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September 18, 1993 | CHARLES SOLOMON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Saturday-morning kidvid has never been noted for originality, so it's hardly surprising that the '50s comic-book styling of the popular "Batman" series on Fox has spawned a crop of imitators. The other new programs try to be hip in various ways but seem long on attitude and short on imagination. Four new series debut on ABC today. "Cro" (8 a.m.) depicts the adventures of a Cro-Magnon boy as recounted by Phil, his pet woolly mammoth.
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March 24, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
This post has been updated. See below for details. Last week, news that a live-action film version of "Jem and the Holograms" was in the works sent fans of the cartoon series and Hasbro's line of dolls into an online frenzy. But one person not so excited about the reboot? The creator and head writer of the original series. Christy Marx, creator of the “Jem” series, said that she was not only shut out of the reboot but also learned about the film's development a few days before its YouTube announcement.
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September 17, 1990 | CHARLES SOLOMON
Although some of the biggest names in animation and family entertainment--Disney, Warner Bros., Hanna-Barbera, Fox and Steven Spielberg--are offering new syndicated cartoon programs, the results are decidedly mixed. Hanna-Barbera's live action/animation combination, "Wake, Rattle & Roll" (7:30 a.m., Channel 11) focuses on Sam (R. J. Williams), a rambunctious kid who lives in a wonderfully cluttered cellar. The antics of an agreeable cast that includes Sam's friend K. C.
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January 13, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Now here is this unforeseeable artifact, "Chozen," a cartoon series about a gay white rapper, an ex-con (he was set up) living on his sister's couch at a liberal arts college. Premiering Monday on FX, it is from people who make that network's spy-toon "Archer," whose visual style it borrows whole, and from people who made HBO's "Eastbound & Down. " And it is very much as if they had taken these shows - neither of which puts a great point on taste, sensitivity or modesty - and run them at each other very fast.
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January 30, 1996
Rap singer Tone Loc turns TV producer with "C-Bear and Jamal," a children's cartoon series that will air on Fox for three weeks, beginning Saturday at 7:30 a.m. Loc shares executive producer credit with animator Phil Roman and also provides the voice of C-Bear, a stuffed animal who comes alive to counsel and cavort with Jamal, a 10-year-old African American boy (the voice of Arthur Reggie III).
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April 8, 2003 | Lee Margulies
Nickelodeon, which already airs reruns of "The Cosby Show" in its Nick at Nite programming block, said Monday it will boost its Bill Cosby quotient with an animated series based on the comedian's 1986 book "Fatherhood." The series, to premiere on Nick at Nite in December, will feature the voice of David Alan Grier as the lead character, a high school teacher who is also a husband and father of three.
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December 1, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports
ABC is negotiating with representatives of Roseanne Barr for an animated show based on the highly popular "Roseanne" comedy series, an ABC spokesperson said today. The Saturday morning cartoon series, tentatively titled "Little Roseanne," would make its debut next fall if an agreement is reached. "We are discussing it but no commitment has been made," said the ABC spokesperson who asked for anonymity.
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May 25, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Sanjay and Craig," which premieres Saturday (tonight) on Nickelodeon, follows the adventures of a boy named Sanjay, voiced by Maulik Pancholy of "30 Rock," and his best friend, a talking snake named Craig, voiced by Chris Hardwick, the Nerdist. Linda Cardellini and Tony Hale are also voices on the show. Among other things, the goofy and delightful series represents the joining of two great names from the golden age of Nick with three as-yet obscure names from its possible future.
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January 13, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Now here is this unforeseeable artifact, "Chozen," a cartoon series about a gay white rapper, an ex-con (he was set up) living on his sister's couch at a liberal arts college. Premiering Monday on FX, it is from people who make that network's spy-toon "Archer," whose visual style it borrows whole, and from people who made HBO's "Eastbound & Down. " And it is very much as if they had taken these shows - neither of which puts a great point on taste, sensitivity or modesty - and run them at each other very fast.
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July 26, 1993
Hanna-Barbera will produce two new children's cartoon series for Sunday mornings on the TBS cable channel this fall. The shows are "Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron," about two cats who alternate as mechanics and crime fighters, and "2 Stupid Dogs," about--well, just what it sounds like.
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July 5, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Futurama," the other cartoon series created by Matt Groening, is nearing the end. Now in its final 13-episode half-season, it was born on Fox in 1999, canceled in 2003 and revived from its state of suspended animation by Comedy Central in 2008. Given that it has come to this point once already, and given that cartoon characters look just as good, or just as bad, after even a long hiatus as they did before, something about this finale seems less than final. "There is a last even of last times," wrote Samuel Beckett; perhaps this is only the next-to-the-last of last times.
