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A Note of Recognition for....The Best Animated Feature Category

On Sunday, the next entry to the still-new category of Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards was announced. Happy Feet joins the other five in the ever-so-slowly developing first decade of top toon movies. No doubt the announcement will carry with it a fair amount of controversy, just like the penguin film itself did. […]

A Farewell to Harms

It’s easy enough to call the passing of Joseph Barbera the end of an era. You might even say it marks the end of two eras, for the careers of Barbera and his late partner William Hanna straddled both the golden age of American studio animation and the altogether more dire era of TV animation. […]

AOL Launches In2TV

Holy flashbacks! AOL has teamed up with Warner Brothers to create In2TV. The site shows classic full-length episodes of your favorite Warner Bros. shows on the web for free. Among the 14 channels is Toontopia TV which airs the following cartoons: Beetlejuice: Tim Burton’s prankster poltergeist causes trouble in and out of the Neitherworld, along […]

Toon Zone Members Choose the Best of Animation in 2005

2005 may have not been one of the best years in animation, but there were some works that members of the Toon Zone forums felt were deserving of praise. Forum members voted for the year’s best in what turned out to be a very close battle in numerous categories. Cartoon Network’s Foster’s Home for Imaginary […]

Toon Zone Podcast Episode 7: "Zixx," Behind the Digital Curtain

Editor in chief Ben Applegate, producer Karl Olson, graphics editor Matthew Williams and former editor in chief Jay Allman dissect: The fusion of Pixar & Disney, and of UPN and the WB The animated Oscar nominations Tartakovsky’s Dark Crystal sequel The end of Bonus Stage? Plus, we talk about commercial machinema on the TV with […]

Toon Zone Podcast Episode 6: John O'Donnell & Co. of Central Park Media

Editor-in-chief Ben Applegate, producer Karl Olson, staff reviewer Chad Bonin, graphics editor Matthew Williams and, for the first time, reviews editor William C. Maune gather ’round the digital campfire to tell these tall tales: The decay of Boomerang begins? Astroboy on DVD Train Man and the otaku mentality Boondocks gets serious Plus, a trio of […]

Toon Zone Podcast Episode 5: Jerry Beck Part 2

Finally recovering from our egg nog hangovers, this week TZ tackles: The new Madhouse projects The castration of Christopher Robin Plus animation scholar Jerry Beck talks about his favorite WB directors, how today’s TV animation really doesn’t suck all that much, and Super President — is the world ready for a remake? Download Episode 5 […]

I'm Not Mad, Cartoon Network. Just Disappointed.

car•toon – Pronunciation Key (kär-tōōn) – n. A drawing depicting a humorous situation, often accompanied by a caption. A drawing representing current public figures or issues symbolically and often satirically: a political cartoon. A preliminary sketch similar in size to the work, such as a fresco, that is to be copied from it. An animated […]

"Loonatics Unleashed": No Cheers from the Kiddies

“I feel like I’ve seen something like that before” -Gabriel, age 11 Gotta love kids for their brutal honesty. I had the chance to get an early look at KidsWB’s new Loonatics Unleashed and took advantage of the situation by watching it with my younger brothers: Gabriel, who’s 11, and Daniel, who’s 8. That way […]

"Loonatics": Bring Me The Head of Ron Myrick

Loonatics is just as bad as you’ve probably feared, a shameless whoring of the classic characters that transports whole bits from the classic cartoons yet manages to deprive them completely of anything resembling wit, charm, or humor. When it is not trying to embarrassingly emulate the classic cartoons in an anime style, it trudges out […]

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