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PR: Premieres, Pranks and Planetary Specials This April on Corus Kids Television

by on March 6, 2008
(March 6, 2008 – Toronto, Canada) This April, Corus Kids Television is booked solid with fun-filled spring adventures as it brings kids and families a heap of Earth Day programming, a premiere episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, a new Nickelodeon series Tak and the Power of Juju and an all-new season of The Naked Brothers Band. […]

"Horton" Hears from a Who’s Who of Animators

by on March 6, 2008
If you want nonsense and paradox, you can hardly do better than to schedule a consultation with Dr. Seuss. But there are paradoxes and there are paradoxes. So here’s a Seussian riddle for the cartoon critics out there. (And I know who you are; I’ve got minutes of the last meeting we were all at.) […]

Updated: "Super Hero Saturday" Bringing New Series, Ending Old Ones

by on March 5, 2008
One superhero series will end, another begin, and a third return with a new episode on March 8 when KidsWB presents “Super Hero Saturday.” The back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back heroics start at 9:30am (ET/PT) with the new Legion of Super Heroes episode “In the Beginning,” which details the Legion’s formation. The story, by Steven Melching, has Legion members […]

PR: FUNimation Channel Adds New Shows to Programming Slate

by on March 5, 2008
Revamped Schedule Features U.S. Premieres of Anime Series FLOWER MOUND, TX, March 3, 2008 – The FUNimation® Channel, the premiere 24/7 digital anime network from FUNimation Entertainment & OlympuSAT, will be premiering seven new animated series, including titles from Central Park Media and Right Stuf, Inc.The debuting titles include Moonphase, Peach Girl, Suzuka, Black Cat, […]

Monster Re-Vamp: "Black Blood Brothers" Brings Fresh Blood to an Old Genre.

by on March 5, 2008
There are immortal entities roaming this world, forever cursed to tread a parasitic, singular path, blemished with the stain of timelessness in a progressive society. Long in tooth but full of bite, these monsters are unstoppable. Yep, vampire films. Will we ever be rid of them? The story itself is a neat weaving of past, […]

"101 Dalmatians" Platinum Edition DVD Easily Wins Best in Show

by Ed Liuon March 4, 2008
On the surface, Disney’s 101 Dalmatians seems rather similar to Lady and the Tramp, which had been released 6 years earlier. Both films break from the Disney tradition of adapting fairy tales. Both films center on a pair of dogs who stray off for a variety of adventures before finally returning to the safety of […]

Toon Zone News Presents an Exclusive Look Behind the Scenes at "101 Dalmatians"

by Ed Liuon March 3, 2008
In association with Walt Disney Home Entertainment, Toon Zone News is proud to present a selection of behind-the-scenes artwork from 101 Dalmatians, the classic animated film from 1961 that is coming to Disney’s Platinum Edition DVD on March 8, 2008. In the late 1950’s to early 1960’s, Disney’s feature animation studios were making a transition […]

"Hell Girl" Vols. 1-4: Beautiful, But Oh-So-Repetitive

by Ed Liuon March 3, 2008
The concept for the anime series Hell Girl couldn’t be simpler: if you enter a name on a website at midnight, Enma Ai—the Hell Girl—will immediately condemn that person to an eternity of suffering. However, the price for her services is that you yourself will join your tormentor in Hell at the end of your […]

"Caillou’s Family Favorites:" When Edutainment is All Edu- and No -Tainment

by Ed Liuon March 2, 2008
There’s a “Message to Parents” on the most recent DVD of PBS Kids’ Caillou, which explains that the show was based on the research of acclaimed child psychologist Nicole Nadeau. The show’s title character is meant to help children develop their sense of self-esteem, confidence, and independence, using vignettes of Caillou and his family going […]

"Jakers!": Lean Ham on Heavy Wry

by on March 2, 2008
Saints preserve us, but is it actually possible to make an educational kiddie show that won’t bore the little ones stiff, rot their brains, or drive their parents out of the house? I would never have credited my own eyes, but here comes Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks to prove the art of pedagogical […]