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The Tick - S P O O N ! ! ! ! !

Posted by David Lambert
Yesterday we teased TVShowsOnDVD readers in our Home Improvement story by mentioning that we had news - which we were saving for today - from our industry sources about a pair of animated Disney TV-DVDs in the works. This info comes from the same *very* reliable source that has provided info to us in the past, including our scoop this past Christmas Day that Jim Henson's Dinosaurs would soon be announced for DVD (which of course it was).

"Cool, they got a blimp!" The Tick, the super-popular 1994 animated series that ran on the FoxKids Saturday Morning Block after originating from the Ben Edlund comic books is coming to DVD in 2006! The comic book character was also the inspiration for a 2001 live-action series that's already on DVD, but fans of the original cartoon have been desperately waiting for news of a DVD release. TVShowsOnDVD is very proud to have the scoop on this info!

The Tick is voiced by Townsend Coleman, who got his start in voice acting on shows like Inspector Gadget and Jem!, but who moved into more prominent roles in Fraggle Rock and finally co-starred as Michaelangelo in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He also starred as the title role in Where's Waldo and as "Wayne Gretzky" in DiC's ProStars before becoming The Tick.

Micky Dolenz of The Monkees was the original voice of The Tick's sidekick, Arthur, but was quickly replaced for long-term duty by Rob Paulsen of Pinky & The Brain. Rob's Animaniacs co-star Jess Harnell also showed up at times voicing "Sewer Urchin." Cam Clarke - who voiced the title role in the 2002 remake of He-Man - was the voice of show regular "Die Fledermaus," and character actor Kay Lenz voiced the other show regular, "American Maid." Brad Garrett from Everybody Loves Raymond showed up as a guest voice on two occasions.

There were 36 episodes of The Tick, which came to be owned by Disney at the same time Power Rangers and X-Men did, as a result of the mouse-house's purchase of the Fox Children's Network block (who in turn owned many of the Saban shows as well). Our industry sources indicate that Disney will almost certainly release The Tick in a multi-DVD set, similar to DuckTales and Rescue Rangers releases last year. A release date has not been set, and anything can change to delay or scrap their current plans. But if things hold, we'll see the set before 2006 is over, and probably released side-by-side with another Disney DVD animated TV show. What could that be? How about Darkwing Duck?

It will probably be a while before Disney makes this info official. Stay tuned for further info and developments, which we'll bring to you just as soon as we can. In the meantime, we'll have to wait. Gravity is a harsh mistress.

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