(06-21-09) Yes, Slappy may be glad that I made it thru the DTV transition! In fact I transitioned with a new… Refurbished E-Machines PC I got from E-retailer Tiger Direct, best known as Comp USA and the new Circuit City Online. Just got this PC a couple of weeks ago and I’m upgrading everything and got rid of the way slow DELL PC I got in 2003. That PC is no longer suitable for You Tube videos and could not even add another program, since it kept updating itself with the 10GB hard drive and leave me with a mere 500 MB of space to work the issues. I mean, that PC was able to survive 3 hurricanes and 2 Greyhound trips between Orlando and Seattle in 2007 and 2008. But now, is time to move on and add extra space with 160 GB hard drive, instead of 10 GB! On top of that, the old DELL PC has a Celeron processor running at 462 MHZ, which could make “Sonic The Hedgehog,” “Road Runner” and “Speedy Gonzalez” to even laugh at me! SLOW MO!!!!
Now, regarding the Save Animaniacs updates, I will be doing those from time to time, but don’t expect me to wake up Slappy every day to find out what’s going on! All I can tell is that Slappy cursed The Orlando Magic during the NBA Finals…
SLAPPY: “Lakers! I love the Lakers! I just want an autograph of the Gasoline guy!” (No offense to Pau Gasol, but he got enough gasoline to defeat the Magic!)
“This is The Alvin Show, The Alvin Show on DVD!” (Just sing it!)
(06-21-09) Back in 1961, TV’s across the nation would be turned on to see that trio of singing Chipmunks with the often misadventures of “Alvin,” “Simon” and “Theodore” having a good time. But, even after all these years, you wondered, what ever happened to the original “The Alvin Show?” I often recall seen this series around the 1980’s, when NBC started doing the “Alvin & The Chipmunks” series, but the original “The Alvin Show” was like fading to black. The series was never released to VHS video or DVD and quite often, a You Tube video of “The Alvin Show” may pop up, but deleted under copyright infringement. However, there is some hope for you fans of “The Alvin Show,” according to Viacom’s Paramount Studios, there are plans to release the first episodes of “The Alvin Show” on DVD during the month of September. This appears to be a sign that the show may be fully released later in 2010. The September 8, 2009 release, is a compilation of the first episode of “The Alvin Show” and comes with 2 “Alvin & The Chipmunks” TV specials (I assume those are the DIC or MWS episodes from mid 80’s, since Warner Brothers only has the Ruby-Spears made episodes.). But, I may assume that future releases of “The Alvin Show” may come with some extras on it. Now, I don’t expect a “Clyde Crashup” episode on this release, but if you like to see those, then ask Viacom to release the full series on DVD.
Testing on Open Office and new computer coming soon?
(04-23-09) This update is done in Open Office, not on the Netscape's Web Browser editor, as I have been doing for a while. However, there is the possibility of upgrading the old DELL PC that has survived 5 Hurricanes, a trip to Seattle and back to Orlando and yes, is an old Windows 98/XP based PC with a slow Intel Celeron, 256 RAM and 466 MHZ, when all the new PC's are 2 GB RAM and 2.5 GHZ and I'm not that geek to figure out! But, yes, this computer has pass the test of time, but unfortunately, the memory is getting shorter by the minute. In fact, I had to delete some older files and make some extra space on the old 10 GB hard drive (Don't laugh at me, but that is what I bought in 2003! Now the 1 TB hard drive is king!), just to install Open Office, in order to help one of my brothers to do the college materials in it. But, since I thought that having Open Office was a good idea, I decided to give it a test drive and see how it works for editing the Save Animaniacs Campaign page. I also apologize for the lack of updates, but lately there has not been that many news to handle. I may update for the June 12's Analog to DTV switchover later. But, I will most likely get a new computer soon.
Spongebob can't stand BK spoof!
(04-23-09) Spongebob could not stand an ad for BK.... Why not do an ad for “The Krusty Crabs?” The Burger King ad has been heavily criticized by Parent's organizations, due to the explicit content being shown. The ad is mostly run on network TV during the prime time hours. It has been seen on sporting events, from Major League Baseball to the NBA Playoffs (Gooo Magic!) and some reality shows. But not seen on Cartoon Network or Nickelodeon to be exact. The reason, of course, it shows some models with the “Burger King” guy, doing a rap song. But, the nasty part, is causing some bad reactions. Just to place squared things inside your pants, sounds too crazy to show to a kid 7 to 12 years old. Burger King Corporation explained that the ad was aimed to adult audience and would only be shown on Prime Time Network TV. I got it, but why show it at the time, kids are watching the NBA Playoffs or American Idol to be exact? Anyway, the ad was to promote the Spongebob Squarepants Toys in the Burger King's Kids Menu. Does that makes you hungry?
Is Disney returning to the old days of Walt? Is “EARTH” at his best!
(04-23-09) Maybe is me, but it looks like Disney may be returning to the days of late Walt Disney era, where the family flicks where the best looking performers. But, I'm not talking of the computer generated PIXAR content. But, remember or, your parents even remember the old Disney classics, being narrated by Walt Disney himself?
Take a look to a new Disney movie that came in on Earth Day! Is called “Earth” and it gave me the impression that I was watching 1960's Disney styled movie, made in a natural and real environment with no scripts attached, no computer generated movie and no crazy punch lines that could hurt the most sensible watcher. So, for those of you that recall watching “The March of The Penguins”, you are right, Disney is targeting that audience, but this one has more than a simple march.
However, it was Walt Disney himself, after the 1940's release of “Bambi,” that took the idea of filming real wildlife at his best and portrayed into the movie screens, whenever it was a short, before an animated classic, or as part of the “Wonderful World of Disney” TV series, back in the 60's or 70's. Then of course, a familiar voice is narrating the movie. No other than James Earl Jones (“This is CNN!”) of “The Lion King” fame, is giving audiences a glimpse of what earth's creatures endures every day to survive our world. Kinda like an animal version of “The Amazing Race” and “Survivor” would offer!
Of course, “Earth” is not your typical “Happy Ending” movie, like “Hanna Montana!” Since this is an unscripted movie or simply put as reality movie, where every creature must endure survival, in order to live (Remember “The Lion King”, when Mufasa got killed in an stampede?), so you may expect some violent moment and that may hit the sensible ones. Even the movie got a G rating, because it is not that violent, but there is a moment where an animal will attack another one to survive. But, you may like to get your kids to see a family tradition that even Walt Disney created and wanted to endure for generations to come.
soon... The Nick JR
Network? Oh Dora!
(03-17-09) Here comes, more network switch over... This time, is the new Nick JR Network, who will take over The Noggin Network. Just recently, Disney converted the Toon Disney Network and rebranded as Disney XD Network. Now is Nickelodeon's turn, to give Dora The Explorer and The Backyardigans, their own 24/7 Network. Now, wait a second... Did Noggin was already doing the Nick JR shows already? Just like Dora's cousin Diego (Go Diego, Go!) says: "What did you know?" I just wonder, when Nickelodeon, will become a 24/7 Network and dump the Nick At Night Block? Of course, Nick at Night is mostly the TV Land Network, so you get the idea!
Disney dumps The Power Rangers..... ?????!!!!
(03-17-09) Oh my! What had Disney done in a bad economy? Just found out, that Disney has decided to get rid of one of the most powerful properties ever done. The once powerful Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (Ever wonder why Animaniacs did a Power Ranger spoof?), has ceased to exist, according to reports posted in entertainment media.
Now, this is not new-news to me, but already it was to come, as the series, being filmed in New Zealand, based on the Japanese property "Tokusatsu Super Sentai" has become a low rating series, since Disney took the show, as part of the Saban's ABC Family property acquisition in 2001 and on top of that, FOX Networks announced the end of the FOX KIDS block, in 2002.
The series was first produced in 1993 and after 17 seasons with 670+ episodes and 2 movies, is one of the longest running TV series, behind popular series, like The Simpsons and Pokemon, to name a few. But, guess what? The Power Rangers has been around, but not all of us was watching it!
Besides, Disney took the show, to the ABC KIDS's Saturday Morning block. However, lots of ABC affiliates did choose not to show the Power Rangers, instead opting for local news or paid programing! Yes FOX, you have company! The Power Rangers has also been shown on Toon Disney (Disney XD) and Jetix. Sadly, the days of "Go Go Power Rangers" are coming to an end, courtesy of the Mouse himself! By the way, I still assuming that the person that brought the Power Rangers to FOX in 1993, is now trying to understand the Spanish Language, since he owns the Univision Network!
YAKKO: "Yes Hain Saban, 'Se habla español!'"
Workshops gets pink
slips too? Elmo's World!
(03-17-09) The bad economy, continues to strike... We need Hay Pennies! Comes world from Elmo, that Sesame Workshops, the creators of Sesame Street, has pink slipped some employees in their corporate offices. While, the TV show will not be affected by the outcome of the pink slip syndrome, the bad economy continues to take a toll on the popular children's property itself. Not to mention that Mickey Mouse is sending more pink slips already too!
Spielberg, you are going to Disney! But not the Sibs?
(02-08-09) Just like in the Animaniacs short "This Pun For Hire!" Steven Spielberg is going to Disney...
YAKKO: "There's a Mouse in my drink!"
As expected, Disney has agreed to take the Dreamworks Studio, lead by the Animaniacs creator. In exchange, Disney will receive a 9% Percent profit from any Dreamworks Studio film that Disney releases, under the Touchstone Pictures label. However, Spielberg will still be doing business with Universal, since he still has the Dreamworks Studio office in Los Angeles and also, will continue as part of the Universal Theme Park's Advisor board. The deal would bring Disney, to a major deal, since the takeover of the PIXAR Studios and would put the Mouse House in a competitive field regarding major motion pictures release during the Summer season.
But, no Sibs will be allowed at Cinderella's Castle? I would love if there was a deal with Warner Brothers. Would have reunited Spielberg with the Animaniacs! But, Mickey Mouse cheated on Yakko! "Sorry Bob!"
DOT: "Mouse! Go fig!"
Universal makes PINK SLIP to Dreamworks!
DOT: "Who are those guys?"
YAKKO: "The stuff Dreamworks are made off!"
(Quote from: "This Pun For Hire")
(02-08-09) The signs of bad economy times, had yet to take another toll, this time on Steven Spielberg's own Dreamworks Studio, who was in partnership with Universal Studios. However, the entertainment giant, citing financial issues, decided to PINK SLIP the Dreamworks Studios and shows them, out the door!
What this means? If you thought of a Transformers 2 movie, I think it is more likely dead.... Did you read the blog about Microsoft derailing the Flight/Train Simulator game? The same derailment here, with Universal and Dreamworks!
Thought there are some rumors than needs to be verified, citing that Dreamworks was apparently working on a Disney deal, but no word from the Mouse House has been verified. Amid the fact that Dreamworks was co-created by Spielberg, with David Geffen and former Disney executive Jeffrey Katzenberg, which departed Disney after a bad relationship with now former chairman Michael Einsner.
However, this could mean that Dreamworks would seek a partnership with a major studio.... Could that be Warner Brothers? "I heard there is a mouse on my drink!" I'll kept you posted!
DTV delayed and confusing!
(02-08-09) Well, the Save Animaniacs Campaign has been partnered with the National Campaign for the Digital TV transition for over a year and we have promoted the Analog to DTV switch for quite some time, since my days in Seattle WA and my return to Orlando FL. The date that was originally set for February 17, 2009, has been delayed by the Congress and President Barack Obama. Now the new date is set for June 12, 2009.
However, the new date set has created more confusion than what is going on right now. While over 90% of the US population is aware of the DTV transition, the Nielsen Rating system tells a different story. There are more than 6 million households that are not ready to switch the Analog TV to DTV. In fact, there are more than 3 million request for DTV converter boxes, or better known as the $40 dollars coupon to discount the cost of the DTV converter, which retails for $50+ dollars. The problem is, there is more demand than coupons available, so if you try to get a DTV coupon, chances are, that you may have to pay out of pocket for the converter box.
Other options are to buy a new TV set that receives Digital signals, which cost somewhere in the $129.00 level or less, or subscribe to Cable TV to receive the local channels, which cost somewhere in the $15 to $25 dollars a month for basic or limited cable TV (You get with basic limited cable, the local channels, but no Nickelodeon or Food Network). Still the law, will give you until June 12, to get ready for the Digital TV switch. But, there is a catch!
Since the new law, does not commit any full power or local TV station to stay on Analog, after February 17, 2009, any TV station can request the Federal Communications Commission or FCC, to let them switch to Digital broadcast, on February 17, or earlier than June 12, 2009. In fact, dozens of TV stations in key markets have requested the FCC to let them switch to DTV by next week, on the 17th. Most of the Network owned channels will stay on Analog until June 12.
So again, make sure that your TV is DTV ready. If you have Cable TV like me, you don't need to worry about this. This only applies to the older TV sets that gets a TV signal with the cursed "Wabbit Ears" like Bugs Bunny!
"What's up Doc? DTV ready?"
Disney dumps Narnia? Fox rescues the Lion's tale!
(02-08-09) Like the signs of bad economy are nowhere to fade out, just last December, in a quiet mode, Disney decided to stop financing the Walden Media's well known "Chronicles of Narnia" movie franchise. While the movie was having some financial set backs at the box office, after the "Prince of Caspian" release, there where some questioning, if the 3rd installment in the C.S. Lewis novel based movie, would see the light, after executives with Disney thought that the cost of making the movie was not in their best interest. (Get the stimulus checks?)
Thought Walden Media is currently in the planning phase of the next installment, based on "The Voyage of Dawn Treader's" book, the fact is that 20th Century Fox may give "Narnia" a try. As long as Aslan the Lion does not get the "Bart Simpson's" look on the next movie.... "Doh!"
BREAKING NEWS: Cookie Jar breaks deal with American Greetings! No merger with Arthur and Strawberry Shortcake?
(01-07-09) What? American Greetings is no longer a partner with Cookie Jar Entertainment? What did Arthur (PBS KIDS) had to say about breaking out with Strawberry Shortcake and The Care Bears?
DW: "Geez Arthur! I told you those bears are not friendly!"
Now, just to refresh you all on this mess, last June, Cookie Jar Entertainment, agreed to purchase the DIC animated library. However, the library also included the animated series Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears and Sushi Pack. As a result of this, card maker American Greetings, challenged in Ohio State Courts, the merger of the above properties with Canadian based Cookie Jar, without a negotiation from AG. Then in July, American Greetings and Cookie Jar Entertainment, agreed on the characters being sell off to Cookie Jar. The deal, that was supposed to be approved last fall, has been kept on hold. Now, comes word that the 2 sides decided to call off the merger.
What this means, is that The Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake, will not go to the Canadians, as first thought. Still I wonder if Disney or Warner Brothers, will try to make a deal for the characters, or will still remain under the American Greetings brand? More to come! But, Arthur is not happy!
VIACOM scuffle with Time Warner and Bright House is over, but who pays the broken glass?
(01-01-09) The new year 2009, came and saw a big surprise! It was adverted the removal of the 19 Viacom owned channels MTV/Comedy Central/Nickelodeon, from Cable TV giant Time Warner Cable and Advance Newhouse's Bright House Networks (Which I rename it The Asterisk Networks, since they keep showing those Asterisk commercials in the Orlando and Tampa markets!). The networks where not removed by midnight of January 1st, so MTV was still showing the Time Square's big ball drop, while Spongebob Squarepants and Jon Steward where still making fun of themselves at Nickelodeon and Comedy Central.
So, how did it happened? Word is that a deal regarding fee increase to Cable subscribers was placed on the table and both Time Warner and Bright House where not satisfied with it. Then VIACOM started a guerilla campaign tactic, by showing a crying Dora The Explorer, embracing his pal Boots The Monkey. A headline with a question that reads "Why is Dora crying?" and then reads Time Warner or Bright House Networks will drop off 19 Viacom channels, including Nickelodeon. The ad was inserted on The New York Times, The LA Times and even Tampa Tribune and Orlando Sentinel in Florida. The ads where followed by 800 toll free numbers to either Time Warner or Bright House customer service numbers.
It appears the pressure mounted by VIACOM, has made the Cable providers to negotiate a fee increase in the next month or 2, but details of the deal where not revealed. However, I ask myself, "Who is paying the broken glass?" The cable TV subscriber is the one that pays and therefore, must decide, which channels the subscriber wants, instead of the cable TV companies having to negotiate and even take down channels, while the customer has little or no choice at all. So, I guess for now, greedy VIACOM is singing like Dora The Explorer...
"WE DID IT! WE DID IT! YAY!!!!"
is making a comeback!
Spanish actors from
striking the decision from the dubbing company
You probably found this article in the ARCHIVED news or the BLOG page, but I'm going to re-update this feature, about the Mexican voice cast of "The Simpsons" and "Yu-Gi-Oh".
month, the new voices of the cartoons "Los Simpsons" and "Yu-Gi-Oh"
will be heard on most latin networks. The fact that the union
actors in Mexico where on strike, after the dubber for Disney Classics
and the current series, decided to stop paying higher salary to the
cast and offer hourly wages to anyone that can make the voice of the
has been providing the voice to "Homero" for the last 15 year, the same
way is done by Dan Castellaneta. Same as for Marina Huerta who
has been making the spanish voices on "Rugrats". So there are
like hundreds of voice talents in Mexico, but most of them are being
replaced by unknown persons that will accept a humble pay of less than
$2.50 per hour, just for lending their voices to "Spongebob
Squarepants" or "Seto Kaiba" of "Yu-Gi-Oh".
So you ask, how
much is Nancy Cartwright being pay for voicing "Bart"?
$500,000 (Half a million dollars!) so to say! By the way, in Mexico, the Union that groups the voice cast, went to court asking a judge to consider that the Union has been replaced by untalented people, in breach of a contract they have since the early 1950's. The Mexican court did not wanted to see the case, because any corporation that changes hands, has the right to do a new agreement, or simply cancel the current one. That's what happened with the dubbers in Mexico. They changed hands and breached the contract with the union and Mexican authorities tells "That's OK!" Go Figure!
meantime, FOX will not comment on the voice drama in Mexico and will
allow the dubbing of "Los Simpsons" (The Simpsons) and "Reyes de
Colina" (King Of The Hill) with the new voice cast!
Sony won't release
This is what happens
when SONY buys MGM!
The remake of the
classic movie "Pink Panther" starring actor Steve Martin, that was
about to be released in August, has now been delayed until 2006.
Sony claims that the
studio needs more time to promote the "Pink Panther" movie, according
to a press release:
"With the recent acquisition of MGM, we
wanted to give our marketing department the time and opportunity to
launch this very important franchise..." Unquote
Some analyst are
telling that SONY was under pressure of a failure by releasing the
movie, against the movie remake of the classic TV series "The Dukes Of
Hazard" with Johnny Knoxville. Also a spin off of the cult
classic movie "Office Space" by "King of The Hill's" creator Mike
Judge, is on the view. So SONY decided to play it safe!
Now on a related note, if you like the "Pink Panther" cartoons and wondered, where is the pink one? Cartoon Network's Boomerang is returning the series to their line up on June 27 at 7:30 PM EDT. The series will include the original theatrical shorts, as well as TV produced series. I wonder if the classic "Pink Panther and Sons" that was seen on NBC TV in 1984 will be added?
"Oh no! I just
found aliens at
I think those are "PBS
the news that the US Congress
will stop the
funding for the Corporation For Public Broadcasting (PBS), there has
been too many eyebrows been raised, with some concerns about what's
going on within the Government and Public TV.
all related to the controversy
with the infamous "Buster Baxter" from the "Arthur" and
"Postcards From Buster" series!
you may recall, in early 2005,
the US Secretary
Of Education, Margaret Spellings, wrote to the CPB a very angry
letter, asking PBS to return money from the Federal Grant known as
"READY TO LEARN/NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND", after a review of the episode
from "Postcards From Buster" entitled "Sugartime-Vermont". This
episode was retired from the PBS KIDS line up, but it was offered to
any PBS affiliate to review and broadcast it on their own. The
reason? "Buster" meets several kids and their 2 moms. Now,
since this topic may be offensive to some, I will restrain of using the
found this matter to be so
annoying and quite
stupid, because if you saw the series, why there is an episode where
religion is observed? In case you wonder, "Buster" goes to Utah
and meets the "Mormon" family and they even pray at dinner. So is
that a separation of both Church and Government as expressed in the US
the meantime, the Congress will
budget cuts to PBS and will stop funding "Sesame Street",
"Teletubbies", "Arthur", "Buster", "Dragon Tales", "Clifford" and more
Give thanks to the Health Department with those "SMALL STEPS" PSA's
ELMO: "Luis, you know what time is it now?"
LUIS: "What time is it?"
ELMO: "NAP TIME!!!!!" (Elmo lays head over Luis)
Remember this ad? It is part of the national campaign known as "SMALL STEPS" from the Department of Health and Human Services. Why I am bringing it now?
Did you saw the new episode of Sesame Street? I hope not! You where watching a shocker! Our beloved "Cookie Monster" being told not to eat "Sometimes Food", but to eat "Always Food". If confused, here's the idea:
SOMETIMES FOOD=JUNK FOOD
ALWAYS FOOD=HEALTHY FOOD
So what if you saw "Sesame Street" and found this weird looking owl teaching "Cookie Monster" to eat "Always Food"? CALM DOWN! Give thanks to the Secretary of Education! Also give thanks to the Health Department, for bringing that out during the "Small Step" campaign!
Sounds weird, but the producers of PBS KIDS "Sesame Street" are moderating "Cookie Monster's" bad habit of yelling "ME WANT COOKIES!"
HIT ENTERTAINMENT GETS UNSOLICITED OFFER FROM CLASSIC MEDIA
BARNEY: "I love you, you love me, where a classic family, with a great big hug and a Veggie Tale from me..."
BOB TOMATO: "Hold it big purple devil! That is not the way we hear that song!"
Classic Media, who owns the rights to the "Veggie Tales", "Rocky And Bullwinkle" and "Lassie" has made an unsolicited bid to HIT ENTERTAINMENT, the owners of "Barney" and "Bob The Builder". However HIT already has a merger offer from European group APAX PARTNERS (If you are familiar with "Virgin Radio" in The UK, the APAX PARTNERS owns shares of it.). Also other contenders include THE LIONS GATE GROUP, who owns the video release rights to Mattel's "Barbie" and SCHOOLASTIC's/PBS KIDS "Clifford The Big Red Dog". HIT ENTERTAINMENT is not yet considering any offers, but recently recommended to their shareholders to consider a bid from APAX for $917 million dollars. Now the question would be? Who wants "Barney"?
Atlanta Braves to invite "Scooby Doo" for family fun
"Take me out to the ball game, take me out to see 'Scooby Doo'...."
Well, The Atlanta Braves is about to grant your wish "Scooby" fan! The Atlanta Braves will premiere the new "Aloha, Scooby Doo" film during the weekend of April 10th. This came from The Atlanta Braves press office.
"The Braves are thrilled to partner with Cartoon Network and Warner Home Video to have this premiere for our fans and to offer it on the world's largest high-definition screen," said Derek Schiller, senior vice president of sales/marketing for the Braves. "This event is a perfect example of how the Braves look to add value to the experience for fans at Turner Field for the coming season."
"Aloha, Scooby-Doo will be the very first film to be presented on this magnificent high-definition screen at Turner Field," said Dennis Adamovich, senior vice president of marketing for Cartoon Network. "One of our key marketing objectives is to utilize key character franchises such as Scooby-Doo to create one-of-a-kind Cartoon Network brand experiences for fans to enjoy away from their televisions. This post-game screening offers lots of laughs and thrills for the entire family, and builds anticipation for the all-new 'Tooner Field' we're developing on site with The Braves, to be unveiled this summer."
What is the "Tooner Field"? Kind of like Scooby Doo and Bugs Bunny's Major League Baseball franchise. In fact Tweety will sing:
TWEETY: "Take me out to the ball game, take me out to the park! Buy me some bird seeds and 'Cracker Jack'... I taw I taw a putty that, I see, I see a 'putty that' in that right field....."
SILVESTER: "Take me out to the bird cage, take me out to the bird..."
Ever wonder what happened to those lost "Pokemon" episodes?
Ask "Pikachu", but if you ever wondered why certain episodes of the cartoon "Pokemon" and "Pokemon Advance Generation" seen on KIDS WB, has not been showed? Perhaps the only episodes they have not show was the one that caused epilepsy in Japanese children ("Porygon") and another episode that uses fire arms (I believe is the "Dratini" episode).
But how about episodes that started showing after the US DVD released "Mewtwo Returns"? These where episode not related to the series main plot. In other words, whereas an episode was about "Ash" and "Pikachu" with the "twerps" (Either "Brock" & "Misty", or "May" and "Max"), then on certain occasions, an episode was about "Team Rocket" or about "Ritchie and Moltres" (Not seen in the USA!). Those episodes where referred as "Pokemon Chronicles".
Currently there are 26 episodes and is believe that more are in production, however the chances to see this mini "Pokemon" features are mostly dim. Since 4KIDS Entertainment, holds the episodes for the Pokemon Series, they have not decided how and when to release those episodes. Neither KIDS WB has decided if they plan to show those during their weekend schedules or will simply go ahead with the regular episodes.
But, after looking at the "Pokemon Spoiler" page at Serebii, chances are that those episode will see the light on DVD after all. It is also confirmed that Cartoon Network UK, will broadcast those episodes during the month of May....
MAX: "Why May has a month? Can I have one?"
...I said May 2005! Where in the calendar says Max?
MAX: "No way!!!"
Tribute to Pope John Paul II welcomed, by Colombians
Talk about a cartoon with the late Pope John Paul II. This is how a Colombian non Catholic is paying his respects to the late pontiff. Creating a comic strip where John Paul II is reborn and becomes a faith fighter against spiritual evil. Is like "Batman" meets Jesus (No offense, but that is how they are describing it!).
"The Incredible Pope Man" is the name given to the cartoon and comic strip that turns the late Pope in a super hero. "The pope was a real-life superhero, of flesh and blood," said Colombian artist Rodolfo Leon, a non-practicing Catholic who has been working on the comic book for about a year. Leon said he was saddened by the death of John Paul II, whom he admired. The artist worried some people might be offended by such a revered figure becoming a comic book hero, but said the reception so far has been good. So when the comic book will be available? Perhaps it is not yet known when will be available, but sources tells that the book may be sold in Colombia, Canada, Mexico, Poland (The birth place of The Pope) and quite possibly The United States. No offense, but at least they should show some respect for The Pope.
A few days ago, I found a new concept being adopted by 4KIDS ENTERTAINMENT, the holders of popular cartoons like "Pokemon", "Yu-gi-oh" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". Meet "The Wumblers", a collection of cartoons made out of "Watermelon". Yummy?
Actually the concept was introduced by Laura Wellington, who founded "The Silly Goose Company LLC" to represent the new project. 26 episodes (these are 52 episodes of 11 minutes each) are being produced in London by "Cosgrove Hall Films" (Remember the cartoon "Count Duckula" on the old Nickelodeon?), thru Peak Entertainment. The series is aimed at pre-school age and is about a kid named "Bertrum" and his pal "Raymundo" the Spanish snail.
Yes is true! "The Wumblers" are made of watermelon! This according to The Silly Goose Company LLC:
"The Wumblers are multi-colored, bulbous-shaped characters whose food falls from the sky, whose babies come from watermelon, and whose stories embody social values based upon the common thread of humanity. Such values include mutual respect, fairness, and acceptance."
Sounds sweet! When to expect this new animated show? It is not yet known when and where to see it, but I'll say, probably by fall. Since 4KIDS hold the license to the series, I may say that they would give it to the FOX's 4KIDS TV weekend block, or to Cartoon Network, since some of their series are being moved there. But this could change any time.
What is wrong with some postcards anyway?
Despite the big controversy over "Buster Baxter", his best pal "Arthur" is showing some insights in food allergy. According to a press release from "The Cookie Jar" company (Formerly known as CINAR), the PBS KIDS series "Arthur" will address the issue of food allergies, when the episode "Binky Goes Peanuts" debuts on April the 8th. In the episode, "Binky" the sometimes bully kid of the series, has to give up on chinese food, and PB&J, after learning that peanuts can cause allergic reaction. (Too bad, I have allergies, but to shrimp!)
"Over the years, I've received many requests from kids and adults asking us to tackle the subject of peanut allergies in an ARTHUR episode," said ARTHUR creator and series executive creative producer Marc Brown. "Given that so many of our young fans and their parents deal with food allergies every day, we have a unique opportunity to make a real difference."
ARTHUR: "Buster, are you allergic to aliens?"
BUSTER: "Nope, but I'm allergic to the Secretary of Education!"
Ok, I admit that some comments are out of script! Hope Margaret Spellings is not reading this! Just check the local PBS listings for the episode broadcast.
More "Buster Baxter"
grabs international attention from civil groups
best friend "Buster Baxter", the
asthmatic bunny that started his own TV series on PBS KIDS "Postcards
From Buster" has received numerous praises and complaints from civil
liberties groups and religious based organizations, after a
controversial episode "Sugartime-Vermont" was censored by PBS.
This after US Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, sended a
letter to PBS President Pat Mitchell, requesting to refund money used
to produce the episode. Recently, the Web Site 'Family Pride'
made the episode available online with a campaign to write a protest
letter to Secretary Spellings. Also in case you have not see it,
there is a small clip from the episode and is available at the BLOG
PAGE. Another note, is that both "Arthur" and "Postcards From
Buster" are nominated for this year's "Daytime Emmys."
Here's a hint, the next time we tell you about "FOXBOX" on FOX TV, you may not read "FOXBOX" at all. Instead, when I mention "FOXBOX", I will simply mention "4KIDS TV" on FOX TV. Got it? Thanks Albert Kahn!
The weekend block of FOXBOX has been renamed to 4KIDS TV, this according to TOONZONE but, don't ask me why the sudden name change of block. Unless it is related that the DIC KIDS TV block is getting more advantage over FOX BOX! For those of you wondering what is FOX BOX and DIC KIDS, FOX BOX is a partnership of FOX TV and 4KIDS Entertainment, the US distributor of "Pokemon" and "Yu-Gi-Oh". The FOX BOX/4KIDS TV block is currently broadcasting:
"The Cramp Twins"
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
This is the current DIC KIDS block:
"The Smurf" (Comming Soon)
"Liberty Kids (Former PBS KIDS series)
"Sabrina The Teenage Witch"
"The Berenstein Bears"*
"Sonic The Hedgehog Underground"**
"Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century"
* This was a DIC series made for CBS Television Network, back in the early 90's and is not related to the current PBS KIDS/Nelvana Entertainment series.
**This is an older version of the "Sonic" Series from Bohbot Entertainment, circa 1994. It is not related to the 4KIDS anime version.
For more information, visit the 4KIDS TV Web Site
Dispute for Hispanic "Los Simpsons" cast: "¡DOH!"
"Kripto The Dog" and other series goes to Cartoon Network
Who won "The Will"? Will never know! Thank you Simon!
Help the Red Cross, Save Animaniacs did!
New for 2005: KIDS WB will broadcast the next Pokemon movie, thanks to Disney?
New for 2005: Japan wants the FCC to stop the copycat!
Track Santa on NORAD
No "WAKKO'S WISH" on hispanic network? Not even Cartoon Network?
Japanese duo "Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi" celebrates New Year, along with Regis and from the hospital, Dick Clark!
I am testing the NETSCAPE and STAR OFFICE Software!
I am working with the evaluation version of SUN STAR OFFICE 7 and depending of the results, I may download the paid software, since is much cheaper than MICROSOFT's OFFICE bundle...
COST FOR SUN STAR OFFICE 7: Less than $40 dollars (This is only the download, retail value is around $80 bucks!)
COST FOR MICORSOFT's OFFICE BUNDLE: Between $150 and $300 Dollars!
Keep in mind that I am also giving consideration to NETSCAPE's COMPOSER, which is FREE!!!!! This is as part of the NAVIGATOR Browser and you don't have to pay for their INTERNET service, in order to download it. It is 100 times much better than using the NOTEPAD to edit HTML tags! I don't like that part! It is too way for me!
The Parade is 2 weeks away
Right now, the volunteer opportunities are closed, so sorry, if you did not got the chance. I got it! 3 straight days of volunteering! It will be lots of fun. I am planning for more surprises during the holidays. THEME PARKS? It could happen!
Did I say I got Disney Tickets last year? There are somewhere in my pockets!
