"SpongeBob: The First 100 Episodes" Is Absorbant, Yellow, Porous Nostalgia

Its been interesting to watch SpongeBob SquarePants blossom into a bona fide cultural force. When it first aired, the show’s quirky humor and endearing characters came as a relief at a time when Pokémon dominated Saturday mornings, Disney was on the decline, and Nickelodeon seemed determined to greenlight every piece of ugly, poorly written trash […]

"Family Guy Volume Seven": Who Says Seven is a Lucky Number?

If you’ve looked to any animation blogs or forums dedicated to animation in the last few years, you’ve probably read that Family Guy is supposedly the bane of all animated existence. There’s a whole army of commentators who believe that the show is the worst show ever made, that Seth MacFarlane is a hack, and […]

"Phineas and Ferb": Lots of "Summer", Not Much of a "Daze"

I don’t think any show has given me as many mixed feelings as Phineas and Ferb. It’s created by an animation veteran of Rocko’s Modern Life and Family Guy (who in this series has also partnered with one of his Rocko writing colleagues), so I kind of expected it to be witty, if not especially […]

"Madagascar 2": A Great "Escape"

The first Madagascar felt like such a breath of fresh air amid the usual bluster of CGI-animated family films. Its beautifully stylized and cartoony art style set it apart from the ugly and dull designs of Antz, Shark Tale, and the Shrek series. It told a strong story filled with likable characters voiced by celebrities […]

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