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NYTVF: Animation pilots

by Jen Creer, posted Sep 14th 2006 6:48PM
End of the LineI was excited to get the screener for the Animation pilots for the New York Television Festival, because if you can't go to the festival, you might as well get to watch stuff in advance right? Of course, now you can watch them, too, but that's beside the point. I requested the Animation pilot because A) I have kids, B) I also write for our sister blog, Blogging Baby, C) my husband loves Adult Swim on Cartoon Network, and that is kind of what these shows are like. Which renders A and B on my list completely irrelevant.

Reviewed here: End of the Line, Squid Dragon Legend and Strange Transmissions.

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Four Evangelion movies in the works

by Brett Love, posted Sep 13th 2006 1:49PM
EvangelionJapanese anime studio Gainax has announced that they are going to do four more movies in the Evagelion series. Neon Genesis Evangelion began in '95 and had a run of 26 episodes. The story is much too dense to summarize here, but essentially it is about a group of teens that pilot biomechanical mechas against invading forces. Much more detail is available at the Evangelion wikipedia page.

The popularity of the series led to the story being continued in '97 and '98 with three movies, Death and Rebirth, The End of Evangelion, and Revival of Evangelion. All three movies borrow heavily from the series and present an alternate ending to the story. The first three of the new movies will be an alternate version of the series, including new backgrounds, characters, and scenes. The fourth movie is a new conclusion to the Evangelion story. Release dates have been announced as July '07, January '08 and June '08.

[ via comingsoon.net ]

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Good book: Cartoon Modern

by Adam Finley, posted Sep 4th 2006 3:01PM
fred flintstoneSometime ago I had a brief e-mail confab with Amid Amidi, a cartoon historian and writer who also worked for Spumco, John K's animation studio. We talked about a book he was working on titled Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in Fifties Animation. That book is now available for purchase, and I recommend it to anyone interested in this particular era of animation and design. The book is filled with wonderful production stills and sketches from the television age, and Amidi goes into great details about the production studios (Hanna Barbera, Terrytoons, etc.) as well as all the great artists of that era who took a new direction from the animated images of the 30s and 40s and introduced a brand new modern aesthetic: Tom Oreb, Maurice Nobel, and the recently deceased Ed Benedict, who was able to create distinct characters for Hanna Barbera on a low budget that are still admired today. Amidi also has a Web site called Cartoon Modern, and he runs the Cartoon Brew site with fellow animation buff Jerry Beck.

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Ruh roh, Raggy! Scooby-Doo returns to Saturday morning TV

by Richard Keller, posted Apr 28th 2006 9:15AM

Scooby returns to Saturday morning TVThere are some cartoon characters that have a permanent shield of double-thick steel around them. When you think they're finally gone, they come back in a new form.

Take our pal Scooby-Doo, for example. Scooby and his Mystery Inc. friends have been with us since 1969. That's 37 years, kids; 259 in dog years (you knew I had to throw in that joke, didn't ya?). Since then he's been paired with Fred, Daphne, and Velma, the Scooby-Doobies (From Laff-a-Lympics), Dynomutt, Vincent Price and, ahem, Scrappy-Doo. After leaving Saturday mornings in the late '80s, he returned with the entire Mystery Inc in What's New Scooby-Doo for the Kids WB.

Now he's back again in this fall's 'Kids WB on the CW' (catchy, ain't it?) in Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue. In this show... well, perhaps you should jump to find out what it's all about, and also see some of the other new series premiering next fall on Kids WB.

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Nickelodeon -- World Conquerer

by Richard Keller, posted Mar 16th 2006 11:07PM

Nickelodeon NetworkWell, it turns out that Nickelodeon is trying to its darndest to become ruler of the universe. Er, that would be the children's programming universe.

At the recent upfront presentation for the media, Nickelodeon president Cyma Zarghami informed the audience that 70 of the top 70 children's programs were on their channel. In fact, according to Zarghami, the network's lead is 101% over their nearest competitor, Cartoon Network. Well, I guess they can brag a little bit.

