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Month: August 2010

The Dating Guy is set to splash on Teletoon at Night

The Dating Guy is set to splash on Teletoon at Night

There are not that many cartoons on TV that we would categorize as strictly “adult” cartoons. Outside of the world of movies or anime, I mean toons with a regular schedule. Family Guy, the Simpsons, and South Park certainly have their moments. Comedy Central’s Drawn Together is likely the the best candidate for the role of “kids shouldn’t be watching this” type of cartoon. Well, Marblemedia’s Dating Guy kicks things up a notch, bringing Teletoon’s late night segment, Teletoon at Night (think Adult Swim on Cartoon Network) to a whole new level. The toon follows four 20 year olds; Mark, Woody, Sam, and VJ, as they explore the challenging world of dating and romance as it mixes into jobs, rent, and other daily struggles. Oh, and maybe there’s a jewel thief. And a werewolf. It happens!

Nickelodeon teases Tuff Puppy, from the makers of The Fairly OddParents

Nickelodeon teases Tuff Puppy, from the makers of The Fairly OddParents

Dudley, a crime-fighting super hero, has everything going for him; strength, speed, agility, and a weakness for… BONES!!! Yeah, he’s not human, he’s a dog. A puppy, in fact. More specifically, a TUFF Puppy. Nickelodeon’s new T.U.F.F. Puppy series brings Dudley and his partner, Kitty Katswell, up against the world’s super villains, like Verminious Snaptrap and D.O.O.M. the Diabolical Order Of Mayhem. The toon, which is slated to launch on Nick in the next few weeks, was created by Butch Hartman, the guy behind The Fairly OddParents and Danny Phantom. Take a look at the teaser trailer and let us know if you’ll be watching this fall!

Disney Channel and Aardman Animation unveil Timmy Time

Disney Channel and Aardman Animation unveil Timmy Time

On September 7th, Disney and Aardman Animation will air a special sneak peek at the upcoming animated series, Timmy Time. Disney Channel’s debut of the stop-motion production comes just a few days prior to the official launch of the toon, Monday, September 13th. Based on characters from another of Aardman’s series, Shaun of the Sheep, each episode will follow a day in the life of Timmy and his friends in Nursery, learning about life, friendship and trial and error. Then, a few months afterward, Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment will team up with the groups to release the series on DVD. The first set of discs is set to hit stores in the spring of 2011.

Pixar’s Toy Story 3 earns Disney another spot in the $1 billion club

Pixar's Toy Story 3 earns Disney another spot in the $1 billion club

Not only are the toys back in town, the toys are in the money! Just last week, Pixar’s Toy Story 3 became the highest grossing animated film of all time, besting DreamWorks Animations’ Shrek 2. A few weeks before that, the Disney film crossed the $400 million dollar mark. Now, the box office receipts make it official, as Toy Story 3 moves into the incredibly exclusive $1 billion dollar club. Ignoring the concept of inflation, there are only 6 other movies in this famous grouping, which helps set Toy Story 3 aside as one of the greatest films and accomplishments of all time – just edging out Batman’s The Dark Knight. With the third, and reportedly final installment in the trilogy, the Toy Story franchise will forever be known as one of the most successful. Take a look at the rest of the list

Disney releases The Black Cauldron: 25th Anniversary Special Edition

Disney releases The Black Cauldron: 25th Anniversary Special Edition

In 1985, there was no Toy Story. There was no Finding Nemo, no Beauty and the Beast, no Incredibles, no Lion King, no Cars, no Little Mermaid. The heyday of the Disney Studio had passed into a bit of a darker time, perhaps best documented in the early parts of the Waking Sleeping Beauty documentary. However, the time was not without its stories, and Disney was still hard at work on their epics. One such dynamic creation was the Black Cauldron, the 25th theatrical animated presentation based on Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain book series. An evil Horned King, a demonic Black Cauldron, a world in peril, with only a handful of young-yet-noble heroes to save the day: Taran, Princess Eilonwy, Fflewddur Fflam, and Gurgi. Now, 25 years later, Disney is re-releasing the story on DVD as The Black Cauldron: 25th Anniversary Special Edition, set to hit stores on September 14th. Check out the full press release and DVD box art.

