Monthly Archives: April 2011

The Hub adding “Jem and the Holograms” to schedule

The Hub

The Hub

The iconic and beloved pop-culture series Jem and the Holo­grams, which orig­i­nally aired in the late 1980s, will join The Hub’s sched­ule week­days begin­ning at 7 p.m. ET on Tues­day, May 31 (with encore per­for­mances through­out each day) and at 10 a.m. ET on Saturdays.

Addi­tion­ally, half-hour ani­mated series Conan: The Adven­turer will make its way on to the Hub’s sum­mer sched­ule. Conan: The Adven­turer will be pre­sented at 7 a.m. ET week­days, begin­ning Tues­day, May 31, with encore pre­sen­ta­tions at 6 a.m. ET on Sundays.

A spe­cial sneak peek of the first six episodes of Jem and the Holo­grams will be pre­sented from 2 to 5 p.m. ET on Sat­ur­day, May 28.

The Hub Tele­vi­sion net­work, a des­ti­na­tion for kids and their fam­i­lies, has acquired two pop­u­lar ani­mated hit series that build on the network’s strat­egy of pro­vid­ing pro­gram­ming that kids and fam­i­lies can enjoy together.

Jem and the Holo­grams ran from 1985–88 in first-run syn­di­ca­tion, and it still boasts a loyal and vocal fan base. It is fre­quently cred­ited with influ­enc­ing fash­ion in the late 1980s and beyond, and launch­ing the careers of female pop-rock stars and music groups.

The series fol­lows Jer­rica Ben­ton, whose dis­cov­ery of Syn­ergy, a pow­er­ful com­puter com­pan­ion, allows her to trans­form from co-owner of Starlight Music into rock star Jem. Team­ing with her sis­ter and best friends who form The Holo­grams, Jem sets out to make their musi­cal dreams come true, even as she bat­tles against the ruth­less Eric Ray­mond and his musi­cal pro­tégés, The Mis­fits. The series was a joint col­lab­o­ra­tion of Has­bro Inc., Mar­vel Pro­duc­tions and Sun­bow Pro­duc­tions, and was acquired from the Has­bro Stu­dios library.

The Conan  series fol­lows the mighty warrior’s quest to undo the spell cast upon his fam­ily by dri­ving his ene­mies back into another dimen­sion, and van­quish­ing their leader, cruel wiz­ard Wrath-Amon. The series orig­i­nally ran from 1992–94, and was pro­duced by Jet­lag Pro­duc­tions and Sun­bow Pro­duc­tions. It was acquired from the Has­bro Stu­dios library.

High Diving Hare (1949) — Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon Series

CotD: One of the fun­ni­est Bugs/Sam team-ups, “High Div­ing Hare” also teamed Fre­leng and Pierce ~

High Diving Hare (1949) - Looney Tunes

High Div­ing Hare (1949) — Looney Tunes

High Div­ing Hare (1949) — Looney Tunes The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Bugs is barker for a car­ni­val sideshow. When the high diver, Fear­less Freep, doesn’t show up, his biggest fan Yosemite Sam makes Bugs take his place. Clas­sic high div­ing gags abound as Sam keeps falling to his doom.

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Instant Karma” arrives at SPA after several years

Instant Karma

Instant Karma

It’s taken years for “Instant Karma” to come to Sony Pic­tures Animation.

The stu­dio has picked up rights to the project, to be a CGI/live-action hybrid movie, from New Line, where it had been located since 2003. Ear­lier, the com­edy fan­tasy was at Uni­ver­sal, with Imag­ine producing.

And in turn, Uni­ver­sal and Imag­ine picked up the film out of turn­around from DreamWorks.

The script for Instant Karma was writ­ten by Paul Her­nan­dez, who is also attached to direct.

The movie tells of a New Orleans safe­cracker who under­goes a near-death expe­ri­ence, but is rein­car­nated as a fly. The crook-turned-hero does good deeds to get bet­ter karma. That hap­pens as he reap­pears as sev­eral ani­mals, includ­ing a frog, rac­coon and dog, try­ing to return to his human form and the woman he loves.

New Line was clos­est to launch­ing the project. The stu­dio lined up a voice cast that included Dwayne John­son, Pierce Bros­nan, Mira Sorvino, Eartha Kitt and Gene Wilder.

A grad­u­ate of the in-house Dis­ney pro­gram, Her­nan­dez was a writer on the studio’s 2005 super­hero movie Sky High.

Pirates of the Caribbean writ­ers Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio are the film’s producers.

DWA blames low DVD sales for 59% drop in profit

DreamWorks Animation

Dream­Works Animation

Falling DVD sales and the lack of a new pay-TV offer­ing were rea­sons that Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion SKG Inc. cited Thurs­day for a 59% drop in first-quarter profit.

Net income declined to $8.79 mil­lion (10 cents a share) from $21.7 mil­lion (24 cents) the pre­vi­ous year, the Glen­dale, California-based stu­dio behind the Shrek movies said in a statement.

