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Children's Programming

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    The Music of "Animaniacs" Turns 20!

    It's been a historic year for anniversaries, among them is Steven Spielberg's immortal "Animaniacs" cartoon recently turning 20. Yes, this year marks two decades since the Warner Brothers (and the Warner Sister) began escaping from the watertower to wreck havoc on the Warner movie lot. While the sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    The Top Five Songs from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

    If you were a child in the '90s, chances are good that the key to your happiness lied in three powerful words: "It's Morphin time!" Although it's been twenty years since Mighty Morphin Power Rangers first aired, there's a good chance that the phrase still conjures up fond memories of dinosaur robots ... More >>

  • Film

    August 29, 2013
  • Film

    June 20, 2013
  • Calendar

    June 13, 2013

    CSS

    The Observatory

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    The Aquabats! Super Show! Nominated for a Daytime Emmy; Christian Jacobs Talks About Being Family Friendly

    How goes our favorite skankin', live-action TV superheroes? The last time we saw the Aquabats, they were performing at the Great Park for a 2012 summer season-ender, and there were suspiciously a ton of kids in the audience. (Maybe it has something to do with the first season The Aquabats! Super Sho ... More >>

  • Music

    March 21, 2013

    GOGO13 Are Right Where They Want to Be . . . Finally

    After 20 years, OC's most underrated ska band release their debut album

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    Top Five "Sesame Street" Musical Cameos You Didn't Know Existed

    Yesterday, children's television staple "Sesame Street" entered its 43rd season. Along with providing groundbreaking educational programming that kids have been able to watch with their parents for decades, the show's also provided some of the most surprising musical television cameos in history. Wi ... More >>

  • Music

    March 29, 2012

    Hot Snakes Have Reunited

    And no, Coachella has nothing to do with it

  • Calendar

    March 29, 2012

    Sleigh Bells

    Glass House

  • Music

    March 1, 2012

    MC Bat Commander's Head Explodes!

    Christian Jacobs' 15-year journey from leading the ultimate OC cult band to 'The Aquabats! Super Show!'

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Gustavo Dudamel Appearing on Sesame Street

    ​LA Philharmonic's dashing music director Gustavo Dudamel is guesting on PBS' Sesame Street on Monday, Feb. 6 for the first time ever. Dudamel and Elmo are going to play together by "conducting a sheep playing a violin, an octopus playing the drums and a chorus of penguins singing opera."

  • Columns

    January 12, 2012

    Why Doesn't Mexico Participate in the Olympics

    [¡Ask a Mexican!!] And why do some Mexicans hate their dark skin?

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2012

    Five Disney Tweens to Become the Next Selena Gomez in 2012

    Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly​If there's one thing we learned in 2011, it's that Selena Gomez is one of a kind. SIKE! She's a product of the Disney "empire" and if there is one thing we know, it's that Disney pumps out the singing talents of kids faster than Kim Kardashian switches athletes. It's ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 3, 2011

    Aquabats

    Glass House

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2011

    Rocket From the Crypt Reunites--For One Episode of Yo Gabba Gabba!

    WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT.​If there was one good cause to reunite for--that is, other than the fans, of course--it's Yo Gabba Gabba!. Rocket From the Crypt singer John Reis posted this awesome photo on his official Facebook account Friday, along with this caption: AP-ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT REUNITE! ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Poor Muppet to Debut on Sesame Street

    ​Sesame Street announced that a new, "poverty-stricken Muppet" will talk about hunger struggles on Sesame Street. Named Muppet Lily, her family deals with "food insecurity,"  and will part of a prime-time special with country singer Brad Paisley and his wife Kimberly Williams Paisle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    The History of 'Mahna Mahna': From a Swedish Sex Film Soundtrack to the Muppets and Beyond!

