Friday, December 19, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Saturday, 12/6 - Episode 101 (Solomon Fix, MooBeard, Two Witch Sisters)Sunday, 12/7 - Episode 102 (Finster Finster, Adventure Time, Mind the Kitty)Saturday, 12/13 - Episode 103 (Ivan, Boneheads, Tiffany)Saturday, 12/20 - Episode 104 (Call Me Bessie, Teapot, Hornswiggle)Saturday, 12/27 - Episode 105 (Hero Heights, Yaki & Yumi, Gary Guitar)
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Just to put in a post this month, after a long absence, I want to make some things known...
- I'll try to put up a Animation News post this week, which also involves some news about the long delayed Random! Cartoons show from Nickelodeon.
- Reviews of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and of the new Foster's movie (Destination Imagination) with all be up before the end of the month...I seriously promise.
- For the time being, enjoy the Adventure Time short. In case you aren't in the know, Adventure Time is to premiere as an animated series in Fall 2009 on Cartoon Network. The initial order is for 13 half-hours (26x11 minutes).
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Now that V.V. Argost has gained the gotten Kur Stone, the Saturdays have to find him and try and stop him from using it to find the ancient Sumerian cryptid Kur, and take over the world.Now, it may sound a bit cliche (with the whole 'good-guys-must-stop-bad-guy-from-taking-over the-world' plot), but I really like it. An animated series about cryptids a truly a new idea, and the execution is pretty great. Globe-trotting and stopping the bad guys...it has a real Johnny Quest-vibe, which is a GOOD thing. How can you not love it!? Also, in case you're wondering, there are going to be quite a few stand-alone episodes in these 26 episodes, so you can jump on in at any time (though you might have to watch "The Kur Stone" is get some things).
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
- OCTOBER 4TH - Batman: Gotham Knight (9pm)*; Naruto (10:30pm)
- OCTOBER 11TH - Naruto the Movie 2: Legend of the Stone of Gelel (9pm)
- OCTOBER 18TH - Justice League: The New Frontier (9pm)*; Naruto (10:30pm)
- OCTOBER 25TH - The Batamn vs. Dracula (9pm)
- NOVEMBER 1TH - Dr. Strange (9pm)*; Naruto (10:30pm)
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
9:00 p.m. “AMBUSH”: Jedi Master Yoda is on a secret mission to forge a treaty with the King of the strategic system of Toydaria when his ship is ambushed by Count Dooku. Yoda and three clone troopers must face off against Count Dooku’s dreaded assassin Ventress and her massive droid army to prove the Jedi are strong enough to protect the king and his people from the forces of the war.22 episodes have been produced for the first season, and reruns will be airing on TNT. The name of the new Friday night action block is still unknown, but the tagline is "YOU. ARE. HERE."
9:30 p.m. “RISING MALEVOLENCE”: Creating panic throughout the galaxy, a devastating Separatist mystery weapon terrorizes the clone Starfleet. Anakin and Ahsoka race to save Jedi Master Plo Koon and his clone troopers in time.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
This is my newest character, Johnny Labrat. Picture A is actually a 'copy' of the first drawing I ever did of him. I first drew him in Honors Biology yesterday. And an idea I came up for the guy yesterday during the same class was that maybe he was the often used test subject of some crazy mad scientist, and he was about to be subject to another experiment. Thus came the name Johnny Labrat.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Jay: I grew up in a traditional North American 'broken home' where I was abandoned for hours-- even days-- at a time in front of a TV or with a stack of comic books. I found the love and nurturing I needed in junk culture, and it definitely sent me on this screwy 'career' path. I had to hone my imagination while dreaming up a happy childhood.
Me: How did the idea for your other animated series, Tutenstein, come about?
Jay: When I was 7 I saw a touring exhibit of 'The Treasures Of Tutankhamen' at the Art Gallery Of Ontario, and it blew my mind. Much later, I thought the idea of cross breeding a living mummy with Frankenstein's Monster would be wicked cool.
Jay: I worked in comics (and continue to) for 15 years before coming to animation. You could do some homework on that stuff at my website: http://www.jaystephens.com
Basically, an executive saw my comics and thought they might make good TV. First Jetcat for Nick, then Tut, and the rest is history.
Me: How was it, working on The Secret Saturdays? And if the channel lets you, would you work on a third season?
