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Veteran Animator Jim Hiltz Dies at 85

The Animation Guild Blog reports that veteran animator, director and teacher Jim Hiltz has passed away at the age of 85. Best known for directing Jay Ward’s Rocky and His Friends, ... Continue Reading →
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DeMarco Promoted to Marketing VP at Cartoon Network

Jason DeMarco has been promoted to VP of strategic marketing and promotions at Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. He will be responsible for developing promotional marketing programs, ... Continue Reading →
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Produced By Confab Announces 2012 Lineup

The fourth annual Produced by Conference, which is held this year June 8-10 at the Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, has announced its jam-packed program for this year. Academy ... Continue Reading →
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Disney’s Naughty Bits, Real and Imagined

Just when you start to think the old rumors about hidden dirty jokes in Disney animated features have died down, they get passed on to a new generation. This was proven to me recently ... Continue Reading →
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‘Fraggle Rock’ Preps 30th Celebration

The Jim Henson Company is gearing up for its hit children’s puppetry series Fraggle Rock’s 30th Anniversary in 2013 with plans for celebrations, events and new products for fans ... Continue Reading →
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‘Futurama’ Season 7 Blasts Off in June

Comedy Central is bringing back Fry, Bender, Leela and the rest of the Planet Express crew for a seventh adventurous season of the Emmy Award-winning series Futurama this summer! The ... Continue Reading →
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Plot and Cast Announced for ‘Smurfs’ Sequel

Sony Animation began production on the sequel to its 2011 hit The Smurfs today. Most of the cast and crew from the original movie, which made over $560 million at the global box office, ... Continue Reading →
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DC to Offer Animated ‘Flashpoint’ Movie

Comic Book Club website reports that DC Comics is working on animated movie featuring its Flashpoint miniseries. Voice actor Kevin Conroy let it slip during an interview that he was ... Continue Reading →
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TED-ED Site Uses Animation for Education

Over the past few years, TED’s thought-provoking conferences have offered a great way of sharing ideas, stories and methods of understanding our world. Now the non-profit group behind ... Continue Reading →
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Avast! Aardman’s ‘Pirates’ to Attack Theaters This Friday!

With The Pirates! Band of Misfits Peter Lord and his team have outdone themselves with another delightful, beautifully crafted animated movie. We’ve all seen stop-motion family pictures, ... Continue Reading →
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‘Motorcity’ Ready to Burn Rubber on Disney XD

The futuristic Motorcity explores a bizarro car culture on Disney XD. Die-hard animation fans who have been watching cool shows such as Metalocalypse, Megas XLR and MTV Downtown have ... Continue Reading →
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‘Wreck-It Ralph’ to Offer Vidgame Star Cameos

More info about Disney’s upcoming holiday movie Wreck-It Ralph was released the CinemaCon event in Las Vegas this week. Directed by Rich Moore (Sit Down, Shut Up, Drawn Together, ... Continue Reading →
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Annecy Selects 18 Animated Features

The Annecy Animation Festival has announced a rich program of new animated features from all around the world screening during its 2012 event (June 4-9). Ten features films (in competition) ... Continue Reading →
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Millimages and BBC Sign Licensing Deal for ’64 Zoo Lane’

European animation house Millimages has signed a licensing and merchandising deal with BBC Worldwide for its hit preschool show 64 Zoo Lane (104 x 11’). BBC Worldwide has taken global ... Continue Reading →
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Pokémon Players Get Darkrai, Card Game Expansion

Dedicated Poké-masters playing the Black and White versions of the popular critter-collecting game will get the Pokémon of their dreams—and give their opponents nightmares—when ... Continue Reading →
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Anime Version of Stitch Still Big in Japan

Huggable blue alien buddy Stitch from Disney’s Lilo & Stitch is returning to Japanese televisions in an all-new one-hour TV anime special titled Stitch! to Suna no Wakusei (Stitch ... Continue Reading →
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Upcoming Pixar Projects Unveiled at CinemaCon

Attendees at yesterday’s CinemaCon event in Las Vegas learned all about Pixar’s upcoming animated slate and found out details about the sequel to Disney’s Muppets movie. Here ... Continue Reading →
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Weinstein Tags 3 Toons for Theaters

2013 is going to be a busy year for The Weinstein Company as the studio focuses on multiple family-friendly toons set for theatrical release next year. In addition to the much-buzzed ... Continue Reading →
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‘My Little Pony’ Wedding A Ratings Record

The Hub TV network scored a record high audience with the much-buzzed about two-parter wedding special of their in-house produced My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic on Saturday, April ... Continue Reading →
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Fox to Adapt Viral Comic ‘Axe Cop’

Fox has given the go-ahead to an animated series version of Axe Cop, the comic-book franchise created by seven-year-old Malachai Nicolle and his older brother and chief illustrator ... Continue Reading →