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Cartoon Network's ThunderCats shows off Bandai line at 2011 Toy Fair
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Thunderian Zombie

Note: The Opinions in this essay do not and I do repeat DO NOT Represent the views of Toon Barn. So, if you have not heard the news, now you know. It is not the announcement that has made the news; it’s the reaction to this news that is causing the firestorm. It’s the cynical dismissal of this argument. It’s the notion that we cannot find a higher standard for something beloved. That notion ...

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Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, and Cartoon Network are dying, and everybody got the wrong reasons why its dying.

A recent article shows the bad, very bad, extremely bad news. The three main networks for Kids Shows and Animation are literally dying. This article from Bloomberg explains why and there are some choice quotes here: This season’s ratings for the 2-to-11 set are shaping up to be the worst yet. And few in the industry predict a turnaround. The implications are enormous for giants like Viacom Inc. ...

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An Allegory of Animation.

I been proud to write for Toon Barn for the last several years. But as of late, I haven’t been proud of writing about animation on this site. And recent events have showcased the issues the industry suffers from. But on this essay, I want to write in allegorical terms about what i see in the industry. This deals with four men and how they affected their area of work. But their lives in the ...

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Toys R Us Is Closing It’s Doors. Its Cartoon Networks, Nickelodeons and Disney’s Fault.

Toys R Us – TRU for many of us older, was a staple of American kid culture. It was the toy store. For a long long time, any toy that was promoted on TV. was on the shelf in the store. It was where many Christmas dreams were made. And who could forget the commercials? But, it seems that Toys R Us could not survive the changing metrics of the world. The Store Announced it could close every ...

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John Lasseter is taking a leave of absence for his inappropriate behavior.

Things are getting really Interesting in Hollywood in recent weeks. We at Toon Barn, have covered some of the news with powerful CEO’s. But today, things are much more quiet, and subdued. For it wasnt the wage suppression scandal that has ended this man’s career. It was his inappropriate behavior. Here are links to the news articles that will give more details: John Lasseter Takes ...

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Sony TV Distribution (the TV/Syndication Arm of Sony) will own a Majority Stake in Funimation.

Well, ain’t this a twist. Sony TV Distribution (Formerly Columbia, Tri-Star, Screen Gems – which Sony Pictures still use in various forms) will now pretty much own lock stock and barrel – Funimation entertainment, the US distributors of the Dragon Ball Franchise and other anime. Now there has been a lot of confusion about the future of Funimation – so lets clear this ...

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June Foray: Voice of Rocky The Squirrel, Natasha Fatale, Witch Hazel and Granny (Sylvester and Tweety Shorts) passes away at 99

In a time where most forget history, the history that made art, animation and cartooning stand up as a form of cultural mark in the nation, June Foray, was one of its greatest defenders. One of the biggest voice actresses of her time, and possibly the biggest female voice actress in the western animation world, she stands as one of the greatest defenders of the medium. While there weren’t ...

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Between Kids Click and Universal Kids, A Small Rebirth of Sorts is Starting.

Comcast and Sinclair are two companies that have many detractors. And some of criticisms are not without merit. But the announcements over the last several weeks, first with the Universal Kids rebrand of Sprout (once owned by CTW, creators of Sesame Street), and Kids Click, the MGM/Weigel/Sinclair project which will bring both weekend and weekday animation back to the network airwaves (via ...

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Universal Kids Network will become a reality this September 9th

After the deal with Dreamworks was made, it was only a matter of time. From Cartoon Brew and Deadline Hollywood Sprout is expanding its reach. NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment’s preschool network is rebranding to become Universal Kids, extending its audience to 2-11 year olds with content to include DreamWorks Animation Television series, unscripted entertainment, live action scripted ...

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In the all of the Craziness dealing with Sinclair and Tribune – Sinclair ALSO is getting into the animation business with new Block.

On the heels of one of the biggest deals for local stations, Sinclair is (coming back?) to the animation and Kids industries, with KidsClick. They will be working with Wegels and MGM’s THIS TV to show the block on a 3 hour basis every day, and 7 to 10 every Saturday. The reason possibly for the LONGER daily strip is that they want to get over credit (similar) for e/i shows like PBS ...

4Kids files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
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Thoughts About 4Kids 5 Years After its End: A Challenge to Readers

In an email conversation with fellow Toonbarn staff Neil, I was told that a lot of people still come to this site looking for info on 4Kids. To me, it’s not a surprise. A lot of companies die out, leaving the products behind to other owners. 4Kids’s bankruptcy in reality left a gaping hole that exposed a lot of things in the process. The biggest thing it exposed? That the way ...

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