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NBC Animated Three ’30 Rock’ Online Shorts

NBC’s comedy series 30 Rock airs its 100th episode tonight, and to celebrate the networks is releasing a trio of animated shorts. The first short is up on NBC.com (and debuted ... Continue Reading →
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Overseas Reviews, Clip from Disney’s ‘Winnie the Pooh’

Disney’s next 2D animated feature, Winnie the Pooh, doesn’t open in North America until July 15 — but it’s already playing overseas and doing fairly well with critics ... Continue Reading →
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3rd Diversity in Animation Fest to Unspool 22 Films in Rio

If the animated feature Rio got animation fans thinking about a trip to Brazil, then the lineup for the third annual Diversity in Animation festival may be the perfect reason to go. The ... Continue Reading →
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UCLA Festival to Present Crystal Anvil Award to June Foray

Legendary animation voice actress June Foray will be honored with the Outstanding Contribution in Animation Award, also known as The Crystal Anvil Award, at the UCLA School of Theater, ... Continue Reading →
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PBS’ ‘Electric Company’ Goes to ‘Prankster Planet’

The Electric Company is adding an animated math-literacy segment called Prankster Planet, set to debut with the third season premiere of the Emmy-winning show May 2 on PBS Kids Go! Twelve ... Continue Reading →
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Casting Info, First Look at DCU’s ‘Batman: Year One’

Warner Bros. has set the classic comic book story Batman: Year One as its next animated direct-to-video DC Universe feature. The studio also announced the voice cast, with Bryan Cranston ... Continue Reading →
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Clip from Toy Story Toon, ‘Hawaiian Vacation’

All Pixar fans know that Toy Story 3 is not the end of the story for Woody, Buzz and the gang. The first Toy Story Toon short, “Hawaiian Vacation,” is set to play in front ... Continue Reading →
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Aardman Goes Batty For Fruit2Day Campaign

It’s always a good day when some new work from Aardman Animation shows up, such as the following ads for Fruit2Day. The ads are part of a new national TV campaign in the U.S. ... Continue Reading →
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Al Jazeera Children’s Channel Buys DQE Series for 22 States

The Al Jazeera Children’s Channel has acquired broadcast rights for 22 Arabic states to multiple properties from DQ Entertainment, including  The Jungle Book, The New Adventures ... Continue Reading →
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Academy Panel to Examine Production Design in Animation

The differences between production design for animation and live action will be explored in detail during the first installment of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ ... Continue Reading →
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Animation Block Party Sets July Dates, Seeks Submissions

The eighth edition of the annual Animation Block Party — now open for submissions — will take place July 29-31 at Rooftop Films and BAM Cinematek in Brooklyn, N.Y. The largest animation ... Continue Reading →
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Cartoon Network to Air 9 Story’s ‘Almost Naked Animals’

Cartoon Network has picked up 9 Story Entertainment’s animated series Almost Naked Animals and will begin airing it later this year. The Canadian-produced comedy series, with ... Continue Reading →
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Kavaleer Hires Commercial, Animation Vet Jackie Leonard

Ireland’s Kavaleer Productions has added veteran producer Jackie Leonard to build its commercial department and manage its animation productions. Leonard comes to Kavaleer with ... Continue Reading →
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‘Governator’ Recruits ‘SpongeBob’ Writer Steven Banks

The Arnold Schwarzenegger-backed animated project The Governator has added former SpongeBob SquarePants head writer Steven Banks to its ranks. The Emmy-nominated Banks will be head ... Continue Reading →
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17 Projects Set for Animation Production Day in Germany

Seventeen projects from eight countries have been selected for the Animation Production Day, a business platform event for the animation industry hosted by the 18th Stuttgart International ... Continue Reading →
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Rejoice in the Release of ‘American Dad, Vol. 6′ on DVD

Get in line, Seth-heads — the most recent release from the Seth McFarlane-Fox animation alliance is arriving this week with the release of  American Dad, Vol. 6 (Fox, $39.98). The ... Continue Reading →
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‘Kung Fu Panda 2′ Gets High Profile Cannes Push

Kung Fu Panda 2 is getting a big send off from DreamWorks Animation with a premiere and press junket during the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, Variety reports. Though it won’t ... Continue Reading →
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Tokyopop to Shut U.S. Publishing May 31

Manga and anime publisher Tokyopop has announced it will close the doors on its remaining U.S. publishing operations effective May 31. According to a statement from the Los Angeles-based ... Continue Reading →
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‘Rio’ Rocks the Box Office with $40M Opening in U.S.

It looks like Rio found the party it was looking for. The animated feature from Blue Sky Studios and Fox trounced the competition at the box office, earning an estimated $40 million ... Continue Reading →
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Annecy Unveils Features in Competition Slate

The organizers of the prestigious Annecy Festival of Animation unveiled the list of the features competing in the 2011 edition of the event (June 6-11) earlier today. The nine nominated ... Continue Reading →