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Asahi Launches Animated Toy-Based ‘Heroes’ Series

Japan’s Asahi Productions will launch a new animated series titled Heroes: Legend of the Battle Disks in partnership with Spain’s Magic Box Toys at the Hong Kong Toys and Games ... Continue Reading →
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Disney Renews Charter Distribution Deal

The Walt Disney Company has re-upped its distribution agreement with Charter Communications, delivering customers content across TVs, computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles ... Continue Reading →
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Pittsburg Animator Leland Hartman Dies at 82

Former Disney and Warner Bros. animator Leland “Lee” Hartman passed away at a nursing facility in Glen Hazel, PA on Dec. 24. He was diagnosed with dementia six years ago, shortly ... Continue Reading →
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‘One Piece Film Z’ Breaks More Records

Toei Animation’s hit feature One Piece Film Z has earned 3.1 billion yen (about $36 million) during its first 10 days at the Japan box office since it opened on December 15. The 2D ... Continue Reading →
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Otomo Packs a Lifetime in 12-Minute ‘Combustible’

During a recent interview, Katsuhiro Ŏtomo said that he wished he had a time machine so that he could travel to different periods in history. With his new 12-minute, animated short ... Continue Reading →
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In Memoriam: 2012

As we approach the final moments of 2012, we’d like to take this opportunity to remember and honor all the talented men and women of the animation and vfx community who passed away ... Continue Reading →
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10 Things We Loved about This Past Year

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Animated Films Have a Good Year in France

French animated features such as The Rabbi’s Cat, Zarafa and The Painting (Le Tableau) are playing a big role in the year-end awards scene in the U.S., thanks to maverick indie distributor ... Continue Reading →
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Pixar’s ‘Brave’ Is No. 1 Animated Pic of 2012

Brave, Disney/Pixar’s charming tale of a bold Scottish princess, took the crown as the best-selling animated movie of 2012. Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, the movie ... Continue Reading →
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Evil Eye Shines on Cirque Du Soleil Pic

Evil Eye Pictures delivered the lion’s share of the vfx for the 3D feature Cirque Du Soleil: Worlds Away. The film, written and directed by Andrew Adamson (Shrek, The Chronicles of ... Continue Reading →