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Toon Zone Presents 2 Clips and 1 "Making Of" for "The Princess and the Frog"

Toon Zone News is proud to present the following 3 clips from Disney’s The Princess and the Frog. The Princess and the Frog is currently playing a limited engagement in New York and Los Angeles, and opens nationwide on Friday, December 11, 2009. For more details, read Toon Zone News’ earlier coverage.

"I Want a Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown": If Christmas Specials Were Underwear ...

It’s not hard to guess when I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown was made. It lacks the rampant creativity and outstanding imagination that made the earliest Charlie Brown ventures such successes, and it is also missing the obvious periodic quirks that marked the better specials of the 70s and 80s. In fact, I […]

"Outer Space Astronauts": More Like Outer Space As[censored]s

Crude, ugly, and about as funny as a head wound, SyFy’s Outer Space Astronauts suggests that the network’s ability to make with the ha-ha’s is about on a par with its ability to spell. In both cases, you can see what SyFy is aiming at, and you can see that it means to be hip […]

"A Miser Brothers Christmas" Is Retro-Fitted Family Fun

You know, I really don’t remember anything about the Rankin-Bass special The Year Without a Santa Claus. I presume from the title it was another one of those Christmas stories that eventually had someone looking pensively out a window into a dark night before turning to a short person (a child or elf), to shake […]

Voice Actor for a Weekend: Top 5 More Lessons from Bob Bergen's Advanced Class

Last year, I took a beginner voice acting class with Bob Bergen when he brought it to New York City, and had so much fun doing it that I wanted to take his advanced class this year. Luckily, taking Bob’s class last year fooled him into thinking that I was qualified for the advanced class. […]

"The Princess and the Frog" News Roundup: Interviews, Ultimate Disney Review/Photos

Several interviews with the cast and crew of The Princess and the Frog are surfacing in advance of its wide premiere date of December 11, 2009: Canada’s Movies Online has spoken with directors Ron Clements and Jon Musker, composer Randy Newman, and executive producer John Lasseter about several specific scenes in the movie. Musker and […]

"Fantastic Mr. Fox": Foxy by Proxy

Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of the most inanimate animated movies ever made. The disconnect between its images and its soundtrack is so complete as to be disorienting. And heaven only knows whether anyone under the age of sixteen will be able to make sense of it. But it is also a terrific […]

"Planet 51" Is Just Earthbound

According to the credits, it took four people to come up with the “original idea” for Planet 51. One wonders how many assistants it takes to remind these four creative types how to breathe. Okay, that’s a cheap, smug, and unfunny wisecrack. But why should I trouble to come up with anything new and good […]

Toons of the 2000s: Top 5 Nicktoons

 Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro.  Here we are, at the close of the second decade of Nicktoons. The first began in 1991 with Doug, Rugrats, and The Ren and Stimpy Show, three shows that are not only well-remembered, but whose memory lasted long after their initial run through spin-offs, movies, and changes of […]

'Rocky & Bullwinkle' Celebrate 50 Years

ABC introduced television audiences to the now-famous cartoon moose and squirrel when “Rocky and His Friends” premiered on November 19th, 1959. The show’s fast-paced gags, clever dialog, fun characters, a talented cast, and simplistic animation made the show into a timeless classic that will continue to entertain audiences well into the next 50 years, and […]

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