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2009 Emmy Nominations Announced

This year’s Emmy’s nominations for animation are as follows: Outstanding Animated Program (Less Than an Hour): * American Dad: “1600 Candles” * Robot Chicken: “Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II” * Simpsons, The: “Gone Maggie Gone” * South Park: “Margaritaville” Outstanding Animated Program (An Hour or More): * Afro Samurai: Resurrection * Destination Imagination (from […]

"Square Roots": No Math Can Solve This Puzzle

Do you want to know why SpongeBob SquarePants is such a popular and well-beloved character? Probably the best way to get an answer is to go find your grandmother (or great-grandmother) and ask her to tell you about Mickey Mouse. It’s hard to remember these days, when the Mouse is (justly) satirized by South Park […]

SDCC09: Full Con Programming Available; "Avatar" Co-Creators Signing

The San Diego Comic-Con International has made the full programming schedule available for the con. Schedules for Friday July 24, Saturday July 25, and Sunday July 26 have been added to the Thursday schedule; animation fans may want to restrict the plethora of choices to the Animation category and pretend none of the other cool […]

YTV Announces August 2009 Programming Highlights

YTV has announced its August 2009 programming highlights, centering on the two-week long programming event Sneak Peek Week where viewers can get previews of new fall programming such as The Penguins of Madagascar. Other highlights include debut episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants. The full press release follows: YTV AUGUST 2009 HIGHLIGHTS YTV serves up a taste […]

YTV Announces Plans for "SpongeBob" 10th Anniversary

Canada’s YTV has announced its plans to celebrate the 10th anniversary of SpongeBob SquarePants, comparable to those planned by Nickelodeon in the United States. YTV will be hosting its SpongeBob celebrations during its afterschool block “The Zone” starting from Monday, July 6, 2009, to Friday, July 31, by counting down the top 100 episodes as […]

"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 […]

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