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‘Playmobil’ Joins Toy-to-Film Bandwagon

News out of AFM brings tidings that the classic tyke-targeted Playmobil toy brand is the latest to pursue a big-screen feature film adaptation. Paris-based ON Entertainment has secured ... Continue Reading →
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Tony Millionaire’s ‘Sock Monkey’ in Works for Film

Tony Millionaire, the indie comicker behind Maakies, and animator Matt Danner (The Looney Tunes Show, Xiaolin Showdown) have joined forces to develop the iconic Sock Monkey toy into ... Continue Reading →
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DreamWorks, Hasbro Talking Merger

First it was Softbank looking to acquire DreamWorks Animation; now it’s been reported that talks are well underway for the animation powerhouse to merge with toy and media megacompany ... Continue Reading →
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New Trailer for ‘Song of the Sea’

GKIDS has released a new trailer for Song of the Sea, the most-recent animated feature film from Cartoon Saloon and director Tomm Moore. Song of the Sea tells the story of Ben and his ... Continue Reading →
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Disney Dates ‘Zootopia,’ ‘Moana’

Disney has put names to dates for its 2016 animated features, filling the “Untitled Disney Animation” release slots with Zootopia (coming March 4) and Moana (November 23). Zootopia ... Continue Reading →
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Touchstone Enchanted by Lucasfilm’s ‘Strange Magic’

Lucasfilm has announced that Touchstone Pictures will be releasing its new CG-animated feature Strange Magic to theaters January 23, 2015. The musical fantasy adventure is inspired ... Continue Reading →
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Wizart Signs New Territories for Film Slate

Russian toon house Wizart Animation has closed out a successful visit to the American Film Market, closing new deals for its completed and upcoming CG feature films. Presented at the ... Continue Reading →
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‘Big Hero 6′ Out-Powers ‘Interstellar’

It was set up as a box office duel between Disney’s animated action feature Big Hero 6 and Christopher Nolan’s much-anticipated science-fiction opus Interstellar. The winner ... Continue Reading →
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News Bytes: Merged Animafest, ‘Belladonna’ Restored and More

Wrapping up the week with the following desk-clearing news items: • After years of alternating its focus, The World Festival of Animated Film – Animafest Zagreb has merged features ... Continue Reading →
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Pixar Reaches for Infinity with ‘Toy Story 4′ Plans

Nigh on 20 years after Pixar burst onto the scene with the world’s first CG-animated feature film, the Toy Story legacy is set to continue as Disney-Pixar reveals plans for Toy ... Continue Reading →