The Unforgettable April Fool’s Day Episode of As Told By Ginger

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In the midst of the popularity of Nickelodeon’s animation lineup, Nicktoons, As Told By Ginger was a show that dominated when it came to surreal pre-teen struggles. Ginger Foutley, a slightly awkward, yet smart and responsible pre-teen took on the ultimate battle of junior high: crushes, mean girls and the constant pressure to gain popularity. By her side stood her best friends Dodie, an over dramatic girl who desperately craves popularity, and Macie, a small and nasally girl who’s obsessed with health risks. The trio of friends have had their share of situations, drama and has even had their friendship tested. But among all of that, was the ultimate and twisted mind game of a prank that was played on April Fools Day.

In season 2 episode 10, Ginger plays what was suppose to be the ultimate April Fool’s Day prank on Dodie, to get her back from the year before. I’m talking love games, and things could get pretty messy. It all started when Ginger forged a love letter that is supposed to be written by Dustin, the weirdest guy in their school, to Dodie. But when Dodie reveals that she has actually had a secret crush on him for awhile, Ginger realizes that her April Fools prank may have backfired. Even worse, Dustin ends up declaring his love for Macie in his very own letter. This causes drama between Dodie and Macie and things get crazy, all while Ginger is feeling guilt and regret because her prank caused major conflict between her best friends. Or so we thought it did, but there was a huge twist revealed that ended up being a prank on not only Ginger, but to the viewers that watch. And the mastermind behind it all was Darren.

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If you’ve watched the entire episode from beginning to end, then you remember when Ginger was telling Darren all about her prank. Which isn’t really smart on Ginger’s end, because lord knows why she would even tell Darren, who’s also a member of their friendship circle. Darren pretty expressed to Ginger about how he doesn’t think her prank is a good idea and that she’s “playing with fire”, but little did we know, he was serious. Serious enough to let Dodie, Macie and Dustin know about the whole thing beforehand and be able to plan his very own prank with the help of those three, that made Ginger’s prank look amateur. Towards the end of the episode when Darren’s prank was revealed, Ginger attempted one last try at getting her friends good by fake crying and expressing how much their prank caused her emotional turmoil and distress. Really Ging?

Darren won me over with this episode. His character is always winning me over with his words of wisdom and keeping Ginger and the girls from freaking out, but I feel like he took a stand this time. He saw something that would potentially be a dangerous game played by Ginger, and put his own little fun twist on it. Plus, it taught Ginger a lesson and pretty much saved her behind. I’m starting to wonder what if Darren didn’t play his prank back on Ginger? What if Dodie really got that letter by surprise, and really thought Dustin liked her, only to find out he doesn’t? If you’re a fan of the series like myself, then you know the over dramatic level that Dodie is on. The love games that were played could have done some real damage.

Of course, there is always that meanwhile side of an episode of As Told By Ginger. Carl and Hoodsey play their own prank on their arch nemisis Blake Gripling, which backfires on them as well. What a lousy year that was for the Foutley kids to pull April Fools pranks. Carl tells Blake that he sold is beloved tonsils, only to find out that Hoodsey’s mother Joann actually threw them away on accident. This led to Carl and Hoodsey searching the dump and getting trapped in it. There’s a lesson in this episode for those who are planning to come up with their own devious pranks: keep it to yourself or it might backfire! Don’t make the same mistake Ginger did.

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Holidays and Representation: The Proud Family Dominated Them Both In “Seven Days of Kwanzaa”

the-proud-family-seven-days-of-kwanzaasource: Disney

During the Holidays, television networks often shine the spotlight on Christmas. There have been a wide variety of Christmas specials and traditions that networks like ABC, Nickelodeon, Disney, Cartoon Network, and much more participate in every year. Other Holidays from different cultures such as Kwanzaa and Hannukah are rarely represented. A lack of representation of different cultures or minority groups could possibly lead to some losing value or trust in these networks and their beloved shows. Disney Channel managed to add some representation with their animated show from the early 2000s, The Proud Family, which centered around a black family and a majority of black characters. In “Seven Days of Kwanzaa”, we can truly see representation of many forms come into play.

