Cartoon Network Cancels Young Justice and Green Lantern. Announces New Shows

Posted on: January 30, 2013

The Channel where cartoon go to die has made another mistake, Cartoon Network has announced the cancellation of Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series.

Both series will end when their current seasons are completed later this spring.  DC NATION, Cartoon Networks’ block of DC comic book stars will continue with new series Beware the Batman and Teen Titans GO! 

In a not too surprising move, Star Wars: The Clone Wars will be moving to Disney XD.

Cartoon Network Announcement:

CARTOON NETWORK NEW SERIES

Incredible Crew: Incredible Crew, is a live-action, half-hour, sketch comedy series from producer and entertainer Nick Cannon. Every episode of this high-energy, fast-paced show delivers hilarious comedy bits, outrageous hidden camera pranks, original music videos and commercial parodies all with a distinct attitude—a contemporary blend of internet sensibility mixed with kid imagination. Incredible Crew showcases six up-and-coming young comedy stars featured in diverse roles in every genre Shauna Case (American Horror Story), Shameik Moore (Joyful Noise), Tristan Pasterick, Chanelle Peloso (Level Up), Jeremy Shada (Adventure Time) and Brandon Soo Hoo (Enders Game, Tropic Thunder). Nick Cannon serves as executive producer of Incredible Crew along with Michael Goldman and Scott Tomlinson. The series is produced by Cartoon Network Studios in association with NCredible Entertainment.

Steven Universe: Slated to debut in 2013, Steven Universe is a coming-of-age story told from the perspective of Steven, the youngest member of a team of magical Guardians of the Universe. The animated series was conceived as part of the shorts development initiative at Cartoon Network Studios, and is created by Emmy® and Annie Award-nominated writer and storyboard artist Rebecca Sugar (Adventure Time). Sugar is Cartoon Network’s first solo female show creator.

Steven Universe: Slated to debut in 2013, Steven Universe is a coming-of-age story told from the perspective of Steven, the youngest member of a team of magical Guardians of the Universe. The animated series was conceived as part of the shorts development initiative at Cartoon Network Studios, and is created by Emmy® and Annie Award-nominated writer and storyboard artist Rebecca Sugar (Adventure Time). Sugar is Cartoon Network’s first solo female show creator.

Uncle Grandpa: Also slated for 2013, Uncle Grandpa is based upon the Emmy®-nominated short of the same name and follows the exploits of Uncle Grandpa—everyone in the world’s “magical” uncle and grandpa. Created and executive produced by Pete Browngardt (creator of Cartoon Network’s Emmy®, Annie and Annecy Cristal Award-winning Secret Mountain Fort Awesome), Uncle Grandpa was conceived as part of the shorts development program at Cartoon Network Studios.

Clarence: From creator Skyler Page, Clarence is a new original animated series about an optimistic boy who wants to do everything. Because everything is amazing! Clarence was conceived as part of the shorts development program at Cartoon Network Studios.

Teen Titans Go!: Featuring the return of Robin, Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy and Cyborg in all-new, comedic adventures, Teen Titans Go! will premiere in April 2013. Character-driven comedy is the order of the day as this new take on the superhero series focuses on the funny business that happens between saving the world and living together as teenagers without adult supervision. The series stars the principal voice cast from the original Teen Titans, and is produced by Warner Bros. Animation.

Beware the Batman: A cool, new take on the classic Dark Knight franchise, Beware the Batman incorporates Batman’s core characters with a rogue gallery of new villains not previously seen in animated form. Along with backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordstress Katana, the Dark Knight faces the twisted machinations of Gotham City’s criminal underworld led by the likes of Anarky, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad and Magpie. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, this action-packed detective thriller deftly redefines what we have come to know as a “Batman show.” Featuring cutting-edge CGI visuals, Beware the Batman, based on characters from DC Comics, is coming to Cartoon Network’s DC Nation block in Summer 2013.