Computers and Cartoons join with Dell Inspiron Mini Nickelodeon Edition

Computers and Cartoons join with Dell Inspiron Mini Nickelodeon Edition

It’s a computer. It’s a cartoon powerhouse. It’s both! Nickelodeon and Dell have put together something truly awesome, and it might be the best way yet to get your folks to buy you a laptop! The new Dell Inspiron Mini Nickelodeon Edition (available through Dell and Walmart) is designed specifically for fans of the cartoon giant – even featuring Nick’s trademark slime across the outside. The UI features Nickelodeon branded wallpaper, icons, cursors, sound effects, and more, taking special note of the network’s biggest star, SpongeBob SquarePants. Weighing less than 3 pounds, yet packing a powerful punch in terms of specs, the computer would be a phenomenal way to get all those homework and work projects completed! …and, of course, to head back to ToonBarn.com for regular updates! 🙂

Topsy Turvy turns the gaming world on its side

Topsy Turvy turns the gaming world on its side

The premise is straight forward. You walk around, using the LEFT and RIGHT arrow keys to move. You jump with the UP key, and interact with objects using SPACE. But… then the game flips all around on you, and I mean literally! In Topsy Turvy, you control the environment as much as you control your character. The idea takes similar cues from mind-bending games like the Nintendo Wii’s Super Mario Galaxy. You walk into the walls to rotate the stage, collecting coins along the way, while you avoid pitfalls. Using your brain (and a bit of guess work!) you can solve the riddles ahead of you, raise the flag, and advance to the next stage. Presuming you don’t get so dizzy!

The Hive hits Playhouse Disney in 2011

The Hive hits Playhouse Disney in 2011

Down in Honeybee Hive, Pappa Bee, Mamma Bee, Buzzbee, and Rubee live a regular normal life. Well, for bees. Not unlike DreamWorks Animations’ A Bee Movie, the world of The Hive is a fast and furious look at human-like insects, ready to take to the sky in black and yellow patterns. And thanks to the family and their friends Miss Ladybird, Katypillar, Willy the Wasp, and Queen Bee, the newest CG animated Disney toon is always bustling with adventure. The hope is to share that fun with countries around the globe as Disney rolls out the series to it’s Playhouse Disney lineup. A joint venture between The Hive Enterprises, Bejuba, Lupus Films, Monumental Productions, and DQ Entertainment International, the new toon will debut in early 2011. BEE on the lookout for it!

Action Dad is Showcase for Kids’ counter to traditional family fun

Action Dad is Showcase for Kids' counter to traditional family fun

Liz Ramsey and her brother Mick have a seemingly normal life. Well, normal, except that their dad is a super secret action hero. Oh, and also, their mom is a super secret villain! Yes, the beloved married couple of Chuck Ramsey and Angela Ramsey includes a bit of chaos, with the two each working for competing agencies – S.H.H.H.H. (Super Hush Hush High-octane Heroics & Haberdashery) and ARGH. However, despite their opposing view points, they both agree on how important their kids are. Sure, Action Dad features the two shooting at each other with laser blasters and rocket launchers, but, in the end, it’s all for the children! There’s no stopping this family. The toon, from Showcase for Kids, is written by Star Wars: The Clone Wars writer Henry Gilroy, and is produced by Hawaii Film Partners and ToonZone Studios – the folks behind Ape Escape.

Check out the new game Build the Bridge, live Pixar’s Toy Story 3

Check out the new game Build the Bridge

Use your mouse. Use your brain. Use your …bridge! Remember the opening moments of Toy Story 3, when Buzz, Jessie, and Woody did their best to escape the clutches of Mr. Potato Head and his millions of monkeys? Well, much of that scene depended upon the gang saving the train, barreling it’s way towards a bridge-less gap. Imagine how much easier that would have been if you could drag and drop objects, like in this game, to create a clear path for the train to travel across safely. Live the Pixar adventure, and re-write the opening train scene to Disney’s latest epic in this game

KidsCo and Inspidea introduce the world to Boo & Me

KidsCo and Inspidea introduce the world to Boo & Me

One continual enemy in the world of cartoons is Poachers. Whether its hunters in Tarzan, or the trackers from Princess and the Frog, cartoon audiences dislike any form of capturing animals. Thus, we can easily and instantly sympathize with Boo, a new orangutan character created by KidsCo and Inspidea in the upcoming animated series Boo & Me. We learned of the early stages of this series about a year and a half ago, and we’re just now getting ready to see the first showings. The lovable ape was rescued from hunters by Aiman and Yasmin, who themselves are always out to help nature and preserve the environment. Together, the group lives in a Malaysian nature reserve, learning something new every day to better the world. In support of the series, Malaysian Airlines is airing Boo & Me on select routes.

Teletoon at Night adds The Dating Guy, Archer, and Robot Chicken

Teletoon at Night adds The Dating Guy, Archer, and Robot Chicken

Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim has, for years now, brought adults (and either older, or lucky, kids) some of the better evening-time animation. Similarly, Teletoon has it’s own after dark programing they call Teletoon at Night, running from 9pm through the morning. This year, that lineup is getting a nice boost of new toon love. A number of new series will make their debut on the block, siding with some of the genres legends. Three of the recently slotted titles include; The Dating Guy, Archer, and Robot Chicken. The Dating Guy features just that, a guy struggling in the dating world, while Archer is a James Bond-like adventure series of a suave master spy. Robot Chicken is it’s own world, using a mixture of animation styles (from stop motion claymation to CG) to tell wacky stories and adventures. And all to the delight of Teletoon at Night fans, everywhere.

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