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ToonBarn at SDCC – Coverage Review

ToonBarn’s coverage of San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) is coming soon, with LOTS of interviews and some panel highlights from several animated shows and movies. Here is our synopsis of what we covered:


ToonBarn started the day bright and early Thursday, July 21st, with the Teen Titans Go! Panel and what a fun panel it was. The panel included the cast and producers of the show. Fans got to see a sneak peek at the upcoming 5-day event scheduled to air starting August 1st, where the Titans are stuck on a deserted island after their yacht capsizes. Fans were also given a copy of a comic book titled Teeny Titans. A Q&A Session followed the clip. The cast and crew of the Cartoon Network show then met for one-on-one interviews with the press after the panel. Look for Toonbarn’s interviews coming soon.


Thursday afternoon was all about Dreamworks’ Voltron Legendary Defender. The panel included Executive Producer Joaquim Dos Santos and Co-Executive Producer Lauren Montgomery, and Head Writer Tim Hedrick. The crowd then went wild when Steven Yeun, the voice of Keith, joined the panel. But the crowd went even crazier when Joaquim and Lauren announced that Season Two will be released later this year on Netflix. Fans were then treated to some of the panelists’ favorite clips from Season One. At the end of the panel, attendees got to see the Season Two teaser trailer and from the looks of things, Season Two will be even better than Season One.


Friday was dedicated to Warner Bros/DC Comics Original Animated Movie Batman: The Killing Joke. The pressroom was all abuzz with excitement with the anticipation of interviewing Sam Liu (Director), Brian Azzarello (Writer), Bruce Timm (Producer), and voice actors Kevin Conroy (Batman), Tara Strong (Batgirl) and Ray Wise (Commissioner Gordon). The world premiere of the movie was held after the panel. Shortly after the introduction of the panelists, moderator Gary Miereanu received a call from The Joker himself, Mark Hamill. Hamill expressed his deep apologies for being unable to attend the panel explaining how much he had wished he was there. Batman: The Killing Joke was released digitally on July 26, 2016 and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack on August 2, 2016.


We spent Saturday checking out the Exhibit Hall before hanging out and interviewing Shaggy (Matthew Lillard) and Daphne (Grey Griffin) and WWE Wrestlers Sheamus and Paige for Scooby Doo and WWE: The Curse of the Speed Demon. Also interviewed, was Producer Brandon Vietti and WWE President Michael Luisi. The panel following the interviews was one of the highlights of the weekend when a young fan asked Paige what her favorite wrestling move was. Not only did she tell everyone what her favorite move is, but with the help of Matthew Lilliard, she also showed everyone. Watch for Scooby Doo and WWE: The Curse of the Speed Demon to be released on August 9, 2016 by Warner Home Video and WWE Home Video.


Sunday at the Con was Family and Kids day and it was our busiest day of the entire con. Everyone was up bright and early for DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year and Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants. For DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year, we interviewed the vocal cast including Grey Griffin (Wonder Woman), Tara Strong (Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy), Teala Dunn (Bumblebee), Anais Fairweather (Supergirl) and Stephanie Sheh (Katana). Also interviewed were Cecilia Aranovich (Director) and Jennifer Coyle (Producer). Immediately following that, we interviewed Roger Craig Smith (Batman), Will Friedle (Nightwing) and John DiMaggio (Killer Croc) for Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants. For DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year, the film premiered at San Diego Comic-Con on July 24, 2016, and is set to be released on Digital HD on August 9, 2016 and on DVD on August 23, 2016. Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants premiered on July 24, 2016, at San Diego Comic-Con, to be followed by a digital release on August 30, 2016 and a DVD release on September 13, 2016.


Sunday afternoon was our last batch of interviews and we could not think of a better way to wrap up the festivities than by joining Animaniacs Yakko, Wakko, and Dot (Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille and Jess Harnell) and their composer Randy Rogel in singing their theme song after giving interviews for their upcoming Animaniacs LIVE tour. Ticket and tour information will be available on soon.


Keep an eye on Toonbarn for these and other fun interviews soon.

Marc Morrell

I am a Big Fan of all types of animation. Like a lot of things, the cream always rises to the top. My favorites have included Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Rebels, anything Pixar, Phineas and Ferb, Voltron Legendary Defender, and the DC/WB Animated Films. I have a lot of Old School favorites as well, such as Star Blazers, Voltron, Looney Toons, Tom & Jerry, and Scooby Doo.
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