Calm down: Movies won’t be network’s norm
Over the past few years, Cartoon Network has been one of the driving forces in airing dubbed anime such as "Dragon Ball Z," "Inu-Yasha," "Fullmetal Alchemist" and "Naruto." Granted, not everyone is happy about those English dubs, but at least anime's getting some prominent national exposure, and I'm all for that.
So it was with a slightly raised eyebrow that I read on several animation news sites recently that the network would be airing several live-action movies with dubious links to animation, including "The Goonies" and "Honey, I Blew Up the Kid."
Internet message board reaction has been predictably rabid and against the move. "How dare they," most responses to the news read, sometimes with the author even using correct spelling and grammar. "Soon, it'll just be Cartoon Network by name only, like MTV and music videos."
Call off the hounds, animation fans -- there's nothing to worry about, according to network publicist Dawn Lach.
"In regards to the movie presentations, they are one time only and are being presented as Special Movie Presentations," Lach wrote to me via e-mail. "We have aired live-action movies in the past and this is by no means going to take over our cartoons and affect the animation programming in the short or long term of the network."
Oahu Anime Explorer's next meeting, originally scheduled for Saturday, has been bumped back to Nov. 26 at 6:30 p.m. The group will continue screening subtitled episodes of "Full Metal Panic: Second Raid," "Full Moon o Sagashite" and "Comic Party Revolution," as well as begin a new series: "Twin Spica," about a girl who aspires to be a rocket pilot following her mother's death. That's at HMC Academy, 555 N. King St.; visit www.oahuanimeexplorer.com
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