Sunday, July 10, 2011

Retro Con 2011 Day 3: TCH Lesson 30: Fox Kids

*It's the 3rd and Final day of Retro Con,the Tetrad are inside the Con in the main convention room,which isn't that full.No celebs are around yet either*

Welcome to the 3rd and Final day of Retro Con 2011. We are here in a somewhat empty convention room,awaiting some celebs. Tonight,I will be giving my lessons on Fox Kids.

Mina: That should be good.

Sailor Moon: Al Kahn Is here,I saw him in the lobby at the hotel talking with Heinz Doofenshmirtz and Denzel Crocker. So it looks like the rumors were true.

Gohan: Man that sucks.

Sailor Moon: Tell me about it.

Mina: If he interupts our lesson,I'm gonna destroy him.

*chuckles* you go girl. Anyway,like I said the lecture isn't until tonight,so in the meantime we're waiting for celebs.

Mina: I wonder who's gonna show up first? What time is it?

Gohan *checking watch*: It's 10:25am.

Sailor Moon: So it's still early.

Mina: Collectively,how many autographs did we get so far? Just a ballpark figure.

I guess we have around 35-47. I have autograph photos of 80's Skeletor,80's Hordack,Chuck Norris,Mr.T.,Bill Cosby,Shawn Michaels,She-Ra,Lucy Lawless,Mega Man X,Vash the Stampede,The American Ken Masters,Johnny Yong Bosche,and King Koopa.

Mina: Cool,I have the autographs of Hordack,Skeletor,Mr.T,Jimmie Walker,King Koopa,Beetlejuice,Captain Falcon,AoSTH Dr.Robotnik,Vincent Valentine,Cosmo and Wanda,Kevin Sorbo,Astro Boy,Speed Racer,and Sailor Venus aka my twin sister from another mother.

Sailor Moon: I got She-Ra,Lucy Lawless,He-Man,Jaleel White,Jason David Frank,Austin St.John,Princess Daisy,The Mario Bros.,Zero,Goku,Krillin,Mega Man,Supergirl,Spider-Man,Inuyasha,Vash the Stampede,Sonic,Kim Possible and Ron stoppable and Rufus,Sakura Kasugano,and Yuffie Kisaragi.

That's alot of celeb sigs.

Sailor Moon: And I've only just begun. So how about you Gohan?

Gohan: I'm not into autographs,so I don't have any.

Ok,apparently it looks like the celebs aren't gonna show until later. Hey Gohan,when will Vegeta and Bulma get here?

Gohan: They got here late last night and should be signing autographs later this evening.

I got some extra quarters,wanna go to the Arcade?

Sailor Moon: Sure.

Mina: I'm gonna go browse the shop. And maybe buy one last thing.

Gohan: I'm gonna go catch a movie.

Cool. see you soon.

*the team goes their seperate ways. Hours later,the tetrad are back at the main convention room,where the place is packed and the celebs are finally here,signing autographs. stefan and mina are at vegeta and bulma's booth*

We're here with Vegeta,Prince of All Saiyans and his wife Bulma. So Vegeta,what brings you to Retro Con 2011?

Vegeta: I'm here to sign more autographs than Kakarot. He may be better than me at fighting,but my Fanbase is much much bigger.

Bulma: This is so cool. Our fans are the greatest.

So where's Trunks and Bra?

Bulma: Trunks decided to stay home. Retro Con isn't his thing...same with Bra.


Mina: Before we go,Vegeta,can we here you say that classic line we love so much?

Vegeta: Forget it.

Mina: C'mon. Hey guys do you wanna here Vegeta's famous epic line.

*croud cheers*

Vegeta: Forget it.

Mina: C'mon.

Vegeta: *sighs* fine. *shouts* It's over Nine Thouussaanndd!!!

*croud cheers and applauds*

Mina: Awesome.

Vegeta: I still hate that line.

*Sailor Moon is at another booth,where Darkwing Duck and Launchpad McQuack are signing autographs*

Sailor Moon:We are here with the one and only Darkwing Duck. Darkwing it's an honor.

Darkwing: I love these conventions,so many fans,so masny autographs to sighn. I love it.

Launchpad: DW is always pleased to see his fans.

Sailor Moon: and his ego get a boost.

Darkwing: Can we talk later? I'm kinda busy with my fans.

*Gohan is at another booth,where Adam West aka the 60's Batman is signing autographs*

Gohan: I'm here with Adam West. Mr.West. it's good to meet you.

Adam West: Well,it's good to be here among the fans and chat with them. I still can't believe that there were so many fans of my old Batman show. Though,I do find it strange to be among cartoon characters,though I've recently gotten used to it.

Gohan: Is this your first Retro Con.