First off, I think writer Wayne D. Stamps, Jr. (or simply Wayne Stamps) and the rest of the team behind The Proud Family deserves many applause for such a remarkable episode. Wayne Stamps writes and has written for many other black shows, but contributing very conscience subjects to a show like The Proud Family enlighted the younger audience who grew up watching this show. Eleven episodes into this series came a spotlight for a different culture. Finally. “Seven Days of Kwanzaa” premiered on Disney Channel on December 7, 2001. Penny Proud and her family meet a homeless family of three, Joseph, Margaret, and Stephanie, while Christmas shopping. Penny invites them over for Christmas dinner, where the Proud family soon learns that the homeless family celebrates Kwanzaa. The Proud family participates in the Kwanzaa celebration, opening their eyes to a whole new meaning of the Holidays.

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History was made with this episode. The Proud Family was the first ever Disney show to celebrate Kwanzaa. This episode gave representation to a holiday celebrated in the African American culture. That’s huge. It showed little girls and boys who celebrated Kwanzaa that we know that they exist and they matter. This was never done before on that single network and it’s what makes The Proud Family one of the greatest shows to ever air on Disney Channel. The episode also displayed awareness for homeless families, and the characters Joseph, Margaret, and Stephanie did it well. They had no roof to call their own over their heads, yet they still felt grateful enough to give and share with the Prouds. As a viewer and overall fan of this show, that really opened my eyes and made me give more thanks for what I have. It’s something we can all learn. If you have never seen this episode then you really need to. Overall this episode is a positive representation of Disney Channel’s prime.

 

 

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure Will Make its TV Debut on ABC

OLF'S FROZEN ADVENTUREcourtesy of Disney

After making a controversial exit out of the theaters, you’ll be able to see Olaf and the rest of the Frozen characters go on their Christmas adventures once again. ABC is set to air Olaf’s Frozen Adventure on Thursday, December 14, as a part of their “25 Days of Christmas” tradition.

See the full press release below:

“Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” makes its broadcast television debut as part of Disney|ABC Television Group’s “25 Days of Christmas” celebration on THURSDAY, DEC. 14 (8:00-8:30 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. The airing, first announced during production in early 2016, follows “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure”’s recently completed a limited theatrical run in front of Disney•Pixar’s hit feature “Coco.” The featurette includes four new original songs and welcomes back the beloved characters (and cast) who won over audiences worldwide in the 2013 Oscar®-winning feature, “Frozen,” the top-grossing animated film of all time. Disney Animation’s Emmy Award-winning holiday special “Prep & Landing” airs 8:30-9:00 p.m. EST.

In “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure,” Olaf (voice of Josh Gad) teams up with Sven on a merry mission. It’s the first holiday season since the gates reopened and Anna (voice of Kristen Bell) and Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel) host a celebration for all of Arendelle. When the townspeople unexpectedly leave early to enjoy their individual holiday customs, the sisters realize they have no family traditions of their own. So, Olaf sets out to comb the kingdom to bring home the best traditions and save Anna and Elsa’s “first Christmas in forever.”

Academy Award®-winning producer Roy Conli (“Big Hero 6”) says: “We are thrilled to be part of ABC’s ‘25 Days of Christmas’ festivities.  While making the film, our crew was so inspired by all of the great television holiday specials of the past.  It’s a dream come true for all of us.”

“Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” features the original cast of Arendelle characters, including Olaf, voiced by Josh Gad (“Marshall,” “Book of Mormon”); Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell (“Frozen,” “Bad Moms”); Elsa, voiced by Idina Menzel (Broadway’s “Wicked,” “Rent” and “If/Then”; Fox’s “Glee”); and Kristoff, voiced by Jonathan Groff (Broadway’s “Hamilton,” Netflix’s “Mindhunter”).

“Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” is directed by Emmy-winning filmmakers Kevin Deters and Stevie Wermers-Skelton (“Prep & Landing”) and is produced by Oscar-winner Roy Conli (“Big Hero 6”).

10 Nostalgic Nickelodeon Christmas Specials

Growing up can be a drag when you realize that some things will just never be the same. No more waking up to brand new toys under the tree and spending the entire day happy, cheerful, and responsibility-free. But… something that will always remain no matter how old you get is the cartoons! Nickelodeon had some of the best animated Christmas specials ever to air on television. If you aren’t in the spirit yet, you just need a little reminder of the episodes that made Christmas time excitable.

1. Fairly OddParents “Christmas Every Day” (2001)

fairly-oddparents-christmas-every-dayAirdate: December 12, 2001

As Christmas approaches, which is Timmy’s favorite holiday, he makes the ultimate wish in hopes it will remain Christmas every day. It seemed like the perfect wish for a 10-year-old kid until it wasn’t.

2. SpongeBob Squarepants “Christmas Who?” (2000)

spongebob-squarepants-christmas-who-patrick-starAirdate: December 6, 2000

SpongeBob, Patrick, and the rest of the Bikini Bottom residents learn the true meaning of Christmas. Well, sorta. It has a catchy musical number that we all know the words to so there’s that!

3. Rocko’s Modern Life “Rocko’s Modern Christmas” (1994)

rockos-modern-life-rockos-modern-christmasAirdate: December 1, 1994

Rocko tried to get into the Christmas spirit, but when there’s no snow outside and his party invitees are no-shows, it becomes rather difficult.

4. Hey Arnold “Arnold’s Christmas” (1996)

hey-arnold-arnolds-christmasAirdate: December 14, 1996

Arnold is destined to find the Christmas miracle that Mr. Hyunh is longing for, his long-lost daughter.

5. Rugrats “The Santa Experience” (1992)

rugrats-the-santa-experienceAirdate: December 6, 1992

The adults take the babies up to the mountain cabin for a Christmas celebration. Angelica’s devious ways may have earned her a big lump of coal and a spot on Santa’s naughty list.

6. Danny Phantom “The Fright Before Christmas” (2005)

danny-phantom-the-fright-before-christmasAirdate: December 6, 2005

When it comes to Christmas, Danny isn’t having any of it. When his friends call him out on it, he attempts to destroy anything Christmas-related in Ghost World to relieve his stress, which he soon learns was a mistake.

7. As Told by Ginger “An Even Steven Holiday Special” (2001)

as-told-by-ginger-an-even-steven-holiday-specialAirdate: December 10, 2001

When Ginger learns that she is part Jewish, she decides to celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah. Unfortunately, this becomes a problem to best friend Dodie, who insists that she is abandoning Christmas.

8. Jimmy Neutron “Holly Jolly Jimmy” (2003)

jimmy-neutron-holly-jolly-jimmyAirdate: December 8, 2003

After Jimmy tells his friends that he doesn’t believe him Santa, it leads the crew to the North Pole to get answers.

9. Invader Zim “The Most Horrible X-Mas Ever” (2002)

invader-zim-the-most-horrible-xmas-everAirdate: December 10, 2002

Being amazed at how much power Santa has over humans during Christmas time, Zim creates a Santa suit and pretends to be him to gain control.

10. Doug “Doug’s Christmas Story” (1993)

doug-dougs-christmas-storyAirdate: December 12, 1993

Porkchop is accused of attacking Beebe, which puts his life on the line and Doug’s Christmas spirit is in shambles.

 

 

 

Happy Halloween!

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Hey guys! I just wanted to wish my readers a very happy Halloween this year. Whether you’re going out or just staying home and watching Halloween specials and movies, you deserve to have a good time. Might I add this is the first Halloween of Cartoon Buzz! I will be posting some reviews of a couple of my favorite Halloween/spooky specials so get your candy & apple cider then sit back, relax and stay tuned. Stay safe tonight!

– Crystal

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