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September 4, 2007
Kids WB! Fall Lineup Set
The Saturday morning Kids WB! block on the CW will premiere four new animated series when it kicks off its fall season on Sept. 22. Making their American network debuts, Eon Kid, Magi-Nation, Will & Dewitt and Skunk Fu! will be joined by new episodes of returning favorites The Batman, Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get A Clue!, Legion of Super Heroes, Tom and Jerry Tales and Johnny Test.

“From action and adventure to comedy and self-discovery, and animation styles running the gamut from traditional 2D to computer-generated and Flash-anime, the new Kids WB! lineup truly offers entertainment for everyone,” says Kids WB! senior VP and general manager Betsy McGowen.

The new lineup will kick off on Saturday mornings at 7 a.m. with rookie Will & Dewitt. Produced by Cookie Jar Ent., the show centers on an average kid with an endless thirst for adventure who finds a personal “life coach” in Dewitt, his shape-shifting, talking frog pal.

Magi-Nation will follow at 7:30 a.m. with the adventures of teenager Tony Jones, whose world is forever changed when he is mystically transported into a beautiful world far beyond imagination that was created millennia ago by a powerful race known as the Magi. Here Tony meets Edyn and Strag, two young Magi heroes in training, who help him battle the evil Shadow Magi with their vast collection of Dream Creatures. Produced by Cookie Jar Ent. and Korea’s Daewon Media, the 2D-aniamated series is part of a multi-platform entertainment brand that allows kids to interact with the characters and storylines online.

After an hour of Tom & Jerry Tales, viewers will get their first whiff of Skunk Fu! at 9 a.m. The series revolves around a skunk who is accidentally dropped into China by a wayward stork as a child and has to learn the ways of Kung Fu in order to defend the animals of the valley from an evil mountain dragon and his hench-monkeys. Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get A Clue! will follow at 9:30 a.m.

The 10 a.m. hour will get rolling with Eon Kid, in which an enterprising 11-year-old named Marty unexpectedly becomes the human extension of the Fist of Eon. Seemingly lost for all time, the Fist endows Marty with amazing fighting powers, but puts him at the heart of a centuries-old struggle between good and evil. Pursued by the dark armies of The General, Marty must undertakes a hero's journey into a world of battle-bots, bounty hunters, legendary warriors and humanoid bandits. The CG series is produced by Daiwon C&A Holdings Co., Design Storm Co., BRB Int’l and Manga Ent., and distributed by Starz Media.

Johnny Test will be back with new adventures at 10:30 a.m., followed by the heroic return of Legion of Super Heroes at 11:00 a.m. and The Batman at 11:30 a.m. Two more new series set to premiere in early 2008 are the eagerly awaited The Spectacular Spider-Man from Culver Ent. and World of Quest, an action-comedy based on the Komikwerks graphic novel series by Jason Kruse, and produced by Cookie Jar Ent. More information on Kids WB! programming can be found at www.KidsWB.com.

August 24, 2007
KID'S cartoon heroes such as Scooby-Doo were today branded villains for promoting unhealthy snacks.

Consumer watchdog Which? claim 10 top characters are being cynically used on the packaging of products high in salt, sugar and fat.

Their report reveals three-quarters of parents feel using cartoons like Spider-Man to promote sugary or salty snacks is "irresponsible".

Nine out of 10 parents also believe characters on packaging encourages children to demand that item.

Which? say: "Take two food items. One has plain packaging, the other is bursting with pictures of a well known character. Which will a child choose? It doesn't take a genius to know most will opt for the cartoon-festooned product."

Spidey was blasted for backing sugary Nesquik Chocolate Flavour Cereal, while Scooby-Doo Mini Pizza Breadsticks were found to be high in salt.

A Which? spokesman said: "The companies which own and use these characters need to review their policies."

Marvel, who own Spider- Man, said they did not have "a specific policy" on using their characters in food marketing.

Scooby-Doo owners Warner Bros said their characters were used "in a responsible manner".

August 23, 2007
Bon Bon Buddies adds Scooby-Doo
Over one million kids a week watch Scooby-Doo on TV. He’s a safe, trusted proven winner in confectionery. These Scooby Clip n’ Lick pops come in two zingy flavours, Apple and Raspberry and Lemon & Cherry, and have a cool key chain and clip so they can be attached to jeans, jackets or bags.

