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Chaotic folds as trading card games deal 4Kids a bad hand
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Chaotic folds as trading card games deal 4Kids a bad hand

Five or ten years ago, 4Kids was riding high. The Fox Box was a premiere showcase for toons like Sonic the Hedgehog, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Viva Pinata, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and Pokemon. More importantly, the company was dominating in the field of trading card games. At the height of TCGs, recess across the globe was owned by gauntlets of cards, with kids showing whose monster or dragon or beast ...

Marathon Media's Totally Spies goes totally Facebook
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Marathon Media’s Totally Spies goes totally Facebook

Marathon Media has taken fans of Totally Spies on an all new adventure. The animation company recently synced up with Facebook (just like the billions of us!) to create a Real Player Game — not your typical “RPG”. The beta version of the game, developed by Ouat Entertainment, has been running on Facebook since September of 2010, and has already accumulated over 600,000 ...

Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants hits 200 episodes
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Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants hits 200 episodes

Who lives in a pineapple, under the first 199 episodes? Nickelodeon wants to know, and clearly the answer is the absorbent and yellow and porous SpongeBob SquarePants. Continuing the love story started over a decade ago, Viacom recently ordered a ninth season of the amazingly popular cartoon, complete with 26 brand new episodes, which will bring SpongeBob’s total count past the 200 ...

Robotomy gets Cartoon Network a thinking cap
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Robotomy gets Cartoon Network a thinking cap

Legend has it Thrasher and Blastus are only slightly less horrific than most. But, you can’t trust legends all the time, can you? Welcome to Insanus, a planet filled with all kinds of robots and droids, from the meager to the ultra-powerful rulers. Thrasher and Blastus are just two trying to get by; teenage high school droids who were never quite successful at… well… ...

Pilot episode for Batman the Animated Series revealed
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Pilot episode for Batman the Animated Series revealed

Roughly 20 years ago, the world of animation was about to change. Warner Bros. was riding high on the success of the brand new Batman franchise — the one with Michael Keaton, long before Christian Bale wore the cape — and the company wanted to reach a younger audience with a new cartoon. Bruce Timm and Paul Dini, creative folks behind the Animaniacs and Tiny Toons, put together a ...

Despicable Me boosts Blu-ray and DVD sales via Orientation Day
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Despicable Me boosts Blu-ray and DVD sales via Orientation Day

With the holiday season wrapping up (or, I guess, after we’ve fully unwrapped the holiday season) studios are looking back to see how well they did for the year. Universal Pictures, for example, would love to know if their latest CG and 3D adventure, Despicable Me, sold well as it moved to DVD and Blu-ray. And, according to the results, they were RIDICULOUSLY happy! On the first day the ...

Toon Flashback: Bobby's World
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Bobby’s World Missing in Animation Toon Flashback

Underwater, the fish don’t stink. It’s not just a statement, it’s a life lesson that could have only come from a single source; Bobby’s World. With that amazing theme, the distinctive voices, and the unlimited story-driven potential of imagination, Bobby’s World was an awesome cartoon. The series boasted nearly a 10 year run on Fox Kids (before there was a ...

Tron: Legacy, Tangled, Beauty and the Beast, and the Lion King on Disney's Blu-ray 3D
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Tron: Legacy, Tangled, Beauty and the Beast, and the Lion King on Disney’s Blu-ray 3D

Big things are happening in Disneyland for 2011. Two of Mickey Mouse’s most popular films, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King are getting the Blu-ray and 3D treatment, completely remade for newer home video systems. In addition, two of the newest animated (and quasi-animated) adventures will be getting the same options with Tangled and Tron: Legacy. Apparently, we’re on a ...

Mega Brands generates toys for Cartoon Network's Generator Rex
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Mega Brands generates toys for Cartoon Network’s Generator Rex

A few years ago, a series of massive explosions released millions of nanites into Earth’s atmosphere. I don’t remember seeing anything on the news, but that’s fine, maybe you do. Anyway, these nanites apparently infected every living thing on Earth, randomly activating inside their hosts into an Exponentially Variegated Organism, or E.V.O. At this point, Providence stepped ...

Holiday classics: Raymond Briggs' The Snowman
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Holiday classics: Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman

One winter’s day, a boy heads out to the snow to build a snowman. Hours after completing the sculpture, as the clock hits midnight, the snowman comes to life, unlike any of the snowmen we built at the ToonBarn Studios over the holiday break. Like a newborn baby, the Snowman tries to learn everything he encounters; toys, appliances, even a motorcycle. Then, the thing can fly — ...

Young Justice premieres January 7th on Cartoon Network
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Young Justice premieres January 7th on Cartoon Network

This Friday, Cartoon Network is unlocking the doors to the Hall of Justice! Well, not for us, but it will for the younger members of the DC Universe super hero gatherings! At 7pm on January 7th, the CN will premiere Young Justice, a toon featuring the younger version of the Justice League. The animated series stars Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, and other junior-level heroes (all of ...

Adult Swim scores big with Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III
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Adult Swim scores big with Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III

Was the force with you? Cartoon Network recently rolled out a several-part Robot Chicken special entitled Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III, and fan reaction could not have been better! Filling out an hour of the Adult Swim program block, the episode focused on Emperor Palpatine, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and Gary the Stormtrooper each revealing secret side stories that filled the Star Wars ...

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