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Animation Veteran Rusty Mills Dies at 49

The animation community is deeply saddened by the death of Rusty Mills (Russell P. Mills) of colon cancer at 49 this past weekend. Mills, a graduate of California Institute of the Arts, ... Continue Reading →
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Six Point Harness and Titmouse Launch Rug Burn Channel

Six Point Harness and Titmouse have launched a new YouTube animation channel called Rug Burn. The founders of these prominent independent animation studios have been close friends for ... Continue Reading →
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‘The Gruffalo’s Child’ Gets U.S. Premiere on Sprout

Preschool television channel Sprout will offer the U.S. premiere of The Gruffalo’s Child on December 22nd. Based on the classic children’s picture book written by Julia Donaldson ... Continue Reading →
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Stuttgart Festival Launches Animated Fashion Contest

The annual Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film (April 23-28) is sponsoring a competition focusing on fashion this year. According to fest organizers, this new fashion award will not ... Continue Reading →
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BabyFirstTV Seeks More Animated Growth Spurts

It’s been quite an eventful quarter for BabyFirstTV as the fast-growing channel hit the 35 million home mark in the U.S. and named Trifecta Media as its exclusive ad sales rep. The ... Continue Reading →
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Malaysian/Euro Co-Pro ‘Pumpkin Reports’ in Works

Malaysian studio Young Jump Animation has announced its first co-production venture for a new kids’ animated series to be titled Pumpkin Reports. The series will be jointly produced ... Continue Reading →
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Shout! Nabs U.S. Rights for ‘Monster in Paris’

Multi-platform entertainment company Shout! Factory has acquired U.S. distribution rights for Bibo Bergeron’s CG-animated feature A Monster in Paris as well as Luc Besson’s epic ... Continue Reading →
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Gene of All Trades

Some things stay with you for a lifetime. When I was a kid I read a Yogi Bear comic strip in the newspaper in which Ranger Smith punks Yogi by filling his enormous Christmas stocking ... Continue Reading →
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VES Tech Committee Releases Paper on Color

The Visual Effects Society Technology Committee has released a new white paper document titled “Cinematic Color: From Your Monitor to the Big Screen.” The white paper, intended ... Continue Reading →
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Henson’s ‘Pajanimals’ Lands on Disney Jr., EMEA

The Jim Henson Company has licensed all 52 x 11’ episodes of its new preschool series, Pajanimals to Disney Junior platforms in France, Italy, Benelux, Central and Eastern Europe, ... Continue Reading →