By the way, FCSPORTS has revealed the floats that will lead this year's parade. So you will see those floats being prepared for the parade.
I have some BREAKING NEWS for all you Pokemon Fans out there! Remember the "Pokemon: The First Movie" with "Mew" and "Mewtwo"? Of course, you have seen the movie in theaters, back in 1999 or 2000. Or have seen it in re-runs on Cartoon Network. Well, guess what? A new Pokemon Movie was revealed in Tokyo, Japan. What is most revealing is who stars in the new movie! MEW! The long lost Pokemon that battled against "Mewtwo" on the animated movie from Warner Brothers, is making a come back! What is going on? I have no idea. It came from SEREBII, but still needs to be confirmed. The new Pokemon Movie will be premiered on July 2005 in Japan. At this point, there is no USA date release date, but will keep you posted. But I guess is a return to Pokemon basics, like in the beginning. In fact, this is a movie that would reveal a new set of Pokemon that may be the pre-evolution of the original "Indigo" series. So far, a new Pokemon has been revealed and is "Munchlax"("Gombe"), a pre-evolved "Snorlax". Again more details will be released, so get ready to see another Pokemon adventure!
Attention SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS fans! The Burger King Corporation, is offering rewards to whoever gives out information on who is the GRINCH that is stealing the inflated "Spongebob" that seats atop of the Burger King Restaurants...
...I wish the GRINCH would take out those "Burger King" commercials, I mean that one where a guy is in bed with "Burger King"...
...But WAIT! The rewards is not MONEY! Is in the form of "Whopper Bucks" or "Burger Money". The recent "Spongebob's" kidnapping was the main reason the burger giant is offering the rewards, but discourage others to go atop their restaurants to grab the 9 foot inflatable. In fact, one of the Orlando Restaurants did have to remove the inflatable from the roof and is displaying it, inside their restaurant. If you happen to know the whereabouts of America's soaping sensation, just click here to find out more!
in the hospital last week, complaining of stomach aches, related to gastritis or GERD syndrome. In other words, I have the Ashley Simpson's thing that killed the "Saturday Night Live's" (SNL) performance a few weeks back....."On a Sunday, I am waiting, for the moment....." The "Pieces of Me" vocal track, to be exact! I am OK, so hopefully I don't get too greedy with food.... Since Thanksgiving is around! ANTACID PLEASE!!!!
Speaking of Thanksgiving, I just found out more information on the Orlando Citrus Parade and also the 78th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. For those who plan to attend the Orlando Citrus Parade on December 30th, 2004, The Florida Citrus Sports Committee that oversees the parade and the "Capital One" Citrus Bowl Game, is releasing information on how the parade will be held, as well it has an schedule for volunteers looking forward to fill Citrus Floats, like I did last year. I hope to do the same this year. If you are so lucky like I did, you may get tickets to Disney or Universal Studios. Also the fact that you may walk the parade route as part of the volunteers marchers and have a spot on national television, since the parade goes on over 100 TV stations and major Sports TV Networks like Florida's "Sunshine Network", to name a few. The Citrus Sport Committee does ask to sign a waver if you would like or not to march and be seen on TV. I did not wanted to march and be seen on ABC at all!
Jury summons please? I got a Juror summons or "Jury Duty" citation for the month of December and I am freaking out! The summons asks that I have to be available between December 1st and the 31st, not including Christmas Day! What it means is that I could be ask to serve any day in December, but what are my chances that I could be serving during the 24th and the 31st? Simply as less I could do during the first 3 weeks. I hope so, cause what are my chances of simply missing the traditional "Citrus Parade" in order to serve the courthouse? WHAT??? Also what are my chances that I will be sequestered? This is the 3rd time I do Jury Duty and have not seen myself inside a hotel room! GO FIGURE!
Now for those on the lookout for the 78th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, I found some little information on the Parade Floats and performers, but I guess more information will be released soon, so check back. Speaking of performers, I read that former rocker of the 80's group "Chicago" Peter Cetera, would perform a Christmas song for the "FISHER PRICE" Float.
Also other performers will include Fantasia ("American Idol 3")performing at the US Postal Service "Spirit of America" Float, Raven Symone (Disney Channel's "That's so Raven") performing at the "Build-A-Bear Workshop's" float, Barenaked Ladies for Amica Insurace's "America's Malt Shop" float, Gavin De Graw, Jeff Timmons (Formerly of "98 Degrees"), Andrea Bocelli and Jose Feliciano at the "Hershey Kids Candy Creations" Float, singing...."FELIZ NAVIDAD, PROSPERO AñO Y FELICIDAD" among others.
"Baby, what a big surprise....Ohhhhh Noooooooo!" That sounds like "VH-1 Classics"!
last thing is to let you know
that there is a
new folder on the "Picture
Parade" link. This one is
the new LYNX Bus Terminal in
FL. The 1985 older terminal is gone! It was the most
use it on a daily basis to get down to my job. I mean, stand one
waiting in the hot sun or freezing winter weather, when you can now
with air conditioner and GIANT SIZE TV? Even the buses can now
they want, instead of all the buses leaving every 10 or 15 minutes,
back up traffic when departing the terminal. For those who came
on I-4 in
Orlando and noted a "wave" made of blue neon light, that is not
Reindeer? CBS partners "Build-A-Bear" for Rudolph
Rudolph the "Bear" Nosed Reindeer? CBS partners "Build-A-Bear" for Rudolph
Also CBS has told (Via Toonzone) that they will make promo's featuring "Elves" from the "North Pole". Who are they? David Letterman, Ray Romano, Charlie Sheen and "Survivor's" Jeff Probst. Call it "Survivor of the Elves!" The CBS special will run on December 1st 2004 at 8:00 PM Easter.
4Kids Entertainment gave us a look at the first Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh spin off series (Just like "Arthur" spin off "Postcards from Buster" on PBS KIDS and "Rugrats" spin off "All Grown Up" on Nickelodeon). Turns out that Pokemon may show the lost episodes that where shown in Japan and somewhere else, but not in America. They call it "Pokemon Chronicles", a new spin off to the "Pokemon Advance" series and the first series that does not concentrate about Ash and Pikachu.
My believe is that in Japan there where several Pokemon episodes that detoured from the series and showed other characters doing their own adventures. I mean, if you recall the "Mewtwo Returns" Pokemon Special that was released on DVD, that was the main reason why in Japan, the series started doing like small episodes showing other characters from the series. Some of them, may show what happened to "Misty" and "Psyduck", after the "Johto League Champion" series (How could they explain why "Togepi" is with "Misty", when in the last "Pokemon Advance" series, "Misty" says goodbye to "Togetic" the evolved "Togepi"?) and even there is a "Team Rocket's" all alone episode. The series is slated for a fall 2005 showing on KWB.
Here we go again, Disney Channel's newest TV series in development, would be a spin off to the movie "The Emperor's New Groove" that was voiced by David Spade and John Goodman in 2000. Disney Channel is requesting 21 episodes of "Emperor's New Skool" for 2006. What's next? I assume a new spin off to "Lilo & Stitch's Extra Terrorestrial encounter, The Series". The last one after the new re-vamped attraction returned to the Magic Kingdom recently.
"La-la-la-la-la-la......" STOP IT!!!!!! DIC KIDS has issue the statement that could make "Papa Smurf" so proud, or would make it worse than the CHEF BOYARDEE commercial (Circa 1982)! Just check the website BlueBuddies.com for the "Smurfy-licious" commercial! In the meantime, the old 1980's "The Smurf" series will be seen early 2005 and will be courtesy of the DIC KIDS network (Mostly made of FOX/WB/UPN stations). According to Andy Heyward, Chairman/CEO of DIC Entertainment, claims they got the rights to 26 episodes of the "Hanna/Barbera" series that was originally developed for NBC TV back in the year 1980. Currently the series is property of Warner Brothers (Acquired originally by Turner in the 1990's) and it's only available to Cable Subscribers via "Cartoon Network" and "Boomerang" channels. The episodes that DIC acquired are mostly FCC friendly and are to comply with the "Children Educational Informational Act" (That is best known as the E/I rating that most children TV shows gets like "Dora The Explorer" on "NICK ON CBS" weekend block). Other DIC KIDS shows includes "Sabrina The Teenage Witch" and "Liberty Kids" (Former PBS KIDS series).
What is going on at the Turkey Channel? Yet is not Thanksgiving and the Macy's Parade is not yet coming, but so does NOVEMBER SWEEPS!
Here's the latest regarding the possibility of NBC canceling "Father of the Pride":
According to Reuters and Yahoo via Toonzone, that Hollywood Reporter is confirming that NBC will not order any new episodes of the "Dreamworks" computer (CGI) animated series based on the Siegfried and Roy shows in Vegas (Before a tiger attack that almost killed the magician). It seems like the shown is poorly performing at the ratings that NBC has decided to cancel the show and it has even removed the show from the November Sweeps. In the meantime, few of the episodes are not being seen, until at least the end of the year or after January 2005. By the way, the cost per episode is about $2 Million Dollars. That explains the NBC's decision of giving out on those lions!
Disney is not releasing the summer 2005 computer movie based on the tale of "Chicken Little" yet. However Mouse house is trying to push the movie with some upcoming events. Recently Disney signed with the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade organizers to have a giant Helium Balloon depicting the new character to made the debut during the Thanksgiving holiday. Now comes word that Disney is debuting the trailer for the upcoming movie and Disney has the site up and running. Check it out!
Since where still talking Disney, there are more legal battles involving Mouse House. Just this past year, we had the "Pooh" fight with the heirs and just recently there was the "Peter Pan" legal fight against the London's Children Hospital, who claims that Disney owns royalties to them. Now joining the legal battlefield, is no other than Marvel Comics! You read! Superman and Batman, hang up tight! Disney is having a legal battle with the comic maker.
An article from Reuters claims that Disney owns them royalties due for the use of their properties on their ABC Family Channel, a channel that use to be FOX Family Channel and even before that, use to be known as FAMILY CHANNEL.
Disney's ABC Family had acquired the cartoons from FOX Family back in 2001, after buying the channel from the NEWS Corporation and the library from "Saban Entertainment". Some of the shows that FOX family use to had where among them, "Power Rangers", "Spider Man", "The X-Men" and "The Incredible Hulk". After Disney took control of the cartoons, Marvel claimed that Disney did not pay any royalty for the series being broadcasted on the ABC Family channel.
The last thing you need to hear, is the not so well mannered "Howie Turn" having a stint on Satellite radio. After Clear Channel and The Federal Communications Commission added some fuel to the issue, regarding the well known shock jock from NYC, now the "unpopular" Howard Stern shocked the entire radio business by telling "I can't fight!" With that said, Stern signed a billionaire contract with Satellite's SIRIOUS RADIO and will start broadcasting after January 2006. What this means for "Howie Turn and Robin" of Animaniacs? Another stint from The Water Tower?
HOWIE: "Im the king of all shockers and Satellite radio! I will broadcast from the Water Tower and will try to take over the world!"
PINKY: "Gee Howie, what would you do tonight?"
HOWIE: "Same thing we do every night Pinky, try to take over the FCC!"
What if Disney's "Stanley" gets a message from above? There goes the BIG BOOK song......
"Here's the big book of everything, with everything inside....."
Hold it! ( * _ * )
Can't think of this song anyhow, but other than an article on the Animation World Network's Website (www.awn.com) that mentions that "Stanley," "PB & J Otter" (Disney) and "Doug's" (Nick/Disney) creator Jim Jinkins is exploring an animated series named "Hoop Dogz", based on the other big book that is also known as The Bible. Earlier this year, we talked about the "Veggie Tales" characters (Big Idea) being explored in a movie ("Jonah: The Veggie Tales Movie") about the Bible's tale of Jonah and the whale.
Another religious based property, "Davey and Goliath" (Evangelical Lutheran Church) made a cameo appearance on a commercial for Pepsi's "Mountain Dew" (The one with the can fight from Davey, then his dad took the can and drank the whole soda! Then "Goliath" goes: "Ohhhhh Davey!"). Now comes word that the faith based organization decided to produce a new holiday special, soon to come.
Then last, but not least, actor Mel Gibson with his controversial "The Passion of The Christ" is in talks about making an animated version of the movie, only that this version will not have too much violence than the original movie. Still will tell the whole story.
Is back! The annual Orlando Citrus Parade!
December 30th 2004 at 11:00 AM in Downtown Orlando!
BE THERE! We'll do!
More information to come, check the BLOG page for details!
For those fans of the cute "Pikachu" of "Pokemon" may want to know that a new set of characters and a new movie may be revealed in Japan during the holiday season. One of the new characters was recently revealed on a movie known as "Pokemon Advance: The Visitor of Space Fissure", which by the way, the USA version of the movie was renamed as "Pokemon Advance: Destiny Deoxys" and although a release date is not yet on the calendar, be on the lookout for it, cause there is the evolution of the Pokemon "Snorlax", known as "Gombe" in Japan and "Munchlax" in the USA versions. This information comes from the Pokemon Spoiler Page SEREBII.NET. We like to call it "The Spoiler Page" cause all the information they have is mostly not known yet, but only in Japan.
Finally, the "Buy Me, Buy Me" that we heard time and again, has been heard by entertainment giant SONY, who is in talks with another group of back-up buyers, including Comcast Cable (The one that wanted to buy Disney!), to pitch the asking price of $5 billion dollars in order to buy the MGM/United Artist library that includes PINK PANTHER and the "Rocky" movies with Sylvester Stallone. This move is done after Time Warner Company, who owns Warner Brothers and KIDS WB, decided to withdraw from the MGM bidding. Now the elusive panther will co-join mega artist like Michael Jackson and Jackie Chan!
It is not yet official, but a small mention on the Toonzone page, was the possibility of Disney doing a "Brother Bear 2" movie sequel to the animated hit movie that was done in the now defunct Disney Florida Animation in Orlando's MGM studios. There was also a mentioning on the web site for the school that attends the voice of "Koda", young actor Jeremy Suarez, who claims that Disney will use him in a new TV series for "Brother Bear", who will be done for The Disney Channel. Still developing, so more to come.
Last week, Disney's chief executive Michael Eisner, went public to say that he will step down of The Walt Disney Company by the end of the contract in 2006. However The Save Disney Web Site still pressing for an early leave for the Mouse House executive. Tough Eisner claims that he will leave the company in 2006, however he will still keep a chair on the Walt Disney Board of Members. A think that keeps both Roy Disney and Stanley Gold wondering, how far the company will go with Eisner's leadership. There is an open letter on the Save Disney Web Site that states the following:
Michael Eisner's announcement that he intends to remain CEO for the next two years forces you to make a critical decision. Will you choose to let the Company drift for two more years - allowing the pall Mr. Eisner has cast to continue to drive the most talented and creative people away from Disney, erode the morale of current employees, and prevent the Company from attracting the strong, dynamic, and creative leader it needs? Or will you reject Mr. Eisner's brazen attempt to usurp your responsibilities as directors by stage-managing the appointment of his anointed successor and instead tangibly show your commitment to best corporate practices by immediately initiating an expeditious and broad search for a world-class CEO?
The open letter was directed to the board members, who will decide on September 20th to keep Eisner for the next 2 years of follow Roy's advice and get rid of him.
So most of you know that "The Batman" series started on KIDS WB this past weekend of September 11th 2004, but how about having the real deal, The Batman hitting Buckingham Palace? Yes, a costumed Batman and an accomplice in Robin costume made a surprise appearance at the Buckingham Palace, to hold a banner for the group FATHERS 4 JUSTICE. It appears that the superhero was looking like a FOE while attempting to disrupt operations in the Palace. Even Scotland Yard was threatening to kill his sidekick in Robin mask, but after a 5 hour stand up, both Batman and Robin gave up to the English authorities. All the Batman wanted is to defend the rights of children. The Fathers 4 Justice group is an organization against divorce of parents in the UK. No comments where made from DC Comics, regarding the incident.
"Alvin and The Chipmunks" will be made into a CGI movie, like the "Garfield" movie or the "Scooby Doo" or "Shrek" movies. According to FOX Pictures, who is in talks with Ross Bagdasarian Jr and Janice Karman, the new version of the 1950's squeaky cartoons created by the late Ross Bagdasarian Sr (AKA: Dave Seville), may have a highly profiled comedian to play The Chipmunk's dad, but no information of who will voice Alvin, Simon and Theodore, but the fact that they will be made in CGI
We have BLOG! I was considering a blog too, but when I first saw it, I tough that I was not ready for it and could not afford the service. Now Tripod is giving their members the free version of the Blog service, so I decided to give it a try. So I will try to test the waters and quite possibly I will allow Animaniacs fans to try it too. So stay tune to the new Save Animaniacs BLOG! BLOG! BLOG! BLOG!
Were moving! As a result of the passing of Hurricane Charley and due to some major damage to my bedroom, I will be moving out of the so called Timeshare complex that I was calling home for the last 4 years. I will move to another apartment complex in the Orlando area, so in the next few days I may not be able to update this site. However, you can still check the Save Animaniacs BLOG page for some minor updates, regarding the move out. Guess what? The next time I update this page, chances are that I will use HIGH SPEED INTERNET. Because of the continuous use of the internet that uses the telephone line and the fact that I could not use the computer when my other brother is using it, I decided to bring the HIGH SPEED INTERNET option. It will take several days or at least 1 to 2 weeks to install the Cable TV and Internet Modem. But still I will do it to keep you all informed. As I update this site, there is another storm going on. Just after we got hit by Hurricane Charlie, now comes Frances! Do we need to be bothered again with a tropical whirlpool? GO AWAY FRANCES!
Who is that guy who came and took out the Brazilian delegate while running the marathon? Some of you saw the final event of the 2004 Olympic Games from Athens, Greece. The traditional marathon went smooth and with no problems, until the last mile before the finish line, when some unknown guy jumped from the back of the crowd and stopped Brazilian delegate Vanderlei Lima, whiting minutes of reaching the final mile and win the gold medal, but then out of nowhere, came this guy and stopped Lima of reaching the gold, so instead it was Italian delegate Stefano Baldini, who walked away with the gold medal. Lima took Bronze and US delegate Meb Keflezighi took the silver medal. So is this another example of CHEATING? Maybe was for the ratings! Speaking of ratings, The closing ceremonial of the Olympic Games from Athens, Greece came as TAPE DELAYED. Something for the ratings, but why when almost everybody in the world saw the closing ceremonial of the Olympic Games, NBC TV delayed the ceremonial to be broadcasted in Prime-Time? Maybe they took the time to do some back to back coverage of the games that where already made the prior day. In the meantime, MTV is doing the traditional Video Music Awards and in case you miss it, check your TV schedules, cause the VMA will be seen during the months Of September and October.
Just to update in the new KIDS WB schedules for the 2004-05 season to start the week of September 11, 2004. The information came from Toonzone.
WB has announced their new fall schedule, which
premieres Saturday, September 11, 2004. Two new series are joining Kids
Batman and Da Boom Crew. Kids WB shows returning to the Saturday
all-new episodes include the next installments of Pokémon:
and Yu-Gi-Oh!, as well as Jackie Chan Adventures, Xiaolin Showdown,
and the newly retitled ¡Mucha Lucha! Gigante.
On September 11, to coincide with the premiere of The Batman, Kids WB teams up with Mattel to give away a thousand new Batman Batwave TV Activated (VEIL) toys during the "Kids' WB! Bat-Tastic Sweepstakes." Each hour viewers will be invited to locate the "Bat Gadget" on-air in order to be eligible to win. Once the viewer knows the "Bat Gadget," they may enter by logging onto www.KidsWB.com or by sending in a postcard. Winners will be awarded with a Batwave TV Activated Batlink communicator or a Batwave TV Activated Batmobile vehicle. The toys feature VEIL technology, which links the Batmobile and the BatWave directly to The Batman.
On Monday, September 13, Kids WB's new weekday lineup premieres. Returning to the schedule are Jackie Chan Adventures, ¡Mucha Lucha!, Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh!. Also returning later during the season will be What's New Scooby-Doo?
Here is the full schedule (All times are eastern):
8:00am Jackie Chan Adventures
8:30am ¡Mucha Lucha! Gigante
9:00am Teen Titans
9:30am Xiaolin Showdown
10:00am Pokemon: Advanced Challenge
10:30am The Batman
11:30am Da Boom Crew
3:00am Jackie Chan Adventures
3:30am ¡Mucha Lucha!
By the way, I don't know if this re-naming of "Mucha Lucha Gigante" has something to do with the Univision's "Sabado Gigante" with "Don Francisco"
We just survived Hurricane Charlie! We where out in the dark since Friday the 13th of August. Yet even worse, we where almost left with no place to call home. In other words, due to the fact that Charlie was able to damage my bedroom and at any given moment, the ceiling will collapse, I cannot go into my bedroom, although I have to make way to use the bathroom and shower, but the roof is almost going to gave way, so I hope and pray to not be smashed by Charlie's aftermath.
Speaking of Aftermath, boy I should tell you this. The American Red Cross was a little bit OK with the situation, but after the hurricane, I was without electricity and most of the food was spoiled, so on Saturday at midnight, things where getting worse. Where trying to get a hotel room to spend the night, but in Orlando almost everything was at full capacity. Since Charlie hit most of the tourist capital of Orlando, most of the residents from Central Florida and from Tampa, came and took over the major attraction's hotels and resorts. Believe it or not, the Timeshare resort that I call home, was completely in the dark. At midnight, I was scared by the fact that the ceiling was making some noises while water was pouring down and cracked several times, giving me the impression that it would fall apart, with the concrete and base included, so I tough on leaving the whole building and went outside in total darkness and only one candle turned on. I waited for a while with news that a hotel room would be available, but instead, everything was full. I was desperate to get out of the Timeshare, so I tough of the temporary shelter that was opened near Universal Studios in Orlando. It was a make shift Shelter at Dr. Phillips High School that was set up by The American Red Cross for the hurricane victims. So I did not hesitated on getting out and reach it. So I did and spend most of the Sunday August 15 and Monday the 16th, at the shelter.
Well, The American Red Cross never asked me why I was looking for a place to stay and just simply gave me what I need it, a place to stay at the high school's gym and a couth bed with a cover. Sounds nice huh? Well, it all went to well, until Monday August 16, the school closed the make shift shelter and The American Red Cross was told to move the shelter to a community center in northwest Orlando/Orange County. So either I leave the shelter or move out with the shelter? That was the question on my mind for a while, since the move was called all of the sudden. So finally decided to move with the shelter on the grounds that I was still unsafe at the house's bed room and the fact that there was no electricity.
To make things worse, after I left the first shelter, I was told that the ceiling of my house went wide open, but the good news is that electricity was available at the Timeshare resort and my now ailing apartment also has electricity. But I still move with the shelter since I tough it was safer although it would now be more far than the original shelter. Once we reach the new location, we where told by the American Red Cross to make a list of things that we need and then, a truck brought the things from the other shelter, including the couth beds. However, there was a 180° degrees turn for the worse, when an Orange County person showed up and requested the American Red Cross to return all the couth beds, since they where supposed to be used at the make shift shelter at the high school and they where not allowed in the community center where the new shelter was set up. So in other words, NO BED is allowed at the new make shift shelter. The American Red Cross personal was trying to negotiate the matters with the County and City officials but to no luck. A truck showed up and took the couth beds. Some of the victims walked away from the community center and raised eyebrows from city officials where seen around the area as most of the victims where told that they have to make beds with their belongings. In other words, go to SLEEP IN THE FLOOR!
Now seriously, how come that in a time of real need, the City of Orlando and Orange County start a battle of who could use a couth bed? When do you see families with small children lying flat in the dirty floor? What's wrong with the picture? I can't even lye down on the floor, so how in the word, they ask for such kind of sacrifice in order to stay at the shelter? So I simply decided to return back to the Timeshare apartment with the falling down ceiling cause, it is too much for me to lay flat on the floor and see some "INHUMANE" conditions coming out of there. I even saw a family of small kids and I asked them if they where leaving the shelter and the mother told me she was going to New Jersey cause she can't lye on the floor and she has a neck problem and why place the small children in the dirty floor? So I was kind of heart broken just to see this kind of conditions, all thanks to the Orange County officials who instead of lending a hand, starts a fight for their policies on who is the "needy" here. Their policies call "Needy" a person that is old enough and cannot support themselves or even mothers with babies, but all the others are like worthless people, including children. So I was too mad about it and I even called The American Red Cross hot line to state the matter and I even let them talk to a Red Cross volunteer who was close to me at the moment, but even their efforts resulted in vain. They said that they cannot work a solution cause the couth beds belongs to Orange County. But again, why Orange County decides to go "GREEDY" with the victims of hurricane Charlie? HELLO RICHARD CROTTY!
Now, I'm back in the Timeshare with the broken ceiling and a rug that turned into a pond, with a foul smell and my bed is now in the living room. OK, you say "How lucky you are" when there are even worse conditions down south in Punta Gorda, near Fort Myers where Charlie hit with over 140 MPH winds and left a devastation similar to Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Now I'm just taking this out of my chest, so I apologize for this long comment, but in a very bad situation that is going on in the Sunshine State, I tough it would be necessary to vent this out.
Not to even mention that on Friday morning of August the 13th, I was working and my mother calls me to my job telling me to get out as quick as I can, cause Charlie would make way into Orlando and the bus service "LYNX" was going to be suspended earlier than expected. So I told my supervisor to let me go early in the day to welcome Charlie. However, I rode the first bus from my work place into the Downtown bus terminal and I was awaiting a second bus. Turns out that the customer service at the terminal was closed with a sign telling "Bus Service to end at 3:00 PM". But every bus that entered into the terminal was to drop off passengers and then the "Out of Service" was displayed on the route window. I asked a supervisor for "Lynx" and he told me that the bus service was suspended and that I have to find an alternative to get out. What alternative? A Taxi Cab at the high cost of $25 bucks from the terminal to my home! I could see hundreds more making taxi drivers living possible! From Theme Parks to hotels and to add the "LYNX" terminal to the Taxi's menu was the "salad bar" of their pockets! It was to be compared to CBS's hit show "The Amazing Race"....
"RUN CHARLA, RUN!" Yes, the infamous Charla and cousin Mirna duo was eliminated in a recent episode of CBS's "The Amazing Race" all because of a late flight and an ostrich egg. If you come to Orlando, try to eat alligator wings at "Gatorland" theme park!
.....Ok, back to the hurricane stuff! After the storm comes the calm, so they say and to make matters worse, over 1 million people with no electricity and trying to get some ice and water. After the bad experience, I returned to work and still trying to make some sense with some good people and some greedy people that rather prefer to play some politics rather than lending a helping hand. So that's my story and as a fast food rat says: "Enough Said!" So go ahead and pledge to The American Red Cross!
K-9 icon "Benji" showed up with owner, Joe Camp at the ABC's "Good Morning America" to promote the new "Benji: Off The Leash" movie, now playing in theaters nationwide. However some of you may have noted something weird on Benji's left eye! The 3 1/2 year old mutt from Mississippi underwent eye surgery a few days back (I heard of it, but with the Hurricane Charley crossing the Caribbean before Florida, it was like less attention grabbing). But still you will see both Camp and Benji making TV appearance as the new Benji movie hits the big screen!
Another related note, the movie "Benji Off The Leash" appears that disappointed at the box office, when the movie debuted at 16 on the list of weekend releases (8/22/04). The top spot was claimed by another 70's icon, "The Exorcist: The Beginning" (Yes, both "Benji" and "The Exorcist" are 70's stuff!)
Finally, after a summer of repeats, Kids WB is revealing the final 4 episodes of "Pokemon Advance" and the new season of "Pokemon Advance Challenge". Yet, we tough that the new episodes would not come until the weekend of September 11, 2004. That's when KIDS WB will start the new 2004-05 season with new episodes of "Pokemon Advance Challenge". However there is 4 episodes left for "Pokemon Advance" that belongs to the ending 2003-2004 season that will end on September 4, 2004. How they will break down those 4 remaining episodes? they will play 2 episodes the next 2 weeks, before moving with the new season. So rejoice Pikachu fans! Comes the new season of "Pokemon Advance Challenge" will meet some new Pokemon that will join "Ash" and the "Twerps".....
MAX: "NO WAY TWERPS!"
With all the Hurricane Charlie stuff, I forgot the Olympic Games from Athens, Greece! NBC is offering some 24 hours coverage of the games, while using their outlets, from NBC TV and MSNBC to Spanish Network Telemundo in both the US and Puerto Rico. However because of Hurricane Charlie's coverage on Friday night (8/13/04) and the fact that electricity was gone in half of the state, a lot of people missed the opening ceremonials. I heard that the FCC would file a complaint because a bad word was even mentioned while on the air and at the opening ceremonial, there was some images being shown that raised some eyebrows, but since I did not saw the whole thing, you go figure!
Speaking of The FCC, they had said that they will fine CBS for half a million bucks, thanks to Janet and Justin at the Superbowl's half time show. Now I know why Howie Turn was taken out of the airwaves! Did the FCC fined Clear Channel because Rush Limbaugh used some words on the airwaves? Go Figure!
What are the good guys at "Nick" thinking? On October 2, 2004, Nickelodeon will go off the air! This is not a joke! They will go off the air on 10/02/04. No "Spongebob", no "Rugrats", no "Jimmy Newtron"! What else could be thinking?
Of course if you think this can't be, then check the PR NEWS Wire that was send via Toonzone. As part of Nickelodeon's 25th year Celebration, being dubbed as "Worldwide Day of Play," Nickelodeon will go off the air on October 2, 2004 between 12:00 PM (Noon) and 3:00 PM Eastern Time/Pacific Time. Also other Nickelodeon outlets worldwide will go off the air for 3 hours, pre-empting shows like "Jimmy Newtron" and "Hey Arnold". Instead, Nickelodeon will offer live performance of kids being active and teaching kids and parents to become active and stay off the TV set. In other words, get ready to spend a Saturday without "SpongeBob" or "Jimmy Newtron"
"FOR SALE" 1983 black Pontiac -Trans Am with tag reading "California KITT"
Description reads: "Original 1983 Pontiac Trans Am limited edition, being used in the popular NBC series "Knight Rider" with David Hasselhoff (As: "Michael Knight"). Price asked is around $60,000."
Recently, E-Bay sold one of the best known TV icons since "Batman's" Bat-mobile that Adam West rode back in the 1960's. E-Bay auctioned TV's original "Knight Rider's" KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand) Pontiac Trans Am, being designed as the most interesting....or annoying......vehicle ever made for a TV series. The original owner of the car is no other than producer of "Knight Rider" Glen A. Larson. I have no idea of who bough the vehicle, but if you love "Knight Rider", there was your only chance to own TV's most loved....or hated......vehicle ever made!
KITT: "HATED? One car can make a difference, Carol!"
(Based on the TV' saying of "One Man Can Make A Difference, Michael")
By the way, speaking of "Knight Rider" the series is now available on DVD.
"Star Wars" fans can only hope to wait till the conclusion of the 3rd prequel and then the speculation game on whenever a new version of "Star Wars" could replace the 1977 movie with Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. What are you thinking George Lucas?
The newest "Star Wars" movie being named "Revenge of The Sith", was announced at the San Diego Comic Con. The news prompted the attendants to the convention to give a loud cheer to George Lucas and their team, when it was told that the movie will be released on May 19. This is the 3rd and final prequel that will bridge the 1977 "Star Wars: A New Hope", the 1980 "Empire Strikes Back" and the 1984's "Return Of The Jedi".
Yes is my birthday! I was born on July 12, 1969. I share birthday with "Little Bill's" Bill Cosby too! What I was doing for my birthday, you ask? Nothing! I just went to work, since Telemarketing does not care if I get a day off. I just got as a gift a VCR, so I can record some shows, including "Pokemon Advance" and some PBS shows, in between!
"DO NOT CALL ME! I just signed for the national "do not call" list!" Sure, I will help, if I can! But stop complaining!
It was announced the nominees for the annual Prime Time Emmys. Sponge Bob Square Pants (Nickelodeon) and The Simpson (FOX) led the nominations for the 56th annual awards to be held on September 19, 2004. The information came from AWN and TOONZONE.
I knew they will come with it! I'm talking about the classic Hanna-Barbera's "Laff A Lympics" series that made some fun at the Olympic games. The late 1970's series was one of several Hanna-Barbera's multi cast of characters series, that combined some of the beloved characters like "Scooby Doo" and "Yogi Bear" all together.....Anyone likes that "Grape Ape"?
That was the bad rabbit, from the "Rottens" team led by "Mutley"!
