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Or: How Thundercats (2011) was the end of the North American animation/Kids Business (in a way)

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Its Saturday – winter is only a few days away and after that – Christmas on Friday and then – Saturday rolls around again, the next Friday is 2016 and then the first day of the new year – Saturday rolls around again.

But the room is empty.

Children are sleep – or trying to go into lessons of music, art or sport in a what has become a rarity in this late 2015 – frost. Not much snow, not much of a winter. And some on twitter worry that its a bad omen…even those that dont believe in a creator.

Its strange to hear that – those who are my friends on twitter usually are headstrong, racing against those with differing opinions – sometimes in a passive aggressive way, other times for legit reasons, still others to talk in jest, tact etc.

But some say the spirit of Christmas overrides these worries.

They may have been right in a past time – before things changed – some for the better – and some for the worse.

But all changes effect us in many ways.

This year – the Christmas spirit seems to be tempered by the Star Wars machine. And as the new engine of the creation of a “Corporate Safe Space” start in earnest, three films before 2020, many TV series – other animated spots – video games, toys and other trinkets; its more of a cynical promotion of the greatest and most secretive fan fiction ever created.

In any other time – it would have been just one of the many major blockbusters – didn’t effect next weeks numbers or so on. We would have other things to pass the time. But the concept of the “Corporate Safe Space” is much more insidious – it promotes the other products from other companies it competes with as the literal manifestation of evil, and their own product – as the good work – the holy work – the one you turn to when all is lost.

Made simple and plain by this post on twitter:

to people who complain about some movies being too long: do you realize your own garbage life goes on like forever

make good movies last as long as possible. 3 hours, 100 years, forever. put us out of our misery

And Misery loves Company. Its the end as entertainment as a way to relax, and at times to wonder about our human condition, or even to have fun. It now has become a cradle to grave mantra of endless content creation for the content men who via their advertising agencies promote a existence that doesn’t exist in reality.

I could tell other stories. How, why and for what reason things arnt the way it seems anymore. But more often than not – its because people, companies, multi-nationals, educators and even those who were meant to represent us dont. They turn out to be more of a maguffin. A sad fate of madding ideals mixed with the most banal pragmatism.

I just want to focus on us. The fans of animation.

Its hard to deal with but – just because a show has some merit doesn’t mean its good.

We have seen with My Little Pony (and Equestria Girls), Steven Universe – and even the weaker shows such as Regular Show and Gumball – the sense is that they talking above the adults and the children are just asking questions about things that are in the show and they just become so lost. Their fanbases are taken over not just by adults who just love the show by its own merits, but by those who feel the show creates a space where everything else feels lost to them. They didnt develop strength and character even when the show was dark – now as the animated series promote a light hearted fare – it becomes a way to promote all sorts of dank memes and even more politically charged language, and using the concept of sexuality as a way to  ease a man or a womens shadow natures into quiet repose. In the west and most western animation Its a sad, banal attempt to extend ones love of a work of fiction or genre. The east handles this better – and sees it as it is – integration, fashion, technique and embracing the work as is and nothing more or less.

We talk about what happened to Zamii, and the media has done so in many ways. But what people dont realized is that when the creators backed down from comments made by those who wished Zamii dead, it proved to me that nobody knows when to stand their ground and say – enough. It started from the day the Thundercats got canned, to the day that they made the move for Korra, to the issues with Steven Universe and the issues with their fanbase. The Internet given voice, the voice given form and now it has power even over the creators of these shows.

Its because the executives and the fans are from the same economic structure. The creators not only have to cowtow to said executives when it comes to content – which always been a problem for years, now have to deal with the views that has the money. The advertising agencies may aim for most viewers, but we seen now, even despite advertising laws made in order to make sure that children dont become mindless consumers, it just made things worse for all involved.

It has been mentioned before about education and the E/I. I also mentioned about the scandal concerning the lowering of wages and collusion in the theatrical animation sector. Did you know that Ed Catmull  bought a 12 million dollar house? This is after the trial finds out that the Disney board knew about these issues.