Adam West: as a matter of fact it is. When I first heard of Retro Con,I didn't think anything of it,I thought it was another weirdo convention. But after hearing more about it,I've decided to give it a shot. And now the nastalgic concept of this convention has warmed up to me.

Gohan: That's good to know. Thank you Mr.West for your time.

Adam West: No problem.

*Many Hours later inside the convention auditorium,an announcer,with al khan is at a podeum (with a mike on it) on stage infront of thousands of people..including celebs*

Announcer: Goodevening Retroheads to the 3rd and Final of Retro Con 2011.

*audience cheers*

Announcer: We have a great show for you tonight. Starting with the one and only..Cartoon Historian. Followed by a mini-concert by The Sonic Underground and the comedic stylings of Bill Cosby. But before we get on with tonights entertainment,we are gonna,unfortunatly,here from former Head Hancho of 4Kids Entertainment,Al Khan.

*Croud jeers as khan takes the podium*

Al Khan: Greetings you Nastagia freaks.

*croud jeers*

Al Khan: I'm here to talk to you about the slanderous claims about 4Kids and to set the record strait. 4Kids entertainment isn't as bad as you were lead to believe. 4Kids Entertainment has done good thing that people overlook. We made Anime Mainstream in the US.

*croud jeers*

Al Khan: We made the carrers of many Voice Artists such as Dan Green. We reintroduced America to Dragon Ball Z.

*croud jeers even louder*

Al Khan: And finally we not only introduced Saturday Morning Entertainment to this Generation,but we greatly improved upon Saturday Morning Entertainment in general.

*croud jeers loudly*

Al Khan: Sure we made some minor mistakes in the past,like that One Piece thing,but it's nothing. Those who say that we destroy Anime are blowing things way out of proportion.

*croud jeers*

Al Khan: So you see,4Kids Entertainment isn't an evil organisation..for that mattert niether is Disney of Viacom. So before I go,I'd like you all to forget everything negative you heard about 4Kids,and to remember the awesome things we contributed to american society. And whatever the Cartoon Historian Says is a lie. He's factually challanged.

*croud jeers*

Al Khan: Thank you.

*croud cheers al khan as he leaves the stage..but only because he's leaving. announcer returns to the podium*

Announcer: Now that that's finally over,let's begin with the Cartoon Historian.

*croud cheers as Stefan and Mina walk onstage and take the podeum. the announcer leaves*

Thank's again guys. Tonight,is the final chapter in the Triad of SatAM block lessons. Fox Kids.

*croud cheers*

Fox Kids was Fox's children's programming division and brand name from September 8,1991 until September 7, 2002. It aired programming on Monday–Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings.

Depite it's name,the block also had something for the preteens. It continued to run repeats until September 7, 2002. At that time, Fox put the time slot up for bidding, with 4Kids Entertainment winning and securing Saturday morning programming. Not counting the Big 3 Blocks (which ave been doing the saturday morning thing since the 70's),Fox Kids lived to be the longest running children's television block and managed to have high ratings throughout its run.

Mina: According to James B. Stewart's DisneyWar,Fox Kids' history is intertwined with the history of The Disney Afternoon. DuckTales,the series which served as the launching pad for the Disney Afternoon,premiered in September 1987 on Fox. This was due to the fact that then-Disney chief operating officer Michael Eisner and his then-Fox counterpart,Barry Diller,had worked together at the ABC network and at Paramount Pictures.

Mina:In 1988, Disney purchased a Los Angeles television station,later renaming it as KCAL-TV. The station's new owners wanted DuckTales to be shown,thus taking it away from the Fox-owned station.

Mina: Furious at the breach of contract,Diller pulled DuckTales from all other Fox owned-and-operated stations in the fall of 1989. Diller also encouraged Fox affiliates to do the same,though most did not initially. As Disney went forward in building the Disney Afternoon,Fox then began the process of launching its own unique lineup. On September 8, 1991,Fox's Block became Fox Kids.

Fox Kids was a joint venture between Fox Broadcasting and its affiliates. Originally headed up by division president Margaret Loesch. Originally,the block itself aired programming for an hour Monday through Friday, and three hours on Saturday morning. Soon after officially becoming Fox Kids,the block expanded to an hour and a half on weekdays and four hours on Saturday mornings. In 1992,the weekday block expanded an extra half hour.

Mina: Fox Kids had its own radio lineup too. it was called the Fox Kids Radio Countdown. It lasted two hours and was hosted by Chris Leary. The show consisted of contests, gags, and funny sound effects. It was later renamed to Fox All Access and continues to air currently, mainly as a promotional vehicle for current artists, films, and programs on the primetime Fox schedule.