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June 29, 2013 | By Dana Ferguson
Warner Bros., where Bugs Bunny was born in 1940, understood the power of music. The studio's Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoon series avidly used music from Wagner, Rossini and Brahms, showed Bugs Bunny as an orchestra conductor, ballet dancer and an opera singer, and sometimes offered parodies of noted operas. A few years after Looney Tunes' inception in 1930 and Merrie Melodies' a year later, Warner Bros. brought on composer Carl Stalling as a staff member to set the animation to music.
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May 25, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Sanjay and Craig," which premieres Saturday (tonight) on Nickelodeon, follows the adventures of a boy named Sanjay, voiced by Maulik Pancholy of "30 Rock," and his best friend, a talking snake named Craig, voiced by Chris Hardwick, the Nerdist. Linda Cardellini and Tony Hale are also voices on the show. Among other things, the goofy and delightful series represents the joining of two great names from the golden age of Nick with three as-yet obscure names from its possible future.
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February 22, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Out There," which premieres Friday on IFC, is a rather lovely coming-of-age cartoon series from Ryan Quincy, who spent 14 years on "South Park. " It is nothing like that. Coming-of-age stories tend to be told by the misfits and weirdos and refuseniks of Normal Life, and this is no different. Our heroes are Chad (voiced by Quincy himself, whose slightly flat, unaffected delivery works well for this) and his strange new pal Chris (Justin Roiland), "the kind of friend who would shove you into the abyss and then jump right in after you. " Invisible to their peers except as occasional targets of mockery, they spend their days "off to the side, riding a wave of obscurity, observing the tableaux of teenage bliss.
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January 9, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
Pop music + cartoon animation + pubescent audiences + sugary breakfast cereal ads = hit entertainment. In the 1960s and '70s, that equation briefly produced a string of clever, endearing animated feature films and Saturday morning TV serials that still give today's frenetic, hyper-edited animated flicks a run for their money. Some were instant classics, like "Yellow Submarine," with the Fab Four's music set to Heinz Edelmann's memorable designs. Others, like the Jackson 5 cartoon serial that originally ran on Saturday mornings on ABC from September 1971 to October 1972, slowly sank into the post-syndication ether, leaving barely a trace.
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September 3, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
First it was the penguins of "Madagascar" and then the animal warriors of "Kung Fu Panda" on Nickelodeon, now it's the cast of DreamWorks' "How to Train Your Dragon" on Cartoon Network. "Dragons: Riders of Berk," which premieres Tuesday, is the latest small-screen incarnation of a successful animated film to retain both the personality and production value of its progenitor. But unlike its predecessors, it plays more like sequel than spinoff. (Although a cinematic sequel is also in the works.)
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May 3, 2002 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gun violence in schools isn't your typical Saturday-morning cartoon series topic, but as it turns out, "Static Shock," the WB animated action series about a 14-year-old with "electromagnetic" powers, isn't your typical Saturday-morning cartoon series. This younger-skewing version of the Milestone/DC Comics property stars an African American superhero, and combines cartoon action with substantial teen-centric stories about such issues as racism and homelessness.
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August 12, 1995
Arlene Klasky's "Santo Bugito" is a racist television cartoon series that targets children and patently conditions them to degrade and dehumanize Hispanic Americans. ("A Bug's-Eye View in CBS' 'Santo Bugi" Calendar, Aug. 7). Klasky's well-manipulated use of Hispanic American actors and consultants shows a conscious disregard for the ethnic pride of Hispanic children. If she truly cared about addressing the reality of Hispanic children, she could have created a cartoon series showing little homeboys and homegirls wearing Ivy League University sweat shirts studying and exploring the world around them.
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February 19, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The Simpsons of Springfield, U.S.A., will mark their 500th episode as a TV family Sunday. "The Simpsons," in its 23rd season on Fox, is already the longest-running cartoon, the longest-running situation comedy and the longest-running scripted prime-time series in the history of American television. There is something especially improbable about this particular household, with their goggle-eyes and cantilevered overbites and complexions betokening an advanced case of jaundice, claiming these crowns.
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February 7, 2011
"Yogi Bear" has lasted longer than your average movie. After a weak opening of $16.4 million the weekend before Christmas, the 3-D animation/live-action hybrid based on the 1960s cartoon is closing in on $100 million at the domestic box office. "Yogi" has now grossed almost six times its debut weekend take, a high ratio. The average "multiple," as it's referred to in Hollywood, is a little less than three. But families with young children have continued to come to "Yogi," making for a slow decline in box office receipts week over week.
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