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Voltron Legendary Defender

Review: Grander Adventure Awaits in “Voltron Legendary Defender” Season 2

by Todd DuBoison January 19, 2017
The first thing to understand about season 2 of Voltron Legendary Defender is that it’s really a second season in name only. Rather than something akin to a new chapter or a book in what has been a very plot-driven show, it’s a straightforward continuation that picks up exactly where the first left off. That’s […]
Long Way North

Review: “Long Way North” – Short Version: Terrific

by Ed Liuon January 18, 2017
Long Way North (Tout en haute du monde) is a lyrically beautiful, engrossing, old-school adventure tale that sends a cosseted young girl on a journey of personal growth in one of the most unforgiving environments on Earth. Long Way North compares very favorably with Disney’s Moana, with the two films driven by daring lead characters […]

Sailor Moon Crystal

Review: “Sailor Moon Crystal” – When Efficiency Doesn’t Pay

by Chad Boninon January 12, 2017
She is the once and forever guardian of love and justice, Sailor Moon. More than two decades after her inception, the pretty soldier has returned in the animated series Sailor Moon Crystal, the 2010 revival of the Sailor Moon franchise that strives to adapt Naoko Takeuchi’s original comic book world more accurately, while updating it with […]

Review: Spectacle Abounds in “One Piece Film: Gold”

by Todd DuBoison January 10, 2017
Part of what’s kept Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece series so successful and long-lived is the author’s boundless imagination, a sense that anything can and does exist in its world with all its varied characters and environments. One Piece Film: Gold strikes again there with a real treat for committed fans, dropping Straw Hat Luffy and […]

Trollhunters

Review: “Trollhunters” May Leave You Hunting for Something More

by Ed Liuon December 23, 2016
With movies like Hellboy and Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro has proven that he can inject his quirky sensibilities into genre films to make old formulas feel fresher. As a result, it’s a little disappointing that the first two episodes of his new action animated series Trollhunters feel so mundane. The 26-episode series from Netflix […]
Justice League Action Shazam Slam

Review: “Justice League Action” Ushers in a Cheerful DC Universe

by Todd DuBoison December 16, 2016
Well, here we are again folks. The arrival of Justice League Action on Cartoon Network brings us another a much-anticipated DC Superheroes ensemble cartoon show starring, which represented some of finest action and characterization to be found in TV animation for 15 years. Justice League and Justice League Unlimited were the capstone of the “DC […]

LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Season One

Review: “LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures” Complete Season One Assembles Some Fun

by Ed Liuon December 13, 2016
LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures is a fun little romp through a tiny corner of Lucasfilm’s increasingly sprawling storyline with its targeting computer programmed for a direct hit on younger audiences. It toes the same line of irreverence towards the source material as all the LEGO Star Wars animated series, while happily appropriating Star […]
Pete's Dragon 2016 and Elena of Avalor Ready to Rule

Review: Disney’s”Pete’s Dragon” and “Elena of Avalor: Ready to Rule”

by Ed Liuon December 12, 2016
Disney’s new Pete’s Dragon remake highlights the small problem we have here at Toonzone that it’s harder to tell what’s an animated movie anymore. The original movie spliced a hand-drawn animated dragon with a live-action cast, which was novel at the time and was never a common movie-making technique. The remake replaces the hand-drawn dragon with […]

Review: “Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie” Unleashes a Super Move

by Chad Boninon December 1, 2016
Ryu is a lone wolf, wandering the world in search for the perfect fight and more power. His combat power is off the charts, and it’s the desire of Shadowlaw’s leader M. Bison to capture and corrupt him into his world-domination schemes. Ryu’s not interested in working for the psycho power in charge of this […]

Review: “Gundam Reconguista In G Complete Blu-ray Set (UK Edition)” – The Future’s Bright

by Grant Whiteon November 23, 2016
The current partnership between Sunrise and Anime Limited for Gundam in the UK was foreshadowed by the surprise licensing of Reconguista in G in 2014. One of two television series created for the franchise’s 35th anniversary, the 26-episode series saw the return of original creator Yoshiyuki Tomino as writer and director. Stewardship has been handed […]