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"Loonatics Unleashed": Average Looney, Sort of Tooney

Warner Bros.’ new animated action-comedy Loonatics Unleashed brings us yet more clones of their most famous characters. Redesigned as superheroes in the year 2772 and given superpowers by a meteor that knocked the city planet of Acmetropolis’ axis off kilter, six “descendents” of the classic Looney Tunes characters protect the city from villainy. How do […]

The Wages of Sin: Why "Sin City" Should Have Been Animated

Whatever its strengths or weaknesses as a movie, the universal consensus is that Sin City is the most faithful comics-to-film translation to date. Virtually all its dialogue is lifted straight from Frank Miller’s original text, and the “digital backlot” techniques used to shoot the film painstakingly reproduce the visuals of the comics. At least one […]

Original "Sin": A "Sin City" Primer

One of the latest in a long line of comic book adaptations, Sin City, hit DVD last month. Directed by Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller, and Quentin Tarantino, and boasting an incredible cast ranging from Mickey Rourke to Jessica Alba to Elijah Wood, it’s one of the year’s most talked-about movies. Right from the start, it […]

Kunicon Atlanta 2005: Is One Day Enough?

Rewind back to May 27. Kunicon Atlanta 2005 started that Friday and would continue into Saturday and Sunday. Due to various reasons involving work (yes, I apparently have a real job), birthdays (yes, the 28th was my birthday), rides, and other such inconsequential things, I was only able to go on Friday. I had been […]

How To Ruin TV Animation In Seven Easy Lessons

I’ve been watching cartoons for over twenty years now. The period that began fifteen years ago is universally referred to as a “renaissance” in the American animation industry. In the United States alone, there are six all-animation outlets (Cartoon Network, Toon Disney, Nicktoons, Boomerang, Anime Network, and Locomotion [a channel I can guarantee you’ve never […]

Ratin' Satan: Toon Zone Chooses The Worst Dark Lords

On the occasion of the release of the Constantine DVD (see our vote for who you think is most worthy to reign over the land of blistering flames! and ) Toon Zone takes a look at some of the different takes on the Prince of Darkness animation has produced over the years, and invites you […]

Wickedly Good: The John Constantine Primer

The latest comics-to-film project to hit screens large and small is Constantine, starring Keanu Reeves as the title character, with Djimon Hounsou, Shia LaBeouf, and Rachel Weisz as his supporting cast. Based on a character created by the legendary writer Alan Moore, Constantine has been a fixture throughout DC’s Vertigo line of comics since its […]

Preview: "Gilgamesh": Goth That's Awesome, Only It's Not

One of the more obscure genres of anime is goth. Sure, you’ve got giant robots out the wazoo, enough bouncing breasts to form a trampoline the size of Texas, and angst-filled pretty boys (AFPB), but not too often is this done in a goth setting. Apparently, there’s no love for our leather-wearing, spikey-haired brooders of […]

Preview: "Elfen Lied" Offers Bloodspray, Breasts, Cliché

Anime can do a lot—everything from poignant, realistic dramas to surreal, hyper-stylized fantasy worlds to madcap comedies. But like any medium, it’s got its share of clichés and crutches: generic evil secret organizations; nudity and violence in lieu of story and character; angst-ridden male leads; formulaic harem relationships. There are various and sundry other story […]

Empire of the Rats: Disney, Eisner, and the Rot in Hollywood

Michael Eisner is either the biggest liar in Hollywood, or he has been the object of more scurrilous lies than anyone else in Tinseltown. is peddling trivia, not data. In 2003, only 18% of Hollywood’s total revenues came from the US box office. The rest came from foreign sales, TV sales and DVDs. In all […]

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