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Stargate Infinty, TMNT and the rest of the "Fox Box" official details

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  1. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

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    Introducing…FOX BOX4Kids Entertainment Launches
    An All-New Kind Of Kids Broadcast NetworkStarting September 14, 2002
    FOX BOX OVERVIEW:
    Beginning Sept. 14, Saturday morning kids TV takes on a whole new shape…
    Introducing…FOX BOX, an excitement-filled Saturday morning kids network from
    4Kids Entertainment, the company responsible for some of the biggest names
    in children's television. The powerhouse behind such mega successes as
    POKÉMON and YU-GI-OH!, 4Kids enters the kids network arena as a company
    committed to quality programs – and a company that knows what kids like.
    Backed by the support of a multi-million dollar tune-in marketing campaign,
    FOX BOX debuts with an unprecedented commitment to original programming,
    unmatched by any other kids network. Inside FOX BOX awaits the best in
    action adventure, fun and surprises -- including such high-profile
    programming as an all-new TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (launching first
    quarter, 2003) and an animated series based on the ever-popular video game
    superstar KIRBY. These exciting programs – combined with an original,
    non-repeat strategy – will make FOX BOX Saturday morning appointment viewing
    for kids of all ages.
    Supporting the launch of FOX BOX is a comprehensive marketing campaign that
    combines on-air spots on broadcast and cable television – that will continue
    to drive tune-in throughout the year. Plus, in the two weeks leading up to
    the network’s launch, leading retailer Toys “R” Us will distribute to one
    million kids an actual “Fox Box” filled with video sneak peaks and a CD-ROM
    filled with fun and games that capture the excitement that awaits them with
    the debut of FOX BOX this Fall.
    Complementing the broadcast network is www.FoxBox.tv, offering kids a daily
    destination for games, show info, movie and video game previews, sweepstakes
    and all sorts of FOX BOX fun.
    This fall, 4Kids Entertainment puts quality original programming and
    non-stop promotional fun all inside the box…FOX BOX!FOX BOX SCHEDULE:
    Introducing the FOX BOX 2002-03 Season:
    8:00-8:30AM:STARGATE INFINITY
    8:30-9:00AM:ULTRAMAN TIGA
    9:00-9:30AM: KIRBY
    9:30-10:00AM:ULTIMATE MUSCLE
    10:00-10:30AM: ULTRAMAN TIGA*(Through Q4-2002)
    TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES(Launches Q1-2003)
    10:30-11:00AM:ULTIMATE MUSCLE*
    11:00-11:30AM:KIRBY *
    11:30AM-12:00PM:FIGHTING FOODONS
    * Note: KIRBY, ULTRAMAN TIGA and ULTIMATE MUSCLE will air non-repeating
    episodes within each Saturday’s FOX BOX.
    FOX BOX SERIES DESCRIPTIONS:
    8:00AMSTARGATE INFINITY
    Action meets education in an animated series based on MGM's successful
    sci-fi movie and television franchise "Stargate." A portal to the far
    reaches of the universe, Stargate is trespassed upon by Draga, a mysterious
    creature escaping a sinister alien race. Now, Stargate Command must get the
    beguiling Draga back to her home planet while evading capture by sinister
    alien soldiers as well as bounty hunters from Earth. By weaving scientific
    facts and lessons into each storyline, STARGATE INFINITY is fully compliant
    with the FCC Children's Television Act. FOX BOX will supplement the series
    with in-school study guides. STARGATE INFINITY reunites the team
    responsible for such acclaimed educational programming as the
    multi-award-winning "Captain Planet" and "Where on Earth is Carmen
    Sandiego?," the first Emmy Award-winning FCC-friendly series. (13 episodes)
    8:30AM & 9:30AM—non repeating episodes
    ULTRAMAN TIGA
    Everyone has a favorite superhero. But sometimes, when the going gets
    tough, "super" is just not enough. And that's when you need "ultra" – as in
    Ultraman – the most popular action hero in Japan for over three decades.
    Now, FOX BOX brings this proven ratings winner to America in all-new
    adventures featuring the giant-sized Ultraman and the Global Unlimited Task
    Squad (GUTS), a team of super peacekeepers who defend Earth from evil
    creatures of all shapes and sizes. But even GUTS' advanced weapons and
    futuristic technology are useless against a new breed of mega-monsters
    threatening mankind in the year 2049. That's when Ultraman transforms from
    his human identity to save the day! (52 episodes)
    9:00AM & 11:00AM—non repeating episodes
    KIRBY
    Making his broadcast debut is one of most popular kids’ characters ever, the
    video game superstar KIRBY, following hot on the heels of 15 video game
    hits, including the popular Super Smash Bros. Melee™ for Nintendo Gamecube™.
    On a dark day in Dream Land, a spacecraft falls from the sky. Inside is a
    pink, round creature named Kirby. Could this possibly be the legendary hero
    from the stars here to battle the strange creatures that have suddenly
    appeared? The villagers sure hope so! Little do they know that Kirby is
    actually the last of the great Warpstar heroes, and it's his destiny to
    thwart a much more sinister force working its will through King Dedede. How
    can the little pink powerhouse stop them? By using his unique copy ability,
    Kirby takes in his opponents’ attacks and gives them back a taste of their
    own medicine. This distinctive power is the inspiration behind the show's
    tagline: "Kirby -- Right Back at Ya!" (52 episodes)
    9:30AM & 10:30AM—non repeating episodesULTIMATE MUSCLE
    Nothing captures the attention of boys quite like wrestling -- and ULTIMATE
    MUSCLE is wrestling at its most radical! ULTIMATE MUSCLE pits the powerful
    but cowardly Kinnikuman in an intergalactic slam-a-rama of fast-paced
    excitement and far-out fun. With earth threatened by a sinister and
    oh-so-muscular band of space baddies, an interplanetary cry for help goes
    out for a hero to fight off these ne’er do-wells. Reluctantly and
    accidentally answering the call: Kinnikuman, who must somehow find the
    courage to compete in a wrestling tournament like none before. In the other
    corner: hundreds of the most diverse and powerful super-wrestlers that the
    cosmos has to offer. Oh, yeah, the fate of the universe is at stake, of
    course! Only one outcome's for sure: ULTIMATE MUSCLE will turn up the
    action and the laughter. (52 episodes)
    10:00AM(Beginning 1st Quarter 2003)
    TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
    The billion-dollar phenomenon of the late-80s and early-90s returns first
