Casper the Friendly Ghost
Casper the Friendly Ghost is the protagonist of the Famous Studios theatrical animated cartoon series of the same name. He is a personable ghost. Casper was created in the late 1930s by Seymour Reit and Joe Oriolo, the former devising the idea for the character and the latter providing illustrations. Intended as the basis for a 1939 children's storybook, there was at first little interest in their idea; when Reit was away on military service during the Second World War before the book was released, Oriolo sold the rights to the book to Paramount Pictures' Famous Studios animation division. The Friendly Ghost, the first Noveltoon to feature Casper, was released by Paramount in 1945 with a few differences from the book. In the cartoon adaptation, Casper is a cute ghost-child with a New York accent who inhabits a haunted house along with a community of adult ghosts who delight in scaring the living. Casper, however, is a nonconformist among ghosts: he would prefer to make friends with people, he goes out into the world, hoping to find friends.
However, the animals that he meets take one horrified look at him, scream: "A Ghost!" and run off in the other direction. Distraught, Casper unsuccessfully attempts to commit suicide by lying down on a railway track before an oncoming train, before he meets two children named Bonnie and Johnny who become his friends; the children's mother widowed and impoverished, at first is frightened of Casper, but welcomes him into the family after he unintentionally frightens off a greedy landlord, unwilling to own a "haunted" house, tears up the mortgage and gives her the house outright. The short ends with the mother kissing Bonnie and Casper as she sends them off to school, with Casper wearing clothing as if he were a living child. Casper appeared in two more subsequent cartoons, There's Good Boos To-Night and A Haunting We Will Go. There's Good Boos To-Night differs wildly from Casper cartoons: although the theme of Casper trying to find a friend and failing in these attempts before succeeding occurs in cartoons, the tone of this short turns remarkably dark when a hunter and his dogs appear, chasing the little fox cub named Ferdie that Casper has befriended.
Although Casper scares the hunter and dogs away, Casper discovers Ferdie dead after a harrowing chase scene. However, Ferdie returns as a ghost to join his friend Casper in the afterlife; these were adapted into Noveltoons before Paramount started a Casper the Friendly Ghost series in 1950, ran the theatrical releases until the summer of 1959. Nearly every entry in the series was the same: Casper escapes from the afterlife of a regular ghost because he finds that scaring people can be tiresome year after year, tries to find friends but inadvertently scares everyone, finds a friend, whom he saves from some sort of fate, leading to his acceptance by those scared of him. In 1955, composer Winston Sharples composed an instrumental theme for Casper's cartoons. Casper went on to become one of the most famous properties from Famous Studios. Casper was first published in comics form in 1949 by St. John Publications. After Harvey bought the rights to Casper and many other Famous properties in 1959, they began broadcasting the post-September 1950 theatrical Famous shorts on a television show sponsored by Mattel Toys titled Matty's Funday Funnies on ABC in 1959 which introduced the Barbie doll to the public.
The other Famous produced Casper cartoons had been acquired by television distributor U. M. & M. TV Corporation in 1956. U. M. & M. retitled just "A Haunting We Will Go", but credited "Featuring Casper The Friendly Ghost" as "Featuring Casper's Friendly Ghost". New cartoons were created for The New Casper Cartoon Show in 1963 on ABC; the original Casper cartoons were syndicated under the title Harveytoons in 1963 and ran continually until the mid-90s. Casper has remained popular in reruns and merchandising, Hanna-Barbera produced two holiday specials, Casper's First Christmas and Casper's Halloween Special, the Saturday morning cartoon series Casper and the Angels in the autumn of 1979, all on NBC. Featured on the NBC version was a big ghost named Hairy Scary. None of Casper's original co-stars appeared in the show; the Famous Studios version of Casper was scheduled to appear as a cameo in the deleted scene "Acme's Funeral" from the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Numerous Casper cartoons were released on home video by Universal Studios, which adapted the friendly ghost into a live-action feature film titled Casper in 1995, where he and his wicked uncles, the Ghostly Trio, were rendered via computer animation, which created the first CGI lead character in a film.
