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VIZ Announces "Naruto," Bleach" and "Pokemon" Titles for July

VIZ Media will release box sets of Naruto and Bleach, and new DVDs collecting Pokemon episodes to home video in July, the company announced earlier this week. Naruto Uncut Box Set Vol. 15 will include fourteen episodes and playing cards 37-45, and will retail for $49.95. It will be released on July 21. Bleach Uncut […]

"Air": Series Boxset and Movie Are Both Under-Oxygenated

Yukito Kunisaki is a man on a mission. He is wandering the Japanese countryside, trying to fulfill the last wishes of his deceased mother while doing puppet shows on the street to earn food money. His goal? He must find a winged girl in the sky, a goal his mother didn’t manage to complete. He […]

"SpongeBob SquarePants: First 100 Episodes" DVD Set Coming September 22, 2009

USA Today is reporting that SpongeBob SquarePants: The First 100 Episodes DVD set will be released on September 22, 2009, with a suggested retail price of $99.98. The set will contain more than 36 hours of episodes and bonus features, which will include commentary tracks by Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob.

"Mysterious Cities of Gold" Complete Series: Adventure! That's the Life for Me

The 80′s were an odd period for animation. Public opinion on the subject is divided into two factions: those who view the shows nostalgically, and maintain that campy means good and that new cartoons suck; and those who’d like to forget the 80′s even had any cartoons. I’m not sure where I stand on the […]

NY Times on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' 25th Anniversary

The New York Times City Room weblog has taken note of the 25th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which will incorporate a national tour starting in New York City (including a screening of the first Turtles movie at the Tribeca Film Festival). The full article chronicles how Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird took […]

Good Ratings News for Nickelodeon with "Penguins" and "SpongeBob"

The Los Angeles Times has taken a look at the ratings success of The Penguins of Madagascar on Nickelodeon (free registration required), which was the most-watched premiere in Nickelodeon history and has held on to a substantial portion of its audience since then. The article contains quotes from Nickelodeon’s president of animation Brown Johnson, discussing […]

St. Petersburg Times Interviews "Phineas & Ferb" Creators

The St. Petersburg Times has interviewed Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, co-creators of Disney’s hit animated comedy Phineas & Ferb. Among other things, the pair discuss how one moves from shows like Family Guy and SpongeBob SquarePants to Phineas & Ferb, the inspirations for the mixed family and individual characters on the show, whether […]

SpongeBob's "To SquarePants or Not to SquarePants" Coming to DVD and Marathon

Tvshowsondvd.com reports that Paramount and Nickelodeon will distribute “To SquarePants or Not to SquarePants,” in which SpongeBob goes in search for a new pair of pants. The new episode will air on Nickelodeon as part of a 100 episode marathon airing July 17th-19th, 2009. The DVD will feature the episode as well as 7 new-to-DVD […]

SpongeBob "Square Butts" Burger King Ad Sparks Controversy

A Burger King ad that mixes SpongeBob SquarePants and Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” song is generating controversy for pushing obesity and inappropriate sexuality to children. The ad changes the original song’s lyrics to say, “I like square butts and I cannot lie,” and features several dancers gyrating suggestively with big square boxes stuffed down […]

NPR Celebrates SpongeBob's 10th Anniversary

NPR’s “Morning Edition” did a segment Friday, April 17th on the 10th anniversary of SpongeBob SquarePants. NPR.org includes the complete broadcast audio as well as video of a cast table read and interviews with Tom Kenny (voice of SpongeBob), Carolyn Lawrence (Sandy Cheeks) and Roger Bumpass (Squidward Tentacles). (Via Voice Actors in the News)

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