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Briefly: Top-Earning Dead Celebrities; Animation in Xinjiang; People Marrying 'Toons

* Peanuts creator Charles Schulz landed at #2 on Forbes magazine’s “Top-Earning Dead Celebrities” list with earnings of $33 million, partially based on DVD sales of the Peanuts animated specials. Dr. Seuss comes in at #6 with $12 million for Horton Hears a Who in both the original and new editions. [Forbes] * Xidan University […]

PR: "You're a Good Sport Charlie Brown" Races to DVD January 27, 2009

REV-UP FOR MOTOCROSS SEASON WITH SNOOPY! YOU’RE A GOOD SPORT, CHARLIE BROWN RACES ON TO DVD FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE U.S. JANUARY 27, 2009 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO The Emmy® Award-Winning Animated Peanuts Classic is Available in a Re-mastered Deluxe Edition with All-New Bonus Material and Updated Packaging New-to-DVD Bonus Episode You’re the […]

"Tinker Bell:" The Girls Will Love It, The Boys May Not Admit It

Some toy commercials are disguised as entertainment, and some entertainment is disguised as a toy commercial. The link between entertainment and merchandise has existed ever since Edgar Rice Burroughs figured out the cross-marketing potential of Tarzan, turning him into the first mass-merchandised fictional character, but that success pales in comparison to the virtual art form […]

"Coraline" News Roundup: Laika's Gamble, Preview Look, Gaiman Comments

Several different media outlets have recently published articles about Coraline, the stop-motion feature film from Laika Entertainment directed by Henry Selick and based on the novella by Neil Gaiman. The Times-Picayune weblog has posted an article dealing with the big gamble that Laika is taking with Coraline, noting that the hard market sell of a […]

Pittsburgh's ToonSeum to Screen "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!" on Oct 31

The ToonSeum and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh will be hosting a special screening of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! on October 31, 2008 at 3:00 PM. Attendees will get free popcorn and free Peanuts comic books courtesy of New Dimension Comics and the ToonSeum, and also be able to participate in special events […]

Briefly: Tinker Bell as BT's Clock; Chowder Contest; SpongeBob Returns to China

* The voice for the BT speaking clock service will be temporarily replaced by Mae Whitman voicing Tinker Bell to promote the Disney direct-to-video movie. [BBC News] * Cartoon Network will run a contest in conjunction with the first DVD release of Chowder, where fans can create a recipie using bizarre ingredients at Home Media […]

PR: Nicktoons Network and Big Tent Entertainment Announce US TV Debut of Domo-kun

NICKTOONS NETWORK AND BIG TENT ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCE U.S. TELEVISION DEBUT OF SHORTFORM SERIES STARRING JAPANESE VIRAL SENSATION Domo 26×2 Minute Animated Shorts Feature Domo and Friends New York, NY, October 23, 2008 – Nicktoons Network, the fastest-growing kids’ network, and branded entertainment company Big Tent Entertainment announce the U.S. broadcast debut of the first official […]

Briefly: Argentina's 2nd Annual Animation Fest; Don't Try This at Home, Kids

* Argentina will hold its second annual animation festival from October 27-28, 2008, in an effort to drum up business and funding for co-productions and increased domestic output. [Variety] * Three teenagers were pulled from the sewers of Queens, NY, after getting lost while playing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. [Daily News, via The Beat]

"WhoBob WhatPants?" Draws Top Ratings; Launches "Find SpongeBob" Game

The Hollywood Reporter states that the latest SpongeBob SquarePants special WhoBob WhatPants? drew top ratings on its premiere this past Monday night, drawing 7.7 million total viewers and coming in second only to ESPN’s Monday Night Football. Nickelodeon has also launched a special SpongeBob Square Pants’ Lost & Found My Prizes Game in conjunction with […]

"Wonder Pets! Save the Nutcracker!": Saving A Nutcracker Is Sewious

Save The Nutcracker! is the latest in a series of DVD releases from Nickelodeon chronicling the adventures of the Wonder Pets. The Wonder Pets, which airs on Nick Jr., is about a trio of classroom pets who have adventures after the school children have all gone home. When they get a call from an animal […]

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