The film constructed a back-story for the character and is the only time in the series that the question of his death has been addressed. According to the film, Casper was a twelve-year-old boy living in Whipstaff Manor with his inventor father J. T. McFadden until he died from pneumonia after playing out in the cold until it
The Twisted Whiskers Show
The Twisted Whiskers Show is a Canadian-French-American animated comedy series based on the Twisted Whiskers greeting cards created by Terrill Bohlar for American Greetings. It began airing as the first program of the Hasbro/Discovery TV network, Discovery Family on October 10, 2010. 26 half-hour episodes of the CG series were produced by American Greetings, DQ Entertainment, MoonScoop Group and MoonScoop Entertainment. The series was aired in the United Kingdom on CBBC and on Finland's MTV3 Juniori. Canada Teletoon Goosers - A consummate yellow lab, loyal and trustworthy, he has to deal with protecting his owner Claude, or something the man holds dear, from some strange occurrence. Yawp - Although this feisty little puppy can't talk, he's not short on personality. Dander - A cat, used to "the good life," lives with a woman who works in politics and foreign relations. Anything outside his kitty cat world is approached with a naïveté. Seen with his pal, they are on a continuous saga to get back home after falling off a moving truck.
Dine & Dash - Two streetwise alley cats with matching black and white "prison" stripes, Dine is the fast talking leader and Dash the lovable dope. The two go to great lengths to get food from stealing to conning. Tiny Head - A full-grown tabby cat with a kitten-sized head, Tiny Head is an eternal optimist whose talking makes him oblivious to everything around him. Cutie Snoot - This little kitten has pink fur, appearing cute yet with an evil streak on her. Mister Mewser - A shut-in house cat with tuxedo markings who lives in a huge Victorian mansion, the fate of its owners never revealed. Seeing himself more as a sophisticated human, Mewser keeps mice as indentured servants and enjoys watching old Westerns. Broken Bear - A bear whose tagging by wildlife authorities placed him under the delusion that he was abducted by aliens; as a result, Broken Bear expects the aliens to return so he can be taken again and serve them as their leader. Cambridge Kitty - An alleyway psychologist, offering his scientific opinion to whoever comes for his guidance.
Flouncie - A large dog with a self-image problem and wants a playmate, seeing herself to be dainty despite being strong enough to unknowingly kill any unfortunate animal she befriends. Gasper - Tiny Head's pet gold fish and victim of his friend's unintentionally harmful tokens of kindness. Ird the Bird - A blue jay with a deep voice, Ird makes a cameo in most episodes and serves as an antagonist in some. Jack - An intellectual terrier with glasses, taking them off while in the presence of his owner. Sinister Squirrel - A crazy squirrel identified by a chunk of fur missing from his tail. Known as an enemy to Goosers and Ird. Smidgeon - He's Mister Mewser's little mouse butler, he and Mewser like each other more. Von Ripper - A shark-like guard dog with a silvery gray coat, a spiked collar and a mouth full of nasty sharp teeth, he serves as an antagonist most of the time. Zippy the Greyhound - This retired racing dog is shell-shocked from too many years on the track; the littlest sound causes him to bolt into something painful.
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Area 88 is a Japanese manga series by Kaoru Shintani serialized between 1979 and 1986. The story is about a young pilot named Shin Kazama and his experiences at Area 88, a mercenary air force base secluded in the desert of a war-torn country. Shin goes from head of his class at a world-renowned aviation school, dating the beautiful daughter of an airline president, to a mercenary fighter pilot bound to Area 88 by a three-year contract that he was duped into signing by a jealous and competitive childhood friend, he is determined to earn $1.5 million to buy his way out of the obligation and return home, killing becomes second nature to him as he rises to the top rank at Area 88. Overwrought with shame and self-loathing for what he has become, Shin begins to question whether he is still fighting for survival, or, like his fellow mercenaries, for the sheer excitement and camaraderie of battle. Area 88 was among the first three manga to be translated into English and published in North America, it has been adapted into a direct-to-video animated film trilogy in 1985, a 12-episode anime television series in 2004, a video game in 1989.