Welcome to Poof Poof, Glitter Boots, the force is with us. Netflix is about to spend five Billion dollars on “content creation” while Netflix is overvalued in the stock market by a value of 400X its price. Its the time of complaints of how a animated character looks via the eyes of a fan. Its the time when ratings “dont matter”, its audience share, that # social network outreach, insta connections and all the rest. In a world when ignorance is awarded, all those who run entertainment – and in animation, “create”and manufacture the look and feeling of a inglorious look. Not for satire, not even to make fun of the world – but to create safe spaces that don’t challenge the characters, nor the setting – and most important the viewers.

Increasingly, the Holiday classics take more importance. Years ago, they were apart of a extended program of network kids shows and which many popular shows joined in specials during the weeks leading up to Christmas. Today these holiday specials stand as the guard of a time long  past. For the shows now air on Cartoon Network/ Nick and Disney XD  are now run by feckless creators, some who feel that kowtowing to powers and those that perceive they have power, only hurts the show in the end of the day. They are not creators, they are PR men, propaganda for either a education mandate that doesn’t work, a form of social uplifting of the misfits of the world that doesn’t uplift anything but Pateron accounts and Kickstarter Funds, and content that all dines in the mesh and morrass of pesudo-scarlet letter trigger warnings, slights of political gotcha checks, and all and all out purriance. Its the wonderful world of dung emoji and it been that way since that’s all what the “Corporate Safe Space” will give us.

And in one of the sad ironies of the time, Toys has lost wonder – even Lego uses Japanese culture tropes to sell product. You usually have team ups with diffrent shows in many of a Japanese product – but it doesnt happen in the states…unless you Lego and have more clout than most other franchiser in the kids business.

It even reaches Toonami in a sense. After the announcement that they were bringing back Samurai Jack, Mr Demarco stated he wanted one of the newer Lupin series, Yukyo Mine. Not the best of the Lupin works. But even he was told by the censors he couldn’t. Its strange. Lupin hasnt been apart of American culture – so it becomes to most hardest of sells to even put it on Toonami. Of course he would get Wakfu, but then they are on Netflix.

The fact that a dude who makes Adult Swim money over fist – gets denied a show – while the Creators of the Steven Universe are allowed to get away with everything – and the creators bows down to pressure from people who wish other fans of their show dead, is sad to me. Mine(And Lupin for that matter) isn’t going to cause your network problems, the show you promote next  to the 5th iteration of legendary Looney Toons characters has become more problematic and the fact they don’t see this tells me all i need to know.

They have given up on us. The American people – the American audience. who they feel are too lost in their “common sense” to talk to. We got so many was to view the content – they think its OK to delay shows for months on end. They will watch it again and again, old episodes – six, seven times a week. It will be greater than everything we have done before.

Then the holiday classics come on. The humanity. Coming from puppets, from animation, from the voice overs, the backgrounds. They stood, even when things were being built for children around, and torn down by government edict. Yes, animation is for all.

But at times, the little ones are to be reminded there are things beyond numbers, letters, and such things we as people need to be in the world. They need the journey of the heroes, the power of belief and the joy of overcoming life’s grand trials. And these folks who would easily falter to the hands of those willing to kill don’t understand and never did truly loved the work. They loved the fame, and sold their souls to the oligarchic power structures they trying to fight against and say they are against, but in reality work for them and are in tandem with them.

They are nothing more than the Grinch.

He could be redeemed, but I doubt they can.

Can anybody be redeemed?

Not so.

Thats why these specials, are truly are. They show us were we have fallen – the simple reasons why – and putting complications on it – and excusing it only causes us to lose the plot.

“Baby stuff”, Charlotte said to Virgina there is no Santa.

“Baby stuff”, when those demons said to Zamii when they said to her kill herself – “You know how she looks LIKE!”

But its that spirit of Christmas, that these specials represent show the best of ourselves, the hope in a manger. The hope in a child born in poverty gets the only thing that can get him out of it, a football. The hope in a woman who is homeless – to get 100 bucks from a man, not for favor, but out of his heart and his own reasons. The hope of a man, who after being told after he comes back from war, that the people he fought for calls him names, cishet, warmongerer, etc. That he – suffering from a lost hand, and lost heart and mind, can find a home, an honest job, and finally a smile from a grateful nation.

But for 345 days of the year, America is “We The Spiteful”. It feels more like pity.

We don’t know what we had until its gone.

And these holiday specials remind us every year of what we truly lost, the sense that good will truly win, and hope never truly dies.

They used to be apart of a place children could go.

