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Animated Acme To Explode On Screen

acme_corp-wile_coyoteDo you remember the Acme Corporation, purveyors of fine explosives, heavy-weight anvils, high-speed tonic and – yes!- tornado seeds to Wile E. Coyote, Super Genius? Warner Bros. has been in development of a film based on the company since 2010, and the film is proceeding toward production status. While none of the original Looney Tunes or Merrie Melodies characters are set to appear in the film, and Steve Carrell is said to be the Steve Jobs-like CEO of Acme Corporation.

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Kipling Cartoon Cavalcade

Jungle-Book1Here’s hoping you like Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book…. because you are about to get three animated feature versions in as many years. Based on their popular animated series of the same name, DQ Entertainment will be the first out of the gate with their The Jungle Book. 2015 will see Disney’s second bite at the apple, with their own remake of The Jungle Book. And not wanting to be left out, Warner Bros. is bringing up the rear with 2016′s Jungle Book: Origins. While DQ’s entry is first, and comes from the land of The Jungle Book, it will probably make the least impact on American audiences. But both Disney and Warner Bros. versions feature all-star casts, and both look to attract a ton of attention as they come to theaters. We have a score-card so you can keep track of which star is attached to which project….

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Pixar’s Good Dinosaur Take A New Turn

Pixars Good DinosaurWhen The Good Dinosaur was pushed back from May 30, 2014 to November 25, 2015, it left the year 2014 entirely devoid of a Pixar feature film. The film has lead a very troubled existence,  from first being pulled from Disney’s Frozen‘s 2013 release date to having the director removed in August of 2013. No new director has even yet been announced, but a brain trust of  John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Mark Andrews, and original project co-director Pete Sohn has been hard at work for most of the last year, restructuring and rewriting the film.

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OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL 2014

Ottawa Spotlights Disney

Ottawa-International-Animation-Festival-logoOttawa International Animation Festival is celebrating the world’s most beloved, successful and pioneering animation studio with a series of screenings, talks, exhibitions and legendary Disney animators. Presented with the support of Celebrate Ontario and Walt Disney Animation Studios, OIAF’s tribute to Walt Disney Animation Studios touches upon their impact in feature films  with a 25th anniversary screening of The Little Mermaid – a film that revitalized both the studio and the animation feature when it was released.

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Fox Animation Takes Home The Emmys

emmy-awardTaking a look at the winners for this year’s Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards shows Fox as a big winner with Bob’s Burgers and The Simpsons voice actor Harry Shearer each won their first Emmy Award. Paul Rudish new take on Mickey Mose also fared well, with the all-Italian ‘O Sole Minnie pulled in two Emmys, for Best Short Format Animated Program and to Narina Sokolova for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation, Background Designer, and a second episode pulling in an Emmy also for Background Design.

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DreamWorks Penguins of Madagascar Has New Trailer

penguins-1DreamWorks’ spin-off feature film The Penguins of Madagascar has a new trailer online. The film will be in theaters November 26, and is directed by Simon Smith. It features the voices of Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Benedict Cumberbatch, Christopher Knights, Ken Jeong, Annet Mahendru, Peter Stormare and John Malkovich.

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Warner Bros. Announces Film Dates

warner_bros-1On the heels of Warner Bros. hit The Lego Movie, the studio has staking out the release date for two new animated features for Memorial Day weekends in 2017 and 2018. While the studio fell short of tying titles in to the announced dates- and with a variety of films in the pipeline- neither is probably the Lego Movie sequel announce the week the first movie released.

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Nick Adds First Web-Only Animated Series

Welcome-to-the-Wayne_4Nickelodeon has released the the first episode of it’s new, web-only series Welcome to the Wayne on Nick.Com today. This weekly online series that follows the adventures of Olly Timbers and Ansi Molina, two ten-year-old boys exploring the crazy, unpredictable world of their New York City apartment building, The Wayne. Welcome to the Wayne is the first of four original, short-form digital-only series rolling out on the newly redesigned Nick.com website and the Nick App this year, with more in development.

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Tyson Takes A Swing At Adult Swim

Mike Tyson MysteriesFrom the “you have got to be kidding me” side of San Diego Comic Con comes the announcement of a new series featuring- are you ready for this?- Mike Tyson and his Pigeon Sidekick. To be titled , Iron Mike, his pigeon, the Ghost of the Marquess of Queensbury and Mike’s adopted Korean daughter team up to form the Mike Tyson Mystery Team. One has to wonder if this is some sort of rehab assignment gone bad for Mike’s probation or something…

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Disney To Animate Guardians

Guardians of the GalaxyEven before the much anticipated film hits theaters, Disney has announced a new animated series to be based on “Guardians of the Galaxy“. Guardians of the Galaxy: The Animated Series- as well as a sequel to the theatrical film- were both announced San Diego’s Comic Con. Marvel Animation and Disney XD even went to far as to preview a one-minute teaser of the new animated series at the Comic-Con.

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