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"Black Belt Club" to Become Animated Series in 2010

Martial artist and author Dawn Barnes and animation producer John Drdek have signed a deal to turn Barnes’ The Black Belt Club book series into an animated series. Published by Scholastic, The Black Belt Club chronicles the adventures of four young black belts transported to a magical realm where they encounter mythical monsters and heroes. […]

"SpongeBob's Truth or Square" Due This Year

Gamemaker THQ will release SpongBob’s Truth or Square to mark the sponge’s tenth anniversary, AWN reports. The game, which is being developed for the Wii, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, and PSP, will have players journeying through various SpongeBob locations in search of the missing Krabby Patty formula. It will feature a new morphing ability for […]

"Saturday Morning Cartoons: The '60s": Retro Toons in a Retro Wrapping

The cartoons collected on Saturday Morning Cartoons: The ’60s come from a simpler time, when Saturday morning truly was the best time to watch animation. You could veg out in front of the boob tube for hours without a break. Of course, that was before cable came along to say, “Hey, you don’t have to […]

Briefly: SpongeBob Tells Time; Eminem Co-Hosts with Stewie; Comcast Adds FUNimation

* Nooka will help mark the 10th anniversary of SpongeBob SquarePants with a line of limited-edition, high-end wristwatches inspired by the character. [Viacom] * An animated version of Eminem will co-host Animation Domination Sunday with Family Guy‘s Stewie Griffin. [AWN] * FUNimation Anime is now available on Comcast cable for digital cable customers. [PR Newswire]

Nicktoons Renews "Wolverine and the X-Men"; New S1 Eps Resume May 22, 2009

Nicktoons Network has renewed Wolverine and the X-Men, acquiring the next 26 episodes of the series after it helped garner the network’s highest April ratings in its history. New episodes of the first season of the show will resume on May 22, 2009, at 8:00 PM (Eastern). The second season of the show was greenlit […]

VIZ Announces "Naruto," Bleach" and "Pokemon" Titles for July

VIZ Media will release box sets of Naruto and Bleach, and new DVDs collecting Pokemon episodes to home video in July, the company announced earlier this week. Naruto Uncut Box Set Vol. 15 will include fourteen episodes and playing cards 37-45, and will retail for $49.95. It will be released on July 21. Bleach Uncut […]

"Air": Series Boxset and Movie Are Both Under-Oxygenated

Yukito Kunisaki is a man on a mission. He is wandering the Japanese countryside, trying to fulfill the last wishes of his deceased mother while doing puppet shows on the street to earn food money. His goal? He must find a winged girl in the sky, a goal his mother didn’t manage to complete. He […]

"SpongeBob SquarePants: First 100 Episodes" DVD Set Coming September 22, 2009

USA Today is reporting that SpongeBob SquarePants: The First 100 Episodes DVD set will be released on September 22, 2009, with a suggested retail price of $99.98. The set will contain more than 36 hours of episodes and bonus features, which will include commentary tracks by Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob.

"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 […]

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