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April 17, 2009
Warner Bros. Animation Celebration
Animation creators, celebrities and fans gathered to witness the unveiling of the brand new Warner Bros. Animation mural in Burbank, California. The event was open to the public and attended by over five hundred Burbank residents and Warner Bros. employees, along with their families. The mural, which faces the corner of Olive and Pass, has been a staple of the studio for over fifteen years but has never been updated until now. CBR News attended the event to get a first hand report on the festivities.

The event was held on the back-lot, underneath the mural itself. The scene resembled a carnival, with different booths set up for children including face painting and “Batman: The Brave & The Bold” character designer Lynell Forstall drawing pictures for the kids. The Batmobile from the Tim Burton Batman films was a centerpiece along with the Mystery Mobile from “Scooby Doo.” Beneath the mural, which was covered by a giant white sheet, stood a stage and podium where the presentation would take place, and where Peter Roth, President of Warner Bros. Television, welcomed the excited crowd.

Warner Bros. Studios has been producing animation for almost eighty years, beginning with 1930’s black and white short, “Sinkin’ in the Bath Tube.” Since then, the company has earned six Academy Awards, thirty-five Emmy Awards and one Peabody Award. WB’s animation division includes some of the most beloved characters in cartoon history, including the Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbara and DC Comics catalog of characters.

Roth spoke to the crowd about the importance of these characters and their representations on the mural. “Warner Bros. Animation and family of now classic Looney Tune, Hanna-Barbara and DC Comics characters have evolved to a cherished part of our culture here at Warner Bros., and the mural you are about to see represents the studio’s rich heritage and brings together the past and the present from Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman to Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny and Scooby Doo among many others.”

Read the full article here.

April 2, 2009
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Announces Scooby-Doo! First Frights
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announces Scooby-Doo! First Frights, the videogame that will be the complement to the upcoming Warner Premiere release. This action-adventure game lets players take on the role of young Scooby-Doo and teenage versions of the newly formed Mystery, Inc. crew to solve their very first cases. The game will be released on the Wii, Nintendo DS and PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system in fall 2009.

In Scooby-Doo! First Frights, developed by Torus Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, players put their sleuthing skills to the test solving puzzles, combating enemies and collecting clues before unmasking each mysterious villain. After solving each mystery, players can use unlockable character costumes for Scooby-Doo, Fred, Velma, and the rest of the gang to access new areas in every level.

“We are taking the family friendly Scooby-Doo brand to a new level in gaming with a twist on the fan favorite characters,” said Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President, Development and Production, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “And as a mother, I’m really excited to finally have a Scooby-Doo game that I can play with my son.”

Since 2001, Scooby-Doo videogames have sold more than 3.5 million copies in North America alone. Scooby-Doo! First Frights brings fans more of what they love with exciting environments, innovative gameplay and graphics that take full advantage of each console. Co-op play is made easy by allowing players to jump in or out of the game at any time.
Image: http://www.gamespot.com/wii/action/scoobydoofirstfrights/images/0/3/?tag=thumbs_below;th

January 29, 2009
Scott Innes' New Book
Scott Innes has a new book coming out in mid-March 2009. The title of the book is "Cartoons & Country Music- My life in the shadow of a dog". To get more information on this book, go to Scott's blog.
Scott Innes

November 24, 2008
FOX Replaces Cartoons with Infomercials
Those used to waking up to Saturday-morning cartoons on FOX will be disappointed come the new year. With the network and 4Kids ending their programming agreement in late December, FOX will be filling two full hours with infomercials each Saturday morning. While this is common practice on many cable outlets, it's extremely rare for a major network, according to Daily Variety.

FOX and 4Kids are settling a legal issue pertaining to their long-running agreement, under which 4Kids bought $20 million worth of time on the network to broadcast such popular animated shows as The Spectacular Spider-Man, Shaggy and Scooby-Doo Get A Clue! and Tom and Jerry Tales, Chaotic and Viva Piñata. 4Kids also launched a block on The CW in October of 2007, and will continue to supply programming to the fairly new channel that rose from the ashes of The WB.

Dubbed “Weekend Marketplace” the block of long-form commercials will air from 10 a.m. to noon each Saturday on 95% of FOX affiliates. Those affiliates will also get two hours to program themselves with the absence of cartoons. Since the children’s TV market has fallen on hard times, FOX has no alternative for packaged entertainment programming, especially one that will pay what 4Kids has been. That arrangement reportedly fell apart when 4Kids insisted that it was owed a $13 million refund, which FOX refused to pay.

November 6, 2008
Panini rolls out Scooby sticker packs
Leaving the comforts of Coolsville, Scooby and the gang embark on an exciting trip around the world. Along the way they'll learn about Gods in Greece, solve puzzles in Paris, samba in South America and even meet Martians on the Moon!!

There are 204 stickers to collect including 36 special stickers.
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