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The Legend of Korra - "Beginnings: Part 1 & 2" Episode 19 and 20 Recap

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The first Avatar guides an amnesiac Korra to find a way to stop the Dark Spirits.    Wow. Just wow. “Beginnings” is a masterpiece. I’ve been anticipating this one for a while, but it still blew me away and exceeded all my expectations. Its story, the characters, and the animation are in top form and […]

"CatDog" Season 1 Part 2: Bad Cat, Bad Dog

There are a few episodes, especially on the second disc, where the show begins to stretch beyond the comic misunderstandings and exaggerated mishaps that have been driving sitcoms for decades. Even then, though, the end results are more likely to elicit puzzled looks than genuine laughs. For example, in “Dog’s Strange Condition,” Dog ends up […]

"Hey Arnold": The Urban Jungle Gym

Hey Arnold! is one of those “classic” Nickelodeon series that I never watched when it was on the air. It’s from what I dismissed as the network’s “goody-goody” era: when it seemed to take its mandate as a “kid network” seriously and (after the Ren and Stimpy debacle) shied away from genuinely cartoony material, favoring […]

"SpongeBob SquarePants" Season 7 Yields Few Surprises

"CatDog: Season One Part One": An Odd Creature

I enjoyed watching CatDog. It’s a fun show that does a lot with a premise that sounds like the kind of wacky-animal-sitcom someone making fun of TV cartoons would come up with. At the same time, I’m just not sure who I should recommend it to. It’s competently made, but there’s nothing really special about […]

"SpongeBob's Runaway Roadtrip": A Trip to Less Than Bountiful

Do people still use slide projectors to share photographs of their vacations? It’s a sign of just how boring SpongeBob’s Runaway Roadtrip is that none of the five episodes included on the DVD theme set could distract me from that admittedly pointless question. For the record, the five episodes in question are “A SquarePants Family […]

"Invader Zim" Season One: Aliens Uber Alles

From the Department of Be Thankful for What You Can Get: Nickelodeon has recently begun offering two made-to-order “season sets” of Invader Zim through Amazon and one of its own related websites. If you already own the DVDs put out by Media Blasters/Anime Works several years ago you can safely ignore these new sets. They […]

NPR Celebrates SpongeBob's 10th Anniversary

NPR’s “Morning Edition” did a segment Friday, April 17th on the 10th anniversary of SpongeBob SquarePants. NPR.org includes the complete broadcast audio as well as video of a cast table read and interviews with Tom Kenny (voice of SpongeBob), Carolyn Lawrence (Sandy Cheeks) and Roger Bumpass (Squidward Tentacles). (Via Voice Actors in the News)

Bryan Konietzko Talks "Avatar"

Bryan Konietzko, co-creator of Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender, has given an interview to Animation World Magazine about the show. The article focuses on Konietzko’s path from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he met the other Avatar co-creator Michael DiMartino, all the way to today, with the show in its third season and […]

Michael DiMartino on "Avatar" Season 3

Newsarama’s Animated Shorts has 10 questions and answers with Michael Dante DiMartino, co-creator of Nickelodeon’s Avatar the Last Airbender, about the show’s third season. Among the topics discussed are the live-action movie adaptations to be directed by M. Night Shyamalan, the common themes throughout the three seasons so far, and assorted questions about events in […]

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