Well, Boomerang (Cartoon Network) will display a 72 hour marathon of the series to coincide with the Athens Olympic Games to be held in August 13th to 15th. The information from Cartoon Network's Boomerang via Toonzone.
I just check and recheck the Serebii's list of new episodes of Pokemon Advance (KIDS WB) and no new episode is scheduled this far! The last time a new Pokemon was seen on KWB was in May 22, 2004. Since then it has been in reruns and it may be possible that a new episode will come in late August or early September. But Serebii was changing the dates ever 2 weeks. In May, Serebii told that a new episode would be in June. Last month was June and it promised that would be in July. Comes July and it was changed to August. So when August comes, will they change the dates to September? October? November? "NO WAY!!!!" That was "Max" yelling at the web master at Serebii! KIDS WB won't tell that, but I'll bet that no later than September 11, 2004 (Ironic that is the 9-11 anniversary!).
Who could be blamed for the continuous censorship going on America's airwaves?
Since the controversy regarding singer Janet Jackson making a performance at the Super Bowl with boy-band's Justin Timberlake and all of the sudden a wardrobe malfunction, started a national cleanup of the airwaves, courtesy of the FCC and media giant Clear Channel Communications. The result was very clear, when media conglomerate Clear Channel dropped out of the airwaves the controversial radio host Howard Stern (Howie Turn and Robin of Animaniacs!) and started a so called zero tolerance of whatever you could call "Indecent".
Just a few days ago, while listening to "Real Radio" (XM Satellite channel 152), I noted that the morning show "Monsters in The Morning" (The replacement of Stern in Orlando), was on "Best Of" mode (Recorded!). The week prior to that, the 7 Orlando based jocks, lead by Russ Rollins, went with some remarks from a Tampa FL based commissioner that felt the show was too way out of the line. It appears that the way the show was handled, led Clear Channel Communications to stop the broadcasting of the show and suspended the guys for a whole week. An article at the Orlando Sentinel and Local 6 (CBS Orlando) was able to confirm what I was fearing for a while! CENSORSHIP IN THE MAKING!
Toy novelty retailer "Build A Bear Workshop" has teamed up with Sesame Workshop, the team behind PBS's "Sesame Street" and will bring a "Beary Limited" edition of Sesame Street's "Elmo" to their outlets on July 23rd. "Build A Bear Workshop" is a retailer that specializes in letting their guest to build a bear plush toy. I just fell in love with the retailer and keeps me buying some cute toys from the store.
UPDATE: Build A Bear Workshop has delayed the launch of "Create Your Own Elmo". No new date has been given, but their web site ask customers to sign up for notification regarding the Elmo's launch. Also an article was found from Yahoo.
Happy 4th of July everyone! I am glad that I got 3 days of no work in telemarketing! I will do BBQ and take some nap time! No, I won't see Will Smith's "Independence Day" courtesy of FOX TV! In the meantime, enjoy the fireworks and enjoy this update! By the way, T-MAC is happily playing with Houston Rockets and left Orlando. Hey T-Mac! When the time comes for Orlando getting an NBA Title, will see who was right! LOL!
I just found this information on Toonzone. This will apply only to Chicago and vicinity. It is confirmed that WGN TV will carry KIDS WB comes the fall 2004. For a while, WGN TV only carried THE WB and another station was doing KIDS WB line up. So WGN TV will become a full WB carrier for the major Chicagoland area. This does not apply to the Superstation WGN. Since I care less to watch the same shows that Nickelodeon's "Nick At Night" carry, like "The Cosby Show" or "Fresh Prince of Bell Air" with Will Smith. Just to let you know!
Since I mentioned that MGM is in talks with every major entertainment giant, it seems like the deal is not yet inked. At least from what I heard and see, MGM is keeping the library that includes "Rocky", "The Wizard of OZ" and "Pink Panther" on hold, until a major deal is stroke. Warner Brothers parent company Time Warner is biding some $5 billion dollars. Recently, Sony was also bidding for the media conglomerate. Still in the middle, a recent decision from the Supreme Court that told the FCC to basically end the softening of media giants merging into another. So if the deal is reach between Time Warner and MGM, will the FCC allow it? Tune in next time as we see the "Rocky" fight of the century!
Singing the Eminem tune of "Guess who's back, back again, Howie's back, tell a friend!" Of course the infamous shock jock of the radio is making more headlines than Michael Eisner at Disney! If you recall, during the month of February 2004, a dispute of the FCC's indecency rules, led the media giant "Clear Channel" to stop broadcasting the Howard Stern's radio show in several cities, including Orlando FL. Now of course, Howard Stern and Robin Quivers, who host the nationally syndicated radio show, has been mentioned and parodied in several occasions, including "Animaniacs" episode "Morning Malaise" (Voiced by Maurice La Marche of "The Brain" fame!). So basically, while I was heading to work, I found out that another Orlando station was promoting the self proclaimed "King of all Media's" return to the Orlando Market, as well other markets that send Stern packing as part of the "Clear Channel" and FCC's indecency rules. The Howard Stern's radio show is scheduled to start in the Orlando and other markets as of July 19th.
HOWIE TURN of Animaniacs: "I'm the king of all radio and I will return to Orlando and The Water Tower!"
I told before that I was seeing cartoons inside the LYNX Mass Transit in Orlando. So to prove it, I took my web cam and entered inside the public bus and I did spotted the cartoon "Dudley Do Right of the Mounties". If you read this matter before, where I did mentioned that several transit authorities in cities like Orlando, Chicago and Milwaukee where using TV sets or monitors to broadcast TV advertisements and some old vintage shows like "The Lucy Show/I love Lucy", "Bonanza" and "Andy Griffith" to name a few, I did wanted to bring the pictures to your consideration. However I also have small Movie Files for the "Doodley Do Right" cartoon. Tough I can't host it thru Tripod, I found a web site that is willing to do so. The Rocky & Bullwinkle site, part of the Toonzone hosted sites. They will do a page for the files, so check it out. In the meantime, here are some shots from the inside of the bus:
I expect to bring more images and video files of the cartoons. I will check back eventually and post more information on this new innovation for mass transit users like me!
No, is not "Mucha Lucha", but here's more on the Orlando "Tragic" or "Magic" with the newest player, taken from the NBA Draft this past week. When everybody was talking about a guy named Emeka Okafor who won the NCAA's most valuable player and most of the players where simply high school kids, that nobody would care to choose, comes Orlando and picks at #1, not Emeka, but a kid named Dwight Howard. Now the big question: "Who is that guy?" Nobody took it as a surprise, but someone at the ESPN Network did not like it and yelled "This Orlando franchise will regret this choosing for the next 10 years or more..." What? Orlando did figured out what the guys would say about the newest NBA draftee? I think the Orlando Magic will keep des-uniting fans. The proven sign will show what I mean (You won't see this sign, cause it was copied and pasted, but to give you an idea!):
Disney makes the front page of The Orlando Sentinel. The front page reads "Life After The Magic" (The Orlando Sentinel requires a FREE registration, in order to read the article)
"Scores of former Disney animators and their colleagues have dispersed to launch their own studios, seek new careers and discover new identities -- determined to land on their feet" reads the Sentinel article by Roger Moore. Early this year, Disney shock the animation community when announcing the closing of the Florida Animation Studio (Inside the Disney MGM Theme Park) that was responsible for movies like "Lilo & Stitch" and "Brother Bear". The closing left as much as 258 animators without a job. Some of them where taken by Disney's corporate office in Burbank CA, tough they are been trained in the CGI or 3D animation, since Disney is trying to work on a "Toy Story" sequel, despite that PIXAR animation has severed ties to the Mouse House. Other animators may be working with other companies, tough I mentioned the now defunct "Legacy Studios", who was made by several Disney animators, then it was re-formed as "Project Firefly" (The Orlando Sentinel requires a FREE registration, in order to read the article). This information is available on The Orlando Sentinel (Via Save Disney).
Unfortunately, I don't have a copy of Sunday's Sentinel to shown, but as soon I get one, I will post it. If you have one you can send me a feedback and I will give you my e-mail to send it out.
Recently, I did a small project for Lili Chin, co-creator with Eddie Mort of KIDS WB's "Mucha Lucha". The project was related to a Mexican TV series known as "Reto Burundis" (Burundis The Net Gang).
If you go to the FWAK Web Site, you will see the list of projects, besides "Mucha Lucha". One of them is TELEVISA's owns cartoon series and kids game show "Reto Burundis". The cartoon who is known as "Webisode" can be seen thru the TV series that runs on Mexico's TELEVISA and US Hispanic broadcaster UNIVISION. So what I did is that I send Lili Chin a small clip from the webisode so they could see it. The result was that Lili Chin send me by mail a "Mucha Lucha" toy featuring "The Flea". That's cool!
What we need! Another traitor? What is wrong in the Orlando Magic (NBA worse team!) organization? The team that housed some key players like Shaquille O'Neal, Penny Hardaway and the now MVP of the NBA Champions, Detroit Piston's Chauncey Billups (Tough Orlando made a trade for the always injured Grant Hill!), is having a havoc. In recent days after the NBA lottery draft, where Orlando was given the first pick and the possibility to choose NCAA's big MVP Emeka Okafor later this week on June 24, comes word that the key player for the Magic, Tracey McGrady is considering leaving the Orlando team and quite possibly be traded to another team. Tough NBA officials report that T-Mac is still negotiating with the franchise. But chances are that after the fall out of the Los Angeles Lakers against Detroit Pistons, Shaq wants to leave L.A. and would love to join T-Mac, maybe in Orlando or Dallas!
Just what we need...Sounds like a recent "Pokemon Advance" episode on KIDS WB, where "Max" the little brother of "May" who is with "Ash" and "Pikachu" on the series, yelled "ARGRRRRRRR! TRAITOR!" (This episode is "Gotta Rule The School")
We need your help, if you ride public buses in Orlando FL, Chicago IL and Milwaukee WI. What this public buses are showing inside could change the way we watch TV. I originally reported back in February 2004, about the cartoon "Rocky & Bullwinkle" being shown on the LYNX public bus in Orlando FL. Now I have found out that similar TV's are being shown in PACE outside of Chicago and Milwaukee's MCTS, serving Milwaukee County WI. If you happen to ride any of this buses, please let me know if they are showing the following:
So where do you see these cartoons, if you don't see them on TV? Believe it or not, the cartoons "Rocky and Bullwinkle", "Dudley Do Right of the Mounties" and "Superman" (Max Fleischer) where last seen aboard the Transit Television Network, while riding the public buses: LYNX in Orlando FL, Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) in Milwaukee WI, or Chicago IL PACE Transportation System. Yes, Public Buses are showing cartoons!
Other shows being seen inside the bus are: "The Lucy Show" ("I Love Lucy"), "Bonanza", "Beverly Hillbillies" "Dragnet" and "Andy Griffith Show" to name a few. Who is showing the above TV shows, is also responsible for designing the Orlando's theme park rides. Believe it or not, the company behind TTN-Transit Television Network is ITEC, an Orlando based company that has build rides for Disney and Universal Studios.
In 2001, several buses in the Downtown Orlando known as "LYMMO" started a project when the buses received flat TV screens to show some local advertisements for the Orlando business along the Downtown area. Then in 2002, the LYNX transportation system for Orange, Seminole and Osceola Counties received the 15 inch TV screen and installed it, in almost every bus in their fleet.
What is the main purpose of the TV inside the bus? Simply to offset cost and save some tax payers money. That is because the TV will show some local advertisements and the ads will pay revenues to the local transportation system, thru an agreement with TTN. So the next time you ride the bus, don't be surprise to see (Who knows!) ANIMANIACS!
In the meantime, I would like to known if you have seen the above mentioned cartoon and if possible to take a picture and send the picture to my e-mail (I will give you the e-mail privately, this is to avoid SPAM). So again, if you ride the public buses LYNX-Orlando, PACE-Chicago and MCTS-Milwaukee. I believe the Norfolk VA bus service is being also served, but is not yet confirmed. I may also bring some pictures of the bus showing the cartoons.
Cartoon Network is releasing a new animated series based on Superman's best friend "Krypto". Those of you familiar with the DC Comic Strip, Superman used to have a dog named Krypto. Although it was not mentioned too many times, it was first spotted during the late 1950's in the DC Comic Strip. As for a TV series, it was in the late 60's that FILMATION (The ones behind "He-Man" and "She-Ra" in the 1980's) made an animated TV series known as "Superman/Super Boy." The "Super-Boy" shorts included "Krypto" the dog.
Also in the early 70's, Hanna-Barbera did a TV series known as "Super-Friends." Superman did appeared, but "Krypto" was renamed "Dog-Wonder" and did not belong to Superman, but to a kid named "Marvin" and his friend "Wendy." Now you know! As a matter of fact, the 1973 TV series did had the voices of Adam West (TV's "Batman"), Radio legend and voice of "Scooby Doo" Casey Kasem and the voice of "Animaniacs" Frank Welker. Welker was the voice of "Wonder Dog" and his alter ego "Marvin".
Now, Superman's pooch is making a comeback! Cartoon Network is aiming a children's TV series with the power full K-9. In fact, I saw the first attempt at the FWAK Web Site (The ones behind "Mucha Lucha"), tough Lili Chin told me (See below "Lili Chin Talks to SAC") that they worked on the concept before, but Warner Brothers hired another writer, since they wanted a more kids friendly show. So this must be the final version and expect the Krypto TV series sometime in 2005.
Also on a related note, Danny Dark, who voiced Superman on the Hanna-Barbera's "Superfriends" TV series (Above) passed away this past weekend, according to the Superman Home Page. He was 65. The death causes are unknown. Our toughs and prayers goes to their family.
Ever wondered about the whereabouts of former Hanna-Barbera animators Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, who where in part responsible for "Scooby Doo Where are You" in 1969? Wonder no more! We found out, when searching for Superman and Krypto (Above).
Now for those who love good cartoons, check back the early days of Hanna-Barbera. In the late 1960's and early 70's, both Ruby and Spears where able to deliver the famous cartoons like "Jossie and the Pussycats," "Captain Caveman," "Jabber Jaw" and others. Then in 1977, they created Ruby-Spears Productions. The company was responsible for mostly 1980's TV series like "Punky Brewster" (NBC TV, 1985), "Alvin & The Chipmunks" (NBC TV 1984). "Mr. T" (NBC TV 1983) and "The Puppy's Great Adventures" (Part of "Scooby Doo" on ABC TV, 1982).
But some may have soon forgot the makers of the best 80's cartoons. So I did found the Ruby/Spears Production's web site. There is a little story on how both Ruby and Spears met at Hanna-Barbera in the late 1950's and how they worked on "Scooby Doo Where are You?" Please note, both Ruby and Spears are not currently working on the Warner Brothers "What's new Scooby Doo". They worked the original Scooby Doo series from 1969 - 1970's and the 1980's "Scooby Doo and Scrappy Doo" series (AKA: Scooby/Puppy Hour on ABC TV 1982).
Did you know both Joe Ruby and Ken Spears also worked for the parent company of 4KIDS Entertainment? Actually if you read in the website, in the 1990's, before "Pokemon" made it big time, Ruby and Spears where working on the "Mega Man" TV series (But not the one that is on KIDS WB right now!), for Summit Media, the Parent Company of 4KIDS Entertainment and the ones behind "Pokemon" and "Yu-Gi-Oh". Also they worked for Bohbot Entertainment's "Amazing Adventures" Block on "Skysurfer Strike Force" TV Series. Of course the last worked animated project was a Sammy Sosa Biography known as "Slammin Sammy."
While I still cherish those 80's cartoons and would like to see them once again, we salute 80's cartoon legends Joe Ruby and Ken Spears. Let's give em some "Tatatatata........Puppy Power!"
I am starting this update with a tribute to one of America's greatest communicator. Ronald Wilson Reagan, former US President between 1981 and 1989. As well you remember, Reagan was considered one of the greatest US Presidents in the same category that other Presidents like Kennedy or Clinton or even Washington to name a few. Reagan was the 40th President and while his career was started in Hollywood in the 1940's, he was considered a great communicator.
He was also well known for breaking the wall of communism with the former Soviet Union (Russia), as well other countries break free of the walls that the former Soviet system was able to made. Reagan was a man that believed freedom would prevail in every part of the world. He was able to achieve that. Also Ronald Reagan was a comforter for the nation. Whenever it was the Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy in 1986, or it was the famous "Just Say No" anti-drug slogan or even the famous "Mr. Gorvachev, tear down this wall" speech in front of the Berlin Wall in east/west Germany in 1987.
Today, that great communicator has left our world and SAVE ANIMANIACS CAMPAIGN send our toughs and prayers to the Reagan family, specially to Nancy Reagan, former First Lady. May God bless former President Ronald Wilson Reagan.
This may be out of topic, but since everybody was talking about the horsy known as Smarty Jones and it seems that the horse would have been the triple crown winner, well "The Brain" did it again! In case you wonder, remember the episode from Animaniacs "Jockey for Position"? The one where Pinky meets "Phar Fig-Newton" while "The Brain" tries to win the Triple Crown race for $1 million dollars to take over the world. So this is what happened at the Belmont Stakes this past weekend. A Phar Fig-Newton type horse took out "Smarty Jones" and some reports are that "The Brain" was riding the horse. Seriously folks, the Triple Crown has been waiting since 1979 to get the right horsy! So the streak is not over, like Susan Lucci.
Another thing that nobody pays attention, singer Marc Anthony sang to J-LO at the wedding this past weekend! I just heard the song on the supermarket trip, so I brought this matter!
Also the rock band "Creed" broke "With Arms Wide Open!" Good luck to them! They'll be back! In 10 years? As always...
SLAPPY: "Who's the name of the band?"
SLAPPY: "THE BAND ON STAGE"
SKIPPY: "The Band already played!"
As we reported the Paul Dini's decision of leaving WB Animation in the past few weeks, where reporting now that Paul Dini is interested in the new ABC TV series "Lost". This according to TV Tome (Via Toonzone). Perhaps most of you read the Paul Dini's Web Site where he makes mentioning of a "Project X" that is not a cartoon or a movie, but something completely different. So it seems like Dini will not be writing a cartoon, so let's see what it is all about. Stay tune!
I got some e-mail from "Mucha Lucha's" co-creator Lili Chin. I was not really aware of both Eddie Mort or Lili Chin doing the KIDS WB cartoon. But what drove my curiosity was a Mexican TV show which both Mort and Chin had work on it. In Mexico there is a cartoon series which also works as a kids game show, is called "Burundis The Net Gang/Reto Burundis" The Televisa made TV show is being seen also in the USA thru Hispanic broadcaster Univision.
So what called my attention about the show? If you think it was related to Mexican TV show host Adal Ramones with singer Enrique Iglesias playing with the characters and a sudden fire that almost kill the host? Not really! But the show's own cartoon series which at least 20 of the episodes where made by both Lili Chin and Eddie Mort at Australian based FWAK Animation Studio.
Well, I did some research and by accident, found out about the demo for "Lucha School" which became "Mucha Lucha." After that, what I did was signing a guestbook and all of the sudden I receive an e-mail from Lili Chin herself! She was interested in finding out since she can't see Univision, if the webisodes of the Burundis cartoon where the same ones they did. Tough selected episodes runs during the kids game show, not all where made by the Australian duo. So I offer to send some still pictures of the show and finding out if those where made by them.
Well, I send some pictures after checking the episode and turns out she did one of them. She even thank me and promised to send me a gift in the mail! That's cool!
Currently, Eddie Morth and Lili Chin are working on "Mucha Lucha." So we wish well to the duo of Eddie and Lili of FWAK Animation!
The next time you need stamps for your letters, you may find that the 37 cent stamp comes with Mickey Mouse, Pinocchio, The Lion King or Bambi. For the first time since a 1980's stamp made for a Disney movie was released in the USA, Disney is releasing a set of 4 stamps with characters from 3 Disney movies and the trio of Mickey, Donald and Goofy. We have not seen Disney related stamps being released in the USA. Other countries may have released Disney themed stamps, but in the USA there has been issues regarding the Disney characters making it in the form of a stamp. So stamp collectors can rejoice with the new Disney stamps that will add some memories to your stamp collection. The stamps will become available at the US Postal Office on June 23rd 2004. The information comes from The Seattle Post Intelligence (Via Toonzone)
Few months back, we mentioned about the new Benji movie that was being released in selected cities, with a nationwide release on August 20, 2004. The famous dog Benji that was well known back in the 1970's and 80's, is making a comeback to theaters, thanks to his creator Joe Camp and Margaret Loesh (Former executive of FOX KIDS, first home of Animaniacs in 1993).
However several things has changed. The movie has been renamed, from "Benji Returns; Rag to Riches" to "Benji Off The Leash." Also the fact that the movie will open in Tallahassee Florida on June 25 and Orlando FL on July 8. Other cities will have a limited showing of the movie as part of a fundraiser for local animal shelters or Humane Society. For more information go to the Benji Off Leash Web Site.
Dreamworks SKG Studios has almost green lighted the next sequel to "Shrek 2," after the last 2 weeks big grossing film made over $200 million dollars at the box office during the Memorial Day Weekend. "Shrek 2" was able to defeat the awaited disaster themed film "The Day After Tomorrow." "Shrek 3" may open for the holidays in 2006.
No way! Dot (Animaniacs) should be MISS UNIVERSE!
DOT: "HELLOOOOOOO DONALD TRUMP!"
OK, I'll bet you saw Miss Universe! Now, why I'm bringing this up? Besides a new record has been made in the contest history! I could be wrong! Miss Universe has recognized not only the queen of beauty, but besides the prestige award, there are other categories where the delegates could be awarded. Before the final announcement, where the fourth, third, second, first runner up and Miss Universe is made, comes the following awards: Miss Congeniality, Best Outfit and Miss Photogenic.
Since the 2001 Miss Universe award made in my hometown of Puerto Rico, Miss Puerto Rico has been awarded the Miss Photogenic award and so was in 2002, 2003 and this past week 2004. In other words for 4 straight years, a Puerto Rican delegate to the pageant has been awarded the same award. While there is not been a way that the delegate of the same country has won the Miss Universe award one year after another, I found very odd but interesting that the same country delegate takes the same award every year. Just to remind you, that the way to choose the Miss Photogenic award is made thru the Miss Universe web site, but I'll bet that some folks has found a way to get thru and vote not once but too many times for the same delegate. Now where going to "American Idol" days. Go figure!
In the meantime, congratulations to Miss Universe from Australia, Jennifer Hawkins, Miss USA Shandi Finnessey for 1st runner up and Miss Photogenic and 2nd runner up from the town of Cidra, Puerto Rico, Alba Giselle Reyes. Don't ask me how to get there! I live in Orlando Florida!
Oh by the way, did you know that Donald Trump yelled "YOU ARE FIRED" to the "Apprentice" winner Kwame Jackson? He was scheduled to be juror in the Miss Universe Pageant, but Kwame did not follow some house rules and Trump fired him! His replacement was Emilio Estefan, husband of latin singer Gloria Estefan who was performing at the contest.
On a related note, NBC TV reports that the Miss Universe Pageant broadcast was the #1 most watched show, since the other networks where repeating their shows.
Waiting to start "The Amazing Race" on CBS?
Paul Dini, writer and co-producer of Animaniacs, leaves WB Animation
Paul Dini, the writer and co-producer of "Steven Spielberg Presents: Animaniacs" and who has worked on Warner Brothers Television Animation studios since 1989, has announced his leave from the WBA studios. This according to the Paul Dini Web Site (Via Toonzone). Here's the quote:
"A number of folks who visit this site have followed my writing and producing career at Warner Bros. Animation over the past fifteen years. It is now with a mixture of excitement and sadness that I announce, effective immediately, I am leaving WBA, at least for the foreseeable future. From assorted Spielbergia through Batmen present and future, onto Superman, Duck Dodgers and finally closing out on JLU and a certain super powered pup, I was lucky to work on some great projects with a truly gifted assortment of artists and writers. I’ll miss them Part of me hates to leave ol’ Termite Tower (the somewhat presumptuous name the Tiny Toons crew and I gave our digs in Sherman Oaks when we started back in, yikes, 1989!) but new opportunities are calling and it’s time for me to go. On the horizon I look forward to doing more live feature film writing, more comic book writing (my own characters and others) and generally stretching myself in other creative areas. But a nice long vacation is what I need right now and I think I’ll lose myself on a desert island for a while."
In case you wonder, WBA is WB Animation or Warner Brothers Television Animation. JLU stands for "Justice League Universe" and Super Power Pup sounds more likely to "What's New Scooby Doo". We also feel sad for Dini leaving the home of Animaniacs too. Good luck Mr. Dini!
Rob Paulsen makes a Web Site "Narf.click"
The voice of Yakko and Pinky is getting his own web site. Rob Paulsen, the voice of both "Animaniacs" and "Pinky & The Brain" as well, several other shows like "Jimmy Newtron: Boy Genious" and "Lilo & Stitch: The Series", has added some of his work and bios inside his Web Site Rob Paulsen.Com. "NAAAARF DOT POIT!"
Saving old Hanna-Barbera home
The old Hanna-Barbera studio that draw "Tom & Jerry" cartoons and has been the center of a debate regarding historic monuments and improvement to meet Hollywood's economy, has been saved of a possible demolition. This according to the LA Times (Via Toonzone), who claims that the dispute was since the 1990's intention of a company buying the old Hanna-Barbera Studios, after the Ted Turner buyout of the Hanna-Barbera library (Eventually in hands of Warner Brothers) and several groups that where interested, including Joe Barbera himself, in preserving the house of "Tom & Jerry," "The Flinstones," "Yogi Bear" and "The Jetsons," among popular cartoons made by the late William Hanna with Joe Barbera during the 1940's to 1980's era, from being demolished in favor of housing development or retail establishment.
Pokemon to Houston: We have a party!
Looks like "Team Rocket" will really blast off again! According to Pokemon.com, the Mayor of Houston TX, has declared the month of June 2004 as the "Pokemon Space Party" month. The ceremonial featuring several Pokemon characters, including "Pikachu" and the newest Pokemon "Jirachi," was to mark the beginning of the "Pokemon Space Party" which is held at the Space Center in Houston (This is inside NASA's Johnson Space Center). Also as a matter of fact, before it's release on DVD and video on June 1st, "Pokemon Advance Movie: Jirachi Wish Maker" will be shown on the big screen (IMAX) of the Space Center on Memorial Day Weekend.
Gene Simmons with a KISS toon!
You wanted the best? You got the best! If you think this is a plug for an Orlando morning show, heard on XM radio....FORGET IT! Actually that is the famous call for the rock band KISS. But there is more to the 70's makeup rockers, now is a cartoon! According to the Gene Simmons web site, the rocker tells he has a cartoon. "My Dad The Rock Star" is a co-joined effort between Simmons and former Nelvana executive Toper Taylor. This is what Simmons said about his cartoon on his web site:
“I knew a number of Nelvana’s
shows, like The Care Bears, and some older shows, like Teen Wolf, so I
them and we bandied about the idea of doing a KISS cartoon,” says
his cell phone from a recording studio. “We couldn’t come to terms on
concept, but (former president) Toper Taylor and I liked each other,
started discussing my peculiar home life, and the funny stuff that’s
So where to see this cartoon you ask? I have not seen this cartoon in the USA. It appears that is being shown in Canada and Australia. So let's see where it shows in America. By the way, Gene Simmons is having a lot of problems, but according to this report from Yahoo, he did some bad remarks about the Muslim community and while I respect any race and religion, Mr. Simmons made some rough comments and I think he should apologize for that. The report is here
Nancy's own show going to the "UK lady, bye bye!"
Nancy Cartwright, the voice actress for Animaniacs "Mindy" and The Simpson's "Bart," is going to do her One Woman Show in the UK. Pretty obvious that our favorite Simpson cast will play "Bart" somewhere in London. Would it be possible that we hear some "UK, I love you, Bye Bye" as "Mindy" of Animaniacs does? By the way, I received in the e-mail, a note stating that Cartwright will do 3 show in Los Angeles CA at the end of May, before leaving to the UK. So if you like to attend her show in Los Angeles, contact Ticketmaster for details. Here's the ad that was sent to my e-mail.
Former Disney animators future, being discussed at AWN
We just under covered some things regarding the Disney Animation crisis. As you may remember, early this year, before the big shareholders meeting and the Comcast Cable takeover, Disney simply fired the entire Orlando Animation Studio. As you recall, this was the team responsible for some Disney movies like "Mulan", "Lilo & Stitch," "Brother Bear" and most recently "Home on The Range" (The last one was quickly forgotten, since nobody saw the movie, or they saw Mel Gibson's "The Passion of The Christ" over "Home of The Range"). After the dismissal of the animators, you may ask, what ever happened to all of them?
Well, turns out that Animation World Network came with some of the answers to the questions about the future of the now former Disney animators from Orlando FL. It seems that the future for the animators are too much of troubles than success. It turns out that one studio "Legacy Animation," who was mentioned early in this site (Check on the Archived News) and on the Save Disney site, has apparently shut down the production of a short animated film named "Lucky" and closed the Orlando-Winter Garden facility. In fact, I searched for the web site for Legacy Animation and it was re-directed to the site of former Disney animator Eddie Pittman, who stated that Legacy Animation was being closed.
This is what I found out on the Pittman's web site regarding Legacy Animation:
"Well, Legacy is finished (for the time being, anyway). I wish I could tell everyone more, but, for obvious reasons, I'm just not able to at this time. It was a wild ride and I think our short film Lucky is a fantastic project that would have been well worth the effort. We had a lot of amazing people who were ready to jump into the production with both feet but it wasn’t to be. I wish the best of luck to Project Firefly. Perhaps they will have better success."
So basically the Animators that where part of Disney are now becoming a lesser thing and most of them would leave somewhere else or simply make another living. Thanks Eisner!
Also if you noted there is a mention of 2 new projects in Orlando. One is Project Firefly Animation Studios located at Universal Orlando Theme Park, who is negotiating with some other entertainment companies as well as Universal Studios. The other one would be Genesis Orlando Studios, which was formed by another ex-Disney animator Jeffrey Varab (He was also behind Adam Sandler's Holiday animated film "8 Crazy Nights"). His studio may be working with plush toy novelty retailer "Build A Bear Workshop" (I love this store!) and Auto maker Chrysler-Jeep in some animated specials, this according to the AWN's report.
Could it be possible that we will see another animated project out of Orlando?
From the past: Rainbow Brite movie and Nick JR may get TV series?
She's back from the past! The year was 1984, some 20 years younger from now. As America fell in love with the charming doll Rainbow Brite (Sorry Barbie!), making the dreams of every boys and girls come true.......OK, I'll cut that out!
For those who still remember the Rainbow Brite era, here's some news. In 1985, DIC animation ("Inspector Gadget" and PBS KIDS "Liberty Kids") made a Rainbow Brite TV special, followed by a TV series and a movie. So where are they now? Ask VH1....The Rainbow Brite movie known as "The Star Stealer" will be released on DVD by the end of August. But what about the TV series? Some insiders are telling that the animated series may be released on DVD too, but no date has been set. Another insider says that it could land on Nick JR. Speaking of Nick JR, they are promoting the Rainbow Brite toys on their web site. No wonder if Rainbow Brite is so popular after all this years. Seriously, I never bough a Rainbow Brite doll, but I got one of the colorful "Sprite" dolls that belongs to Rainbow Brite or one of the "Color Kids" from the series. I got the green "Lucky" tough I wanted a red "Romeo" back them!
Another Pokemon Movie? Only if you fly in Japan!
Unless you are as sick and tired of the Pokemon Movie thing...guess what? Another Pokemon Movie? Are we so serious about Pikachu? LOL! Who could ever figured that out after all this years of Pokemon and Pokemon Advance and like 6 or 7 movies being released this far. So if you pay attention, here's another one of the Pikachu's extravaganzas. This one will not be in theater in both Japan or the USA. It appears as a strategic plan of great proportions, but the next Pokemon movie will be playing high in the sky, at 27,000 feet above the sea level to be exact. What? Ok, according to Serebii.net, the next Pokemon movie will play inside Japan's air carrier AIR NIPPON AIRWAYS (ANA) to be exact. So buckle your seatbelts if you decide to fly aboard the Pikachu airliner. Yes, this is the airline that has Pokemon characters in the plane's body. Those of you in the Los Angeles area may have seen the Pikachu plane, but here's the picture:
You read this last week:
Save Animaniacs is making a MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT! After 10 years making Orlando, the home base for SAC, it is now time to move out. In the next few weeks, my home base will be somewhere in Chicago IL. So good bye DISNEY, UNIVERSAL and SEA WORLD! Yes, it is sad that I made this move. I did not planned for it, but is family affairs, so I guess they will include me.
