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Totally Awesome: The Greatest Cartoons of The Eighties

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Totally Awesome! The Greatest Cartoons of the Eighties ($45) is the ultimate guide to 80s cartoon nostalgia, featuring the art, toys, and inside story behind icons like He-Man, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, G.I. Joe, and the Thundercats.

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. But for a generation of fans, it was truly, truly the most outrageous of times. The last decade for both a thriving schedule of network Saturday morning cartoons and a full complement of weekday syndicated programming, the 1980s saw a television animation boom like no era before or since.

The offerings ran the gamut from the blatantly commercial (He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, created after restrictions on children’s broadcasting were altered to allow programming based directly on merchandise) to the surprisingly unmarketable (Jem, canceled despite its popularity due to its failure to sell fashion dolls) to the utterly inexplicable (The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse, helmed by underground animation legend Ralph Bakshi and future Ren and Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi).

Andrew Farago, author of The Looney Tunes Treasury and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History, is the curator of San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum. As a respected cartoon historian and a child of the eighties himself, he provides an inside look at the history of the most popular cartoons of the eighties, as told by the writers, animators, voice actors, and other creative talents who brought life to some of the most enduring animation of the decade, along with some of the era’s forgotten classics (and not-so-classics).

Farago and a host of animation legends will provide an in-depth look at the most popular cartoons of the 1980s, from the first pitch meeting to the final episode. Featured cartoons will include:

-He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
-G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
-Dungeons & Dragons
-Transformers
-Jem
-The Real Ghostbusters
-Garfield and Friends
-The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse
-Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies
-Disney’s DuckTales
-Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
-Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
-Thundercats
-Robotech
-M.A.S.K.
-Voltron: Defender of the Universe
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Sidebars will explore trends in eighties animation, including adventures in licensing, celebrity-driven programs, second-generation characters, justly forgotten shows, and other totally radical cartoons! The book will be illustrated with the very best art from these iconic cartoons, including rare and never-before-seen sketches, cels, and storyboards.

The 160 page hardcover book will be released on October 18, 2016.

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The 40 Best Cartoon Characters of All Time

Paste Magazine thought it would be interesting to celebrate TV cartoon characters, young and old, that they hold dear. The magazine came up with 50 great ones like The Simpsons and Looney Tunes, but also tried to diversify the list. Who made # 1? Find out HERE. Are there any favorite cartoon characters of yours that did not make the cut?


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What If Cartoons Were Real?

Here are some artistic interpretations of what animated characters would look like if they were real people.

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Funko Announces Pop! Animation: Hanna-Barbera Figures

Hanna-Barbera is the latest addition to Funko’s Pop! Animation line! Look for Fred Flintstone, Barney Rubble, Frankenstein Jr. and Hong Kong Phooey to arrive in June.

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Australian Artist Unrellius Illustrates The Entire Cast of Futurama

Australian deviantART user Unrellius created a gigantic illustration featuring nearly every character in the entire cast of Futurama. The project took around 14 months to complete and you can check out a larger version of the illustration at deviantART.

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Phineas and Ferb Meets Star Wars In Special 2014 Episode

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The adventuring stars of Disney’s hit animated series Phineas and Ferb are heading to a galaxy far, far away: A special Star Wars-themed episode of the musical-comedy series is currently in production, announced at by show creators and executive producers Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh at Comic-Con International in San Diego. The one hour event episode will premiere next year on Disney Channel and Disney😄, placing the characters of Phineas and Ferb in the same space and time as the world of Star Wars.

Povenmire said, “May the ‘Ferb’ be with you and with all of us who for decades have dreamt of a chance to work with the great characters and stories of Star Wars.”

The episode’s story begins a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away — in summer. Phineas and Ferb are living happily on Tatooine, just one moisture farm over from Luke Skywalker. They love simply hanging out and creating new adventures under the twin suns, however, they find themselves thrust into a global rebellion when the plans for blowing up the Death Star accidentally fall into their hands.

Now that fate has suddenly pulled them into the fight for freedom, they must go in search of a pilot who can take them to the Rebels so they can hand over the plans. Complicating matters, Candace — the boys’ sister — has a Stormtrooper-like intent on “busting rebels” who chase Phineas and Ferb across the galaxy in hopes of retrieving the Death Star plans.