    quarter 2003... But no one's ever seen TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (TMNT)
    animated action like this. Meet the Supreme Green Fightin' Machine in an
    all-new way! Accidentally mutated by strange glowing green ooze in the
    sewers of New York City, and trained to become masters of the martial arts,
    the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES are ready to do battle with the crazed
    Shredder and a legion of formidable foes. But if you think you know the
    TMNT story, think again! With incredible martial arts action,
    laugh –out-loud humor and the coolest reptiles you're ever going to meet,
    it's a whole new spin on a television classic. Get ready for the phenomenon
    to return... Get ready for TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES! (26 episodes,
    debuting in the first quarter of 2003)
    11:30AMFIGHTING FOODONS
    It's French fries vs. pizza! Spaghetti and meatballs vs. peanut butter and
    jelly! Pork fried rice vs. chicken chow mein! We're talking rude food with
    attitude! FIGHTING FOODONS is the wackiest comedy adventure ever. It all
    starts when the secret art of culinary combat is developed. Foods transform
    into monsters, and they do battle for more than just good Zagat ratings.
    But when the world's greatest chefs are kidnapped by the evil Don Cook, a
    young apprentice sets off to rescue his father by whipping up some kitchen
    creations of his own. A tasty action adventure with more than a dash of
    humor and suspense, FIGHTING FOODONS is the perfect recipe -- for fun and
    outrageousness! Kids will never look at food the same way again. And next
    time Mom says to finish your dinner, you’d better listen…before it finishes
    you! (26 episodes)
    TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
    4Kids Entertainment and Mirage Licensing, the holder of the rights to
    TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, have teamed to produce twenty-six (26)
    episodes of a new animated TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES television series --
    all for broadcast exclusively on FOX BOX beginning first quarter 2003.
    The TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES were created in May 1984 when Peter Laird
    and Kevin Eastman published a 40-page black-and-white comic book. The
    original Ninja Turtles animated series debuted in 1987.
    TMNT was the No. 1 children’s television show throughout the late 1980s and
    early 1990s, sparking a massive invasion of TMNT mania that is all ready to
    burst upon the scene with a whole new generation of fans.
    “In reintroducing the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, I am pleased to say that
    4Kids will be going back to its comic book roots,” said Peter Laird,
    co-creator of the Turtles. “We anticipate that the new Ninja Turtles series
    will contain the same irreverent contemporary humor and compelling action
    sequences that the Turtles are famous for, updated for the 21st century.”KIRBY
    KIRBY, Nintendo’s pink powerhouse, bounces onto US television airwaves this
    fall on FOX BOX. Nintendo of America once again is teaming up with 4Kids
    Entertainment to produce a Kirby animated television series to be broadcast
    Saturday mornings starting Sept. 14, 2002 on the FOX BOX block programmed by
    4Kids.
    In the KIRBY cartoon series, the well-rounded video game character uses his
    famous copy ability to take what his opponents dish out and send it back at
    them. Kirby’s unique power is the inspiration for the show’s tagline,
    “Kirby – Right Back at Ya!” During the course of the series, Kirby will be
    transformed into Fire Kirby, Sword Kirby, Block Kirby and more.
    Kirby, one of the most widely recognized video game characters in the world,
    has appeared in 15 Nintendo video games to date, including the popular Super
    Smash Bros. Melee™ for Nintendo GameCube™. More than 20 million Kirby games
    have been sold worldwide since his debut a decade ago in Kirby’s Dream Land®
    for Nintendo’s Game Boy®. Nintendo will launch a new Kirby action game for
    Game Boy Advance this fall and a Nintendo GameCube™ game is already under
    development.
    ”KIRBY’s television debut marks the natural progression for a Nintendo
    character that has remained strong and popular around the world,” says Gail
    Tilden, vice president, network marketing, Nintendo of America Inc. “4Kids’
    new Saturday morning kids network on Fox, combined with its brand-building,
    licensing, programming and production expertise, makes it the perfect
    partner for Kirby. We’re tickled pink!”
    The KIRBY entertainment initiative originated in Japan under the guidance of
    Warpstar, a joint venture company formed by Nintendo Co., Ltd. And Hal
    Laboratories. Warpstar is responsible for developing the Kirby animation
    series and managing the property worldwide. The television series debuted in
    October in Japan on the CBC network.
    STARGATE INFINITY
    This fall on FOX BOX, the animated action/adventure Stargate Infinity
    continues the saga of the men and women of Stargate Command as they travel
    the universe using the extraordinary powers of the mysterious Stargate
    portals. Stargate Infinity is the story of veteran Stargate explorer Major
    Gus Bonner and a group of young Air Force Academy cadets. Wrongly accused
    of treason, they must flee across the universe, pursued by a ferocious new
    alien enemy. They must find a way to clear their names and to protect the
    mysterious Draga a strange alien being who may be the key to unlocking the
    ultimate secrets of the Stargates and of the Ancients who built them.
    DIC Entertainment produces STARGATE INFINITY, the kids Saturday morning
    animation series based on the highly successful Stargate franchise from MGM
    Studios. STARGATE INFINITY is inspired by the $200 million* grossing 1994
    blockbuster film Stargate, and the wildly-popular spin-off live-action
    television series Stargate SG-1. Starring Richard Dean Anderson, Stargate
    SG-1 just entered its sixth season on the Sci-Fi network. Now the franchise
    hyper-blasts into totally new universe of adventure with the animated
    cartoon STARGATE INFINITY.
    STARGATE INFINITY is FOX BOX’s educational series complying with the FCC’s
    call for more responsible, instructional kids entertainment. STARGATE
    INFINITY has answered the FCC’s mandate with episodes addressing topics of
    history and science, all the while using the STARGATE INFINITY format to
    educate as well as entertain. A full licensing program is planned through
    MGM Consumer Products.
     