Now read this:
Save Animaniacs IS NOT MOVING to Chicago! It was a major announcement that I posted, since I got confirmation that the family would move to the windy city by Memorial Day. But some last minute change of mind scrapped everything regarding the move to Chicago. However, let me remind you that this is the 3rd time that such plans to move out has been scrapped over and over, thanks in part to Mickey Mouse and Shamu who still wants me to be a Florida resident!
Still you ask, will Save Animaniacs be moving out to Chicago? Quite frankly I don't know, at least for now. Future plans would be to move out of the timeshare resort I have been calling home since I came from Puerto Rico in 2000. If you wonder, I am from Puerto Rico. I have been a resident in Orlando FL since 1995. In late 1999 I was forced to move out back to Puerto Rico, but then in 2000, we move back to Central Florida. So there you have it! Save Animaniacs stays in the City Beautiful. Yes, the plans to go to Disney are still on! Soon will tell you more!
Even the big green ogre we all love, is claiming the piece of the big box office. Once again, "Shrek 2" the awaited sequel from Dreamworks SKG studios, has proven that sequels to big movies are not a failed thing. The new comedy voiced by actors Mike Myers (Shrek), Eddie Murphy (Donkey), Cameron Diaz (Fiona) and "latino" hunk Antonio Banderas (Puss N Boots) has reached the whooping record of $125 million dollars. It was able to beat another box office hit, "Spider Man" with Toby McGwire.
For those of you still interested in Pokemon (Yeah right!), here's some news. According to Pokemon spoiler page Serebii.net (They spoil every Pokemon episode!), the newest Pokemon has been revealed. No is not Pikachu! But the evolution to Snorlax, named "Gonbe" It appears that the Pokemon makers at Nintendo are bringing back the first Pokemon game, but with a new set of Pokemon. Maybe we will see a new Psyduck or Bulbasaur or maybe a different Pikachu!
While I don't make too much statements about sport issues, here is something that will bring my attention during this week. For those who follow the NBA basketball, wishing that the LA Lakers wins the title of NBA Champions, since the San Antonio Spurs won't (Unless Detroit Pistons does!) amid that Minnesota Timberwolfs could eat Shaquille and Kobe together! Maybe next year would see the always loosing Orlando Magics making the Finals like in 1995. Hello Shaq!
Well, this week, is the traditional NBA Draft Lottery. Since Orlando came last in the NBA standings, they will have more chances to pick at #1. However, since both Chicago and Atlanta where also the last in the league, maybe one of them will get the first pick. History has proven right or wrong when the Draft lottery is held. Unlike the NFL, whoever is the last team, gets the first pick. In NBA league, the last 3 teams in the league, gets to go to a lottery to decide which will pick first, second and third.
So what if Orlando picks first? This could led the Magics to bring in the power forward for UCONN's Emeka Okafor, who was named as best player in the NCAA championship. The Chicago Bull are also looking forward to bring Okafor, or quite possibly high school star Dwight Howard. Other contenders could be (in no particular order!):
Howard (Could go to Chicago, if Orlando takes Okafor)
Luol Deng (bound to Charlotte due to new franchise)
Devin Harris (Maybe for Atlanta?)
Emeka Okafor (Will go to Orlando?)
Shaun Livington (Atlanta or Washington)
I could go with the list, but hence here are your top picks for the NBA draft, so good luck to Orlando Magics and the rest of the.....ahem....loosers!
The NBA draft lottery took place and as
expected, The Orlando Magic gets to pick #1, quite possibly Omeka
UPDATE: The Orlando Magics picks Dwight Howard.
How many folks has been following the situation with MGM United Artist (The owners of Pink Panther), regarding merging with a major studio? We issue several alerts, from Warner Brothers, Disney or Pixar, Sony Entertainment and now the new merged NBC UNIVERSAL.
I reported early this year about the merging of both General Electric (Owners of NBC, Hispanic Network Telemundo and Cable's Discovery Channel and USA Networks) with VIVENDI UNIVERSAL (owners of Universal Entertainment and Theme Parks).
So now word is out that the new combined media giant, is considering a bid against MGM United Artist. A report from Bloomberg hints that there is negotiations for buying out MGM United Artist. This comes as the final episode of long time comedy series "Frasier" hits TV screens on May 13 (That would be tonight since I updated this site). So more "tossed salad and scramble eggs" ("Frasier's" theme song!) for PINK PANTHER!
Attention Care Bear fans! The lovable 80's icons are making a full comeback in a new movie. Yes, the Care Bears are bringing a new animated adventure from Lion's Gate Entertainment, called "Care Bears: Journey to Joke A Lot". This is the newest animated project since the 1980's animated series from Nelvana and DIC. The information from Hive 4 Media via Toonzone.
Well, Mel Gibson made millions of dollars with the religious themed movie "The Passion of The Christ". What will Mel do with that money? How about buying the Mouse? Yes! Mickey Mouse! ARE THEY KIDDING????
Save Disney gave some information from The New York Post and while this sounds too good to be true, I guess it won't happen. But who could imagine Mel Gibson buying Disney? Then it would revamp "The Tower of Terror" into the Tower of Passion. Or maybe re-make "It's a Small World" into "It's a Water World after all!"
Speaking of "It's a Small World", Disney closed the well known 35 years old attraction and construction began on a new "Small World" ride. The ride is expected to open in early 2005.
Hey Ya! The popular song from rappers Outkast, may now become a cartoon! No SNOOPY or PEANUTS gang will be used this time (In case you wonder, I'm talking about the illegal video clip that used old PEANUTS footage with the "Hey Ya" song). Cartoon Network's Adult Swim has been talking to "Andre 3000" of the well known rap duo, about doing an animated project based on the rapper's life and his alter ego "Johnny Vulture" (The guitar player on the "Hey Ya" video). This was reported from AWN . No word if "Snoopy" or "Lucy" will be part of the cartoon. So shake it like a "Polaroid" picture!
Dreamworks has authorized Nickelodeon to play at least the opening sequence to "Shrek 2" on the night before the movie being released in the USA. On May 18, 2004 at 7:00 PM, Nickelodeon will sneak preview the first 5 minutes of the movie, followed by a special presentation behind the scenes of the movie that features the voice talents of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz. The information from AWN.
Why is Microsoft canceling my favorite game "Train Simulator 2"? This was posted in Toonzone's Game Forum. Now, Microsoft is the maker of the X-BOX video game. It is also the makers of WINDOWS XP and WINDOWS 95, 98, ME, 2000 as well as Internet Explorer. In 2001, they did a simulated PC game known as "Microsoft Train Simulator." It is actually a game that combines a simulated Train that you can drive around the desktop. Well, basically you can drive an AMTRAK train or THE ORIENT EXPRESS to be exact!
Last year, Microsoft released a press release giving a hint that a follow up to the game would be released during the summer 2004. Now it appears that Microsoft has scrapped the plans based on investment risk. The whole thing was that Microsoft hired another company named "KUJO SOFTWARE" based in the UK, to build the software. The company basically bailed out of the project and left Microsoft to build it from scratch. The first version of "Train Simulator" still one of the best simulation type software available anywhere, but why Microsoft bails out of this project? They think that there are not much train enthusiast out there to buy the software. Go figure! Maybe Bill Gates loves "Flight Simulator" better! Yes I have that one too! But I love "TRAIN SIMULATOR"
Disney is free of Cable Giant Comcast, after an unsolicited bid by the Cable Giant during the month of March, amid speculations of a removal of Disney's Chairman Michael Eisner. Now Comcast is bailing out of the bid citing price differences (Similar to Warner Brothers when trying to buy MGM United?). Currently Comcast may decide to bring back the offer, but will not raise the bid estimated on $48 Billion dollars. Eisner did not comment of the Comcast withdrawal. Rumors are giving Comcast the possibility of bidding another entertainment giant. MGM United Artist, that if, Sony Entertainment bails out of the offer. Other rumors are bringing the Philadelphia based company to offer a bid for cable conglomerate Adelphia.
It is official! Disney is proud owner of "The Muppets". Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzy and Animal will be seen along Disney's "Main Street" along with Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Winnie The Pooh. As you may recall, Disney made official the purchase of Jim Henson's "The Muppets" and "Bear in The Big Blue House" characters this past month of March and the deal is bringing new initiatives to Disney. Expect to see them parading with Mickey Mouse or making a film or having a 3rd installment of "The Muppet Show" (The first installment was in the 1970's, the second was a short lived show on ABC in 1995).
Of course, you know that Ricky Martin is one of the many kids that formed the band Menudo during the late 70's and early 80's. The band was famous when the kids aged 9 to 16 where selected to perform and then, when reaching the 16 years of age, they get boot out like "Survivor" or as Donald Trump yells "YOU'RE FIRED" on TV's "The Apprentice."
The last time the original members of Menudo where together was in 1999 (Ricky Martin was not involved), doing a reunion tour. But then, things changed. The name Menudo was revamped to "MDO" and their members remained, even passing the 17 years of age.
So why I am flashing back to old days? THEY ARE BACK!!! MENUDO is making a comeback. Not a reunion of the original members, but the second generation of the original formula that made them to fame and fortune in the late 70's and early 80's is being reborn, according to Yahoo .
Do not expect the new Menudo on ABC TV! As a matter of fact, only one TV show has had featured Menudo. "Silver Spoons" with former child actor Ricky Schroder. The series has been seen on Nickelodeon's "Nick at Night" last year, but was eventually replaced with "Full House." So if you can remember Menudo with Ricky Martin, GO FIGURE!
Also on a related note, Ricky Martin was the big winner of the Latin version of Billboard Awards
Remember the PIXAR story (Not Toy Story!) related, when both MGM and Sony Pictures where making separate offers to the former Disney allied? Still, no word yet from PIXAR and not even Disney!
Now, if both Sony and MGM with Pink Panther enters in partnership, does that means that PIXAR would join them too? That could be one of thousand questions being made, after the news came from Associated Press (Via Toonzone) claiming that Sony Entertainment and other companies where making a bid to multi-millionare Kirk Kerkorian, for $5 billion dollars to buy out the MGM United Artist library with over 4,200 titles, including the "Pink Panther" movies and animated series. The deal, if consumed, will also give back to MGM their old back lot studios that once made classics like "Gone With The Wind" and "The Wizard of OZ". The studio Back Lot was originally sold to Sony Pictures, after a liquidation was made in the late 80's by former Warner Brothers partners "Lorimar" (Also known as "Telepictures"). Those these deals make sense?
Wait! The Sony Entertainment Company is not denying the deal, but is calling it and I quote "SPECULATION!" "We have nothing to say in response to the report. We regard it as speculation," a Tokyo-based Sony spokeswoman said. Sony, which already has its own Sony Pictures studios, would be backed by several investors including Texas Pacific Group. Stay tune to this developing story. Watch CNN if you care!
One more thing, would you like PIXAR getting involved with both Pink Panther and Jackie Chan? What about Michael Jackson?
Speaking of Michael Jackson (There's one Wakko from Animaniacs!), there is a rumor that he is within miles of my house. How close? I have understood that he is somewhere in Orlando and it is reported that he was staying in a mansion that belongs to the luxurious Westgate Resorts, which is basically, the Timeshare resort I live. Would you believe that he is right next door to me? Sure you don't!
No, I have not seen him! But I saw this on a local ABC station, that the pop singer who is being indicted by a California Grand Jury, is in Orlando FL and is spending some time inside a resort styled mansion from multi-millionaire David Siegel, who owns the above mentioned timeshare. But the pop star has been asking for privacy and does not want anyone near by, not even Shaquille O'Neill of the LA Lakers (NBA), who owns a mansion in the same block where Jackson is. However I could tell you that Jackson is wandering around the theme parks every now and them. Gosh! I almost forgot that I still have 2 Disney tickets that I won during the last years Citrus Parade (See the "Parade Pictures" folder). I could use them and sneak around in hopes to see if "Wakko" goes by! But for real, he is so close to my house and chances are that I could spot him, before the California Grand Jury does.
(UPDATED 4-28-04) Michael Jackson has left Orlando! After the California Grand Jury's indictment and the attorneys where fired, Jackson packed the bags and left the timeshare mansion in Orlando. A local CBS station went inside the resort styled property to check what was left of the King of Pop temporary stay in the City Beautiful. Too bad I did not spotted "The Wakko" (Wait! There is only one Wakko from Animaniacs!)!
Why I'm talking about Michael Jackson anyway! I could be talking about the AMERICAN IDOL FIASCO! That was unfair they thrown Jennifer Hudson! What if that was the next Ruben Studdard? I mean that show sucks like Simon Cowell! I didn't mean to be rude anyway! Last week they got rid of John Peter Lewis and now they rid Hudson! Who are we voting for? Are we blaming the weather for this? A Tornado shocked both Illinois and American Idol! We hope Hudson gets a record deal with a good company after this.
Another William Hung you ask? He did not showed up on the finals and got a record deal for singing one of the worst songs ever! "SHE BANGS!" The Ricky Martin song was one of 50 worst songs ever according to a moron magazine named "THE BLENDER" who also claims that 80's group "Starship" made "We Built This City" as the WORST SONG EVER!
Or as "Starship" sings: "Marconi plays the mamba, listen to the radio, don't you remember We built this city, we built this city on rock an' roll"
Entertainment consumers have long dreamed of carrying their favorite video material with them on small portable devices. DVD players made that possible -- but at a cost of hundreds of dollars. On June 21, Nintendo offers the same capability to owners of the portable Game Boy(R) Advance at a much lower price. No additional hardware purchase is required to view the Pokemon(R) episodes that debut on Game Boy Advance Video. With an MSRP of $19.99 per Video pak, Nintendo's Pokemon franchise will be represented initially with episodes "Playing with Fire!" and "Johto Photo Finish" on one pak and "A Hot Water Bottle" and "For Ho-Oh The Bells Toll!" on another. So there, you may watch Pokemon on you Game Boy Advance and thrown away those "Video Now" players.
You probably had read or heard about "Build A Bear" toy novelty retailer. Basically is an interactive plush toy maker, where patrons are asked to build a cute little bear or doll for yourself or your kids. I simply fell in love with the plushes. They have been even featured at the annual "Macy's Thanksgiving Parade" and I have that cute puppy in a dress below. But what if I tell you that Disney has agree to license the costumes of their characters to be used among "Build A Bear" toys? You will see this cute puppy in a "Buzz Light Year" or "The Beast" ("Beauty and The Beast") or "Snow White," just to name few!
Some good news for fans of the 1978 classic series "Battle of The Planets!" According to Toonzone, Cartoon Network's BOOMERANG has gotten the rights to the original Sandy Frank's 1978 syndicated series being placed under hiatus, since a change in rights from former executive Ted Turner of Turner Entertainment (Now part of Time Warner), bought the rights to the series from Japan's producer "Tatsunoko" (Japanese Web Site/Ever wondered why the big sea horse at the ending credits of "Battle of The Planets?) and even rename it as "G-FORCE!"
The revamped 1990's version took out the original Sandy Frank's cast of characters and renamed some of the originals and even took out the host of the series "7 Zark 7". Now in case you forgot who was voicing "Mark", no other than Casey Kasem of "What's New Scooby Doo's" Shaggy!
But, who could have forgotten the original intro to BATTLE OF THE PLANETS?
FANFARE ON THE BACKGROUND: Ta ta ta ta tada dan dan.......
ANNOUNCER: "BATTLE OF THE PLANETS! Princess, Tiny, Keyop, Mark & Jason. G-Force, 5 incredible young people with superpowers. And watching over them from Center Neptune, 7-Zark-7. Watching, warning against surprise attacks by alien galaxy from beyond space. G-Force, fearless young orphans, protecting Earth's entire galaxy, always by acting as one. Dedicated, inseparable, invincible!"
So, when will BATTLE OF THE PLANETS begins on Boomerang? There will be a 24 hours marathon on Sunday, April 25. The series will start on May 2 and will run 3 times, every Sunday. Finally! "7 ZARK 7" returns to the airwaves!
Now some of you may have noted the war between heaven and hell at the Box Office during the Easter holiday! Mel Gibson's "The Passion of The Christ" was able to beat "Hellboy" a comic book adaptation movie, during the Easter weekend. But has anyone quite forgot that Disney's "The Alamo" was also on the big screen?
Well, the religious themed movie was able to defeat both "Hellboy" and Disney's "The Alamo," tough "The Passion" was already released last month and Disney's "The Alamo" was debuting during the Easter Weekend. The $100 million Disney movie bombed at the box office this past weekend, causing a stir among many on Wall Street who are predicting the film's failure could eat into earnings and force the company to take a write-off. One analyst put the "Alamo" write-off as high as $80 million. He also predicted another $70 million write-down for other Disney films.
As for the animated "Home on The Range" with the voice of "Roseanne Barr" (Used to be Roseanne Arnold) of the Nick-At Night's comedy show "Roseanne," made an honest $8 million dollars at the box office. So at least there's a "Little patch of heaven" here!
And if you ask "What about Comcast?" Is the cable TV giant still interested in Disney? According to sources, Comcast Cable will remain interested in the Disney stocks, but it appears that due to the differences, Comcast will stop arguing about the Disney takeover, at least for now. They may have to wait until a Disney Board members reunion takes place in the next following weeks, as they continue the discussion of keeping Michael Eisner in the company, despite the efforts of Roy Disney and Stanley Gold of Save Disney, to oust him of the company. And lets not forget, that PIXAR (The makers of "Toy Story" and "Finding Nemo") is also interested in what is going to happen at Disney, before moving to another entertainment giant, if Eisner is not taken out of Disney World!
You probably had read about "Comic Book: The Movie." This is the movie made by former "Star Wars" Mark Hammil and featuring several voice actors, including Jess Harnell (The one with long hair!) who voice "Wakko" on Animaniacs!
Well, this week I found out that the Jim Hill Media Web Site (remember the guy that was told to attend the Disney Shareholders meeting and then was denied to come in?) where the main topic is no other than DISNEY, had made some remarkable comments regarding "Comic Book: The Movie".
"if you're as big a cartoon voice fan as I am -- you're going to freak over "Comic Book: The Movie." Why for? Because among the talented performers that Mark persuaded to come on camera and perform with him are Tom Kenny ("SpongeBob Squarepants"), Jess Harnell ("Animaniacs"), Billy West ("Futurama") and Daran Norris ("Fairly Oddparents")." Unquoted from Jim Hill Media Web Site
The war between Disney and Save Disney still goes!
Speechless Simpsons? That is the word out, as the cast of FOX TV's "The Simpsons" is refusing to perform their voices due to contractual disputes, involving a raise in their salary cap. According to Reuters via Yahoo, the actors who do the talking for Homer, Bart and the rest of the cartoon stars of the long-running Fox television show "The Simpsons" are keeping their mouths shut until producers pay them more money, a source familiar with the situation said on Thursday April 1, 2004.
The show's six principal voice actors, whose contracts expired several months ago, have refused to show up for script readings during the past few weeks, delaying production on the upcoming 16th season of the animated series, the source said. Among the voices of The Simpsons, is Nancy Cartwright, who is credited with the voice of Bart Simpson and also Mindy of Animaniacs. The remaining actors are, Dan Castellaneta (Homer), Yeardley Smith (Lisa), Julie Kavner (Marge), Hank Azaria (Moe and Apu) and Harry Shearer (Mr. Burns and Ned Flanders).
Also an unrelated note, but I have noted that The Pokemon Series on KIDS WB has been having a change in the narrator. I have understood that Jim Cunnings who performs Disney's "Winnie The Pooh" and has taken part on Animaniacs, was the narrator of the Pokemon TV series and best known for the catching phrase "Our Heroes" when making reference to both Ash and Pikachu. Then recently during the new series "Pokemon Advance," I noted a change in the narrators voice. I have no idea of who is narrating "Pokemon Advance" and I don't know why Cunnings is no longer there. But assuming the problem with "The Simpsons," it is understandable that most voice actors are taking the hostile approach of leaving their show if there is no agreement regarding economical matters. Only if you tough that gas prices are to blame!
The 13 years old "Pooh" case was finally (Or was it?) dismissed by a California judge on Monday March 29 2004. The civil lawsuit brought by The Slesinger heirs, claimed that Disney owned them royalties, regarding the use of "Winnie The Pooh" characters. Also the lawsuit was in efforts to take back the rights of "Pooh" from the Mouse House, a move that could lead Disney to a financial chaos, since Disney claims that their financial gains are mostly "Pooh" related. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Charles McCoy, wrote in his decision "Stephen Slesinger Inc., the family firm suing Disney, 'is dishonest and shows no remorse,'" unquoted.
Disney's attorney Daniel Petrocelli, told Reuters: "It is all over. After 13 years the Winnie the Pooh case is finally over," Unquoted.
"Of course, we are appealing to take our Pooh rights back" claims a Slesinger family press release, "This decision unfortunately sends a strong message to corporate America that it is okay for companies like Disney to steal and renege on its contractual promises, and just fine to destroy a million pages of evidence along the way," unquoted.
Will keep you updated in the now over but never ending saga of "Winnie The Pooh!" "Oh Bother!"
Just before you get the final episode of "Friends," here are some MUST SEE TV features to watch. As ABC KIDS says: "ILLUMINATING TELEVISION!"
First, "Seinfield" VS "Superman:" Remember the "Super Bowl" commercial that presented both Jerry Seinfield and "Superman?" The major credit card commercial has been revamped only to be shown on the Internet. This according to Toonzone, Seinfied and Superman has team up again for a series of web based commercials for American Express.
Second, "Potter" VS "Frasier:" NBC taped the last episode of the popular sitcom starring Kelsey Grammer. It appears that one of the cast members surprised Grammer by bringing his favorite "Harry Poter" character! Robbie Coltrane, the well known "Hagrid" of "Harry Potter" movies, is scheduled to make a guest role in the final "Frasier" episode to be broadcasted on May 13, 2004. But no word if the real "Hagrid" will appear, since there is total secret about the final episode of "Frasier." Or is that "Hagrid" singing the "Frasier" song?
HAGRID (singing): "Hey baby, I hear the blues a-callin' Tossed salad and scrambled eggs Oh My! Mercy...And maybe I seem a bit confused, Yeah maybe, but I got you pegged! Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha! But I don’t know what to do with those tossed salads and scrambled eggs. They’re callin’ again." (Yells) FRASIER HAS DONE THE SHOW! "
Well, the last part was done on purpose, but is "FRASIER HAS LEFT THE BUILDING."
Big canine giant "Clifford The Big Red Dog" is enjoying the big big life in TV, Movies and now BROADWAY! Wait! Clifford is not in Broadway, but soon will be! According to Business Wire via Toonzone, "Clifford The Big Red Dog Live" is starting a 2 year nationwide tour. According to Business Wire, Now, kids will have a whole new way to experience the crimson canine with "Clifford The Big Red Dog(R) LIVE!" -- the first ever Clifford live stage show -- raising its curtain for a world premiere at Atlanta's Fabulous Fox Theater April 21-25. This all new, BIG RED musical adventure is part of a 90 city, two-year World Premiere Tour.
About "Clifford The Big Red Dog's Really Big Movie": According to Toonzone, the movie will be released in several markets by mid April. Although is is not yet confirmed that the movie will be released as a summer feature and will opt to be released on DVD by fall. Another thing that I did not knew until now. Jess Harnell, the voice of Animaniacs Wakko Warner, is doing a voice cameo on "Clifford's Really Big Movie." Will keep you posted.
"Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed" was the king of the box office this past weekend. According to Box Office Estimates, the Warner Brothers film grossed $29.4 million dollars, displacing the new Tom Hanks movie "The Ladykillers" with $12.6 million dollars and the controversial Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" with 12.5 million dollars. The information was offered by boxofficemojo.com via Animation Word Network. Will Scooby Doo be able to stay on top with the Good Friday/Easter weekend's debut of Disney's "Home On The Range?"
Next season's PBS KIDS "Arthur" series will be produced not by CINAR Entertainment. All the Cinar assets where sold to former Nelvana executives Michael Hirsh and Toper Taylor. So CINAR is now becoming "The Cookie Jar Ent."
The newly found company is a combination of what was left of CINAR combined with Carson-Dellosa Publishing and HighReach Learning Companies, owners of Filmfair Group. Also the company will no longer be publicly traded, since it is now a private group. CINAR used to be a public corporate group, until financial matters send the company to bankruptcy in 2001. However this will not affect any of the CINAR's produced shows like "Arthur" and "Caillou" being broadcasted thru PBS KIDS. More information at the AWN Web Site.
If you still ask yourself, "When I'm going to see old 80's "He-Man and The Masters of The Universe" made by the now defunct Filmation Associates Animation Studios, your prayers may become a reality. According to several sources, the original 1983 series may soon be available on DVD. Now until recently, Hallmark Entertainment was the owner of the Filmation Library (Originally sold to L'Oreal the make-up giant in the 1980's), but they have no intention to release the series. They did not even had plans to release most of the Fimaltion Associates classics like "Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids" (Not related to Little Bill, but created by Bill Cosby himself!). So unless they wanted to make greeting cards with He-Man.
But the word out is that the company that was struggling to buy "Noddy" from Chorion (Remember the article you read here and is in the Archived page?), "Entertainment Rights," bought the entire Filmation Associates Library from Hallmark Entertainment for $20 million dollars.
What this means it that your favorite Filmation classics like He-Man could be heading to DVD anytime soon. In fact, Archie Comics (Harvey Comics) is announcing that they will have available the Filmation's original "Archie's" and "Sabrina The Teenage Witch" series for sale next week of March 30 2004.
Do you remember "Archie's TV Funnies?" Small shorts of "Dick Tracey," "Captain and the Kids," "Emmy Lou," "Smokey Stover" and "Broom-Hilda" where the main feast in this series! To this date, there is an updated Archie's TV series called "Archie's Weird Mysteries," being produced by DIC Enterprises for the weekend's "DIC KIDS" block.
Also the He-Man.Org Web Site devoted to "Masters Of The Universe" is reporting the buy out of the Filmation Associates library, which could also means that "She-ra" could be brought back too.
What's next? Batman and Batmite reunited? Are they kidding? We could see that on DVD too! Remember "The New Adventures of Batman" back in the mid 70's?"
"Nickelodeon" is separating "Nick At Nite," according to sources. The Viacom owned TV Network is making a separated rating charts for Nick At Night. The reason is that while Nickelodeon usually spares the late night hours to grown ups comedy, it is considered that the ratings for both Nickelodeon and Nick at Night may be better considered by the advertising agencies. While Nickelodeon usually sells ad time for both Nick and Nick at Nite, they consider the times that ad will be sold. Like toy companies could advertise during the Nickelodeon time and auto makers could advertise on Nick at Night. Still confused? Is like toy maker would not like to promote a toy during "The Cosby Show." So that's how it works.
Nope! I have not stop the Disney scheme. But can I grab your attention and see if I got corrected? I have a borrowed copy of Disney's "Oliver & Company." There is a promotional segment from the 1988 animated movie starring the voices of singer Billy Joel ("Dodger" the dog) and a younger Joey Lawrence (He was a regular on ABC's "Blossom" back them!) as the voice of "Oliver" the kitten.
If by any chance you have the original DVD, check in the bonus materials for "The Making of Oliver & Company" released in 1988. Guess who is in that promo? No other than Roy E. Disney, former head of Walt Disney Animation and the person behind Save Disney. What he says in that particular clip, gave me some chills! Who ever tough that Roy E. Disney would say anything regarding the use of computers for animated movies? Way back Disney started using computers in the 1980's to help in the background of certain animated movies. "Oliver & Company" was one of them. But it is also mentioned that the use of computers will not replace the real Disney animators that gives life to their movies. That was in 1988! Today is 2004 and Disney has completely replaced the hand drawing for computers! Who could ever imagine after hearing the segment "The Making of Oliver & Company" that the magic that Disney created back them is now a forgotten thing of the past?
In the meantime, the last Animated Disney feature "Home On The Range" hits theaters on April 2, 2004. Is the last animated movie being made at Walt Disney Florida Studios that was inside The Disney MGM Studios. That studio was recently shut down and over 300 animators where fired. So who could ever imagined that Disney is getting too way with it? Will we ever see a Disney animated movie again? By the way, Disney is talking about doing a 3rd "Toy Story" movie when the folks of PIXAR already left Disney. Also the Theme Park admission has been raised by almost $3 dollars, but there is complains about the maintenance inside Disney.
Let's go to my favorite department! THE 80's!!!! I wonder why the 80's was the so called magic era! Maybe was my teenage years or maybe was the "PUNKY POWER" with odd colored sneakers while watching MTV (Today is EMPTY-V!). Speaking of odd colored shoes, remember "Punky Brewster" and "Super Mario"? They are heading to DVD.
According to Toonzone, there are plans to release on DVD the original Super Mario Super Show, which consisted of animated "Super Mario" and "Legend of Zelda" cartoons. These where done by DIC Enterprises back in 1987.
Also another DVD release is the original "Punky Brewster" TV series with Soleil Moon Frye and George Gaynes (Captain Lassard in all "Police Academy" movies). The original series was released in 1984 and it was broadcasted by NBC. Also the series became a cartoon series for NBC TV in 1985. Word out is that some episodes of the animated version, will be featured on the DVD release. The DVD series will offer the original NBC series that ran from 1984 to 1986. No word if the 1987-1988 series that was syndicated will be also available on DVD.
Another thing about "Punky Brewster," was the cameo appearance by some well known celebrities. Among them, Candance Cameron who portrays "DJ" on TV series "Full House." She was playing a little girl that was kidnapped by his parent and the only clue was her face on a milk container. Another celebrity was former Astronaut Buzz Aldrin (Apollo mission to the moon) during a tribute to Space Shuttle Challenger crew (The funniest part was "Henri" (Gayne) doing a dress model!). And of course the late Andy Gibbs of 70's musical sensation "The Bee Gees," doing a beauty contest host and a record label executive (Did he mentioned "Prince" in that episode?). You may find information on "Punky Brewster" at TV Tome.
Remember the cute dog "Benji"? The last time I heard about the beloved K-9 was around the late 80's and early 90's, when a legal dispute brought "Benji's" creator Joe Camp and The Walt Disney Company into a lawsuit, over the rights to a Benji Movie. So what ever happened to Benji since that time? Now most of you are looking like, "Benji"? Have I heard of that? Where?
Here's a little history about Benji. Of course, the year was 1974, when Joe Camp's "Benji" hit theaters nationwide, causing the majority of us to go "Awwwww" over a homeless pouch wandering the streets in search of a loving family.....To the tune of "I feel love" by the late country legend Charlie Rich, millions of kids and families, myself included, enjoyed this great movie that simply told a story of courage and values and believe it or not, after the movie was released, over a million homeless animals where adopted, according to the Humane Society. The main idea of "Benji's" creator Joe Camp, was that in every "Benji" movie, the message being sent to movie goers, was to adopt a homeless animal at their local shelter.
Over the years, other "Benji" movies where released. In 1977 the movie sequel "For the Love of Benji," was released. After some good reviews, the pooch came back in the early 80's, this time was side kicked with comedy actor Chevy Chase for the movie "Oh Heavenly Dog" (Chevy Chase provided the voice over to the pooch for that particular movie). Then in 1987, Joe Camp agree to let The Walt Disney Company to distribute the movie "Benji The Hunted". This movie became a legal matter due that Mouse House wanted the rights to every "Benji" movie, a thing that Joe Camp did not agree to it. That's why every "Benji" movie has to be released independently.
After years of legal turnarounds, Camp decided to get back to square 1. Back in 2001, he scouted every single animal shelter, in search of the new dog to portray "Benji." Along with producer Margaret Loesch, who is credited for creating FOX KIDS back in 1989 (That's where Animaniacs first started!) and responsible for cartoons like "The Transformers" and "The Smurfs", they both joined forces to produce the newest breed of loving fun! The newest "Benji" is a former homeless dog that was found in a Jackson, Mississippi area animal shelter.
After months of production and some delays, the new movie "Benji Returns" is ready to roll during the summer. A limited release will start next week of March 25, 2004 in Jackson MS and then it will roll out in selected cities. For more information click on "Benji" for "Benji Returns." Hopefully, we will find a new generation of "Benji" lovers that will sing the "I Feel Love" tune and open their hearts to a needed homeless pet!
