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Monthly Archives: March 2011

Penguins take wing with “Madagascar” spin-off film


Penguins Madagascar

If you never thought that penguins could get off the ground, DreamWorks Animation is out to prove otherwise.

The penguins of DWA’s Madagascar franchise are set to star in their own feature film, with Alan J. Schoolcraft and Brent Simons — the writers of last fall’s Megamind — hired to handle the project.

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Brazilian worker wins $227K over SpongeBob jokes


SpongeBob SquarePants

Partly because colleagues nicknamed a Brazilian insurance worker “SpongeBob SquarePants” due to her accent, a judge awarded the aggrieved employee the equivalent of $227,000 U.S.

A British judge ordered her employer, medical insurance firm AXA PPP Healthcare, to pay her aggravated damages of £142,000 — including nearly £25,000 ($40,000 U.S.) for hurt feelings — after hearing that she was the target of racial bullying for 18 months.

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Norwegian actress, activist Wenche Foss dead at 93


Wenche Foss

Wenche Foss, one of Norway’s most popular actresses, died Monday in Oslo after a terminal illness, the nature of which was undisclosed. She was 93.

Foss provided the voice of Enkefru Stengelføhn-Glad in the 1975 animated feature film Flåklypa Grand Prix, known in English as Pinchcliffe Grand Prix. She voiced the same character in another animated feature, 1998’s Solan, Ludvig og Gurin med reverompa (Gurin with the Foxtail).

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Sony Pictures’ “Rango” opens at top spot in France


Rango

Rango” opened at No. 1 in France over the weekend, taking in $3.3 million in 592 locations.

Made by Sony Pictures and distributed by Paramount, the animated film came in No. 2 abroad. This past weekend, it collected $15.5 million in 6,095 venues in 55 countries. The overseas gross is $94 million so far, thus raising the worldwide take to $200.4 million.

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Hare-Way To The Stars (1941) Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon Series


Hare-Way To The Stars (1958) Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon Series

Bugs Bunny, groggy from a rabbit hangover, climbs out of his hole and into a rocket ship parked directly above. He thinks that he’s still in his rabbit hole. Reaching the top, he unwittingly stows away aboard the rocket to Mars and is carried off by a satellite onto a futuristic landscape of panels suspended in outer space.

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German TV has meltdown over “Simpsons” nuke scenes


The Simpsons

There’ll be no nuclear disasters in Springfield, at least not on German television.

Pro7, the channel which broadcasts The Simpsons in Germany, will remove or replace any current or future episodes of the cartoon sitcom that feature a disaster at Montgomery Burns’ nuclear power plant.

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Howl’s Moving Castle author Diana Wynne Jones dies


Diana Wynne Jones

Science fiction and fantasy author Diana Wynne Jones, whose novel Howl’s Moving Castle was adapted into an Oscar-nominated anime movie in 2004, died early Saturday morning after a year-long struggle with lung cancer. She was 76.

Hayao Miyazaki, Pete Docter and Rick Dempsey co-directed the adaptation Hauru No Ugoku Shiro, which was produced by Studio Ghibli and several other companies. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2006, it won the Audience Award for Best Japanese Movie at the Mainichi Film Awards. In 2004, the film was nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival, where it was first screened.

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Scrub Me Mama With A Boogie Beat (1941) – Cartune Theatrical Series


Scrub Me Mama With A Boogie Beat (1941) - Cartune Theatrical Series

Lazytown (population 123½) is a sleepy Southern burg along the banks of the Mississippi that’s home to some outrageously stereotyped blacks. Everyone is lazy here- even the fish! The all-black townspeople nap and attract flies. They fall asleep in the middle of fistfights, and the dogs don’t have the energy to chase the cats.

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