Legends of Chima: In the mystical land of CHIMA, Laval the Lion and Cragger the Crocodile are the best of friends. An innocent escapade results in Cragger getting his first experience with the CHI, a powerful and sacred resource important to the delicate balance of CHIMA. The CHI gives awesome power to the user but needs to be managed carefully and certainly not by young adventurous animals. From LEGO, creator of Cartoon Network’s powerhouse action-adventure series Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, Legends of Chima will premiere in Summer 2013.

Grojband: 12-year-old Corey is the front man for a rockin’ garage band. There’s just one problem: Corey’s lyrics stink. He just can’t think of anything cool to write about, until…he finds his sister’s diary that’s full of “teen angst and junk” and decides to use each diary entry as inspiration for crowd pleasing, heart stopping, foot stomping hit songs. Grojband is distributed by FremantleMedia Ltd. and produced by Fresh TV, creator of the hit animated reality franchise Total Drama Island.

The Tom and Jerry Show: The iconic cat and mouse rivals are back in The Tom and Jerry Show, a fresh take on the classic series. Preserving the look, characters and sensibility of the original, the all-new series shines a brightly colored, high-definition lens on the madcap slapstick and never-ending battle that has made Tom and Jerry two of the most beloved characters of all time. The Tom and Jerry Show is produced by Warner Bros. Animation.

Total Drama All Stars: Total Drama is back, but this time the team at Fresh TV have assembled the best loved and most hated contestants from seasons past to compete – Heroes vs. Villains style! Total Drama Island is produced by Fresh TV and distributed by CAKE Distribution.

SPECIALS AND MOVIES

Adventure Time Special: Highly-regarded comedic actors Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) and Donald Glover (Community) will be featured in a special episode of Cartoon Network’s hit animated series Adventure Time. The episode, “Bad Little Boy,” is slated to premiere February 18 as part of the series’ fifth and current season. Reprising his role as Prince Gumball from season three’s much-loved gender switch episode “Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake,” Neil Patrick Harris will join Donald Glover, as Marshall Lee, the musical male counterpart to fan favorite Marceline the Vampire Queen in this second installment of the Fionna and Cake (derived from Finn and Jake) saga. In this special episode, the princesses are sick and tired of Ice King’s crazy Fionna and Cake stories, so Marceline stops by the Ice Kingdom to show him how it’s done.

Regular Show Special: Regular Show, Cartoon Network’s Emmy® Award-winning animated comedy featuring best friends Mordecai, a six-foot-tall blue jay and Rigby, a hyperactive raccoon, is slated for a 30-minute Thanksgiving special, Regular Show style. Mordecai and Rigby accidentally ruin Thanksgiving and must find a way to save it before their families arrive for dinner. The gang pulls together to help make it the best Thanksgiving ever! Regular Show, currently in its’ fourth season, has become an instant hit continually ranking #1 in its time period among all key boy demos across all of television according to Nielsen Media Research.

The Powerpuff Girls Special: “Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice…plus a dash of mysterious Chemical X” were the essential ingredients that created Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup—also known as The Powerpuff Girls. This groundbreaking and Emmy®-winning series, created by Craig McCracken, ran on Cartoon Network from 1998-2005 and will soar again as a brand-new, redesigned and re-imagined CG special coming in 2013 where the trio of pint-sized super heroines will be called upon to rescue not just the city of Townsville, but the USA and the world! Featuring an original song “I Wish I Was A Powerpuff Girl” performed by Beatles legend Ringo Starr, who also portrays Townsville’s most famous flamboyant mathematician, “Fibonacci Sequins,” this all-new original special comes from a powerhouse creative team featuring animation talent from around the globe including acclaimed director Dave Smith and award-winning art director Kevin Dart and is produced by Cartoon Network Studios in association with UK’s Passion Pictures. The special also features the original voice cast reprising their iconic roles and will premiere later this year.

The Yoda Chronicles: LEGO Star Wars returns in epic style with THE YODA CHRONICLES, a thrilling, funny and action-packed new LEGO Star Wars story told in three animated TV specials! Set in the “Prequel” Star Wars timeline, THE YODA CHRONICLES stars the one and only Yoda—the Jedi Master who has seen it all, done it all, and taught generations of Jedi Knights—in an all-new adventure. With the help of a fresh class of Padawans, Yoda leads the Jedi in a desperate fight to stop Darth Sidious and his minions from creating a new super-weapon that could crush the Republic and win the war for the forces of Evil.

