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The Tar Monster (1978) – The Scooby-Doo Show Cartoon Episode Guide

The Tar Monster (1978) - The Scooby-Doo Show

The Tar Monster (1978) - The Scooby-Doo Show

CotD: “The Tar Monster” is after Professor Brigston and his archeological dig, until those meddling kids put a stop to him…

The Tar Monster (1978) – The Scooby-Doo Show Cartoon Episode Guide

Stoner, chief assistant to Professor Brigston, frightens the native workers away from the discovery of the ancient city of Byzantius by masquerading as The Tar Monster, a legendary creature that protects the city. Scooby, Daphne, Shaggy, Velma and Fred, invited to see the ancient city by Professor Brigston, catch Stoner in the act and turn him over to the authorities, and give the treasures he found to the Turkish government.

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Eddie Murphy to voice “Hong Kong Phooey” in movie

Hong Kong Phooey

Hong Kong Phooey

Eddie Murphy will voice the animated lead character in Alcon Entertainment’s live-action/animated big-screen Hong Kong Phooey, an adaptation of the 1970s Hanna-Barbera animated TV series Hong Kong Phooey, Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove announced Wednesday.

In addition to voicing the character of Donkey in the box-office hit Shrek franchise, Murphy was also the voice of Mushu the Dragon in the successful animated epic Mulan. Murphy will next be seen in the comedies Tower Heist (co-starring Ben Stiller) from Universal Studios and A Thousand Words from DreamWorks.

Alex Zamm (Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts, Tooth Fairy 2) will direct. Kosove and Johnson will produce with Jay Stern and Brett Ratner. Steven P. Wegner will executive produce.

Said Johnson and Kosove: “We could not be happier that Eddie Murphy will star as Phooey. There is no overstating his contributions to cinema, and to such enduring stars of family entertainments such as Shrek and Dr. Doolittle. We look forward to watching him reimagine yet another classic character.”

Based on the cult classic series, a mild-mannered dog named Penry (Murphy) stumbles into a mystic ceremony and is accidentally granted mystic powers, including the ability to walk, talk and do kung fu. Under the tutelage of his kung fu master, Penry dons a costume and becomes Hong Kong Phooey, and, with the help of his trusting sidekick Spot the cat, cleans up a rogues’ gallery of wacky criminals.

Comedian-singer Scatman Crothers voiced Penry/Hong Kong Phooey in the original series.

Deal signed for live-action “Captain Planet” movie

Captain Planet

Captain Planet

Cartoon Network has signed a development agreement with action-adventure producer Don Murphy and partner Susan Montford and their company Angry Filmworks to develop a live-action motion picture based on groundbreaking, environment-saving animated hero Captain Planet And The Planeteers, Stuart Snyder, president and COO of Turner Broadcasting System Inc.’s Animation, Young Adults and Kids Media division, announced Tuesday.

The agreement gives Murphy and his company the exclusive rights to develop and package the property and advance it towards production.

Murphy and Angry Filmworks are most notably credited for the highly successful action-adventure franchise Transformers (2007), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011). Murphy and Montford together produced the upcoming Hugh Jackman film Real Steel with executive producer Steven Spielberg.

The company also is responsible for such action-oriented films as Shoot ‘Em Up (2007), The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), Apt Pupil (1998) and Natural Born Killers (1994).

“The messages of Captain Planet are even more relevant today,” said Snyder. “We feel this team can bring the world’s first eco-hero to life in a powerful motion picture that is not only pertinent, but entertaining.”

“We are extremely excited about bringing the good Captain back to life,” said Murphy. “His adventures are known worldwide, and he is recognized across generations. We expect to make a spectacular series of films with the amazing team at Cartoon Network.”

“With the earthquakes, tornadoes, melting icebergs and all the other problems threatening the world right now, Earth really needs her greatest defender,” said Montford.

In an effort to inform younger viewers about serious environmental issues, legendary cable entrepreneur Ted Turner partnered with DIC Enterprises in 1990 to create the world’s first animated environmental series, Captain Planet and the Planeteers. The series was about a group of young people who combine their special powers (The Planeteers) to summon Captain Planet, an environmental superhero, to battle the world’s worst eco-villains.

Captain Planet and the Planeteers premiered in fall 1990, airing domestically and internationally in syndication and on cable networks TBS and TNT. Six full seasons (including Hanna-Barbera’s 1993-96 incarnation The New Adventures of Captain Planet) were produced in the original run of the series.

The show featured the voice talents of multiple guest celebrities, including Whoopi Goldberg (Gaia), Meg Ryan (Dr. Blight), Martin Sheen (Sly Sludge), Edward Asner (Hoggish Greedly), James Coburn (Looten Plunder), Dean Stockwell (Duke Nukem) and Sting (Zarm). Winning multiple Environmental Media Awards across its production, Captain Planet and the Planeteers also scored several Daytime Emmy nominations.

His Mouse Friday (1951) – Tom and Jerry Theatrical Cartoon

CotD: Tom goes for a tropical holiday in 1951’s “His Mouse Friday” Do you like this Tom & Jerry short? ~ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/3121-His_Mouse_Friday.html

His Mouse Friday (1951) - Tom and Jerry

His Mouse Friday (1951) - Tom and Jerry

His Mouse Friday (1951) – Tom and Jerry Theatrical Cartoon Series

Shipwrecked on a desert island, Tom meets a “Robinson Crusoe” mouse who disguises himself as a cannibal, but the real cannibals arrive.

