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Poehler Creates New Nicktoon (UPDATED: Plus Other Nick Premieres and Renewals)

by Dan Collinson December 13, 2006
The Associated Press reports that Saturday Night Live star Amy Poehler is creating and starring in a new toon for Nickelodeon. The toon Mighty B will feature Poehler as the voice of Bessie Higgenbottom. Production will begin in 2008. (UPDATED: Other news reports go into the other Nickelodeon premiere and renewal announcements, including a 6th […]

Mike Richardson on Disney’s "Gremlins" History

by Ed Liuon December 13, 2006
The latest “Animated Shorts” column at Newsarama speaks to Dark Horse Comics publisher Mike Richardson about Disney’s Gremlins, a property created by Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and recently unearthed and published by Dark Horse. Richardson discusses how he discovered Gremlins, the challenges he faced in licensing the rights from Disney for the […]

Larry the Cable Guy Gets His Own Cartoon Show

by Dan Collinson December 13, 2006
The Hollywood Reporter (via Reuters) reports that Larry the Cable Guy will work on an animated pilot for Comedy Central. The “Blue Collar” comedian will star as a misguided but well-intentioned co-owner of a cable TV station whose other owner is a woman of class and taste who does not share his vision for programming […]

"Premiere" Magazine Names "Fantasia" in Its 20 Overrated Films

by Ed Liuon December 12, 2006
Premiere Magazine has published its list of the 20 Most Overrated Movies of All Time. Disney’s Fantasia is the fourth entry on the list, described as “a mishmash of pedantic narration and erratic tone.” Premiere also suggests that those who love the film should “(skip) your daily dose of acid before breakfast.” (via Amid Amidi […]

Nickelodeon: “Animation Really Is the Heart and Soul of Our Business"

by Ed Liuon December 12, 2006
The New York Times examines the continuing success of Nickelodeon (registration required), and makes note of the networks’ continued and unflagging committment to new and on-going animated programming, with Nickelodeon president Cyma Zarghami stating that “Animation really is the heart and soul of our business.” The article looks at the success of old favorites like […]

"Matinee at the Bijou" to Bring High-Definition Cartoon Shorts to PBS

by Ed Liuon December 12, 2006
PBS will be reviving “Matinee at the Bijou,” a series that aims to “faithfully replicate the pre-1960 movie matinee experience,” with a new 12-episode season in 2007. Animated short films will be included as a regular part of each installment, all of which will be remastered in high-definition, with Betty Boop, Tom & Jerry, and […]

"Avatar" Season 2 DVDs to Include Exclusive Comic; S2 Box Confirmed

by Ed Liuon December 11, 2006
TVShowsOnDVD is reporting that Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender season 2 DVDs will be packaged with exclusive comic books and that a boxed set of all 4 DVDs will be coming towards the end of 2007. There was no word on whether the boxed set would include an exclusive bonus disc, as the season 1 […]

NBA’s Shawn Marion == Toon Fan

by Ed Liuon December 11, 2006
The New York Times has outed the NBA’s Shawn Marion of the Phoenix Suns as an animation fan (registration required). The article states that he has a cartoons-on-DVD collection he “hopes to turn into a library someday,” and that his favorite cartoon is ThunderCats. (via Cartoon Brew)

NY Times on Annual Heat Miser/Cold Miser Smackdown

by Ed Liuon December 11, 2006
The New York Times comments on the annual battle between the Heat Miser and the Cold Miser, the villains who steal the show from the Rankin-Bass stop-motion animated TV special The Year Without a Santa Claus (registration required). Proper respect is paid to the duo’s theme song, written by Maury Laws and Jules Bass, which […]

Help Peter S. Beagle by Buying "The Last Unicorn" DVD through Conlan Press

by Ed Liuon December 11, 2006
Independent publisher Conlan Press has issued a press release announcing a special deal with Lionsgate Entertainment to sell The Last Unicorn 25th Anniversary DVD, ensuring that more than half their purchase price will go towards benefiting Peter S. Beagle, the author of the original novel and the screenplay of the movie. Conlan Press will sell […]