Now these shows, these specials that only come one time a year, are now the gold standard of the industry.

Its not a popular opinion.

But in the end, the facts remain.

Maybe we adults can never be redeemed.

But Tomorrow isnt not the far away…

And the young must find that tomorrow.

Even if time runs short.

This Saturday and for the foreseeable future of every Saturday, the rooms of the American living room is quiet like the grave…

But its never silent.

Yes, Virgina there is a Santa Claus…

If only they just believe…

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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Yelp’s $10M Lawsuit Against South Park a Hoax http://www.toonbarn.com/south-park/yelps-10m-lawsuit-against-south-park-a-hoax/ http://www.toonbarn.com/south-park/yelps-10m-lawsuit-against-south-park-a-hoax/#respond Sun, 25 Oct 2015 01:00:52 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=56879 A few days ago, people got done in by a satirical news post from NBC.com.co, which reports that online review portal Yelp has filed a $10M lawsuit against South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker due to the recent episode that made fun of Yelp reviewers. The post was picked up by a number […]

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A few days ago, people got done in by a satirical news post from NBC.com.co, which reports that online review portal Yelp has filed a $10M lawsuit against South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker due to the recent episode that made fun of Yelp reviewers. The post was picked up by a number of other sites as legitimate news, no doubt caused by the NBC.com.co URL.

Food blog Eater LA wanted to get to the bottom of things and asked Yelp, and a Yelp representative not only clarified the entire thing as just satire, but also expressed their support and fondness for the South Park creative team:

“The rumor about a Yelp lawsuit is entirely untrue and was started by a satire site that has received far too much media credibility,” a Yelp spokesperson reportedly said. “We have no interest in legal action against the fantastic team that makes the South Park magic happen.”

Source: http://www.eater.com/2015/10/21/9582228/yelp-not-suing-south-park-for-10-million-satire-hoax
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Hulu Scores Exclusive South Park Deal http://www.toonbarn.com/south-park/hulu-scores-exclusive-south-park-deal/ http://www.toonbarn.com/south-park/hulu-scores-exclusive-south-park-deal/#respond Wed, 16 Jul 2014 07:00:37 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=49247 Not to be outdone by Netflix, Hulu has recently bolstered its offerings by scoring a multiyear exclusive deal for the extremely popular Comedy Central series South Park. Under the deal, Hulu will be making all 17 seasons of the series available for free to specific regions until the premiere of season 18 on September 24. […]

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Not to be outdone by Netflix, Hulu has recently bolstered its offerings by scoring a multiyear exclusive deal for the extremely popular Comedy Central series South Park. Under the deal, Hulu will be making all 17 seasons of the series available for free to specific regions until the premiere of season 18 on September 24. After the start of the new episodes, Hulu Plus subscribers will be getting access to the entire South Park library as new episodes are made available on the next day via Hulu and Hulu Plus.

Fans will also be able to stream all 17 seasons of the series via the South Park Studios website, but only until the season 18 premiere. Once the new season starts, the website will start running free episodes on a random, revolving basis. The free streaming will have ads and will be supported by Hulu.

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South Park Recreated in 3D for Oculus Rift http://www.toonbarn.com/south-park/south-park-recreated-3d-oculus-rift/ http://www.toonbarn.com/south-park/south-park-recreated-3d-oculus-rift/#respond Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:00:06 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=49018 Besides being acquired by Facebook (a development that many people didn’t appreciate because of Facebook’s reputation,) there’s not a lot of news about the Oculus Rift these days, particularly with regard to available applications and games for the device. However, if you’re a big fan of Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s South Park franchise, you […]

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Besides being acquired by Facebook (a development that many people didn’t appreciate because of Facebook’s reputation,) there’s not a lot of news about the Oculus Rift these days, particularly with regard to available applications and games for the device. However, if you’re a big fan of Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s South Park franchise, you at least have something to look forward to because production outfit Tool has faithfully recreated South Park in 3D, which will allow anyone with an Oculus headset to explore the fictional Colorado town while interacting with characters.

The program was created for the Cannes Lions advertising festival, using a combination of flat cutout characters and more dimensional paper-textured buildings. The entire project was done over the course of a “few short weeks in June.”

