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McAvoy, Laurie Join Aardman’s Arthur Christmas

Actors James McAvoy and Hugh Laurie have signed on to provide voices for Aardman Animation’s 3D CG-animated feature film Arthur Christmas. The duo joins a cast that includes Jim Broadbent, ... Continue Reading →
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CTN Expo Brings Moebius, The Illusionist to Burbank Nov. 19-21

Forget about Thanskgiving! For all of us toon fans, the most-anticipated event of November has to be Burbank’s fantastic CTN Animation Expo. For the second year in a row, event organizer ... Continue Reading →
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VES Student Award Submissions Due Nov. 30

The Visual Effects Society is accepting submissions through Nov. 30 for its annual Student Award, sponsored by Autodesk. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in visual effects ... Continue Reading →
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VIZ Takes Manga Digital With iPad App

Manga is joining the digital comics revolution, as VIZ Media announces the release of a digital manga application for the Apple iPad. The free app has launched through the Apple iTunes ... Continue Reading →
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MoCCA Presents Directing Animation Discussion

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York City will present Nov. 4 a panel discussion and launch party for Directing Animation, a new book by David B. Levy. Levy is an award-winning ... Continue Reading →
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CMG Brings African Features to AFM

Cinema Management Group is bringing the African 3D animated feature films Khumba and Zambezia to the American Film Market in Santa Monica. Both films are being made by Triggerfish Studios ... Continue Reading →
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Starz Toronto to Animate Robosapien

Starz Animation Toronto has signed to animate the lead character in Robosapien: Rebooted, a feature film produced by former Marvel exec Avi Arad and Steven Paul. The film, about a robot ... Continue Reading →
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Black Sets Up Animated Comedy at Fox

Actor Jack Black’s filmmaking company Electric Dynamite has set up an animated TV series titled Tiny Monsters at Fox, according to Variety. The comedy series is written by Ali Rushfield ... Continue Reading →
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Nick Nabs Olive the Ostrich

Nickelodeon U.K. has acquired Olive the Ostrich, a multiplatform series from Blue-Zoo that includes a short-form animated series for preschoolers. According to a report in Cynopsis ... Continue Reading →
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Pokemon Writer Takeshi Shudo Dies

Takeshi Shudo, a writer who worked extensively on the Pokemon animated series and feature films, died Friday in Japan of a brain hemorrhage. He was 61. According to reports, Shudo collapsed ... Continue Reading →
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Comic-Con Passes On Sale Nov. 1

If you want to attend the massively popular Comic-Con International: San Diego next year, it’s time to start making plans. The convention will put its four-day and one-day passes ... Continue Reading →
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Full Sail Dedicates Facility to D&D Co-creator

Full Sail University will dedicate its new game studio at a ceremony Oct. 30, naming the new facility BlackMoor in honor of a Dungeons & Dragons campaign created by the game’s ... Continue Reading →
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Animated Feature Deadline for Oscars is Nov. 1

The deadline is nigh for films looking to qualify for the animated feature film category for the 83rd annual Academy Awards. Entries and supporting materials must be submitted to the ... Continue Reading →
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Gravity Expands to West Coast

Visual-effects house Gravity has opened a West Coast office in the Lantana Center in Santa Monica to create visual effects for film and television productions. The company, formerly ... Continue Reading →
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Big Idea Promotes Nawrocki, Adds Steele

Big Idea Entertainment has promoted Mike Nawrocki to the post of executive VP and brought in Mark Steele into the newly created position of chief of creative affairs. Nawrocki has been ... Continue Reading →
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Shrek’s Mitchell In Talks for Chipmunks 3

Alvin and the Chipmunks are getting some help from Shrek Forever After director Mike Mitchell, who is in talks to make the third film in the popular series. Mitchell, whose directing ... Continue Reading →
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Sneak Peek: Fanboy and Chum Chum

Nickelodeon’s Fanboy and Chum Chum return with new episodes all next week, with all new episodes airing Nov. 1-5 at 5:30 p.m. ET/PT. Here’s an advance look at two scenes from next ... Continue Reading →
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Stepan to Head Chainsaw’s New VFX Unit

Veteran visual-effects supervisor Boyd Stepan will head up the new visual effects unit at independent post-production house Chainsaw. Stepan comes to Chainsaw from Prime Focus/Post ... Continue Reading →
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Idiots and Angels Begins L.A. Run

Mention indie animation and Bill Plympton’s name is the first to pop to mind. Since the mid-1980s, the New York-based animator has entertained audiences with his unique and quirky ... Continue Reading →
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Academy Adds Five to Sci-Tech Council

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has added five new members to its Science and Technology Council. Accepting the academy’s invitation to join the panel are: • ... Continue Reading →