    ​Mahna mahna...You couldn't help yourself, could you? It's alright. It's almost impossible to hear someone say (or in this case, read) the words "mahna mahna" and not follow it up with a "doo doo doo-doo-doo."This childhood classic was recently re-imagined for the upcoming album Muppets: The Green ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    D23 Expo Announces Arena Schedule

    ​The annual D23 Expo (or "Disney Expo" for all you non-Disnerds out there) hits the Anaheim Convention Center this August 19th through the 21st.Disney just announced the arena schedule for the three-day event which includes feature screenings, celebrity panels, autograph signings and more.Look fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Nickelodeon Child Stars: Where Are They Now?

    ​ Whatever happened to all the Nickelodeon stars of our childhood? Oh No They Didn't has answers: They track down Michael C. "Mike" Maronna (Big Pete on The Adventures of Pete n Pete), Michael Bower (Eddie "Donkeylips" Gelfen on Salute Your Shorts) and Jason Zimbler (Ferguson W. Darling on Clariss ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2011

    [UPDATED: Subcomadante SquarePants?] SpongeBob SquarePants Utters "¡Viva La Raza!" On Radio

    ​[UPDATE] Reader Steve Reyes has found proof that SpongeBob is actually a Mexican revolutionary--photographic proof after the jump. And faithful reader Culichi1967 finds even more Mexican attributes in who we Mexicans call Bob Esponja (Bob the Sponge): I just knew t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    Local Record Review: The Aquabats

    Beat Blvd. is Heard Mentality's weekly review of local releases. If you're an OC musician or band with something new to offer--vinyl single, full-length album, CD, cassette--we want to hear from you! Send copies, along with any photos and PR material, to Beat Blvd., c/o OC Weekly, 2975 Red Hill Ave. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    An Interview with Aquabats Singer The MC Bat Commander

    ​After a five-year hiatus, the perennially goofy Orange County ska-punk band the Aquabats will be releasing a new album. Unless you've been living under a rock in the interim, you know lead singer MC Bat Commander (aka Christian Jacobs) has been busy creating, writing and directing the hugely succ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    Reel Big Fish to Tour with Goldfinger and Aquabats!

    ​ The press release called the event an "all-out bash of the ska punk titans," and we'd have to agree. In a previous interview with OC Weekly, Reel Big Fish front man Aaron Barrett said they'd performed in Brazil with Goldfinger earlier this year; it was so much fun they decided to set out and do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    Much Ado About Boobs: Parents Complain About Katy Perry Showing Too Much Skin on Sesame Street

    Sesame Street​It had to happen sooner or later: the inevitable Boob Backlash.After the skirmishes and scuffles of the summer, the innocent bystanders of the Boob Wars have risen up, and they've set their sights on their first targets: Katy Perry on Sesame Street.

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    Sesame Street vs. Yo Gabba Gabba! The Musical Battle for Your Kids' Coolness

    Sesame Street​Sesame Street wants your kids to be cool. And not by learning the alphabet, easy addition or "good government bullshit" (sorry, it's the 20th anniversary of the release of GoodFellas).No, they're doing it through pop music.This week, The Street (I hear that's what the cool toddlers a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2010

    Yo Gabba Gabba Party it Up with MGMT

    Andrew Youssef/OC Weekly​MGMT wrapped up a two-night stand at Radio City, with Tuesday's opening night documented in full by NYC Taper (download it here). Too bad they didn't tape last night's show, when, according to PopCandy, MGMT started playing Kids as the last song of their proper set. About ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Today in Music News: Against Me!, Green Day, Lady Gaga, Pavement

    Florida rockers Against Me!, one of my faves, dub upcoming album White Crosses. I'm pretty sure the cover art, via front man Tom Gabel's blog, is a joke.The KyleGreen Day goes Broadway with American Idiot, which makes the band officially about as "punk" as Sesame Street. That's OK. I like Green Day ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2009

    "Consuming Kids" Screening Launches Mothers Against Nickelodeon

    ​Two Orange-based moms launch The Mothers Against Nickelodeon, which is critical of the cable channel's marketing to children, with a free Chapman University screening Thursday of a film critical of "the commercialization of childhood."

