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.

Watch High Diving Hare at Big Cartoon DataBase

“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.

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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!