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On Set with "Coraline": A Tour Through Laika Animation

The building that housed upwards of 57 active sets in tandem for a stop-motion animated film (a new record, by the way) is an inconspicuous-looking building several miles outside of Portland, Oregon. There’s nothing so ostentatious as the kind of studios you’d find in Hollywood, be it a Warner Bros water tower or a massive […]

"The Secret Saturdays": An Uncertain Finding

The Secret Saturdays, Cartoon Network’s newest action series, is about the adventures of the Saturdays —yes, the show is named after its protagonists—who are a family of cryptozoologists: the people who study legendary animals called cryptids. Like Indiana Jones, the family are also adventurers who often find themselves in sticky situations. When V. V. Argost […]

PR: Nickelodeon Lands 54 Straight Quarters as Top Total Day Network for Kids

Nickelodeon IS Top Basic Cable Network in 3q, Scores 54 Straight Quarters at Number One Nickelodeon’s Kids and Family Portfolio Posts Solid Gains for the Quarter NEW YORK-Oct. 1, 2008-Nickelodeon’s 3Q 2008 performance marks its 54th consecutive quarter as basic cable’s top total day network for kids and total viewers –the longest run of its […]

NYAF2008: Digging into Anime's American Success with "Japanamerica"

The “Japanamerica” panel was one of the last of the 2008 New York Anime Festival on Sunday afternoon. The description said that author Roland Kelts would “share the raw experiences that were the basis for his book, Japanamerica,” but the end result stretched well beyond that. When time was up, the small but rapt audience […]

"Avatar the Last Airbender" The Complete Book 3's Flawed Triumph

Let’s get the easy stuff out of the way first. If you already own the first two boxed sets of Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender, you don’t really need me to tell you that the Avatar the Last Airbender Complete Book 3 Collection is an obligatory purchase. If nothing else, you need to know how […]

NYAF2008: Top Talent Talk "Voice Actors and the City"

Saturday afternoon was voice actor time at the 2008 New York Anime Festival, with the Voice Acting and the City panel, bringing together New York City’s finest voice acting talent to talk about their work. The first panelists to arrive were Mandy Bonhomme (Komaki in Kujibiki Unbalance, Juri in Revolutionary Girl Utena, and Mimi and […]

"Superjail": Visually Insane But Comedically Average

Adult Swim originals, even to this day, are often exceedingly low-budget affairs with stiff-as-a-board, Flash/After-Effects animation. Sure, there are a few highlights like the visually rich Boondocks and co-productions like Family Guy and American Dad, but the 11-minute shows don’t typically get smooth animation. That’s not at all been a bad thing, as the writing […]

"WhoBob WhatPants?" to Air on Oct 13, 2008, Guest-Starring Ray Liotta

Nickelodeon has announced that the next SpongeBob SquarePants special, “WhoBob WhatPants?” will be airing on Monday, October 13, 2008, at 8:00 PM (Eastern/Pacific). In the special, SpongeBob is struck with amnesia and wanders away from Bikini Bottom, causing his friends to fear that they’ve lost him forever. The memory-impaired sponge will have a fateful encounter […]

"Dinosaur King" is Prehistoric Poop

I’m not sure what’s worse about Dinosaur King: the fact that such an abysmally bad toy commercial disguised as a cartoon was made at all, or the fact that the few, clumsily inserted factoids in each episode means it probably qualifies as “educational and informational programming.” About the only good thing about it is its […]

PR: SpongeBob SquarePants "WhoBob WhatPants?" Guest-Starring Ray Liotta

SpongeBob’s Friends Fear They Have Lost Him Forever in All-New Special, SpongeBob SquarePants’ “WhoBob WhatPants?”, Guest-Starring Ray Liotta Premiering Monday, Oct. 13, at 8:00 p.m. on Nickelodeon Half-Hour Special Preceded by Four-Hour SpongeBob SquarePants Marathon Burbank, Calif. – Sept. 24, 2008 – When SpongeBob is struck with amnesia and drifts from Bikini Bottom, his friends […]

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