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Impeach "Lil' Bush" Season 1 for Comedy Less Funny than Getting Waterboarded

I have never been a fan of President George W. Bush’s administration. It has induced what I term “Political Tourette’s Syndrome” in me, where the best efforts to have a sane discussion about public policy decisions inevitably degenerate into a vicious stream of invective laden with profanity, centering on what I perceive to be a […]

"Sam & Max: Freelance Police!!!" - You Crack Me Up, Little Buddy

In the late 1990′s, cartoonist Steve Purcell and a band of like-minded miscreants managed to convince the Fox network to air an animated adaptation of his Sam and Max: Freelance Police, an irregularly published independent black-and-white comic book that had been turned into a cult favorite adventure game by LucasArts. The series ran for one […]

Monster Re-Vamp: "Black Blood Brothers" Brings Fresh Blood to an Old Genre.

There are immortal entities roaming this world, forever cursed to tread a parasitic, singular path, blemished with the stain of timelessness in a progressive society. Long in tooth but full of bite, these monsters are unstoppable. Yep, vampire films. Will we ever be rid of them? The story itself is a neat weaving of past, […]

"101 Dalmatians" Platinum Edition DVD Easily Wins Best in Show

On the surface, Disney’s 101 Dalmatians seems rather similar to Lady and the Tramp, which had been released 6 years earlier. Both films break from the Disney tradition of adapting fairy tales. Both films center on a pair of dogs who stray off for a variety of adventures before finally returning to the safety of […]

"Hell Girl" Vols. 1-4: Beautiful, But Oh-So-Repetitive

The concept for the anime series Hell Girl couldn’t be simpler: if you enter a name on a website at midnight, Enma Ai—the Hell Girl—will immediately condemn that person to an eternity of suffering. However, the price for her services is that you yourself will join your tormentor in Hell at the end of your […]

Cartoons on the Bay Announces Program for 2008

One hundred seventy-six programs from twenty-four countries will be showcased at Cartoons on the Bay between April 10 and April 13, World Screen reports. The festival is being held in Salerno, Italy. The United States will be represented by such popular favorites as Avatar: The Last Airbender (Season 3); Ben 10 (Season 4); Foster’s Home […]

"Justice League: The New Frontier": The Brave and the Bold and the Little Bit Bonkers

Justice League: The New Frontier opens with two of the loveliest animated sequences ever glimpsed outside a Brad Bird film. In the prologue an unseen artist paints and narrates a spooky tale about the rise and incipient return of the monstrous “Centre.” The colors are bold but perhaps slightly divergent from the usual primaries; the […]

"Justice League: The New Frontier": Flawed, but Strong and of Good Courage

It’s hard to walk into an adaptation of one of your favorite books with the full expectation that your favorite scene isn’t going to be in it. Such was the problem I faced when spinning up Justice League: The New Frontier, the direct-to-video adaptation of Darwyn Cooke’s graphic novel DC: The New Frontier. Attempting to […]

Toon Zone Interviews Matt Wayne on Spinning "The Spectacular Spider-Man"

Having already served as a story editor on Justice League Unlimited and cast a storm with Hellboy, Matt Wayne is no stranger to superhero cartoons. The Marvel Animation Age and Toon Zone News caught up with Matt in an email interview to talk about his work on the upcoming The Spectacular Spider-Man. Take it away, […]

"Peter and the Wolf" Filmmaker Profiled

It’s the day before the Academy Awards, so the BBC interviews and profiles stop-motion animator Suzie Templeton, whose “Peter and the Wolf” is in competition for the Best Animated Short prize.

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