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Dora Explores Macy's Parade

by Zeddon November 1, 2005
On Thanksgiving Day, Dora the Explorer will make her debut as a giant helium balloon in the 79th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The balloon, filled with approximately 15,000 cubic feet of helium and measuring approximately 54 feet tall, will travel from Central Park to Herald Square on Thanksgiving Day. [Source: PR Newswire]

Tremble Mortals! The Marvel Monsters Group Comics Are Here!

by Ed Liuon October 31, 2005
Mention “Marvel Comics,” and odds are the first thought in your head will be “superheroes.” However, before Stan Lee and Jack Kirby teamed up to produce Fantastic Four #1 in 1963, it was a good bet that the first thought would have been “monsters.” The pages of Marvel Comics between World War II and the […]

NY Times Profiles Aaron McGruder and "The Boondocks"

by Ed Liuon October 31, 2005
The New York Times has published an article about Aaron McGruder’s Boondocks, coming to Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim on November 6 (registration required). The origins of the strip (and its ties to discredited Times reporter Jayson Blair), upcoming plots for the TV show, and McGruder’s use of racially charged themes and language are all discussed […]

How "Chicken Little" Affects Pixar and Disney

by Ed Liuon October 31, 2005
The New York Times notes the effect that Disney’s Chicken Little may have on their talks with Pixar Animation Studios (registration required). Both Disney and Pixar are not actively engaged in talks to renew or alter their distribution agreement, which expires in 2006. Most outsiders are speculating that both companies are waiting to see how […]

A (Re)-Animated Halloween with Toon Zone

by William C. Mauneon October 31, 2005
Looking for something to scare your friends? Need a toon to watch with the evil spirits of the holiday? Whether you’re spending a quiet night at home among the hatboxes filled with rotting human hats or prefer emerging from your dark lair to terrify and repel all you encounter (perhaps an investment in deodorant is […]

"G.I. Joe" What's Cooler than Ninjas? MORE NINJAS!

by Dukeon October 30, 2005
Ask almost any fan of G.I. Joe and undoubtedly every single one will list either Snake Eyes or Storm Shadow as one of their top ten favorite characters. Hasbro realized this during G.I. Joe‘s revival and created a huge Snake Eyes/Storm Shadow duel in Spy Troops, and then focused in on Jinx and newcomer Kamakura […]

"Popeye" and Other Classics Come to DVD

by Zeddon October 29, 2005
The first volume of Mackinac Media’s The Golden Age of Cartoons DVD includes ten original Popeye cartoons from the 1930s. Each of the cartoons included have been digitally remastered from original 35mm material and digitally restored to their original brilliance. The collection also features many bonus features including interviews, still galleries, and more. The second […]

Nicktoons Characters Join "Nicktoons Unite!" Video Game

by Zeddon October 29, 2005
THQ Inc. and Nickelodeon on Friday announced that Nicktoons Unite! for the PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, and Game Boy Advance videogame systems has shipped to retail outlets throughout North America. The game allows players to interact with the stars from certain Nickelodeon TV shows including SpongeBob SquarePants, Timmy Turner (from The Fairly OddParents), Jimmy Neutron […]

Four "Muppet" Anniversary DVDs Coming Next Month

by Zeddon October 29, 2005
In celebration of Kermit’s 50th Anniversary, Walt Disney Home Entertainment will release four anniversary edition “Muppet” films on DVD. The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppet Christmas Carol, and Muppet Treasure Island are all coming restored, remastered, and packed with several new bonus features. The re-releases will be available for $19.99 (SRP) each […]

"Animaniacs" and "Pinky and the Brain" Reportedly Coming to DVD

by Nasson October 29, 2005
TVShowsOnDVD reports that insiders in WB’s Home Entertainment division are planning to potentially release DVD box sets of Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain in mid-2006. The sets are said to feature around two dozen episodes. Nothing has been officially announced by WB at this point, but please stay with Toon Zone News for more […]