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PR: Dora the Explorer Takes the Lead as Sales Growth Elevates Property to Megabrand

Dora the Explorer Takes the Lead as Sales Growth Elevates Property to Megabrand Status as Number One Toy License in 2006 Dora Breaks New Ground in 2007 with Expanded Products and Play Patterns Nickelodeon Debuts New Product Lines for Hit Series’ Go, Diego, Go!, The Backyardigans, Avatar: The Last Airbender and SpongeBob SquarePants as CDI/Jakks, […]

Marketing Execs at Disney, Nickelodeon Get New Responsibilities

Frank Tanki and Jennifer Tracy have been named vice presidents of Brand Marketing and Digital Promotions Marketing, respectively, at Nickelodeon, the network announced today. Tanki will direct the management of such Nickelodeon brands as SpongeBob SquarePants and Avatar: The Last Airbender, while Tracy will oversee promotions marketing strategies for Nick.com, NickJr.com, ParentsConnect.com and GoCityKids.com. Separately, […]

"Cinderella III" Makes Real Movie Magic

Even before seeing it, Disney fans are citing many reasons to dislike Cinderella III. It’s another direct-to-video sequel from the Disney studios, joining a crowded field of sequels that range from the pretty good to the nearly unwatchable. It’s also a sequel to one of the studio’s most beloved animated classics, even though the original’s […]

Frank Welker Hints at New "Transformers" Series

On his official website, voice actor Frank Welker stated that he is not going to be voicing any characters in the upcoming live-action Transformers movie. However, he did state that, “They are doing a new series based on our old shows which neither Peter nor I were cast.” He further states that Corey Burton will […]

Aqua Teen Hoaxing Force? How a Cartoon Brought a City to a Halt

Just a mere six years ago it would have been unthinkable for a television cartoon to cause a citywide highway shutdown. Thanks to post-September 11th paranoia, our police are now summoned to settle issues that would previously have seemed asinine. Recently Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block decided to promote cult series Aqua Teen Hunger […]

Corus Sends Tony Hawk, Jimmy/Timmy, Rugrats, Avatar and More to Canada in March

A press release from Corus Kids Television contains programming highlights for March 2007, including the debuts on YTV of Tony Hawk: Boom Boom Sabotage, two Rugrats specials, and the season 2 finale to Avatar the Last Airbender. Strawberry Shortcake will get the spotlight on companion channel Treehouse. Read the full press release here.

Frank Nissen Revisits a Classic with "Cinderella III"

With a career spanning for 30 years, odds are pretty good that you’ve seen a cartoon that Frank Nissen has worked on. After an apprenticeship in commercial and educational programming, Nissen began his directorial career on such cult classic TV specials as Cosmic Christmas and The Devil and Daniel Mouse. His touch can also be […]

Kevin Munroe on Mako in "TMNT"

A brief article on Sci Fi Wire notes the last role of the actor Mako in the upcoming TMNT movie. Mako, who provided the voices of Aku in Samurai Jack and Uncle Iroh in Avatar the Last Airbender, passed away last July, but recorded enough material to be used in the final cut of TMNT, […]

Debra Kennedy, VP of Marketing and Licensing, on FUNimation Channel Year One

The latest Animated Shorts column interviews Debra Kennedy, VP of Marketing and Licensing at FUNimation, about the first year of the FUNimation Channel. Among the topics discussed are the growth of the network over multiple distribution channels, the network’s plans for high-definition broadcasting, and the relationship between FUNimation and the FUNimation Channel. Other topics in […]

First Shot of Disney/Pixar's "WALL•E"

ComingSoon.net has posted the first still image from Disney/Pixar’s WALL•E, their newest animated film directed by Andrew Stanton and scheduled for release in June 2008. The still of the title character was taken from a letter to Disney shareholders from CEO Robert A. Iger. (via Toon Zone member tb4000)

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