For Kids

"I Want a Dog For Christmas, Charlie Brown": If Christmas Specials Were Underwear …

by on December 8, 2009
It’s not hard to guess when I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown was made. It lacks the rampant creativity and outstanding imagination that made the earliest Charlie Brown ventures such successes, and it is also missing the obvious periodic quirks that marked the better specials of the 70s and 80s. In fact, I […]

Nickelodeon Announces Special Holiday 2009 Programming

by Ed Liuon December 4, 2009
Nickelodeon has announced a slate of holiday-themed programming for December 2009, including new specials for Back at the Barnyard, Dora the Explorer, and The Backyardigans, alongside returning holiday episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants and The Fairly OddParents. Conan O’Brien is also slated to guest-star as Santa Claus in the new episode of The Backyardigans. The full […]

Corus Entertainment Releases December 2009 Programming Highlights

by Ed Liuon December 4, 2009
Corus Entertainment has released programming highlights for December 2009 on their kids, specialty and pay TV networks, including YTV and Treehouse. Highlights include classics like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and A Charlie Brown Christmas, new favorites like Rugrats Kwanzaa, and more. The full press release follows: HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS ON CORUS ENTERTAINMENT’S KIDS, SPECIALTY & […]

"Shonen Onmyouji": It Exists to Make Other Anime Feel Better About Themselves

by on December 4, 2009
There are some series that are simply magical. The characters are wonderful, the plot is engaging, the animation is breathtaking, the music is addictive, and every single facet of the series is just one moment of super awesomeness after another. And then there’s tripe like Shonen Onmyouji. In ancient Japan, spirits and demons roam the […]

2009 Annie Award Nominees Announced

by on December 1, 2009
The nominees for the 2009 Annie Awards have been announced. The films in the running for Best Animated Feature are Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Coraline, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Princess and the Frog, The Secret of Kells and Up. Meanwhile, Pups of Liberty, Robot Chicken: Star Wars 2.5, The Rooster, The Crocodile and […]

Toons of the 2000s: Top 5 Nicktoons

by on November 25, 2009
 Go back to the Toons of the 2000s Intro.  Here we are, at the close of the second decade of Nicktoons. The first began in 1991 with Doug, Rugrats, and The Ren and Stimpy Show, three shows that are not only well-remembered, but whose memory lasted long after their initial run through spin-offs, movies, and changes of […]

Fortune on Albie Hecht’s "Worldwide Biggies" iPhone Animation Initiative

by Ed Liuon November 24, 2009
Fortune magazine has taken a look at Albie Hecht’s new Worldwide Biggies studio, which will debut a new animated character Bigby in an iPhone app rather than as the lead of his own animated television show. Hecht is a former president of Nickelodeon Entertainment, overseeing the production and development of SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, […]

New Episodes of "WordGirl" in Nov/Dec 2009; "Word Hunt" iPhone App

by Ed Liuon November 18, 2009
Scholastic Media and PBS Kids have announced new episodes of their hit series WordGirl, with a new episode airing on November 23, 2009; a holiday-themed episode for December 10; and a two-part episode for December 28. In addition, a new iPhone app, WordGirl Word Hunt, is available now to help kids save the day while […]

Nickelodeon Announces Thanksgiving 2009 Weekend Programming

by Ed Liuon November 18, 2009
New episodes of hit shows mark Nickelodeon’s Thanksgiving weekend programming, starting November 26, 2009. The network will launch on Thanksgiving Day with a movie marathon from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM, including the SpongeBob SquarePants feature film. SpongeBob and The Penguins of Madagascar will be getting marathons on Friday, November 27, and a new episode […]

"Phineas & Ferb Christmas Vacation" to Debut on Disney XD on December 6, 2009

by Ed Liuon November 16, 2009
Phineas & Ferb Christmas Vacation will debut on Disney XD on December 6, 2009, at 8:00 and 8:45 PM (Eastern/Pacific), as well as on a variety of media platforms from Friday, November 27, 2009 to Friday, December 18, 2009, including ABC Family, ABC, the Disney Channel, and various on-line and video-on-demand services. In the special, […]