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Editor and publisher of the Big Cartoon DataBase, Dave has been involved in cartoons since opening the Cartoon Factory animation art gallery in 1993. You may contact Dave here.

Khumba Trailer Released

Khumba-1Trig­ger­fish Stu­dios has released the first trailer for its new South African ani­mated film Khumba. This newest fea­ture from Trig­ger­fish Stu­dios opens in South Africa on Octo­ber 25, and will arrive in the­aters and On Demand on Decem­ber 6 in the US and world­wide. It had it’s World Pre­miere at the Toronto Inter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val in Sep­tem­ber of 2013. The film is dis­trib­uted by Mil­len­nium Enter­tain­ment. Khumba is the sec­ond fea­ture film from the stu­dio at the tip of Africa– Trig­ger­fish released Zam­bezia in July of 2012.

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PIXAR Shutters Canadian Studio

Pixar-CanadaThree short years after open­ing it’s first satel­lite stu­dio in Van­cou­ver, Pixar announced that the stu­dio is to be shut down. The stu­dio was located in the Gas­town area of Van­cou­ver, which has seen a recent boon in ani­ma­tion shops that have recently moved to the Cana­dian town. “A deci­sion was made to refo­cus oper­a­tions and resources under the one roof,” said Dis­ney spokesper­son Barb Math­e­son from Toronto. Dis­ney is the par­ent com­pany of Pixar. Approx­i­mately 100 artists and employ­ees are now unem­ployed by this unex­pected news.

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DreamWorks Adds Two To Head Home

smekdayDream­Works Ani­ma­tion has added two hot names to the voice cast of next year’s Home. Look for come­dian Steve Mar­tin to take on Cap­tain Smek, the leader of the alien race known as Boov. Jen­nifer Lopez is also mov­ing Home, play­ing the teenage girl Tip’s mother. Lopez and Mar­tin join the exist­ing cast of “The Big Bang The­ory” star Jim Par­sons as the alien Oh and singer Rihanna as Tip, the teenage girl.

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First Teaser Up For Laika’s Boxtrolls

boxtrollsLaika Enter­tain­ment, cre­ators of 2009’s Cora­line and last year’s Acad­emy Ward nom­i­nee Para­Nor­man has just released their first teaser trailer for their next ani­mated film,  The Box­trolls. Set for release on Sep­tem­ber 24, 2014, The Box­trolls will be the first stop-motion ani­mated film directed by Anthony Stac­chi and Gra­ham Annable.

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First Trailer for Disney’s Frozen

FrozenDis­ney has released the first trailer for Frozen, their take on the Snow Queen tale made famous by Hans Chris­t­ian Ander­sen. Set for release this Novem­ber, Frozen is a story that Walt him­self con­sid­ered doing, but never actu­ally started on. A ver­sion was con­sid­ered in 2002. By 2010, Dis­ney shelved that project, then changed its sta­tus to “on hold.” The film gained new life in late 2011. when Dis­ney announced a new title for the project (Frozen), and com­mit­ted to a 2013 release date.

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Disney Announces First Marvel Animated Feature

Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6

Walt Dis­ney Ani­ma­tion has announced their first feature-length ani­mated film based on a Mar­vel prop­erty Big Hero 6. Inspired by a little-known Japan-set Mar­vel series about a team of state-sanctioned super­heroes, the film will cen­ter on a boy named Hiro Hamada and his beloved robot com­pan­ion Bay­Max who join a team of crime fight­ers in a myth­i­cal mashup high-tech city called San Fransokyo.

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Paperman Producer Kristina Reed Flies Out Of Oscars

Kristina Reed

Kristina Reed

Kristina Reed, the pro­ducer of the Acad­emy Award Win­ning ani­mated short Paper­man was escorted from her seat at the awards show shortly after her film won the cov­eted stat­uette. It seems that in her exu­ber­ant mood to cel­e­brate the win, Ms. Reed took to mak­ing paper air­planes, apply­ing a lip-stick kiss, and send­ing the planes into the audi­ence around her.

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Bob Godfrey dead, age 91

Bob Godfrey

Bob God­frey

Britain’s best-loved ani­ma­tor Bob God­frey, cre­ator of Roo­barb & Cus­tard and Henry’s Cat, died on Thurs­day 20h Feb­ru­ary aged 91.

Born in New South Wales, Aus­tralia, in Jan­u­ary 27 1921 of British par­ents, he was brought home to Eng­land at the age of 6 months.

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The Jockstrap Raiders Invade The Internets!

The Jockstrap Raiders

The Jock­strap Raiders

The full video of the Stu­dent Acad­emy Award win­ning Ani­ma­tion “The Jock­strap Raiders” is now avail­able to view online. Five years in the mak­ing, this was a labor of love for direc­tor Mark Nel­son. The film became his Mas­ters the­sis project at UCLA.

The Jock­strap Raiders is a Stu­dent Acad­emy Award win­ning ani­mated short film about a group of mis­fits dur­ing world war I. It takes place in Leeds, Eng­land where our heroes are all excluded from the war due to var­i­ous abnor­mal­i­ties. Threat­ened by the invad­ing Ger­man Kaiser and his army, they must learn to become a team and over­come their defi­cien­cies in order to save Britain, and the world.

Com­pleted at UCLA, it is Mark Nelson’s MFA the­sis project. The short has won many awards, includ­ing: Stu­dent Acad­emy Award; Best Ani­ma­tion, British Ani­ma­tion Fes­ti­val; Best Ani­ma­tion Macon Film Fes­ti­val; Best Nar­ra­tive Short GI Film Fes­ti­val; Audi­ence Award Orlando Film Festival.

Cartoon Network Coming To Netflix Streaming

Netflix

Net­flix

Net­flix announced it has signed a multi-year license agree­ment with Turner Broad­cast­ing and Warner Broth­ers, thus open­ing the door for Car­toon Net­work and Adult Swim shows to come to instant online stream­ing. Begin­ning March 30, Car­toon Net­work shows like “Adven­ture Time,” “Johnny Bravo,” “Green Lantern: The Ani­mated Series,” “Reg­u­lar Show,” and “Ben 10“will have whole sea­sons avail­able for streaming.

Adult Swim titles will be appear­ing soon. “Archer,” “The Boon­docks,” “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” “Robot Chicken,” “Children’s Hos­pi­tal” and more are now avail­able for view­ing. Futu­rama has been on Net­flix for some time now.

Don’t expect a whole lot from “Toon­ami” block– now part of Adult Swim– on Net­flix because of licens­ing issues for the older shows.