"Baccano!" Vols. 1 & 2: One Noisy, Bloody, Confusing, and Entertaining Ruckus

by Ed Liuon April 20, 2009
The new anime series Baccano! feels like the bizarre love child of Miller’s Crossing and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with an added touch of seriously weird humor. Set in 1930’s-era America at the height of the Great Depression and supposedly inspired by the feature film version of The Untouchables, Baccano! is a gangster story with […]

Nickelodeon Creates Scholarship at CalArts School of Film/Video

by Ed Liuon April 18, 2009
Nickelodeon has announced the creation of the Nickelodeon Endowed Scholarship in Animation in Honor of Jules Engel at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) School of Film/Video. The scholarship will be open to students in the Character and Experimental Animation Programs, and is the first corporate-endowed scholarship at the institution. The scholarship is named […]

"Snake’N’Bacon" Pilot Coming to Adult Swim on May 10, 2009

by Ed Liuon April 16, 2009
Indie comic book creator Michael Kupperman is reporting that a pilot for his show Snake’N’Bacon will be broadcast on Adult Swim on May 10, 2009, at 12:45 AM (Eastern). The live-action/animated hybrid pilot will feature Kristin Schaal, Dan Bakkedahl, Bill Hader, Peter Serafinowicz, James Urbaniak, Brian Stack, and David Rakoff. The weblog entry where Kupperman […]

"Yo Gabba Gabba! New Friends" Keeps on Rocking in the Gabba World

by Ed Liuon April 16, 2009
One of the greatest gifts Nickelodeon has given to parents is Yo Gabba Gabba!, a show that many adults seem to enjoy just as much or more than the kids who are supposed to be its target audience. Its wonderful combination of music, dancing, animation, life-size puppets, and hip attitude all combine to produce a […]

Aqua Teen’s MC Chris Interviewed

by Craig Crumptonon April 15, 2009
MC Chris (aka Chris Ward), writer and voice actor on Adult Swim’s Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Sealab 2021 talks with The Boston Herald about his passion for creating and performing rap music: “A major theme in my life is Popeye’s mantra, I am what I am,” Ward said, sitting in his Brooklyn, NY, home […]

"Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage" – Stories Like This Don’t Have Happy Endings

by Ed Liuon April 13, 2009
“I’m sorry, but stories like this don’t have happy endings, Rock.” — Benny If Cowboy Bebop is the anime equivalent of a sly, sexy come-on from the coolest human being you have ever seen, then Black Lagoon is the equivalent of a punch in the face from a brash, abrasive biker. Cowboy Bebop, with its […]

"Black Lagoon: Season 1": Excitement, Explosions, and Expletives

by Jon Ton April 13, 2009
This is not a series for the faint-hearted. You have been warned. Black Lagoon starts out appropriately with a bang, with the three-strong Lagoon Company team of mercenaries having already kidnapped a hapless young Japanese salary man named Rokuro “Rock” Okajima. While actually after an important CD he is carrying, one of the team, Revy, […]

Nickelodeon Announces Earth Day "Green"-Themed Programming Schedule

by Ed Liuon April 10, 2009
Nickelodeon has announced its scheduling for Earth Day, April 22, 2009, which will include environmentally-themed episodes of hit shows like The Wonder Pets, Olivia, Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!, iCarly, and Yo Gabba Gabba! In addition, Nickelodeon will be airing vignettes of real kids taking action to improve the environment, and Nickelodeon, NOGGIN, and The N will […]

"Penguins of Madagascar" Continues Ratings Domination

by Ed Liuon April 9, 2009
Nickelodeon has announced that The Penguins of Madagascar, their new series from DreamWorks Animation, continues to lead in the ratings, being the #1 kids’ show for the past week and #3 show on basic cable for all viewers (behind USA’s WWE Entertainment and NCIS). The show drew an average of 4 million viewers for “Operation: […]

Victoria Beckham to Guest Star on "SpongeBob SquarePants"

by Ed Liuon April 9, 2009
Victoria Beckham (a.k.a. Posh Spice of the Spice Girls) will be providing a guest voice in an upcoming episode of Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants. E! Online reports that she will be providing the voice of Queen Amphitrite, “a Brit-accented goddess of the sea.” The episode is scheduled to air in the summer of 2010.