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"Someday's Dreamers Volume 1": Commonplace, Yet Incredible

The world of Someday’s Dreamers has been compared to such other works as NieA_7, Haibane Renmei, Kiki’s Delivery Service and even Harry Potter, and those are all probably right. The pacing and blend of light humor with mild melancholy is somewhat reminiscent of NieA and Haibane, as is the concept of taking the extraordinary and […]

"X2: X-Men United" DVD Set Shines

Set a few years after the first film, X2 was released on May 2, 2003, in the summer of sequels. In a surprise turn, it soon toppled the sure-fire hit The Matrix Reloaded in both critic and fan reviews. It’s not difficult to see why. In one of those rare occurrences in the hype of […]

"SGC2C" Still Serving Up Portions of Postmodern Mayhem the Size of Shatner's Ass

Space Ghost: Coast to Coast returns with new episodes in November, including “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed,” which guest stars William Shatner. Three Toon Zone reviewers look at the episode and find that they have one more thing to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. Twage: Space Ghost: Coast to Coast is a true original. Plopping […]

"Looney Tunes Golden Collection" Worth Its Weight

“Special Editions” and “Collector’s Editions” are bandied about all the time in the DVD world, and it’s easy to take them as genuinely bland terms that have no meaning nowadays: some studios seem to think that you can plop in a fluff piece, a commentary, some other stuff, spread it over two-discs, and call it […]

"Billy & Mandy's Halloween": Where's the Scream-o-vision?

I don’t claim to be a huge Grim fan, mostly because the show hardly strives to reach any specific goal. It’s content to be a generic sitcom with a slight twist, rather than being something truly dark and unique. I’ve been hoping that the show would try to redeem itself in a tour-de-force holiday special. […]

"Codename: Kids Next Door": Special Agents Not So Special

The October 3 launch of Cartoon Network‘s new Fridays brings with it the second season of their newest Cartoon Cartoon hit . Full disclosure time: I personally have never seen any episodes of the first season, but I didn’t find it a problem. Anyone hoping to catch the show for the first time will not […]

TZ Reviews: "Millennium Actress" Points the Way to 2-D Animation's Future

The mainstream press insists that time is up for ink and paint. “Traditional animation” that is, hand-drawn animation, has become obsolete in the face of new computer-generated techniques, they say. But I say don’t lose hope just yet. Riding in like a samurai on a white horse, Satoshi Kon has given us Millennium Actress, proving […]

TZ Reviews "Kai Doh Maru": Stunning Beauty Can't Save Weak Story

Kai Doh Maru is a film best described by one of its villains. As she looks down on a poisoned river filled with floating bodies, her companion asks her how she likes the view. “It’s quite atmospheric,” she responds. I.G. Plus produced Kai Doh Maru, and like their last project, Blood: The Last Vampire, Kai […]

TZ Reviews: "Teen Titans" Best WBA Show Since "Freakazoid"

First things first: Teen Titans is probably not for people who visit Toon Zone or Comicon or have dozens of Justice League figures adorning their desk. That being said, Teen Titans is the most enjoyable Warner Bros. Animation production since Freakazoid (which makes Duck Dodgers even more worth looking forward to)! “Teen Titans” Like Nothing […]

TZ Reviews: "The Strip," Bare of Quality

Last night, The First Network For Men (which hoped to be Spike TV by now, but is forced to use the name TNN) launched its new animation block. A minor complaint before this review starts; the last segment of all shows had this slightly digital, “pixelated” picture quality. It’s noticeable enough to detract from enjoyment. […]

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