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"Elemental Gelade" Lacks Cutting Edge

Not a lot of original anime series get distributed in the West; mostly we get manga adaptations. So how should a critic like me approach such adaptations? Should I be ploughing through volume after volume of manga material to give a fair appraisal of the anime adaptations? This question was very much in my thoughts […]

TELETOON Releases July 2009 Programming Highlights

Canada’s TELETOON has released its programming highlights for TELETOON, TELETOON Retro, and TELETOON Detour in July 2009. TELETOON will be launching its “Laugh Riot” on weekdays starting at 7:00 AM (Eastern/Pacific), which will include shows like Wayside, Totally Spies!, and Chop Socky Chooks. The channel will also be showing new episodes of Batman: The Brave […]

Nick Announces "Planet Sheen," "TUFF Puppy," 3 Pilots; Promotes Rawlings

Nickelodeon has ordered seasons for two new animated series: Planet Sheen, a spin-off from Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius from Steve Oedekerk; and T.U.F.F. Puppy, the newest series from Butch Hartman. Planet Sheen has received an order for 26 half-hour episodes, while T.U.F.F. Puppy has an order for 13. Planet Sheen will follow the misadventures of […]

Andrea Romano Discusses Voice Casting "Green Lantern: First Flight"

Casting and voice director Andrea Romano is the latest subject of a press-release interview from Warner Home Video to promote Green Lantern: First Flight, the upcoming direct-to-video animated movie scheduled for release on July 28, 2009. In the interview, Romano discusses what it was like to have two voice acting neophytes (Christopher Meloni and Victor […]

Scholastic Media Renews "WordGirl" for 26 More Episodes

Scholastic Media has annnounced that production has begun on new episodes of WordGirl, the hit educational animated series on PBS Kids Go! The 26 episode order will continue to depict the adventures of the fifth-grade superhero WordGirl, who defeats her opponents through a combination of her super strength and awesome vocabulary. Returning cast members include […]

Nick Franchises Strong in Recession; Hints at Blu-ray and "Avatar" Complete Set

Home Media Magazine has taken a look at how Nickelodeon’s strong franchises, such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer, have helped it weather the current economic downturn, with DVDs like SpongeBob vs. the Big One and Dora and the Three Little Pigs performing strongly in the market. The article notes new franchises and old […]

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Season 8 Coming in September

The eighth season of the original 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series comes to DVD on 9/1/09 for $14.98. It will include all eight episodes from the short season: * Get Shredder! * Wrath of the Rat King * Cyber-Turtles * State of Shock * Cry H.A.V.O.C.! (1) * H.A.V.O.C. in the Streets (2) * […]

"Saturday Morning Cartoons, The 70s": Won't Someone Think of the Children?!

Are you a fan of Scooby Doo? Are you such fan of Scooby Doo that you’d delight in cheap, cynical, carbon-copy knock-offs of that famous mystery-solving mutt? If your answer to both questions is “Yes,” then boy do I have a DVD set for you! Otherwise, suffice it to say that Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1970s […]

Corus Kids Releases July 2009 Programming Highlights

Canada’s Corus Kids has released July 2009 programming highlights for both the YTV and Treehouse networks. YTV will be participating in the 10th Anniversary of SpongeBob SquarePants by airing the top 100 episodes of the show as voted by viewers, culminating in the premiere of “To SquarePants or Not to SquarePants” on July 31, 2009, […]

Briefly: TMNT Get Park Ride; Mr. Men Get New Networks; Pucca Heads North

* To mark the franchise’s twenty-fifth anniversary, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will get a themed ride at a South Korean park scheduled to open in 2011. [World Screen] * Canada’s CBC has picked up a third season of Animal Mechanicals, while Ireland’s TG4 has picked up the first two seasons of the action series. […]

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