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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 […]

To Bee or Not to Bee? Uh, Not to Bee

Are there any actual, live human beings in Hollywood? Or is everyone in Tinsel Town like Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?—just a CG-animated thing pretending to be human? On TV and in the magazines, all of them—the actors, the writers, the agents, the executives; the personal assistants, the gofers, the pool cleaners, the […]

"The Spectacular Spider-Man" Is Pretty Much That

Spider-Man is Marvel Comics’ icon. In the past decade alone, he’s starred in three live action movies, over a dozen video games, and countless comic books. Those ten years have also put him in three animated series; if you go back to the beginning, The Spectacular Spider-Man is the sixth (or even seventh, depending on […]

Nick Theme Park Opening March 15 at Mall of America

Nickelodeon Universe, a seven-acre theme park devoted to Nick-themed rides and attractions, will hold its grand opening at the Mall of America on Saturday, March 15, at 9:00am, it was announced earlier this week. The opening will feature special appearances by such TEENick talent as Miranda Cosgrove, Nat Wolff and Alex Wolff, Lil’ J.J. and […]

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