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Hypothetically Speaking

by Jeff Harrison July 2, 2009
Hypothetically speaking, you own a channel whose primary focus was to air one particular medium at all hours of the day. Let’s call this medium “balloons.” The medium also makes up your channel’s first name, “Balloon Channel.” Now these “balloons” are initially built up of stuff you already have in your possession, and then you […]

CN Real . . . ly Stupid

by Jeff Harrison June 16, 2009
real: adj. 1. not artificial, fraudulent, or illusory: GENUINE. 2. of or relating to practical or everyday activities 3. occurring or existing in actuality. On Wednesday, June 17, Cartoon Network’s umpteenth pandering of Nickelodeon and The Disney Channel’s usual audience while ignoring the successes of the past year with the exception of Total Drama Island […]

Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. Magazines Shutting Down

by Jeff Harrison June 5, 2009
Nickelodeon has announced that they are ceasing publication of Nickelodeon Magazine and Nick Jr. Magazine by the end of the year. The former, though intended for children, also attracted independent comic creators who contributed many strips including a monthly feature called The Comic Book.

"Total Drama Island" Coming to DVD August 18

by Jeff Harrison May 1, 2009
On August 18, Warner Home Video will release the complete season of Cartoon Network’s highest rated series of 2008. All 27 episodes, including the reunion special leading up to the upcoming second season, Total Drama Action, will be included on four discs. Special features include cast interviews, others to be announced later.

"The Simpsons" Becomes Immortalized on US Postage Stamps

by Jeff Harrison April 2, 2009
The US Postal Service has announced plans to place the lead characters of Fox’s longest running scripted series The Simpsons on postal stamps. The 44-cent first-class mail stamps, designed by series creator and executive producer Matt Groening, will feature Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie Simpson and will be unveiled on Thursday, April 9. The […]

"Avatar: The Last Airbender" Wins Peabody Award

by Jeff Harrison April 2, 2009
The Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia announced the list of winners of the 2008 George Foster Peabody Awards, a prestigious award celebrating the best of electronic media. Among the eclectic list of winners is Nickelodeon’s anime-influenced action cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender. The ceremony, hosted by […]

"Team Galaxy" Preordered By Cartoon Network

by Jeff Harrison January 26, 2006
Cartoon Network has pre-ordered Team Galaxy, an action-adventure comedy series from Marathon — producers of CN’s Totally Spies and Martin Mystery. The 52-episode series, set to premiere this fall throughout the world, including on Canada’s YTV, is one of the most expensive original non-CN-produced acquisitions by the network at $16-17 million for the entire series. […]

"Ellen’s Acres" and "HTDT" Acquired By Cartoon Network

by Jeff Harrison January 26, 2006
Two of Animation Collective’s newest properties, Ellen’s Acres and HTDT, have been acquired by Cartoon Network to premiere this fall. Ellen’s Acres is a preschool comedy about an imaginative five-year-old girl named Ellen who lives in a hotel owned by her parents. The 52 eleven-minute episodes will likely be a part of the network’s Tickle […]

How To Ruin TV Animation In Seven Easy Lessons

by Jeff Harrison July 30, 2005
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 […]