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Ex-Target Execs Found Children’s IP Firm Hoho Entertainment

Oliver Ellis and Helen Howells — both former executives at Target Entertainment — have formed a new production and rights company for children’s entertainment called Hoho ... Continue Reading →
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‘Panda 2,’ ‘Rio,’ ‘Rango’ Lead Crowd of Super Bowl Movie Ads

Super Bowl Sunday is almost here, which means its time for football fans to root for the Pittsburgh Steelers or Green Bay Packers — also to check out all the great commercials. Among ... Continue Reading →
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‘Chico & Rita’ to Open Cartoon Movie

Fernando Trueba’s animated feature Chico & Rita is the opening film of the 13th edition of Cartoon Movie, set for March 2-4 in Lyons, France. Trueba’s animation debut ... Continue Reading →
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‘Inception,’ ‘Dragon’ Top VES Awards

Christopher Nolan’s Inception was the big winner at last night’s Visual Effects Society Awards, taking home four honors, including Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual ... Continue Reading →
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HIT Seals 51 Broadcast Deals for ‘Thomas,’ ‘Angelina,’ ‘Bob’ and More

HIT Entertainment has completed 51 sales of its preschool programs, including animated hits Thomas & Friends, Angelina Ballerina and Bob the Builder, to broadcasters all over the ... Continue Reading →
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DreamWorks Animation Heading to ‘Lidsville’

DreamWorks Animation is preparing to bring the 1971-73 Sid and Marty Krofft children’s series Lidsville to the big screen, reports The New York Times. The studio has tapped Conrad ... Continue Reading →
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Cartoon Saloon Teases ‘Song of the Sea’ With Conceptual Trailer

A lot of people sat up and took notice of Ireland’s Cartoon Saloon last year after its animated feature Secret of Kells was nominated for an Oscar. The studio is now developing ... Continue Reading →
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Storyboard Veteran John Dorman, 58, Dies

Veteran storyboard artist John Dorman died Saturday at the age of 58, according to a post on The Animation Guild blog. The cause of death has not been revealed. Dorman began his career ... Continue Reading →
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Cast a Valentine’s Vote For Top Toon Couples at Teletoon Retro

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and Canada’s Teletoon Retro is polling its viewers to find the top five classic cartoon sweethearts. Visitors to the channel’s ... Continue Reading →
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Oscar Week Includes Look at Animated Shorts, Features

Animation gets its due in Oscar Week — a series of events planned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the week leading up to the 83rd annual Academy Awards. On ... Continue Reading →
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‘DaVincibles’ Sets February Debut on Australia’s Channel 7

The DaVincibles are heading down under. The program — a co-production of Australia-based SLR Productions, France’s Moonscoop, Italy’s Neo Network, RAI Fiction, Telegael ... Continue Reading →
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Disney’s Original ‘Alice’ Celebrates 60th With Blu-ray Release

The classic Disney version of Alice in Wonderland is turning 60 – and it looks better than ever with its first-ever high-definition home video release. The new Blu-ray edition of ... Continue Reading →
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Prolific Batman, Marvel Writer/Director Boyd Kirkland Dies

Boyd Kirkland, a prolific director of animated shows including Batman: The Animated Series and X-Men: Evolution, died Friday while awaiting a lung transplant, according to a post on ... Continue Reading →
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Okun Re-Elected Chairman of VES Board

The Visual Effects Society has announced its 2011 Board of Directors, with Jeffrey A. Okun being re-elected to a third one-year term as chairman. “I am honored to have been re-elected ... Continue Reading →
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Brit Henry Cavill Set as Snyder’s Superman

Zack Snyder has found his Superman, casting English actor Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel for a new feature film due out by the end of 2012. The 27-year-old actor is best known for ... Continue Reading →
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‘Angry Birds’ Head to ‘Rio’; First Look at Trailer

20th Century Fox gave a big push to its upcoming animated film Rio, showing off Friday the first clips to the press and announcing a collaboration with the makers of the hit mobile ... Continue Reading →
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‘Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance’ Gets Ready for its Flight to U.S. theaters

Giant cyborgs, apocalyptic symbols and Jungian psychology are a few of the heady ingredients of the hugely popular Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise. First introduced as a 26-part TV ... Continue Reading →
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Joint Venture TAO 3D Fusion Offers Glasses-Free Creation, Conversion

TAO Productions and 3D Fusion have teamed up to create TAO 3D Fusion, a new company focused on creating, converting and exhibiting stereoscopic 3D content. The joint venture has come ... Continue Reading →
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Aardman Reportedly Developing ‘Shaun the Sheep’ Movie

The BBC is reporting that Aardman Animations has begun work on a feature film version of its preschool animated hit Shaun the Sheep. The Beeb reports that a script is being developed ... Continue Reading →
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Animate Projects Likely to Close Without Arts Council England Funding

England’s Animate Projects program has announced it likely will shut down at the end of March after the Arts Council England not to fund the program for 2011. With a history that ... Continue Reading →