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April 22, 2008
Cartoons of All Time
Cartoons are a part of every child's life; the medium of learning and entertainment for young people and that animated mini movie that satisfies your every desire. For some persons, as they grew older they lost interest in cartoons, while others just never got tired of them. They have found serenity in watching them, no matter how old they are. I am sure you can recall the name or an episode of your favourite cartoon.

This article was initially written to highlight a Top 10 listing of the overall best cartoons. However, when it was time to collect the nominations for the top 10, mayhem erupted. It became very difficult to list 10 all-time greatest cartoons. The list was 'stretched' to 15, then to 20, then to 25, then to 30.

Click here for a list of the Top cartoons of all time and see where Scooby falls on the list.
http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/TeenAge/html/20080421T230000-0500_134812_OBS_CARTOONS_OF_ALL_TIME.asp

April 4, 2008
WHV Unleashes Volume Two of Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! on DVD July 8, 2008
Consumers can expect more high-jinks, thrills and laughs on July 8, 2008 when Warner Home Video (WHV) releases another entertaining volume of the hit animated series Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! on DVD. Titled, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! Volume 2, this delightful title features everyone’s favorite mystery-solving canine and his pal Shaggy who will entertain both kids and adults with a whole new set of adventures, mysteries, and fun. Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! Volume 2 will feature four 22-minute episodes from the television series’ first season. The DVD will retail for $14.97 SRP. Order due date is set for June 3, 2008.

Scooby-Doo and Shaggy are the superstars of this popular new show, as they hit the trail solving mysteries and fending off the bad guys. Their new adventures begin after Shaggy inherits a sizeable fortune from his incredibly rich uncle, Dr. Albert, which enables him and Scooby-Doo to upgrade the Mystery Machineso that it has the ability to transform itself into a number of other different vehicles. With the help of new Scooby Snacks, which have been mixed with a secret nanotech formula, Scooby-Doo finds he has special powers, one of which is the ability to fly. The duo along with their loyal robot servant Robi, embark on a mission to stop the evil plans of Phinius Phibes and save the world. On occasion, they run into their dear pals, Fred, Velma and Daphne.

Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! Volume 2 episodes include: Smart House, Lightning Strikes Twice, Don’t Feel the Animals, and Mystery of the Missing Mystery Solvers.

Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! made its debut September 2006 on the CW and quickly established itself as a favorite among young viewers. The show’s second season is now airing on Kids’ WB! The program consistently ranks in the top 4 of Kids’ WB! Saturday morning shows among children ages 2-11. “WHV is pleased to continue to bring forth new adventures of Scooby-Doo,” said Amit Desai, WHV Vice President, Family, Animation and Sports Marketing. He added, “While Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! continues to carry on the rich tradition of the world-famous cartoon, it’s also focused on keeping the characters fresh and contemporary in ways that will to appeal to today’s sophisticated young consumers. We think Scooby-Doo fans will enjoy making this title part of their home entertainment libraries.”

Important Information for Retailers

Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get A Clue! Volume 2 will be available on DVD for $14.97 (SRP). The street date is July 8, 2008, with an order due date of June 3, 2008.

Advertising

WHV will promote the release of Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get A Clue! Volume 2 with an online media campaign estimated to generate 10 million impressions.

The Basics

Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get A Clue! Volume 1

Street Date July 8, 2008
Order Date June 3, 2008
DVD SRP $14.97
UPC 014764397924
Running Time Approx 88 minutes

The Credits

Warner Bros. Animation has been producing award-winning original animation since 1930, when it released its first cartoon, "Sinkin’ in the Bathtub." Since then, Warner Bros. Animation's characters have set the standard for innovative, quality animation. Producing for network and cable television, online, home entertainment and feature films both domestically and internationally, Warner Bros. Animation is highly respected for its creative and technical excellence, as well as maintaining the studio's rich cartoon heritage. Warner Bros. Animation also oversees the creative use of, and production of animated programming based on classic animated characters from the Hanna-Barbera and DC Comics libraries. Warner Bros. Animation is one of the most honored animation studios in history, garnering a grand total of six Academy Awards®, 35 Emmy® Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Environmental Media Award, a Parents' Choice Award, a Humani
http://news.toonzone.net/article.php?ID=22641

March 20, 2008
The voice of Scott Innes heads to Dollywood!
Scott Innes has provided the voice to some of the most popular rides and attractions at theme parks around the world. His voice has been heard at Six Flags, Universal Studios, King’s Island and now…in Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tn!

The award-winning radio personality for WYNK Radio in Baton Rouge, La. He is also the voice to some of the most popular cartoon characters in the world such as Scooby-Doo, Shaggy, Scrappy-Doo and Hollywood Hal of the new Hollywood Hal & Rhinestone Al with the Wannabees childrens’ TV show (www.halandal.com) he co-created with his friend Jim Hogg. Innes will provide the voice of Ranger Roger, a Barney Fife-type character on the new $5 million River Battle Ride at Dollywood.

The River Battle Ride is a water-themed raft ride equipped with powerful soaker guns. Nine rafts each with room for eight passengers follow a 500-foot channel. As the Rafts navigate the waters, the battle begins as passengers, each armed with a soaker gun, take aim at each other and more than 100 targets along the way including talking animals, Beavers, Skunks, Otters, Bears, and more!

"I've been a fan of Dollywood since I was a young kid, I love Water-type rides and even more so, rides that allow both parents and children to ride together" said Innes.

The River Battle Ride opens Spring 2008!

For more info, see www.dollywood.com or email Scott Innes.
Directly from Scott Innes

March 12, 2008
Happy Birthday, Frank Welker!
Today is Frank Welker's birthday, and I would like to wish him a very happy birthday! Without him, the world of cartoons would not be the same. He has added so much life into so many characters...from Curious George, to Fred, to Megatron.

Frank, I would like to wish you the happiest birthday ever! My family and I thank you for all of the work you have put into each project to bring us such amazing characters. We truly appreciate everything you have done to make the cartoon world a happier place. Have a great birthday!
http://voicechasers.com/database/showactor.php?actorid=1059

February 20, 2008
No SpongeBob, Scooby Doo for children in China
The Chinese government has expanded its ban on foreign cartoons, such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Pokemon and Scooby Doo, and will not allow them to be shown during prime time hours.

The country's State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) says it will be instituting new rules starting May 1, which will ban foreign cartoons from all domestic cartoon and children's channels between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.

That expands a ban implemented last September, which lasted until 8 p.m. The new action will effectively erase foreign animation from Chinese primetime.

SARFT issued a statement on Wednesday saying its latest move "will create a favourable environment for the domestic cartoon industry."

Those in the industry fear SARFT may be slowly strangling foreign cartoon broadcasts.

Even cartoons produced in co-operation by domestic and foreign producers will have to get official approval to be shown in the "golden hours" slot.

SARFT released a report on Wednesday stating China made more than 101,900 minutes of animation last year, a 23 per cent jump over 2006. Officials say they are trying to stave off foreign competitors, especially Japanese cartoon makers.

Restrictions rising
Government authorities have spent the past few years tightening their grip on the film and television industries.

State-controlled television stations generally do not pick up Western shows. Last year, the government banned reality shows from prime time and urged broadcasters to show only "ethically inspiring" series.

Restrictions have been placed on TV talent shows as well as anything that touches upon horror, crime and the supernatural in film.

New rules have also been issued against overtly sexual content while material over the internet has been heavily censored.
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/tv/story/2008/02/20/china-cartoons-restrictions.html#skip300x250
Image: http://waf.eps.hw.ac.uk/images/WOW/scooby%20doo.jpg
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