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Valentine’s Day animation guide

This Valentine's Day weekend, February 12-14, animation lovebirds can watch a couple of Valentine-themed specials on Nickelodeon and ABC. Nickelodeon will air An Off-Beats Valentine's Special on February 12 at 8:00 p.m. and the 14th at 1:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Based on The Off-Beats, a series of shorts created at Curious Pictures by Mo Willems, which appear on Nickelodeon's animated sketch comedy show Kablam!, the special features four adorably hapless kids who are tormented by the Populars. "We've had the same team of independent animators and voiceover kids for the past four years, so everyone really understood their characters and was ready to jam," says director Willems about this first Off-Beats half-hour special. ABC offers the world premiere of Winnie The Pooh, A Valentine For You on Saturday, February 13 at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT). In addition, three Disney's Mouseworks cartoons will have their broadcast premiere in the half-hour that follows the Pooh special. The cartoons, Pluto Gets The Paper: Bubble Gum, Mickey's New Car and Maestro Minnie: William Tell Overture will be accompanied by the Winnie the Pooh cartoon GroundPiglet Day, an animated short about Groundhog's Day.

Meet Mo! Mo Willems led A Conversation with: Arlene Sherman and Abby Terkuhle in the September 1997 issue of Animation World Magazine. Read what CTWs and MTVs top execs, along with Mo, had to say about independents working in America.