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    Incoming: Selena Gomez at the House of Blues, Rooney at the Glass House

    ​Miley Cyrus is so 2008. (And 2006, and 2007. And OK, 2009, too, but still.)

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2009

    The Sad Literary State of the Californios

    As part of my research into the disputed story of Juan Flores, I bought a copy of Cosas de California, reminisces by one Antonio Coronel (pictured, in the Joe Louis-at-Caesar's-Palace-phase of his life) where he touches briefly on Orange County's original dirty Mexican. I thought it was going to be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2008

    Before it Gets Old: Lazytown/Lil Jon Mashup

    UPDATE: The original video has disappeared, thanks to "a copyright claim by Lazy Town Entertainment." What, they don't like lines like "grab a dick, it's yours bitch" associated with their kids' show? Bizarre! I put up another (still-extant as of 4:26 p.m. PST on Dec. 4) upload of it, but I doubt th ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 30, 2008

    Backyardigans

    Backyardigans

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2008

    On-Sale Saturday: Coldplay, Los Lobos and More

    Sure, you're probably still reeling from yesterday's news that Chinese Democracy actually has a - gasp! - release date (insert joke about unlikelihood of that date being met, Best Buy exclusivity or free Dr. Pepper here), but there's plenty of shows with on-sale dates tomorrow if you manage to compo ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 24, 2008

    No Strings Attached

    The Muppet Movie

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2008

    Panic! DJ Night At The Continental Room

    Not panic-inducing at all but rather jovial (and free!), The Continental Room in Fullerton has dubbed Monday nights the place to be for incredibly eclectic DJ showmanship. How eclectic you might ask? A veritable shmorgasborg of music genres that spanned the decades. Like this: - Primus - Data Rock ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2007

    Yo Gabba Gabba contract -officially- renewed

    Feature writer Shawn Smith has the latest on the psychedelic kiddie show scene: The gamble paid off. Yo Gabba Gabba creators Christian Jacobs and Scott Schultz (our cover boys a few weeks back) got the news they’ve been waiting for. Yo Gabba Gabba, the frenetically fun kids show with the dancing ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 6, 2007

    Fuzzy Wuzzy

    Elmo's Birthday

  • Film

    November 8, 2007

    DVDish

    WEB EXCLUSIVE! The Kids Were Alright

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2007

    Yo Gabba Gabba: Yo Smoka Smoka!

    It has come to our attention that the more than slightly trippy kiddie show Yo Gabba Gabba! has Orange roots. Filmed in Long Beach and produced in our fair county by the folks who brought us The Aquabats, the show is filled with funky techno beats, '70s-inspired costumes, zany characters and meaning ... More >>

  • Culture

    July 26, 2007

    Excuse Me, but Is That Your Fist Up My Ass?

    It’s worth a trip down the I-5 to watch the fur fly on Avenue Q

  • Music

    April 26, 2007

    Mixed Breed

    The Number 12 Looks Like You

  • News

    February 15, 2007

    Discovering Yourself

    Sesame Street Presents the Body

  • Film

    April 13, 2006

    Talk to the Hand

    Its time to meet the Muppets, other puppets and the people behind them

  • Culture

    March 30, 2006

    Timothy Leary Meets the Muppets

    Wonder Showzen is back. Be afraid. Be very afraid

  • Film

    February 2, 2006

    This Week in 'Hey, You Guuuuyyyyyys!'

    OnDVD: The Best of The Electric Company

  • Culture

    February 2, 2006

    For a Good Time . . .

    Ren & Stimpys John Kricfalusi really wants you to see his show. R-e-e-e-ally

  • Columns

    April 7, 2005
  • Culture

    June 17, 2004

    Corrupted Youth

    Is Dora the Explorer turning baby minds to crap?

  • Music

    August 21, 2003
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