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"Sleeping Beauty" Platinum Edition is One Dream of a DVD

In our modern and cynical times, is there any room for a product of a simpler era like Disney’s Sleeping Beauty? Its detractors will say that its lead, Princess Aurora, is the ultimate passive female heroine who has absolutely no influence on her own fate, and that both she and her destined-to-be beau, Prince Phillip, […]

"Wonder Pets! Save the Nutcracker!": Saving A Nutcracker Is Sewious

Save The Nutcracker! is the latest in a series of DVD releases from Nickelodeon chronicling the adventures of the Wonder Pets. The Wonder Pets, which airs on Nick Jr., is about a trio of classroom pets who have adventures after the school children have all gone home. When they get a call from an animal […]

High Fives for "Yo Gabba Gabba! The Dancey Dance Bunch!"

For an adult, watching any new children’s title can trigger an involuntary twinge of fear. In the best cases the show is enjoyable for viewers of all ages, even if the older viewers are enjoying the show for entirely different reasons than the younger ones. Most people who can count past 10 and tie their […]

New "Pink Panther" Series Coming to Cartoon Network in 2009

Cartoon Network and MGM Worldwide Television will be producing a new Pink Panther 26-episode half-hour television series scheduled to premiere in Fall 2009. The series will feature “a rambunctious teenager who, along with his friends, gets into all sorts of mischievous capers and hilarious escapades,” as well as revamped versions of Ant and Aardvark and […]

Walt Disney Presents Pre-Production Artwork of Maleficent for "Sleeping Beauty"

In conjunction with the release of Sleeping Beauty in a 2-disc Platinum Edition DVD and Blu-ray disc, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has made the following artwork available of pre-production artwork for Maleficent, the evil fairy queen who remains one of Disney’s most memorable screen villains: There are also several images of video reference of […]

"Dora Saves the Snow Princess" & "Celebrates 3 Kings Day," but Diego Has All the Fun

By now, the runaway success of Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer makes it all but critic-proof. I very much doubt that anything I write will be able to sway a pre-schooler who wants Mommy or Daddy to buy the new DVDs Dora Saves the Snow Princess or Dora Celebrates Three Kings Day!, or the newest DVD […]

"Chowder" Gets Nine More Episodes

Chowder creator C.H. Greenblatt reports on his weblog that Cartoon Network has ordered nine more episodes of the show. New episodes will resume in November, starting with the election-themed “Panini for President.”

Walt Disney Presents "Sleeping Beauty" DVD Restoration Sample Images

In advance of the Sleeping Beauty 2-disc Platinum Edition DVD and Blu-ray disc release, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released eight sample images from the newly remastered DVD, which we’ve paired off with the comparable frame from the 2003 2-disc Special Edition DVD release for comparison purposes. Click on each thumbnail image to see […]

The Passions of Henry Selick: A "Coraline" Interview

The last stop in my tour of Laika Animation was to have a sitdown with Henry Selick himself, the great stop-motion animator and the writer/director of this project. Henry’s a guarded guy, but he was willing to be open with us and answer our questions with great insight and humor. In this roundtable interview, Henry […]

On Set with "Coraline": A Tour Through Laika Animation

The building that housed upwards of 57 active sets in tandem for a stop-motion animated film (a new record, by the way) is an inconspicuous-looking building several miles outside of Portland, Oregon. There’s nothing so ostentatious as the kind of studios you’d find in Hollywood, be it a Warner Bros water tower or a massive […]

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