  2. Jason Seaver

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    Un-frelling-believable.

    Remember when Fox (and WB, for that matter), had Saturday mornings packed with new, cool cartoons ("Eek!stravaganza", "Batman", "Earthworm Jim", "Taz-Mania", "Mad Jack")? It was only about five-ten years ago. Heck, even CBS and ABC wer occasionally doing cool things back then, with "Project GeeKeR", "Tales From The Cryptkeeper", and "Bump In The Night".

    Now, the networks have basically rented their SatAM schedules out because they can't compete with Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. Sure, some of the stuff here may turn out interesting, and I know that I'm about three times the age of their intended audience, but this just looks like confirmation that all of the interesting animation work in the US is either happeneing in features or on cable; the networks are just complete non-factors.
     
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    A few years ago NBC, ABC and Fox all had saturday morning cartoons. They used to even do a night special before the new season to preview all the new shows. Now most of it is on cable. Glad to see TMNT coming back and SG Infinity is one im looking forward to. :)

    capt
     
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  5. Jeff Kleist

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    I know SG: Infinity is going to suck

    I remember the Saturday Morning preview specials, that used to be great. Back when Saturday Morning was the greatest time of the week

    StarStuff and The Candy Apple News Company (later it was the live action "Photon" laser tag ripoff show) at 6 and 6:30, Courageous Cat at 7, Starcom at 7:30, Shirt Tales at 8, Snorks at 8:30, Smurfs, then later Garfield & Friends at 9, Saturday Supercade (1 hour, Pac-Man, Q-Bert, Space Ace et al) then Real Ghostbusters at 10, 10:30 I'm not recalling, but at 11 there was Dungeons & Dragons, the Laser Tag show I never got to watch, and a whole host of others
     
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    I'm looking forward to TMNT and Ultimate Muscle. Ultimate Muscle is based on those small rubber toys in the 80's, right?