It is a brand of model aircraft in Japan. While it appeals to aviation fans for its realistic depictions of aircraft and aerial combat, it has been critically acclaimed for its strong character development and Shintani's poignant storytelling, combining action, tragedy and comedy. In 1985, the manga received the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen. Area 88 takes place between the late 1970s to early 1980s and is set in a war-embroiled Middle Eastern country called the Kingdom of Arslan; the war uses mercenary fighter pilots, with its headquarters at a secret desert air force base called Area 88. Up-and-coming airline pilot Shin Kazama gets tricked into signing up by his "friend" Satoru Kanzaki. Facing execution for deserting from Area 88, Shin reluctantly turns into a fighter pilot and attempts to serve his three-year contract. Area 88 attracts all kinds of people with all kinds of assorted and sordid pasts. Among the other mercenaries are Mickey Simon, an American who served as a fighter pilot in the United States Navy and couldn't adjust to normal life after his tour of duty in the Vietnam War.
Mickey becomes Shin's best friend at Area 88. Another familiar sight at Area 88 is McCoy, a greedy weapons dealer who sells everything the mercenaries need from toilet paper to their planes; the commander of Area 88 is Arslanian Prince Saki Vashutal, though his royal heritage means nothing there. Prominent on the base are war photographer Go "Rocky" Mutsugi, Danish pilot Greg Gates, the numerous pilots with whom Shin flies. Though the series focuses on Shin, other characters did have their own individual storylines. There are only three ways to leave Area 88: Survive three years, pay off a USD 1.5-million contract in bounties, or desertion, a capital offense. With each enemy plane brought down, Shin faces his shifting acceptance of the violence and killing that fills every day, as well as suppressing his feelings of wrongdoing. Area 88 is placed during the late 1970s, or early 1980s, although evidence points towards the latter in the OVA's case. First, during Act 1 of the OVA when the calendar in Shin's room is first seen, Shin marks off the date Wednesday, April 11.
During the flashback where Shin unknowingly signs the contract from Kanzaki, the date on the contract reads'le 29 avril 1979' or April 29, 1979. Based on the calendar marking, it is some point past 1979, the nearest year where April 11 falls on a Wednesday is 1984. Secondly, the OVA featured the F/A-18 Hornet, which entered service in 1983. From the OVA's conclusion it is reasonable to suggest the end date is sometime in early 1986, given Shin's term in Arslan. However, this is directly contradicted by a scene in the third part of the OVA in which we see a calendar in Shin's room during his discharge, on Monday, Sept. 22, 1982. It is more that the animators were in error, both about the days of the week, about the date of service of the F/A-18, they had made a similar error with the F-14 Tomcat in the second part of the OVA, depicting the F-14 in a bombing run over Vietnam, when the plane did not see actual combat and was not capable of air-to-ground attack until the 1990s. Each version of the Area 88 told different variations on the same basic premise, shared individual story arcs.
However, there are several key differences between each version in the endings. The original manga ending had Shin returning to Japan, but having lost all memory of Area 88; the English-language version published by Eclipse Comics was left unfinished and incomplete: Shin does not return to Japan. The rebels, operating unmanned fighter jets from a giant, mobile base - a "land-carrier" - have targeted Area-88 with a nuclear-armed, computer controlled drilling machine. Saki, has acquired an American B-1B bomber armed with nuclear weapons; the first three-episode OVA adaptation from 1985 had Shin return to Area 88 in his F-20 fighter while the Area was being overrun by a devastating massive force of anti-government Mig-21 jets. His fate and those of Saki, Mickey and some other pilots is left uncertain
Tensai Bakabon is a manga and anime series created by Fujio Akatsuka which began publication on April 9, 1967, in Weekly Shōnen Magazine. It is about the misadventures of a dim-witted boy and his idiotic father, the latter of whom becomes the central character; the official English name was Meet the Boneheads, but has since been favored for the more accurate The Genius Bakabon. Bakabon's Papa Bakabon's troublemaker father who steals the show and becomes the central character, his catchphrase is saying "Kore de ii noda" to someone when trying to get them to go along with one of his stupid plans. A typical episode plot involves Papa either being too stupid to perform a simple task or coming up with some crazy idea to accomplish a simple task asking for his son Bakabon's advice and causing tons of trouble, he was once smart but became an idiot after an accident. He is known for always wearing his trademark haramaki, his favorite food is octopus. Papa has become an anime icon in Japan and was ranked number 9 in a 2002 TV Asahi Top 100 Anime Characters list.