Sales dropped 33% to $108 mil­lion from $162 mil­lion in the same quar­ter last year, just behind the $109 mil­lion aver­age of 12 ana­lysts’ esti­mates col­lected by Bloomberg.

A decline in DVD sales through out the indus­try has hurt DWA, Michael Pachter, a Los Angeles-based ana­lyst for Wed­bush Secu­ri­ties Inc., said in an inter­view before the results were announced. “The DVD market’s pretty much flooded,” he said, adding that “the stu­dios have trained con­sumers to wait” until prices are lower or rental ser­vices make films available.

Dream­Works is releas­ing How To Train Your Dragon through pay TV this quar­ter, sev­eral months later than expected, Pachter said. Released the­atri­cally on March 26, 2010, the movie con­tributed $8.7 mil­lion of rev­enue in the first quar­ter this year.

Released in the­aters last Novem­ber 5, Mega­mind brought in $18.1 mil­lion of rev­enue in the quar­ter, mostly from domes­tic home video. The film was released into the home enter­tain­ment mar­ket on Feb­ru­ary 25.

Shrek For­ever After, released on May 21, 2010, accounted for $19.9 mil­lion of rev­enue in the quar­ter, mostly from home enter­tain­ment, where it was released on Decem­ber 7.

Kung Fu Panda (2008) con­tributed rev­enue of $12.1 mil­lion; Mada­gas­car: Escape 2 Africa, released the same year, con­tributed $19.1 million.

Mean­while, DWA plans two the­atri­cal releases this year, Kung Fu Panda 2 on May 26 and Puss In Boots on Novem­ber 4. The com­pany said it antic­i­pates that Kung Fu Panda 2 will help drive its second-quarter and full-year results.

The com­pany said that TV rev­enue for Mada­gas­car 2, How to Train Your Dragon and Shrek For­ever After should also con­tribute to second-quarter results.

We now look for­ward to kick-starting the sum­mer moviego­ing sea­son with Kung Fu Panda 2 on May 26, as fam­ily enter­tain­ment — and CG ani­ma­tion in par­tic­u­lar — has per­formed at the top of the box office charts so far this year,” said Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion CEO Jef­frey Katzenberg.

Shares in Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion fell 12 cents to $26.73 in Nas­daq Stock Mar­ket trad­ing at 4 p.m. New York time Thurs­day. Prices remained unchanged in after-hours trading.

The shares traded at between $25.17 and $43.58 over the past year. They have dropped by 9.3% so far this year.

[Via Bloomberg — http://www.bloomberg.com/…-pay-tv-release.html, RTTNews — http://www.rttnews.com/…View.aspx?Id=1606645]

There Will Be A Royal Wedding (1981) — Voltron Cartoon Episode Guide

CotD: Apro­pos of today’s events in Eng­land, we have a Voltron episode enti­tled “There Will Be A Royal Wedding”

There Will Be A Royal Wedding (1981) - Voltron Cartoon Episode Guide

There Will Be A Royal Wed­ding (1981) — Voltron Car­toon Episode Guide

There Will Be A Royal Wed­ding (1981) — Voltron Car­toon Episode Guide

From the Japan­ese Lion Force Voltron series. Release date reflects orig­i­nal air date in Japan; US air­dates: 1984–1986 in syndication.

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Superman Renounces US Citizenship

Action Comics 900

Action Comics 900

Prob­a­bly the best known alien in the United States, Super­man will hold a press con­fer­ence at the United Nations and denounce his US cit­i­zen­ship. After under­tak­ing a jour­ney to walk — not fly — across the United States in the “Grounded” sto­ry­line and recon­nect with the coun­try and every­day Amer­i­cans, Super­man appears to be tak­ing another step that could have major impli­ca­tions for his national iden­tity: he will announce that he is going to give up his U.S. cit­i­zen­ship in Action Comiocs # 900.

This strange new course is set for the Man if Steel in the short story “The Inci­dent,” writ­ten by David S. Goyer with art by Miguel Sepul­veda. It seems that Super­man appeares in Tehran to non-violently sup­port the pro­test­ers demon­strat­ing against the Iran­ian regime. Since Super­man is viewed as an Amer­i­can icon in the DC Uni­verse as well as our own, the Iran­ian gov­ern­ment has con­strued his actions as the will of the Amer­i­can Pres­i­dent, and indeed, an act of war.

Superman Renounces US Citizenship

Super­man Renounces US Citizenship

Supe­man no longer wants to appear as a force for just one coun­try, the United States but rather wants to be seen as a cit­i­zen of the World. Thus, he decides to renounce his US cit­i­zen­ship, stat­ing “truth, jus­tice and the Amer­i­can way– it’s not enough anymore.”

How do you feel about Super­man tak­ing on the world as his home?

HBO’s A Child’s Garden of Poetry Airs Tonight

A Child's Garden of Poetry

A Child’s Gar­den of Poetry

HBO’s ani­mated spe­cial A Child’s Gar­den of Poetry is set to air tonight on HBO Fam­ily at 7:30pm. Con­tem­pla­tive, inspir­ing, and full of heart, ‘A Child’s Gar­den of Poetry’ will trans­port you and your child and plant seeds for a life­long love of words.

