If you think you're a wacky enough cut-up to be on TV, get theeself to a Six Flags near you. Cartoon Network is teaming with the amusement park chain to ask, "Are You A Cartoon Network Kid?"
Cartoon Network cameras will pitch a tent at selected Six Flags amusement parks across the US this spring. Once there, they will conduct auditions to find kids who "embody the network's motto--fun, funny, and fearless."
Inside the area of each park, the network will set up an "Are You A Cartoon Network Kid?" staging booth where they will capture 10-60 seconds of young A-material. The kids who make the cut will be featured in original spots that will air on the network during prime time in May.
"This nationwide search is more about finding kids who can laugh like a hyena on helium, balance ...Read more
Most food and drink advertising to children promotes unhealthy choices, and the government should step in if the industry fails to improve the situation, an experts report said Tuesday.
"There is strong evidence that television advertising influences the diets of children" said Dr. Michael McGinnis, a senior scholar at the Institute of Medicine, which conducted the review.
Studies also suggest marketing can lead to higher rates of body fat, though more evidence is needed, said the institute, an independent, nonprofit body that advises the government.
The group called for a nationwide campaign to educate families about healthy foods, for national standards for food offered at schools, and for expanded industry guidelines to monitor the Internet and other nontraditional ad venues.
If industry efforts fail, Congress should force companies to advertise healthier choices, it said. US officials should monitor progress and update lawmakers in two years.
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Into the West
The Full Miniseries
The Steven Spielberg-produced epic miniseries Into the West aired this summer to rave reviews from critics and viewers alike. Made up of two six-hour films broken into manageable episodes, Into the West covers the period from 1825 to 1890. Two families struggle to survive and succeed as they travel from their homes to settle in the harsh, undeveloped American West. The compelling characters draw viewers into their personal failures and victories, set against a backdrop of accurately portrayed American history. Witness the shames and triumphs of life on the frontier, and walk away with a greater understanding of our nation's past.
This four-disc set includes the full miniseries along with special features, including interviews, cast profiles, deleted scenes, an Into the West family tree, a "making-of" featurette, a look at the use ...Read more
Dexter's Laboratory is the story of a young boy prodigy. Born with an extraordinary mind, Dexter has built his very own extremely high-tech and expansive laboratory in his room that NASA could only dream of. But Dexter has to keep his lab a secret for fear others will exploit it. Through out the years, Dexter has had to hide his lab from his parents and others but it is no easy task. All Dexter wants is to spend all the time he can inventing new things in his lab, but between his stupid and annoying older sister Dee Dee constantly barging into his lab and tearing up the place and his arch enemy and rival genius Mandark constantly tiring to take over his lab, Dexter's life is anything but easy. Dexter's Laboratory was originally premiered on Cartoon Network as part of the inaugural, Space Ghost hosted, "World Premiere Toons" before becoming a feature with two full shorts on the regular series, a.k.a. the What a Cartoon Show, it eventually became a series itself. Characters: Dexter - Dexter is the big guy here to spite his short size. Dexter's IQ is enough to rival his role model, Albert Einstein. Dexter is an impressionable little boy who loves action. He is always looking for a fight in his giant Robo-Dexter or against his rival, Mandark and when he isn't doing that or working in his lab, he is playing with his action figures or watching TV. You would be hard pressed to see Dexter outside unless he is doing some sort of experiment or fighting some sort of evil. But other than all that, Dexter spends all his time in his lab. Dexter is constantly working on something new and building on to the lab. So much in fact that he has some inventions he can't even remember making and there are parts of the lab he doesn't know anything about. Naturally, Dexter is the head of his class much to the dismay of his fellow students. Dexter is pretty much devoid of friends but he isn't really bothered by it. As long as he can work in his lab, Dexter lives on. Dee Dee - Dexter's older sister is a very happy and delightful girl. Being taller and older than Dexter gives her a sisterly edge. Dee Dee is one of the few who knows about Dexter's lab as she stumbled upon in when the both were