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"Saturday Morning Cartoons: The 1970s Vol. 2": The Nightmare Continues

I recently confessed to being a child of the 1970s, which in animation terms is like confessing to having grown up on a Nevada A-bomb test site. If you want to extend the analogy, that would make the sale and distribution of Saturday Morning Cartoons: The 1970s, Vol. 2 roughly equivalent to the sale and […]

"Saturday Morning Cartoons: The 1960s, Vol. 2": Frustratingly Uneven

The second volume of the high concept Saturday Morning Cartoons: The 1960s is out, and like the first volume it has its ups and downs, both in the cartoon selection itself and the presentation. Volume 2 provides more Looney Tunes than Vol. 1 did, which of course pleases me as a LT fan. True, some […]

"Peanuts" 1970s Collection: Mush from the Wimp

I’m a child of the 1970s—excuse me a moment while go apply some of Grandpa Simpson’s Old-Timey Medicinal Lineament to my arthritic joints—and the Peanuts specials were a staple of the holidays. (Keep in mind, this was back when you only had five or six channels tops, so a special was a special.) The great […]

The Latest "Yo Gabba Gabba!", "Backyardigans," and "Kai-lan" DVDs from Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon has just released three more DVDs of their popular pre-school programming. The results won’t surprise anybody keeping track of Nick’s pre-school programming (or my reviews of them): Yo Gabba Gabba! is awesome, The Backyardigans is a surprisingly fun pleasure, and Ni Hao, Kai-lan is a pleasant variation on Dora the Explorer. YO GABBA GABBA! […]

"Tokyo Majin" Complete Series: Strong Start, Weak Finish

I am a dyed-in-the-wool New York Knicks fan, even though I don’t follow the team religiously, and this means that I have had to get used to the team’s singular talent for blowing a lead. In recent years, you could depend on them to take a 20-point lead at the half and blow it by […]

Nickelodeon Premieres "Fanboy and Chum Chum" on November 6, 2009

Nickelodeon will debut its latest animated series Fanboy and Chum Chum on Friday, November 6, 2009, at 9:00 PM (Eastern/Pacific) immediately after the SpongeBob SquarePants anniversary special “Truth or Square.” The CGI comedy spinoff from Nicktoons’ Random! Cartoons series follows the adventures of the enthusiastic 11-year old Fanboy and his faithful sidekick Chum Chum as […]

Cartoon Intro Cavalcade: "Cowboy Bebop"

The opening credits to Cowboy Bebop are like the best improvised jazz: it may seem spontaneous, but close analysis reveals powerful structure and intelligence underneath. While improv jazz is inherently free-form, the best improv jazz still uses structure and a few rules to make sure it sounds like music instead of meandering nonsense. There’s a […]

Nick Acquires Rights for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"; New TV Series and Movie

Nickelodeon has announced the acquisition of the global rights to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise from the Mirage Group and 4Kids Entertainment. A new CGI animated TV series has begun development, with a scheduled premiere date in 2012, and Nickelodeon has also partnered with corporate sibling Paramount Pictures to develop a Turtles feature film […]

Cast in Plastic: Toon Zone Interviews Michael Bell on Being "Plastic Man"

Michael Bell is one of the most prominent actors and voice-over actors working today, with hundreds of roles in films and television that literally far outweighs the careers of his compatriots on the Screen Actors Guild board (as you will understand in a moment). He also lent (okay, sold) his voice to numerous video games, […]

"Metalocalypse" Season 3 Premieres on November 8, 2009

The third season premiere of Metalocalypse will debut on Adult Swim on Sunday, November 8, 2009, at 12:30 AM (Eastern/Pacific). The most amazing metal band ever created will kick off their third season with an episode where they have to manage themselves. Guest stars will include Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and Slash. The full press […]

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