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Cartoon Movie to Set Up ‘Suicide Shop’

Writer/director Patrice Leconte’s unusual French animated feature The Suicide Shop has just joined the lineup of eclectic titles to be screened at this year’s Cartoon Movie event ... Continue Reading →
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Image Metrics Unveils Live Driver

3D facial animation tech developer Image Metrics announced the release of its Live Driver Software Development (SDK) today. Live Driver is described as a new real-time facial animation ... Continue Reading →
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Toei Announces New ‘Saint Seiya’ Series

Japanese toon powerhouse Toei Animation is celebrating the 25th year of its popular Saint Seiya property by introducing a brand new series this spring, as producer Goh Wakabayashi announced ... Continue Reading →
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Nick Debuts CG ‘Franklin’ Feb. 13

Beloved preschool character Franklin the turtle will return to the small screen thanks to Nickelodeon’s new CG-animated series Franklin and Friends, set to premiere Monday, February ... Continue Reading →
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‘Rango,’ ‘Hugo’ Win Big at VES Awards

Gore Verbinski’s underdog hero Rango continued its winning streak last night at the 10th Annual VES Awards. Only a few nights after taking home four Annie Awards, the Paramount/ILM ... Continue Reading →
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Nick Jr. Says Shalom to Israel

Viacom Int’l Media Networks (VIMN) has announced that together with long-time local partner Ananey Communications it will launch its leading preschool channel Nick Jr. in Israel, ... Continue Reading →
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The Scoop on Cinequest Fest ’12

The organizers of the 22nd edition of the Cinequest Film Festival—an Academy Award qualifying festival for animated shorts—have given a first look at what visitors can expect from ... Continue Reading →
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Atlantyca, Imira and Inspidea Fly with ‘Bat Pat’

Italian studio Atlantyca, Spanish house Imira and Malyasia’s Inspidea are producing a new 52 x 11 minute series based on the best-selling children’s book series Bat Pat. The deal ... Continue Reading →
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Cookie Jar and Fremantle Stomp with ‘Ella the Elephant’

Cookie Jar Entertainment and FremantleMedia Enterprises have joined forces to launch the 26 X half-hour animated preschool show Ella the Elephant. The series is award-winning Ella The ... Continue Reading →
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Wizart Releases ‘Snow Queen’ Movie Trailer

Moscow- and Voronezh-based CG animation studio Wizart has released a trailer for its upcoming 3-D feature The Snow Queen. Based on the famous Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, the ... Continue Reading →
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Nicktoons Debuts ‘Monsuno’ Feb. 23

Nickelodeon’s Nicktoons channel will launch its new action-adventure animated series Monsuno Thursday, February 23 at 8 p.m. (ET). The 52 x half-hour series focuses on a group of ... Continue Reading →
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CCTV Preps ‘Mr. Dragon’s Park’ for 2013

China’s CCTV Animation, Inc. together with production partners Dalian Tsanghao Digital Technology Co., Foxfield Entertainment and Studio CHOPS have announce the production of Mr. ... Continue Reading →
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Meet Mr. Robinson

Longtime Ottawa Animation Festival director Chris Robinson tells us about how he and his team put together a world-class, kick-ass toon event. Anyone who has attended Ottawa’s wonderful ... Continue Reading →
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Arc Is on Board HIT’s ‘Thomas & Friends’

HIT Entertainment has signed Toronto-based Arc Productions (formerly Starz) to animate the new season of its CG-animated preschool hit Thomas & Friends. This deal marks the first ... Continue Reading →
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Matt Groening to Receive Walk of Fame Star

It’s hard to believe that The Simpsons creator Matt Groening still hasn’t received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Well, that wrong is going to be set right next Tuesday, ... Continue Reading →
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Little Airplane Announces New Musical Toon

Emmy-winning Little Airplane Productions and popular children’s artist Laurie Berkner are working on a new preschool series called Sing It, Laurie! Sing It, Laurie! is about a little ... Continue Reading →
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Al Pacino to Voice New ‘Despicable Me’ Villain

Universal/Illumination’s sequel to Despicable Me just added more star power to its voice lineup. Deadline reported that master thespian Al Pacino has signed to play the new villain ... Continue Reading →
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‘Rango’ Rides Home with Top Annie Prize

In what may be a bellwether for Oscar night, Paramount/Nickelodeon’s quirky CG-animated feature Rango won the prize for Best Picture at the Annie Awards this Saturday (Feb.4). The ... Continue Reading →
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Pixie Award Winners Are Announced

The Third Annual Pixie Awards, honoring outstanding work in animation, effect and motion-graphics, has unveiled its list of winners for the 2012 edition. The Pixies received a record ... Continue Reading →
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Nick, Playmates Introduce New TMNT Toys

Dude, if you dig the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, you’ll have to find a way to check out this year’s Toy Fair in New York (Feb. 12-15). That’s where Nickelodeon and Playmates ... Continue Reading →