RETURNING SERIES/SPECIALS



-Adventure Time


-Regular Show


-Annoying Orange


-MAD


-The Amazing World of Gumball


-The Looney Tunes Show


-Ben 10 Omniverse


-Dreamworks Dragons: Riders of Berk


-Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc.


-Johnny Test


-Pokémon Black & White: Adventures in Unova


-Beyblade Metal Fury


-Almost Naked Animals


-Scaredy Squirrel

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Mattel announces the New Max Steel

Posted on: January 29, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Max Steel™, a wholly-owned intellectual property from Mattel, makes its global debut in March with an animated superhero series premiere on Disney XD in the United States and globally on major network operators. The multi-platform action-adventure entertainment franchise will also introduce a dynamic destination featuring rich content, including interactive gameplay. Additional property support includes a suite of products, spanning action figures, vehicles, role play items and a diverse line of consumer products available summer 2013.

“As experts in play, we know that the franchise model is no longer strictly about toy making, it’s also about compelling content creation,” said Tim Kilpin, general manager of Mattel Global Brands. “We developed the Max Steel storyline to be rich enough to live on any platform enabling a deeper engagement with today’s multimedia kids.”

  • Animated TV Series: Co-produced by Mattel and Fremantle Media Enterprises (FME) — one of the world’s largest and most successful creators, producers and distributors of content — the Max Steel CGI animated series premieres March 25 in the U.S. on Disney XD, a leading kids entertainment network. The 26-episode series will then roll out in more than 100 territories globally, including Australia, New Zealand, India, China, Hong Kong, Central and Eastern Europe, South and Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Turkey, France, Italy, Spain and more. FME manages worldwide distribution of the series (excluding USA), as well as global home entertainment rights.
  • Online content hub: Fans will be able to view episodes online at MaxSteel.com, which will go live in March timed to the series premiere, as well as on DisneyXD.com. The site has been developed as an imacmersive experience for kids to engage in the world of Max Steel with exclusive games, video content, music and the latest information on toys and products.
  • Mobile gaming: The Max Steel side scrolling action adventure game allows kids to experience the Max Steel story on their iOS or Android device. The mobile game will include codes to unlock exclusive content on the platform.
  • Toys and consumer products: Timed to Max Steel’s fall season beginning in August, Mattel will launch a new line of toys that infuses team-up, turbo energy and transformation features unique to the brand. The toy line will include action figures, ride-on and die-cast vehicles, role play items and remote control products.
  • Publishing: In North America, UK, Australia and New Zealand, Mattel has partnered with VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga (Japanese-themed comics) in North America. As part of the collaboration, VIZ Media will develop and publish a Max Steel original graphic novel series. The graphic novel series will launch in Fall 2013 under VIZ’s kids imprint.

 

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UPDATED – The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 in stores TODAY!!!

Posted on: January 29, 2013

UPDATED 1/15/13 The Dark Knight Returns Interviews



 

 

 

Also don’t forget that on January 29th, when you purchase a Dark Knight Returns Blu-ray it will also come with a limited edition Joker Statue.

 

 

 

UPDATED 1/3/13  Preview of The Dark Knight Returns Part II

 

 

 
To start the New Year off right,Warner Brothers animation has just announced the realease date for Batman The Dark Knight Returns part 2 will be January 29, 2013.

Based on the best-selling Graphic Novel by Frank Miller part 2 will cover the fianl chapters of the Dark Kight Returns storyline and will include the final fate of the Joker and a battle to end all battles against Superman.

Peter Weller (Batman) leads an all star cast including Michael Emerson (Lost) as the Joker and Mark Valley (The Human Target) who will be making his voice over debut.

