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Monthly Archives: July 2011
CotD: Generally credited to have released November 18,1928, ““Steamboat Willie”” had a prior limited, silent release on this date in 1928… thus making today the REAL release date for this short… and the real Mickey Mouse birthday!
Relativity Media has optioned the feature film rights for Voltron from World Event Productions, and will adapt the live-action big screen version from the 1984 cult-classic animated series Voltron: Defender of the Universe, the studio’s president of worldwide production, Tucker Tooley, announced Thursday.
Viacom and Comedy Central were sued in November over the 2008 South Park episode Canada On Strike. Brownmark Films alleged that a scene stole from its copyrighted music video for the viral phenomenon “What What (In the Butt).”
Arc Productions, Canada’s leading CG-animation and visual effects studio, has hired Stephanie Denton to head its Los Angeles office as senior vice-president of sales and business development.
Six films from Germany Ireland, Netherlands, Poland and United Kingdom will compete for the Cartoon d’Or 2011, the award for the best European animated short.
The nominees are:
Mobile, by Verena Fels (Germany, 2010, 6’25′; Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg)
Paths Of Hate, by Damian Nenow (Poland, 2010, 10′; Platige Image)
Pivot, by André Bergs (Netherlands, 2009, 5′; Il Luster Productions)
The External World, by David O’Reilly (Ireland/Germany, 2010, 17″; David OReilly Animation/DETAiLFILM)
The Gruffalo, by Jakob Schuh and Max Lang (United Kingdom, 2009, 27′; Magic Light Pictures in association with Studio Soi)
The Little Boy and the Beast, by Johannes Weiland and Uwe Heidschötter (Germany, 2009, 6’30″; Studio Soi)
Mattel Inc.‘s second-quarter net income has jumped by 56%, thanks in part to toys based on Cars 2.
The largest United States toy maker said last Friday that sales of play sets and cars connected with Pixar-Disney’s latest film are selling even more than Toy Story 3 playthings did when they came out last year.
Professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek will bring the fun, fast-paced world of skateboarding to Nicktoons with an original, animated series, Wild Grinders, it was announced today by Keith Dawkins, Senior Vice President, General Manager, Nicktoons and TeenNick. Inspired by Dyrdek’s real-life experiences, the half-hour comedy follows the cartoon adventures of a group of friends bonded by their love of skateboarding.