For Kids

"Clone Wars": Not a Bad Copy

by Jacob T. Paschalon October 2, 2008
Star Wars: The Clone Wars is probably Cartoon Network’s most hyped series in quite some time. Toon Zone reviewed the feature film this past August, but while Maxie Zeus was largely iffy on the movie, I see no reason to be lightsaber blue over this Friday’s one-hour premiere. In ‘Rising Malevolence’ the Separatists have developed […]

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

by Ed Liuon October 1, 2008
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"

by Ed Liuon September 29, 2008
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

by Ed Liuon September 28, 2008
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"

by Ed Liuon September 28, 2008
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

by Karl Olsonon September 27, 2008
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

by Ed Liuon September 24, 2008
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

by Ed Liuon September 24, 2008
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

by Ed Liuon September 24, 2008
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 […]

Nickelodeon Picks Up "Fanboy & Chum Chum" and "Team Umizoomi;" Renews "Mighty B!"

by Ed Liuon September 17, 2008
Nickelodeon has announced two new animated series and the second season of The Mighty B! Fanboy and Chum Chum will be a CGI animated series spun off from Nickelodeon’s Random! Cartoons series, focusing on the 10-year old comic-book loving Fanboy and his friend and sidekick Chum Chum. The series was created by Eric Robles (Ni […]