 

T. Romero

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Mr. Nostalgia is Back…

Posted on: January 26, 2013

There are many things that my good friend Rich and I debate over: which movie is better, Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope or Star Wars Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back. (Empire of course, original trilogy, please.) Who is cooler, Gandalf the Gray or Gandalf the White? (Gandalf the Gray of course.) Who is a better chess player, him or me? (Me, I beat him once in three moves. Actually, he is a better player than me, but this is my blog so there, Rich.) But one of the most interesting to me, I think, is which G. I. Joe Cobra Commander toy is cooler, the 1982 mail order silver domed face Cobra Commander (Rich’s choice) or the 1984 mail in offer Hooded Cobra Commander (my choice.)

 

Of course, the Hooded Cobra Commander wins. I mean, just look at him, that hood makes him so mysterious and evil. You can just imagine him sitting at his throne, staring down at his troops, while a captured Joe gets tortured. The Silver Domed one looks like a bad reject from a low budget sci-fi movie, and I can just see Duke fixing his hair in the reflection of Cobra’s dome then knocking him out with one punch.

 

The Hooded Cobra Commander is not practical in battle though. One gust of wind and Cobra’s hood flies off, or all you have to do is just turn it around on his head so his eyes don’t line up with the eye slits and then hit him and the war is over. But I just don’t think that the domed Cobra is menacing enough to lead his troops into battle. So, while the Hooded Cobra Commander is my choice of which is cooler, the 1987 Cobra Commander with Battle Armor is my choice for the perfect Cobra to fight.

 

Why did I choose this particular figure out of ALL the Cobra Commander’s that have been made through out the years? Simple. It’s all because of a guy named Willy.

 

When I was a kid I lived and breathed G. I . Joe. I loved the cartoon and loved the toys. I had epic wars with them in my room, and I was the easiest person to shop for for birthdays and Christmas because all I wanted was more Joe figures. How much did I love it? Well, when I was in the fifth grade I had to have a hernia operation. After being given the anesthesia, they wheeled me towards the operating room. As I began to drift off to slumber land I remember saying in a groggy voice as we approached the room “Yo, Joe,” much like the Joe’s did in battle. The nurse asked me what I said and I replied nothing before I went to sleep.

 

Most of the boys in my class played with G.I. Joes and Willy was no exception. I remember him inviting me over once to play when he got the G.I. Joe aircraft carrier. Wow, what a toy, it was huge to my young eyes and so cool looking.

 

I first met Will when we were in Kindergarten. I can still see in my mind’s eye the day we first met, him standing with his mother and me with mine, waiting on the playground for school to begin. We became good friends from that day, and even though we drifted apart later in life, we always would try to stay in touch, calling each other every so often or getting together.

 

I remember my 12th birthday. It was May, 1987, and my sister and I (we’re twins remember?) had the class over for a party. We were in a game of manhunt and Willy and I were at the corner hiding. He was very excited to give me my birthday present, so excited in fact, that he just couldn’t wait and wanted to make sure I didn’t have it. So he told me he got me the Battle Armored Cobra Commander.

 

During our high school years we went to different schools. Unfortunately for Will, he got involved with the wrong crowd and tried drugs. It would be a battle he would fight for many years trying to stop. When he was finally turning his life around, beating his addiction and finding a course in his life he wanted to take (he enjoyed working at the deli counter at the local food store and I think he would have made the decision to go to culinary school) Willy suddenly died at the young age of 22.

 

I’ll never forget finding out. I’ll never forget telling my parents when they came home, me crying and my dad grabbing me in shock. I’ll never forget being at his funeral, crying uncontrollably as they wheeled his coffin down the aisle at the end. And I’ll never forget the first friend I ever made and the times we shared as kids playing.

 

Will was the first person close to me that I knew who died. No matter what age one is, it is never easy losing someone you care for, and losing someone when you are only 22 is no exception. It poses so many questions about life and mortality, and when you’re young, you just don’t have the answers. Even when you get older you ask why. I guess it is just a part of life that we all have to inevitably have to face and are never prepared for.

 

When I was in my 20’s I sold all my G.I. Joe figures at a convention. I kept only one and he is in a drawer in my dresser to this day. That figure is my Battle Armored Cobra Commander Willy gave me when I was 12.

