BUZZ ON THE TICK: Nnnoooo! We came across the following "News-flush" on the Daily Buzz: "Fox has announced that effective November 30, it will drop The Tick from its Saturday morning line-up and replace it with (ugh!) Power Rangers Zeo. Naughty Spawn beware! The Tick still airs Sunday at 7 p.m. on cable's Comedy Central." The news was confirmed by local KMSB-Channel 11 execs, who informed us they'd received so many viewer complaints they'd called the network themselves. Apparently the show appealed more to adults than children. The jury is still out as to whether they'll bring it back in an evening format.

But all is not yet lost, fellow fans of the blue and goofy. Send your concerns to: Fox Children's Network, 5746 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028. Together we will be heard! SPOON!

DOG DAY: Not only did Santa fail to deliver any palatable new programming to the tube this year, but the powers of darkness have conspired to kill off the best Saturday morning cartoon since the original Bugs Bunny. (We speak, of course, of The Tick.) Take matters into your own hands with a new addition to your home-video library. Our pick is the claymation marvel Wallace and Gromit, now available on VHS.

Recently featured in a festival of animated shorts at The Loft cinema, this made-for-British-TV serial knocked our socks off with clever storytelling and brilliantly detailed animation.

We've spied three episodes featuring the cheese-loving inventor and his loyal dog, available for under $10 in local stores. Our favorite is "The Wrong Trousers," winner of the 1993 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. It's about a mysterious penguin who takes control of a pair of robotic pants Wallace has invented to walk Gromit. The penguin presses the pants into service for a dastardly diamond heist. This is great stuff, for kids and adults alike. TW

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