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Animated People: Writer Peter S. Beagle on ‘The Last Unicorn’

The 1980s are kind of hit and miss when it comes to animated features, especially independent productions. One of the hits is The Last Unicorn, a fantasy tale that adapted the popular ... Continue Reading →
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‘Gnomeo’ Holds Up With Third-Place, $19M Weekend

Gnomeo & Juliet held up well its second weekend at the box office, landing in third place with an estimated $19.2 million in ticket sales. The CG-animated film just barely missed ... Continue Reading →
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Fox, Saldanha Developing Feature for Ferdinand

Ferdinand, the flower-sniffing star of the classic children’s book, may be returning to animation as a CG-animated feature film. According to a report at Vulture, Fox Animation ... Continue Reading →
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Atlantyca Acquires Milan Children’s Publisher Dreamfarm

Atlantyca Entertainment, the Italian co-producer of hit kids animated series Geronimo Stilton, has expanded its publishing and intellectual property operations with the acquisition ... Continue Reading →
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Image Metrics Acquires Avatar-Creator Big Stage

Facial-animation tech company Image Metrics has acquired software company Big Stage, maker of programs that allow consumers to instantly transform photographs into 3D animated characters ... Continue Reading →
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Watch: New Trailer for ‘Mars Needs Moms’

Disney has released a new trailer for Mars Needs Moms. Due March 11, Mars Needs Moms is directed by Simon Wells and written by Simon and Wendy Wells, the Robert Zemeckis-produced feature ... Continue Reading →
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Ellipsanime, Enanimation, RAI Team for ‘Cross Worlds’

France-based Ellipsanime and Italy’s Enanimation and RAI Fiction have announced they are developing and producing a new animated series called Cross Worlds. The series will comprise ... Continue Reading →
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Henson, Del Toro Proceed with Stop-Motion ‘Pinocchio’

Guillermo del Toro and The Jim Henson Co. have agreed to proceed with the director’s long-planned stop-motion animated feature version of Pinocchio. According to Variety, Pathe ... Continue Reading →
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‘Cars’ Spinoff ‘Planes’ Confirmed for Spring 2013

It’s official: The Cars direct-to-video spinoff is ready to take flight. DisneyToon Studios has announced Planes, a full-length CG-animated movie set for release in spring 2013. The ... Continue Reading →
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Autodesk to Acquire Games Tech Firm Scaleform

Autodesk has announced plans to acquire user interface tools and middleware company Scaleform for $36 million in cash. Scaleform’s technology has been prominently used in the ... Continue Reading →
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Richard Edlund Launches duMonde VFX in New Orleans

VFX icon Richard Edlund is launching duMonde Visual Effects, a new studio in production hot spot New Orleans. According to Variety, Edlund is teaming up on the project with WhoDoo EFX ... Continue Reading →
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China’s SARFT Reports 28 Percent Increase in Animation

Just in case you need confirmation that China’s animation industry is booming, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television reports the nation produced 220,530 minutes ... Continue Reading →
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Execs and Producers Talk TV Toon Biz at Kidscreen Summit

It’s a busy week for TV development execs, buyers and producers at they gather for the annual Kidscreen Summit held at New York City’s Hilton (Feb. 15-19). The confab features packed ... Continue Reading →
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Animated People: Robb Pratt Talks ‘Superman Classic’

If you’re looking up in the sky or scanning your local theater for signs of Superman — you’re out of luck, as the Man of Steel has most recently been sighted on YouTube in an ... Continue Reading →
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Nick Unveils at Toy Fair New ‘SpongeBob,’ ‘Dora’ Lines

Nickelodeon Consumer Products is making a splash at Toy Fair by unveiling new lines of toys for hit animated series SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer. The network will unveil ... Continue Reading →
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Former Treehouse Exec Launches Little Tugboat in Toronto

A new Canadian production company called Little Tugboat has been launched by a former Treehouse exec and some support from Little Airplane founder Josh Selig. Based in Toronto, Brenda ... Continue Reading →
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Chorion Sells ‘Octonauts,’ ‘Gaspard and Lisa’ to Disney Junior

U.K.-based production and distribution company Chorion has sold the animated series Octonauts and Gaspard and Lisa to Disney for airing on Disney Junior in 2012. Octonauts is a CG-animated ... Continue Reading →
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Starz Animation Toronto Opens VFX, Creature Animation Division

Starz Animation Toronto — the studio behind the just-released animated feature film Gnomeo and Juliet — is expanding, opening a new visual effects and creature animation division. The ... Continue Reading →
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Miller Joins Disney Channels as Director of Acquisitions and Co-productions

Kids and family entertainment veteran Karen K. Miller has joined Disney Channels Worldwide as director of acquisitions and co-producions. Miller will be in charge of creating and executing ... Continue Reading →
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Random House, FremantleMedia to Launch ‘Fish Head Steve,’ ‘Charlie Small’ Series

Random House and FremantleMedia have agreed to launch a pair of global kids entertainment brands. The two shows — Fish Head Steve and The Amazing Adventures of Charlie Small — are ... Continue Reading →