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Toons of the 2000s: Top 5 Nicktoons

 Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro.  Here we are, at the close of the second decade of Nicktoons. The first began in 1991 with Doug, Rugrats, and The Ren and Stimpy Show, three shows that are not only well-remembered, but whose memory lasted long after their initial run through spin-offs, movies, and changes of […]

Fortune on Albie Hecht's "Worldwide Biggies" iPhone Animation Initiative

Fortune magazine has taken a look at Albie Hecht’s new Worldwide Biggies studio, which will debut a new animated character Bigby in an iPhone app rather than as the lead of his own animated television show. Hecht is a former president of Nickelodeon Entertainment, overseeing the production and development of SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, […]

New Episodes of "WordGirl" in Nov/Dec 2009; "Word Hunt" iPhone App

Scholastic Media and PBS Kids have announced new episodes of their hit series WordGirl, with a new episode airing on November 23, 2009; a holiday-themed episode for December 10; and a two-part episode for December 28. In addition, a new iPhone app, WordGirl Word Hunt, is available now to help kids save the day while […]

Nickelodeon Announces Thanksgiving 2009 Weekend Programming

New episodes of hit shows mark Nickelodeon’s Thanksgiving weekend programming, starting November 26, 2009. The network will launch on Thanksgiving Day with a movie marathon from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM, including the SpongeBob SquarePants feature film. SpongeBob and The Penguins of Madagascar will be getting marathons on Friday, November 27, and a new episode […]

"Phineas & Ferb Christmas Vacation" to Debut on Disney XD on December 6, 2009

Phineas & Ferb Christmas Vacation will debut on Disney XD on December 6, 2009, at 8:00 and 8:45 PM (Eastern/Pacific), as well as on a variety of media platforms from Friday, November 27, 2009 to Friday, December 18, 2009, including ABC Family, ABC, the Disney Channel, and various on-line and video-on-demand services. In the special, […]

Toons of the 2000s: Top 5 Significant Headlines from the '00s

Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. We wanted to name the biggest news stories for animation as part of our look back at the past decade. We arbitrarily limited candidates to single news stories which, in our opinion, had a significant impact on the art or business of animation, if not the […]

Toons of the 2000s: The End of Broadcast Kids TV - Part 3

You are reading Part 3 of The End of Broadcast Kids TV. Part 1 | 2 | 3 | Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. The Other Guys NBC and CBS were footnotes on Saturday mornings in 2000; they remain footnotes in 2009. Only the names have changed. NBC was a non-factor for nearly a decade, having chosen to bow […]

Toons of the 2000s: The End of Broadcast Kids TV - Part 2

You are reading Part 2 of The End of Broadcast Kids TV. Part 1 | 2 | 3 | Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. Kids’ WB: That’s All Folks? Things looked rosier over at Kids’ WB, thanks mostly to the ongoing success of Pokemon, the resources of Warner Bros. Animation, and the general oversight of WB Network boss Jamie […]

Toons of the 2000s: The End of Broadcast Kids TV - Part 1

You are reading Part 1 of The End of Broadcast Kids TV. Part 1 | 2 | 3 | Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro. If I turn on my local CW station at 7am, I’ll see their local news. If I turn on the local MyNetwork station at 3pm, I’ll see Maury telling some poor soul he’s the father. […]

Toons of the 2000s: Top 5 Animated Features

 Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro.    This has been a great decade for animated features. Mainstream acceptance of animation has greatly expanded, with a majority of films that would have been ignored in the 70s and 80s getting wide theatrical releases and heavy commercial and critical attention. A lot of this attention […]

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