Brown Bag Films series Peter Rabbit seems to have hopped ahead of the pack. The series, produced in Dublin, Ireland has bagged three daytime Emmys and scored another five nominations, earning the most nominations for an animated show this year. Brown Bag Films is the largest animation company in Ireland.
Bob Hoskins, perhaps best known as detective Eddie Valiant in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” has died at age 71. Eddie was the live action comic foil to the animated Roger. He grudgingly helped the bunny clear his name when he was framed for murder. Along the way, he revealed that a toon killed his brother. Eventually, he confronted his adversary, who turned out to be the local judge.
The Annecy International Animated Film Festival has announced 18 films in the feature film competitions for the 2014 festival. Nine films will be in competition and nine out of competition, and these were selected from 68 films submitted this year. Annecy is considered the preeminent animation film festival in the world, and is a festival that many in the industry look to for the best in animation.
Creator 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.
One 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.
Cartoon 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.
DreamWorks 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.
Sony 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.
Disney 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.
As 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.