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"Tinker Bell:" The Girls Will Love It, The Boys May Not Admit It

Some toy commercials are disguised as entertainment, and some entertainment is disguised as a toy commercial. The link between entertainment and merchandise has existed ever since Edgar Rice Burroughs figured out the cross-marketing potential of Tarzan, turning him into the first mass-merchandised fictional character, but that success pales in comparison to the virtual art form […]

"Coraline" News Roundup: Laika's Gamble, Preview Look, Gaiman Comments

Several different media outlets have recently published articles about Coraline, the stop-motion feature film from Laika Entertainment directed by Henry Selick and based on the novella by Neil Gaiman. The Times-Picayune weblog has posted an article dealing with the big gamble that Laika is taking with Coraline, noting that the hard market sell of a […]

Toon Zone Interviews Don Hahn on "The Alchemy of Animation"

Most animation fans know that Disney experienced a resurrection in its animated feature films starting in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, with The Little Mermaid in the vanguard, followed closely by the Oscar-nominated Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King. What two of those four movies have in common is veteran producer […]

PR: Nicktoons Network and Big Tent Entertainment Announce US TV Debut of Domo-kun

NICKTOONS NETWORK AND BIG TENT ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCE U.S. TELEVISION DEBUT OF SHORTFORM SERIES STARRING JAPANESE VIRAL SENSATION Domo 26×2 Minute Animated Shorts Feature Domo and Friends New York, NY, October 23, 2008 – Nicktoons Network, the fastest-growing kids’ network, and branded entertainment company Big Tent Entertainment announce the U.S. broadcast debut of the first official […]

Newsarama Interviews Dwayne McDuffie on "Ben 10: Alien Force"

Newsarama has interviewed Dwayne McDuffie, executive producer of Ben 10: Alien Force, about the new season of the show. Topics discussed include how McDuffie ended up on the show, some of the over-arching plot elements of the season, the fate of Max Tennyson and why, how to annoy a Cartoon Network PR person, the inspiration […]

"Jyu-Oh-Sei" is Pret-Ty Good

You can compare FUNimation’s newly released boxed set Jyu-Oh-Sei to Fox’s 24, in that both are blood-soaked, highly addictive television series, even if characterization is thin and they grow more preposterous they go on. Jyu-Oh-Sei also turns out to have more recycled content than it would seem at first, although by the time this becomes […]

PR: Pinocchio 70th Anniversary Platinum Edition 2-Disc DVD and Blu-ray on Mar 10, '09

Walt Disney’s Pinocchio: 70th Anniversary Platinum Edition Available For The First Time on 2-Disc Blu-ray™ Hi-Def With Special Access to Disney BD-Live Network And An All-New 2-Disc DVD, March 10, 2009 Burbank, California, October 17, 2008—The film that taught the world to “Wish Upon a Star” shines brighter than ever when Walt Disney’s original classic, […]

"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 […]

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