, 2013
Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your work. Sure. I’ve been a graphic designer for the last 20 years and I’d always had an artistic imagination and had a burning desire to get work published in some form or another. Having written and played a lot of Dungeons & Dragons in my time I […]

toonzone at MCM London Comic Con October 2013 – Interviews With Namco Bandai Producers

by Grant Whiteon November 4, 2013
On the Saturday morning of MCM Expo London, toonzone had a chance to talk with the producers of four of Namco Bandai’s biggest upcoming games for the year ahead and briefly discuss their design and aspirations. Tales of Symphonia Chronicles  – PlayStation 3 – Hideo Baba What new content can fans expect from Tales of […]


toonzone at MCM London Comic Con October 2013 – Interview With Wit Studio

by Grant Whiteon November 3, 2013
Prior to the Wit Studio panel held in the main convention, toonzone had a chance to talk with George Wada (president of Wit Studio), Ryotaro Makihara (director of Hal) and Katsuhiko Kitada (character designer on Hal, animation director for Attack on Titan) at the nearby Novotel. How involved was original creator Hajime Isayama with the […]

Toonzone Interviews Director Jimmy Hayward About “Free Birds”

by 90'sCartoonManon October 31, 2013
Jimmy Hayward gained early directorial prominence as a commercial director and was one of the original animators of the computer-animated television series ReBoot. He then joined Pixar Animation to work on the first Toy Story and worked with the company for over a decade. He later joined 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios as […]