Wow, talk about extending the franchise. Take a look at the way Nick Anderson and the Houston Chronicle are turning traditional editorial cartooning into sophisticated, well-produced animations.
A recent example is available here. And there are archives of other animated work at this link.
The production values here are very high; the animation credits music and graphics assistance at the end. I haven't talked to anybody at the Chronicle about this, but I'd love to know more about how they do it, how much it costs and so on. Anybody have an in there?