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NY Times on Development and Launch of the Hub Network

The New York Times examines the new Hub network, starting from its conversion from the Discovery Kids network, the competitive environment that the new network faces, the marketing campaign promoting it, and concerns about commercialization. Toymaker Hasbro owns a 50% stake in the network and has developed a number of shows based on their properties, […]

NYAF2010: "Mardock Scramble: The First Compression" Press Conference with Author!

Aniplex presented the World Premiere of Mardock Scramble: The First Compression at New York Anime Fest 2010 and held an exclusive press conference (via interpreter) with Tow Ubukata, the author of the novel the movie is based on. The English translation of the novel comes out in America early next year through VIZ Media under […]

NYCC2010: Intro to Animation Voice-Acting with Stevie Vallance

Voice actor and director Stevie Vallance about to put some volunteers to work. On Saturday at the New York Comic Con, Emmy-winning actor and director Stevie Vallance offered a briefer version of her “Tooned In!” one-day workshop, which teaches actors with all levels of experience (including none) how to get started in animation voice acting. […]

NYCC2010: "Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes" == Highly Concentrated Kick-Ass

(l to r) Jeph Loeb, Arune Singh, Joe Quesada During the Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes panel, newly minted head of Marvel TV Jeph Loeb half-apologized for the lack of new news to report by telling the audience, “When we’re ready to give you something, it’s going to be kick-ass.” He put his money where his […]

Dora Voice Actress Sues Nickelodeon

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Caitlin Sanchez, the 14-year-old who was the voice of Nickelodeon’s hit pre-school series Dora The Explorer is suing the network, and parent companies MTV Networks and Viacom. The teenage actress stated that she and her parents were forced to sign an “unconscionable” contract by Nickelodeon without the advice of an […]

Nick's Christmas in October with Dora, Olivia, & the Backyardigans

It seems that Christmas decorations are hitting retail stores earlier and earlier every year, which is the only possible explanation for the trio of Christmas-themed DVDs from Nickelodeon all being released on the same day. If they’re all at least two months too early, at least they’re all reasonably worthwhile. If most Dora the Explorer […]

"He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown" and It's Your Money, Peanuts Fans

When I reviewed the Peanuts 1960′s Collection, I guessed that several of the episodes on the set were not popular enough (or, frankly, good enough) to warrant a full-fledged standalone DVD release, and that the collection would be the only way to get these specials. Well, Warner Home Video has proven me wrong on at […]

Toonzone Interviews James Tucker and Michael Jelenic on "The Siege of Starro!"

Talking with James Tucker and Michael Jelenic about Batman: The Brave and the Bold is almost as much fun as watching the show. Toonzone News was able to chat with Jelenic and Tucker over the phone to try and pump as much information as we could in 15 minutes about Season 2′s two-part epic “The […]

"Dora's Slumber Party": The Cradle Will Fall. Please!

Hola! Soy Maxie Zeus! It’s my turn today to review one of the Dora the Explorer DVDs that Nickelodeon insists on thoughtfully providing to us here at toonzone! Do you know what that means? That’s right! Donde esta mi tequila?! So the little senorita and her monkey flunkey are back this time in Dora’s Slumber […]

Group Asks FCC to Block Nickelodeon/Sketchers Show "Zevo-3"

The Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood has filed a request with the FCC to block the upcoming animated series Zevo-3 on the grounds that it violates the requirement that “no cable TV operator shall air more than 12 minutes of commercial matter per hour during children’s programming,” as well as violating FCC standards for […]

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