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TV Ratings: "Futurama" Returns on a High Note, "SpongeBob" Still Tops With Kids

by Bryanon July 2, 2010
Animated shows ran light for the week of June 21 – 27 in the TV ratings. SpongeBob SquarePants was the only show in the cable top 25 for total viewers, with only one showing coming in at #25. The episode aired Wednesday at 5:30PM and scored 3.714 million viewers. Outside the cable top 25 for […]

"The Clash of Triton": Release the Kraken Already!

by Maxie Zeuson July 2, 2010
Okay, this isn’t funny anymore. I’m not just talking about “The Clash of Triton,” which even by the standards of recent SpongeBob episodes is a remarkably mirth-free zone. I’m talking about the way they keep dragging this corpse of a once-brilliant series around like it’s the title character in Weekend at Bernie’s. Once upon a […]

Jason Isaacs on How to Play a Villain in "Batman: Under the Red Hood"

by Maxie Zeuson July 1, 2010
Jason Isaacs may be best known to American audiences as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, but he has an extensive filmography playing many character types. But he takes another turn as a villain in Batman: Under the Red Hood as long-time Batman foe Ra’s al Ghul. There’s a twist to the character this […]

"Airbender" Flies to New Int'l Markets

by Maxie Zeuson June 30, 2010
Avatar: The Last Airbender will land in new markets under deals negotiated by MTV Networks International, World Screen reports. The series will join Georgia’s Teleimedi and Albania’s Top Channel, and Australia’s Network Ten has picked up episodes 101 to 121 and 201 to 206. Malaysia’s TV3 has also renewed the hit series.

Nickelodeon Dominates Animated Daytime Emmys

by Maxie Zeuson June 30, 2010
Nickelodeon dominated the animation categories at the 37th Annul Daytime Emmys last weekend, taking the honors in eight categories and winning eleven prizes overall. Nickelodeon also scored its wins with a wide range of programming rather than with a dominant series. SpongeBob SquarePants and The Penguins of Madagascar each took only one trophy, but the […]

"Best. Episode. Ever!" Toonzone Talks "Avatar: The Last Airbender"

by Ed Liuon June 30, 2010
To mark the release of M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender live-action movie, the staff of Toonzone News came together to name their picks for a “Best. Episode. Ever!” dedicated to the original Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series. The rest of this article assumes you’re already seen the show, and contains spoilers. Loads of […]

Nickelodeon and NFL Team for "Rush Zone" Animated Short-Form Series

by Ed Liuon June 29, 2010
Nickelodeon and the National Football League have announced a partership that will result in a new animated short-form series for the Nicktoons network. Titled Rush Zone: Guardians of the Core, the series will be based on the NFLRUSH ZONE, the NFL’s online world for kids, and will consist of 22 episodes running 2-5 minutes each. […]

TV Ratings: "SpongeBob" Tops All of TV with Kids 2-11

by Bryanon June 25, 2010
For the week of June 14 – 20, SpongeBob SquarePants scored the most spots for animation on TV (both broadcast and cable) in the kid 2-11 demo, placing 8 out of the top 10. SpongeBob was also the only animated program in the cable top 25 for the week, in total viewers. Following are lists […]

Lasseter Getting Co-Director Credit on "Cars 2"

by Maxie Zeuson June 25, 2010
John Lasseter will receive co-director credit on Cars 2, Jim Hill Media reports. It was widely rumored that Lasseter was exercising a strong hand on the sequel, but Hill says Disney executives have officially confirmed that Lasseter will take a credit on the final film. (h/t: News In Film)

Pokemon Game Championships This Weekend

by Maxie Zeuson June 23, 2010
The Pokemon Video Game and Trading Card Game National Championships will be held from June 25-27 in Indianapolis, organizers have announced. The championships are the climax of divisional competitions, and winners will then proceed to a global competition in Kona, Hawaii, in August. Slots are still open for the Trading Card Game Championship on a […]