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Toonbarn’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide!

Toonbarn's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide!

With Christmas only a few weeks away, we at Toonbarn have decided to compile a list of items that we believe would look great under the Christmas Tree this year. Personally, I’m just going to give my relatives download codes for a bunch of movies and call it a day, but it’s a lazy approach and won’t be appreciated by most people. Download codes may be economical and convenient…heck, it may even be the gift that people deserve! But it’s seriously not the one they need right now.

People these days would rather get things that can be wrapped in paper, stuffed under the Christmas tree, and shoved in their face so they can leave you the heck alone for the rest of the year…wait, sorry. I got a little bit carried away. I’m basically saying if you’re giving away something that is non-tangible as a gift, a smile would do. If you want to do something that not any random person with teeth can do, you need to follow our Holiday Gift Guide.

Of course, some of you are thinking this holiday gift guide is a month too early and should be posted mid-December, but what kind of pud releases a gift-giving guide around the time when most people have already bought gifts for their loved ones?! Not ME. I’m an entirely different kind of pud.

If you don’t want to spend a single cent on a really cool gift for a loved one, and don’t want to smile either, you should try your luck with Toonbarn’s Nintendo Wii U and 3DS Giveaway Contests. (It’s right there, on the right side of the page) Joining is free. If you win, you get yourself a free videogame console that can be given away as gifts and then borrowed later.

Now, on with the show:

ToonBarn’s Coverage of New York Comic Con Coming Soon!

Welcome to ToonBarn's Coverage of New York Comic Con 2013

If you have been paying attention to Twitter over the last four days, and you follow any people who enjoy geek and pop culture, cosplay, comics, TV, movies, animation, video games, art, or books, then you probably knew that New York Comic Con was taking over New York City at the Javits Center. You may have been able to obtain a lot of instant information from Live-Tweeters who attended the panels. I even did that myself from my twitter account: @starwarsfans.

If you didn’t follow Twitter, then you might want to check out some or all of our coverage from New York Comic Con. ToonBarn was there to take in everything related to animation that we could handle from Thursday, October 10 to Sunday, October 13.

Flashpoint Paradox Week: Jay Oliva Interview

Jay Oliva, Director of Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, talks to ToonBarn at SDCC 2013

After talking to Jay Oliva (Director of Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox) for a little while, you get the sense that behind the filmmaker face he shows most of the time, there is a raging DC Fanboy underneath. As we saw in the interviews with Nathan Fillion in our first story for Flashpoint Paradox Week on ToonBarn, he was a fan BEFORE he became a participant. The same is true with Jay Oliva. They had all been introduced to this DC Universe when they were kids, reading comics, watching cartoons, having imaginary battles between heroes and villains, and have now matured into adults that can create new stories for these amazing characters.

Flashpoint Paradox Week: Andrea Romano Interview

ToonBarn's Marc Morrell interviews Casting and Voice Director, Andrea Romano, at SDCC 2013, for Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox

From all the people we have spoken to at San Diego Comic-Con, particularly those involved in the animation industry, the most popular name on everyone’s lips is Andrea Romano. When a voice actor has someone to thank, it’s the “brilliant” Casting and Voice Director, Andrea Romano. When it comes to the amount of praise that is bestowed upon any one person, Andrea Romano receives the most. She didn’t pay these people to say these things, and she doesn’t ever ask for praise. She is simply the most genuine, most respected, most gifted Voice Director that the industry has ever seen. I want to work for her, simply to watch her work her magic, and I am far from being a voice actor. Yes, my friends, she is THAT good.

SDCC 2013: ToonBarn Interviews Greg Cipes from Teen Titans Go!

Greg Cipes, a.k.a. Beast Boy on Teen Titans Go!, here with Marc Morrell from ToonBarn, at San Diego Comic-Con

Greg Cipes, the only cast member from Teen Titans Go! to dress up in a costume for San Diego Comic-Con 2013, is Beast Boy on the Cartoon Network show. When I say “is”, you might think he provides the “voice characterization” for Beast Boy, or he “acts” like Beast Boy. No… Greg Cipes IS Beast Boy. If you would have seen him at the Teen Titans Go! panel at San Diego Comic-Con, where Mix Master Mike provided musical accompaniment, you would have seen him dancing on the table in his costume, and singing the same song that Beast Boy sang to Terra in the Teen Titans Go! episode that was screened at the panel.

Family Guy Creator Asked To Host the Oscars Again

Family Guy Creator Asked To Host the Oscars Again

Seth MacFarlane managed to ruffle a lot of feathers during his hosting stint at the 2013 Oscars, but he still managed to entertain people, making for one very divisive performance. Fortunately, it seems that the powers that be liked the way he did things, and will be given another chance to host next year.

According to a report by Just Jared, sources close to MacFarlane revealed that the Family Guy creator is being asked to host the 2014 Oscars:

Nestle to Celebrate Easter 2013 with Jungle Book Chocolate Eggs


Nestle Group has recently acquired the license to Planeta Junior Italy’s hit series Jungle Book in order to produce official Jungle Book Easter 2013 chocolate eggs (150 gr.) The Easter Eggs are part of a larger merchandising and licensing campaign for the series, which will include other products such as apparel, print, and other merchandise due to arrive this year in Italy, Greece, and Cyprus.

Spike & Mike Festival Turns 30 This Year

Spike & Mike Festival Turns 30 This Year

The Spike & Mike Festival of Animation will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year, and will once again showcase some of the most popular and award-winning short animations from the festival’s long history. The festival will feature early works by acclaimed Disney-Pixar director Ralph Eggleston along with more than 10 other Academy Award-winning or nominated shorts.

Gintama Anime Movie Scheduled for Summer 2013

Gintama Anime Movie Scheduled for Summer 2013

The recent Jump Fest has revealed that the second Gintama anime movie is expected to debut on summer of 2013. The original story will be written by manga author Hideaki Sorachi, and the voice cast will consist of Daisuke Sakaguchi (Shinpachi), Tomokazu Sugita (Gintoki), and Yu Kobayashi (Ayame Sarutobi), who all took to the stage in order to promote the feature. However, the cast members admitted that Sorachi’s problems with norovirus may affect the schedule.

Nickelodeon Will Greet 2013 with a Spongebob Marathon

Nickelodeon Will Greet 2013 with a Spongebob Marathon

Nickelodeon will be greeting the new year with hilarity as they air a Spongebob Squarepants marathon on Tuesday, January 1, starting from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM ET/PT. The marathon will also feature a brand new episode titled Squid’s Defense “Karate Pants,” which premieres at 7 PM ET/PT.

The new episode finds Squidward unconscious in an alley after a harrowing incident, which prompted both Spongebob and Sandy to try and teach him karate as a means of self-defense. Squidward chops, kicks, blocks, and learns to master everyday movements.

Ben 10: Omniverse Headlines Cartoon Network’s 2013 Slate

Ben 10: Omniverse Headlines Cartoon Network's 2013 Slate

Ben 10: Omniverse fans are in for a treat as the hit action adventure series kicks off the first Saturday morning line up of 2013 on January 5, 9 AM, featuring guest star Aziz Ansari (of Parks and Recreation) as he makes his Omniverse debut as Ben’s childhood rival, Billy Billions.

In the episode, titled “Arrested Development,” galactic protectors Ben and Rook suddenly find their problems growing to untenable proportions – literally – as they are trapped into their own pre-pubescent bodies by Ben’s rival, Billy Billions. What’s worse, the duo can’t waste any time as there are evil Robots from Dimension 12 that must be stopped in order to save Bellwood.

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