FYI: The Movie is produced by Joe Camp and Margaret Loesch (Did you know she was the one who first brought Animaniacs into the Fox Kids Network before KIDS WB took the show back in 1994?)
FYI: Did you know that Joe Camp's son Brandon Camp, was the person behind the FOX TV series "John Doe" with actor Dominic Purcell? If you wonder where is "John Doe"? Ask FOX TV, they canceled the show!
Have enough of "Dora The Explorer"? Guess what! Nick is swiping "Dora" for "Diego!" As Nickelodeon reveals the 2004-05 season, it also green lights an spin-off to "Dora The Explorer," the popular pre-school series from Nick Jr. If you always yell "SWIPER NO SWIPING! Awwww Maaaan!" Now you will yell "GO DIEGO GO!"
As Nickelodeon reveals the new series for the next fall, besides "GO DIEGO GO," Nickelodeon also revealed 8 different shows to premiere later this year. 3 of them are for Nick JR and the others are for the NICKELODEON programming, but most of them are live action series, instead of animated shows. Of course, Nickelodeon has committed to new episodes of "All Grown Up" and "Fairly Odd Parents."
How about "Unfabulous" with Emma Roberts (Niece of mega star Julia Roberts!), "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide" and "The Power Striker" created and co-produced by Whoopi Goldberg? As for the "GO DIEGO GO" series, don't expect "Swiper" swiping on poor "Dora!" "Diego" has a sister named "Alicia," who will help "Dora's" cousin to rescue endangered species. Although is not official, chances are that "Dora" may swing by! Awwwww Maaaaan!
Recently, ABC TV revealed that they where adding "Good Morning America" to the Saturday Morning Line-Up. Well, ABC KIDS will suffer some schedule changes next fall 2004-05 and only one new show was introduced to the line-up. The others will be re-runs from The Disney Channel. I guess they will have more Local News in Orlando. By the way, ABC took out "NBA's Inside Stuff" just to add "Power Rangers Dino" (In Orlando it is replaced by "Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures").
As for the new ABC KIDS show, it is "The Disney Channel's" Original Series: "Phil of The Future." I assume that is a cross over of "Lizzy McGuire" and "That's so Raven," which are returning to ABC KIDS. The animated series "Lilo & Stitch," "Fillmore," "The Proud Family," and "Kim Possible" are scheduled to return. However, expect that some series will not be shown due that some markets like Orlando replace the ABC KIDS series for local news and with the addition of GMA, there will be nothing to see on ABC KIDS!
It appears that both VIACOM and ECHOSTAR's DISH NETWORK, have settled over a fees dispute, that took away several VIACOM and CBS channels in dozens of markets, affecting up to 9 million customers of the DISH NETWORK. Now, you can watch your EMPTY-V (MTV), NICKELODEON (More "DORA THE EXPLORER!") and the new home to ANIMANIACS, NICKTOONS! CASE CLOSED!!!!
You probably have a "VIDEO NOW" device and a GAME BOY ADVANCE. You use the VIDEO NOW device to watch "Sponge Bob Squarepants", but you realize that is better to see "Sponge Bob Squarepants" on NICKELODEON or buy a DVD.
That's Because the only problem that the Hasbro's "VIDEO NOW" device has, is that it shows black and white (or gray) images when playing a small cd with an encoded file that sends a black image, over the white/gray background and tough it looks great for the kids who enjoys the popular TV shows, it's technology may look too cheap for the retail price lesser than US $50.00.
On the other hand, you have a Nintendo's GAME BOY ADVANCE, you use the device to play your video games, like POKEMON or YU-GI-OH and even SPONGE BOB SQUAREPANTS, to name a few!
So, having both could be a good idea or a bad idea (That was the Animaniacs old saying!). The good idea is that a major partnership between Nintendo and 4KIDS ENTERTAINMENT could lead a lot of people to basically dump off their Hasbro's "VIDEO NOW".
Now according to Business Wire, 4KIDS ENTERTAINMENT, the people behind mega TV hits like POKEMON, YU-Gi-OH (KIDS WB), SONIC X and TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (FOX BOX), has entered an agreement with Majesco Sales Inc. MAJESCO will use their technology to convert all the animated series from 4KIDS ENTERTAINMENT and make it, not on small CD, like "VIDEO NOW", but simply turn it into a GAME BOY ADVANCE cartridge! Yes, you read! Since the technology will allow for the GAME BOY MAKERS to turn an animated show and play it back in your GAME BOY ADVANCE device, expect kids putting aside, the "VIDEO NOW", unless HASBRO comes with a new version that plays color images and expands their library, since some of the shows that they have are re-plays of original TV shows, like "AMERICAN IDOL", "SCOOBY DOO", "SPONGE BOB SQUAREPANTS", "FAIRLY ODD PARENTS" and a Hillary Duff (Lizzy McGwire) biography.
The following is an open letter to Michael Eisner. I did not wrote the letter, it is available at SAVE DISNEY. The letter is in response to Eisner's denial of stepping out of The Walt Disney Company after the Shareholders 43% of non confidence voting. You can e-mail or snail mail the letter to Mr. Eisner, just go to Save Disney for details:
Michael D. Eisner
Chief Executive Officer
The Walt Disney Company
500 Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521-0752
Shareholders of The Walt Disney Company sent a loud and clear message at last week's meeting in Philadelphia: over 50% of investors who actually voted want you to resign as leader of their company.
This is an undeniable vote of no confidence in your leadership and that of your Board of Directors. Superficial acts aimed at quelling a call for "contemporary corporate governance" are, unfortunately, not sufficient. Sharing the roles of CEO and Chairman with a clearly non-independent candidate is inappropriate given the level of shareholder discontent. You have underestimated the will of the shareholders and mischaracterized the message.
It's time for a change in leadership. This is in the best interests of shareholders.
Mr. Eisner, you were able to achieve impressive growth of the company's profile in the first ten years of your reign by exploiting the incredible assets left by Walt Disney and his heirs. But the last seven years have been a morass of dwindling shareholder value, disheartening cutbacks in the company's quality and product, and creative malaise-all of which has negatively affected the way we perceive the Disney name. Your strategic planning schemes and rebranding initiatives have siphoned much of the Magic from the Kingdom. Cast Members are suffering as a result of management decisions beyond their control.
We want to see the rich legacy of Walt Disney passed down to future generations, resulting in long-term value creation.
Please respond to our demand that you tender your resignation. We will not tolerate a scorched-earth policy that further harms the company's priceless assets. The Disney legacy is not your personal property, Mr. Eisner; it belongs to all of us.
Pause to consider your own legacy with the company. Already the history books will record that you were the object of a shareholder rebellion that changed the landscape of Corporate America. They will remember that you had to be forced from power. Step down as CEO while you can still salvage some shred of personal dignity.
The winds have changed. You are no longer in control of The Walt Disney Company.
cc to offices of : John Bryson, John Chen, Judith Estrin, Robert Iger, Alywin Lewis, Monica Lewis, Robert Matschullat, George Mitchell, Fr. Leo Donovan, Gary Wilson
Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter,
(your name here)
(Update: Nickelodeon and the Viacom channels are being seen on DISH Network. In case you have not hear, recently Viacom disputed with DISH Network about broadcast fees, prompting Viacom to remove their channels from DISH Network for a few days in March 2004. This is the original lead story)
By this far, you may be one of 10 million people that has realized that you still want your EMPTY-V (MTV), CBS and NICKELODEON.
NO DORA? SWIPER SWIPE IT! "AWWWW MAAAAAN!"
But unfortunately, you wont have those networks, because VIACOM and ECHOSTAR's DISH NETWORK did not agree on certain issues regarding Network fees, causing VIACOM to not longer supply (At least for now!) their CBS affiliates and the major cable networks, like NICKELODEON, MTV, MTV2, VH1, SHOWTIME, COMEDY CENTRAL, SPIKE TV (No Ren & Stimpy!) and the now home to Animaniacs, NICKTOONS!
SLAPPY: "THEY RUIN IT!"
YAKKO: "THIS IS THE END OF CIVILIZATION AS WE KNOWN IT!"
the owner of DISH NETWORK pulled the plug on CBS
affiliates in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San
Miami, Boston, Denver, Minneapolis and Dallas. As many as 9
satellite customers in all 50 states lost the Viacom-owned cable
1.6 million of them also lost their local CBS station, which could
their ability to watch among other things the NCAA men's basketball
which begins next week.
What about "The Price is Right?" What about "The Late Show?" What about "CSI?" WHAT ABOUT "SURVIVOR??????????"
WHAT ABOUT "ANIMANIACS???????????"
chairman and CEO Charles Ergen said the companies
were negotiating and he hoped the impasse would end soon.
to watch the disrupted channels instead saw a message accusing Viacom
for an unreasonable rate increase that would result in higher monthly
bills for EchoStar customers. "We
have customers who are calling and asking, 'Where's my CBS?''
EchoStar spokesman Mark Lumpkin said.
understandable that you would be upset if you lose your CBS channel.''
Those this sounds familiar? Remember back in 2000, there was a similar dispute with ABC TV (Owned by Disney) and TIME WARNER CABLE (BRIGHT HOUSE CABLE), that resulted in a temporary blackout to almost 4 million customers in several cities. Also there was another dispute with the Florida based "Sunshine Networks" and BRIGHT HOUSE CABLE, that caused "Sunshine Network" to leave temporary, due to fees dispute. I hope that VIACOM and DISH resolves this matter as soon as possible, or else we kept singing:
"Now is time for so long....." (In case you missed, Steve Burns repeats of "Blues Clues" was on NICK!)
Just when you tough that the DISNEY thing with Michael Eisner, Roy Disney and Stanley Gold will come to a stop, now comes a new figure. Is a friend or foe? Turns out that Walt Disney's daughter and cousin of Roy Disney, Diane Disney Miller, broke her silence, since his cousin Roy fired her husband, the then, DISNEY's CEO Ron Miller back in the year 1984 and replace it with the now troubled CEO Michael Eisner.
While Disney Miller is glad that Eisner was removed from The Disney Board of directors, she blamed her cousin Roy Disney (Save Disney.com) and told THE LA TIMES "Roy's move was ill timed, and it helped put the company in play," Miller said. "It showed there is weakness and discord at the top of the company. Roy loves the company as much as I do, and he wants to see it remain independent too. But what he has done has put it in jeopardy." Unquoted.
Also on a related note, The New York Times mentions that there is a renegotiation among Disney and Eisner regarding his salary with the company, after the Shareholders meeting that withheld Eisner's position for 43% of the votes.
Ever wondered what Animaniacs and the 1994's World Cup has had in common? Well, 10 years ago, the FIFA World Cup (Which is the well know soccer game, just like the Summer Olympiads!), held the soccer tournament in various US Cities. While Chicago and Pasadena where the center stage, Orlando and other cities where part of the action too. But have you ever tough that the person who wrote Animaniacs, was the creator of the USA Mascot known as "Striker the Dog"?
Did you know "Striker The Dog" was created by the writer of Animaniacs? (Copyright: FIFA World Cup)
Who was the creator? John Over, who is the current supervising art director of the PBS KIDS series "Clifford The Big Red Dog." He was the main head writer of Animaniacs, Pinky & The Brain, Tiny Toons Adventures, Histeria and others. In the early 90's, when FIFA selected the USA to held the World Cup, Mr. John Over submitted to the FIFA World Cup committee, the artwork drawings of what eventually became the USA Mascot for the 1994 World Cup Series, being played in Chicago, Orlando and other locations. "GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!" By the way, Brazil was the big champion from that World Cup Series.
Also ever remember the Pinball game from Bally Midway? That was the cool thing I used to play, when I was in my hometown in Puerto Rico.
What a memory flashback was! If I could wish for Animaniacs to have their own Midway type of game! I mean, you won't see those at your neighborhood pizza parlor (EX: "Chuck E. Cheeses").
Other note: Remember the episode "3 Strikes and You're out"? With Slappy and the 3 Tenors? Well, The 3 Tenors, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti did performed during the closing ceremonials of the World Cup.
How about 4KIDS Entertainment, The Fox Box producers meeting with Mike Young Productions, the people behind "Clifford The Big Red Dog" and "Masters of The Universe"? According to Animation World News, it appears the 2 companies are doing business at the NATPE 2004 convention. NATPE is the convention where programs are sold to international markets or distribution companies. 4KIDS sold Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh to Warner Brothers and created "The Fox Box" for Fox TV. Mike Young Productions is the ones that produced "Jakers" and "Clifford's Puppy Days" for PBS KIDS and "Masters of The Universe" (Use to be "He-Man") for Cartoon Network. It seems like Mike Young, although has not mentioned the matter, is going to adquire distribution rights to "Tama And Friend", "Cubix: Robots for Everyone" and "Fighting Foodoms", this according to the AWN Web Site.
Could it be possible that "Tama and Friends" and "Fighting Foodoms" gets a new spin? Stay tune!
~This is an update to the story, we still not sure if Martha Stewart will be on the award show, since she was found guilty of lying (Perjuries) when selling stocks~
For the first time ever, the main lead is not about Disney and the surprising Shareholders Meeting finale, read below for that! Instead the main lead is the nominations to the annual Daytime Emmys. Hello Susan Lucci!
For those of you wondering, The Annual Daytime Emmys are the awards for daytime TV audience. Animaniacs has been awarded Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Animated Series as well as other awards. Though Animaniacs is no longer in production, The Daytime Emmys are still recognized as the top awards for TV made shows.
The nominations for the 31st annual Daytime Emmys where announced during the NBC's "Today Show." Leading the nominations was CBS "As the World Turns" and ABC's "All my Children," but Susan Lucci did not got a nomination. As you may recall, Lucci was one of the cast members of ABC's "All my Children" and for 20 years in a row, she was nominated, but never got an award, until 2000, when THE STREAK WAS OVER! Since then, Susan Lucci has not been awarded the Emmys because she already left the ABC's TV drama. Wonder what she's doing?
But among the nominees, both Nancy Cartwright (Mindy of "Animaniacs"/ Bart of "The Simpson") and the late John Ritter ("Three's Company"/"8 Simple Rules") got nominations for "Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program." Nancy Cartwright is nominated for voicing "Rufus the Naked Mole Rat" from "Disney's Kim Possible." While John Ritter got nominated for PBS KIDS "Clifford The Big Red Dog". Also veteran reporter Walter Cronkite got nominated for performance of "Ben Franklin" on "Liberty Kids" (DIC/PBS KIDS). Other nominations include Henry Winkler for "Norville the Bird" of "Clifford's Puppy Days" (PBS KIDS) and Joe Alaskey for "Daffy Duck" in "Duck Dodgers" (Cartoon Network).
Other nominations included, "Dr. Phill" and "Martha Stewart's Living." It is not clear if Stewart will make the award show on May 21, 2004, due to her conviction over perjury (Lying) charges. It was not clear if she will remain free or will be jailed anytime before the award ceremony. For more information go to the CNN Page.
There will be more updates regarding the Emmys and while I consider that Martha Stewart is not a bad person, still some mistakes has to be mended.
And here are some oddities for Emmy nominations:
KIDS WB received 4 nominations (Static Shock, Xiaolim Showdown, Ozzie & Drix and X-Men Evolution), while The WB got 1 for...X-Men Evolution? Maybe they got it wrong.
Luna (Voiced by Lynn Thigpen) got nominated for "Bear in The Big Blue House". Why not The Bear?
"Between The Lions" (PBS) shares the "best single camera editing" with "Dr. Phill." That is the "Tip of the day?"
Too many birthdays in Discovery Health Channel VS The Macy's Thanksgiving Parade with too many floats.
Now, will the streak be over for "Blues Clues"? or will Sesame Street breaks away for the 30th year in a row?
A few weeks back, I mentioned the possibility of a theatrical release to the animated movie "Clifford The Big Red Dog's Really Big Movie." It appears and since I got the movie poster (Below), the movie was already released but in limited number of theaters in cities like New York and Atlanta. I have not seen the movie in Orlando yet. As for when the movie will be released, there is not an official word from Warner Brothers, who is in charge for the theatrical release of the movie, based on the PBS KIDS TV series. An article in the New York Post gave a very low 1/2 star. Does this sound familiar? Like when "Wakko's Wish" was supposedly to be released on theaters, but ended on Video in 1999? I guess our favorite red canine (Voiced by the late John Ritter) may be headed to a DVD retailer near you.
The surprising upraise that came after over 43% of the Disney's Shareholders voted against Chairman Michael Eisner, has prompted the Disney Board of Directors to immediately remove him out of the position, while he still the Disney's CEO. Now the Disney's Board is under control of former Senator George Mitchell. The Disney Board approve the separation of the position of Chairman and CEO after the Shareholder's meeting on Wednesday March 3, 2004. Still not clear if Eisner will be eventually removed out of the position of Disney's CEO, despite he still being supported by the Board and lots of Shareholders are figuring out how can they keep Eisner in the company and why Mitchell took the position of Chairman, when at least 25% of the Shareholders voted against Mitchell?
In the meantime, Roy Disney and Stanley Gold of Save Disney has issue this statement at the site:
Roy Disney and Stanley Gold today called the move by The Walt Disney Company Board of Directors of naming George Mitchell as Chairman, while allowing Michael Eisner to remain CEO, "a blatant rejection of shareholder will, a betrayal of trust and a significant step backwards for substantive governance reform in America's capital markets.
"The unprecedented 43% No Confidence Vote on Michael Eisner is a sharp rebuke to his continued leadership," Messrs. Disney and Gold said, "More importantly, for the Board to endorse a lame duck CEO that shareholders have repudiated is untenable for the Company, its shareholders, its employees and its business partners. Good corporate governance mandates that Boards listen and be responsive to their shareholders. The Disney Board has minimized the message sent by their shareholders."
Also Save Disney published a cartoon that portrays Disney characters playing "Survivor" with Michael Eisner and singing the "Mickey Mouse Club" theme:
Just as the Disney's Shareholders meeting closes down in Philadelphia, there is more to this story that you may not see anywhere else. Here's one of this cases.
After 43% of Disney Shareholders voted NO on re-electing Michael Eisner, CNN Financial Network (CNN FN) interviewed Jim Hill of Jim Hill Media, a web site that informs everything Disney related. Jim Hill was told that he can attend the Shareholders meeting in Philadelphia as part of the Press members. However at the door of the Philadelphia Convention Center, a Disney spokesperson denied full access to Jim Hill because his web site is anti-Disney and he was seen with Roy Disney at the Save Disney press conference the day before the Shareholders meeting.
Now in case you wonder who is Jim Hill, remember a few weeks, I found out when Jim Hill was interviewed in an Orlando TV Station station regarding that Disney's "Mission Space" attraction inside "Disney's Epcot Center" in Orlando, started using the motion sickness bags, after people complained about dizziness being caused by the space themed attraction?
Jim Hill Media has been taking a neutral approach at Disney, but recently, the site has been supporting Save Disney. Hill requested to attend the Shareholders meeting as a press member and he was given press credentials. He even check status with The Walt Disney Company just hours before the meeting. When he reached the convention center, someone from The Walt Disney Company, took away the press credential from Jim Hill and told him to stay away the Shareholders Meeting. The reason? He was attending Save Disney's press conference the day before and Roy Disney was able to have a word with Hill, but someone from House Mouse was spying on Hill and decided to revoke the press credentials. What a SHAME! In the meantime, Jim Hill was being interviewed on both CNN FN and MSNBC (Pictured below).
Spotted in the mail, Pokemon mailers has been sent by Nintendo to their magazine subscribers across the country. The mailers are to promote the new Pokemon game "Colosseum" and the new Pokemon Advance Movie that will be released around summer 2004. The mailer features a new Pokemon Advance named "Jirachi" (Raikou in Japan).
While I was updating this page, I was listening to the Disney Shareholders meeting at the Disney Web Site. When the session was opened early today, it was expected that the Disney Shareholders meeting will continue during the day, but apparently, after unconfirmed reports that over 40% of the Shareholders withheld their vote in favor of Disney's chairman Michael Eisner, the meeting was called off earlier than expected, it was supposed to be until 6:00 PM, but ended by 3:30 PM Eastern time! It seems like Michael Eisner is going out of the Magic Kingdom, but this is not yet confirmed by Disney's board. So stay tuned to this developing story.
Right now, I was listening to the Shareholders meeting in Philadelphia (Eisner did called off the meeting after finding out that over 40% voted NO against him!) and seems like Michael Eisner was almost speechless due to some voice loss. Keep coming back, because I may have to re-update the news during the day. I have never, in the life of Save Animaniacs Campaign, been so able to update a lead story this frequent (I wish the same with Animaniacs!) in one day. So the next update may come within minutes of the last one, so check every hour or so. I placed an audio link to the Disney's Shareholders Meeting, but it was closed, after the voting was announced.
Most of the topics being discussed this far, are related to the Disney properties like ABC, Theme Parks, Disney Channel and ABC Family, ESPN and others. There was a brief question and answer meeting, but Eisner called for an adjourning of the meeting causing the majority of the shareholders to BOO Eisner (LOOK! IS A GIANT CHICKEN!) so if you are able to see this, is because the voters session has not been closed. There are just a few hours left for the final outcome, so stay tune to SAC.
By the way, someone requested Eisner to step down, he declined. Also, Eisner shut up a shareholder that mentioned the Comcast issue! SHAME!!!!
At the beginning of the Disney's Shareholders meeting, both Roy Disney and Stanley Gold of Save Disney, received a standing ovation at the Disney's annual Shareholders meeting in Philadelphia.
Just about minutes for the big Shareholders meeting in Philadelphia, we find the big eared Michael Eisner having a conversation with "How We Turn" (Could it be?) regarding how the media has been so nasty with those rumors about Comcast taking over like "Pinky & The Brain" and who knows, maybe the big Radio Empire may come and rescue Eisner out of hot waters! REALLY? "JUST KIDDING!"
That was a little Animaniacs style sketch, inspired in Michael Eisner and Howard Stern being the "most talked about guys" across the globe, just like "Pinky & The Brain!" But the big news is the annual Disney Shareholders meeting in Philadelphia, while Roy Disney and Comcast are trying to make the deal or dream come true! It is after 9:00 PM on Tuesday March 2, 2004 (CNN Breaks the news that John Edwards is retiring of the Presidential Race!). Eisner is running around in circles. Roy Disney is bringing the Big Radio Empire (If you tough I was mentioning Clear Channel, when I'm talking about Shamrock!) and "How We Turn" is yelling "BIG BIG BIG......(Blows head!)!"
So there! If you tough I did forgot about Animaniacs all this time the Disney and Eisner thing was being mentioned! But let's get serious folks!
Roy Disney and Stanley Gold of Save Disney, where offering a press conference to remind Disney Shareholders about the big mistakes that uncle Eisner has been doing for the last 10 years in command of The Walt Disney Company. At the same time, Michael Eisner kept reminding the shareholders about the good things his company has been doing for the last 10 years. Then, Eisner announced a new project for The Walt Disney Company (Another attempt of bad Public Relationship?). Disney is preparing "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." It seems like Eisner's desperate campaign to remain at Disney still going and going, like battery ads. It is possible that because Disney loose big with "THE LORD OF THE RINGS" at the Oscars and the fact that their only effort was the PIXAR's "Finding Nemo" movie, now they are moving forward and imitate the successful movie franchise.
But, Roy Disney's press conference went more into the bad image Eisner has done and among the topics, the nephew of Walt Disney mentioned that Eisner has been destroying the company's image and also mentioned the bad ratings at ABC TV and the current problems at the Theme Parks, while Eisner takes more money out of the pockets. In fact both Disney and Gold have mentioned the possibility of returning to the Disney board, if Michael Eisner gets ousted at the shareholders meeting. But Stanley Gold expects at least a 15% of vote withholding against Eisner. Others like David Miller, a financial analyst for investment bank Sanders Morris Harris, has said: "My gut feeling is that if the 'vote NO' block is 30 to 35 percent, that could be impetus for the board to suggest that Mr. Eisner step down as chairman and remain as CEO," Unqoted. More on this story at Yahoo News.
Also on a related note, Disney took all the Mickey Mouse statues that where at The Magic Kingdom in Orlando FL and took them to Philadelphia for the Shareholders Meeting, but another reason was that one of Mickey's statues, who was signed by singer Janet Jackson, weeks before the Super Bowl stunt with Justin Timberlake, was removed from the display and will not be seen at The Magic Kingdom and will not be at the Shareholders meeting. There where 75 Mickey Mouse statues and now will be 74 and half of it! The story is also on Yahoo News.
We will break in the results of the Shareholders voting early tomorrow!
Where in the 24 to 48 hours range, before the big Disney Shareholders meeting in Philadelphia. The news are quite not so good for the Eisner's board, which it appears that it will be under siege. Not even at the Oscars! Former Disney's Pixar, took home an Oscar, for Best Animated Film: "Finding Nemo." The remaining Oscars went to "THE LORD OF THE RINGS: Return of the King." Disney did not received an Oscar for both "Brother Bear" or "Pirates of The Caribbean." Not even actor Johnny Deep, who was won by Sean Penn's "MYSTIC RIVER." Also as a matter of fact, Local 6 in Orlando is breaking the news that the Florida Pension Fund, which is a big Disney allied, has said they will vote NO on Eisner. So more stormy weather at The Magic Kingdom is expected.
But there is more, The Walt Disney Company send letters to their shareholders, naming the good reasons to vote YES on Eisner and the board. One of the main reasons, is an article by Eisner's very good friend David Kirkpatrick from Variety Magazine, who used to be the head manager of Disney's Touchtone Pictures. In the letter, Kirkpatrick uses some uncommon words for former Disney's board members Roy E Disney and Stanley Gold of Save Disney fame.
"I was shocked when I read Stanley Gold and Roy Disney's website calling Disney "rapacious" and "soul-less." Roy Disney is a product not of meritocracy but of prejudice over experience. Roy Disney's legacy, I am afraid, will be that he recklessly went about weakening the company that bears his family name and opened the door to outsiders. On the savedisney.com website there is an editorial that calls Michael Eisner an imposter, "hiding behind a guise of a creative man." To have taken Disney from a clever mouse sleeping on the lawns of Burbank into the $68 billion media giant that dominates the worldwide landscape is not about luck nor is it about being an imposter of creativity." This was unquoted from David Kirkpatrick and Variety Magazine.
Now, why Eisner sends a letter to the shareholders, with some words coming from a person that is no longer the head of Touchtone Pictures, but still doing business with the mouse? Also did Kirkpatrick forgot the good old times at Disney, founded by Walt himself? Read this:
"While Roy had bad conceptual ideas and terrible story instincts, Michael Eisner felt that it was important to honor Walt Disney's heritage by being respectful to the person who bore his last name; besides, Roy had supported Michael being hired as Chairman. However, it was Jeffrey Katzenberg and Peter Schneider who were the guardians of the revolution in animation, not Roy Disney. Could Roy Disney's rage be fueled by jealousy? Could Roy still be upset that last year Michael Eisner would not allow Roy's son, Roy Patrick, to be appointed a director of The Walt Disney Company, allowing this respectful but draining chain of nepotism to continue? It is too bad that Michael Eisner's last name is not Disney." Again, unquoted by Kirkpatrick and Variety.
And here is the big comparison, "The Little Mermaid" VS "Black Cauldron:"
"With a single movie, "The Little Mermaid," Michael Eisner and the gifted Jeffrey Katzenberg revolutioned animation and turned it into a multi-billion dollar business. How? Adults had stopped going to well-meaning Disney duds like "Black Cauldron." According to Michael, the pictures had "become adult punishing." The hiring of Howard Ashman and Howard Menken, the witty and campy creators/song writers of "Little Shop of Horrors," changed animation in the modern world, and made it adult friendly. "The Little Mermaid" was a smash hit. It became the paradigm for all animation that has arisen since its success, including the Pixar movies." From David Kirkpatrick and Variety Magazine.
Now, allow me to say, that Mr. Eisner was the one who took out all the Disney animators that worked on "The Little Mermaid" and all the good movies that Disney has made this far. Roy Disney was then, the head of the Animation Division. So can Mr. Kirkpatrick make a comparison based on what his former boss has tell him? By the way, he says that adults stopped watching Disney Movies like "Black Cauldron." But did he say why the adults stopped watching movies like: "Atlantis" and "Treasure Planet," with a very poor attendance record? Just figure that!
Recently, Vodafone the international wireless provider attempted to buy out ATT Wireless. After ATT Wireless was sold to Cingular Wireless, Vodafone had no other choice, but to sign Disney to distribute content for approximately 130 million of its users. That number could have been multiplied out for Disney, if Vodafone would have buy ATT Wireless. So there! Mickey Mouse would have ring on your cell phone and mine, cause I got an ATT Wireless phone! (Prepaid only!) But as it turns out, I won't have Mickey Mouse on the cell phone! More information on Business Wire via Toonzone.
"Yo! Yao!" The famous credit card and NBA commercial with Yao Ming. But this is not credit card, instead KIDS WB will delight "Static Shock" fans with the 4 top players in the NBA (Besides, one of them plays with the worst team in NBA history!). Presenting NBA Static Team: Yao Ming (Cleveland Cavaliers), Steve Nash (Dallas Mavericks), Karl Malone (Utah Jazz) and Tracey McGrady (Orlando Magics). What are they going to do with Static? Find out as KIDS WB presents a "Static Shock" meets the NBA All Stars on February 28 at 8:30 AM Easter, or check local listings for times. Ok, fans of the Magics. I know how bad is to keep loosing to the NBA teams. :(
Did anyone noted how the mega news of Michael Eisner and Disney where replaced with the mega news that radio host Howard Stern (who inspired the "How We Turn and Robin" characters in the Animaniacs "Morning Malaise" episode) was removed from the Orlando airwaves? The reason is that for the last 10+ years, Howard Stern's radio show was number 1 locally, but since this radio host, has a very bad mouth than the Animaniacs version, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), took some matters against the Clear Channel's "Real Radio" (Who is heard on the XM satellite radio). This prompted the removal of the national host and the news of his removal where echoed all across the globe as well as in Central Florida. As a matter of fact, Michael Eisner's big story besides the controversial host removal, was that a very large group of shareholders will vote against Eisner in the upcoming Disney's shareholders board next week. But another station mentioned that some of the Mickey Mouse figures placed this past year at the Magic Kingdom where taken out and moved to the shareholders meeting. As "How We Turn" says: "YOU ARE, ARE, A BIG, BIG.....(blows head)!"
YAKKO: "Bad potty mouth! Good night everybody!"
Remember the Disney Channel's cartoon "House of Mouse"? The "Pete's" rap song "Boom Da Boom, Bring it Home....." Keep this in mind, KIDS WB revealed the next fall's line up and the Pete's rap is mentioned as the title of the newest animated comedy. In fact how many remember a few years back, "Wayne Head" the not so popular cartoon about comedians Shawn and Marlon Wayne doing this headed kid like "Hey Arnold" and "Little Bill" of Nickelodeon, back in 1996? KIDS WB's newest hybrid is called "Da Boom Club." It looks like hip hop and rap combined in a cartoon! So let's see if the cartoon sings success or simply will fade away, like "Wayne Head". Also KIDS WB is bringing the new "Batman" series, but is without Robin, for sure! Also returning champions "Jackie Chan Adventures," "Xiaolim Showdown," "Mucha Lucha," "Pokemon Advance," "Yu-Gi-Oh" and "Teen Titans." Also KIDS WB is working on 2 live actions series that will be introduced to KIDS WB during the summer: "Gagsters" and "Zolar." Will bring more updates as soon as I get the phone back! More information at Toonzone.net
The Big Pension Funds are requesting their members to vote NO on re-electing Michael Eisner as Chairman and CEO at Walt Disney Company. According to CBS Market Watch via Save Disney and The Orlando Sentinel (May require subscription, but is temporary available to the public), Funds in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Virginia plus the California State Teachers Retirement System have joined the California Public Employees Retirement System in opting to withhold support for the embattled Eisner, according to Bloomberg. Eisner and three other board members are targeted for ouster by former directors Roy Disney and Stanley Gold. The two business partners are urging shareholders to vote NO on retaining the directors at next week's annual meeting.
Forget about the Disney bidding war, for now! SONY Entertainment has reportedly place a bid against former Disney allied PIXAR Animation Studios. The entertainment giant is offering as much as $75.00 per share, at about $4.1 billion dollars. This according to CBS Marketwatch. Both PIXAR and Sony refused to comment on the deal. A Sony spokesperson, Ann Morfogen told "Our comment on all rumors is that we don't comment on rumors," Unquoted. Let's see how this rumor brings Eisner's attention!
