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ABC to Air Frozen Special on September

This coming September 2 at 8 PM ET/PT, ABC will be airing a one-hour special dedicated to Disney’s blockbuster CG animated feature Frozen. Titled “The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic,” the special will feature interviews with the cast and filmmakers, as well as an in-depth look behind the scenes. The special will also come with a preview of Disney’s upcoming feature Big Hero 6.

Shrek the Halls Returns to ABC This Month

Shrek the Halls Returns to ABC This Month

ABC is going to celebrate the holidays a little earlier than other networks this year, as htye are bringing back the DreamWorks Animation holiday special Shrek the Halls on Friday, November 29, at 8:30 pm.

Originally aired in November of 2007, Shrek the Halls follows the titular Ogre as he finds himself having difficulties getting into the holiday spirit. He tries anyway, for the sake of Fiona and the kids. Cue Donkey, Puss in Boots, Gingerbread Man, and the rest of the gang joining in on the fun and Shrek’s plans for a cozy family-only celebration is thrown out the window.

Vote for your Favorite Oscar-Nominated Animated Films

Vote for your favorite Oscar-Nominated Animation Films from 2012!

Oscar Nominations were announced this morning for the 85th Academy Awards®, scheduled to be hosted LIVE by Seth MacFarlane on February 24, 2013 on ABC. Of course, the 2 categories that all animation fans care about are the Best Animated Feature Film and Best Animated Short Film. We want to see what ToonBarn fans will pick as their favorites this year, so we have the polls open below. Go ahead and make your picks!

This is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers

This is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers

ABC will be airing two Peanuts animated specials this November, starting with A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (in HD and with Spanish audio) on Wednesday, November 21 at 8p and This is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers the next day, November 22 at the same time. The specials were executive produced by Lee Mendelson and created and written by Charles M. Schulz himself. Bill Melendez is the producer and director and Vince Guaraldi composed the music.

Snoopy and the Peanuts gang celebrate A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Snoopy and the Peanuts gang celebrate A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Every year. Every holiday. It never feels special or real until we get word from Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the rest of the Peanuts gang. This year, the Thanksgiving episode finds a home directly on turkey day, hitting ABC on Thursday, November 24th, at 8pm. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, the classic half hour animated special, was created by Charles M. Schulz back in 1973, which means we’re nearing the 40th anniversary of the toon. Featuring the usual sweet story that we’ve come to expect from the Peanuts gang, as well as perfectly matching with Vince Guaraldi’s musical score, this Emmy Award winning cartoon is a childhood classic for generations of childhoods.

Scared Shrekless hits ABC on Halloween night

Scared Shrekless hits ABC on Halloween night

Tonight’s special on ABC has it all: we’ve got everyone’s favorite green ogre, Shrek. We’ve got the star of this weekend’s big blockbuster debut, Puss in Boots. We’ve got three frightening stories, lots of candy, and tons of various Halloween costumes. What does it all equal? Scared Shrekless! The DreamWorks Animation Halloween themed holiday special plays tonight at just-before-8pm; 7:58pm to be exact. Yes, that’s right, it means ABC is pushing around Dancing with the Stars — see, cartoons are that powerful! The special features three tales: The Bride of Gingy, Boot’s Motel, and The Shreksorcist, each attempting to scare the other story tellers. If you make it home from candy collecting in time, be sure to check (Shrek?) it out!

ABC says to get Scared Shrekless on Halloween

ABC says to get Scared Shrekless on Halloween

This Monday is of course the spookiest day of the year, Halloween! No doubt, you already have your Halloween costume picked out, and you’re set on raking in as much candy as possible. But ABC would like to remind you to get home before too late, in order to catch the annual airing of the new animated classic Scared Shrekless. In a weekend where the Shrek franchise is already hyped up once again thanks to the new Puss in Boots cinematic adventure, Scared Shrekless brings Team Green on a series of haunted story adventures, with Shrek hoping to prove that nothing can scare an Ogre. The special spooks ABC on Monday, October 31st – Halloween night – at just before 8pm (listed as “7:58pm” – two extra minutes of scary!)

The Peanuts gang returns in It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

The Peanuts gang returns in It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Getting right to the point, it’s not Halloween until Snoopy says so. The same can be said for several other holidays, from Christmas to Thanksgiving. And no matter what kind of argument you use against the point, the fact remains: the holiday just doesn’t feel like the holiday unless you get to experience the Peanuts special, just like you did the year before, and the year before that, and the year before that. Once again, ABC is happy to help us out on the quest, as the classic Peanuts Halloween special, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, will air on Thursday, October 27th, at 8pm.

Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network lead 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards

Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network lead 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards

Between last June and this May, we’ve had ourselves a nice little year of animation happiness. Just think of all the new shows like Adventure Time, Regular Show, and Kick Buttowski, and returning legends like SpongeBob and Phineas and Ferb. Typically, we reward these great moments by … well, by watching them! Again and again in many cases. But the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has a better idea: nominating many of these greats for an Emmy, where winners will be selected during the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards. Juggernauts Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon lead the pack with 6 nominations a piece to their name. Disney is no slouch either, pulling in 2 nods toward the Disney Channel and one for Disney XD. The awards ceremony will air Sunday, September 18th at 8pm on Fox, but you can get a sneak peek at some of the toon-related categories right here

Spider-Woman, salute to Marvel’s past

Spider-Woman, salute to Marvel's past

In just one week, on June 14th, Marvel Knights Animation and Shout! Factory will team to release the latest comic book to DVD title in their lineup, Spider-Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D.. In honor of this event, we here at ToonBarn wanted to remind everyone that, even though this will be an awesome animated journey through the life of Spider-Woman, that our girl Jessica Drew actually has a long history of cartooning! In fact, over 30 years ago, Marvel Comics Animation teamed with DePatie-Freleng Enterprises to produce the Spider-Woman animated series on ABC. The series had a brief run (only about 4 months) but was is one of those iconic memories that we’re happy to share. Check out a clip and see if you can spot some of the differences between this Spider-Woman and the modern day take!

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