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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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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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Annie Awards Animation Winners Frozen Over

Annie Awards Statue

Annie Awards Statue

Last night saw Dis­ney freeze out most of the com­pe­ti­tion when the best and most cre­ative in ani­ma­tion met at UCLA’s Royce Hall for the 41st Annual Annie Awards. Spon­sored by ASIFA Hol­ly­wood, the awards rec­og­nize great works in tele­vi­sion, the­atri­cal film and games. This years awards were hosted by voice actor Tom Warburton.

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Louis C.K. To Get Illuminated

illuminations_pet_filmIllu­mi­na­tion Enter­tain­ment is not con­tent to rest on the lau­rels of their Oscar nom­i­na­tions and sequel pro­duc­tions… Chris Meledandri’s ani­ma­tion com­pany is rush­ing head-first into an aggres­sive pro­duc­tion sched­ule. Barely ten days after announc­ing a third Despi­ca­ble Me and a new Dr. Seuss film, Illu­mi­na­tion has added another film to their release slate, an as-yet Unti­tled Pet Movie set for release Feb­ru­ary 12, 2016.

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