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New Video Clips and Art from "Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure"

Disney has released several new video clips from Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, the new direct-to-video CGI animated movie starring the icon of Disney’s Fairies line and famed sidekick to Peter Pan. There are a total of six clips available, from the movie itself and several of the bonus features on the DVD and […]

The Latest "Yo Gabba Gabba!", "Backyardigans," and "Kai-lan" DVDs from Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon has just released three more DVDs of their popular pre-school programming. The results won’t surprise anybody keeping track of Nick’s pre-school programming (or my reviews of them): Yo Gabba Gabba! is awesome, The Backyardigans is a surprisingly fun pleasure, and Ni Hao, Kai-lan is a pleasant variation on Dora the Explorer. YO GABBA GABBA! […]

"Astro Boy": Spam in a Can

Mark my words: The day is not long distant when some boorish entrepreneur has the bright idea of making a CG-animated adaptation of Princess Mononoke or Spirited Away or some other Miyazaki classic. Maybe no one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public, but neither did anyone ever lose a bet by […]

Toon Zone Interviews "Tinker Bell & the Lost Treasure" Art Director Ellen Jin Over

Art director Ellen Jin Over has managed to make quite a name for herself in a rather short span of time. Over was one of the first digital background painters in the United States, and shortly after her graduation from the Otis College of Art and Design, she was receiving recruitment offers from overseas animation […]

Why "Epilogue" Honors Terry McGinnis

Epilogue just might be one of the best remembered episodes of Justice League Unlimited, if not the DC Animated Universe itself. For DC animation fans, it hardly needs introduction. In terms of chronology it currently stands as the last DCAU episode, and it ended it where it began: with Batman. Rather than the usual action […]

"Tokyo Majin" Complete Series: Strong Start, Weak Finish

I am a dyed-in-the-wool New York Knicks fan, even though I don’t follow the team religiously, and this means that I have had to get used to the team’s singular talent for blowing a lead. In recent years, you could depend on them to take a 20-point lead at the half and blow it by […]

Cartoon Intro Cavalcade: "Cowboy Bebop"

The opening credits to Cowboy Bebop are like the best improvised jazz: it may seem spontaneous, but close analysis reveals powerful structure and intelligence underneath. While improv jazz is inherently free-form, the best improv jazz still uses structure and a few rules to make sure it sounds like music instead of meandering nonsense. There’s a […]

Nick Acquires Rights for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"; New TV Series and Movie

Nickelodeon has announced the acquisition of the global rights to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise from the Mirage Group and 4Kids Entertainment. A new CGI animated TV series has begun development, with a scheduled premiere date in 2012, and Nickelodeon has also partnered with corporate sibling Paramount Pictures to develop a Turtles feature film […]

Cast in Plastic: Toon Zone Interviews Michael Bell on Being "Plastic Man"

Michael Bell is one of the most prominent actors and voice-over actors working today, with hundreds of roles in films and television that literally far outweighs the careers of his compatriots on the Screen Actors Guild board (as you will understand in a moment). He also lent (okay, sold) his voice to numerous video games, […]

Corus and Nickelodeon Detail Canadian Premiere Programming for Nov 2, 2009

Corus Entertainment has detailed the launch programming planned for Nickelodeon’s debut in Canada on November 2, 2009. The new animated Nickelodeon series Fanboy and Chum Chum will make its Canadian debut on the first day of programming at 7:00 PM (Eastern). The full suite of Nickelodeon programming will also be available in Canada, including SpongeBob […]

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