    ~T
     
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    Nah the Super Mario cartoons were the best

    so was

    He-man-Finally anew show is coming
    Voltron
    Thundercats
    GI Joe
    Transformers
    Sliver Hawks
    Centurians

    and a bunch others i know im probably forgeting :)

    capt
     
  9. Jeff Kleist

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    But those were all weekday strip shows, not Saturday Morning

    Centurians was badass, along with the other usual suspects

    Man, I loved that Pole Position theme song, I'd love to see it again. "Pole Posishuuuun Sit back and watch them go!"
     
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    I'm going to watch Stargate: Infinity even if it does suck.
     
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    Philadelphia area Saturday mornings ruled because of the non-network lineup. Like Jeff said, we had "The Candy Apple News Company" and "Starstuff" on Channel 10.
    (In regards to the latter, how can you not love a show where a kid, who is talking to a girl in the future on a space station via his Apple II, makes her feel better by saying, "Let's watch some Laurel and Hardy shorts!")

    Channel 3 had, in addition to "Courageous Cat" ("Minute! Hand me my anti-villian escape gun!") the Filmation "Flash Gordon" - independent of the network schedule, I believe. Great stuff, even if I could never catch all the episodes in any sort of order.

    While they weren't my favorite, I will give my respect to Channel 6's "Chief Halftown [sp] and Friends" and "Captain Noah and His Magical Ark".

    Aaron Thomas
    Did CBS nationally keep putting "CBS Storybreak" back on the schedule every couple of years, or was that just Channel 10?
     
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    It stayed on pretty continuously, but it jumped timeslots a lot. The Portland, ME station stopped at noon, and "Storybreak" was on at noon for about half its run.
     
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    >>Now, the networks have basically rented their SatAM schedules out because they can't compete with Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. Sure, some of the stuff here may turn out interesting, and I know that I'm about three times the age of their intended audience, but this just looks like confirmation that all of the interesting animation work in the US is either happeneing in features or on cable; the networks are just complete non-factors. >>
    Agreed. Especially when the networks took the 'education friendly' FCC ruling to heart, and started ditching all the neat stuff like the "CBS Action Block" that aired in 1994. Skeleton Warriors could have been a Third He-Man series.
    I have fond memories of wanting to rush home from tenis practice(was interested in learning, so sue me [​IMG] ), and when I got bored with that, Bowling practice a year later, to get home and watch TMNT. This was back when I didn't tape as much shows, because I didn't want to ask the parents for a new tape. So, I taped over tons of stuff, thinking the stuff would be in repeats forever. Boy, do I regret that now.
    Even earlier, I still have vuage memories of watching Thundercats in our old Paramus, NJ house, along with He-Man at an earlier age...
    >>I remember the Saturday Morning preview specials, that used to be great. Back when Saturday Morning was the greatest time of the week >>
    Aww man. Remember the days before the internet boom, when you where NEVER sure when a shows new schedule would start up? The tension really started building when those breif clips of new shows started playing around August. School would also be starting soon, but that's a small price to pay for new episodes of old shows.
    Kids now adays don't know what their missing. I just wish that Cartoon Network would revive the classic lineups of the past, each weekend on Saturday. Boomerang would have the 60's-70's lineups, and Cartoon Network would have the 80's -90's lineup.
     
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    Oh my God Aaron, someone else actually remembers those shows. I'm not insane!
    Do you know ANYWHERE I can get tapes of Starstuff? I've been trying to prove it existed for years [​IMG] Do you know any details about its production? I've found 0 info about it ANYWHERE and calling the station got me a big duh (it's only been about 18 years since these shows were on [​IMG] )
    And yes, it also introduced me to Laurel and Hardy, which lead to Abbot & Costello, The Marx Bros. and the Stooges [​IMG] Remember how he used to put the 8track in to play the videos? And it wasn't an Apple 2, it looked like an Atari machine.
    Yes, Flash Gordon was on at 7:30, thanks for jogging my memory. I was lucky to visit Captain Noah before they struck the set. It was fun to see the place I'd seen so many times changing the channel. I was never big on the show, but it's a Philly landmark! In fact, it's an official alternate callback for Rocky Horror, when frank is adjusting his food coloring soup, *...you can sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow, singa rainbow with me"
     
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    After these messages...

    WE'll BE RIGHT BACK!

    Sing along!
     
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    You know i forgot another one of my fav cartoons.

    Inspector Gadget

    GO GADGET GO

    ILL GET YOU NEXT TIME GADGET
     
  17. Jeff Kleist

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    Again, weekdays
     
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    I remember watching like an hour of the Smurfs, 2-3 hours worth of Looney Tunes on ABC (those were the days), the new Super Powers show (the one with Cyborg and Firestorm), and of course the best damn hour of Saturday morning TV: Spider-man and His Amazing Friends followed by the Hulk.

    The Pirates of Darkwater was pretty sweet, too, but I didn't see most of those episodes. It was cool to see a cartoon evolve over the season rather than having one-shot episodes all the time.

    mike.
     

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