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Briefly: The "Real" Anton Ego; SpongeBob Bling

* The New York Times profiles French food critic François Simon (free registration required), whom many French reporters claimed was the model for Ratatouille‘s food critic Anton Ego. The article states, “Brad Bird, the film’s director, said through a spokesman that the character was a pastiche derived from many sources,” but adds that Simon himself […]

PR: High Fashion Hits Bikini Bottom!

High Fashion Hits Bikini Bottom! Simmons Jewelry Co. and Nickelodeon/Viacom Consumer Products Partner on Co-Branded SpongeBob SquarePants Line Nickelodeon Celebrates SpongeBob SquarePants‘ 10th Anniversary Year with the Creation of 12-Carat Total Weight, Diamond-Encrusted SpongeBob Pendant to be Auctioned Off for Charity New York, NY, and Park City, Utah – Jan. 14, 2009 – Simmons Jewelry […]

Viz Media Announces New April Titles Including "Death Note" Collection 2

New Viz titles on plate for April include: * Death Note Collection 2: 4/14/09 – $69.98 * Hunter X Hunter Set 2: 4/7/09 – $49.98 * Inu-Yasha Season 7 Box Set: 4/28/09 – $99.98/$119.98 (L.E.) * Naruto Uncut Box Set 13: 4/7/09 – $49.98/$69.98 (S.E.) * Pokemon All-Stars vol. 19 & 20: 4/21/09 – $9.98 […]

"Celebrate with Kai-lan:" Dora in Chinese, Minus Some of the Formula

Dora the Explorer is a genuine phenomenon among the kid-vid set, and its runaway success virtually guaranteed imitators and spin-offs. The first of Nickelodeon’s spin-offs, Go Diego Go!, kept Dora’s bilingual English-Spanish vocabulary, but moved the setting from a fairy-tale world to real-world jungles, deserts, and other wild environments. The second spin-off, Ni Hao, Kai-lan, […]

Nickelodeon Announces Plans for SpongeBob SquarePants' 10th Anniversary

Nickelodeon has announced their plans for a year-long celebration of SpongeBob SquarePants’ 10th anniversary. Special events throughout the year will include: A live cast performance at the Sundance Film Festival on January 18, 2009 A newly relaunched SpongeBob website, now available in beta testing A new SpongeBob documentary New episodes starting with a week of […]

PR: 2009 is the Year to Get "Happy Squared" as Nick Celebrates 10 Years of SpongeBob

2009 Is The Year To Get ‘Happy Squared’ As Nickelodeon Celebrates 10 Years Of SpongeBob SquarePants Year-long Celebration of Pop Culture Icon will Include Production of SpongeBob SquarePants Documentary; First-Ever Live Cast Performance; New SpongeBob Vertical Online Site; Episode Premieres; and “Seinfeld-esque” TV Movie in November (click to enlarge) UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – Jan. 9, […]

PR: YTV and Treehouse February 2009 Highlights

YTV AND TREEHOUSE FEBRUARY 2009 HIGHLIGHTS YTV Premieres Two New Series Treehouse Launches a New Winter Schedule with Three New Series (January 6, 2009 – Toronto, Canada) Corus Kids is spreading the love this February with adventure, comedy and popular premieres, including two new series: In the Real World and Rollbots on YTV, and four […]

PR: "Wolverine and the X-Men" Premiering January 23, 2009, on Nicktoons Network

Wolverine and X-Men Join Forces to Prevent World Destruction In New Animated Series Wolverine and the X-Men Premiering Jan. 23 on Nicktoons Network NEW YORK, Jan. 5, 2008 – Nicktoons Network, the fastest growing kids’ network, introduces Wolverine and the X-Men, the new action-packed animated series based on Marvel’s ever popular Super Heroes. Produced by […]

"Transformers Animated" Season Two: Still Kicking Skid Plate, but Slipping Gears

The premiere to Transformers Animated was one of the most pleasant surprises of 2008—a fast, fun, and fascinating bit of lightweight fluff that updated the venerable robot toys for a new generation of kids. The first 13-episodes of the show kept up the pace, slipping only a bit with a few weaker plots and characters. […]

Official "Coraline" Movie Website Goes Live; New Behind-the-Scenes Videos

The official website for the movie Coraline has gone live, allowing visitors to visit Coraline’s bedroom, catch a show at the Mouse Circus, and see what you would look like in Coraline’s world in the Other Mother’s Workshop. There are also lots of behind-the-scenes videos and downloadable content secreted around the site. Laika Animation Studios […]

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