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"Saturday Morning" at MoCCA: A Stroll Through Television History Worth the Trip

The title of the latest exhibition at the Museum of Comic Book and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) is inaccurate. Even though “Saturday Morning: Art and Artifacts from a Golden Age of Television” would seem to be about the art and artistry of Saturday morning animation, it includes a number of animated TV shows that were never […]

Press Release: Disney Channel Celebrates The Season With December Programming

DISNEY CHANNEL CELEBRATES THE SEASON WITH DECEMBER PROGRAMMING BURBANK, November 14, 2006. . . Exclusive holiday programming from Disney Channel’s most popular primetime and Playhouse Disney programs to air throughout the month of December. Holiday programming highlights include: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16 PLAYHOUSE DISNEY “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” – “Mickey Saves Santa” (9:00 a.m., ET/PT) – Santa’s […]

"Skyland": Beautiful Clichés With a Glint of Potential

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: two teenage siblings discover that they have the power between them to end the tyranny of their totalitarian overlords, who… OK, that didn’t take long. Welcome to Skyland, a new series created by Alexandre de la Patellière, Matthieu Delaporte, and Emmanuel Gorinstein and debuting on the Nicktoons […]

"Cars" on DVD: Built for Comfort, Not for Speed

Pixar has a lot to live up to. This would be true if their only contributions to film were technological, considering the many breakthroughs they made in the field of computer animation. However, when one considers an unbroken streak of critical and box-office successes, a series of disappointing CGI-animated movies from other studios, and the […]

"Cars" DVD Provides Great Flick But Is Light On Extras

Conventional wisdom would be that the film comes first and the DVD second in the review. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I’m going to switch it up. That way, I don’t have to blunt the criticisms of the DVD with retroactive apologetic tone nor end it on a downer note at all. (Our fellow […]

Press Release: ABC Adds "Shrek the Halls" Holiday Special Dec 2007

ABC ENTERTAINMENT ADDS “SHREK THE HALLS” A DREAMWORKS ANIMATION SKG ORIGINAL ANIMATED SPECIAL TO ITS IMPRESSIVE LIBRARY OF HOLIDAY CLASSICS “Shrek The Halls” To Premiere December 2007 Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas Reprise Original Roles ABC Entertainment adds “Shrek The Halls,” an original animated special from DreamWorks Animation SKG, to its […]

"Class of 3000": Eclectic, But Not In A "The Love Below" Way

Animation has been playing with music, popular and otherwise, before you could even get sound on film, and at points has been a driving force behind creating animated shorts and films – after all, they were not called Merrie Melodies for nothing, and the Disney musical formula was quite profitable until they sort of burned […]

Cartoon Outkast: "Class of 3000" Misses the Grade

I’ve never been overly comfortable with cartoons based on established media persona. Having celebrity personalities voicing fictional cartoon characters, fine. Celebrity personalities voicing themselves, spat into the middle of a fictitious universe in which they themselves play the central hero just seems rather indulgent. After all, it’s the fact that Batman or Bugs Bunny cannot […]

Viz Announces New January and February Titles

During January, expect Bleach (vol. 2), Flame of Recca (vol. 10), Hikaru No Go (vol. 6), Naruto (vol. 8), and Pokemon Advanced Battle (vol. 5 & 6). All volumes listed above are $24.98, except for Pokemon, which will be $14.98. February should bring us Inu-Yasha (vol. 50 & 51), Naruto (vol. 9), One Piece (vol. […]

Saving the World (of TV Animation): The "Avatar the Last Airbender" Complete Book 1 Collection

Water, Earth, Fire and Air are the four elements that the title character of Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender must master as part of his quest to save the world. Similarly, the show’s success lies in its mastery of four different elements: Setting, Story, Characterization, and Technique. The first season, recently released on DVD, proves […]

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