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"Avatar: The Last Airbender" Cover Art Released

TVShowsOnDVD has cover art for Avatar: The Last Airbender – Book 1: Water, Volume 2, scheduled for release on March 28, 2006, and retailing for $16.99 SRP.

4Kids Won't Renew "Pokémon" License

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4Kids Entertainment, Inc. and Pokemon USA, Inc. have agreed not to renew the Pokémon representation agreement set to expire on December 31, 2005. Beginning in 2006, Pokemon USA, Inc.’s in-house licensing group will handle all Pokémon licensing outside of Asia. Under the terms of the expiring Pokemon USA, Inc./4Kids representation agreement, 4Kids will continue to […]

"The Fuccons": Still-Life "Comedy" is Stillborn

My favorite Japanese comedy programs are so similar to Saturday Night Live that sometimes I forget how bizarre the Japanese sense of humor can get. I was quickly reminded by The Fuccons, one of the most outlandish TV series ever seen on either side of the Pacific. Like many people, I find department store mannequins […]

Namco Announces "Snoopy vs. the Red Baron"

Namco Hometek Inc. on Tuesday announced Snoopy vs. the Red Baron, an aerial-based action adventure game starring Peanuts top dog Snoopy and a cast of classic characters. While taking a nap atop his doghouse, Snoopy has a magical dream and becomes a World War I flying ace who must pilot his bi-plane in a heroic […]

National Academy of Sciences Criticizes Toons Marketing Junk Food

A report by the National Academy of Sciences has sharply criticized the marketing practices of the food and beverage industries, especially the use of popular cartoon characters like SpongeBob SquarePants and Shrek to sell junk food to children. The report recommends Congress take action to restrict marketing practices if the food companies do not act […]

LA Times on the Ironies of "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

The Los Angeles Times has published a feature article about A Charlie Brown Christmas, detailing the progression of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts newspaper strip into the beloved animated special (free registration required). Among other facts, the newspaper notes that Schulz was highly reluctant to do the show at all, but then became the only one involved […]

Two "Peanuts" DVDs Street in March

Paramount will release Snoopy Come Home and A Boy Named Charlie Brown to DVD on March 28, 2006. The DVDs will retail for $19.99 each. TVShowsOnDVD has cover art.

4Kids Launches Online Shop

4Kids Entertainment, Inc. has launched a new feature — the 4Kids TV Shop — on its 4Kids TV website (www.4Kids.TV). The new 4Kids TV Shop features over 600 products such as toys, cards, books, video games, DVDs and apparel from 4Kids properties and 4Kids TV programs such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Winx Club, Yu-Gi-Oh!, […]

Kids WB Announces New Schedule

Kids WB has announced a new Saturday schedule which will go into effect on Saturday, December 10: 8:00am – Viewtiful Joe 8:30am – The Batman 9:00am – Xiaolin Showdown 9:30am – Loonatics Unleashed 10:00am – Pokémon Advanced Battle 10:30am – Coconut Fred’s Fruit Salad Island 11:00am – Johnny Test 11:30am – Yu-Gi-Oh! Dawn of the […]

"Kong: King of Atlantis" It's Disney Kong!

Did you know that a ferocious giant ape would be an ideal lead for a children’s cartoon series? Neither did I, but those forward-thinking folks at BKN International seized on this idea in 2001 to create Kong: The Animated Series, which today seems to be largely forgotten. However, when BKN heard that Lord of the […]

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