Orlando will be host to the annual Florida Film Festival....OK, is Winter Park or Maitland to be exact! But hence, Disney will enter the prestigious film festival by showing a short animated film that was produced at the now closed Disney Paris Studios (One of the few Disney facilities that did quality animation, like the Orlando studio!). The Disney short "Lorenzo" will be shown at the film festival on March 6, 10 and 12. If you want more information check The Florida Film Festival Web Site.
After Disney rejected The Comcast proposal to buy out the company, there has been several reports out there asking the question, who Disney wants to get on board? If you read the "GENTLEMEN, Start your Disney Bids" report (Below) where Disney was involved in a bidding war for their assets and stocks, we presented several options, among them was a possible takeover coming from Warner Brothers. Non of them has been taken by Eisner, who said that he was open for any request for takeovers, but it has to be even higher than the unsolicited $66 billions from Comcast.
The latest right now, comes from Animation World News: PIXAR a former Disney allied, is being presented with an offer from MGM United Artist. MGM vice chairman Chris McGurk admitted that he has discussed a distribution partnership with PIXAR Animation Studios during a conference call with financial reporters to discuss MGM's record net income of $60.3 millions for the fourth quarter - spurred by DVD and video sales of their movies. McGurk added that MGM would be the best fit for PIXAR because of its worldwide distribution apparatus and because MGM doesn't possess any competitive animated films or family franchises. McGurk said MGM intends to speak with them (PIXAR) again very soon. Will PIXAR end up doing the animated version of "PINK PANTHER?" Who would known!
Now lets see how this will take effect at Disney!
According to The New York Post, Disney's Michael Eisner is talking to The Hearst Company and MGM's controlling shareholder Kirk Kerkorian, in an effort to outbid Comcast unsolicited bid. For those of you wondering who are this people, well MGM is ok cause they are behind 007 James Bond Movies and they are the owners of "PINK PANTHER." As you may recall, Warner Brothers wanted to merge with MGM United Artist, but the talks broke apart due to cost differences. Now who's The Hearst Company? Basically they are a conglomerate or bunch of companies that controls broadcasting and owns a lots of Magazines and TV stations, including Orlando's WESH Channel 2 (NBC station). In partnership with NBC, the company syndicates TV shows like "She Spies" and "The Chris Matthews Show": " As for animation, they own "King Feature Syndicates" the comic strips company behind "Popeye The Sailor Man" and "Beetle Bailey."
Now wait! Could Universal Studios loose some of the characters their theme parks has currently on, if a deal is reached between Disney and Hearst Company? I could imagine Popeye and Mickey Mouse! WHOA!
Disney and Hearst Corporation shares the ownerships of ESPN the Sports Networks and other TV outlets. Stay tuned to this mess!
Disney said NO to COMCAST and buys "Kermit The Frog" and "Bear in The Big Blue House" as part of an agreement with the heirs of Jim Henson. Both The Walt Disney Company and Jim Henson Company announced the agreement in which Disney will acquire the "Muppets" and "Bear in The Big Blue House" properties from Henson. The transaction will include all "Muppets" assets, including "Kermit the Frog," "Miss Piggy," "Fozzie Bear," "Gonzo" and "Animal" characters. Also the entire "Muppets" films and television library, which includes the original "The Muppet Show" (The first series from 1976-77), The Muppet Babies characters and series and all associated copyrights and trademarks. The transaction will not include all "Sesame Street" and related characters like "Big Bird," "Elmo," "Bert and Ernie" which are separately owned by "Sesame Workshop." The Henson heirs will keep the company founded by his father and also will keep other properties like FRAGGLE ROCK, FARSCAPE, DARK CRYSTAL, LABYRINTH, STORYTELLER and THE HOOBS.
Years ago, the late Jim Henson did offered Disney to have "The Muppets" and the entire company, but after Henson's death, there was a legal battle with the heirs. Eventually Jim Henson's assets and Muppets where sold to Germany's EM TV. Then, the company went bankrupt and re-sold the assets back to Henson's heirs. Disney has not revealed how much they had paid for the entire Muppets/Bear deal, but sources has told that the deal costs is around $100 million dollars.
In the meantime, Disney yelled "NOT FOR SALE" to their friends at Comcast Cable. Disney rejected the unsolicited $66 billion dollars bid Comcast made last week. Disney said that they will remain open for any future offer they may consider, but according to sources, Comcast Cable may not raise the price tag for Disney, not even with the announced buy out of "The Muppets" from the Jim Henson's heirs.
Shake it no more! Outkast's song "Hey Ya" which has been the top 40's number 1 song of the year 2003, was being circulated on the Internet with the help of The Peanuts gang! "Snoopy" was shaking like a "Polaroid Picture!" However The Web Site that promoted the video, was told via E-mail from United Media, the owners of Charles Schultz's "The Peanuts Gang" to immediately remove the video and links to it, due to the contents not being authorized by the comic strip owners.
The video file was a portray of The Peanuts Gang from the original Holiday TV special "A Charlie Brown Christmas," (It looks like they took it from ABC TV) dancing during the "Linus and Lucy" song. The only difference is, that instead of the classic tune, it was replaced by the popular rap duo's song. Anyway, I was out of curiosity and then found the file and downloaded it to my computer. I cannot tell you where I found it, because United Media has placed a CEASE and DESIST or gag order to the web site that hosted the files, so good luck if you try to find the now most requested video!
"Friends" is coming to an end and it is unclear who will replace the series, however it was believe that Sigfried and Roy, the popular Las Vegas duo who recently was in the news, when one of the white tigers attacked Roy Horne while performing on stage, may never come with the planned animated sitcom called "The Father of the Pride." Turns out that it will come as originally planned, according to sources. The production of Sigfried and Roy's "Father of the Pride" will begin in the next weeks. Will be done by Dreamworks, who is best known for "Shrek".
I'm updating this, while the Daytona 500 race is going on and President George W. Bush yells "GENTLEMEN, start your engines!" Here's the new race call:
"GENTLEMEN, Start your Disney bids!" No kidding! Disney is open for bids and bids and bids, according to The New York Post. There is more to the $66 billion bid made by Comcast Cable this past week. But now is being dubbed as "The bidding mouse war!" The New York Post claims that Michael Eisner the Disney's Chairman and CEO is going the extra mile to outpost the current bid from Comcast. Although is not official, there are several reports that Eisner may be in talks with Time Warner (The parents of ANIMANIACS!), to outbid Comcast's unsolicited $66 billion bid.
Now I could not think of a better or worse thing here, but what if, Disney gets in control of Time Warner? Bye Bye CNN? Is KIDS WB being replaced by Lizzy McGwire and the Power Rangers? (Of course, ABC is giving out the "Disney Kids" block for Good Morning America) What about Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny at The Magic Kingdom? Talk about Animaniacs being there too! LOL!
Now seriously, I don't know who is making this bid wars a lot more fun than I tough. Wonder what Roy Disney at Save Disney is thinking about! However this is not the end of the matter. Turns out that PIXAR is also on the bidding war too. Steve Jobs of Pixar Animation, who recently broke apart with The Walt Disney Company, may have received an invitation by Comcast to help them raise the bidding proposal in case Eisner does not take their offer into consideration.
As I'm watching the Daytona 500 Race going on, I could think that the winner of the bidding war will be our very own Wakko! I mean if Mickey agrees too!
Just 48 hours after the big announcement regarding cable giant Comcast's hostile bid for $66 billion dollars to buy The Walt Disney Company, both Roy E. Disney (Nephew of Walt Disney who is behind Save Disney Web Site) and a Disney Shareholder submitted a class action lawsuit against Disney. According to The Street.com, former Disney Director Roy E. Disney, sued The Walt Disney Company over a proxy battle he's waging with the media giant. Also a Disney shareholder filed a merger related class action lawsuit in Delaware. The shareholder's complaint alleges that Disney's CEO Michael Eisner reported refusal to consider a merger with Comcast, means that Eisner and the rest of the Disney Board are "attempting unfairly to deprive plaintiff and other members of the class the true value of their investments in Disney." Roy Disney's lawsuit filed in Delaware Chancery Court, stems for his attempt to rally shareholders sentiment against Eisner. Roy Disney and fellow former director Stanley Gold are focusing on withholding support for directors at the company's March 3 shareholders meeting.
OSHA is investigating the circumstances in which a Disney cast member died while performing at "The Magic Kingdom" theme park. Javier Cruz, age 38 was performing as the Disney character "Pluto" during the "Share a Drean Come True" parade on Wednesday (2/11/04). The Puerto Rican born Cast Member was hit by a parade float around 3:30 PM, behind "The Splash Mountain" attraction. According to Reneé Callahan, a Disney spokesperson, said "It was a sad day for the Walt Disney World family," Unquoted. The family of Cruz has said they will seek legal action against the company. A similar tragedy happened in 1999 when a Disney cast member died at the "Sky Way" attraction, causing OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) to fine Disney and prompted the indefinitely closing of the above mentioned attraction. This tragedy comes at the time Disney's CEO Michael Eisner is discussing the unsolicited bid by Cable giant Comcast. Our prayers goes to his family.
Very good news for fans of FOX's "The Simpsons"! How big Homer Simpson will go? After the Master Card commercial on Super Bowl 38th (Bad timing the Janet/Justin halftime, but I'll leave it here!), Homer and Bart can yell "Woooohooooo!" Because Fox has green lighted "The Simpsons" animated movie.
Yet will be good news for our Animaniacs friends Nancy Cartwright (Mindy) and Tress McNeill (Dot), since they have roles on "The Simpsons."
As "Nelson" yells: "AH HA!" Stay tune for the details.
Imagine yourself doing a Pikachu card! Yes, you read! Nintendo, Pokemon Company and KIDS WB wants you to design your very own Pokemon card.
KIDS WB and Nintendo will offer Pokemon fans the chance to design an original trading card featuring either Pikachu, Mudkip, Treecko, Torchic or Wurmple, the companies said recently. The Kids WB Poke Card Creator Contest will choose five grand prize winners whose designs for the creatures will be produced as part of a KIDS WB Pokemon TCG Collectible Booster Pack and will have their names credited as the ilustrators on their TCG Card creation. Grand Prize winners also will receive 50 sets of the exclusive booster pack and a $500 Target Gift Card. Five thousand first-prize winners will receive one set of the 5 cards collectible booster packs designed by the 5 grand prize winners.
Official Rules and entry form are available for download at the KIDS WB Web Site, or at Target snack bar areas. More information at KIDS WB Web Site.
We had enough of the J-LO/Ben Affleck relationship and now is Mattel Toys who comes with not so good news for the Barbie Doll fans!
BARBIE AND KEN'S BREAK UP! (Singing "Extra Extra!" like the TV show!) Mattel Toys has announced the end of relationship for America's favorite dolls. After 43 years as one of the world's prettiest pairs, the perfect plastic couple is breaking up! The couple's "Business Manager" Russell Arons, Vice President of Marketing for Mattel Toys, said that Barbie and Ken "Feel is time to spend some quality time--apart."
Is this really another marketing stunt? We have enough of Janet and Justin... PLEASE!!!!!!
This is some BREAKING NEWS as I update. Guess who's buying Disney? Comcast Cable has offered an unsolicited bid to buy The Walt Disney Company for the bidding price of $66 billion dollars. But Disney's Michael Eisner and his nemesis Roy Disney and Stanley Gold of Save Disney has offered no comment on the issue.
NEW YORK, February 11, 2004. Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK) today announced that it has made a proposal to The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) to merge the two companies in a tax-free transaction. The combination would create one of the world’s leading entertainment and communications companies with an unparalleled distribution platform and an extraordinary portfolio of content assets. The new company would have a presence in all of the nation’s top 25 markets, and would propel broadband forward, expanding current services and inspiring new ones.
Terms of the proposed transaction are as follows:
|Comcast would issue 0.78 of a share of Comcast Class A voting common stock for each Disney share.|
|Disney shareholders would receive a premium of over $5 billion, based on yesterday’s closing prices, plus full participation in the combination benefits.|
|Comcast’s proposal values Disney at $66 billion (which includes assumption of $11.9 billion of Disney’s net debt), offering a multiple of approximately 14x Disney’s 2004 estimated EBITDA.|
|Disney shareholders would own 42% of the combined company.|
The news of the proposed buyout has been received in the Wall Street business world as not so good, as I update, shares of Comcast has been lowered and Disney stocks are raising a few dollars, so check the business section for more details.
With only 2 weeks in the air, KIDS WB has send Sony's "Astro Boy" packing out of the weekend line-up. No information regarding if KIDS WB will continue "Astro Boy" or it will be send to Cartoon Network. In the meantime, the line-up was revamped according to Toonzone. The line-up will add a second Pokemon Advance episode and will move "Mucha Lucha" and "Static Shock" to different times. This is how the line-up is going onto effect on February 14th (Valentines Day):
Jackie Chan Adventures
8:30am Static Shock (new time period)
9:00am Teen Titans
9:30am Xiaolin Showdown
10:00am Pokemon: Advanced
10:30am Pokemon: Advanced
11:00am Yu-Gi-Oh!: Enter the Shadow Realm
11:30am ¡Mucha Lucha! (new time period)
Will let you know what happened to poor "Astro Boy!"
We all know the sad outcome of the Disney animators in Orlando FL, who where fired by Disney recently. The people behind "Lilo & Stitch" and Oscar nominated movie "Brother Bear," has been in the lookout of jobs related to traditional animation or 2D, since Disney is only interested in the computer generated 3D animation. However some of the animators found a "Lucky" spot because of the recent opening of Orlando based Legacy Studios. Now the studio is preparing their first animated project post Disney era and what a "Lucky" name they choose for this one. The short animated feature "Lucky" is in pre-production right now, but the former Disney animators sees this project as the perfect story to pitch. So basically the story behind "Lucky" is about a four leaf clover who is down on his luck. As "Lucky" passes a small town, he brings good fortune to the people he encounters. But for every bit of good luck, a little something bad happens to "Lucky" (Is this related to Disney?). The Legacy Studio is located in the town of Winter Garden, just west of Orlando. For more information visit:
(Source: Yahoo News/AFP) Disney joined "Windows" Software maker Microsoft, in a move that can be related to the recent break up with PIXAR Animation, which CEO is no other than Steve Jobs of Apple Computers (Makers of Macintosh "Mac" Computers and The "I-Pod"). Disney has agreed to license copy protection technology from Microsoft Corporation for distributing movies over the Internet, the companies announced recently. Disney said it wanted to start selling his movies on the web by late this year or early 2005. But Hollywood has been fearful that releasing films over the Internet will lead to unauthorized copying and distribution of content, a problem that has plagued the music industry and hurt CD sales. According to Disney, the Microsoft technology will keep it from loosing control over content.
Meanwhile, both Michael Eisner and Roy Disney keeps slamming each other!
Walt Disney Company's CEO Michael Eisner is fighting back against heirs to the Disney family, who accuse him of neglecting creativity in a wrong headed focus on profits. The media and entertainment giant's latest quarterly results, out Wednesday (2/10/04), might offer Eisner a relief if they continue the 2003 turnaround in the company's fortunes following two (2) bad years. Disney shares rose 31 cents to $24.08 dollars.
Eisner who took over The Walt Disney Company back in 1994, finds himself under an extraordinary attack. Roy Disney, Nephew of The Walt Disney Company founder, has backed an Internet site dedicated to dislodging Eisner from the helm. The site www.SaveDisney.com is also supported by financial managers who look after Disney family's holdings. Disney and his supporters wants Eisner to step down at the next Shareholders meeting on March the 3rd in Philadelphia. Their motive: The business culture that they say has eroded a rich legacy left by the creators of "Mickey Mouse", "Donald Duck" and his "Uncle Scrooge McDuck." "creative dynamisms has always been at the heart of Disney's Business. Today the scenario is inverted, with strategic planning, marketing and finance schemes dictating the terms to creatives. Management's grand emphasis today is marketing. The product is no longer what matters most, just how you sell it," Save Disney claims.
Last month Disney closed a 2D traditional animation studio in Orlando FL and sparked a rift between the company and PIXAR animation studio, which has helped Disney chalked up successes with the likes of "Toy Story" and "Finding Nemo." Disney will now only distribute Pixar productions until 2005. "Michael Eisner's inability to manage and nurture crucial creative relationships, like the one Disney had with Pixar, is one of the main reasons we have maintained that we did not believe Disney's earnings were sustainable," say Roy Disney and Stanley Gold, who resigned their board seats at the end of 2003. On their website, which urges visitors to "save Disney" while saying no to Eisner, they criticize the gap between Eisner's pay packet, "more than 700 million dollars between 1996 and 2003," and profits, which dropped to 1.3 billon dollars in 2003 from 1.5 billion dollars in 1996.
Meanwhile, Walt Disney Company and Michael Eisner responded to the matter, by telling the Shareholders in a letter being sent to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC): "The critics are engaging in a misleading and distorted campaign, Roy Disney and Stanley Gold totally ignore the impressive long-term performance record of Michael Eisner, who as one of the company's largest individual shareholders is fundamentally focused on your interests," said the letter, also signed by Eisner. Other points in the letter tells about the successful grossing of films like "Finding Nemo" and "Pirates of The Caribbean", ESPN Networks increased subscribers and how Theme Park attendance has improved. Although customer numbers are improving, brokers at SG Cowen said: "We are unconvinced that margins will return to pre-9/11 levels. Higher costs, reduced pricing power could inhibit and delay margin recovery."
(Will keep this developing story updated and remember, on March the 3rd is Mouse Day! Will see if Eisner gets voted off "Survivor: Walt Disney World")
If you ever tough that "Blue" from NICKELODEON's "Blue's Clues" will only be allowed to bark and let the talk to his companion "Joe" (Donovan Platon), you are as right as wrong! WHAT? "Blue" can talk? At least that was the lead from a TV commercial for an upcoming "Blue's Clues" episode on NICKELODEON. Now obviously this move of letting "Blue" talk, may have to do with the recent news that "Dora The Explorer," another NICKELODEON (NICK JR) produced series, is getting more ratings than the computer animated dog. Others thing that is the same repetitive routine that is causing the lack of viewers, I mean why the same routine of "We just got a letter, we just got a letter....." and "Now is time for so long, but we sing just one more song..."
The concept behind "Blue's Talk," a new spin of "Blue's Clues" which plays Mondays at 10:30 AM ET, is based on a recent Blue's Clues special entitled "The Legend of the Blue Puppy" where Blue is introduced to her very own world, where she becomes a puppet and can talk to their friends inside a room and according to Wendy Harris, Co-Executive Producer, "Blue will only talk when she is in this new world."
Recently we featured the news that the animated series "X-Men Evolutions" and "Masters of The Universe" where canceled. Here's a follow up on both stories:
no confirmation on the cancellation of "X-MEN
Evolution." KIDS WB still had rights to air the series, as well
Cartoon Network. KIDS WB may place "X-Men Evolution" series as
part of the mid season, or replacement of another series (Did you noted
"Astro Boy" was removed from KIDS WB weekends?). However is not
certain what about the 2004-2005 season. KIDS WB has not yet
next fall's preview, but the rumors are leading to the fact that KIDS
WB may not
return "X-MEN Evolution" for the 6th season. However, Animation
Insider did confirmed the cancellation of the series, but did not
specify if it
was Marvel Productions or KIDS WB who did not ordered the series for
season. We will update this feature later.
Master of the Universe (He Man)
The Web Site He-Man.Org started a petition online regarding the future of The Masters of The Universe franchise, after Mattel toys sounded that the interest for the action figures was declining and possibly would prompt Cartoon Network to cancel the series. However over 10,000 fans of He-Man has signed the petition and they still want more signatures to continue the production of the toys and TV series. Perhaps you would like to know that altoug Mike Young Productions produced 26 episodes for Cartoon Network, they are willing to do 13 or more episodes, but it will depend on your response to the matter. So just go to the He-Man Web Site and sign the petition.
Remember the Batman animated series on KIDS WB a few years back? There is a new Batman series, but Warner Brothers said that is different from the original. According to a press release, Warner Brothers is in production of an animated Batman series for the KIDS WB 2004-05 line-up. It will be based on a younger Batman, like he was in the 20's and not yet paired with Robin (Possible connection with "Teen Titans"). Will follow the story, but I would like to know if Animaniacs would likely be animated too. NARF!
The BIG FISH of PIXAR Steve Jobs, has said ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! PIXAR Animation Studios, responsible for Disney's "Finding Nemo", "Toy Story", "Monsters Inc." and "Bugs Life" has break up with The Walt Disney Company. The move has left Disney's stocks plummeting down at the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange), according to financial experts, within minutes of the announced breakup, Disney loss 2.21% at the closing bell to $23.91. Meanwhile PIXAR gained 3.41% to $66.39 (As of January 30th, 2004).
Talks of a new deal with The Walt Disney Company and PIXAR regarding share of revenues from the blockbuster films like "Finding Nemo", collapsed on Thursday evening and prompted PIXAR chairman Steve Jobs to issue this statement:
"After 10 months of trying to strike a deal with Disney, we're moving on. We've had a great run together — one of the most successful in Hollywood history — and it's a shame that Disney won't be participating in Pixar's future successes."
Now comes the question of 'Where is PIXAR going on?' According to several sources, PIXAR is in negotiations to ink a deal with either Warner Brothers (The people behind Animaniacs!), Sony and FOX. FOX still retains the Star Wars library distribution rights from Lucas Films, under terms similar of what PIXAR was asking Disney before the breakup.
Also on related note, former Disney's board members Roy E Disney and Stanley P. Gold (Save Disney Web Site) had issue this statement:
"As significant shareholders of The Walt Disney Company, we are extremely dismayed, but not surprised by the loss of Disney's Pixar relationship. More than a year ago, we warned the Disney Board that we believed Michael Eisner was mismanaging the Pixar partnership and expressed our concern that the relationship was in jeopardy. In fact, Roy cited this is his letter of resignations from the Board.
Michael Eisner's inability to manage and nurture crucial creative relationships, like the one Disney had with Pixar, is one of the main reasons we have maintained that we did not believe Disney's earnings were sustainable.
Steve Jobs, John Lasseter and their team are enormously talented. Pixar has hit five grand slam home runs in five times at bat for Disney. While we expect that the tail of the relationship will continue to provide short-term earnings gains, the loss of this relationship, we believe, will result in the loss of long-term value for the company and its shareholders." Unquoted.
And what is The Walt Disney response to this? More releases to come! In fact, Disney announced the production of 3 computer animated releases in the next 3 years ("Chicken Little", "Valiant" and "A Day With Wilbur Robinson"). Plus the remaining 2 PIXAR animated Movies under the current deal ("The "Incredibles" and "Cars"). Also Disney announced that they will continue to exploit the characters and contents to the Disney movies, Theme Parks and merchandise. This is the Disney Response:
"We have had a fantastic partnership with Pixar and wish Steve Jobs and the wonderfully creative team there, led by John Lasseter, much success in the future," said Michael Eisner, Disney chairman and CEO. "Although we would have enjoyed continuing our successful collaboration under mutually acceptable terms, Pixar understandably has chosen to go its own way to grow as an independent company."
Tom Staggs, Disney senior executive vice president and chief financial officer, said "Disney management could not accept Pixar's final offer because it would have cost Disney hundreds of millions of dollars it is already entitled to under the existing agreement, while not providing sufficient incremental returns on new collaborations to justify the changes to the existing deal."
In addition to Pixar's delivery of two more feature films, under the current agreement, Disney maintains the rights to develop and produce sequels to all films created through this partnership, including direct to video presentations, television series and specials; and to exploit all characters and content throughout Disney's theme park and consumer products units, thereby allowing Disney to continue to nurture and grow these successful franchises while benefiting Disney shareholders into the foreseeable future. Disney also owns the entire Disney/Pixar film library, which includes "Toy Story," "Toy Story 2," "A Bug's Life," "Monster's Inc.," and "Finding Nemo," in addition to the two pictures yet to be completed.
Stay tuned to this developing story!
Sources has confirmed what it has been rumored for a while. X-MEN Evolution, the popular KIDS WB animated series, has been CANCELED. There is also a rumor that the next in line would be our beloved 80's icon "He-Man."
According to Animation Insider, a source has informed that KIDS WB's "X-MEN Evolution" has been canceled. The source then goes on to say that he is unclear whether or not it was a decision by KIDS WB, The network that has broadcasted the series for 4 seasons or Marvel Entertainment, the company that produces it.
Currently, KIDS WB is not broadcasting the X-MEN Evolution series, since it was replaced with the "Teen Titans" series, but at least we believe that the series was (or was it?) placed on hiatus until later this year. Will let you know, but is so sad, that a good action packed animated series gets cancelled this far. Does it sounds like Animaniacs back then?
But speaking of cancellations, guess who's next in line? Our 80's beloved icon known as "He-Man". Sources tells that Mattel Toys is kind of like showing no interest at all in the 80's popular toys "Masters of the Universe". The He-Man.org Web site has declared that "Masters of The Universe" has been cancelled. The toys are not to be found, retailers aren't carrying them and the cartoon is all but gone from the airways. The "Masters of The Universe" line of toys was debuted by Mattel in the 1980's, prompting an animated series by the now defunct FILMATION ASSOCIATES in 1984. Also a spin-off series "She-Ra: Princess of Power" in 1985. In 1986, both series where cancelled, after entertainment giant Group W and cosmetic giant L'Oreal shut down FILMATION ASSOCIATES (similar to Disney firing the Orlando animators?). Probably there was not enough make-up to fill He-Man's face?
Currently there is the 2002 animated series "He-Man and The Masters of the Universe" which is seen on Cartoon Network and is produced by Mike Young Productions (Also producers of "Clifford The Big Red Dog" and "Clifford's Puppy Days" on PBS KIDS). But it looks like this revamped version of He-Man has the days counted.
HE-MAN: "By the power of Greyskull! I got screwed!"
More 80's stuff! Now is the turn of DIC Entertainment, who has revealed in an agreement with UAV entertainment of South Carolina, to release on DVD and Video, the Animated series " Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats" (Was Heathcliff or Cats and Company?), with the voice of the legendary Mel Blanc (Looney Tunes voice actor). Also other releases could bring back "Inspector Gadget", "Care Bears" and "Transylvanian Families" along with the current "Sabrina The Teenage Witch" series.
Roy Disney has requested the NO vote from The Walt Disney Company Shareholders against CEO Michael Eisner and the Disney's Board of Members, including former Senator George Mitchell and Edison International's CEO John Bryson. In an open letter at the Save Disney Web Site, both Roy E. Disney and Stanley Gold, who recently resigned from the Walt Disney Company Board, are requesting to the current shareholders of Disney to join them in voting NO on the re-election of Michael Eisner, George Mitchell, Judith Estrin and John Bryson as directors of the board at the Wednesday, March 3 annual Meeting of Shareholders in Philadelphia. The following is an excerpt from the open letter that you can read in it's entirely at The Save Disney Web Site:
"Eight weeks ago, we resigned from the Board of Directors to vividly demonstrate our dissatisfaction with the direction and management of The Walt Disney Company. Our resignation letters, which can be easily accessed on our website www.savedisney.com, describe in detail our reasons. In particular, our ongoing concern is that the Company's senior management has been unable to generate long-term growth and performance and that the Board of Directors has failed to hold management accountable for its failures. We are seeking a NO vote on Michael Eisner and also a NO vote on George Mitchell, Judith Estrin and John Bryson because they symbolize, respectively, the poor management, poor governance, poor compensation practices, and lack of board independence that are impeding the development of long-term shareholder value at The Walt Disney Company." Reads the Open Letter from Roy Disney and Stanley Gold.
They even write this line about Disney's CEO Michael Eisner: "Since the death of Frank Wells in 1994, Michael Eisner has been unable to manage growth or achieve performance levels that were once commonplace at The Walt Disney Company. Since 1995, Return-on-Invested Capital has declined by 63% from 18% to 7%. Return-on-Equity has declined by 80% from 22% to 6% and Return-on-Assets has declined by 79% from 10% to 3%. While the Company's stock has improved in recent months, it is important to note that since January 1996, an initial investment of $10,000 in Disney stock would have grown to only $11,497 over the 8 years ending December 2003, as compared to an investment in Dow Jones which grew to $20,191 (or 75% greater than Disney). While these activities may provide a short-term (in many cases, very short) boost to revenues, they have the long-term effect of dissipating what has made The Walt Disney Company great. If this process is allowed to continue, Disney will wind up "just another entertainment company"- and will never be able to recover its hard-earned reputation for providing unparalleled quality family entertainment and exceptional value to its guests and customers." Unquoted
So stay tuned to the continuous war at the Disney empire!
In related news, The New York Times reports that Michael Eisner, CEO of The Walt Disney Company, has increased his salary and is now in the $6 Million range! In 2002, his salary was in the $1 million dollars range, but he added a stock bonus of $6.25 million dollars, so Eisner raised the salary by a mere $5 million buck!
~Remember that TV series called "$6 Million Dollar Man (The Bionic guy)?" We found it! Michael Eisner is "Colonel Steve Austin" (In the series was played by Lee Majors). What about Jim Carey? (Rumor has that he will do a movie based on the TV series!) I think this is getting interesting by the minute!~
It was revealed the nominations to the 76th annual Academy Awards and few surprises where revealed. 2 Disney movies and one Disney made movie where nominated to the Oscars. The 2 Disney movies "Brother Bear" (Ironically made in the now defunct Disney MGM Orlando based studio) and "Finding Nemo" (The one made in collaboration with PIXAR), where nominated for the Animated Feature Film category. But on the Short Film Category, a Disney made movie with the legendary artist, Salvador Dalí during the 1940's and rescued by Roy Disney and Dominique Monfery (It was not made by The Walt Disney Company!), received the nomination for the award. The 76th annual Academy Awards will be telecast on ABC TV (owned by which Disney?) on Sunday, February 29 at 8pm Eastern/5 PM Pacific.
With all the mentioning of Disney, I almost forgot the launch of the Mark Hammil's new movie "Comic Book: The Movie" which features among the cast, the great "Wakko" Jess Harnell! Of course I mentioned this topic before, the movie made by the former "Luke Skywalker" of the Star Wars Trilogy, is the story of school teacher "Donald Swan" (Played by Hammil) and a camera man "Ricky" (Played by Harnell) when visiting a comic book convention to portray the adventures of "CODENAME: Courage." Also the movie cast the voice actors Billy West, Paul Dini, Maurice La Marche (The Brain!) and Rob Paulsen (Yakko/Pinky). So look for the DVD in retail outlets.
Have you seen this hilarious commercial between singer Jon Bon Jovi, who owns a football team and former NFL player John Elway? This ad has been seen on theaters and "Must see TV" NBC! Now why is this being mentioned? I could imagine "Slappy" knocking on Bon Jovi's house and yell "Hey rocker, welcome to the "living on a prayer club." Then Jon Bon Jovi with a weird look says "Is that a living in the past?" Slappy yells: "FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, lets take this thing inside!" and Bon Jovi mocks on Slappy's words! No wonder why NBC spend millions of bucks promoting the AFL club, a copy of the NFL but inside the arena (That's why the name Arena Football). By the way, Orlando do has an Arena Football team "Orlando Predators" which is co-owned by Lou Pearlman, the creator of boy band sensation NSYNC! What's next? Lou Pearlman facing Jon Bon Jovi and yelling: "You are dead or alive!" Then Bon Jovi yells: "You give love a BACK STREET!" (Backstreet Boys!) What the 80's has left this far!
In related, MTV will host a Super Bowl party with Carlson Daly of TRL and some NFL players and musical guest. As always the big tradition during the Super Bowl, is the multi-millionaire commercials, but don't expect a Bon Jovi/John Elway commercial for mock football!
speaking of Football, CBS and Nickelodeon will feature a
TV special called "Nickelodeon takes the Super Bowl" with Brent
Popolizio and Candance Bailey as the host and features several of Nick
favorites taking a point of view on who will win Super Bowl XXXVIII
There are other events happening during Game Day. Among them, look for a special tribute to the crew of Space Shuttle Columbia, (Coincidentally, the game is played on the same day in Houston, where the Space Shuttle was lost a year ago.) with performance by rock band "Aerosmith" and singer Josh Groban.
According to the New York Daily News, John Ritter's last stint as the voice of PBS KIDS "Clifford The Big Red Dog," will be heard not on television but rather in theaters next month. That's when is scheduled the release of the animated movie "Clifford's Really Big Movie," the first full length film based on the Schoolastic/Norman Bridwell's children story. John Ritter died on September 2003 from a heart related disease at the age of 54, while filming the ABC TV series '8 Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Daughter.' Also PBS KIDS will broadcast the TV special "Clifford's Valentines Day" on February 13th (Check local listings).
