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"Peanuts 1960's Collection:" Respect for the Classics...and the Other Specials, Too

As part of their commemoration of the Woodstock music festival (or shameless commercial exploitation of it, depending on who you ask), Warner Home Video brings us the Peanuts 1960′s Collection, packaging the first six Charlie Brown TV specials on two DVDs and adding a short documentary about jazz composer and performer Vince Guaraldi to sweeten […]

680News on Tom Kenny as "The New Mel Blanc"

680News has dubbed Tom Kenny “the New Mel Blanc” in a profile article, where the voice actor for SpongeBob SquarePants discusses that role and his many others in the voice acting business, with roles in Rocco’s Modern Life, Camp Lazlo, The Powerpuff Girls, Transformers Animated, and Dilbert. The article discusses how Kenny got the gig […]

Nickelodeon Announces Special Programming for SpongeBob SquarePants 10th Anniversary

Nickelodeon has issued a press release detailing their plans for celebrating the 10th anniversary of SpongeBob SquarePants, which debuted on July 17, 1999, and has gone on to conquer the airwaves in his distinctive poriferic way. Anchoring the celebration will be the “Ultimate SpongeBob SpongeBash Weekend” on July 17-19, 2009, starting at 8:00 PM (Eastern/Pacific). […]

VIZ Announces "Naruto," Bleach", "Pokemon" and "Hunter X Hunter" Titles for August

VIZ Media will release box sets of Naruto, Hunter X Hunter, the latest Bleach volume, and four new Pokémon DVDs in August. Naruto Uncut Box Set Vol. 15 Special Edition will include a collectible Mininja Gaara Figurine (5 of 6) and playing cards 37-45 ($69.97). It will be released on August 25. Hunter X Hunter […]

"Elemental Gelade" Lacks Cutting Edge

Not a lot of original anime series get distributed in the West; mostly we get manga adaptations. So how should a critic like me approach such adaptations? Should I be ploughing through volume after volume of manga material to give a fair appraisal of the anime adaptations? This question was very much in my thoughts […]

TELETOON Releases July 2009 Programming Highlights

Canada’s TELETOON has released its programming highlights for TELETOON, TELETOON Retro, and TELETOON Detour in July 2009. TELETOON will be launching its “Laugh Riot” on weekdays starting at 7:00 AM (Eastern/Pacific), which will include shows like Wayside, Totally Spies!, and Chop Socky Chooks. The channel will also be showing new episodes of Batman: The Brave […]

Nick Announces "Planet Sheen," "TUFF Puppy," 3 Pilots; Promotes Rawlings

Nickelodeon has ordered seasons for two new animated series: Planet Sheen, a spin-off from Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius from Steve Oedekerk; and T.U.F.F. Puppy, the newest series from Butch Hartman. Planet Sheen has received an order for 26 half-hour episodes, while T.U.F.F. Puppy has an order for 13. Planet Sheen will follow the misadventures of […]

Andrea Romano Discusses Voice Casting "Green Lantern: First Flight"

Casting and voice director Andrea Romano is the latest subject of a press-release interview from Warner Home Video to promote Green Lantern: First Flight, the upcoming direct-to-video animated movie scheduled for release on July 28, 2009. In the interview, Romano discusses what it was like to have two voice acting neophytes (Christopher Meloni and Victor […]

Scholastic Media Renews "WordGirl" for 26 More Episodes

Scholastic Media has annnounced that production has begun on new episodes of WordGirl, the hit educational animated series on PBS Kids Go! The 26 episode order will continue to depict the adventures of the fifth-grade superhero WordGirl, who defeats her opponents through a combination of her super strength and awesome vocabulary. Returning cast members include […]

Nick Franchises Strong in Recession; Hints at Blu-ray and "Avatar" Complete Set

Home Media Magazine has taken a look at how Nickelodeon’s strong franchises, such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer, have helped it weather the current economic downturn, with DVDs like SpongeBob vs. the Big One and Dora and the Three Little Pigs performing strongly in the market. The article notes new franchises and old […]

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