Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Animaniacs full circle!

Image courtesy Warner Brothers.
I've had a month of reliving my childhood with the Animaniacs on The Hub. While strolling through my favorite television memories of the '90s, I realized that the great thing about Animaniacs being back on television now is that a whole new generation of kids gets to fall in love with it.

With that in mind, I wrote up a quick little character profile for most of the main characters on the show. That way, kids today and parents who might not remember or have seen the show can get a feel for who the characters are and what is the cut of their jib, so to speak. It's by no means an exhaustive list because there are SO many characters on the show, but I felt these were the main important ones (or rather, the ones that are either mentioned or appear in the opening credits).

To wrap up this first month of 2013 here on The TV Mom blog, I wanted to again provide links to all my fantastic interviews that go with Animaniacs!
Be sure to check all of my interviews out if you haven't already! There are some great insights into the show and characters! Besides, I really enjoyed talking to these amazing actors, and I want you to enjoy reading them!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

My Interview with Rob Pauslen aka Yakko!

Image courtesy Warner Brothers.
I finally got my interview with Rob Pauslen transcribed and posted at About.com! Phew! This was a long one... almost four thousand words! And what's sad is, we got cut off! I could have probably talked to Rob for hours and written a book! Ha!

So here is the BIG FAT LINK to read the interview in its entirety over at the About.com kids cartoons page! We talk Animaniacs, Pinky and The Brain, and TMNT. You don't want to miss it!

And if you like that, be sure to check out Rob's website at RobPauslenLive.com to listen to Rob talk with tons of his voice actor pals. I can't wait for his app to come to Andriod so I can carry him around in my pocket. (Wait, that's weird... eh, oh well!)

At some point, I'm going to try to figure out how to upload my interview audio files somewhere on the web just for my blog readers. Talking to voice actors is fun because they break into character randomly, without me even asking! Somewhere down the line, I promise!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

All new episodes of TMNT return on Nick

Image courtesy Nickelodeon.
Starting tomorrow, January 25, at 7pm ET/PT, Nick is having a "Total Turtle Takeover" with the premiere of the new episode, "I, Monster", in which the turtles must battle against the Rat King who threatens to takeover not only the city, but Master Splinter's mind! Check out this exclusive clip of the new episode!

New episodes will begin running on Saturday, February 2 at the Turtles' normal time of 11am ET/PT. There will also be a new DVD released by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment in late February featuring the beginning of the new series. I'm hoping I get picked for a review copy!

And, Turtles fans, stay tuned to the blog tomorrow when I post the Rob Pauslen interview (who does the voice of Donatello)! We talk Turtles, old and new, as well as the return of Animaniacs. You won't want to miss it!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

My Interview with Tress MacNeille

Image courtesy Warner Brothers Studios.
Have I mentioned just how much I love my job? How awesome it is? I, a lowly little freelance writer and mommy blogger, manage to score interviews with amazing cartoon legends like Tress MacNeille. You might recognize her as the voices of Dot Warner (pictured), Daisy Duck, Agnes Skinner on the Simpsons, Babs Bunny, Chip (from Chip and Dale), or Merriweather the blue Disney fairy from Sleeping Beauty. I tell you what... when I got the email that she agreed to an interview with me... I think I squealed loud enough that Tress herself could hear me in California all the way from here in Ohio. And all thanks to the Animaniacs returning to television on The Hub.

So, without further ado, here is the BIG FAT LINK to my interview with the one and only Tress MacNeille on About.com! Click it! Read it! Be jealous of me!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Littlest Pet Shop on DVD

Image courtesy Shout! Factory.
Littlest Pet Shop has been a hit cartoon on The Hub this winter, and to celebrate, they have released the first DVD, "Little Pets, Big Adventures".

Friday, January 11, 2013

Upcoming interviews!

So by now you've read my interview with Jess Harnell (and if you haven't, do it!), the voice of Wakko Warner from Animaniacs... but unless you're following The TV Mom Facebook page, you probably don't know that I've been given the opportunity to interview the other two voices from the show... Rob Paulsen and Tress MacNeille!!!!! Squeeee! I haven't been given firm dates yet, but keep an eye here on the blog and on the kidscartoons.about.com page for more information! Or, as they say in TV land: Stay Tuned!

Image courtesy The Hub/Warner Bros. Studios.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Welcome Back to TV, Animaniacs! PLUS My interview with Jess Harnell

That's right, fellow kids of the '90s (or even parents who HAD kids in the '90s), Animaniacs is BACK on TV! Hard to believe that 2013 is the 20th anniversary of the show (eek, we're not all that old yet, are we???), but The Hub network has brought it back in all it's "Zany to the Max, baloney in our slacks" glory after the success of the airing of the Christmas special, Wakko's Wish, over the holiday season.
Image courtesy The Hub/Warner Brothers Studios.

I, for one, am totally excited that this is back on the air. I've been dying to introduce TV Boy to this show pretty much since I gave birth to him, because it's so clever and so funny (a sentiment that after last night's hour-long premiere he thankfully shares), and there really hasn't ever been anything else like it in my lifetime.

As part of the welcome back to the show, The Hub offered me the chance to chat with one of the voice actors, Jess Harnell, who does the voice of *my favorite Warner*, Wakko. Now, I have to be honest here, (as I posted on my personal Facebook after the interview), it was seriously like talking to my favorite cartoon character on the phone. The interview was THAT awesome. I wish it wasn't such lousy audio quality, or I'd post parts of it for you readers to listen to because Jess just broke into character several times during our conversation, and it just made me downright giddy. Heck, listening to it again today to transcribe it made me giddy all over again. Alas, that will be a treat I shall reserve for my family and close friends.

Because he totally started off the call with "Helloooooooo Tori!" in good old "Hello Nurse!" fashion. And I totally giggled.

Jess Harnell and Wakko Warner, courtesy The Hub/Warner Brothers.
So, without further ado, here is the link to my interview with Jess Harnell, who I shall now dub one of my voiceover actor idols thanks in part to his awesome chat with me. Jess, if you're reading this, thank you for making my year so fantastic so early on... 2013 will have a tough record to beat for the remaining 357 days left in it.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

A very belated....

Happy New Year from TV Mom and TV Boy!

TV Boy in his New Year's dealie-bobbers, giving me what he calls a "nice smile".

I've been down with the flu since the day before New Year's Eve, so not a whole lot has gotten done on my end here in TV Mom land. It has been absolutely zero fun, especially since I had to miss the first New Year's party I've ever been invited to that wasn't at my own house. Super bummed about that one, but it will have to wait until my thirties now. Oh well.

Anyway, I've got some exciting things coming up this month, including a review of the newest Littlest Pet Shop dvd and tomorrow an interview with Jess Harnell, aka the voice of Wakko Warner in celebration of the return of Animaniacs to TV syndication on The Hub! (I hope to have it posted by Wednesday at the latest.) I've had several friends ask me to get him to say "Faboo" for me. We'll see if that happens or not, haha! I'm super excited to introduce the boy to the fun of Animaniacs... I used to come home from middle school every day and plop myself down in front of the TV for it before I did my homework.

Hope everyone is having a good 2013 so far, and is doing well with writing the correct year on anything requiring a date (Checkuary anyone?). Thanks for being a fan and a reader!