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CN Upfront 2008: More "Chowder" Ordered for 2008

Cartoon Network has ordered a second season of Chowder for the new year, the network announced today at its upfront presentation this morning. The network has now ordered a total of 40 episodes of the show, which was its highest-rated original series of 2007. [Source: Cartoon Network]

CN Upfront 2008: "Misadventures of Flapjack" Coming This Summer

Thurop Van Orman, Brian Doyle-Murray, and Roz Ryan will headline The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, a new Cartoon Network series slated to premiere this summer, the network announced at its Upfront presentation today. Van Orman plays Flapjack, whose life is upended when he meets Captain K’nuckles (Doyle-Murray), an old pirate whose tales inspire a sense […]

CN Upfront 2008: "Clone Wars" to Anchor Friday Action Bloc

George Lucas, accompanied by a squad of stormtroopers, was on hand to help introduce Star Wars: Clone Wars to the Cartoon Network fall schedule at the network’s upfront presentation today. The new series will be one of a battery of fantasy/adventure programs the network plans to introduce. The series will anchor a bloc of such […]

CN Upfront 2008: McCracken and Renzetti to Head Cartoonstitute Programming Project

Craig McCracken and Rob Renzetti will spearhead the Cartoonstitute, an artist-led initiative to create new programming for Cartoon Network, the company announced at its 2008 Upfront Presentation today. The project aims to produce 150 pieces of programming of varying length, suitable for distribution across a number of platforms, over the next 20 months. McCracken, who […]

"xxxHOLIC" Vol. 1: Spirits Distilled and Diluted

When starting a new series, checking out a new movie, or even just stopping on a random TV show, I will often give it what I think of as a “three strikes” test: I’ll track the number of times it “hits” or “misses” with a scene, a joke, or a bit of business, until either […]

"Ratatouille," "Avatar" Win Nick Kids' Choice Awards

The slime-filled Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards were handed out on Saturday, March 29, 2008, with top animation awards going to Ratatouille for Favorite Animated Movie and Avatar the Last Airbender for Favorite Cartoon. In addition, Eddie Murphy won the award for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie for his role as Donkey in Shrek the […]

"Space Ghost Coast to Coast" Space Ghost, Are You a Leprechaun?

“Would you feel better if I jabbed you in the eye?” If the above line made you laugh out loud, go out and buy Space Ghost Coast to Coast: The 1998 Episodes right now and just skip this review. If your reaction was instead “Uh, what? That was just stupid,” then maybe Space Ghost isn’t […]

PR: Nicktoons Network and Marvel Entertainment Bring Animated Iron Man, X-Men to TV

NEW YORK, March 18, 2008 – Nicktoons Network, Nickelodeon’s 24-hour animation channel, has joined forces with Marvel Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: MVL), to bring iconic heroes Wolverine and Iron Man from the page and big screen to television in two brand-new animated series, “Iron Man: The Animated Series” (a co-production with French based Method Films) and […]

"Appleseed Ex Machina" is Satsifying Sci-Fi Cheese

It’s no secret by now that computer graphics have changed the way animation is made, from the use of computer effects to enhance hand-drawn animation to the fully CGI-animated movies taking over the multiplexes. CGI has even spawned its own sub-genres, from the fully rendered movies of Pixar and DreamWorks to the Flash animators of […]

"Horton" Undone by Hackery

About two-thirds of the way through Blue Sky Studios’ Horton Hears a Who, JoJo, the young son of the mayor of Whoville, escapes from his bedroom window and heads for the town’s abandoned observatory. To get there he must swing out on a mobile-supported bucket across a gaping chasm and then shoot himself skyward on […]

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