Jay: We don't have a second season yet, so I'm not sure of what you mean (the first season order was for 26 episodes). CN has been my best experience in animation to date, by a wide margin. I would be delighted to continue the relationship.
Jay: They were the only network we shopped it to with the vision to see it through. As luck would have it, the success of Ben 10 had executives hungry for more action stuff. I've been trying to get in that door for years, so it came as a kind of anti-climactic shock to suddenly be doing business with the best animated network out there.
Me: How did you end up being so interested in monsters and cryptids?
Jay: I've been told I have a sick mind. Monsters creep into my thoughts pretty naturally, I guess! When I was in grade school, I was voracious in my private reading habits, sneaking off to the Library across the street from my house as often as possible. It was there that I first discovered the secret science of cryptozoology, and I used evidence for the existence of Bigfoot as my grade 4 Public Speaking project. I won first prize. Cryptids have been good to me ever since.
Jay: Get well in a Mental Hospital. For real.
Me: Are there any significant people that influence your work?
Jay: Far too many to list here, and it's an ever expanding list. I can tell you that I was looking to Alex Toth, Doug Wildey, Warren Tufts, Milt Caniff, Roy Crane, Harvey Kurtzman, Daniel Torres, Jack Kirby, and Hergé as inspiration for the Secret Saturdays.
Me: Are there any secrets you can reveal about upcoming episodes?
Jay: If I told you, I'd have to sick my chupacabras on you.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Later This August...
- A PVoA on animated pilots not picked up for series: First one made for Nickelodeon called "Wizzard of Krudd" created by Greg Miller (maker of the shortlived Cartoon Network series, "Whatever Happened To Robot Jones"). Then one made for Cartoon Network called "Zoot Rumpus" (which still may have a chance to be picked up for a series) created by underground cartoonist Kaz.
- A late Cartoon Review of Phineas and Ferb.
- A PVoA on the ten-year history of Toon Disney, and it's demise due to Disney wanting a network for boys. And get this, it ain't called Jetix.
- A Cartoon Review of The Secret Saturdays...if it premieres this month.
- A PVoA on Nickelodeon, and most importantly, it's animation.
- A Cartoon Followup Review of "The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack".
- A PVoA on Disney XD, and it's possible future effects on current Toon Disney animation.
- A Cartoon Followup Review of "Total Drama Island".
- A PVoA on Williams Street, the company that made Cartoon Network's Toonami and Adult Swim blocks.
- A Cartoon Followup Review of "Chowder".
- Where's Tednut!?: Why the webtoon is on "hiatus"...
- A Cartoon Review on The Secret Saturdays, if not done the previous month.
- The start of my "History of Animation" series, in which I will write (for over a year) about animation history: in the United States and all over the world.
Friday, August 8, 2008
First off, Cartoon Network can keep the live action if it wants. As long as it continues to make up less than 5% of the weekly schedule (it currently makes up 1% to 2%). And I'm okay with them making The Vanishers comic a live-action instead of animated TV movie. In fact, the creator wants that, since he said he wanted it to be portrayed as realistically as possible. As long as animation continues to more than dominate the network, it's okay by me.
Second off, Cartoon Network should consider airing more classical programming. They air close to two hours of Tom and Jerry every day, so the least they could do is air some of The Flintstones and The Jetsons. Maybe some Smurfs and Snorks would do. And I don't care when they air the stuff. They could air in in the early mornings or in the middle of the afternoon, just air the stuff.
Third off, in addition of airing classic programming, they should air some of their old Cartoon Cartoons. Dexter's Laboratory and The Powerpuff Girls just have to air on the channel again. In the early mornings or late at night, I don't care, I just want to wake up and see them. Same for the 90s Warner Bros. cartoons. Which brings me to my own example schedule idea...
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
I have posted this news both here on this blog and on the official Tednut website. Production on my web series, Tednut, has been temporarily halted until further notice. Well, no exactly halted, its more like I'm starting all over again (in a way). There are a number of reasons why I have to do this, which I shall list below:
- Animation, is a major reason. I will most likely not be able to even start it until later this month, after I get back from a weeks at Pillars of Fire (which I'm going to after spending a week at a camp in the Adirondack Mountains). I'll be pretty much gone for two weeks, and have no access to any computer during this time.
