October 24, 2004 |
If more proof were needed that hip-hop has entered mainstream American culture, this is it: an animated series about rappers. And who better to put one together than veteran rapper and accomplished actor Ice Cube, who, according to Variety, is teaming up with Futurama cocreator David X. Cohen to create Grandmaster Freak & the Furious 15, a half-hour cartoon set in Englewood, N.J. (home of hip-hop pioneer Sugar Hill Records) in the early '80s, when the genre was just blossoming.
November 19, 2012
Lucille Bliss, 96, who provided the cute, husky voice for the title character in the groundbreaking television cartoon series Crusader Rabbit in 1949, and later for Smurfette on the 1980s series The Smurfs , died Nov. 8 in Costa Mesa, Calif. David Scheve, a producer-director for TDA Animation who had worked with her in recent years, confirmed her death. Ms. Bliss' role as the voice of Crusader - the feisty little rabbit who seeks adventure beside his big, dumb buddy, Rags the Tiger - "made her one of the very first television stars," said Mark Evanier, an animation historian and voice director.
November 17, 2006 |
Nicktoons trumpets its newest acquisition, Skyland, which debuts tomorrow at 9 p.m., as "a revolutionary animated series. " The channel has reason to crow. This is the first TV cartoon to rival the richly imaginative work of Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki (Howl's Moving Castle). Skyland, a French production, has a remarkable three-dimensional look, thanks to the use of motion capture, CGI and other techniques. But it's the setting and the story that really make it special.
July 23, 2010 |
Two action films hit stores Tuesday, but it's a TV series that should get your attention this week. My Boys: The Complete Second & Third Season: One of the most underappreciated actors on TV is Jordana Spiro, who plays PJ Franklin in this always funny TBS cable series. Grade: B-plus PJ and her "boys" (Michael Bunin, Jim Gaffigan, Reid Scott, and Kyle Howard) are the best group of friends on TV since Friends. Most of the plots revolve around PJ, who wants to be one of the guys but also find a man. The DVD set includes 18 episodes that will get you caught up with one of cable's best comedies.
May 7, 2010 |
WRITING TATTLE these days is almost like writing for Adult Video News. First up is the story reported by TV Guide that porn star Sasha Grey ("Sasha Grey's Anatomy") will play herself (as opposed to play with herself, as she does brilliantly in her normal job) in a multi-episode arc as Vince's girlfriend on HBO's "Entourage. " "I think Sasha's going to have a very successful transition," said "Entourage" creator Doug Ellin, who was impressed by her work in Steven Soderbergh's non-porn 2009 film, "The Girlfriend Experience.
March 17, 1986 |
It had to happen sooner or later. The dolls and the toys should have tipped you off that not far behind was, yes, a cartoon series based on the highly successful "Rambo" movies starring Sylvester Stallone. The animated "Rambo" will begin sometime next month on Channel 57, along with another "action/adventure" cartoon called "The Centurions. " So far, the two shows are scheduled to air in April only. (For the real thing, Channel 3 is featuring the original Rambo movie, "First Blood," at 9 tonight.
July 5, 2002 |
YOU DON'T need to see around corners to know "The Powerpuff Girls Movie," which opened Wednesday, will draw herds of pint-size viewers to multiplexes through the holiday weekend no matter what the reviews. Full-length cartoons like "Powerpuff" are deemed critic-proof since the target audience only knows what they've heard from playground pals and seen in carefully placed commercials. And observers say it's a genre of light entertainment that'll stick around. Among factors ensuring TV cartoon spin-offs continue to be developed and marketed is the built-in audience for such fare.
November 7, 1990 |
Early last year a British publishing company was offered the chance to produce a series of books based on a wildly successful American cartoon series. Something called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It declined, doubting that a slimy crew of pizza-guzzling, crime-fighting turtles from the New York sewers could capture the affection of British children, weaned on the gentler charms of Paddington Bear, Winnie the Pooh and a kind mailman named Postman Pat. Little did it know that just one year later, all of Britain would be in the grip of Turtlemania, and that Donatello, Michaelangelo, Raphael and Leonardo would become lean, green money machines.
May 22, 1988 |
Picture this scene from police work in the suburbs: An officer has been ambushed by three men who knock him to the ground and pin him down. He urgently calls for help on his radio, which then flies from his hand and lands beyond his reach. As one attacker sits on his back and twists the officer's leg, the policeman hears the dispatcher respond to his call. "Please repeat your location. . . . Your first transmission was cut out by another car. " It is a fictional scene from the pen of Whitemarsh patrol officer Guy Anhorn, but the cartoon portrays a real fear among police officers.
April 6, 1991 |
An excellent new children's cartoon series, the return of a consistently pleasant country-music series and a special by one of the most bizarre of contemporary comedians add up to a tasty menu on cable television today. The half-hour animated series, Darkwing Duck, will debut at 8:30 a.m. on the Disney Channel. It stars a single parent, Drake Mallard, who moonlights as a caped crime fighter, Darkwing Duck. American Music Shop will begin its second season on the Nashville Network (TNN)