Voiced by Masashi Amenomori, Kōsei Tomita, Hisahiro Ogura, Arata Furuta. Bakabon A boy who enjoys causing mischief with his Papa. On the inside, though, he is kind and works a part-time job as a shoeshine boy to buy his mother a birthday present, he is known for not wearing pants underneath his kimono. At the beginning of the series he attends Bōmō Eggplant Elementary School, but by the fourth anime it has been renamed Bakada Elementary School. Voiced by Keiko Yamamoto, Megumi Hayashibara, Yoshiko Kamei, Miyu Irino. Hajime-chan Bakabon's younger brother, he is a child prodigy, understanding words immediately after his birth and being capable of explaining the Pythagorean theorem and Kepler's laws of planetary motion. His name means "beginning". Voiced by Takako Sasuga, Chika Sakamoto, Yukiji, Ai Nonaka. Bakabon's a graduate of Kuroyuri Women's University. Despite how much trouble and mischief Papa and Bakabon cause, she is mother, she is the only family member to have the same voice actress throughout the series.
Voiced by Eiko Masuyama, Haruko Kitahama, Noriko Hidaka. Rerere no Oji-san The Bakabon family's odd neighbor, named so for his tendency to say "rerere" when confused about the countless shenanigans in the series, he is always seen sweeping the street outside of his yard. He is bald, has a moustache but no nose, ears that extend off of his head, wears a yukata and geta sandals. Voiced by Ryūji Saikachi, Shigeru Chiba, Akira Ishida. Omawari-san The local beat cop, referred to as Honkan-san in the anime, he is gluttonous and fires his pistol at random. He is always wishing for a promotion, his notable features include his huge eyes drawn as connected into one eyeball, his underbite buck teeth, his one nostril in the middle of his nose. His official name from Akatsuka is Mentama Tsunagari Omawari-san. Voiced by Isamu Tanonaka, Kaneta Kimotsuki, Shigeru Chiba, Toshiyuki Morikawa. Unagi-Inu An unusual animal from the neighborhood, a cross between an eel and a dog. Voiced by Michihiro Ikemizu, Aruno Tahara, Kōzō Shioya, Takahiro Sakurai.
Dog of the Night A goofy dog who shows up during scene changes. Kumada-kun Bakabon's classmate. For the 4th anime he was renamed Osamu Tezuka-buto. Voiced by Rica Matsumoto, Kappei Yamaguchi. Honda-sensei Bakabon's headmaster. Only appears in the first anime. Voiced by Kōichi Kitamura. Nakamura-kun Bakabon's ill-tempered classmate. Only appears in the first anime. Voiced by Kaneta Kimotsuki. Sakura-chan Bakabon's girlfriend. Only appears in the first anime. Voiced by Kazuko Sawada. Iyami Originally from Osomatsu-kun, he only appears in the Rerere no Tensai Bakabon series alongside Chibita. Voiced by Kaneta Kimotsuki. Hatabō Originally from Osomatsu-kun, he only appears in the Rerere no Tensai Bakabon series. Dekapan Originally from Osomatsu-kun, he only appears in the Rerere no Tensai Bakabon series. Dayōn Originally from Osomatsu-kun, he only appears in the Rerere no Tensai Bakabon series. 4 bilingual Japanese-English volumes have been released of the manga as The Genius Bakabon. Four anime series have been produced, with the first two series produced by Tokyo Movie Shinsha and the second two produced by Studio Pierrot.