If you don’t have an Oculus Rift available (like majority of users right now,) you can get a glimpse of what’s in store via the video below:

Source: Tool

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South Park Tackles Black Friday, Console Wars, and Game of Thrones http://www.toonbarn.com/south-park/south-park-tackles-black-friday-console-wars-game-thrones/ http://www.toonbarn.com/south-park/south-park-tackles-black-friday-console-wars-game-thrones/#respond Tue, 03 Dec 2013 19:00:43 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=44334 This coming December 4, Wednesday, at 10 pm on Comedy Central, Parker and Stone’s extremely popular animated comedy series South Park will be tackling three very controversial issues – Black Friday, Xbox One vs Playstation 4, and Game of Thrones – in an episode titled “Titties and Dragons.” In the episode, we see the gang […]

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This coming December 4, Wednesday, at 10 pm on Comedy Central, Parker and Stone’s extremely popular animated comedy series South Park will be tackling three very controversial issues – Black Friday, Xbox One vs Playstation 4, and Game of Thrones – in an episode titled “Titties and Dragons.”

In the episode, we see the gang being divided over which next gen console to support, as Princess Kenny wins more support for the Playstation faction while Cartman and Kyle remains steadfast in their support for the Xbox. And as the time for Black Friday sales approaches, only one side will have the privilege of being left standing once the dust of battle settles. For more details, you can check out a preview clip at the South Park Studios site:

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South Park Marathon Streamed Online http://www.toonbarn.com/south-park/south-park-marathon-streamed-online/ http://www.toonbarn.com/south-park/south-park-marathon-streamed-online/#respond Mon, 23 Sep 2013 14:00:03 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=42597 In support of the upcoming 17th season of Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s South Park, all 16 seasons of the hit animated comedy series has started airing online last Saturday, September 21, at 3pm via the website SouthParkMarathon.com. The official online streaming marathon of all 234 South Park Episodes will have limited commercial interruption and […]

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In support of the upcoming 17th season of Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s South Park, all 16 seasons of the hit animated comedy series has started airing online last Saturday, September 21, at 3pm via the website SouthParkMarathon.com.

The official online streaming marathon of all 234 South Park Episodes will have limited commercial interruption and will continue unabated until the season 17 premiere on Wednesday, September 25 at 10pm ET/PT.

The South Park online marathon will consist of over 94 hours, 59 minutes, and 40 seconds of hilarity, and will include Stone and Parker’s “Year of the Fan” commentary that will introduce the top 15 episodes, as well as the full length “6 Days to Air” documentary about the making of South Park.

Via: Comedy Central

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South Park Nabs its Fifth Emmy http://www.toonbarn.com/south-park/south-park-nabs-emmy/ http://www.toonbarn.com/south-park/south-park-nabs-emmy/#respond Tue, 17 Sep 2013 19:00:52 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=42468 Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s long running animated comedy series South Park has been given an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program at the 2012 – 2013 Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Awards, courtesy of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. This marks the fifth time South Park has received an Emmy Award. The episode […]

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Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s long running animated comedy series South Park has been given an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program at the 2012 – 2013 Creative Arts Primetime Emmy Awards, courtesy of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. This marks the fifth time South Park has received an Emmy Award.

The episode that was given commendation was “Raising the Bar” which focuses on childhood obesity and features young reality show superstar Honey Boo-Boo. The series has also won the prestigious Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting.

If the Emmy Award win put you in the mood for South Park, you don’t have to worry because the series will return with ten brand new episodes for its 17th season, with the announced date being September 25, Wednesday, at 10 PM ET/PT on Comedy Central. Episodes are also available on SouthParkStudios.com, and exclusively in HD via XBOX Live, iTunes, Sony Entertainment Network, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, and Samsung Media Hub.

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Hangin’ Tough: Longest-running Animated Shows http://www.toonbarn.com/south-park/hangin-tough-longest-running-animated-shows/ http://www.toonbarn.com/south-park/hangin-tough-longest-running-animated-shows/#comments Wed, 11 Sep 2013 08:52:53 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=42357 In a cutthroat environment where TV shows are cancelled left and right, even before the shows get traction, twenty-four seasons is considered legendary. This feat was achieved by the dysfunctional family The Simpsons. 530 episodes is nothing to sneeze at, considering how fickle-minded viewers can be. Over two decades of The Simpsons may exhibit airtime […]

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In a cutthroat environment where TV shows are cancelled left and right, even before the shows get traction, twenty-four seasons is considered legendary. This feat was achieved by the dysfunctional family The Simpsons. 530 episodes is nothing to sneeze at, considering how fickle-minded viewers can be. Over two decades of The Simpsons may exhibit airtime longevity, but the truth is it is nowhere near the current record of 2,250 episodes held by Sazae-san.

