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The top 50 80s kids' TV themes

29 July 2015 11:55 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From Bananaman to Grange Hill, join us in a spot of TV nostalgia as we celebrate 50 great 1980s kids' TV theme songs...

There comes a time to turn away from the horrors of the world and retreat underneath the soft, comforting duvet of nostalgia. That time is Friday. That metaphorical duvet is below.

Here are fifty of the best kids’ TV theme songs (spread over two pages and in arbitrary order) of the 1980s. Some, like Alan Hawkshaw’s distinctive Grange Hill intro, are unarguable classics of the era, while others, like Mike Harding's Count Duckula, only started in the late-eighties and spent the rest of their run in the next decade.

Obviously, there being only 50 on this list, we may have missed out your favourite (deliberately or otherwise). Let us know if so, but remember that links may take a while to appear in the comments thread because »

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Annecy: 14 Spanish Projects Pitched at Mifa Market

17 June 2015 11:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Annecy–Brb ‘s “Bubble Bip,” “Animal Crackers,” “Pumpkin Reports” and “Dino Games” were some of the fourteen Spanish toon projects pitched at Focus on Spain, a standout Territory Focus at this year’s Annecy Mifa market, coinciding with Spain¡s status as the guest country at the French animation fest, the biggest dedicated event if its kind in the world. Focus on Spain showcase Eight features and seven TV skeins, one completed, Sam’s “Possessed,” an Annecy competition contender whose director Sam, who presented the project, is seeks territory or broadcaster sales, and co-production partners and investors at Annecy.

Spain’s animation spread at Focus on Spain served to underscore that, apart from the now occasional big-budget live-action co-production backed by Spanish broadcast networks Mediaset España and Atresmedia, Spain’s animated feature sector now weighs in with both the most consistently higher-budget and international of Spanish features. At least three »

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Annecy: Brb, Mili Unsheath ‘Dogtanian’ (Exclusive)

16 June 2015 1:36 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Annecy, France — Brb Internacional, one of Spain’s biggest kids TV producers, is moving into movie production, with a spinoff feature of one of the most successful Spanish TV series ever, “Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds.”

“Dogtanian” is produced by Brb and Screen21 and is co-produced with Chinese animation firm Mili Pictures, producer of Annecy out-of-competition player “Dragon Nest: Warriors’ Dawn.” The Chinese linkup ensures entrance into China’s market and a link to a building producer: Mili Pictures opened a division in Los Angeles last year.

Series and now feature film are based on Alexandre Dumas’ 17th century classic adventure “The Three Musketeers,” but with dogs embodying the swashbucklers. Loyal to the spirit, plot will be significantly different from the book and series in order to increase the surprise factor, said Carlos Biern, CEO of Brb Internacional.

Jose Javier Martinez, a children and young adult literature writer (“The Author »

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The shows & films that made Britain fall in love with anime

24 March 2015 5:05 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From Marine Boy and Thundercats to Cities Of Gold and Akira, we look at the TV shows and movies that introduced the UK to Japanese anime

One evening in 1994, the BBC screened a documentary simply called Manga. Presented by Jonathan Ross, it showcased the rising popularity of Japanese animation, largely focusing on the output of Manga Entertainment, whose dubbed VHS releases had made a huge impact on anime fans and caused a certain amount of consternation among the mainstream press.

For British viewers, the anime boom took a long time to arrive. In America, Japanese shows like Kimba The White Lion, Gigantor and Astro Boy were a common sight on television in the 1960s, yet it took until the late 70s and 80s, and a string of European-Japanese co-productions, before anime finally began to find a hold on UK television.

As a youngster at the time, I didn't necessarily know »

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