- Storyboards Only. I have to completely get rid of the scripts. After all, what use does a script have for a show where none of the characters actually talk? I was unable to get my hands on a microphone todo the voices, so I'm getting rid of that aspect. All humor will be based entirely on actions. This could be a chanllege, but I think I can handle it. This show will now only use storyboards, if I want at least the few episodes to be done by September 12th (it's a bi-weekly series).
- Backgrounds. I haven't finished ANY of the backgrounds...okay, I finished one (Ted's bedroom) but I really need to redo that one since it's very messy. Most of the kitchen is colored, but I need to complete it. A school hallway I drew is completely uncolored (with the exception of a fish)
Saturday, June 28, 2008
All in all, this is the standard American action show: It has the basic team of heroes who sometimes don't get along, it has martial arts, and it has an old person that can do martial arts. I'm giving this show a B+, it's pretty good, and it really put me in a good mood. But I'm hungry from listening to all their talk about recipes and cooking...I'm ordering some Chinese food.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Now, a week or so ago, I made a three-point plan on how Time Warner could actually improve the channel, use a great deal of their animation library, and also make a great deal of money from it. I will explain it in detail below:
- Warner Bros. should buy around 35-45% of the Boomerang channel, making it co-own the channel with Turner Broadcasting. Now, Boomerang now has the full ability to air the entire Time Warner library and air the Looney Toons shorts, among other Warner Bros. properties.
- Turner Broadcasting decides to take full advantage of it's huge animation library, and divides up the week into different decades of animation to make it easier to program the schedule. Sundays could be the 30s and 40s, Mondays the 50s, Tuesdays the 60s, Wednesdays the 70s, Thursdays the 80s, Fridays could possibly be the 90s, and Saturday a mix of animation from all those eras.
- Warner Bros. and/or Turner Broadcasting decides to make some more "in-between" shorts and (maybe) one or two original programs. They also decide to relaunch the network and give it a huge makeover, with a new logo and bumpers. They also put on commercials, eventually allowing them to move the channel to basic cable, allowing a wider audience to see it. Ratings will get higher, and Time Warner will be able to make more money off the channel.
Okay, with the first part of the plan, I think it would be a good idea for Warner Bros. to own some percentage of the channel, with Turner Broadcasting still owning a good amount of it. After all, they created the channel, so they still should have major control. This way, Boomerang would be able to broadcast several Warner Bros. cartoons in addition to the post-48 Looney Tunes shorts. With Turner Broadcasting and Warner Bros. working together with the channel, the once-divided animation library will combine, and Time Warner would be able to make full use of it.
With the second part of the plan, they decide to divide up the schedule, deciding to air different decades of animation on different days. This should make it easier to program, since they won't have to struggle with trying to figure out which shows should stay and which should go, and won't have to leave out a bunch of programs. They can air all or most of their 60s animation on Tuesday, a good chuck of their 90s animation on Fridays, etc. I'll later post up an example schedule to show you how this can work exactly. But for now, I think you understand this part.
With the third, but possibly not final part, Boomerang gets a major redesign. Like the Cartoon Network relaunch of 2004, Boomerang will be relaunched with a new logo, brand new bumpers (it has been using those toy bumps since day one), new shorts to air in between programs, and maybe some original programming to air on Saturdays. However, this original programming will make up little of the channel if done. However, it would be preferred if they don't choose to add original programming, so they can still use "Classic Cartoons. 24/7." as a tagline or motto. But I just put it up there as a possibility. Anyway, then they must air commercials. Eventually, they could make enough money from these commercials and go from being a digital tier channel to a basic cable channel. More people will be able to see it and they will slowly (but surely) get fantastic ratings.
If they put this into action, Time Warner will finally use a good chuck of it's animation programming, and nothing would get wasted. Everyone will get to see a bunch of the old cartoons they once loved, Time Warner makes money, and everyone wins. And hey, who knows? Maybe Time Warner could try and get the rights to air shows from Cookie Jar Entertainment, Filmation, and DePatie-Freleng Enterprises if (and when) the channel gets successful enough...
NEXT WEEK: Time Warner's Animation Library (Vol. 2)*
*Also known as "Save Some For Cartoon Network Bub!"
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
This was just just silly video I found on Youtube. I'm pretty sure that brought me was the music, that and the weirdly enjoyable animation. I could listen to this song and watch this video for hours! Anyway, I'll just to the Animation News for this week...at some point.
Monday, June 9, 2008
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