The Simpsons was previously recognized as the longest-running animated TV series in the world, until the Guinness World Records decided the rightful record-holder is the Japanese cartoon show “Sazae-san”, which started in 1969. The Simpsons creator Matt Groening was only 15 years old at that time; he’s now 59.

Sazae-san will most likely be undisputed for a long time, but here are some of its top contenders from the US. All shows in the list are still airing.


1.    The Simpsons
No. of Seasons: 24
No. of Episodes: 530

2.    South Park
No. of Seasons: 16 (going on 17)
No. of Episodes: 237

3.    Arthur
No. of Seasons: 16
No. of Episodes: 195

4.    Family Guy
No. of Seasons: 11
No. of Episodes: 210

5.    Aqua Teen Hunger Force
No. of Seasons: 10
No. of Episodes: 124

6.    Sponge Bob SquarePants
No. of Seasons: 9
No. of Episodes: 204

7.    American Dad
No. of Seasons: 9
No. of Episodes: 152

Long-running shows will lose steam at some point, but the shows that forged connections with viewers will likely remain relevant. When the novelty fizzles out, only a few of these shows will hang about.

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South Park to Return for 17th Season http://www.toonbarn.com/south-park/south-park-return-17th-season/ http://www.toonbarn.com/south-park/south-park-return-17th-season/#respond Sat, 07 Sep 2013 00:00:31 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=42265 Comedy Central has recently announced that Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s long-running animated comedy series South Park will be returning for its 17th season with 10 brand-spanking new episodes starting on Wednesday, September 25, at 10:00 PM ET/PT on Comedy Central. Coinciding with the 17th season, the South Park: The Complete Sixteenth Season Blu Ray […]

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Comedy Central has recently announced that Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s long-running animated comedy series South Park will be returning for its 17th season with 10 brand-spanking new episodes starting on Wednesday, September 25, at 10:00 PM ET/PT on Comedy Central.

Coinciding with the 17th season, the South Park: The Complete Sixteenth Season Blu Ray and DVD set will also be released by Comedy Central Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution. The set will contain all fourteen episodes from South Park’s 16th season via 3 exclusive DVDs (2 discs for the Blu Ray), including the Emmy-nominated episode “Raising the Bar.”

The South Park: The Complete Sixteenth Season set will also include mini-commentaries on all the episodes from Stone and Parker themselves, along with never-before-seen deleted scenes.

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Number of South Park Episodes to be Reduced This Fall http://www.toonbarn.com/south-park/number-south-park-episodes-reduced-fall/ http://www.toonbarn.com/south-park/number-south-park-episodes-reduced-fall/#respond Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:00:32 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=37373 Trey Parker and Matt Stone are said to be reducing the number of South Park episodes from their usual 14 (two 7-episode mini seasons) into a single season consisting of 10 episodes, starting on September 25. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the new format was decided in order to give the duo some time to […]

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Number of South Park Episodes to be Reduced This Fall

Trey Parker and Matt Stone are said to be reducing the number of South Park episodes from their usual 14 (two 7-episode mini seasons) into a single season consisting of 10 episodes, starting on September 25. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the new format was decided in order to give the duo some time to work on new projects, including a possible feature adaptation of their hit musical, Book of Mormon.

“Why did we do seven and seven to begin with? We just sort of made that up,” Stone told the New York Times. “And we are switching to 10 for the same reason. It just sounded like a good number, and we won’t break up the year so we can more easily do other stuff.”

“There is no appointment viewing anymore,” Stone added. “In our first season, you had to show up on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. on the Comedy channel to catch the show. Now, I don’t even know where or how people watch our show. We sort of don’t really care about ratings. It’s more important to come up with work that will add to the library in a way that we’re proud of and will make people want to catch the show wherever they want to. We want to keep South Park going for a long time to come, and given what is going on in television, I don’t think it matters as much how many episodes you have.”