Sadly, our Captain Kangaroo, Bob Keeshan passed away at 76. On Oct. 3, 1955, Bob Keeshan stepped onto a nautical-themed set wearing a captain's cap and a jacket with big, kangaroo-like pockets. He smiled into the camera and became a television icon. Unmistakable with his brushy mustache and bowl haircut, the Captain passed time with his good friend Mr. Green Jeans (Hugh "Lumpy" Brannum), visited with puppet animals such as Bunny Rabbit, whom he scolded for eating too many carrots, and Mr. Moose, who loved knock-knock jokes.
Keeshan would play Captain Kangaroo for 36 years--more than 9,000 performances--to the amusement and betterment of generations of delighted children. Keeshan died at a hospital in Windsor, Vt., after a long illness. Though no cause of death was announced, he had suffered from cardiac problems since the 1980s.
Remembering Captain Kangaroo's Bob Keeshan
The never ending fight for our beloved "Winnie The Pooh" continues, as the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has denied an appeal by Clare Milne, Granddaughter of A.A Milne (Creator of Winnie The Pooh) and The Walt Disney Company to recapture the rights under copyright to "Winnie The Pooh" From The Slesinger family, originally granted in an agreement with author A.A. Milne in the 1930's. Los Angeles Judge Charles McCoy last week tentatively set a January 10, 2005 date to hear the decade-old breach of contract suit brought by Patricia Slesinger, who claims her family was shortchanged out of hundreds of millions of dollars in royalties by The Walt Disney Co, lawyers said.
The heirs of Stephen Slesinger, who bought the US rights from Milne in 1930 and began licensing them to Disney in 1961, claim the powerful firm has cheated them out of hundreds of millions of dollars in royalties.
An attempt by Claire Milne, an ally of the Disney company, to reclaim Pooh's merchandising rights was rejected by a federal judge in Los Angeles last May. "It's common knowledge that Clare Milne was unfortunately born disabled and that these complex matters are beyond her understanding, obviously Disney was behind this manipulation from the start," said a Slesinger family spokesperson.
"Hide me Eddie, Pupupuuulease!" Disney was framed by Roger Rabbit's creator Gary Wolf. In another civil lawsuit against the mouse giant, the author of the book "Who censored Roger Rabbit?" Who inspired Disney's film "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" The animated/live action movie with Bob Hopskins, is now seeking royalties from the company. According to The Los Angeles Times, The California Court of Appeal in Los Angeles, reinstated a civil lawsuit against Disney, which has been told that they owe Wolf 5% of royalties for the use of the "Toontown" characters in a well know fast food promotion. Disney denies the claim, but there is more than money, so more to come! The movie is playing on HBO Family, check listings for times.
Recently, I took the Lynx Public Bus in Orlando FL and all of the sudden, I look on their TV monitor in the upper corner of my seat and saw a Rocky and Bull Winkle cartoon. No kidding! Turns out that the advertisement system for Lynx, Transit Television Network is running selected episodes of the Jay Ward's animated series like Rocky And Bull Winkle and Doodley Do Right. This is one of the features that the bus service based in Central Florida is offering in an effort to sell advertisement, since their revenues mostly comes from the federal government and riders support. Lynx does not get support from sales tax and their service depends on the funding by Orlando/Orange County, Seminole and Osceola Counties. More Information on the Lynx Web Site. Rocky and Bull Winkle characters are property of Universal Studios.
It has been a while since the story regarding Disney closing the Orlando Florida Animation Studio made headlines worldwide. Or was it? It seems like Disney has tried so far to put a GAG order on everyone at the Burbank facility. In fact, Disney tried to slow down on their decision of closing the Florida Studio, by adding some information regarding some upcoming project called "Chicken Little" and William Joyce's "A Day with Wilbur Robinson". But now that everybody knows the sad fact that Disney closed the Orlando studio (Located at Disney MGM Theme Park) and left over 250 animators without a job, now is time to put some spots where it should belong. As you read, the words from Walt Disney's nephew Roy E. Disney (The son of Roy Disney who co-founded Walt Disney Company back in the 1920's) where the strongest claims against Disney's CEO Michael Eisner so far.
"Closure of the Walt Disney Florida Feature Animation facility is yet another example of Michael Eisner' s de-emphasis of creativity and total indifference to the impact his decisions have on the people who helped to make the company great. Once again, the Eisner regime has emphasized short-term gains over long-term value. The drain of talent over the past several years from the company's feature animation department in Orlando, Burbank, Paris and Tokyo has been absolutely gut-wrenching. People are being asked to leave because management - particularly Michael - can't figure out what to do with them. That certainly is not the fault of the talent. It is the fault of the so-called strategic thinkers at headquarters."
Roy's words are echoed by millions of people around the world who are so sad that the animated movies that made Disney a household name, are now a thing of the past. Disney will only focus on computer animated movies, like the Pixar's "Finding Nemo". If you looked before, Disney is in production of "Chicken Little" and will use the same technology that made Pixar a well known entertainment giant and is now threatening of leaving Disney.
But Disney fans and animators should unite together and fight the corporate managements that are destroying Walt's dream every minute, every day. I mean, I am a Disney fan, myself and yet I still have 2 tickets to Disney Theme Parks that I won during the Citrus Parade 2003. However, I feel that the Disney tradition of bringing stories to life with classic animation (By hand, not PC) should continue as it has been. I hope that Disney's corporate managements understand this and moves ahead in the future with the quality it has been around with animated classics. Yet it may be too late to re-open the Orlando Studio, but the idea from Eisner of replacing hand drawing for computer animation, is a blow out to Walt Disney itself.
By the way, The Save Disney Web Site has been revamped so give it a look!
"I am, what I am! I'm Popeye The Sailor Man"
(Sound of Pipe) "Tooo tooo"
Of course, this is not an advertisement for chicken, but our favorite sailor man is turning 75 years old! Yep, Popeye the famous cartoon from the comic strip by King Features Syndicate and created by Elzie Segar celebrated the 75 birthday on January 17, 2004 and to celebrate the occasion, the New York's Empire State Building was painted in "spinach" green. But little did you know that Elzie Segar did meet Popeye, Olive Oil and Wimpy in person! The Associated Press did wrote this article about the real Popeye and friends:
"Popeye's real-life alter ego, according to locals, was Frank Fiegel, a one-eyed, pipe-smoking man with a penchant for fistfights. Dora Paskel was unusually tall and thin and wore a bun at the nape of her neck. And theater owner J. William Schuchert so loved hamburgers that he would send his employees out between performances to buy them."
It is true! Popeye was a real character and now their adventures make this character our favorite hero. Happy Birthday Popeye!
So we know who is going to The Super Bowl in Houston on February 1st! The Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots, along with them, some football head named ARNOLD! Of course, CBS and Nickelodeon will do a pre-Super Bowl type of event during game day and will include some Nick Toons like "Hey Arnold" to name a few. In fact CBS will do some before and after game parties, including a celebrity version of "Survivor." As for the Nick toons the TV special will be seen the morning of the Super Bowl day. Of course will update this story and of course, will give you an analysis of the most talked about TV commercials that debuts during the game.
We heard a lot about DVD releases lately, including TV series like "The Simpsons" "Charlies Angels" (The original 1970's) and some other shows. Where still wondering when Animaniacs will be released on DVD, although we believe that somewhere this year it will happen. In the meantime, we just learned that the Irish version of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (It has Rob Paulsen as "Raphael") will be released during the month of April 2004. When I say Irish version, it means that back in 1987, the original "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" where released by the Irish MWS (Murakami-Wolf-Swenson) or Fred Wolf Studios and syndicated in the USA. Currently, the new TMNT version is seen on FOX BOX and is produced by 4Kids Entertainment (Yu-Gi-Oh/Pokemon).
Another scheduled DVD release may be the religious themed "Davey & Goliath". According to the AWN Web Site, "As part of a marketing agreement with The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, DandG Licensing, LLC will be bringing The Davey & Goliath Series to NATPE in Las Vegas at booth 1128..." So good news for those that where wondering about the kid and dog who made themselves famous back in the 1970's by teaching some moral lessons and religious matters (Do we compare this to Veggie Tales?). Now, we will see Davey fighting for a can of soda again? "OHHHHH DAVEY!" (Inserts "Do The Dew" in the ad!)
PBS and Paramount (Viacom) will agree to distribute the PBS library after April 5, 2004. According to AWN, PBS will let Paramount to distribute in both the USA and Canada for retail purposes. This including the PBS KIDS current library which offers "Caillou," "Teletubbies" and "Sagwa the Chinese Siamese Cat."
Recently, Save Animaniacs Campaign reported the possibility of Time Warner merging with MGM/United Artist and the fact that the MGM library, including the "James Bond 007" movies and Pink Panther movies and animated shorts would be part of Warner Brothers. Unfortunately, MGM/United Artist, declined the Time Warner's offer, citing the price tag difference. So for those of you day-dreaming of Cartoon Network having the PINK PANTHER cartoons, FORGET IT!
It was coming, we told you about it for a week, DISNEY has announced the closing of the Orlando Florida Animation Studio, the one inside Disney MGM theme park and the studio responsible for the animated "Lilo & Stitch" and "Brother Bear". At least 300 studio animators will now be jobless. Disney still would offer a chance to work in the Burbank CA studio, but DISNEY has made them clear that their intentions are animating in CGI or 3-D computer animation "ala" PIXAR. So as I told before, Walt Disney's tradition of hand drawing has passed away. :(
Finally, a rest from the Disney topics...WAIT! This is Disney related too! Never the less, Miramax Films is releasing "The Comic Book". A movie directed by Mark Hamill, who is best known as "Luke Skywalker" of the first "Star Wars" trilogy (1976-1984) and features mostly voice actors, like Jess Harnell (Wakko) of Animaniacs and Billy West (Ren & Stimpy) among others, in a comedy situation involving a comic hero and a movie producer. The movie will hit stores on January 27th. In the meantime, several pre-screenings has been scheduled in Los Angeles CA. For more information visit "Comic Book The Movie Web Site".
Here's another Disney related...FOR CRYING OUT LOUD! "Pokemon Heroes" will be released on DVD and video, this next week. The movie featuring the lovable Pikachu and his friends Ash, Misty (Did she left Pokemon?) and Brock joining forces with Pokemon Latia and Latios in the quest to save the city of Altomare from Team Rocket's plans. This is the first movie from the Pokemon franchise to feature the Advance characters, tough is set during the "Johto" era. This movie was released by Miramax and 4 Kids Entertainment.
While doing this update, Local 6 WKMG in Orlando, broke the story during the 6:00 PM newscast. Now things are getting interesting!
More updates on the upcoming closure of Disney Animation in Orlando FL. For those of you asking what is going on at the Mouse-Keeter office in California, where the war between Michael Eisner and Roy E. Disney (Nephew of Walt Disney) continues, now comes the possibility that the Disney Florida Animation Studio based on the Disney MGM Theme Park, may shut down and leaves as much as 300 people without a job.
The studio who was responsible for the successful movies "Lilo & Stitch" and "Brother Bear" may be in the last days of existence and only a miracle could save it from destruction. You probably think, this is kind like they did with the Warner Brothers Television Animation, back in the late 90's when several animated series, including "Animaniacs", "Pinky & The Brain" (With or without Elmyra!) and "Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries", came all of the sudden to an end with no reason at all.
But back at Disney, there is another long tail to tell. You see, during the last month, there has been several reports that the Florida Animation Studio, which is part of the Disney MGM back lot tour, has been facing problems with the Eisner gang in Burbank. After the success of the animated "Lilo & Stitch", Disney gave the Florida team several projects. But back in November, while "Brother Bear", another Orlando FL project, hits the big screen, turns out that Disney told the animators in Orlando, that they where ending the traditional 2-D animation. Even one of the projects was axed! An animated movie that may have featured Country Music Super Star Dolly Parton, simply known as "A Few Good Ghost" or "My Peoples" (Disney did not even knew what was the real title!).
In the meantime, few former Disney Florida Animation members has opened their first animation studio and is based here in Orlando. Is called Legacy Animation and promises to continue the Disney tradition of hand cell animation. At least they did not followed another former Disney animation legend, Don Bluth, when he and other Disney animators left Disney in Burbank back in the late 70's while doing "Fox and the Hound" and move out to Ireland in the 80's to produce "Secret of Nimh" and "An American Tail". Now we don't yet know what ambitions Disney is pursuing. I could tell you, that is one of the key reasons why Roy Disney decided to leave the big ears company. Probably they will blame this game on Pixar with the computer animated "Finding Nemo". Time will tell the truth!
In other Disney related news, the Magic Kingdom Theme Park is adding "Stitch" ("Lilo & Stitch") to a revamped version of the "Alien Encounter" attraction at "Tomorrowland". If you have experienced the "Alien Encounter" in the past, like me, then get ready for a new alien encounter with the "Stitch"! OHANNA! MATATA! What a wonderful phrase?
Have you seen this Disney ads where their animated movies and videos are sent into THE VAULT? Well, guess who's heading that way next week. In what seems like a ground-breaking story, as Disney reports that everything is fine and well, with theme parks attendance at high, it still looks like the issue behind the doors is not the parks attendance, but the future of the Animation Division responsible for "The Lion King", "Pocahontas", "Aladdin", "Lilo & Stitch" and "Brother Bear" among others. Yet it has been in the local news, but CNN is not saying a thing. Just wait till next week, when CNN will break the news that the Mars Rover has discovered "Marvin The Martian"...Just kidding!
But watch for the news that will put Mickey Mouse in the spotlight, when as much as 300 Disney Florida and Paris, France Animators will be LAID-OFF! Unless "Uncle Eisner" comes with a miracle solution. CBS affiliate, WKMG TV Local 6 in Orlando FL has been saying that next week, the future of 300 Disney Florida and France Animation employees, most of them foreigners that came to Central Florida with the Disney vision, may have to return to their home countries empty handed and most of them has to sell their properties here in Orlando, due to the fact that once Disney fires the entire organization and shuts down the DISNEY MGM STUDIO based animation division and the France Division, there is no way for them to go. However, under "Uncle Eisner", the tale has a different twist. DENIAL! On Monday, January 12, 2003, will find out if the rumors are true and Mickey Mouse will put his head on low, for the magic of the animated movies that made Disney a legend, may be turned into an empty space, or as the Disney ads claims, "They are going to THE VAULT!". In the meantime, the Jim Hill's Web Site is doing a countdown until the final hour that will reveal the fate of the animators at Disney's MGM Florida Animation Division. Stay tune to this!
Stamp out the Mickey Mouse please! The US Postal Service is issuing new Disney Stamps this summer. For those who like to collect stamps, rejoice cause after a very serious issue, the USPS and Disney is agreeing to issue stamps with some of the Disney Characters. The USA has never issue Disney themed stamps. Other countries has issue postal stamps out of Disney cartoons and classic movies. You can check the site "Disney Stamps" and see the extensive collection of international Disney stamps. However the USA will only do a few stamps during the summer and will release those on a limited basis. Among the characters are: Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy. Other stamps will feature Bambi, The Lion King and Pinocchio. The USPS has issue several Looney Tunes stamps back in the late 1990's. Also Snoopy/Peanuts themed stamps where issue several years ago.
This past weekend marked the last week for Radio Host Casey Kasem to do the honor of counting the top 100 songs of the year 2003. With that, Kasem closes the book in what is now a legacy. The weekly top 40 countdown that we have heard during our lifetime, hosted by the voice of "Shaggy" of the "Scooby Doo" series, has now being given to the host of FOX's "American Idol", Ryan Seacrest. So expect him to conduct the weekly countdown in the next week or so. In the meantime during ABC TV's "Nightly New with Peter Jennings", an interview with Casey Kasem was made and he even got the title of "Person of The Week" in the newscast. So it seems that while one chapter in the book is closed, then another is open. By the way, are we going to hear Simon Cowell yelling "I'm afraid that the number one song of the week is Outkast's ~I like the way you move~?" Just figure that!
While checking this headline, I just found something interesting. There is a separate channel for Nickelodeon, is called "Nick Toons TV" It says it features all the Nicktoons from the Nickelodeon Library. But I see the library and it shows among, "Rugrats", "Hey Arnold", "Sponge Bob Squarepants" and also list both "Animaniacs" and "Pinky & The Brain" as part of the library. I have no way to see this channel, but if you have it as part of your Digital Cable or DirecTV satellite, then check the Nick Toons TV, which by the way, is bringing old "Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show" cartoons to the channel.
While it looks like a free plug for insurance commercial, remember last month, Sprint PCS guy met Daffy and Looney Tunes in a commercial for the cell phone carrier? Turns out that AFLAC the insurance company, in which the spokesperson is the duck that yells "AFLAC", is going to meet Daffy Duck and the Looney Tunes! ~Of course the voice is provided by comedian Gilbert Gottfried of Disney's "Aladdin" who voiced 'Iago' the parrot~
Are they kidding? Not so fast, Iago! Well, the insurance company is providing a new commercial with the cast of Looney Tunes talking insurance. So instead of the Sprint PCS guy, is the annoying duck yelling the same word! What's next? Mickey Mouse in a cell phone commercial with the other guy? Can you hear me now?
The Commercial for AFLAC is debuting during the College Bowls like Capital One and Rose Bowl on New Years day.
Univision's sister network Telefutura is bringing back for New Years day, "Wakko's Wish" ~ESPAñOL~ movie, as part of the holiday movie marathon. Telefutura has brough several movies for the family, including "Scooby Doo on Zombie Island", "All Dogs goes to Heaven", "Gay Puree", "Cat's Don't Dance" and of course, "Wakko's Wish". Currently I still don't have Telefutura ~When will I move out of the Timeshare apartment?~ But recently my special friend Darryl Heine out of Illinois, send me a copy of the "Wakko's Wish" Movie ~I had several years ago, the same movie send out by Jose Mata of Venezuela, but I loose the copy somehow!~ out of Telefutura, so I still have it in hand. As for you, check your local listings to see when "Wakko's Wish" is playing on Telefutura.
Recently, PBS Kids TV series "Arthur" featured Blues legends Koko Taylor and Taj Mahal. During an episode entitled "Big Horns George," both Taylor and Mahal shows as Arthur's pal George tries to learn guitar and sings a song ~He even talks to his puppet too!~
But there was something
interesting about this
episode. You see, Arthur and his friends are mostly animal
characters. When the producers of the series where told that
Taylor has had no problem in portraying an animal character, Taj Mahal
not to be animated as an animal. Instead he was given "Buster
Bunny" ears! Kind of like Mickey Mouse ears! But Mahal said
about his cameo appearance: "I see my participation in ARTHUR as a
opportunity to give kids a leg-up on a musical legacy that's important
whole world. Introducing kids to the blues is especially
when so many public arts and music programs are being discontinued."
Taylor adds,” Children are tomorrow's generation and I'm doing the show for them. This is a superb opportunity to educate children about the blues and its importance." So check your local PBS Stations for the "Arthur" series.
Just ending the 2003, Kids WB is revamping their weekday/weekend line up. As of January 17, 2004 Kids WB will be premiering the new anime series "Astro Boy" (Is a Sony remake of the 1960's version from TMS, who also worked on Animaniacs) and will bring back for the 4th season, "Static Shock". On the weekday line up, "Static Shock" will replace "Scooby Doo" cartoons, meaning that Scooby Doo will only be available thru Cartoon Network (Which I don't have, thanks to retarded cable from Timeshare Resort!). Their line up will be like this:
WEEKEND LINE UP (Starting January 17, 2004)
8:00 am JACKIE CHAN
ADVENTURES (New Time Period)
8:30 am ASTRO BOY (Series Debut)
9:00 am TEEN TITANS (New Time Period)
9:30 am XIAOLIN SHOWDOWN
10:00 am POKÉMON: ADVANCED
10:30 am ¡MUCHA LUCHA!
11:00 am YU-GI-OH!: ENTER THE SHADOW REALM
11:30 am STATIC SHOCK (Fourth Season Premiere)
WEEKDAY LINE UP
3:00 pm JACKIE CHAN
ADVENTURES (New Time Period)
3:30 pm STATIC SHOCK (New To Weekday Line-Up)
4:00 pm POKÉMON
4:30 pm YU-GI-OH!
All this is subject to change, so please consult your television guides or local listings.
This information is not 100% accurate, it could be changed at anytime, but believe me when I say that in the summer 2004, it may be released in the USA the Pokemon Advance Movie. If you ever though of the little fiasco with both "Pokemon Forever" and "Pokemon Heroes" when both movies where badly released from Miramax, owned by no other than Disney? Guess again. The information was found on Nintendo Now, via Serebii.net, so you know. I have not said if Miramax will distribute the new movie, or will be another company involved.
course, 4Kids Entertainment still has the rights to the movie, but when
comes to distribution rights, both Warner Brother and Miramax could
it. So lets see who else does? Could it be Fox
Box? Could it be Roy Disney? Michael Eisner? Pikachu? Stay tuned!
you know that the title of the "Pokemon Advance Movie" in Japan is:
"The Wishing Star of Seven Nights" but unfortunately, is not related
to "Wakko's Wish". Based on the information below, the USA title
could be "Jirachi Wish Maker". Again this information is subject
to change. But, this is how the information was found at Nintendo
"Nintendo has a pre-order offer starting February 9, 2004 for Pokémon Colosseum.
When you pre-order Pokemon Colosseum at participating retailers you get a bonus disc. On the disc there are extras like:
-A preview of Pokemon Colosseum
-A preview of Pokemon Movie 6: Jirachi Wish Maker
-And the Pokemon Jirachi for your Pokemon Ruby or Sapphire games that you upload from the bonus disc to the game pack using the Gamecube to Game Boy Advance cable.
So be sure to pre-order Pokemon Colosseum so on March 22, 2004 the game can be yours."
Are they kidding? Warner Brothers who owns Animaniacs, are trying to convince The Pink Panther and MGM/United Artist Studios to merge their assest. As you may or may not know, MGM Studios was a supplier of movies and cartoons to Warner Brothers until 1985. That's when MGM/United Artist Studios became an independent corporation and while MGM/United Artist, allowed Warner Brothers to keep the library of Turner Cartoons like "Tom & Jerry" and movies like "The Wizard of Oz", MGM Studios was able to market on their own with both movies and TV shows. The current MGM/United Artist Library includes Movies like: "All Dogs go to Heaven","Good Dog", The "Rocky" Library, "Jeepers Creepers", The "James Bond 007" Movies, "Legally Blonde", Etc. The TV Division is responsible for the "Stargate SG1" Series and "She Spies" ("Charlie's Angels" look alike series?). But of course the golden jewel of MGM/United Artist could be no other than "Pink Panther"! In fact April, 2004 has been designated as the 40th anniversary of The Pink Panther and would be a perfect birthday gift if Warner Brothers gets invited for a formal merge at the party!
According to WKMG Local 6 in Orlando FL, Disney's new theme ride "Mission Space at Epcot" became the first theme park ride to offer guest, motion sickness bags-similar to those found on airplanes- to passengers riding the attraction. Orlando's Local 6 reported that the $100 million ride, induces a feeling of weightlessness so realistic, that many guest could experience severe motion sickness. The ride, according to WKMG, does not move like a traditional roller coaster, but it makes you feel as though you are truly moving and allow riders to undergo what NASA astronauts undergo in training. Several theme park consultants told Local 6 News, that is the first time "Motion Sickness" bags have been made available on a theme park ride. The report featured Jim Hill who runs a web site devoted to Disney theme parks. Hill claims "Disney's Imagineers struggled with the motion sickness problem even before the ride opened and some believe the threat of sickness could hamper the ride's success."
I believe that Disney should warn all the riders about the risk of riding this type of attraction. I mean, with this kind of news and the current situation on the Disney's board of members AKA Michael Eisner VS Roy Disney/Stanley Gold, things are getting a little scary.
~PA Announcer at Disney: "PLEASE REMAIN SEATED WHILE THE RIDES MOVES ON"~
"Free Willy" star Keiko was buried secretly Monday near the Norwegian fjord that was the home of the world-famous killer whale in the last year of his life, officials said. Avoiding publicity, the world's biggest movie star got a modest funeral attended by three caretakers and four locals who helped bury the 6-ton animal in a 30-foot-long, 15-foot-deep grave. "It was a nice and quiet funeral," Keiko handler Frank Haavik told Reuters. Keiko, famed for his role in the 1993 Hollywood blockbuster "Free Willy," died Friday in Taknes Bay in western Norway of pneumonia. He was 27 -- old for a captive orca whale.
Most of the US networks had to pre-empt most of their Sunday programming due to the breaking news that US coalition forces in the FREE IRAQ had captured the so called "So Darn Insane" (Hussein). Most of the shows that where affected included, the Nick on CBS block with "Dora the Explorer" and "Blues Clues". Other networks like UPN and KIDS WB where doing their line-up, so lucky you if you saw "Pokemon Advance" and "Yu-Gi-Oh Enter the Shadow Realm" in an effort to get out of the big catch in the "Baghdad Cafe". By the way, the "Baghdad Cafe" will now feature mini tours to the little hut where "So Darn Insane" was living before his capture. Slappy Squirrel sends regards and GOOD RIDDANCE to "Insane" with some bomb to shock and awe! And Justice for all!
Top 40 radio guru Casey Kasem who also voice "Shaggy" on KIDS WB's "What's new Scooby Doo", has reported that he will leave the syndicated radio show "American Top 40" after a 30+ year run (How many times Kasem had retired and then return to countdown?). He will continue making short versions of the "American Top 20" for the Adult Contemporary Radio markets and in the meantime it has been reported that after the top 100 songs of 2003 gets played this New Years week of January 2004, the Syndicated Top 40 will be host by no other than "American Idol's" Ryan Seacrest. Some of you remember in the late 80's when Kasem left the show and was replaced by a former "Hollywood Squares" center square. NOPE! Not Whoopi Goldberg! Remember the catchy phrase "The Shadoe knows"? Back in the late 80's and early 90's Shadoe Stevens was the replacement host of "American Top 40". By the way, Shadoe Stevens did voiced a cartoon for Hanna Barbera, simply known as "Fender Bender 500" for a live action show "Wake/Jump Rattle and Run" that was last seen on Disney Channel a couple of years ago.
Grab your ears Mouse-keteers! Turns out that there is more to see in the latest Disney/Eisner battle. According to the Jim Hill Media Website, Disney's Michael Eisner went looking far and beyond to replace the 2 chairs left by Roy Disney (Walt's nephew) and Stanley Gold. Rumor has that Steve Jobs of both Apple Computers and PIXAR Animation (Toy Story/Finding Nemo) was offered one of the seats in the company. But this is a rumor and nothing has been seen so far.
Also look below for the response from Roy Disney and Stanley Gold. SAVE DISNEY!
But the chilling one could be the possible closure of the Disney Florida Animation Division. Yes, the ones who did "Brother Bear", "Lilo & Stitch" and "Mulan". Their studio who is part of the Disney MGM studio back lot tour, could be shut down and the animators be left with no job! GO FIGURE!
Hold on to your hats folks! The war between the 2 Disney's has begun. After the corporation received news that both Roy Disney, the nephew of Walt Disney and Stanley Gold where leaving the Michael Eisner's board of members, turns out that both Disney and Gold has opened a web site called "Save Disney". The site mentions that it will begging to restore the name Disney to its position as the preeminent entertainment company in the world.
Roy's Uncle Walt and his father started the company back in the 1920's. The Save Disney web site is an effort to get enough pressure to send Michael Eisner and his friends packing out of Orlando and Burbank (Could they still in Tokyo, France and Hong Kong too?). So let's see how the war between 2 Disney's becomes THE MOTHER OF ALL THEME PARKS!!!! Wonder if the Disney's Monorail will be detoured to serve both Disney's.
Also on a related note, The New York Times claims that John Chen who was appointed as member of The Disney Board after the departure of Roy Disney and Stanley Gold, criticized the company's corporate governance, in other words, he betrayed Michael Eisner! In case you are wondering where and why this war between good and evil at Disney was started, it was because of the PIXAR and MIRAMAX theater. These once made money to Disney, but Eisner betrayed themselves. Now PIXAR (Toy Story/Finding Nemo) is looking to end the relationship with DISNEY while MIRAMAX (Who is best known for "Pokemon Heroes") wants to become an independent filmmaker again, outside of the "House of Mouse" (Like the cartoon!). Also they blame Eisner for not hearing teen star Hillary Duff (Lizzy McGwire) when negotiating the rights for Lizzy McGwire, so she left Michael Eisner too! Also you can add the problems at ABC TV to the point that on Saturday mornings, the local affiliates prefer to do local news rather than doing the same Disney Channel cartoons! Other things to blame, include the sudden closing of the Orlando FL Animation studio, who did "Brother Bear", "Lilo and Stitch", "Mulan", "Treasure Planet" (Nobody saw this movie!) and "The Lion King" among others! In fact the studio tour was altered according to a report from one of the local affiliates in Orlando. The animators inside Disney MGM where laid off a few weeks ago. Also the rumor that in the next few days, more cast members at Disney could be laid off citing that there is a low attendance at the theme parks. How could they explain that Universal Studios is getting more patrons inside the theme parks than Disney?
Stay tune for this folks. As we saw The Orlando Magics ending their loosing streak, we may see Disney ending the winning streak too!
Who wants to buy "Noddy"? Remember the cartoon that was last seen on PBS KIDS back in the late 1990's? Ok! Clifford The Big Red Dog was not a puppy back then! Only the cartoon! But "Noddy" was a cartoon from the UK which features a wooden boy in stop motion animation. The series was seen on PBS KIDS around 1997 and 1998 and combined live action with stop motion animation, I mean real people talking to "Noddy". Well, what happened to "Noddy"? He is for sale? Are they kidding? Who wants to buy it? Maybe the toy store has "Noddy". But there is a company in the UK that is bidding too big to buy the cartoon! Actually the UK company Chorion who owns the cartoon "Noddy" was solicited by another entertainment giant, Entertainment Rights, with a bid to buy the children's classic. What was the response from Chorion? (UK accent): ~"Nou Way, Jousei!"~ (No offense to the Brits! I just fake the accent!) So "Noddy" stays with their owners and is not for sale (Well, the toy is always for sale!). Don't ask me when PBS KIDS will do "Noddy" cartoons! I simply don't know!
It looks like DISNEY is having a problem once again, but this one is, on a high note! Michael Eisner, the president of the Walt Disney Company, received a letter from Roy Disney, the nephew of Walt Disney, asking 2 things. He filed a resignation letter from the Disney's board of directors. But, Disney goes farther away, by asking Michael Eisner to RESIGN the DISNEY company too. He even let Eisner known that he is no longer the indicated person to run the Walt Disney Company.
But to make matters even worse, another cast member of Disney walked out the door with Roy Disney. Just hours after Disney resigned the board of directors, came Stanley Gold and filled resignation too.
It seems like the troubled company, has led Mickey Mouse with no choice but to call for a special meeting at his Orlando FL headquarters and find a replacement for uncle Roy, maybe they will get "Slappy" to head the hot waters. Or how about Michael Jackson? YEAH RIGHT! Or as Donald Duck yells "Oh Phooey!"
Of course the last thing you need to find out in order to make your Christmas complete is "Charlie Brown" of Peanuts, doing the traditional speech of the holiday.....No wait! That was Schroeder! Charlie Brown only complains about it! I guess ABC TV is doing the "Charlie Brown Christmas" special. So you need to check local listings and find out when it plays.
Just that unless you tough that Steven Burns will not return to Nickelodeon's "Blues Clues", guess again. All of the sudden came back former "Blues Clues" host Steven Burns. Not that he was re-hired, since he got a better deal with the recording industry. But turns out that some episodes of "Blues Clues" where not originally premiered back in 2002. They where holding the episodes when "Joe" (Donovan Platon) joined the cast. Now Nickelodeon is presenting brand new episodes of "Blues Clues" with Steven Burns as the host. I saw one of them, featuring the sock puppet! (Not the KIDS WB Sock?) More episodes with Steven Burns will be seen on the network anytime this month. "Now is time for so long, but will sing just one more song...."
