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"SpongeBob: The First 100 Episodes" Is Absorbant, Yellow, Porous Nostalgia

Its been interesting to watch SpongeBob SquarePants blossom into a bona fide cultural force. When it first aired, the show’s quirky humor and endearing characters came as a relief at a time when Pokémon dominated Saturday mornings, Disney was on the decline, and Nickelodeon seemed determined to greenlight every piece of ugly, poorly written trash […]

"SpongeBob" and "Fanboy": Familiarity, Meet Contempt

When you’ve been making SpongeBob SquarePants cartoons for ten years, I suppose it’s okay if you start phoning it in. And since anniversary specials are almost never all that special, I don’t guess there’s anything wrong when you decide to goof off instead of making one. Okay, obviously I don’t know that the makers of […]

Corus Kids Announces December 2009 Programming Highlights

Canada’s Corus Kids has announced its December 2009 programming highlights, with YTV highlighting Christmas classics like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and A Garfield Christmas Special, along with the premiere of the new animated movie The Legend of Frosty the Snowman and other holiday specials like the Rugrats Chanukah and Kwanzaa specials. […]

Pittsburgh ToonSeum Grand Opening at New Location on November 14, 2009

The ToonSeum, Pittsburgh’s Museum of Cartoon Art, will be moving to its new location in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District at 945 Liberty Avenue in the Bruno Building, Downtown. Its grand opening slated for Saturday, November 14, 2009, at 10:00 AM, with its inaugural exhibit being “Enchanted Drawings: A Century of Animation” with original art starting with […]

"Saturday Morning Cartoons: The 1970s Vol. 2": The Nightmare Continues

I recently confessed to being a child of the 1970s, which in animation terms is like confessing to having grown up on a Nevada A-bomb test site. If you want to extend the analogy, that would make the sale and distribution of Saturday Morning Cartoons: The 1970s, Vol. 2 roughly equivalent to the sale and […]

"SpongeBob SquarePants": "Viking-Sized Adventures" Coming in January

On 1/26/10, Nick and Paramount plan to release a new best-of SpongeBob SquarePants DVD called “Viking-Sized Adventures”. It runs 88 minutes, and the price is $16.99. An episode list hasn’t yet been revealed, though expect “Dear Vikings” and “Grandpappy the Pirate” (from 2008 and 2009, respectively) to make appearances. [Source: TVShowsOnDVD.com ]

"Peanuts" 1970s Collection: Mush from the Wimp

I’m a child of the 1970s—excuse me a moment while go apply some of Grandpa Simpson’s Old-Timey Medicinal Lineament to my arthritic joints—and the Peanuts specials were a staple of the holidays. (Keep in mind, this was back when you only had five or six channels tops, so a special was a special.) The great […]

New Video Clips and Art from "Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure"

Disney has released several new video clips from Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, the new direct-to-video CGI animated movie starring the icon of Disney’s Fairies line and famed sidekick to Peter Pan. There are a total of six clips available, from the movie itself and several of the bonus features on the DVD and […]

The Latest "Yo Gabba Gabba!", "Backyardigans," and "Kai-lan" DVDs from Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon has just released three more DVDs of their popular pre-school programming. The results won’t surprise anybody keeping track of Nick’s pre-school programming (or my reviews of them): Yo Gabba Gabba! is awesome, The Backyardigans is a surprisingly fun pleasure, and Ni Hao, Kai-lan is a pleasant variation on Dora the Explorer. YO GABBA GABBA! […]

"Bakugan" I Sacrifice The Instruction Manual to Summon The Paper Clip Helper Guy!

So my last foray into the Bakugan: Battle Brawlers world didn’t go so well. I got lost on the story, I got lost trying to figure out the show’s physics, and I got even more lost trying to understand what the hell’s going on in the actual card game. So, for Volume 5 I figured […]

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