Tensai Bakabon aired for 40 episodes on Yomiuri TV from September 25, 1971, to June 24, 1972. Three years Ganso Tensai Bakabon aired for 103 episodes on NTV from October 6, 1975, to September 26, 1977. T
Sony Entertainment Television
Sony Entertainment Television is an Indian Hindi-language general entertainment television channel. It was launched in October 1995, is owned by Sony Pictures Networks India, a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Entertainment, which in turn is owned by the Japanese Sony Corporation. SET has been one of India's most popular television channels, having produced many iconic shows such as CID, Indian Idol, Boogie Woogie and Crime Patrol. A version for international transmission exists, known as Sony Entertainment Television Asia. Launched on 8 October 1998, it is based in the United Kingdom; the international version is available in several countries and regions, including Australia, Europe, Guyana, the Middle East, New Zealand, South Africa, Suriname and Tobago, the United Kingdom, the United States. Official website
Ratz (TV series)
Ratz is a Canadian/French animated television series created by France's Xilam studios, with joint production from Canada. The show stars two rats and Razmo, aboard the S. S. Wanderer, a cheese ship with no actual destination; the focus of the series is on the adventures of the two rats, including guarding the cheese, interacting with other stowaways and various ill-fated encounters with the crew. The rats themselves live in the hull of the ship in a lavish two-bedroom apartment. While being targeted at young children in France, the series has gained a small cult following of older ages in Canada, due to its original late night airing time slot; the French version features the voices of the comedy duo Éric et Ramzy, while the English version features the voices of Terrence Scammell as Rapido and Rick Jones as Razmo. Unlike most animated programs designed for a younger audience, Ratz has no moral resolve at the end of each episode; the show is notable for its positive portrayal of rats, unusual for Western and North American cultures, which give its fictional rats selfish and evil characteristics.
Of interest is the pure blend of traditional animation and 3D animation, the eclectic soundtrack by Hervé Lavandier. Ratz was titled Rapido and featured a chunkier animation style. An integral part of Ratz is the ratboard, a transportation device resembling a mousetrap with a jet engine strapped to the back; the ratboard provides the rats with speedy travel around the ship. Rapido is fond of his ratboard and enjoys challenging Razmo to races winning. Ratboards are used to reach otherwise inaccessible places, provide speedy rescues, move things by tether or to impress guests. Rapido is a jet set-wannabe with a huge ego to maintain. To get over his large self-doubts and low self-esteem, he acts in a condescending manner and boasts having personal connections to various celebrities. Rapido is a hypocrite, scolding Razmo for engaging in an activity secretly pursuing the same on. Rapido only has interest in himself and will not aide Razmo at all, unless the situation adversely affects himself, his interests include ratboard racing, celebrity magazines, house music, feeling important and wooing women.
Razmo is the stouter rat. He is a productive genius and mechanic, having invented the ratboard and being responsible for all mechanical and electrical issues, he is forced to perform all chores as Rapido never lends a hand. This has led Razmo to become depressed scarred and obsessive-compulsive. Razmo is childish, sometimes speaking to a plush toy and wetting the bed, his interests include playing stringed bass, counting the cheese and making friends. In the original Rapido short, Razmo had a Deep South accent. Oddly, Razmo is called "Ratz" on the blurb for the show in Sky programme guides; the crew of the S. S. Wanderer consists of three personnel: Benny Svetlana the engineer and The Captain. Neither of them is considered a villain in the series, though Benny is the one most enraged by the rats; the crew will return to their normal duties after brushing shoulders with Rapido and/or Razmo. Humorously enough, the crew's diet consists of cheese, which Svetlana hates and Benny is allergic to; the Captain is a Scottish veteran of the seas.
