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Animation News from the 2009 Cartoon Network Upfront (UPDATED 12:57 PM with images)

The Cartoon Network 2009 Upfront is finished! Check below for news about all the new and returning shows, with images (click any image to enlarge), or click here to read the Cartoon Network press release for this year’s upfront. UPDATE 11:45 AM Returning series include Star Wars: Clone Wars, Chowder, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, […]

VIZ Media Announces May/June '09 Releases: Bleach, Pokémon, Naruto

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VIZ Media has announced their upcoming DVD release schedule for May and June 2009, which will include new volumes of Bleach, the first volume of Death Note Re-Light, and new boxed sets for Naruto and Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. The full press release follows. VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES DIVERSE COLLECTION OF NEW DVD RELEASES FOR MAY […]

"Variety" on Nickelodeon Rebranding; Animation Insider on the Upfront (UPDATED)

Variety has taken a look at the long-expected rebranding of the Nickelodeon networks, where Noggin will be renamed Nick Jr. and the N will become TeeNick. The announcement was made officially at last Thursday’s Nickelodeon upfront, which also hosted a preview of Michael Eisner’s new stop-motion animated series Glenn Martin, DDS. UPDATED March 17, 2009: […]

Tom Kenny To Host 2009 ELAN Awards

Tom Kenny (voice of SpongeBob SquarePants) will be hosting the 3rd Annual ELAN Awards, an international event “honoring the talent behind video games, animation, and visual effects.” Kenny, who has already been declared an ELAN winner for “Best Voice Over in an Animated Production,” says of hosting the event, “Since my kids are far too […]

Lucy's Voice Actress Contempt Conviction Case is Voided

The Associated Press reports that a judge has threw out a contempt-of-court conviction and orders a new trial on Pamelyn Ferdin, the actress who played Laura Gentry on the live-action Filmation series Space Academy, as well as the voice of Lucy Van Pelt in 3 Charlie Brown/Peanuts specials. Ferdin was facing five days in jail […]

"South Park" Season 12: More Messages, Fewer Laughs

As South Park rumbles into its thirteenth season, Season 12 has been released on DVD: 14 episodes on three discs. South Park shows few signs of stopping any time soon and, admirably, steadfastly even, it refuses to succumb to the lures of lazy formula. If Seasons 10 and 11 showed Matt Stone and Trey Parker […]

Travis Knight Named President and CEO of LAIKA, Inc.

Travis Knight has been named the new President and CEO of LAIKA, Inc., the animation studio whose first feature film was Coraline. Knight will be succeeding Dale Wahl, who was President since 2005 and is stepping down at his own request. In addition, Coraline producer Claire Jennings was named to the new position of President […]

"The Mighty B! We Got the Bee" is More Admired than Loved

The Mighty B! is a show that I find I admire more than I truly love. There is prodigious talent behind it and its wonderfully energetic, boisterous comedy. It’s clearly trying very, very hard to be entertaining and largely succeeds. However, despite doing all of its component parts well, The Mighty B! generates more smiles […]

How "Coraline" Will Save the Economy of Oregon

An article in the Oregonian takes a look at “the Coraline Economy” in Oregon, named for the Laika Animation Studios movie and based on the idea that “The creatives — hanging at the local coffee shops and clubs and brewpubs, huddling in the corners and madly pounding their laptops — will lead us back to […]

"SpongeBob Vs The Big One": Lazy Day Beach Antics

Like most adults who enjoy animation, I appreciate it as a versatile medium limited only by the ideas of the people who work in it, and believe that it’s perfectly possible to make a story with dark and mature themes. But that doesn’t mean I’ve lost sight of the simpler fun you can have with […]

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