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Early Animation: The Farmer in the City

Andrew J. Lederer | Posted 07.28.2014 | New York
Andrew J. Lederer

In truth, there are scores of mice in Farmer Al's cartoons (as in other Terrytoons), but they are not mighty. The mightiness is reserved for the more or less human character at their center, not mighty as a character -- he is an oft-besieged man -- but mighty as a star.

The Truth About Steve Revealed

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 05.29.2014 | TV

Do you remember Steve Burns? Here's a reminder: He was the dude with the sick fashion sense. He got super excited when the bills came. ...

What Makes 'Phineas and Ferb' the Most Original TV Show Since Ernie Kovacs?

Michael Levin | Posted 07.28.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Levin

Phineas and Ferb is unique among TV cartoons in that it treasures the creativity and resourcefulness of kids while at the same time preserving the dignity and wisdom of parents.

WATCH: Lupita Nyong'o Delights 'Sesame Street' Fans In Mexico

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 05.22.2014 | Black Voices

Since her Oscar win, Lupita Nyong'o has been hailed as one of Hollywood's most beautiful talents -- and boy does the young actress have the brains to ...

The 10 Worst Things You Can Say to a Writer During a Book Launch

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.01.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

Those of us who are writers know that publishing a book is a lot like the first weeks of motherhood, where you're binge eating, weeping, laughing hysterically, and want to sleep but can't. Some people say things that help you get through the day, but others make you cry all over again.

The Crazy Truths Behind Your Favorite Children's TV Shows Might Just Blow Your Mind

Posted 03.12.2014 | TV

People tend to watch children's television at two very different points in their lives -- first as kids, and then again as parents. Seeing these seemi...

Kids and Educational Media: Desire to Learn vs. Design to Teach

David Kleeman | Posted 03.29.2014 | Parents
David Kleeman

"Educational" TV isn't necessarily "quality" TV, and while the government can demand that broadcasters offer shows with curriculum and goals, it can't enforce that they be any good.

How Children's Media Can Change the World for Good

Suna Senman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Suna Senman

Media simply conveys the ideas we choose to share with our children. It has just as much power to teach kids math as it does to encourage them to eat junk food.

Children and Families, Media and Play: The Five Minute Futurist

David Kleeman | Posted 09.07.2013 | Media
David Kleeman

The coming years will look like the late '90s TV "gold rush," when companies staked out channel space in the expanding multi-channel universe. This time, though, the prospectors will mine distinctive content that can woo audiences in the "over the top" TV market.

WATCH: Teenage Boy Transforms Into Female Superhero In 'SheZow'

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 05.29.2013 | Gay Voices

It seems this summer is full of superheroes with a new caped crusader movie opening every weekend whether it be "Iron Man 3," "The Wolverine" or "Man ...

Grasping at Elephants: Reporting on Kids Media Research

David Kleeman | Posted 05.29.2013 | Media
David Kleeman

This week, we've seen a prime example of how the race for a catchy headline or the editorial bent of a journal can influence how research is characterized in the press. Depending on which sources parents follow, they can come away anxious or reassured (or, likely, confused) by the same data!

A Visit With the Walt Disney of Italy, Writer/Director Iginio Straffi

Xaque Gruber | Posted 05.01.2013 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Iginio Straffi's journey to becoming an entertainment mogul began with drawing comics at six years old and selling them to friends. Today, Straffi is best known as the creator of the Winx Club, an animated action/fantasy series.

The Adventures of Zelza Zero -- a Race to the Finish

Monique Ruffin | Posted 04.27.2013 | Impact
Monique Ruffin

Forty-five days seems like a short period of time to raise thousands of dollars, but in reality it's a long way to the end. You must have a plan for maintaining your energy, and a backup plan for when you don't meet your goals.

Why Do Kids Today Get A Parade For Going To The Potty?

Dena Higley | Posted 04.20.2013 | Fifty
Dena Higley

I don't recall anyone being there the first time I went in the potty. My mom might have been there. I'm sure she would have been pleased, as it meant there'd be fewer diapers to wash. But I don't recall giving our kids more than a pat on the back or a big hug.

A Zero of a Different Kind

Monique Ruffin | Posted 04.06.2013 | Impact
Monique Ruffin

There's a little over a month left in the Kickstarter campaign, and the excitement is growing about The Adventures of Zelza Zero & Friends becoming an...

A Zero on a Mission

Monique Ruffin | Posted 04.01.2013 | Impact
Monique Ruffin

As a mother of a 6-year-old who has a unique learning style, I'm always on the lookout for creative books that teach fundamentals, such as the alphabe...

The 4 Words Parents Should Remember This Year

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 03.02.2013 | Parents
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

When we were children, the biggest gift our parents could give us was their attention. Nowadays, with everyone on their phone/iPod/iPad, there is less of an opportunity for kids to interact with us. In 2013, we can resolve to spend more time with our kids and we can even initiate it!

Can Love Incarnate Be Delivered By TV?

Eliot Daley | Posted 12.13.2012 | Religion
Eliot Daley

Early media guru Marshall McLuhan famously declared TV a "cool" medium for its essentially dispassionate, detached, diluted means of engaging people. But both Fulton Sheen and Fred Rogers proved that it is not the essence of the medium that controls the effect.

Big Bird is Proxy for a Golden Goose

David Kleeman | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics
David Kleeman

I'm concerned that the comic edge may obscure the truth: Big Bird is an avian proxy -- what Romney really proposes is to kill a golden goose. Crippling public broadcasting would result in devastating cultural and educational losses.

Transmedia Makers: Frustration + Opportunity = Magic

David Kleeman | Posted 10.21.2012 | Media
David Kleeman

It's easy to imagine teens of 2000 bouncing medium to medium, while longing for a connective thread -- a TV-show website that goes deeper than cast bios and "printables"; magazines that explore the worlds of their favorite games; the book-based backstory to the film they just saw.

TV Shows for Preschool-aged Children Balance Education and Entertainment

Caroline Presno | Posted 10.20.2012 | Parents
Caroline Presno

The good news is that more than one station now offers educational and entertaining programs. The following are some favorites in our household.

When It Comes to TV, Some of Us Need to Get Over Ourselves

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 07.29.2012 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

If we focus too much on one thing without looking at everything else children do, and how they do it, we are going to miss important opportunities to make a difference.

PBS Deserves Tons of Awards, but Not for Selling Kids on Chick-fil-A

Susan Linn | Posted 07.23.2012 | Media
Susan Linn

PBS deserves lots of awards, but using a beloved children's character to entice children into fast food restaurants is nothing to celebrate. Families deserve more from public television.

My Psychological Theory about SpongeBob SquarePants

Yalda T. Uhls | Posted 05.08.2012 | Parents
Yalda T. Uhls

Besides perhaps fostering an interest in marine biology, it's hard to understand the ability of Sponge Bob Square Pants ability to fascinate, let alone teach.

Going 'Screen Free' vs. Getting 'Screen Smart'

David Kleeman | Posted 06.30.2012 | Parents
David Kleeman

Today, the concept of "screen time" is complex, and navigating a multiplying array of devices and the accompanying flood of content demands media literacy.