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The Gift of "Knishmas": At Least It's Better Than Socks

After fifty years of Christmas specials (and forty years after the “Peanuts” gang gave them a definitive form), is it possible to make a holiday special that is fresh, unpredictable, and yet as inevitable in its meaning as the unavoidable fruitcake? More to the point—because I’m egocentric this way—is it possible to review the modestly […]

"SpongeBob" Season 5, Vol. 2: You Can't Jump the Shark When You Live Under the Sea

If you’ve listened to what a lot of other websites have said about this set of SpongeBob SquarePants episodes, you will have heard a chorus describing a show in gradual decline. The standard line is that, while SpongeBob is still good, it’s not what it once was; the magic has gone. Some of the more […]

"Kung Fu Panda" Dominates 36th Annual Annie Award Nominations

ASIFA-Hollywood has announced the nominees for the 36th annual Annie Awards, “recognizing the year’s best animated features, television productions, commercials, video games and short subjects.” DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda racked up 17 nominations, including Best Animated Feature and the awards for directing, character animation, character design, and writing. Disney’s Bolt earned 9 nominations, with […]

PR: 36th Annual Annie Award Nominations Announced

36th ANNUAL ANNIE AWARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED “Kung Fu Panda” Leads Nominations – 27 for DreamWorks Animation BURBANK, CA (December 1, 2008) – The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced nominations today for its 36th Annual Annie Awards recognizing the year’s best animated features, television productions, commercials, video games and short subjects. DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu […]

PR: Nickelodeon Unwraps Holiday Specials from Tots to Tweens in December

NICKELODEON UNWRAPS A JOYFUL SLATE OF HOLIDAY SPECIALS FOR KIDS FROM TOTS TO TWEENS IN DECEMBER Festive Fare Includes the All-New, Two-Hour TV Movie Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh Toonful Yuletide Premieres of The Wonder Pets!, Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! and The Fairly OddParents; Plus Tween-Pleasing Hits iCarly, True Jackson, VP and The Naked Brothers Band […]

USA Today on "Coraline;" Film Clips on Movie Official Site

Director Coraline.com, the upcoming stop-motion animated movie from Laika Animation Studios which adapts Neil Gaiman’s novella into a feature film, coming in February 2009. Selick his views of the movie, describing it as “like Alice in Wonderland meets Hansel and Gretel,” and also digs into his affinity for stop-motion animation over CGI. Elsewhere, author Neil […]

Atlanta SuperCon Features Animation Guests Galore

Coming to downtown Atlanta, GA on November 21-23, 2008, the Atlanta SuperCon boasts an impressive guest list from current and vintage animated fan favorites, including: Aqua Teen Hunger Force/Squidbillies cast and crew members Dana Snyder, Carey Means, and Jay Edwards. 70-30 Productions: the artists and animators who helped produce Sealab 2021 and Frisky Dingo. Voice […]

Wired Posts Video Interview with Neil Gaiman on "Coraline"

The Wired weblog has posted a video interview with writer Neil Gaiman on the stop-motion feature film based on his novella Coraline, where he describes the movie as, “the biggest, most strange, expressive, peculiar, enormous stop-motion film I think that’s ever been made.”

Top Ten Anime Properties For Q3 2008

According to ICv2, the top ten anime properties for the third quarter of 2008 are as follows: 1) Batman: Gotham Knight 2) Dragon Ball Z 3) Naruto 4) Death Note 5) Afro Samurai 6) Pokemon 7) Devil May Cry 8) Vexille 9) Bleach 10) Appleseed Ex Machina The list is based on sales from all […]

SpongeBob Becomes a Sponge

The Connecticut-based SpongeTech Delivery Systems has landed the obvious license to turn Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants into an actual sponge. Licensed sponges will also be produced in the shape of Dora the Explorer and Diego of Go, Diego, Go! Company owner Michael Metter stated that he decided to go for the license after the success of […]

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