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Stone Soup To Produce Independent Animator's Forum for TV

Houston, Texas-based Stone Soup has announced plans to produce WILL ANIMATE FOR FOOD, a 30-minute TV program for WTP-TV, Cable 17, a public access channel. The show will feature a series consisting of a collection of independently produced animations and animator interviews presented in a variety format.

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Cartoon Network Saddles Up Party Wagon TV Feature

PARTY WAGON, an all-new animated feature set in the old west, debuts Feb. 27, 2004. at 8:00 pm on Cartoon Network. The 90-minute made-for-television movie, from HEY ARNOLD! creator Craig Bartlett, follows the adventures of one covered wagon on its way west on the Oregon Trail the mid-1800s.

Kids Headline News

Kids! WB! Adds Four Series to Lineup

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, February 26, 2004 at 12:00am

Kids' WB! will add two new animated series and two live-action projects to its top-rated Saturday morning and weekday slates. The network continues to build on its all-new all-year-round strategy and success with its diverse and innovative programming schedule, beginning this spring and leading into the 2004-2005 television season according to John Hardman, svp, Kids' WB!, speaking to advertisers and media at the third annual joint Kids' WB! and Cartoon Network upfront sales presentation in New York.

Series Headline News

Cartoon Network Offers Five New Series

Cartoon Network claims it will broadcast more new episodes than ever before in its 11-year history more than 500 new half-hours, including five new animated series, new episodes of returning original series and new acquisitions. The new schedule was unveiled Feb. 25, 2004 at Cartoon Network's Upfront presentation to advertising executives and the media in New York City, during its pitch for on-air advertising buys.

Digital Headline News

Jakers Goes Hi-Def on New PBS HD Channel

On March 1, 2004, PBS will launch the PBS HD Channel, making PBS the first broadcaster to provide a fully packaged 24/7 channel consisting entirely of High Definition and Widescreen content. It will be available from local PBS stations that have transitioned to digital broadcasting, as well as through digital cable systems that have agreed to retransmit the digital signal of their local public television station.

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Cosgrove Hall Working On The Wumblers

Manchester, U.K.-based animation house Cosgrove Hall has started production on THE WUMBLERS, a 26x11 2D preschool series for Peak Ent. and The Silly Goose Co.

THE WUMBLERS is a heart-warming collection of tales featuring Bertrum, a young Wumbler, and his best friend, Raimundo, a Spanish-speaking snail. Laura Wellington, recipient soon of the New Jersey Business Woman of the Year award, created the series.

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Stripperella Takes on Radioactive Beaver In New Episodes

Spike TV premieres brand new episodes of STRIPPERELLA, starting on March 4, 2004 at 11:00 pm on the newly named cable network for men. The show, produced by, took a broadcast hiatus and is back with more episodes throughout March along with uncut, digitally re-mastered episodes of REN & STIMPY CLASSICS from Spumco at midnight.

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Krislin Nurtures Room To Grow CGI Special

Agoura Hills, California-based Krislin Co. has completed production on ROOM TO GROW, an all CGI half-hour special ready for broadcast and DVD release. ROOM TO GROW has been chosen as an official selection in both the Durango Film Festival and the East Lansing Childrens Film Festivals.

Wars Headline News

Star Wars: Episode III Villian To Debut On Clone Wars

Star Wars fans can catch a small screen glimpse of the next big villain to see big screen action in STAR WARS: EPISODE III, when General Grievous threatens The Force in the next 10 installments of Cartoon Networks STAR WARS: CLONE WARS, beginning with chapter 11 on March 26, 2004 at 9:30 pm. Subsequent chapters of the animated micro-series will air weeknights at 8:00 from March 29 through April 8.

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Johnny Bravo Special Lures Hollywood Cast

When do the likes of Alec Baldwin, Jessica Biehl and Don Knotts find they play second fiddle to another star in Hollywood? When one is a cartoon, with the self-appointed magnitude and ego of Johnny Bravo, in JOHNNY BRAVO GOES TO HOLLYWOOD, a 30-minute special premieres on Cartoon Network on Friday, Feb. 20, 2004 at 8:00 pm.

Series Headline News

Pink Pig Peppa Contender For Int’l TV Sales

Contender Entertainment Group (CEG) is tickled pink that its new preschool animated series, PEPPA PIG, has secured sales in seven key international territories in less than four months. The 52x5 series is also set to premiere on Channel Five in the U. K. on May 31, 2004 and will broadcast later this year on Nick Jr. in the U.K.

