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Cartoon Network's 2011 Upfront in New York: My Take

It’s finally that magical time of year again: upfront season. While upfronts are like unwrapping Christmas presents for most of the press, the childrens’ side of the spectrum usually lays low, with Cartoon Network usually being the only network to put out really surprising information out there. The other have been putting up an impressive […]

Cool Stuff: The Saga of Biôrn

In The Saga of Biôrn, an aging viking quests for an honorable death in battle so that he might be granted access to afterlife in Valhalla. It’s a gorgeous short that mixes CG with some 2D. The character designs manage to capture that perfect blend of surly, yet adorable. The animation is well done. The plot […]

Cool Stuff: Welcome to Jersey

Welcome to Jersey follows the adventures of suburban 8th Graders, Doug, Wiggy, Irv and Gus. In this episode, the Burger Kreep kidnaps the kids in a very specific model of van. The short (1 of 2 so far)  was created by John Hoyos, with the team of Stanton Cruse, Daniel Lim, Rafael Hurtado and Adriana Galvez. […]

How TV Guide Influenced Your Parents

In 1991, TV Guide started publishing issues twice a year devoted to helping parents decide what programs their kids should be watching. A committee of child psychologists would overanalyze each show, looking for any trace of harmful content. After many weeks of thorough research, using multiple episodes of every network cartoon for reference, they published […]

Squee! - Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters

The Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters teaser trailer went live recently. Rise of the Manhunters‘ story is inspired by the upcoming film and Ryan Reynolds will reprise his role as the voice of Hal Jordan. The trailer features a cool cut scene with Hal, the newest Green Lantern Corps member, and Kilowog engaging in […]

Cool Stuff: David Couchariere - Animation Reel

Today we have an animation reel from David Couchariere! He attended university at Lycée technique des Arts et Métiers. Couchariere works at Dreamworks. Prior to that he was an animator at, Blue Sky. His filmography includes How to Train Your Dragon (2010), Kung Fu Panda (2008), Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008), Flushed Away (2006), Ice Age : The Meltdown (2006) and Robots (2005). I enjoyed the skill he showed in both the […]

The Megaphone Effect

One of the biggest rules for gaining an audience is not to underestimate it. Nobody wants to be talked down to on television, so why should the opposite be true about advertising? It seems that there can never be such a thing as too much marketing, and that there is a direct correlation between ads […]

The Original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Being a comic strip reader in this millennium is a lonely experience. I remember when I was a kid, laughing at Calvin and Hobbes and knowing everybody in the country was laughing along with me. My favorite American newspaper comic strip running today is Lio, and I can’t tell anyone “ha ha, did you see […]

Katsucon 2011: The Experience

Another year gone by since the last President’s Day weekend and we have once again come upon…Katsucon, the itinerant wanderer of anime conventions.  In the eleven times I have now been to this convention this is only the 4th time it has been in the same place it was at the year before.  That’s a […]

Future Spotlight: The Amazing World Of Gumball - Part III

The Amazing Wold Of Gumball, which we have blogged about on two prior occasions (here and here), is currently scheduled to premiere in the United Kingdom on May 2nd.  The series, which was created by Ben Bocquelet, has forty episodes in its first season and it stars Logan Grove and Kwesi Boakye, who voice Gumball and […]

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