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TT has been with the BCDB for a long time, and is the resident Hanna-Barbera expert. Tammi loves the old show, and keeps up with the nes ones, too. You can reach her here.

Scaredy Squirrel wins Canadian screenwriting award

Scaredy Squirrel

Scaredy Squirrel

Nothing But the Tooth,” an episode of Nelvana’s “Scaredy Squirrel” written by Darrin Rose, won a Canadian screenwriting award for animation Monday evening from the Writers’ Guild of Canada.

In “Nothing But the Tooth,” Scaredy loses a tooth and tries to dupe the Molar Owl. The episode aired in Canada and the United States last November 4.

Scaredy Squirrel is based on a series of books written and illustrated by Melanie Watt and published by Kids Can Press.

Other Writers’ Guild of Canada Award nominees for animation were the Sidekick episodes Henchman For A Day, by Richard Clark, and Ye Olde Sidekick Village, by Dan Williams and Lienne Sawatsky; the Franklin and Friends episode “Franklin and the Creepy Clock,” by Karen Moonah; and the Kid Vs Kat episode “Hit the Road,” by Shane Simmons.

Bruce M. Smith won the Canadian Screenwriting Award for movies and miniseries for John A: Birth of a Country, based on the first volume of Richard Gwyn’s biography of John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first prime minister.

The TV drama award was won by Larry Bambrick for the Flashpoint episode “Shockwave.” In it, Strategic Response Unit officers Sam, Spike and Raff are trapped in an office building with nine civilians and a bomb.

Former Kids in the Hall star Mark McKinney was given the WGC Showrunner Award to recognize his body of work and creative vision.

North of 60 writer Barbara Samuels received the Alex Barris Mentorship Award for working with up-and-coming writers through the Canadian Film Centre and Humber College.

Other Writers’ Guild of Canada Award winners:

Children and Youth: My Babysitter’s a Vampire, “Revamped,” by Alice Prodanou.
Documentary: Waking the Green Tiger, A Green Movement Rises in China, by Gary Marcuse.
TV Comedy: Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, “A Farewell to Curtis’ Arm,” by Craig David Wallace.
Shorts and Web series: Murdoch Mysteries: The Curse of the Lost Pharaohs, “The Vanished Corpse,” by Patrick Tarr.
Writers Block Award: Chuck Lazer.

Universal’s “The Lorax” makes $8.6 million abroad

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

With opening dates in 16 major countries yet to be determined, Universal Studios’ 3D-animated Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax made $8.6 million at 3,753 venues in 51 overseas countries this past weekend.

That ups the ecological tale’s total foreign gross to $74.3 million.

Meanwhile, Aardman Animations/Sony Pictures Animation’s The Pirates! Band of Misfits opened this past weekend in Venezuela and was in a strong fourth place in the United Kingdom, where it made $2.5 million in 8,990 cinemas for a cumulative national total of $20.7 million. Over the weekend, The Pirates! collected $8.4 million in booty from 4,200 screens in 34 countries. Overseas, it’s made a total of $44.4 million so far.

In France, Pathe’s partly animated Sur la Piste du Marsupilami (Houba! On The Trail Of The Marsupilami) stayed at No. 1 in its second weekend, down only 15% from the first. This past weekend, it brought in an estimated $8.2 million from 805 venues. Created by Alain Chabet, the adventure has made a total of $21.8 million in France.

Reimage Disney Posters

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

British freelance graphic artist Rowan Stocks-Moore likes to take well-known media and rework them in his minimalist style. He has revisioned the major nominees fr this years Oscars, and many notable works of literature. In his latest opus, he takes on the classic films from Disney.

So what do you think of these new takes on the Disney classic animated films? Let us know!

“Lorax” statue goes missing from Dr. Seuss’ home

"Lorax" statue goes missing from Dr. Seuss' home

Lorax

From there to here, from here to there, things are stolen everywhere.

This time, it’s a 300-pound, three-foot-high bronze statue of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, star of the recent animated film of the same name.

It’s been swiped from the late author’s hillside estate overlooking the Pacific Ocean in San Diego, police said Tuesday. It was reported missing Monday morning, said Lt. Andra Brown.

Police are trying to ascertain if the theft was related to the movie — starring the voices of Zac Efron and Taylor Swift — that’s still playing in theaters.

“We don’t know if it’s just a prank because of the recent release of the movie, or if someone thinks it’s going to be worth a buck or two because it’s a lot of (metal),” Brown said.

“We’re just hoping that the suspects return it,” she added. “The Geisel family is just asking that it be returned, and they don’t want to pursue the matter any further. Which is not to say the police won’t.”

