Timm Releases New Batman Video

batman_75Cre­ator of Bat­man: The Ani­mated Series Bruce Timm has brought his vision of the Dark Knight back again with a new short cel­e­brat­ing 75 years of the crime fighter. The short, titled Bat­man: Strange Days, fea­tures “a lost tale from Batman’s past, the Dark Knight tracks a strange giant to the mys­te­ri­ous lair of Dr. Hugo Strange.” Pro­duced in a tinted black and white, the short runs under 3 min­utes but sets quite a mood of dark and dank bat-reality rem­i­nis­cent of a ’30s serial.

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Pink Turns 50! Let’s Celebrate!

10003446_10152049972182965_282434669_nOne of the greats in the ani­ma­tion char­ac­ter pan­theon has just hit his golden anniver­sary. First appear­ing in the open­ing title sequence of the 1963 film The Pink Pan­ther, the ani­mated cat had such an influ­ence on audi­ences he went on top star in a series of ani­mated the­atri­cal films, var­i­ous tele­vi­sion series, and, of course, a slew of other ani­mated title sequences. In fact, the only Pink Pan­ther film the pan­ther was not fea­tured in was the sec­ond, A Shot In The Dark.

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Cartoon Network Shows For The Season

cartoon-networkCar­toon Net­work is look­ing ahead to a new year of pro­gram­ing with a vari­ety of new self-produced and syn­di­cated pro­gram­ing includ­ing a reboot for Bugs Bunny, and the newest return of Scooby-Doo and the gang. A vari­ety of exist­ing pro­gram­ming has also been green-lit for addi­tional sea­sons. Car­toon Net­work has also announced it’s first limited-time short series based on a short from Car­toon Net­work Stu­dios shorts program.

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Third Boxtrolls Trailer

boxtrollsLaika Entertainment’s newest stop-motion fea­ture film The Box­trolls has a spiffy new trailer online today. The stu­dio which brought us Para­Nor­man in 2012 and Cora­line three years before that looks to repeat again with an incred­i­bly crafted film. Orig­i­nally titled Here Be Mon­sters, the film is a 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid ani­mated feature.

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Incredibles Animated Sequel

incredibles_2Dis­ney CEO Bob Iger con­firmed to the Dis­ney share­holder meet­ing that Pixar is actively work­ing on a sequel to their 2004 hit film The Incred­i­bles. While very lit­tle other infor­ma­tion was released, Iger did state the orig­i­nal direc­tor Brad Bird was work­ing on the script for The Incred­i­bles 2. Iger also men­tioned the stu­dio is in work on a sec­ond sequel to Cars, Cars 3.

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DreamWorks Extends Partnership With NetFlix

dreamworksDream­Works has promised over 300 hours of new ani­ma­tion for stream­ing part­ner Net­flix. Three new series have just been announced to help fill that hefty plan for pro­gram­ming. Before the end of the year, Net­Flix should be stream­ing three new series: Puss In Boots, King Julien and Veg­gie Tales In the House.

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Sony Updates Animated Feature Film Roster

sony_pictures_animationSony Pic­tures Dig­i­tal Pro­duc­tions Pres­i­dent Bob Osher has set out more par­tic­u­lars on the stu­dios com­ing ros­ter of ani­mated films. Updat­ing three and adding a fourth film, Osher said: “I am really excited by the vari­ety of our upcom­ing projects as well as the amaz­ing tal­ent work­ing on them.” Two of the films in process are sequels to pre­vi­ous Sony projects, and one is a rework of a pop­u­lar ani­mated char­ac­ter; only one is an orig­i­nal project for the studio.

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Live Action Chip ‘n Dale

rescue_rangersDis­ney is mov­ing ahead with a live-action movie based on the ani­mated series Chip ‘n Dale Res­cue Rangers accord­ing to the Hol­ly­wood Reporter. The orig­i­nal series, which ran 65 episodes in 1989–1990, was pro­duced by Tad Stones and Alan Zaslove. The new movie is to be a hybrid live-action film with ani­mated char­ac­ters, and will be pro­duced through Man­dev­ille Films.

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Frozen And Mr. Hublot Win Gold Man

Frozen_4As expected, Disney’s Frozen won the Best Ani­mated Film Oscar at tonight’s Acad­emy Awards cer­e­mony. The film, which is near­ing one bil­lion dol­lars in total box office, beat out four other films to take the honor. This is The Walt Dis­ney Studio’s first win of the Best Ani­mated Fea­ture award since its intro­duc­tion in 2002.

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Arthur Rankin Passes Away

Arthur_RankinArthur Gard­ner Rankin, Jr. has passed away at 89. He was an Amer­i­can direc­tor, pro­ducer and writer, who mostly worked in ani­ma­tion. A found­ing part­ner of Rankin/Bass Pro­duc­tions- with Jules Bass– he gained fame with such stop-action ani­ma­tion fea­tures as Rudolph the Red Nosed Rein­deer and the 1977 car­toon ani­ma­tion of The Hob­bit.

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