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"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)

Nickelodeon Creates Scholarship at CalArts School of Film/Video

Nickelodeon has announced the creation of the Nickelodeon Endowed Scholarship in Animation in Honor of Jules Engel at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) School of Film/Video. The scholarship will be open to students in the Character and Experimental Animation Programs, and is the first corporate-endowed scholarship at the institution. The scholarship is named […]

"Yo Gabba Gabba! New Friends" Keeps on Rocking in the Gabba World

One of the greatest gifts Nickelodeon has given to parents is Yo Gabba Gabba!, a show that many adults seem to enjoy just as much or more than the kids who are supposed to be its target audience. Its wonderful combination of music, dancing, animation, life-size puppets, and hip attitude all combine to produce a […]

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Season 7 DVD Trailer and Stills

Lionsgate Entertainment has provided Toon Zone News with the trailer, stills, and box artwork for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 25th Anniversary Season 7 DVDs, which will go on sale on May 12, 2009. Click the image below to play the trailer (requires QuickTime): <!– Click on any of the screenshots below for a larger […]

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