Meanwhile, back on the Death Star, Dr. Darth Enshmirtz, a low level Darth, has created a Force-powered “Sith-inator” that he plans to use against the Rebel Alliance. Agent P, working undercover for the Rebellion, is dispatched to stop him, but quickly gets trapped in carbonite. Then, things take a startling turn when Ferb is accidentally hit by the full blast of Dr. Darth Enschmirtz’s “inator” and becomes…an evil Sith.

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Beware The Batman To Premiere On Cartoon Network Saturday, July 13, 2013

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The Caped Crusader will return to television screens this summer when Beware the Batman premieres on Cartoon Network Saturday, July 13 at 10 a.m. (ET/PT) as part of DC Nation. Featuring cutting-edge CGI visuals to match the intricate twists and turns of the narrative, Batman steps out of the shadows and into the spotlight for an entirely new generation of fans.

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A cool, new take on the classic Dark Knight franchise, Beware the Batman incorporates Batman’s core characters with a rogues gallery of new villains not previously seen in animated form. Along with backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordswoman Katana, the Dark Knight faces the twisted machinations of Gotham City’s criminal underworld led by the likes of Anarky, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad and Magpie. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation (WBA), this action-packed detective thriller deftly redefines what we have come to know as a “Batman show.”

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Starring Anthony Ruivivar (Banshee) as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Beware The Batman boasts a stellar voice cast with JB Blanc (The Count of Monte Cristo) as Alfred and Sumalee Montano (ER) as Katana. Lending voices to the villains are Wallace Langham (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) as Anarky, Grey DeLisle (Green Lantern: The Animated Series) as Magpie, Udo Kier (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc.) as Mr. Toad, Lance Reddick (Fringe) as Ra’s al Ghul and Brian George (The Big Bang Theory) as Professor Pyg.

Beware the Batman is the latest series based on characters from DC Comics to be added to DC Nation, Cartoon Network’s programming block on Saturday mornings. It will be followed by Teen Titans Go! at 10:30 a.m. and joined by all-new animated shorts.

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Mickey Mouse Shorts

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Disney is going back to basics for its latest Disney Channel series, titled simply, “Mickey Mouse.” The shorts began airing on Friday, June 28, on the Disney Channel, Disney.com and other Disney-branded platforms.

19 new shorts will air this year and feature other iconic Disney characters, including Donald Duck, Goofy, Pluto and Minnie Mouse.

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Paul Rudish (Dexter’s Laboratory, Sym-Bionic Titan, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic) is executive producing and directing

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The new series will feature short adventures starring the company’s mascot getting involved in slapstick hijinks. In a deliberate attempt to get away from the modern look of computer animation, the new Mickey Mouse shorts will be done in traditional 2-D animation and feature a Mickey Mouse styled as he was in the 1930s.

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Adding to the retro style, the background designs are inspired by the look of Disney cartoons in the 1950s and ’60s, and it’s said that the production team is paying homage to other Disney icons along the way.

You can watch 4 of the most recent shorts below: Croissant de Triomphe, Yodelberg, No Service and New York Weenie.

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Marvel’s Avengers Assemble Premieres Sunday, July 7 on Marvel Universe on Disney XD

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Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, a new animated series reuniting some of Marvel’s most iconic Super Heroes—Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow and newcomer Falcon—premieres Sunday, July 7 on Marvel Universe on Disney😄 (11 a.m., ET/PT).

Featuring the team that took the world by storm in Marvel’s The Avengers, Marvel’s Avengers Assemble follows the action-packed adventures of the iconic Super Hero team, the Avengers, as they find a way to put their differences aside and work together to defend the planet from threats no single Super Hero could withstand. The world’s most dangerous Super Villains don’t stand a chance when the Avengers assemble.

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Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel To Premiere August 16th On The Disney Channel

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One of the Disney Channel’s most popular cartoons, “Phineas and Ferb,” will team up with Marvel’s most popular superheroes later this year in a brand new animated special. Titled “Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel,” the special will air on August 16th on The Disney Channel.

It is described as follows:

In Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor and Hulk stand powerless after being struck by Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s power-draining “inator.” Once the Marvel Super Villains – Red Skull, Whiplash, Venom and M.O.D.O.K. – find out that Dr. Doofenshmirtz is responsible for robbing the Super Heroes of their powers, they seek him out and together create mayhem in Danville. Meanwhile, Phineas and Ferb do everything they can to restore the Super Heroes’ powers before the evil villains take over the world.

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“This is a real Marvel Super Hero operation,” said Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel Television. “It’s an extraordinary opportunity for these two franchises to come together and create an adventure never before seen in the world of Marvel and Disney.”

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