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Toonzone at the Nickelodeon Upfront 2010: Dragonball Z Kai, Voltron Panthera Force

Toonzone attended the Nickelodeon Upfront presentation for 2010. Check below for updates from the upfront on new and returning cartoons on the Nickelodeon family of channels: UPDATE 3:00 PM Nicktoons will air existing episodes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. As stated in an earlier press release, the new iteration of TMNT will premiere in 2012. […]

Cool Stuff: Alarm

In Alarm, a man’s alarm clock wakes him every time he dozes off. He, much to my delight, inflicts violence upon the source of the ringing. This is a cute short, directed by Moo-hyun Jang of Team Mesai. The animation is pretty smooth. I enjoyed the character design. There’s not really all that much of a point […]

Miyazaki Week: Crafting the World of "Spirited Away"

Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi) is an animated film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The feature was released in Japan in 2001 and to the United States in 2002. Spirited Away went on to went on to win a lengthy list of awards, including Best Animated Feature at the 2003 Academy Awards. […]

Cool Stuff: A la lumière du Vent

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I think I might be a very simple-minded person, for a couple of reasons. The first being the part of this short’s description which piqued my interest.  This short film is called, A la lumière du Vent and for the duration of it, we take part in experiencing the daily routine of a man living in […]

Cool Stuff: Old Fangs

Old Fangs is a nice, moody short in which a young wolf decides to confront his violent father. The animation is appropriate to the character designs, which are simple and angular. There’s a point in the story at which you might find yourself thinking, “But, wait. That’s what wolves do!”, making plot the weakest point […]

Cool Stuff: Vegeterrible

Vegeterrible is a short in the food-comes-to-life genre. In it, a cherry tomato fights for his survival as a very angry rotten avocado hunts him. The short was created by Henrik Sønniksen and Benjamin Nielson. The music was cute. The characters themselves were not very original or distinct. The style in which is was drawn, however, […]

Cool Stuff: Pivot

Pivot was created by Kevin Megens, Floris Vos, Arno de Grijs, André Bergs, with music and sound design by Alex Debicki. In this short, a man becomes witness to a murder while out on a photography excursion. Forced to run for his life, he must find a way to turn the tables on his pursuer. I found […]

Cool Stuff: An Eye for Annai

An Eye for Annai is an adorable five-minute long short created by Jon Klassen and Dan Rodrigues during their third year at Sheridan. In this a one-eyed creature named Annai sets off on a journey to find a replacement for his missing eye. The character designs and backgrounds have a Foster’s vibe about them. The […]

Cool Stuff: Oceansize

Oceansize was created by Supinfocom Arles students Romain Jouandeau, Adrien Chartie, Gilles Mazières and Fabien Thareau in 2008. In the short, two oil-rig workers find themselves under attack by a large, viscous creature. This short gets a number of things right. There’s a palpable tension throughout. Both the designs of the environment and their attention to […]

Cool Stuff: Inka Bola

Inka Bola starts on the tallest structure of a Mayan city where a guard half-heartedly watches over a mischievous toddler who enjoys throwing fruit at his head. After taking a tumble from his throne in a moment of rebellion, the boy is kidnapped by a giant bird and the guard must give chase. The short comes […]

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