younger. But Dexter does not need to worry about her spilling the secret as no one would believe her even if she did. Dee Dee lives in her own little world complete with unicorns, imaginary dragons, and talking ponies. Her room is a pink nightmare of stuffed animals and dolls that Dexter must avoid at all costs. So naturally, no one really takes her seriously. She is a dancer and a singer but insists on practicing in the lab and wreaking the place in the process. She also has some athletic skill in most sports. But behind it all, Dee Dee is actually a very caring sister who does truly love her little brother. Mom - Mom is a happy home maker who can't stand filth in any form. You will be hard pressed not to find her wearing her yellow gloves. She, like Dexter, wears them everywhere. Mom always has dinner on the table by the time Dad gets home and is always willing for a bit of "playing around" with her husband at anytime. She gets the kids on the bus in the morning and off in the evening. Just your standard work at home Mom who sits on the brink of insanity at times. Dexter seems to take after her with her hard work ethic and inability to stop once she starts. She works in the kitchen much like Dexter works in the lab and hates it when Dad drops in to bother her. Dad - Dad is the typical working man. He leaves in the morning for work and comes home in the evening for dinner. He loves sports and working with his tools. He is a handy man and handles most of the hard work around the house. He likes to mess around with his family, especially Dexter. He enjoys annoying his wife in the kitchen and giving her a playful little pinch in the butt. His constant attempts to get Dexter out of his room and into a uniform of some sort usually are forfeit. He is an outdoors man as well. He loves to fish and camp. Dad is a very laid-back guy. Dee Dee seems to take after Dad with his sports skill, his love of the outside, and his thrive at being annoying. Mandark - Mandark is Dexter's rival and he is totally evil. Mandark is on the same intellectual level as Dexter and has proved it many times. He also has his own lab in his room though it doesn't seem to be a secret as Dexter's. Mandark's lab is bigger and better than Dexter's and he never misses a chance to reminded Dexter of that fact. Mandark's #1 ambition is to shut down Dexter's lab thus making him the only genius around. Mandark is always looking for a way to outdo Dexter in anyway possible. Mandark also has a major crush on Dee Dee which is a point that Dexter exploits all the time. His parents are actually peace loving and hippies in a sense. He repents his parent's ways, but still is forced by them to do peaceful rituals when the time comes. Annie Awards: 1997 - Nominated, Best Individual Achievement: Voice Acting by a Female Performer in a TV Production - Christine Cavanaugh as Dexter. 1997 - Nominated, Best Individual Achievement: Producing in a TV Production - Genndy Tartakovsky. For episode "Hamhocks and Armlocks." 1997 - Nominated, Best Individual Achievement: Music in a TV Production - Steve Rucker and Thomas Chase. 1997 - Nominated, Best Animated TV Program. 1997 - Won! Best Individual Achievement: Writing in a TV Production - Paul Rudish and Jason Butler Rote. For episode, "Beard to be Feared." 1998 - Nominated, Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Television Production - Christine Cavanaugh as Dexter. 1998 - Nominated, Outstanding Individual Achievement for Music in an Animated Television Production - Thomas Chase, Steve Rucker and David Smith. For episode, "LAB-retto." 1998 - Nominated, Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Primetime or Late Night Television Program. 2000 - Nominated, Outstanding Achievement in a Primetime or Late Night Animated Television Program. 2000 - Won! Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting by a Female Performer in an Animated Television Production - Christine Cavanaugh as Dexter. For episode, "Ego Trip." Emmy Awards: 1995 - Nominated, Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming One Hour or Less) For episode, "Changes." 1996 - Nominated, Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming One Hour or Less) For episode, "The Big Sister." 1997 - Nominated, Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming One Hour or Less) For episode, "Star Spangled Sidekicks" / "TV Super Pals" / "Game Over." 1998 - Nominated, Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming One Hour or Less) For episode, "Dyno-Might" / "LAB-retto." Ending Theme tune: Into at your own peril, past the volted door where impossible things may happen that the world's never seen before In Dexter's Laboratooooryyyyy.... lives the smartest boy you ever seeeeeeen... But Dee Dee blows his experiments to smithereeeennnsss.. there is doom and gloom while things go booooom... in Dexter's Laaaaaaab...moreless