Comedy Headline News

Comedy Central Toons Up Odd Todd and Shorties Animated Series

Comedy Central has ordered eight episodes of ODD TODD, an animated series about the plight of a modern day, unemployed character named Todd and his struggle to make ends meet. Its based on the real life adventures of creator Todd Rosenberg, who made webisodes of his predicament.

Cartoon Headline News

Telescreen, Cartoon Saloon, Sniff Out Skunk Success

Following many suitors responding to the YOUNG SKUNK presentation at Cartoon Forum 2003, Cartoon Saloon has opted to team up with Telescreen as partner to produce a 26x30 series about a kung-fu-fighting skunk trying to protect a forest and his friends in China.

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Leno Plays Heroic Chin on Fairly OddParents

Late-night comedian Jay Leno is taking in on the chin in a very animated way, providing the voice of the Crimson Chin, a caped crusader, in THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS BIG SUPERHERO WISH, the first FAIRLY ODDPARENTS special, which airs in primetime on Nickelodeon at 8:00 pm on Feb. 16, 2004.

Series Headline News

WB Stakes Angel

The WB announced it has cancelled the BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER spin-off ANGEL after five seasons on the air. With nine episodes left in the season, the announcement was released early to allow "the show's creators time to wrap up the season appropriately." The cancellation doesn't spell the complete end of the character, which the network might give special movie events to next year.

Cartoon Headline News

Cartoon Network Matches Up Basketball Stars & Toons

NBA All-Stars such as Shaquille O'Neal, Steve Francis and Jason Kidd - will team with animated shorts about sports during Cartoon Network's CARTOON NETWORK NBA ALL-STAR SLAM, airing, Feb. 15, 2004, from 1-5:00 pm. The players will give Cartoon Network stars like JOHNNY BRAVO, THE KIDS NEXT DOOR and DEXTER tips on how to handle themselves on and off the court.

Game Headline News

Disney Launches First TV/Online Card Game for Jetix

On Feb. 14, 2004, Website and TV networks ABC Family and Toon Disney will simultaneously launch "Jetix Cards Live!," the world's first trading card game that is played concurrently on TV and online. Web surfers and TV watchers will have the opportunity each weekend during the channels' new Jetix action/adventure line-up to play. The online trading card game, with skill levels designed for a range of ages, was developed by the New Media and Technology team at ABC Cable Networks Group.

Animation Headline News

G7 To Take Margolis To TV

Internet superstar and celebrity personality Cindy Margolis, has inked an agreement with Gang of Seven Animation (G7 Animation) to develop an animated TV series based around her persona, with an adult-oriented premise intended to capitalize on the burgeoning late night adult, male viewing market.

Duel Headline News

Duel Masters U.S. Premiere 90-Minute Event On Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network will air a 90-minute special to introduce the new series, DUEL MASTERS, on Feb. 27, 2004 at 5:30 pm. The series will then air Saturdays at 7:00 pm, starting March 13, during Cartoon Network's Saturday action/adventure programming block. CN acquired the series from Wizards of the Coast, a subsidiary of Hasbro Inc.

Series Headline News

Sci Fi Gives the Go Ahead for New Battlestar Galactica Series

Upon the success of the networks mini-series, SCI FI Channel has given the go ahead for the production of a new BATTLESTAR GALATICA TV series. Based on the top-rated December miniseries, which was based on the 1970s TV series, the one-hour drama is scheduled to begin production on 13 episodes in Vancouver next month.

Trailer Headline News

Shrek 2 Trailer To Debut on NBC

NBC has announced that it will premiere the new full-length trailer for SHREK 2 during its broadcast of the original SHREK on Feb. 15, 2004. As part of sweeps week, the trailer will be accompanied by behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the 3D feature. The film hits theaters on May 21 after debuting at the Cannes Films Festival May 15.

Series Headline News

Batman Returns To Beginnings In New Animated Series

The caped crusader is returning in another animated TV series, THE BATMAN, produced by Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) for Kids' WB! and Cartoon Network.

This series picks up Batman's story in year three when the famed DC Comics hero is in his mid-twenties, just finding his way as protector, while balancing his public persona as billionaire bachelor Bruce Wayne. The new cartoon will feature a new range of experimental Bat-gadgets and amped-up Batmobiles and a theme song performed by The Edge from multi-Grammy Award-winning sensation rock group U2.