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Earlier this evening, the 43rd Annie Awards were held which included nominations for Steven Universe, Gravity Falls, Star vs. the Forces of Evil and Wander Over Yonder, all of which were nominated for Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Children. Wander got the gold in Best Children’s TV show and Gravity Falls brought it home in Outstanding Achievement in Directing. Both award speeches can be watched after the Break. All nominations are below.

Gravity Falls
  • Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Children
  • Outstanding Achievement, Directing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
  • Outstanding Achievement, Production Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
  • Outstanding Achievement, Writing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
Steven Universe
  • Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Children
  • Outstanding Achievement, Directing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
  • Outstanding Achievement, Storyboarding in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
Star vs. the Forces of Evil
  • Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Children
  • Outstanding Achievement, Voice Acting in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
  • Outstanding Achievement, Editorial in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
Wander Over Yonder
  • Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Children
  • Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
  • Outstanding Achievement, Music in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production
  • Outstanding Achievement, Storyboarding in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

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A report from Bloomberg Business is saying that toy makers Hasbro and Mattel were discussions about a possible mergersince late last year according to sources familiar with the matter. The companies are also said to have “held on-and-off talks,” but the sources have also said the talks may not ultimately lead to a deal.
Mattel did get some favorable news last week with Barbie quarterly sales rising for the first time in nearly four years, but still face considerable headwinds with the loss of the Frozen and Disney Princess licenses to Hasbro effective this year. While there were other pluses such as Hot Wheels and Fisher-Price, sales of American Girl and Monster High continued to decline.
Hasbro will announce their fourth quarter and full year 2015 financial results on Monday. The result are expected to be buoyed by sales from tie-ins Star Wars: The Force Awakens and strong showings from Nerf and Play-doh, but could be offset somewhat by continued foreign currency fluctuations.
Any potential merger involving the two largest toymakers in the United States would be subject to immense scrutiny from regulators.

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While Wander was plugging a hole on Monday night, some of the viewership appeared to have been sucked through it. The pairing of “The Hole Lotta Nuthin” and “The Show Stopper” drew an estimated 336,000 viewers on Monday night on Disney XD. That is a drop of nearly 37% from last week and is the lowest mark for Wander since October 2014 when “The Date” and “The Buddies” drew an astonishingly anemic 140,000 viewers.

Next up for Wander is “The Cartoon” and “The Bot” at 8:30pm ET/7:30pm CT on Disney XD.

Ratings information for this report is courtesy of Mitch Metcalf of Showbuzz Daily as sourced by Nielsen Media Research.

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212 – “The Hole…Lotta Nuthin’, The Show Stopper”

Written by: Todd Casey
“Wander gets his finger stuck in a black hole; Wander and Hater team up for a concert to get Dominator’s attention.”

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Friends Forever #25 Extended Preview

Friends Forever #25 cover by Brenda Hickey

Friends Forever #25 cover by Brenda Hickey

There’s an extended preview of Friends Forever #25, which stars Twilight Sparkle and Rainbow Dash, available on issuu. You can also check out the preview after the break.

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We interrupt this story about a robbery and petnapping to see Russell watch the season finale of his favorite show, “Duchess of Lancaster Lane.” Actually, Russell accidentally deletes it and the remainder of the pets will be acting out the finale so that Russell can discuss it with his show club. In other news, a spaniel comes to LPS and makes a connection with Youngmee. Youngmee calls her Nutmeg Dash. The “owner” comes and take Nutmeg Dash and it doesn’t take much to figure out that he’s the thief and is attempting to sell Nutmeg Dash to a wealthy collector.

Blythe, Youngmee, and Zoe break that up, but they still need to rescue Nutmeg Dash. They do so by stalling the robbers as the police are coming. Youngmee ends up keeping Nutmeg Dash and she has her pet after her desire for one in “Ivan the Terrific”.

Meanwhile, the pets try to act out the season finale. Penny Ling is the maid, Minka is the cook, Pepper is a butler in jester’s clothing, and Sunil is the duchess because Peter New is an expert in voicing characters who dress in drag to impress others. Of course, Sunil prints out last season’s finale recap, so he and the other three improvise and Russell has the feels. It’s way much better than the actual finale as “nothing happens” (read: irony), so the D. O. L. L fanfiction club is born!

This is much better from LPS. We have a rare adventure plot with Blythe and Youngmee engaging in a potentially dangerous situation in order to rescue a pet. We also get a close of one of the mini-arcs with Youngmee getting a pet in heartwarming fashion. It was good of the writing to have Youngmee develop a connection to Nutmeg Dash (I wonder if that was an ode to another “Dash”?). Meanwhile, the B-plot was hilarious as the pets basically skewer Downton Abbey. Do they do anything beside drink tea on that show?

Anyway, the show did do well by doing something a bit different and doing something truly hilarious with one of their pop culture parodies. A great way to end the first half of Season Four.

Pluses and Minuses:

  • +  Rare adventure plot
  • +  Humor in skewering a show
  • +  Peter New voicing a character in drag (again)
  • +  Russell
  • +  Youngmee gets a pet!

GRADE:  A+

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Saturday saw a modest uptick for Littlest Pet Shop despite the episode “Petnapped!” being released 12 days prior on Netflix. The episode drew an estimated 122,000 on Discovery Family on Saturday. That was up 8% from last week. The Season Four average at halfway now stands at 157,692 per episode. That is 6.4% ahead of the first half average of Season Three (148,154). Of course, with half of this final season gone, there is half of this final season to go.

The show will take the next two Saturdays off before returning on February 13th with “Steamed” at noon ET/11am CT on Discovery Family.

Meanwhile, Wander Over Yonder was welcomed openly. The pairing of “The Secret Planet” and “The Bad Hatter” drew an estimated 532,000 on Disney XD on Monday night. It is the first time since “The Battle Royale” in October that the show has drawn north of a half million viewers. The Season Two average now stands at 471,909 per episode.

Next up is “The Hole..Lotta Nuthin” and “The Show Stopper” next Monday at 8:30pm ET/7:30pm on Disney XD.

Ratings information for this report comes courtesy of Mitch Metcalf of Showbuzz Daily with Nielsen Media Research as its source.

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