The statue displayed the Lorax standing on a tree stump with his arms outstretched.

Property manager Carl Romero told the U-T San Diego newspaper Tuesday that he found footprints indicating the thieves had dragged the statue to an access road and hoisted it over a fence. Although he had seen the statue Saturday afternoon, Audrey Geisel — Dr. Seuss’ widow — noticed that it was missing Monday morning.

Audrey Geisel still lives on the estate in the San Diego community of La Jolla, California. Theodor Geisel, author of The Lorax and other best-selling kids’ books as Dr. Seuss, died in 1991 at 87.

The statue was one of two cast by Geisel’s stepdaughter, Lark Grey Dimond-Cate, said Brown. The other was donated to the Dr. Seuss National Memorial in Springfield, Massachusetts, the author’s hometown.

Evidence at the scene indicates that the thieves may have rolled the statue down the hill to a neighboring property, then loaded it onto a waiting vehicle, said Brown.

“I want very badly to get our little Lorax back home where he belongs,” said Dimond-Cate. “Wherever he is, he’s scared, lonely and hungry. He’s not just a hunk of metal to us. He was a family pet.”

She hopes that the Lorax’s recently revived fame is the reason for the theft. Otherwide, Dimond-Cate said, the Lorax may have been stolen for the bronze.

“I hope he hasn’t been taken across the border into Tijuana for scrap,” she said. “Worst-case scenario, I’ll get the foundry to create another one, but he won’t be the same.”

The statue was stolen just before security cameras were installed, and few knew of its location, said Romero.

Audrey Geisel just wants the Lorax returned and doesn’t feel like punishing anyone, Romero added.

“You can’t sell it on eBay.”

“Madagascar 3″ making world premiere at Cannes

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” will have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May, making the DreamWorks Animation film the first major summer release to be on the fest’s schedule.

As well, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted is just the second film announced to play Cannes. (Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, the festival opener, is the first.) Paramount will release the 3D feature in the United States on June 8.

Back in 2004, DreamWorks premiered Shrek 2 in competition at Cannes. Other DreamWorks films screened there were Shrek (2000), Over the Hedge (2006) and Kung Fu Panda (2008). Although not in the festival itself, DWA held its international junket for last year’s Kung Fu Panda 2 in Cannes.

The first two Madagascar movies grossed a combined total of over $1.1 billion worldwide. Madagascar 3 is the first of the franchise to be filmed and released in 3D.

CG-animated Beasts of Burden hauled into theaters

Beasts of Burden

Beasts of Burden

Shrek” and “Chronicles of Narnia” director Andrew Adamson is leading the team that will adapt Dark Horse Comics’ Beasts of Burden onto the big screen.

Adamson is producing the planned CG-animated adaptation with his Strange Weather Films partner Aron Warner and Mike Richardson of Dark Horse Entertainment. Adamson and Warner produced and directed several entries in DreamWorks’ successful Shrek franchise films before getting involved in movie versions of The Chronicles of Narnia.

Real FX is producing Beasts of Burden. Run by former Industrial Light and Magic senior executive Ed Jones and former Walden Media CEO Cary Granat, the company specializes in CG and live-action hybrid projects.

Beasts of Burden is set in Burden Hill, a community where several supernatural events occur, causing a gang of dogs (along with a cat) to team up for the safety of their owners and the town’s residents.

The characters first appeared in The Dark Horse Book of Hauntings, Witchcraft, the Dead and Monsters. Created by Evan Dorkin (Milk & Cheese) and Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother), they earned the pair Eisner Awards for best short story and best painter.

Keith Goldberg of Dark Horse Entertainment is the executive producer; Strange Weather’s Jeff Fierson is the co-producer. Jared Mass, head of feature development at Reel FX, will supervise the project for the studio.

“The Last Airbender” named “winner” of 5 Razzies

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Adapted from the Nicktoons Productions animated series “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender received five Razzie awards — including Worst Picture — on Saturday night, the now-traditional Night Before the Oscars.

The 31st Annual Razzies were announced in satirical ceremonies held at Hollywood’s Barnsdall Gallery Theatre.

The Last Airbender was based on the TV show about a young hero who can reunite feuding nations of people who can control air, water, fire and earth.

Not quite sweeping the ceremony, but still handily leading the pack among this year’s Razzie choices, was Razzie repeat offender Shyamalan’s “reimagining” of the faux-anime TV series into a jumbled, jump-cut mess of a movie that fans of the TV show hated even more than critics did (if that’s even possible!).

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