The spe­cial includes poems read by award-winning per­form­ers Claire Danes, Car­rie Fisher, Josh Hamil­ton, Philip Sey­mour Hoff­man, Ziggy Mar­ley, Dave Matthews, Natalie Mer­chant, Julianne Moore, Liam Nee­son, and Jef­frey Wright, as well as record­ings by renowned poets E. E. Cum­mings, Edna St. Vin­cent Mil­lay, and Carl Sand­burg. It also fea­tures chil­dren recit­ing their favorite poems and speak­ing from the heart about what poetry means to them.

Fea­tur­ing works by the fol­low­ing poets: Li Bai, Mat­suo Basho, Robert Frost, E. E. Cum­mings, Emily Dick­in­son, Mary Ann Hober­man, Langston Hughes, Edward Lear, Claude McKay, Edna St. Vin­cent Mil­lay, Carl Sand­burg, William Shake­speare, Robert Louis Steven­son, William Wordsworth and William But­ler Yeats.

Welsh television actor Islwyn Morris dies at 90

Islwyn Morris

Islwyn Mor­ris

Welsh actor Islwyn Mor­ris, best known to many TV view­ers for por­tray­ing Idris in the 1990 BBC Wales com­edy Satel­lite City, died Tues­day. He was 90.

Mor­ris voiced the title role in “King March: A Story from Wales,” an episode of the Emmy-winning 2000 series Ani­mated Tales of the World.

For over 25 years, the Swansea-born actor played the part of David Tush­ing­ham in the Welsh-language soap opera Pobol y Cwm.

I worked with Islwyn on Satel­lite City for six years,” said series writer Boyd Clack, who also starred in the pro­gram. Islwyn was a great actor, a great man, it was an honor to have known him and worked with him.

He played my father in Satel­lite City. I lost my father when I was young, and I thought of him in a few ways as being a father fig­ure. For the first time, he became rec­og­nized by peo­ple in Wales — he thought it was funny, he quite enjoyed it,” Clack added.

He was very much a fam­ily man, and his faith meant a lot to him. Being with him was a con­stant pleasure.”

Mor­ris started his act­ing career in reper­tory the­ater. Among his early TV cred­its were Z Cars and The Dis­trict Nurse.

BBC Wales direc­tor Keith Jones described him as one of Wales’ most loved actors.

More on Islwyn Mor­ris at the Big Car­toon Forum

The Hockey Champ (1939) — Donald Duck Theatrical Cartoon Series

CotD: Clas­sic Don­ald with clas­sic com­edy, “The Hockey Champ” is from the golden era of Dis­ney animation ~

The Hockey Champ (1939) - Donald Duck

The Hockey Champ (1939) — Don­ald Duck

The Hockey Champ (1939) — Don­ald Duck The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Don­ald– the Hockey Cham­pion of Duck Swamp– plays a game of hockey with his nephews.

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A Little Sex In The Hair?

Tangled

Tan­gled

Once again, some peo­ple are look­ing for– and find­ing– secret mes­sages in Dis­ney car­toons, this time in the pro­mo­tional mate­r­ial for Tan­gled.

Because of it’s clean-cut, safe-for-children image, Dis­ney has often been a tar­get of groups look­ing for sex­ual con­tent in Disney’s films and theme parks.

So here is the image in ques­tion. Take a look, see what you think. Any­thing sex­ual here? Any secret writ­ing, or any­thing you might feel uncom­fort­able hav­ing your chil­dren see?

Tangled Promo Image

Tan­gled Promo Image

Pre­vi­ously, we have seen accu­sa­tions of the let­ters S-E-X in a cloud of dust in The Lion King (actu­ally, prob­a­bly there, but spelling SFX instead), naked women in a win­dow in The Res­cuers (yup, that was there, but not in home release!), fleet­ing glimpses of Jes­sica Rabbit’s under­wear in Who Framed Roger Rab­bit, and, prob­a­bly the most infa­mous of all, The Lit­tle Mer­maid with phallicly-shaped tow­ers, excited priests and a few other pos­si­ble transgressions.

Some of these urban leg­ends, like Aladdin telling Jas­mine to “take off her clothes” are obvi­ously the prod­uct of over­ac­tive imag­i­na­tions. Oth­ers, like the Lion King dust cloud, are there, but mis­con­strued. And some– like The Res­cuers top­less woman– there is no deny­ing; it is there.

The image from Tan­gled is alleged to show the word “sex” sub­lim­i­nally. Take a look again…can you see it?

Now, here it is traced out:

Tangled Sex

Tan­gled Sex

You can’t miss that… but is it inten­tional, that is the real ques­tion. Or is this someone’s over­ac­tive imag­i­na­tion. But per­haps the greater ques­tion is why? Why would Dis­ney– or an artist there– inten­tion­ally put the word sex into an ad. It seems to serve no pur­pose other than add to the great Dis­ney Sex Conspiracy…

Let us know what you think!