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"Wolverine and the X-Men" Rewards the Faithful

Wolverine and the X-Men is a show that is determined to eat its cake and have it, too. It cherry-picks from the best elements of the two previous cartoon series, the live-action movies, and decades of comic books to ensure that the show feels familiar, but it also wants to strike out in different directions […]

"Ghost Hunt" Bags a Trophy

I am, I’ll forthrightly declare, a sucker for a good ghost story. The operative word, of course, is “good.” Anyone can stick a phantom or spirit into any old yarn, and come up with something as crass and incompetent as xxxHOLIC. (cough cough). But it takes a deft hand to fashion a spook story that […]

Nick Celebrates Chinese New Year with "Ni Hao, Kai-lan" Special "Ladybug Festival"

On February 2, 2009, Nickelodeon will be airing a special episode of Ni Hao, Kai-lan to commemorate Chinese New Year. Titled “The Ladybug Festival,” the episode will follow Kai-lan and her friends as they learn the value of listening to your friends as they make their way to the ladybug festival. The special will air […]

"xxxHOLIC" Vols. 4, 5 and 6: It's Scary How Lame This Series Turned Out to Be

I long ago stopped hoping that xxxHOLIC would turn into an honest-to-goodness supernatural-themed spook show. That, as it happens, is a benefit to being a congenital pessimist: one is so rarely surprised when everything just goes to crap. It would have pleased me no end if the final three volumes of the series had upended […]

"Celebrate with Kai-lan:" Dora in Chinese, Minus Some of the Formula

Dora the Explorer is a genuine phenomenon among the kid-vid set, and its runaway success virtually guaranteed imitators and spin-offs. The first of Nickelodeon’s spin-offs, Go Diego Go!, kept Dora’s bilingual English-Spanish vocabulary, but moved the setting from a fairy-tale world to real-world jungles, deserts, and other wild environments. The second spin-off, Ni Hao, Kai-lan, […]

Nick Greenlights 26 More Episodes of "The Penguins of Madagascar"

Nickelodeon has greenlit another 26 episodes of The Penguins of Madagascar, the CGI animated comedy series based on Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private — the four penguins from the Central Park Zoo from the DreamWorks Animation Studios movie Madagascar. The series will be executive produced by Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley (Kim Possible, Hercules, Sky […]

Nickelodeon Announces Plans for SpongeBob SquarePants' 10th Anniversary

Nickelodeon has announced their plans for a year-long celebration of SpongeBob SquarePants’ 10th anniversary. Special events throughout the year will include: A live cast performance at the Sundance Film Festival on January 18, 2009 A newly relaunched SpongeBob website, now available in beta testing A new SpongeBob documentary New episodes starting with a week of […]

PR: Nickelodeon Greenlights 26 More Episodes of "The Penguins of Madagascar"

Nickelodeon Greenlights 26 Additional Episodes of New CG Animated Comedy Series The Penguins of Madagascar Based on Penguin Brothers from DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar Franchise New Comedy to Premiere on Nickelodeon, Saturday, March 28 Following Nickelodeon’s 22nd Annual Kids’ Choice Awards (click to enlarge) Universal City, Calif. – Jan. 9, 2009 -Nickelodeon has greenlit 26 additional […]

"Tokyo Majin" Part 1 Boxed Set: Teenage Magic Monster Killers

The idea of high school teenagers becoming superheroes to save the world isn’t exactly new. Spider-Man, the X-Men, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer have mined this territory for years, and even characters like the Scooby Doo gang and Kim Possible have used it for laughs along with the action. The parallels between struggling through that […]

Disney XD to Launch on February 13, 2009

The new Disney XD cable network will launch officially at 12:00 AM on Friday, February 13, 2009, replacing Toon Disney (read Toon Zone’s earlier coverage here). Programming will include carryovers from Toon Disney such as Phineas & Ferb, Yin Yang Yo, Batman the Animated Series, Superman the Animated Series, Iron Man, and Spider-Man. New animated […]

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