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Trey Parker and Matt Stone to Launch their Own Studio http://www.toonbarn.com/south-park/trey-parker-matt-stone-launch-studio/ http://www.toonbarn.com/south-park/trey-parker-matt-stone-launch-studio/#respond Tue, 15 Jan 2013 10:00:02 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=37071 According to a New York Times report, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have just launched their own production studio, Important Studios, in order to pursue other film, TV, and Theater projects. The upcoming slate for their new studio includes a possible movie adaptation of The Book of Mormon. Important Studios currently has […]

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Trey Parker and Matt Stone to Launch their Own Studio

According to a New York Times report, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have just launched their own production studio, Important Studios, in order to pursue other film, TV, and Theater projects. The upcoming slate for their new studio includes a possible movie adaptation of The Book of Mormon.

Important Studios currently has an estimated value of $300 million based on revenue from Parker and Stone’s hit Comedy Central series South Park, which is currently in its 16th season, and the hit broadway version of The Book of Mormon.

“Having worked with several different studios over the years, we came to realize that our favorite people in the world are ourselves,” the Times quoted Parker and Stone.

The duo also received a $60 million investment from boutique investment bank Raine Group for a stake of approximately 20 percent. Stone told the Times that he hopes to emulate Spielberg’s DreamWorks or Lucas’ Lucasfilm for Important Studios.

“In some ways it’s a stupid comparison. because they are gargantuan,” he told the paper. “We want to be a smaller, more humble version of that. If DreamWorks is Walmart, we are over here knitting sweaters.”

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DirecTV drops Nickelodeon, 14 other channels http://www.toonbarn.com/nickelodeon/directv-drops-nickelodeon-14-channels/ http://www.toonbarn.com/nickelodeon/directv-drops-nickelodeon-14-channels/#respond Thu, 12 Jul 2012 00:51:08 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=31890 If you turned on your TV this morning and saw that Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, MTV, Nicktoons was gone, then you are not alone. Late Tuesday night Viacom pulled off Nickelodeon and 14 other channels from the 20 Million or so DirecTV subscribers. DirecTV subscribers lost 14+ channels owned by Viacom in a dispute to pay the […]

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DirecTV drops Nickelodeon, 14 other channels

If you turned on your TV this morning and saw that Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, MTV, Nicktoons was gone, then you are not alone. Late Tuesday night Viacom pulled off Nickelodeon and 14 other channels from the 20 Million or so DirecTV subscribers. DirecTV subscribers lost 14+ channels owned by Viacom in a dispute to pay the channels DirecTV was brodcasting.  Viacom sent letters to DirecTV on Tuesday ordering them to remove the channels by midnight or face legal action.

DirecTV was in hopes to continue broadcasting these channels as they tried to negotiate with Viacom. DirecTV said that Viacom was seeking 30% more fees, which would amount to an additional $1Billion. This would make the subscribers pay more.  DirecTV’s executive Derek Chang said ratings for many of (Viacom’s) main networks have plummeted, and much of Viacom’s programming can be seen for free online.” 

But Viacom wants to increase the amount by a couple of pennies per day, per subscriber. But both sides dropped negotiations. Early this Wednesday morning Viacom executive Denise Denson stated the last time we spoke with DirecTV at 11 a.m. (Tuesday) morning … there were no new ideas offered for resolution. In fact, the last proposal DirecTV had made was lower than anyone else pays in the industry, and a deal we said we would not do out of fairness to other distributors. … We are ready to talk at any time.

These are the channels that the DirecTV Subscribers lost:

Palladia,

Centric,

Tr3s,

CMT,

Nicktoons,

VH1 Classic,

TeenNick,

Nick Jr.,

Nick@Nite,

Spike,

BET,

VH1,

TV Land,

Comedy Central,

Nickelodeon

MTV

These Viacom channels are replaced with mixed channels from FX or Bravo. Sadly Viacom might keep it this way. Me and other 20 Million viewers lost shows like Legend of Korra, iCarly, Dora the explorer and classic cartoons and shows that just aired on Teen Nick.  Like, All that, Kenan and Kel, and Rugrats. Also BET’s Black Panther. And golden classics like I Love Lucy from TvLand. Let’s all hope that this doesnt last long.