He is the only person. Over the years, he has gone from a rather serious captain to a rather goofy one falling into reverie or suggesting absurd courses of action during crises. All of his orders are directed towards the other two crewmembers. Svetlana, the Russian engineer, she is responsible for keeping the S. S. Wanderer afloat and is found in situations requiring her massive size and strength. Despite her role on the ship, Svetlana attempts to act feminine whenever possible, which isn't often, she is talking to or conspiring with Benny. Benny, the Japanese chef. Benny is the only one that will give cheese to the rats. Despite having five years of culinary arts under his belt, Benny is preparing soufflés or sushi for the rest of the crew, he is interrupted by Rapido and Razmo when he brings aboard a live animal to be slaughtered. Ratz has Region 2 DVDs out in France, containing eight episodes per DVD. An album, A fond les bananes!, featuring Éric et Ramzy, has been released in France. The show's theme song "Pas de panique à bord", the record's opening track, was a minor hit in France.
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Animax India was the Indian division of Animax Asia, a Japanese anime television channel owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment. This channel was a part of Japanese media conglomerate Sony, it was operated and broadcast from Singapore by Animax Asia and distributed by Sony Pictures Networks India Pvt. Ltd, it was the first animation channel that targets the age 15–25 demographic and was the only channel in India to simulcast anime in the same week and on the same day as Japan. A secondary feed for Pakistan with subtitling and Pakistani-specific advertising originated from SPN India. Animax ceased broadcasting in India and Pakistan on regular television and was replaced by Sony Yay on April 18, 2017. Animax Asia HD is now available in India only on Sony LIV digital platform. Animax began operations across India and the rest of Indian Subcontinent from 5 July 2004 with Irfan Pathan as a brand ambassador; this channel was a part of Japanese media conglomerate Sony. It was operated and broadcast from Singapore by Animax Asia and distributed by Sony Pictures Networks India Pvt. Ltd.
It was the first animation channel that targets the age 15–25 demographic and was the only channel in India to simulcast anime in the same week and on the same day as Japan. Animax India started with 12 hours Hindi feed that targeted young kids and teens ages 7–14 and it had planned to launch Hindi and English language audio tracks. From 15 August 2006, Animax shut down its Hindi feed and kept its English one, since it changed its target audience to the ages 15–24 group. In 2007 started airing live-action content like TV shows Tech Max, Game Max, Animax Press Play and Speak Out and movies like Spider-Man 2, Kung Fu Hustle and Hellboy. On 1 January 2008, Animax South Asia merged with Animax Asia's programming feed, including all of its exclusive premieres. Animax India rebranded its logo along with Singapore on 4 May 2010. Animax became the first channel to simulcast Supernatural. Continuing with the sci-fi shows, Animax aired Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles for the first time in entire Asia.
Animax aired Korean entertainment shows like Live Power Music, Pretty Boys & Girls and Comedy Boot Camp in Korean audio with English subtitles. Animax added American reality shows to their list with the premiere of Scare Tactics. Animax simulcasts the yearly Video Game Awards hosted by Spike TV. With the premiere of Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Animax stopped dubbing anime and started airing them in Japanese audio with English subtitles. However, Animax continued to dub a few anime shows like the second season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Animax continued to simulcast all the shows aired on its sister channel; the Shows Ghost Adventures and Fear Itself were aired on AXN India. In 2012, the channel stopped airing such shows and reverted to its old logo, focused only on anime. Moreover, all DTH providers in India delisted Animax as the channel couldn't pay carriage fees. Animax made its way back into the DTH networks in 2016 with its addition on Tata Sky at LCN 686. Animax ceased broadcasting in India on regular television and was replaced by Sony Yay on April 18, 2017.
Sony Pictures Networks has made Animax Asia HD available as live channel on its Indian digital platform, Sony LIV. An Animax branded Hindi feed block "Animax Kool Kidz" was launched on Sony Entertainment Television from December 5, 2004 in order to introduce the Anime content to a larger audience; this block featured shows like Astro Boy, Cyborg 009, Fancy Lala, Princess Comet, Princess Sarah, Princess Tutu, Tales of Little Women and UFO Baby. Animax Official Website