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Like all kids, when we were growing up we had our favorite comic book super heroes, cartoon characters and animated movies. It was usually a quick walk to the drug store and 15 cents later you were reading all about your favorite comic book characters. Or you could turn on the television on a Saturday morning and see your favorite cartoons. There were also the classic animated movies that we could have Mom and Dad take us to at the local theater. Today, with the Internet creeping into all aspects of our daily lives you can only expect that some of your favorite characters (and your kids) have leapt onto the information superhighway.
Your kids are sure to love the sites dedicated to the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. They can go on the Power Rangers Megadventure (http://www.tcfhe.com/mmpr/) with Tommy the White Power Ranger. Tommy will be their guide as they test their skills against the various Power Ranger villains. On their journey, they'll have to collect clues to go on - good luck in defeating Ivan Ooze! In addition there are sound and movie clips and other fun things to see and do at this site. Another cool Power Ranger site (http://www.delphi.com/power/) has wonderful graphics, movies and sounds. Check out the different email areas where you can send a message to your favorite Power Ranger.
Another favorite of the kids will be the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles site (http://www.ninjaturtles.com/). Your kids will love visiting Raphael, Michaelangelo, Leonardo, and Donatello. Each one of the turtles has his own area on the site and is waiting for email to be sent his way. And with a few more clicks you can go through the on-line comic strip that is included in this site. Don't worry if you have a slow modem, the comic strip is in black and white and should load efficiently.
One of the best sites on the Internet today houses that classic Gotham crime fighter Batman (http://www.batmanforever.com/). It's filled with sounds and graphics that make this site especially fun to visit. Check out the gallery where you can print out full color pictures of your favorite characters. Or if you dare to take the risk, try answering the Riddler's series of riddles to get into the Bat Cave. In addition to the visual appeal of this site, you'll find information about Batman that probably didn't know. Instead of spoiling the fun for you, we'll let you go and visit for yourself.
If you haven't made it to the theaters over the holiday season you're probably wondering what all the commotion is about The Toy Story (http://www.toystory.com/). Go to this site and check out the super spaceman, Mr. Potato Head and the rest of the lovable characters that make up The Toy Story. There is information about the movie and biographies of each of the characters in the movie. Send email or sit back and watch some of the movie clips available at this site.
Another recent movie release is Balto (http://www.mca.com/universal_pictures/balto/), a full-length animated adventure about courage, spirit and determination. The film recounts the true story of the sled dogs who rescued the town of Nome, Alaska from the grips of an epidemic in the winter of 1925. Here you can meet the characters, learn about Balto's heroic story and access images from the movie for fun and entertainment.
Of course Walt Disney has a site (http://www.disney.com/). For information on Disney's currently released animated features, follow the links to the "Movies" page; from here scroll down to the "Walt Disney Animation" link. You'll find information on the latest Disney movies: Pocahontas, A Goofy Movie, and The Lion King. Click on any one of these to get information on the production of the movie or download video clips or promotional pictures. Some of the graphics are pretty big, so you'll have to be patient if you don't have a fast connection. But they're worth it for the wonderful quality of the images.
The Disney site isn't limited to information about their animated movies. It has information about the Disney Channel, home video, Disneyland, books and much more. For example, if you're planning a trip to Disneyland in the near future, check out the site for information about what's going on in the park. You can even make sure your favorite Disney character will be around before you plan your trip! Check out the book link to see Disney's humongous book factory. Here you can click on the magic book idea machine to find out What's New! at the book factory or click on the Pocahontas Serialized Book, to see and read a story about Pocahontas. There's also a Cinderella Sweepstakes where you can enter to win fantastic Cinderella prizes.
The Cartoon Factory (http://www.cartoon-factory.com/) has lots of different animations and various artwork from most of the popular animation studios including Warner Bros., Hanna-Barbera, The Simpsons, Ren & Stimpy, PEANUTS, MCA/Universal and many more. If you're looking to buy that special someone a Tasmanian Devil t-shirt, check out the Warner Bros. studio store (http://www.warnerbros.com/). They've got tons of stuff with all the favorites, including Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, the Roadrunner and the rest of the gang.
If comic books are more your speed, check out the ComicBook Depot (http://www.comicdepot.com/) for some of the hottest and most popular comic books for all ages. Interestingly enough, we haven't found any "official" sites for two of the biggest comic book makers: DC and Marvel. If you're up on comic books, you'll know that many of the favorites are produced by Marvel or DC. That's right, though, there isn't an official Superman or Spiderman site. If you can find one, let us know because we'd like to check it out too.
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