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"Robin Hood: Most Wanted Edition" Misses the Mark as a Film

Robin Hood is one of the world’s truly enduring fictional characters. The outlaw who robs from the rich to give to the poor has always had obvious popular appeal, and Robin’s roguish charm and wily intelligence place him alongside classic trickster figures of myth and folklore. The thief and his merry men have been film […]

"A Charlie Brown Christmas:" The Finest Christmas Cartoon of All Time

According to producer Lee Mendelson, the two top executives at CBS reacted negatively when they watched A Charlie Brown Christmas for the first time in 1965. “It seems a little flat…a little slow,” said one of them. The other said they would still air it since it was finished and paid for, but wouldn’t order […]

Australian "Deltora Quest" Becomes Japanese Anime

A Japanese TV anime adaptation of the popular “Deltora Quest” series of Australian young adult fantasy novels has been announced. Broadcast begins on January 6, 2007, and the series will air Saturday mornings from 8:00AM to 8:30AM on TV Aichi and TV Tokyo networks. Written by Emily Rodda, the first “Deltora Quest” novel was released […]

"Pokémon" Returns to the Indigo League

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With Advanced Generation coming to a close (faster than anticipated, too, thanks to Cartoon Network) and Diamond & Pearl coming over the horizon, we should take a moment to remember what made Pokémon the giant it is today: the Indigo League. Young Ash Ketchum’s tenth birthday was a life-changing experience: he would become a Pokémon […]

Celebrity Casting for "TMNT"

The newest movie in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise (titled simply TMNT) has picked up some star voice casting. A report on the Patrick Stewart Network website states that Stewart will provide the voice for the insane tech-industrialist Max Winters. Meanwhile, an article in USA Today states that Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy the Vampire […]

"Avatar" Season 2 Disc 2 Coming April 10, 2007

TVShowsOnDVD is reporting that the second DVD of the second season of Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender will be shipping on April 10, 2007. The article also includes a photo of the disc case artwork. The disc will include episodes 6-10 from season 2 and special features to be announced. (via TZ member Ayaka)

Pop Matters on "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

The Pop Matters website has posted an article about the making of A Charlie Brown Christmas, the perennial holiday classic about Charles Schulz’s Peanuts gang discovering the true meaning of Christmas. Interviewed for the article are Bill Melendez, director, animator, and voice of Snoopy; and Jeannie Schulz, widow of Charles Schulz. (via Mark Evanier’s weblog)

"TMNT" Trailer Available in Windows Media and on DVD

Comic Book Resources’ Comics Reel states that a high-resolution trailer for the new CGI-animated TMNT movie is available in Windows Media format at the Warner Brothers website. A slightly different trailer is also available on the ThunderCats Season 2 DVD boxed set. TMNT promises to restart the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. The movie is […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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