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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
After 20 years, OC's most underrated ska band release their debut album
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 >>
And no, Coachella has nothing to do with it
Christian Jacobs' 15-year journey from leading the ultimate OC cult band to 'The Aquabats! Super Show!'
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."
[¡Ask a Mexican!!] And why do some Mexicans hate their dark skin?
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyIf 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
[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 >>
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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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Sesame StreetIt 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.
Sesame StreetSesame 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 >>
Andrew Youssef/OC WeeklyMGMT 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 >>
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 >>
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."
Miley Cyrus is so 2008. (And 2006, and 2007. And OK, 2009, too, but still.)
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 >>
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 >>
The Muppet Movie
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 >>
What were the producers of Sesame Street thinking when they allowed this utterly mad, apocalyptic drumming exhibition by Bert and Ernie to get transmitted to the fragile, eggshell minds of American youth? How many delicate child constitutions were traumatized by this percussion inferno? I dunno, but ... More >>
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 >>
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