Animation

When is Rudolph on TV 2015?

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer — Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 at 8pm ET/PT on CBS. In 2015, the classic 1964 Rankin-Bass stop-motion animation special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer airs on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 8pm ET/PT on CBS. RELATED: CHANNEL GUIDE’S HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING GUIDE (Description below from CBS) The special, narrated by Burl Ives, who is also heard as the voice of Sam the Snowman, is a musical story based on the popular song of the same title by Johnny Marks. It recounts the tale of a shy reindeer whose Christmas spirit is dampened because his shiny nose has made him […]

It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown
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It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown

For its golden anniversary, Charles Schulz’ seminal holiday classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas, is getting a bash so big that even persnickety Peppermint Patty would approve. In celebration of the 50th anniversary, Kristen Bell will host the jubilee, It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown, on ABC Nov. 30. Since the original Peanuts Christmas special premiered in 1965 — where a beleaguered Charlie Brown lamented the commercialization of Christmas, was persuaded to direct the annual holiday pageant, and then helped a scraggly tree find a little love — A Charlie Brown Christmas has become a yuletide tradition watched by families year […]

Nature Cat
Animation

Tally ho! Imagination runs wild with “Nature Cat” on PBS Kids

Brothers David and Adam Rudman have long worked on Sesame Street (David is Cookie Monster’s puppeteer and Adam is a writer), and they’ve created Nature Cat, an animated kids series for PBS inspired by their own adventures playing outside as kids. “We wanted to do Looney Tunes with a nature curriculum,” David says. “And we felt like that’s a great way to get kids interested in going outside and inspired to go out in nature.” Nature Cat (premiering Nov. 25 on PBS; check local listings) is about an exuberant housecat who goes outside with his animal pals to explore the outdoors […]

The Simpsons Lena Dunham
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Lena Dunham guest stars in The Simpsons Season 27 premiere

The Simpsons FOX Returns: Sept. 27 at 8pm ET/PT Where We Left Off: Season 26 (!) wrapped up. Then came word that Harry Shearer (Mr. Burns, Smithers, Flanders, etc.) was not returning to the voice cast. D’oh! What To Expect: Woohoo! Shearer isn’t leaving after all! And The Simpsons is renewed through Seasons 27 and 28, though this will evoke a big “meh” from viewers who gave up on it after Season 13. In the Season 27 premiere “Every Man’s Dream,” Homer and Marge have a trial separation and Homer begins dating a 20-something (guest voice Lena Dunham). Also this season Patty […]

Moonbeam City
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“Moonbeam City” shines with Rob Lowe, Elizabeth Banks, Will Forte and Kate Mara

Comedy Central describes the new animated series Moonbeam City as “an absurdist, retro-futuristic ’80s cop extravaganza” about an incompetent but attractive detective who does more harm than good. We’ll describe it as FX’s Archer meets Miami Vice. Rob Lowe voices Det. Dazzle Novak, Elizabeth Banks voices police Chief Pizzaz Miller, Will Forte voices Dazzle’s rival Rad Cunningham and Kate Mara voices Chrysalis Tate, the only capable cop in town. The entire pilot episode, “Mall Hath No Fury,” is available to watch on cc.com. Moonbeam City premieres on Comedy Central Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 10:30pm ET/PT following the Season 19 premiere of […]

Pickle & Peanut
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Jon Heder & Johnny Pemberton Talk “Pickle and Peanut” On Disney XD

Disney XD is taking a bold step away from the gentle and sweet territory of its usual brand into uncharted waters. Edgy waters. Waters swimming with … a pickle… and a peanut. Starting Monday, Sept 7, Disney’s slightly off-kilter sibling, Disney XD becomes home to Pickle and Peanut, an outrageously bizarre series created by Noah Z. Jones (Fish Hooks) and developed by Joel Trussell (Yo Gabba Gabba!). While chatting with actor Jon Heder and comedian Johnny Pemberton, who voice the tasty foodstuffs, the topic drifted from the Disney animated classic, The Aristocats to the super dirty comedy standard, “The Aristocrats,” […]

Shimmer and Shine
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Nickelodeon Preschool Series “Shimmer and Shine” Is Magically Cute.

You and your preschooler are invited to enter a vibrant and curious world where magic and wishes rule. Nickelodeon’s newest series, Shimmer and Shine, follows the adventures of twin genies-in-training as they grant wishes for their human best friend. When the wishes don’t come out exactly as planned, the trio must work together to turn their mistakes into success. “As a mother of two young kids, I see how important it is to help empower our children with an understanding of resilience,” says show creator, Farnaz Esnaashari-Charmatz. “Through the series, we help kids see that even though the outcome may […]

Animation

VOD Spotlight: Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle

Everyone’s favorite monkey is back! In Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle, George is asked to take part in a very important space mission, but a little “monkeying around” forces him to crash land in Africa. A worried Man With the Yellow Hat sets out to find George, while George bravely explores the jungle, making new animal friends along the way. When they reunite, the two friends have a memorable adventure with George’s new friends. Angela Basset, John Goodman, Frank Welker, Jeff Bennett and Alexander Polinsky provide voices for the movie, and the sound track of this fun-filled family […]

Animation

Here’s a look at the new Powerpuff Girls

Cartoon Network just released a first look at character artwork featuring Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup from the all-new series The Powerpuff Girls, a reimagined version of the favorite ’90s series, which was created by Craig McCracken and won two Emmy Awards. The new Powerpuff Girls is slated for a 2016 global launch, and is executive produced by Nick Jennings (Adventure Time) and Bob Boyle, creator of Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! Providing the voices in the series will be Amanda Leighton as Blossom, Kristen Li as Bubbles and Natalie Palamides as Buttercup (all pictured below). Tom Kenny will be reprising his role from the original series as […]

My Little Pony
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My Little Pony Challenges American Pharaoh in The Belmont Stakes

Ooooh, those Ponies! They may be sweet, who knew that beneath their Cutie Marks live the hearts of fierce competitors? (I know that hearts are not located in pony haunches, but go with me on this.) The four-legged crew of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic have their eyes on the prize of the 2015 Belmont Stakes and while I know nothing about the sport of Animated Pony Racing, but I do know the voracity of MLP fans. If there’s any way fan support equates to victory, I’d place my bets on the Bronies!   We know that MLP would […]