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The Uncanny Brilliance of "SpongeBob SquarePants"

SpongeBob SquarePants may be the most popular American cartoon character around today. But you probably don’t need me to tell you that. And he’s popular with people who are over seven years old, too. That’s something else you probably don’t need to hear from me. And if you’ve watched the cheerful sponge and his slightly […]

Hillenburg Dismisses "SpongeBob" Controversy

SpongeBob SquarePants-creator Stephen Hillenburg has dismissed rumors about his creation’s sexuality, Reuters reports. Speaking with the wire service shortly before the premiere of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie in Singapore, Hillenburg said the recent controversy about a school video featuring SpongeBob “doesn’t have anything to do with what we’re trying to do.” “We’re just trying to […]

Kids WB Ratings Report for Saturday 1/22

Kids WB’s exclusive U.S. premiere of Pokémon The Movie: Destiny Deoxys gave the network its best delivery in key demographics since 2003. On Saturday, January 22, the network finished as #1 among all Saturday morning competition in Boys 6-11 (5.8/23) and Male Tweens 9-14 (5.4/26), and ranked as the #1 broadcaster in Kids 2-11 (3.1/12), […]

Updated: Dobson Releases "SpongeBob" Statement

Following an article in The New York Times describing CADRE Comments James Dobson made at a black-tie dinner, Dobson’s Focus on the Family has released a online clarifying his position on SpongeBob SquarePants and the distribution of a pro-tolerance video to public schools. The statement in full: From the outset, let’s be clear that this […]

DVD Specs Released for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Season 2

TVShowsOnDVD reports that the second season of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon series will be released onto DVD on April 26. Thirteen episodes from the second season will be included. No extras have been announced. DVD Empire has cover art.

Annie Awards Presenters Announced

SpongeBob SquarePants‘ Tom Kenny and Billy Faggerbakke will be among the presenters at the 32nd Annual Annie Awards, AWN reports. Other notables who will present at the awards include Stan Lee, Shrek-producer John H. Williams, Bill Kroyer, Mary Jo Rupp, Sean Marquette, Stephen Root, Candi Milo, Bob Bergen and Jess Harnell. June Foray will present […]

Studios Make NATPE Plans

World Screen Daily has a set of announcements about the upcoming NATPE trade convention. Among the news it is carrying: IDT Entertainment will bring Boom Boom Goes to the Circus, Stan Lee Presents and a new 70-minute Inspector Gadget special (story); 4Kids Entertainment will be showcasing Mew Mew Power, F-Zero and twenty-six new episodes of […]

Universal Ratings Report for Saturday 1/15

Kids 6-11 Ratings for Saturday, January 15, 2005 Notes: All Times Eastern An (S) denotes special presentation. Broadcast Networks: Kids WB (8 am-12 pm): (2.4/11 Average) 8:00 am – Pokemon (1.3/10) 8:30 am – ¡Mucha Lucha! Gigante (2.3/13) 9:00 am – Teen Titans (2.4/11) 9:30 am – Xiaolin Showdown (2.9/12) 10:00 am – Pokemon Advanced […]

Hands Off SpongeBob!

First they came for the Teletubbies and I did nothing, because I hate mewling horribles who live in Orwellian romper rooms. But then they came for SpongeBob SquarePants. Now it’s time to march. That’s the reaction a lot of people–not all of them cartoon fans–seem to have had when The New York Times on Thursday […]

Conservative Christian Group Targets SpongeBob SquarePants

The New York Times is reporting that several conservative Christian groups are criticizing SpongeBob SquarePants for appearing in a video that they claim promotes homosexuality (free registration required). The video creators have countered that the video does not mention sexual identity at all, although a pledge for tolerating homosexuality does appear on the video’s web […]

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