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‘Total Drama Action’ premiere is most-watched among kids

Cartoon Network’s newest animated series “Total Drama Action” premiered Thursday night as the most-watched program of the day on all television-broadcast and cable-among kids 6-11, kids 9-14 and boys 2-11, 6-11 and 9-14, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Below are comparisons of Total Drama Action’s premiere versus Total Drama Island’s 2008 premiere:

– Kids 2-11 delivery (1,714,000) increased by 81%, and ratings (4.2) by 75%

– Boys 2-11 delivery (1,144,000) increased by 103%, and ratings (5.5) by 104%

– Kids 6-11 delivery (1,347,000) increased by 85%, and ratings (5.5) by 83%

– Boys 6-11 delivery (946,000) increased by 101%, and ratings (7.6) by 100%

– Kids 9-14 delivery (1,163,000) and ratings (4.8) both increased by 140%

– Boys 9-14 delivery (859,000) increased by174%, and ratings (6.9) by 176%



‘The Penguins of Madagascar’ is a bonafide hit!

Nickelodeon’s “The Penguins of Madagascar” averaged 3.7 million total viewers and ranked as the week’s top kids’ show on all of basic cable with the repeat performance of “The Hidden/Kingdom Come”. The Penguins Saturday morning airing of “Little Zoo Coupe/All Choked Up” ranked as the number-one telecast for the week with kids 2-11 on broadcast and cable TV.

The show also ranked as the number-one animated series among total viewers for the month of May. Quarter to date, the show is the number-two animated show with kids, only behind SpongeBob SquarePants, and the number-one animated show with total viewers.



FOX’s Fall 2009 Animation Domination premiere date

Sunday, September 27 is the day to mark on your calendar if you’re a fan of FOX’s Sunday Animation Domination block of programming. Premiering at 8:00PM is The Simpsons, followed by the series premiere of Family Guy spinoff, The Cleveland Show. At 9:00PM we get Family Guy, followed by American Dad.


‘John Carter of Mars’ filming in Utah this November; lead actors revealed.

Disney/Pixar’s first live-action film, directed by Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL-E), will begin production this November in Utah — taking advantage of the state’s film tax credits, up to $5.5 million for the $28 million of work expected to be completed in-state.

The state is quite happy as it will employ over 400 full-timers for seven months in Utah, which means they’ll be paying to stay in Utah’s motels, eating at Utah’s restaurants, etc — thus contributing greatly to the local economy, all-the-while putting Utah on the map as a place to film Hollywood films.

John Carter of Mars is based on a series of books about a Civil War veteran transported to Mars.

Update: It was also announced today that Taylor Kitsch, who played Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine will star as John Carter, while Lynn Collins, who was also in Wolverine as Hugh Jackman’s love interest and currently stars in HBO True Blood, will play the role of Dejah Thoris, the Princess of Mars.



Pixar discusses UP’s deleted subplot

Early on in development, Carl (the old man from Up) was shown carrying a giant egg throughout the film. This subplot was eventually removed from the final film, however. But why was Carl, at one point, carrying this mysterious egg? Pixar’s Pete Docter, director of Up, has revealed the details to MTV Movies Blog.

“That was early on. We had the bird give birth to this egg, and Carl then felt like he needed to take this baby — it needed tending to, and needed to get home, get away from these awful dogs and things. [The egg] had a larger picture involved with Muntz. Muntz wanted the egg because it was this youth potion that made you grow young.[Muntz] was after the bird and all that; it was really interesting, but it kind of got more bizarre… it was an element that we dropped out from the story.”


‘Green Lantern: First Flight’ Q&A with Casting Director Andrea Romano

Green Lantern: First Flight, an all-new DC Universe animated original movie, is set for release July 28, 2009 by Warner Home Video.

For Green Lantern: First Flight, Andrea Romano has brought together a pair of voiceover novices in the lead roles, along with assorted veterans of feature film and primetime television, including an 82-year-old character actor whose screen appearances date back to Mighty Joe Young.

Romano has worked on a variety of animated shows including Batman: The Animated Series, Animaniacs, The Boondocks and The Smurfs.

Romano found a few moments to discuss the casting and performances of the voices within Green Lantern: First Flight.


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New photos of Disney’s ‘The Princess and the Frog’

In theaters nationwide December 11, 2009 with LA and NY screenings beginning November 25, 2009


Four more photos after the break.

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Comedy Central orders 26 episodes of Futurama

Good news, everyone! The Hollywood Reporter reports that Comedy Central has ordered 26 all-new episodes of one of the greatest animated shows of all time, Futurama. Now that Comedy Central has aired all the original episodes, along with the four DVD movies, they are hungry for more! The unusual number of episodes, 26, suggests that Comedy Central will air two, thirteen-episode seasons. The original cast and core writing team are expected to return. The show is currently scheduled to return mid-2010.


‘Monsters, Inc. 2’ all but officially confirmed

The rumors are all but officially confirmed as word on the street is that “Monsters, Inc. 2” is in development and will most likely be released in 2013. Pixar’s other upcoming sequels are Toy Story 3 (2010) and Cars 2 (2011). The news was revealed to attendees at the Licensing International Expo 2009. While they were told to keep things to themselves, the news quickly leaked to blogs around the web. Pete Docter, director of the original Monsters, Inc and Up, will return to helm the sequel.


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