Bratz is the number-one girl brand, number-one fashion doll and with a new ‘live action’ Bratz the movie being released in the UK this year Bratz is here to stay! The Bratz Spinning Sprinkle pops come in two dreamy flavours Creamy Peach and Creamy Strawberry, and have a fabulous spinning action to coat the lolly with fun sprinkles.

Both products are sold is cases of 12 and are due in store from September 2007.

July 19, 2007
Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! - Latest Scooby-Doo Toon Gets DVD Release in October
Warner Home Video is bringing the first four episodes to DVD on the October 30th release of Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! - Volume 1. Besides the 88 minutes of cartoon fun, your $14.97 SRP cost gets you "Shaggy & Scooby-Doo's Crooked Capers", an interactive game that is the disc's only extra.

This CWKids show, which started airing in 2006, features long-time Scooby-Doo veteran (and original voice of "Megatron" on The Transformers) Frank Welker as the voice of Scooby. Shaggy is voiced by Scott Menville ("Robin" of Teen Titans), and although the show focuses on those two title characters, the first episode also sees Freddy, Daphne and Velma (voiced by Frank Welker, Grey DeLisle, and The Facts of Life's Mindy Cohn).

The first episode, "Shags to Riches," details how Shaggy's uncle disappears, leaving Shaggy mega-rich, with a spooky old mansion full of different inventions. The search for Uncle Albert continues in "More Fondue for Scooby-Doo!" and "High Society Scooby", the next two episodes where they learn that their enemy is the evil Doctor Phinius Phibes (voiced by Jeff Bennett, who will also voice "Prowl" in the upcoming new Transformers: Animated series next year). Finally, "Party Arty" has Shaggy and Scooby throwing a house-warming party at their mansion, but Dr. Phibes is intent on sending a robot to crash the party!

July 5, 2007
Scooby-Doo and Gang Solve Hollywood Mystery
After a four-year hiatus, the Scooby-Doo Case File series returns to the PC with Scooby-Doo! Case File # 3: Frights! Camera! Mystery!

Wussy canine Scooby-Doo and his timid owner Shaggy are hilarious as they reluctantly confront a headless stuntman who is terrorizing a Hollywood movie set. However, the software game isn't as carefully constructed as the previous two titles in the series.

Kids join Scooby-Doo and Shaggy, along with their faithful friends Fred, Daphne and Velma, as they arrive in Hollywood to star in a movie. The owner of the movie studio is frantic because most of his employees have quit after being terrorized by a headless stuntman. The studio owner solicits the young detectives' help in solving the mystery of the headless stuntman.

Kids direct Scooby and the gang's search through different movie sets and buildings to find people to interview and to hunt for clues. At six locations, kids find games to play. When they win a game, they earn a clue. For example, at one point, the headless stuntman whisks Daphne away and places her in a cage dangling high up on a movie set. To rescue her, kids need to place ramps, loop-to-loops, and other props in six numbered locations on some scaffolding so that Scooby can ride a motorcycle through to reach Daphne. The activity allows kids to test their solution by having Scooby try the course. If they are wrong, Scooby crashes with cartoonish explosiveness, but is unhurt.

Other clue-providing games include one where Scooby tries to gather Scooby Snacks from seats in a theater while the headless stuntman chases him. Kids will also play a maze activity, a puzzle-type activity about putting together a Wild West stage set, a multilevel chase game where you have to run, jump and climb over rigging to avoid being caught, and a matching game where you listen to audio clips of the characters you have met.

To move the game forward, you have to find missing movie reels. These reels are difficult to spot and kids may spend a lot of time just cruising through the movie studio — over and over again. Remind your kids to push the up arrow because some of the reels are only visible when you scroll up, not an obvious choice.

Another annoyance is that even on the easiest of the three levels, some of the games can be quite challenging for the intended audience. The controls in the maze game are so sensitive that you frequently run into a wall and end up stalled. Likewise, in the chase game, the headless stuntman is quite fast and may catch you the first several times you play. Since you have to win the game to earn the clue, kids will need perseverance.

A positive feature of this game is that you can play it several times with a different result. The game has multiple endings and clues, so replayability is high. It does an excellent job of teaching children how to use a chart to determine which clues apply to which suspects. Also, kids can earn printables to play with away from the computer.

Overall, this game isn't as polished as the previous installments, but, if your kids like Scooby-Doo, they will probably enjoy solving this mystery with him.
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