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Full Metal Alchemist: The ultimate animated chess game?

by Jay Allen, posted Dec 6th 2005 8:26PM
Full Metal AlchemistI'm a raving fan of Full Metal Alchemist. Judging by a TV Japan poll that ranked it as the best  anime ever, this adoration is shared worldwide. And yet, at times, I've found myself growing frustrated at the pace of the show. The last episode on Adult Swim that I felt moved along at a pace pleasing to my Western, ADHD-addled brain was "Theory of Avarice", in which Ed (supposedly) killed Greed. Since then, we've been treated to a series of episodes dwelling on Envy's background, Scar's motivations, the fate of Greed's cohorts after the last major battle, and - most unnecessarily - Winri's realization this week that Sloth is Ed and Al's mother, resurrected as a homunculus. (Welcome to the party, Winri; Al and the rest of us had this figured out WEEKS ago.)

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RoboCop, others join cast of 24

by Anna Johns, posted Nov 19th 2005 3:37PM
robocopFOX just announced more additions to the cast of 24. We already know that a hobbit (Sean Astin) and Jean Smart are going to be on 24 next season, now three more actors are joining the cast list. Peter Weller, who played RoboCop in the 1980s, will play a federal agent who was Jack Bauer's mentor. JoBeth Williams, of Fever Pitch, plays Weller's wife. And British actor Julian Sands, who was in Time Code and A Room with a View, is one of the new bad guys. His character's name is Vladimir Bierko. FOX isn't revealing a lot of information about the plot (we don't want to know anyway, do we?), but last time we saw Jack, he was presumed dead and had a fake identity. The season premiere is four hours long. It airs January 15 and 16.

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Full Metal Alchemist, Episode 34: Theory of Avarice

by Jay Allen, posted Nov 6th 2005 7:05PM
Greed battles Edward ElricGrab a scorecard, folks. Even though a character dies at the end of this show, it's still a challenge keeping track of all the competiting interests at work.

Previously, the homunculus Greed had kidnapped Al to try and pry from him the "secret of eternal life". Unbeknownst to Greed, however, military man Frank Archer has allied himself with Greed's homunculi enemies, who track down Greed's crew (along with the captured Al). The homunculi Lust and Gluttony appear to destroy Greed, but Greed's comrades insist that Greed flee while they battle. Showing a loyalty uncharacteristic of his kind, Greed initially refuses, but eventually runs. The battle doesn't end well for Greed's side: in what must be the most grisly way to die ever devised, Gluttony ends up eating his friends.

Greed flees to Dante's house, only to find Dante (apparently) dead and her assistant, Lyra, attending the house. Lyra weakens Greed by trapping him in an alchemical circle and forcing him to spit up the stones which give him his life. Greed realizes what's happening moments before Ed charges back into Dante's house, demanding that Greed return Ed's brother. Greed doesn't mention that he's already let Al go, and instead coaxes Ed into battle. But...why? We soon learn that Greed has his reasons.

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Full Metal Alchemist, Episode 32: Dante of the Deep Forest

by Jay Allen, posted Oct 23rd 2005 8:17PM
Full Metal Alchemist: WrathIf you're not watching the English dubs of Full Metal Alchemist Saturday nights on Adult Swim - well, you're missing one of the best shows on TV, anime or otherwise. The show follows the adventures of Edward and Alphonse Elric, two teen prodigies who excel in the art of alchemy. When their mother dies, they attempt the forbidden ritual of Human Transmutation to resurrect her, a failed bid that leave Al's soul trapped in a suit of armor and Ed with a mechanical arm and leg. The boys then set off on a quest to become state-sponsored alchemists, leveraging the state's resources to find the mysterious Philosopher's Stone - the only hope they have of undoing the damage they've done to themselves.

Adult Swim has been showing new dubbed episodes. The current plot line centers around the Homunculi, a group of "created creatures" who are brought into existence whenever an alchemist attempts a forbidden Human Transmutation. Ed and Al have recently discovered that their alchemical teacher, Izumi, attempted her own transmutation years before in a despertae attempt to bring her stillborn baby back to life. Now the result of her sin, the Homunculus Wrath, is on the loose. And worse yet? Unlike other Homunculi who can't perform alchemy, Wrath can transmute objects easily...because he possesses Ed's severed arm and leg.

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