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"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 […]

"SpongeBob SquarePants" Spongicus Special Coming to DVD

A new 90-minute SpongeBob SquarePants episode, titled “Spongicus” (a parody of “Sparticus”) is coming to DVD on 1/27/09. No price or special material has yet been announced. [Source: TVShowsOnDVD.com ]

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 […]

"The Secret Saturdays": An Uncertain Finding

The Secret Saturdays, Cartoon Network’s newest action series, is about the adventures of the Saturdays —yes, the show is named after its protagonists—who are a family of cryptozoologists: the people who study legendary animals called cryptids. Like Indiana Jones, the family are also adventurers who often find themselves in sticky situations. When V. V. Argost […]

PR: Nickelodeon Lands 54 Straight Quarters as Top Total Day Network for Kids

Nickelodeon IS Top Basic Cable Network in 3q, Scores 54 Straight Quarters at Number One Nickelodeon’s Kids and Family Portfolio Posts Solid Gains for the Quarter NEW YORK-Oct. 1, 2008-Nickelodeon’s 3Q 2008 performance marks its 54th consecutive quarter as basic cable’s top total day network for kids and total viewers –the longest run of its […]

NYAF2008: Digging into Anime's American Success with "Japanamerica"

The “Japanamerica” panel was one of the last of the 2008 New York Anime Festival on Sunday afternoon. The description said that author Roland Kelts would “share the raw experiences that were the basis for his book, Japanamerica,” but the end result stretched well beyond that. When time was up, the small but rapt audience […]

"Avatar the Last Airbender" The Complete Book 3's Flawed Triumph

Let’s get the easy stuff out of the way first. If you already own the first two boxed sets of Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender, you don’t really need me to tell you that the Avatar the Last Airbender Complete Book 3 Collection is an obligatory purchase. If nothing else, you need to know how […]

NYAF2008: Top Talent Talk "Voice Actors and the City"

Saturday afternoon was voice actor time at the 2008 New York Anime Festival, with the Voice Acting and the City panel, bringing together New York City’s finest voice acting talent to talk about their work. The first panelists to arrive were Mandy Bonhomme (Komaki in Kujibiki Unbalance, Juri in Revolutionary Girl Utena, and Mimi and […]

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