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"Initial D Second Stage" Hits the Brakes, Not the Gas Pedal

Initial D: Second Stage comadsflkj efawioag nnnb Sorry. Dozed off there for a moment. Let’s make this quick before I pass out again. Initial D: Second Stage may collect the best and most interesting batch of episodes in this intensely soporific series, but don’t mistake “best” for “good” or “interesting” for “attention-holding”; this second season […]

Disney Channel Upfront 2011: Phineas & Ferb, Ultimate Spider-Man, TRON: Uprising

The Disney Channels Upfront 2011 presentation was held today in New York City, with Carolina Lightcap (President, Disney Channels Worldwide) highlighting new series and returning shows on Disney Channel, Disney XD, and Disney Junior. (click to enlarge) “Gravity Falls” (new animated series) This animated comedy tells the story of twins Dipper and Mabel – two […]

"Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare": It'll Doo

Canada’s Teletoon will broadcast Scooby Doo! Camp Scare on Tuesday, March 15, at 6:30pm ET/PT. To mark this broadcast, we republish here toonzone’s review of the DVD release. Scooby-Doo! Camp Scare is the best Scooby-Doo DTV I’ve seen in a while. It perfectly captures everything that made the TV show work, while still having a […]

"Batman: The Brave and the Bold" and the Awesome and the Cool in Season 1, Part 2

“Why do another Batman show?” It was a question asked by many fans of DC’s recent animated offerings on learning that the follow-up to the short-lived Legion of Super-Heroes would be another Batman cartoon. Didn’t we already have the superlative Batman the Animated Series to Justice League, along with the significantly less well-received The Batman? […]

SpongeBob's "Great Patty Caper" Flops; Backyardigans "We Arrr Pirates!" Flies

I must admit that I found the new Backyardigans: We Arrrr Pirates! to be far more entertaining and enjoyable, despite its target pre-school audience. The cool thing about The Backyardigans is that I never feel like it’s talking down to its audience (like, say, Dora the Explorer), and it doesn’t attempt to do much more […]

Nickelodeon Upfront 2011: TMNT, Robot & Monster, Kung Fu Panda, Korra, and More

Nickelodeon has announced their plans for 2011-2012 at their annual upfront presentation. Highlights include a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series (see teaser video here), a pickup of a new animated comedy series Robot & Monster up for 26 episodes, the acquisition of the series Winx Club, a renewal of Kung Fu Panda: Legends of […]

"The Sacred Blacksmith": Forging a Sharp Series

In an age of swords and sorcery, a young girl has taken up her father’s blade to defend the town that she loves. When that blade is shattered, she must forge a team with a new one. Her newest partner is a Demon Sword, a wind-enhanced slicer that can turn into a human ally. Wanting […]

"Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood" Part 3: Originality Costs an Arm and a Leg

Before I even begin, let’s have a quick recap. When I reviewed part one of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, I called it a promising show that was badly hurt by the way it rushed through scenes that had already been done in the first Fullmetal Alchemist . I said that despite this poor pacing it was […]

Cool Stuff: David Couchariere - Animation Reel

Today we have an animation reel from David Couchariere! He attended university at Lycée technique des Arts et Métiers. Couchariere works at Dreamworks. Prior to that he was an animator at, Blue Sky. His filmography includes How to Train Your Dragon (2010), Kung Fu Panda (2008), Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008), Flushed Away (2006), Ice Age : The Meltdown (2006) and Robots (2005). I enjoyed the skill he showed in both the […]

Toonzone Presents: An Interview/Tribute to Dwayne McDuffie

Back in 2006, I briefly flirted with the notion of writing a book about superhero animation, its history and trajectory. It never came to fruition, partially because real life got in the way, and partially because I decided to refocus my energies on my biggest passion, which is voice acting. But I was fortunate enough […]

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