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The Gift of "Knishmas": At Least It’s Better Than Socks

by Maxie Zeuson December 3, 2008
After fifty years of Christmas specials (and forty years after the “Peanuts” gang gave them a definitive form), is it possible to make a holiday special that is fresh, unpredictable, and yet as inevitable in its meaning as the unavoidable fruitcake? More to the point—because I’m egocentric this way—is it possible to review the modestly […]

"SpongeBob" Season 5, Vol. 2: You Can’t Jump the Shark When You Live Under the Sea

by JerryvonKrameron December 2, 2008
If you’ve listened to what a lot of other websites have said about this set of SpongeBob SquarePants episodes, you will have heard a chorus describing a show in gradual decline. The standard line is that, while SpongeBob is still good, it’s not what it once was; the magic has gone. Some of the more […]

"Kung Fu Panda" Dominates 36th Annual Annie Award Nominations

by Ed Liuon December 1, 2008
ASIFA-Hollywood has announced the nominees for the 36th annual Annie Awards, “recognizing the year’s best animated features, television productions, commercials, video games and short subjects.” DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda racked up 17 nominations, including Best Animated Feature and the awards for directing, character animation, character design, and writing. Disney’s Bolt earned 9 nominations, with […]

PR: DC Anime Club and JICC Present "The Girl That Leapt Through Time"

by Ed Liuon December 1, 2008
DC Anime Club and Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan Present: The Girl That Leapt through Time The DC Anime Club and the Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan Present The Girl That Leapt through Time on Friday December 12, 2008 at 6:30pm as part of the Anime/Live Action Series […]

PR: 36th Annual Annie Award Nominations Announced

by Ed Liuon December 1, 2008
36th ANNUAL ANNIE AWARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED “Kung Fu Panda” Leads Nominations – 27 for DreamWorks Animation BURBANK, CA (December 1, 2008) – The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced nominations today for its 36th Annual Annie Awards recognizing the year’s best animated features, television productions, commercials, video games and short subjects. DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu […]

"The Mighty B!" Coming to DVD

by Classic Speedyon December 1, 2008
Nickelodeon’s new animated series, The Mighty B!, will get a DVD release on 2/24/09. Entitled The Mighty B! – We Got the Bee, the DVD contains an hour and a half of cartoons as well as a “Behind The Mighty B!” featurette. Price is not yet available. [Source: TVShowsOnDVD.com ]

"Wall*E" Charms Even As it Slips In Some Subversive Ideas

by Weathermanon December 1, 2008
I doubt I need to tell too many of you what Wall*E is about: its $223 million at US box offices alone speaks to the movie’s runaway success. A little robot abandoned on an Earth drowning in trash finds a way to save it and the human race that abandoned it. It sounds simple, and […]

ADV Films Announces New February Titles Including "Full Metal Panic" Collection

by Classic Speedyon November 30, 2008
ADV continues to re-release many older titles in new collections during the month of February. Here’s what’s on tap: * Cyberteam in Akihabara Collection: 2/3/09 – $39.98 * E’s Otherwise Collection (Thinpak): 2/24/09 – $49.98 * Full Metal Panic Collection: Heavy Metal Collection (Thinpak): 2/10/09 – $89.98 * Jing, King of Bandits Collection (Thinpak): 2/24/09 […]

Aaron McGruder Announces "Boondocks Bootleg"

by Ed Liuon November 30, 2008
To help fill the gap between seasons of the animated series, Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder has announced BoondocksBootleg, the “Offiical Unofficial YouTube channel of Aaron McGruder” that will contain online video sketches starring characters like Granddad Witherspoon, Uncle Ruckus, and Carl “Thugnificent” Jones. (via HipHopDX.com)

Newsarama Interviews Craig McCracken on "Foster’s" and the Cartoonstitute

by Ed Liuon November 30, 2008
Newsarama’s Animated Shorts has interviewed Craig McCracken, creator of Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, about the new 1-hour episode “Destination: Imagination” which premiered on November 27, 2008. McCracken talks about some of the influences of the show, the role his wife Lauren Faust plays in the production of the show, and how his work at […]