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PR: Nicktoons Network Introduces "Ricky Sprocket - Showbiz Boy" Jan. 21

NEW YORK, January 2, 2008 – Nicktoons Network is set to premiere the U.S. debut of Ricky Sprocket – Showbiz Boy, a new animated series about the world’s biggest child star, on Monday, January 21 at 7:00 p.m. (ET). Despite his extraordinary fame and fortune, Ricky still has to deal with ordinary problems just like […]

Mental Floss Weblog on "A Charlie Brown Christmas" History

The mental_floss weblog has posted a summary of historical factoids about A Charlie Brown Christmas, the perennial animated holiday special starring the characters of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip. The post notes the origins of the special in a documentary about Charles Schulz, the reason why Snoopy gets all the action scenes, and the initial […]

PR: Cartoon Network and Hasbro Roll Out New Series TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED

There’s MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE when Cartoon Network premieres a 90-minute feature presentation of Transformers Animated Special: “Transform and Roll Out”on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2007 at 8 p.m. (ET, PT). The adventure begins when OPTIMUS PRIME and his small crew of AUTOBOTS come into possession of the ALLSPARK, a powerful Cybertronian artifact that attracts […]

IESB.net Gets Sneak Peek at "Gatchaman"

The IESB.net website has posted a sneak peek at Gatchaman, the CGI-animated feature film coming in 2009. The article includes comments about the setting, tone, and storyline of the film from co-directors Kevin Munroe (TMNT) and Tom Tanaka. Three new still images from the movie accompany the article. The movie is based on the anime […]

"Avatar" Book 3 Vol. 2 DVD to Contain Half of "Day of Black Sun"

TVShowsOnDVD.com notes that the second DVD release of Avatar‘s third season will only contain the first half of the “Day of Black Sun” episode. There is currently no news on when the third volume will be released. (via AvatarSpirit.net, which also includes a report from the New York Anime Festival of the Avatar panel)

World Roundup: Pokemon USA Chief Quits; Helen Hill Award Winner Named

* Kenji Okubo will replace Akira Chiba as president of Pokemon USA on January 1. [World Screen] * Heather Harkins has received the 2007 Helen Hill Animated Award for her film “She’s a Lady Animator.” [AWN] * S Club 7 singer Rachel Stevens will lend her voice to Glendogie Bogey, a new claymation-animated series from […]

NYAF 2007: VIZ Media Panel Report

At the New York Anime Festival, VIZ Media was represented on a panel by Wendy Shimamura, associate product manager for home entertainment at VIZ; Nicole Boyer, senior sales associate with Simon and Schuster for VIZ manga; and Manny Rodriguez, who handled DVD distribution for the East Coast. Shimamura began the panel by commenting on the […]

Color Coding: How "Avatar the Last Airbender" Uses Color (Part 2)

The first half of this article examined the basic color schemes of each of the four nations of Avatar the Last Airbender. In this half, we take a look at the exceptions to the rule, some of which may send subtle clues about character traits or true motivations. As with the first half, this article […]

Hertz Adds Nick-Themed Media Players to Rental Lineup

Parents will be able to get media players pre-loaded with Nickelodeon shows when they rent cars from Hertz under a deal announced today by the two companies. Nick on the Go will be a fully portable, pre-loaded, touch-screen media player that comes with forty hours of programming from Nickelodeon and Nick Jr., including SpongeBob SquarePants, […]

"Samurai Horror Tales: Goblin Cat" is Spooky, Stylish, and Psychedelic

I’m a sucker for animation that mimics the style of an artist in another medium. The most common examples are cartoons based on comics, with the best known being the Peanuts animated adaptations, which vividly brought Charles Schulz’s children to the screen completely intact visually. Other, less well-known examples include the SciFi Channel’s adaptation of […]

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