By 1993,Fox Kids was up to three hours on Monday-Fridays and four hours on Saturdays. Stations had the choice of airing one weekday hour in the morning and two hours in the afternoon, or all three at the same time in the morning or afternoon.

This was because some stations had morning newscasts. In 1995 and early 1996 Fox acquired three former ABC affiliates and Savoy/Fox acquired three former NBC affiliates and an ABC affiliate. Those stations all had evening newscasts, but wanted to continue to have regular syndicated programming to lead into the news instead of cartoons,so they would run Fox Kids an hour earlier in the afternoon from 1-4 p.m.

In 1996, Fox Kids merged with Haim Saban's Saban Entertainment to form Fox Kids Worldwide. Some of this programming also aired on Fox Family Channel (now ABC Family).

In 1998,Fox bought out their affiliates' interest in Fox Kids as part of a deal to help pay for the network's pricey NFL football package. The Fox Kids programming weekday block was trimmed to 2 hours.

In 2000, affiliates were all given options to push the block up to 2-4 p.m. instead of 3-5 p.m.. In the 6 or so markets with 5 p.m. newscasts that carried Fox Kids,were running the block an hour early. Some affiliates would even tape delay the block to air between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., one of the lowest-rated time periods on US television.

By 2001, Fox stations felt they were on much more even footing with "The Big Three" networks and wanted to take back the Fox Kids programming blocks to air their own programming. Saturday mornings had become a liability as the other networks started to extend their weekday morning show franchises to the weekends,and the local Fox stations wanted to start Saturday morning newscasts, owing to the cultural change of Saturday becoming the theoretical "sixth weekday".

Mina: Now that just sucks.

Fox Kids was the #1 kids network since 1992,but was overtaken by Kids' WB years later with the stronger animated block backed by Warner Bros. and containing Pokémon as well Yu-Gi-Oh!. ABC aired mostly comical cartoons, with the exception of Lizzie McGuire and Even Stevens, which were sitcoms aimed at teenagers, while CBS aired preschool programming from Nick Jr., and NBC was airing E/I programming from Discovery Kids, splintering the audience.

Mina: Now,keep in mind,NBC and CBS's block were Not concidered True Saturday Morning blocks. they mare air on Saturday,but they lack the feel of true Sasturday Morning blocks.

*audience cheers*

The added factor of Nickelodeon's aggressive schedule that out-rated all the broadcast networks among children on Saturday mornings left Fox Kids behind, and the programmers could find no way to catch up and stand out in this crowded field.

Mina: This is when Nick was still good.

After Fox Family Worldwide was sold to Disney in July 2001, Fox Kids was placed under the oversight of Fox Television Entertainment and moved to the Fox headquarters on the 20th Century Fox lot. Soon after,Fox discontinued their daytime children's block,giving the time back to their affiliates.

Fox put their programming up for bidding and 4Kids Entertainment won.

*croud jeers*

Fox Kids maintained a Saturday morning-only schedule until September 14, 2002, when it gave the time to 4Kids Entertainment. The block was renamed FoxBox and then in January 2005,it was renamed to 4Kids TV. 4Kids TV lasted until 2008,when Fox and 4Kids parted ways. Today,Fox no longer broadcasts children's programming.

Mina: While,Fox Kids was ending,Disney instituted a two-hour morning lineup on its newly acquired ABC Family, programmed similarly to Fox Kids. Internationally, Fox Kids continued to air under the same name, despite its new Disney ownership.

It wasn't until 2005 that Disney unveiled its new brand name for action and adventure programming, Jetix. The new name was applied first on the ABC Family morning block and a prime-time lineup on Toon Disney. Today,Jetix and Toon Disney are both dead.

Disney now holds the rights to nearly all of the Fox Family/Saban archives under Disney-ABC Domestic Television, including Digimon, The Tick, Eek! Stravaganza, and the Marvel animated titles. Though,there are several exceptions:

-In May 2010, Haim Saban repurchased the Power Rangers franchise.

-Bobby's World was co-produced by Film Roman, and as such, TV rights belong to Disney, but home media rights are owned by Starz.

-The Goosebumps TV series, which aired on Fox Kids from 1995 to 1998, is owned by Scholastic,with video rights licensed to Fox.

-The Warner Bros. produced series are still under Warner Brothers ownership. They also own Tom & Jerry Kids.

Mina: We will never forget the greatness that was Fox Kids. For little over a decade,they have provided us with awesome entertainment. Fox Kids you are Missed.

*croud applauds*

That concludes this lesson. Thank you all for joining me tonight and hope you enjoy the rest of the Con. Good-Night everyone.

Mina: Peace Out.

*the croud applauds as stefan and mina leave the stage*

*fades to black,credits roll*

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