I don’t have his gun, backpack, breathing hose or even the file card from the back of the packaging. No, all I have is this lone figure and the wonderful memories of a good friend who left us way too early in life.

 

So, you see, while I prefer the Hooded Cobra Commander for his menacing abilities, the Battle Armored Cobra Commander will always be my favorite Cobra figure.

 

Mr. Nostalgia

 

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McFarlane Toys Walking Dead series 2 figures

Posted on: January 26, 2013

Coming in June from Mcfarlane Toys, The Walking Dead series two figures based on the hit tv-show on AMC and the Image/Skyfall comic of the same name.

 

This series will feature Zombie Penny, The Governor, Pet Zombie and Glenn.

 

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Hasbro to Lay-Off 10% of Work Force

Posted on: January 26, 2013

Hasbro released this statement today concerning their financial results for the 4th Quarter and layoffs may be in their future.

 

 

We had a number of strong product initiatives, but consumer demand through much of the holiday season was less than anticipated in both the U. S. and certain international markets. As a result, fourth quarter revenues did not meet our expectations. Despite the lower than anticipated revenue, we grew our operating profit margin and earnings per share absent fourth quarter restructuring charges and the impact of foreign exchange.”  The Company expects to incur charges of approximately $37 million pre-tax in 2012, and an additional estimated $20-$30 million in 2013 associated with these planned actions to reduce ongoing expenses, including an approximate 10% reduction in workforce, facility consolidation and process improvements. These actions are anticipated to begin to deliver savings in 2013, with full recognition in 2015 as all aspects of the plan are implemented. 

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Star Trek Bobble Heads from Bif Bang Pow! are coming

Posted on: January 26, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 25, 2013) – Star Trek fans should get their transporter rooms ready to beam into a new universe of Star Trek television series and classic movie collectibles. Bif Bang Pow!, under a license from CBS Consumer Products, will produce Star Trek bobble heads.

Star Trek TV and film buffs around the world can start to collect a full armada of standard scale and miniature sized Monitor Mate™ bobble heads beginning Summer 2013. Kicking off the line will be an introductory sneak-preview limited edition collectible, a Toy Fair Exclusive Borg Cube Monitor Mate™, exclusively available for buyers who make an appointment to meet with our representative group, EE Distribution, at the Bif Bang Pow! booth #4950, New York Toy Fair, February 10-13, 2013. (Limit one per company per appointment, while supplies last. Additional rules apply.) Current EE Distribution clients should contact their representative to schedule an appointment. Others should call EE Distribution at 1-818-255-0090 x147 or email sales@eedistribution.comto make an appointment.

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Mattel wins appeal in the Ninth Circuit Court

Posted on: January 26, 2013

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mattel today issued the following statement regarding Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recent decision.

We are pleased that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with Mattel that the verdict and damages on MGA’s toy fair claims must be reversed, and the claims must be dismissed by the District Court. The Ninth Circuit’s decision vacates the district court’s judgment awarding MGA approximately $172 million, consisting primarily of compensatory and punitive damages, for the claims MGA made arising out of conduct at toy fairs. Consistent with the Court’s affirmance of the award of fees and costs against Mattel arising out of the separate copyright claims, Mattel has taken a reserve of $137.8 million with respect to the fourth quarter of 2012 to cover these fees and costs.

While MGA can in theory bring a new lawsuit based on its toy fair claims, we are confident that such a lawsuit will be barred by the statute of limitations. We look forward to the speedy and final resolution of this dispute, and will continue to focus our efforts on successfully competing in the marketplace.

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Funko releases Iron Man 3 Products

Posted on: January 26, 2013

Funko is pleased to announce their upcoming products for the highly anticipated Marvel Film Iron Man 3.

 

 

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Iron Man 3 Busts from HOT TOYS now open for pre-orders

Posted on: January 26, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hot Toys is open for preorders for IronMan 3 Busts featuring Ironman and War Machine.

Both are SRP $94.99.  You may order them at HOT TOYS.com

 

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