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The Chicken from Outer Space (1995) – What A Cartoon! Show

CotD: “The Chicken from Outer Space” was the short that spawned the Courage the Cowardly Dog series ~ http://www.bcdb.com/cartoon/39012-Chicken_from_Outer_Space.html

The Chicken from Outer Space (1995) - What A Cartoon! Show

The Chicken from Outer Space (1995) - What A Cartoon! Show

The Chicken from Outer Space (1995) – What A Cartoon! Show Cartoon Episode Guide

An elderly couple’s dog must defend them from a malicious space chicken, bent on conquest by infecting them with mutagenic eggs. The chicken’s goal? First this quiet farm in the middle of nowhere, next, the world.

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Warners hires writers for “Yogi Bear” movie sequel

Yogi Bear

Yogi Bear

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into Jellystone Park, Warner Bros. has signed the team of Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia to write a sequel to last December’s live-action/CG animated movie Yogi Bear.

The two previously collaborated on the script for Fox’s Rio and DreamWorks’ Mr. Peabody & Sherman — the latter set for release in 2004.

Once again, the Yogi opus will be produced by Donald De Line and Karen Rosenfelt. Andrew Haas is the executive producer, while Jon Berg is the supervisor for WB.

More successful than first predicted, the initial Yogi hybrid film opened in mid-December with just $16.4 million at the North American box office. It then showed its claws and made over $100 million in the United States — and another $100 million in other countries.

In that film, Brad Copeland joined Sternin and Ventimilia as the scriptwriters.

[Via Variety -- http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118037674]

New “Flintstones” TV series emerges from Rubble

The Flintstones

The Flintstones

Yabba dabba doo! Fox has picked up The Flintstones, a 21st-century version of the classic animated comedy from executive producer Seth MacFarlane.

In a cross-studio collaboration, The Flintstones will be produced jointly by 20th Century Fox Television and Warner Bros. Television. Warner Bros. is home to The Flintstones (1960-1966) via its ownership of the Hanna-Barbera collection of animated titles.

Dan Palladino (Gilmore Girls) and Kara Vallow (Family Guy) will also serve as executive producers. The Flintstones will begin production this fall and will be set in stone on the Fox schedule in 2013.

“The very first cartoon character I drew at age two was Fred Flintstone,” MacFarlane said Monday. “So it’s appropriate that events have come full circle, allowing me to produce the newest incarnation of this great franchise. Plus, I think America is finally ready for an animated sitcom about a fat, stupid guy with a wife who’s too good for him.”

“The Flintstones are among the funniest and most beloved characters in television history, and we can’t wait to introduce them to a whole new generation on Fox,” said Kevin Reilly, the Fox Broadcasting Company’s president of entertainment. “Fox has long been home to iconic families like the Simpsons and the Griffins, so I have no doubt that the Flintstones and the Rubbles are going to fit right in on our air.”

The (pre)historic return of The Flintstones will feature MacFarlane’s modern-day take on the lives of the Flintstones and the Rubbles, two hard-working middle-class families living with contemporary conveniences in the dinosaur-era town of Bedrock. The series centers on hard-headed patriarch Fred Flintstone and best friend and sidekick Barney Rubble. Fred’s Stone Age clan includes wife Wilma, daughter Pebbles and pet dinosaur Dino, while Barney’s brood consists of wife Betty and son Bamm-Bamm.

MacFarlane’s lineup of animated series continues to dominate Sunday nights. Everyone’s favorite families from Quahog, Langley Falls and Stoolbend will be back for more laughs as Family Guy, American Dad! and The Cleveland Show were recently renewed for a 10th, seventh and fourth seasons, respectively.

The Flintstones will be co-produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Warner Bros. Television. MacFarlane and Palladino serve as executive producers of the series and co-writers on the pilot. Vallow will serve as executive producer on the series.

Voice actors for the series will be announced.

The Flintstones and all related characters and elements are trademarks of Hanna-Barbera.

Home-Sweet Jellystone (1961) – Yogi Bear Episode Guide

CotD: He’s smarter than the av-er-age bear, and he gets his own show in 1961. Today’s episode is “Home Sweet Jellystone”

Yogi Bear Episode Guide

Yogi Bear Episode Guide

Home-Sweet Jellystone (1961) – Yogi Bear Episode Guide

Ranger Smith inherits millions from his Uncle Charlie, and has to quit his job to get it.

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Gold Paw (1986) – What’s New, Scooby-Doo? Episode Guide

CotD: From one of the current incarnations of Scooby Doo, we have 2005’s “Gold Paw”; what do you think of this show?

What's New, Scooby-Doo? Episode Guide

What's New, Scooby-Doo? Episode Guide

Gold Paw (1986) – What’s New, Scooby-Doo? Episode Guide

Scooby and the gang run into a mysterious golden monster who lives in the gold vault of Fort Knox, turning all who disturb him into golden statues.

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Cavey And The Baffling Buffalo Man (1980) – Captain Caveman Episode Guide

CotD: Today we chose a prehistoric episode of Captain Caveman, “Cavey And The Baffling Buffalo Man”

Cavey And The Baffling Buffalo Man (1980) - Captain Caveman Episode

Cavey And The Baffling Buffalo Man (1980) - Captain Caveman Episode

Cavey And The Baffling Buffalo Man (1980) – Captain Caveman Episode Guide

The Angels investigate a mysterious theft six months earlier. Captain Caveman was a prehistoric superhero unfrozen by three teenage beauties. They took him around in their van, solving mysteries across the country. And he could fly.

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