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Daily News Bytes: Happy Holidays!

Making Christmas: The Animated History of Rankin-Bass Productions Take a stop-motion sleigh ride through TV history in this look back at the 19 Christmas specials produced by the company, ... Continue Reading →
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Amazon Greenlights ‘Lord of the Rings’ Series

Good news for fantasy fans: Amazon has officially given the go-ahead to a new series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings epic in what seems like perfect timing, with ... Continue Reading →
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Second Annual LAIKA Animation Fellowship Announced

Non-profit arts organization Film Independent (producers of the Spirit Awards and LA Film Festival) and Oscar-nominated studio LAIKA announce the second year of the LAIKA Animation ... Continue Reading →
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‘Witch’s Night Out,’ ‘Gift of Winter’ Coming to DVD

Two Canadian holiday specials from the 1970s featuring the voices of Gilda Radner, Catherine O’Hara and Dan Aykroyd are coming at long last to DVD. Mill Creek Entertainment will ... Continue Reading →
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ABP Takes Summer Show to Downtown Manhattan

This summer, for the first time in the history of Animation Block Party, opening night will be held in lower Manhattan. The evening is presented by Brookfield Arts and hosted by our ... Continue Reading →
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‘House of Monsters’ Series Seeks Funding

Artist and filmmaker Dawn Brown is campaigning for funds on Kickstarter to bring back her stop-motion short film House of Monsters as a web series. The 2012 original film was a throwback ... Continue Reading →
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Warner Bros. Brings Superman and Batman to WonderCon

It looks like DC Comics fans will have a blast next weekend (March 29-31) at the WonderCon confab in Anaheim. Warner Bros. Home Ent. plans to bookend the event with the world premiere ... Continue Reading →
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Stop Motion Casts a Spell on SpongeBob

How the talented team at Screen Novelties brought a familiar 2D toon to 3D life in It’s a SpongeBob Christmas! special. You can call it the Rankin-Bass legacy—the reason we tend ... Continue Reading →
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A High-Tech, Dysfunctional Santa’s Coming to Town

How the wizards at Aardman joined forces with Sony Animation to deliver the poignant and funny CG-animated holiday adventure, Arthur Christmas. Santa Claus and animation have enjoyed ... Continue Reading →
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Animated Bieber Helps Santa in Music Video

Taking a break from his tabloid headaches, Canadian singer Justin Bieber is getting a little more animated this holiday season. The new Animagic video for his latest Christmas release ... Continue Reading →