Last year, I promised a picture parade like the one I did in 2001. However, because of complications with my prior PC (See below), I was not able to deliver the parade pictures. This year will be different. At least I will go ahead with the plan, either Digital Camera or film camera like in 2001. The so called "Holiday Citrus Parade, Presented by Progress Energy" that pre-celebrates new years day in Orlando and the return of the "Florida Citrus Bowl/Capital One Bowl" Game, is coming back to Orlando. What it means is, that I will go outside with a camera and will picture a parade in the hearth of Downtown Orlando. It is not yet know who will play the "Citrus/Credit Card Bowl" this January 1, 2004. But on December 30, 2003 the streets of Downtown Orlando will host a big celebration with lots of float decorated in citrus produce. Also expect to see some surprises like the University bands playing and characters from the major attractions like Disney, Universal Orlando and Sea World. Here are some of the pictures from the 2001 parade. If you wonder why I stopped doing the picture parades, it was that I did not have a computer and I lost the software for the digital camera that Intel use to make. I have the camera, but it is USELESS because Intel sold the rights to another company and either I must buy a new camera or replace the software, but Intel retired the products, so I may go E-Bay shopping for that. Otherwise, I will buy a film camera and will do it. So check again soon for details.
By the way, if you live in the Orlando area and would like to volunteer yourself, by filling the floats with citrus, in exchange of 15 seconds in the ABC's broadcasting of the parade while marching around the City Beautiful of Orlando, you can go to the FCSports (Florida Citrus Sports) Web Site. Nope, I won't march myself!
The AWN Web Site is offering a "surprise" interview with Rob Paulsen, the voice behind Animaniacs (Yakko, Dr. Scratchandsniff and Pinky). He claims that he "loves and dies" for his team, The Detroit Red Wings (NHL)!
(Now I know how it feels to see the Orlando Magics (NBA) loosing his magic and becoming THE WORSE NBA TEAM this year! GO FIGURE!)
As for Rob's career, he talks about his fellow friends and voice actors, Tress McNeil (Dot), Maurice La Marche (The Brain), Frank Welker (Officer Ralph/Runt). Also he reveals that he has voiced over 200 characters so far. He also gives a little insight about his character "Carl Wheezer" of Nickelodeon's "Jimmy Newtron: Boy Genius"
Just to give you a taste of the interview, here's an excerpt of it:
Rob Paulsen (From the AWN Web Site): "I remember years ago we had jackets made up for Animaniacs. Jess Harnell put together these really beautiful leather jackets that were airbrushed on the back, and there were only six of them made. One for Tress, Jess, and myself, one for Andrea Romano, one for Tom Ruegger and one for Mr. Spielberg. When we saw Tom Ruegger we told him “When you speak to Mr. Spielberg please tell him we have this jacket for him. Maybe you can take it to him as a gift and tell him thank you very much.” The next day I get a call from Mr. Spielberg’s secretary and she said, “I understand you have a jacket for Steven. Maybe you’d like to come over, have lunch at Amblin and give it to him.” So, two days later I find Tress, Jess and myself with Steven Spielberg having lunch at Amblin, just the four of us. He was the sweetest guy, never took a phone call, gave us all his attention. It was one of those days you call your Mom and Dad and say “Guess what? I just got done having lunch with - Steven Spielberg!” It was truly special."
To access the Rob Paulsen Interview at AWN:
Move over Disney and Warner Brothers, cause here comes the Puerto Ricans making animated movies too. It turns out that somewhere in my hometown of San Juan, Puerto Rico, there is a project that involves several animators and features the voices of the famous tenor Plácido Domingo (Remember the Slappy and the 3 tenors episode of Animaniacs: "3 Strikes and you're out"?) and Mexican born artist Salma Hayek ("Spy Kids 3" and "Frida") with some Puerto Rican actors lending their voices in a new animated feature simply called "Sian Ka'an". It seems that there is lack of information regarding this project. I learn of it several months ago, since I read Puerto Rican newspapers, despite the fact that I live in Orlando FL. Now the information was found on both Toonzone and AWN. They give a link to the web site "Muvifilms.com". But it still lacks information on the movie, since it is under construction. But I hope that in the future, we could see a Puerto Rican animation house competing with Disney and Warner Brothers. I could see a second "Mike Young Productions" type of company. If you wonder, Mike Young Productions is the animation production company for PBS KIDS "Clifford The Big Red Dog" and "Jakers! Adventures of Pigley Wink".
Disney Channel will start production of the animated series "Dave The Barbarian" and is scheduled to start on the Disney Channel around January 2004. The best part is that some members of the original cast of Animaniacs will also be participating in the series. The new Disney animated comedy is produced and created by Doug Langdale, who worked at Warner Brothers Animation division a few years back and then moved to Disney. He was the writer and story editor of "Pinky, Elmyra and The Brain" which was a spinoff of Pinky & The Brain of Animaniacs. Also wrote the series "Earthworm Jim". As for the voices, we have Tress McNeill (DOT!), Frank Welker (Runt, Officer Ralph, Scooby Doo) and Paul Rug (The Director or Jerry Lewis?).
Yes, you read! Pokemon may get an Oscar nomination this next year. According to Anime News Network, several Anime movies including "Pokemon Heroes" (The movie may be seen on "Starz" TV this month) and "Cowboy Beebop" where submitted to the Academy of Motion Pictures and Science. As you may recall, the Disney/Studio Ghilbi movie "Spirited Away" won an Oscar in 2003 for best animated movie. Other movies that where submitted for Oscar nominations include, "Disney's Brother Bear", "Finding Nemo" and Paramouth/Nickelodeon's "Rugrat's Go Wild". The Oscars are scheduled to broadcast live on February 29th 2004. More details to come soon. Could Pikachu win an Oscar? With Finding Nemo and Brother Bear, that could be interesting!
Well, you all witness the rise and fall of Pikachu and the entire cast of Pokemon! Now this will be documented on a book being printed by the Duke University Press. The book will be titled "Pikachu's Global Adventures: The Rise and Fall of Pokemon"edited by Dr. Joseph Tobin (Arizona State University) and will discuss the Pokemon Franchise, from Video Games, cards, toys and the TV series from KIDS WB. Including how well is portrayed in Japan and overseas, but in the USA? This book is based on a conference held at the Manoa Campus of the University of Hawaii in 2000. The book will hit store shelves by February 2004. More to come!
A well know tradition that comes with the Turkey Dinner, is the Thanksgiving Parade by Macy's. The 77th Annual Parade that NBC and TELEMUNDO (in spanish) will broadcast on Thanksgiving morning November 27th.
In fact, an Orlando FL high school band, Jones High School was invited to play among dozens of high school bands that every year delights all the family with the loud bangs and cheerleadings dancing around. Usually I have seen Jones High School band performing at several parades not only in Downtown Orlando, but this band was allowed to participate in the Tournament of Roses a few years back.
As for the Macy's Parade festivities, it will debut new balloons by "Garfield and Pokey", "Barney the Purple Dinosaur in band costume" and "Sesame Street's Super Grover". They will fly out on 77th St along with the classic ballons from PBS KIDS "Arthur" and "Clifford The Big Red Dog", "Charlie Brown's Elusive Ball", Nickelodeon's "Jimmy Newtron" and "Little Bill" and even "Pikachu" with "Mr. Monopoly". As for the Floats in the Parade, debuts "The Big Confy Couch", "Marshmellow Peeps", "Spirits of America" and "Top of Rhino Mountain". Returning floats to include, "Angelina Ballerina", "Bob The Builder", "Sesame Street", "The Wiggles Pirate Ship", "Teddy-Build A Bear Workshop", "M&M's", "Barney's Musical Park" and of course, Santa Claus will close the festivities. Performing live at the Parade includes, Hillary Duff (Lizzy McGwire), Aaron Carter (The brother of Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys), Mya, Ruben and Clay of "American Idol", The Wiggles, Kool & The Gang, Stacie Orrico and the list goes on and on! If I forgot someone, MY DEEPEST APOLOGIES!!!!
Just to let you know that the following is nothing but a made out script by myself. I just came with the following idea. You know PBS KIDS "Dragon Tales"? There is this kid named Max:
MAX: "I wish I wish with all my heart. To fly with Dragon in a land apart!"
Also on Nickelodeon there is an animated series for the "Nick JR" block in the mornings called "Max & Ruby". This is about the 2 brother and sister bunnies, that although it is suppose to teach about being, who you are, sometimes the 2 comes with a funny idea.
Now they added a third MAX! This one is on KIDS WB's "Pokemon Advance". The brother of May, who is the replacement for Misty and just met Ash and Pikachu!
So I decided to give a nice welcome to the 3rd MAX (Pokemon Advance) into the animated world! This would be a perfect KIDS WB commercial:
LEGEND: 1st MAX=Dragon Tales/2nd MAX="Max & Ruby"/3rd MAX=Pokemon Advance. Also starring, Ruby (Max & Ruby) and Ord (Dragon Tales)
3rd MAX: "ASH IS A LOOSER!" (But yells at MAX from Dragon Tales)
1st MAX: "I wish I wish to use this rhyme, and send this MAX, until next time!" (Touches Dragon Scale, magic pours out)
2nd MAX: "Pokemon! Broooooooom, broooooooooom!" (Slides a toy car)
3rd MAX: "Oh yeah? Im gonna send you to Dragon Land via my Pokemon navigator!" (Opens Pokemon Navigator and sends 2nd MAX to Dragon Land)
3rd MAX: "Oh oh!"
2nd MAX: "Ruuuuubyyyyyyy!" (Stares at Ord)
ORD: "Wait a moment! This is not MAX!"
Announcer: "Pokemon Advance, this weekend on KIDS WB!"
Ruby: "MAX? Where are you?" (Stares at 1st and 3rd MAX)
Sure, this commercial was sponsored by contributions to any PBS station from viewers like Slappy Squirrel!
SLAPPY: "THANK YOU! Now that's comedy!"
you imagine Wakko (Animaniacs) meeting Luke Skywalker
(Star Wars) and Disney's (Still legally challenge) Winnie The Pooh in a
know place (This is family oriented site, so I reserve the meeting
myself!)? I simply call it P-L-Y Boy Mansion (You figure that!).
As Timon (Disney's "The Lion King") says "NOT IN FRONT OF THE KIDS" during the song "Hakuna Matata". But in reality, the voices of Wakko, Winnie the Pooh and the real Luke Skywalker came together to promote a project on DVD that will hit shelves in January 2004.
"Comic Book: The Movie" from Miramax Home Entertainment (The same people who brought "Spy Kids" and "Pokemon Heroes") has officially announced a 2 disc DVD release of the independently project directed and acted by Mark Hamill (Luke Sky Walker of "Star Wars") with the help of "not so" well know people behind today's popular cartoons. The movie features the talents of Billy West (Ren & Stimpy), Roger Rose (The Tick), Jess Harnell ("Wakko" of Animaniacs), Daran Norris (Fairly Odd Parents), Lori Alan and Tom Kenny (Sponge Bob Square Pants), Debby Derryberry (Jimmy Newtron: Boy Genious), Jim Cunnings (Winnie The Pooh and Animaniacs) and Gary Owens (Who can't forget Hanna Barbera's "Dynomutt The Dog Wonder and Blue Falcon"?) among other voice celebrities. More information is available at:
From Miramax Home Entertainmet via Toonzone
On Thanksgiving day November 27, Cartoon Network's Boomerang will delight all Looney Tunes fans with the best of the Looney Tunes collection. According to Animation Insider, Boomerang will offer 96 hours of Looney Tunes until December 1st. The collection includes up to 32 shorts for each character and will be offered in the following order: Porky Pig and Daffy Duck (11/27, 11/28), then Bugs Bunny with Sylvester & Tweety (11/28, 11/29), then Roadrunner with Coyote along with Foghorn Leghorn and Pepe Le Pew (11/29, 11/30) and last but not least, follows Sniffle and the Goofy Gophers, Taz Devil, Marvin the Martian and closes with Bugs Bunny on November 30th and December 1st. So check the listings for Cartoon Network's Boomerang. From Animation Insider.
This is a follow up from a prior update, when I mentioned that Looney Tunes was signing Wireless Carrier SPRINT PCS for a cross promotion of the "Looney Tunes: Back in Action" movie with the PCS provider (See below for details). Turns out that Warner Brothers may provide similar content to all Wireless Carriers in the future. This article from AWN shows that Warner Brothers has started a wireless initiative with top veteran in the Industry Doug Dyer (Founder of THQ Wireless). This also comes just after Disney announced a similar venture where the company will make available to PCS users, RING TONES with the Disney characters, at the tune of $2.50 per TONE. So stay tuned to the tone action. By the way, "Looney Tunes: Back in Action" is schedule to open on November 14, 2003.
would have been done a while ago. Now Pokemon
enters a new phase where everything is brand new, like starting all
This is how we can describe the new "Pokemon Advance" starting
November 1st on KIDS WB. Yet it was suppose that Pokemon, the way we
was about to be done. They could let Ash won the Johto Championship,
become The "Pokemon Master" he always dream off and leave Team Rocket
out of their misery by giving out another Pikachu to gave to his
that did not happen! Instead the producers back in Tokyo gave Pikachu
friends a brand new start in a new land with a different set up that
all asking, "Is this really necessary?"
Now the new "Pokemon Advance" which was revamped in the popular video game from Nintendo, is now being revamped for the Anime series. After "Ash" the Pokemon Trainer, decided to go alone to the Hoenn Region without long time companions "Misty" and "Brock" (He will return later in the series!) and leaving all the Pokemon but Pikachu, Ash gets in a ferry boat and heads to "Little Root" town to meet the new breeds of Pokemon he never saw back in his travels. Only to find out that Pikachu got sick during a Team Rocket encounter, Ash decides to get the help of Professor Birch in an effort to heal his Pokemon.
Now the basics of Pokemon Advance could be the new line up or the way is set up. I basically saw the first 2 episodes of Pokemon Advance back in March 2003, when KIDS WB gave a sneak peek in the future of Pokemon. The same 2 episodes will be re-premiered in November 1st and the 8th.
What to expect from the new series?
When I first saw it, I was like things could only get better or worse kind for Pokemon fans. All of the sudden, the characters gets new clothes, replacements of original Pokemon into a different versions. New Teams where added on the good and bad side. Don't panic! Team Rocket is not going elsewhere. They just got companions, but you know Jesse, she prefers to be alone with James on her side, so no need to bother.
On the bad side, Team Aqua and Magma! What they want is to discover a secret that lies inside the Hoenn Region, while Team Rocket only cares about grabbing Pikachu from Ash's hands.
On the good side, Ash meets May, a girl that won't bother to be a "Master" like Ash wants to. May also has a brother named Max. He loves to learn about Pokemon by not having one! HUH?
Contrary to what young kids likes about having Pokemon, Max does not need to have one! He does not have or train Pokemon. He usually portraits himself as the Pokemon Explorer. But, how could he get enough Pokemon experience when he can't have one? Max even tells Ash and May, how to win a battle and how to use a Pokemon Navigator device similar to the "Pokedex".
The new breed of Pokemon that will enter the series is mostly never seen before. In the first episode we get to see a pack of "Poochyennas" (Kind of hyena puppy?) getting even with Professor Birch, while May who has never attempted to train a Pokemon, gets a Pokeball and has to call the movements of the Pokemon named "Mudkip" to stop the Poochyennas. Then May gets a "Torchiq", a fire Pokemon which resembles a bird type. Eventually, Ash gets a "Treecko" a grass Pokemon which could be described as the gecko (Do not call the auto insurance!).
Eventually Brock will also join the gang and he will get a Mudkip which is water Pokemon and has no resemble as the prior two Pokemon. No mention of Max having a Pokemon, but will see if that changes with time. As more information becomes available, well let you know.
In the meantime you can check the Pokemon Spoiler Page Serebii.net. YES IS SPOILER PAGE!!!
Still remember the cartoon-Anime "Cardcaptors" (Also known as Card captor Sakura")? A few years back, the Anime series "Cardcaptors" debuted on KIDS WB, but a lot of fans of the Anime found it with a different twist and even CENSORED! This was made possible thanks to Nelvana Ltd. They are best known for children's programming, like PBS KIDS "Berenstein Bears", DISNEY CHANNEL's "Rolie Polie Olie" and Nickelodeon's "Max and Ruby"!
What they (Nelvana LTD) did with
They edited the entire series, to make it more kids friendly - Ages 7+
the original "Cardcaptor Sakura" was mostly aimed to age 13+).
Although I still like the series, I just found unfair what Nelvana Ltd did to the series back them. But since the American and Canadian people has different tastes regarding who watch television, will leave things just like that. In the meantime, I just found out on Animation Insider that the company that distributes the Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh videos and DVD's, will release the "Cardcaptor Sakura Movie" UNCENSORED! Altough the company still working a deal with Nelvana LTD in an effort that the original "Cardcaptor Sakura" series be released in its entirely without the censorship it was imposed. But since Nelvana still holds the license to the Cardcaptor Sakura series, will see how it will be done.
WB has announced a new line-up for the month of
November (Is November SWEEPS of course!) and among the new changes are
"Xiaolim Showdown" is an oriental type of comedy (This is not ANIME!) that will join KWB starting November 1st. The animated comedy from Warner Brothers Animation (You know who's behind Animaniacs!) follows the adventures of "Omi" a gifted monk in training from the Xiaolin Temple, along with fellow trainees "Kimiko" The Hipster girl, "Raimundo" the Brazilian and Texas Kung Fu cowboy "Clay". This may looks like "Jackie Chan Adventures" with a twist. Check it out.
Also KWB will replace for a while "What's new Scooby Doo" and will bring Cartoon Network's "Teen Titans" in to their line-up. As for Scooby, well his adventures will be seen Monday to Friday, so not to worry!
Then of course as we told a few weeks ago, "Pokemon Advance" will join the line-up and YES, MISTY IS GONE FOR GOOD!!! NO PSYDUCK! PSY??? All new Pokemon Adventures and Ash will join 2 more twerps, May and his brother Max the Pokemon Explorer! Also, a new breed of Pokemon like "Torchik", "Mudkip" and "Treecko" along with Pikachu! Oh yes, Brock will join later the trio of course! And of course, could not forget brand new "Yu-Gi-Oh: Enter the Shadow Realm". So check out your local listings on November 1st.
Gonzales is entering the "Mucha Lucha"
field! A few months ago, Save Animaniacs Campaign was being told about
Cartoon Network's denial of playing Speedy Gonzales shorts due to
"Stereotypes" being involved. Turns out that Speedy Gonzales will be a
guest of the animated series "Mucha Lucha" on Kids WB on November 8,
Speedy will enter the ring with "Ricoche", "Buena Girl" and
"The Flea" in this Warner Brothers original series.
In the meantime, Warner Brothers is not commenting whenever the fastest mouse in "todo" Mexico will take part of the new motion picture "Looney Tunes: Back in Action", nor he will take part on the "SPRINT PCS GUY" commercials. Yes you read right! Look below for that!
Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck yelling to each other:
"You are DESPICABLE" or "RABBIT SEASON/DUCK SEASON" or
Mickey Mouse says "Hello Mouseketeers" or Donald Duck goes
over their cell phones, as the so called Wireless Technology is
reaching out to
the toon land.
In separate statements last week "Sprint PCS Corporation" and Warner Brothers announced that "Looney Tunes" characters will be featured in the SPRINT PCS services, like PCS VISION and RING TONES featuring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and others. (Will Speedy Gonzales be included, despite the so called "Stereotypes"?) Also expect a series of commercials with the Looney Tunes characters interacting with SPRINT PCS GUY.
NO! Is Not "Can you hear me now?" Commercials!
But this week, Disney decided to bring Mickey and the gang to SPRINT PCS customers who where told about Warner Brothers plans of bringing Looney Tunes inside their PCS. Disney stated that their initial plans is to offer PCS RING TONES with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Stitch, Pooh and Tigger. Disney claims that one Goofy ring tone will say "Hello? Is anybody there?" and a message alert will tell customers, "Oh boy, you got some mail!" While The SPRINT PCS customers will get the Looney Tunes as added feature to their service at no extra cost, Disney plans to charge $2.50 for each RING TONE being downloaded to the PCS phone.
I'll bet that getting a cell phone is more fun than ever, but guess what! I own 3 cell phone service and SPRINT PCS is one of them! GO FIGURE! BAD or WORSE CREDIT!!!! By the way, will Animaniacs ever be on a Wireless phone? Ahhhhhhh! Good night Everybody! Some years ago, The Looney Tunes where doing ads for another company (Long Distance) with Michael Jordan, former NBA superstar who was on the Looney Tunes movie "Space Jam". "I belive I can fly...."
From WB Networks
"The WB has pulled the Bugs Bunny's Howl-Oween Special, which was
originally slated to air on October 24, from its schedule."
Will probably be replaced with some Scooby Doo cartoon? Stay tuned!
Mates! The 80's and The Wiggles are the hottest trends
for the upcoming Holiday season. According to a well know Toy Retailer,
will become one of the top requested merchandise for the holidays.
Some of the things that are expected to make Santa's toy list would be (In no preference order):
Barbie Dolls, Strawberry Shortcake, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers, My Little Pony, Cabbage Patch Kids, Hot Wheels and a revamped "Twister" game. Of course we cannot left behind the newest and hottest toys like Nintendo's Game Cube and Game Boy Advance, X-Box, Leap Pad, The Wiggles, Fur Real Dog, Video Now (If comming with Animaniacs CD's I'll buy it!). But if you are tired of those, how about cuddly plush toys? I'll bet you started writing letters to Santa, after reading this!
Linda Simensky, who was Vice President of animation at Cartoon Network and was able to market the Cartoon Network's "Power Puff Girls" has accepted a job at PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) which also holds PBS KIDS programming. Don't expect the "Power Puff Girls" inside "Arthur" house! Not even "Courage the Cowardly Dog" making fun of "Clifford The Big Red Dog"! The information is on AWN's Web site!
KIDS WB's "Ozzy
& Drix" will be the ambassadors to the Center for Disease Control
in a campaign simply known as "VERB". The campaign seeks efforts of
youth ages 9-13 to get involved in being physically active. Recently, KIDS
WB aired an "Ozzy & Drix" Episode entitled "A Growing
Cell" where the duo fights bad cholesterol before it can block an
The CDC and KIDS WB will partner
campaign with the use of on air public service announcements as well as
materials to be distributed in schools across the country.
The information is available at AWN's web site. From KIDS WB via AWN.
According to KIDS WB, the last episode of the Pokemon series "Master Quest" will say goodbye to Misty, Brock and the cast of Pokemon. Now this is before Pokemon Advance series begins. Wonder if after this, there will be more or less interest in watching Pokemon. So here are the details:
"KIDS WB will broadcast the final episodes of Pokémon: Master Quest with "Gotta Catch Ya Later" on October 18 and "Hoenn Alone" on October 25. In "Gotta Catch Ya Later," Ash bids farewell to his best friends and longtime traveling companions, Misty and Brock, when they are unexpectedly called back home, while Ash returns only for a quick change of clothes before setting out again. In "Hoenn Alone," Ash and Pikachu embark on a new journey as he continues pursuing his dream of becoming a Pokémon Master."
From KIDS WB via Toonzone
Not me, but I am going to miss the PSY...DUCK!!!
( '' )
Is this a "Psyduck" from Pokemon? I use it on an e-mail composer!
Did you got a copy of the re-released version of "Disney's The Lion King"? I always wondered about how to connect the Disney's lovable characters with some 80's stuff. Of course the movie was made in the 90's, so what it has to do with the 80's? If you think is because singer Elton John is the main musical composer, you may be right, 10% that is!
Of course, I first heard this when I was living in Puerto Rico back in 1994, just when "The Lion King" was first release in theaters. Obviously was one year before my move out to Orlando FL! At that time, I was listening to a rock radio station. Now, most if not all of you may be familiar with music bands from the 80's. But get ready to go thru memory lane or "FLASHBACK" like the movie with Irene Cara. Yeah right! "That's Incredible" too (TV show?)!
To connect "The Lion King" with the 80's let's go first to 1984. I believe most of you went to see "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi". Back then, the musical composer of "Jedi" was also singing on the 1980's musical rock band "Toto" ("Africa", "Roxxana"). Remember the song "Pamela"? Yes that was him! Joseph Williams was offered to sing both "Hakuna Matata" and "Can you Feel the love Tonight" as the "Adult Simba" on the "Lion King". But the voice of "Adult Simba" was given to actor Mathew Broderick.
Another thing that connects "The Lion King" to the 80's is the TV sitcom "Saved by The Bell". The voice of "Pumbaa" is played by Ernie Sabella. And of course "Mufasa" is voiced by James Earl Jones who also voiced "Dark Vader" in "Star Wars" first trilogy. And of course we could not forget that Mathew Broderick did some 80's movie appearance. Like "War Games" (He played the kid that triggers the Missile launcher to play checkers out of a nuclear war situation!) and "Project X" (This was the saddest movie ever. Monkeys being radio-activated in the name of science?). Now Broderick is doing the voice of "Hubble" the dog, in the new motion picture "Good Boy!"
If you wonder how do I know this stuff, well I did some research just in time for "The Lion King" re-released version. I check out The Internet Movie Data Base and got the info out!
If the 80's could be your worst nightmare, then don't look back, but we keep reversing the clock for more. Announcing the Hallmark best yet collectible of the 80's! Rainbow Brite is making a full comeback, according to sources on the Rainbow Brite Web Site:
"A company called Toy Play has bought the toy license for Rainbow Brite! What does this mean? It means that more Rainbow Brite dolls, toys and accessories are on the way! These toys will start showing up in specialty stores by the end of this year and will be mass market early 2004! Also, look for a TV commercial at the beginning of next year! Rainbow Brite is BACK!"
This rumor has been around for a while, so I am not sure if this is for real, but sources at ABC are signaling that the weekday morning show "Good Morning America" could join the Saturday Morning Line up by next year. Obviously, this rumor was first told a few months ago. Usually ABC KIDS is a hard competitor with the FOX BOX and KIDS WB line-ups. While NBC and CBS offers Saturday versions of "Today" and "The Early Show". In some markets, Local News are pre-empting the CBS NICK or ABC KIDS shows (I know Orlando's ABC CH 9 pre-empts ABC KIDS with local news!).
Now according to TV Week Web site, K-ABC plans to introduce Saturday morning local news to their line up and that has incremented the possibility of having "Good Morning America" as well. The Web site added this regarding ABC's intention on GMA:
idea of a weekend GMA enjoys broad support at
the network and its affiliates, an ABC spokesperson said. The launch of
weekend morning version is likely to happen within a year. ABC
carried a Sunday version of "GMA" from 1993 to 1998."
Will keep you posted, but it looks like ABC KIDS may bid farewell after all
Las Vegas top illusionist Roy Horn of the duo Siegfried And Roy's Tiger show was severely attacked by one of the show tigers this past week. While performing at the MGM Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Horn was performing with a white tiger, when all of the sudden, the giant cat severely attacked him. Luckily the performer was helped by the staff of the show and immediately rushed to the hospital. Although the performer's condition has been considered critical, the doctors has noted that Horn may recover from this incident. In the meantime SAC sends good wished to Roy Horn and hopefully the show will go on in Vegas ASAP!
This is coming from reliable sources at Digital Bits Rumor Mill Web site. Although is not official, Animaniacs could be headed to DVD sometime soon. Now according to Digital Bits Web Site:
"With all the news lately about different TV shows being released on DVD, and with an industry conference on this very subject set for next month, we've learned that Warner is planning on releasing more animated TV product on our favorite format. Specifically, sources are telling us that 2004 could see the release of full seasons of Tiny Toon Adventures and Batman: The Animated Series from the studio, with the possibility of Animaniacs and more superhero animated TV product further down the line."
Hey! Is anybody pondering what im pondering? How many of you want to see Pinky & The Brain in Simon and Garfunkel outfit? Opps! They on tour by the way! What is goanna be? "Lo-Le-Li" or "Lai-La-Lai"?
You always read or hear the following: "An AOL-Time Warner Company." Of course, years ago, AOL and Time Warner joined forces to create a media giant company. Among their assets should be Warner Brothers TV or The WB and Kids WB and hundreds of corporate positions that depends on it like CNN or TBS Super Station to name a few. But as the AOL thing says "You got mail!" Turns out that Time Warner will no longer use the AOL icon to promote their corporate stuff. So that means that AOL will be owned by Time Warner, but you don't expect the Internet giant to become associated with Looney Tunes or Animaniacs after all! In the meantime I keep using the big AOL thing, but why associate it with Animaniacs? YOU GOT ANVIL AOL!
Another indication of the 80's comeback. Last week I reported the Smurf comeback. Now word out that "Jen Truly Outrageous" is getting the plug too! According to Animation Insider, "Jen Truly Outrageous" will come on DVD by early 2004. The first season consist of 4 DVD Disk and depending on sales, it would release more episodes. Originally "Jen Truly Outrageous" was syndicated in the mid 80's in response to the sales of the toy brand by Hasbro Toys. So stay tuned to see who else will get the 80's plug! Again the question is: WHEN ANIMANIACS WILL BE REVIVED??????
KIDS WB will end Pokemon Master Quest. They promised to start "Pokemon Advance" and there are 10 episodes from Johto series! So what to do? Play it on a daily basis! KIDS WB will offer the remaining "Pokemon Master Quest" series Monday to Friday as well as Saturdays for the next 2 weeks, thats when they will start the "Pokemon Advance" series and obviously will find out the reason why Misty is LEAVING Pokemon for good! As I told before and based on the picture below, Misty is being replaced with 2 more characters, one is May and the other is Masato which I found out that he does not train Pokemon but knows more Pokemon than Brock! Would he know how to Save Animaniacs?
As I'm updating this pages, both FOX Box and KIDS WB has or is starting brand new seasons. That means that you will have to fight the remote to see your favorites and new shows making way. But what has impress me this far is that either kids shows are mostly "Anime" type (Sure, Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh) and less domestic animated shows. So basically FOX Box gets mostly "Anime" shows like "Kirby" and the new "Shaman King" to name a few. While KIDS WB has both Jackie Chan Adventures and Mucha Lucha that are made domestic. So let's see how the war of animated shows goes by. By the way, found a nice picture of the Pokemon in ADVANCE! You don't see MISTY in the series anymore but in the USA! They replace her with two more twerps: One is May who was introduced recently in the USA and her Brother that is only identified in Japan as "Masato". Since there is no official name for the last member in Pokemon ADVANCE, I need to confirm it. Also Team Rocket got new members too! Don't worry! Jesse and James still there!
The new Pokemon Advance will start on KIDS WB (Possibly Cartoon Network outside the USA) Only Ash, Brock and Team Rocket will be the lead Misty was replaced by 2 more twerps! Team Rocket added members too!
Want more of the 80's? Check this out! The Smurf is reviving itself! Those blue guys are making way after a long hiatus. This according to Lansing State Journal's Christine Rook who reported:
"Whereas some people savored the Smurfy sweetness of the 1980s, others just wanted to throw up. Regardless of whether you collected Smurf figurines or the sight of them made your teeth hurt, Smurfs are back. Same cloying grins. New hipster appeal. For 2003, there's techno Smurf and hip-hop Smurf and video-game-playing Smurf and Smurf with a laptop. Oh, it's a Smurfy day in retail-land. The reincarnation was inevitable. Marketers have burped up happy retreads of Strawberry Shortcake and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. So it's not surprising that the Smurf play figures credited with launching the '80s cartoon have awoken from hibernation to peer from their teensy mushroom houses and demand a market share." unquoted.
WHEN WILL BE REVIVING ANIMANIACS?????
For sale or sold? That was the main question being asked by the religious community after word out that the "Veggie Tales" was sold to commercial interest! In fact it was sold to the creators of "Lassie" and "Rocky and Bullwinkle"! According to Religious based "Belief net":
"Big Idea Productions, makers of the best-selling VeggieTales video series, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Tuesday, as part of a deal to sell the financially troubled company. Big Idea has agreed to sell its assets--including copyrights to Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber and other VeggieTales characters -- to Classic Media LLC, which owns or manages media properties such as "Rocky and Bullwinkle," "Lassie," "The Lone Ranger" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." Last November, following the release of the motion picture "Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie," which grossed more than $24 million at the box office, Big Idea laid of 30 employees. Additional layoffs have cut the companies staff from a high of 200 part-and full-time employees to a current staff of 44. "To call the last year difficult is an understatement," said Big Idea founder and CEO Phil Vischer in a statement." Unquoted.
OUCH! Can the Veggie Tales survived the commercial environment they have been exposed, since they where supposed to teach morality, not commerciality! Hopes that Lassie won't eat the Tomato Bob! Or be added to Rudolph's nose!
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