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Iron Man the First (and Cheapest)

Super Bowl fans who tuned in last Sunday solely for the commercials were treated to an “extended look” at the upcoming summer tentpole blockbuster Iron Man 3, on which Marvel ... Continue Reading →
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More Enduring Than the Average Bear

This week marks the 52nd anniversary of the premiere of The Yogi Bear Show on television, and it would seem that the smarter-than-the-average bear is busier now than he has been in ... Continue Reading →
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A Legendary ‘Calamity’

I am writing this week’s blog on the day that President Barack Obama is being sworn in for his second term. What has that to do with the Toon Trenches? Outwardly, nothing, except ... Continue Reading →
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Love Him or Hate Him, This Guy Changed TV Animation

At a time when yet another national fistfight…um, I mean, debate…is heating up over who is responsible for the horrific gun violence in this country, one of the usual suspects has ... Continue Reading →
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Hey, Arnold… Where Have You Been?

Not every successful animated series goes on to become an enduring classic. To put it another way, anyone remember when Rugrats was the hottest thing on TV and one of the hottest licensing ... Continue Reading →
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Iwao and Party Time at Disney

January 8th, 2013, just a little over one week away from my setting down these words, will mark the fifth anniversary of the sudden and tragic death of one of the industry’s most ... Continue Reading →
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A Bill Melendez Christmas

What would the holidays be without A Charlie Brown Christmas, which, believe it or not, premiered 47 years ago? And what would any Charlie Brown special be without the late, great Bill ... Continue Reading →
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Remembering Richard Stone

Some eighty years ago, after it was decided that cartoons should be heard as well as seen, the song scores in many cases became the driving forces for the shorts. An entire crop of ... Continue Reading →
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Yvette Kaplan Looks Back at ‘Beavis and Butt-Head’

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to come face to face one of the many, many people I knew only over the telephone, having conducted interviews with them from afar. In this case ... Continue Reading →
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Gene of All Trades

Some things stay with you for a lifetime. When I was a kid I read a Yogi Bear comic strip in the newspaper in which Ranger Smith punks Yogi by filling his enormous Christmas stocking ... Continue Reading →