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Animation Picture Co. Develops ‘Zombie Pet Shop’ Feature

The Animation Picture Co. has bought an original script titled Zombie Pet Shop to develop as a stereoscopic 3D feature film, Variety reports. The original script by E.L. Katz concerns ... Continue Reading →
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Watch: ‘Green Lantern: Emerald Knights’ Trailer

Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, the studio’s  next DC Universe original animated feature. Take a look: The movie is set to be released ... Continue Reading →
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HIT Orders 8th Series of ‘Fireman Sam’

Look for Fireman Sam to be on the job for a while longer. HIT Entertainment announced it has begun pre-production on an eighth season of the animated series for preschoolers. Twenty-six ... Continue Reading →
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Imagi Buys ‘Pleasant Goat’ Makers Toon Express Group

Imagi International is on the move again, acquiring Chinese company Toon Express Group and its Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf property, reports Variety. The $130 million deal will see ... Continue Reading →
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Fox Salutes ‘American Dad!’ With Seventh-Season Order

Fox has renewed its animated comedy series American Dad! for a seventh season. The series — created by Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker and Matt Weitzman — is currently airing its sixth ... Continue Reading →
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Animated People: L.E.G. Productions’ Laura Elkus Gross

We all know about the people who make the animated movies we love to watch over and over again on DVD and Blu-ray — at least in part because of the great bonus features that come ... Continue Reading →
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Contest Opens ‘Skatoony’ Slots to Canadian Kids

We get lots of requests from parents in Canada about how their kids can get on Skatoony, the Teletoon quiz show featuring animated contestants. Well, here’s your answer: Teletoon ... Continue Reading →
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France’s TF1 Acquires ‘Mike the Knight’

Mike the Knight looks like he’s on his way to France. Co-producer Nelvana is finalizing a deal with TF1 for the French channel to air the CG-animated series for preschoolers. Ready ... Continue Reading →
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New on Video: ‘Megamind,’ ‘All-Star Superman,’ ‘Last Unicorn’

Big brains and big muscles lead this week’s superheroic charge of new releases on DVD and Blu-ray. Leading the pack with a Friday release is Megamind (DreamWorks Animation, $30.99 ... Continue Reading →
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Animation, Comics Writer Dwayne McDuffie Dies

Dwayne McDuffie, a writer and producer who contributed to comic books and such animated series as Static Shock, Justice League, Ben 10 and the just-released All-Star Superman, has died. According ... Continue Reading →
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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 →