And here’s the commercial for “Don’t let DirecTV drop your channel”

httpv://youtu.be/T1fDs1pL84U

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Video Clip: This Week on South Park http://www.toonbarn.com/south-park/video-clip-week-south-park/ http://www.toonbarn.com/south-park/video-clip-week-south-park/#respond Tue, 27 Mar 2012 06:00:26 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=28561 This week’s South Park has Trey and Parker poking fun at evolution, alternative methods of healing, and the GOP presidential candidates. In the episode, the South Park boys find themselves in the middle of a battle to the death between two rapidly evolving species, which can only be answered by the phenomenon known as Faith […]

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Video Clip: This Week on South Park

This week’s South Park has Trey and Parker poking fun at evolution, alternative methods of healing, and the GOP presidential candidates. In the episode, the South Park boys find themselves in the middle of a battle to the death between two rapidly evolving species, which can only be answered by the phenomenon known as Faith Hilling.

The episode also features the GOP presidential candidates in a debate that doesn’t sound like a debate at all. You can view the clip to see for yourself:

“Faith Hilling” will premiere on Comedy Central this coming Wednesday, March 28 at 10PM. The episode will also be available in full HD Glory through iTunes, Xbox Live, PSN, Vud, and Amazon Video on Demand. Those who are content with SD can go through Samsung Media Hub, InDemand, and SouthParkStudios.com

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South Park Season 15 Coming To DVD And Blu-ray March 27th http://www.toonbarn.com/south-park/south-park-season-15-coming-dvd-blu-ray-march-27th/ http://www.toonbarn.com/south-park/south-park-season-15-coming-dvd-blu-ray-march-27th/#respond Sun, 29 Jan 2012 17:09:07 +0000 http://www.toonbarn.com/?p=26594 It’s not spring until a new season of South Park comes to Blu-Ray and DVD! Ok, it’s nowhere near spring yet, but it’s never too early (or late or anything) to talk about South Park. According to TvShowsOnDVD.com, ‘South Park The Complete 15th Season’ will be released on March 27th on Blu-Ray and DVD. Both […]

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South Park Season 15 Coming To DVD And Blu-ray March 27th

It’s not spring until a new season of South Park comes to Blu-Ray and DVD! Ok, it’s nowhere near spring yet, but it’s never too early (or late or anything) to talk about South Park. According to TvShowsOnDVD.com, ‘South Park The Complete 15th Season’ will be released on March 27th on Blu-Ray and DVD. Both will come in widescreen format and the Blu-Ray will feature 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio. Features of both include a behind the scenes video of the “City Sushi” episode and the Comedy Central special “6 Days to Air: The Making of South Park”.

No pricing has been revealed, but if history is any indicator, they may go for $49.99 (DVD), $57.99 (Blu-Ray) and be quickly followed by new episodes of South Park starting in April. Until then, we’ll just have to get by on the 200+ re-runs currently available at South Park Studios.

Totally sweet, you guys.

 

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Owners of viral video punished for suing South Park creators http://www.toonbarn.com/south-park/owners-viral-video-punished-suing-south-park-creators/ http://www.toonbarn.com/south-park/owners-viral-video-punished-suing-south-park-creators/#respond Wed, 14 Dec 2011 06:00:20 +0000 http://toonbarn.com/?p=26074 As proof that god exists, the owners of the Youtube viral video What What (in the Butt) were ordered by a court judge to pay Viacom more than $30,000 in attorney fees for legal action that was deemed unnecessary and contradictory to the first amendment. It is worth noting that back in November of 2010, […]

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Owners of viral video punished for suing South Park creators over fair use

As proof that god exists, the owners of the Youtube viral video What What (in the Butt) were ordered by a court judge to pay Viacom more than $30,000 in attorney fees for legal action that was deemed unnecessary and contradictory to the first amendment.

It is worth noting that back in November of 2010, the owners of the viral video, Brownmark Films, levied a lawsuit against Viacom and Comedy Central over a spoof of their copyrighted video (the Butters What What video, which became more popular than the video it was spoofing) and eventually lost the legal battle back in July this year.

Brownmark’s motivation for the lawsuit was considered by the courts “questionable” because they waited two years to file the lawsuit and followed through after being warned that South Park’s spoof was considered “fair use”. The judge saw this as evidence that the laintiff was using litigation or the threat of one as a sort of ‘Sword of Damocles’.

Brownmark Films’ case is a welcome sight and should serve as a deterrent to others who may want to go the same route at the cost of free speech.

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