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Monthly Archives: February 2012
DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. announced Friday that it has agreed to form a joint venture with China Media Capital, with plans to include Shanghai Media Group and Shanghai Alliance Investment, Ltd., to establish the leading China-focused family entertainment company.
CotD: Herman the mouse first appeared in the Noveltoon “The Henpecked Rooster” before being paired with Katnip and getting his own series.
Columbia Pictures’ partly animated “The Smurfs” has nabbed three nominations for the Kids’ Choice Awards: Favorite Movie, Sofia Vergara for Favorite Movie Actress, and Katy Perry for Favorite Voice in an Animated Movie.
CotD: A great example of how racy a pre-Hayes Code short could be, “Is My Palm Read” features Betty Boop in her birthday suit. Don’t believe us– watch it.
Australian-born actor Laurence “Laurie” Main, the voice of Dr. Watson in the 1986 Disney cartoon movie The Great Mouse Detective, died February 8 in Los Angeles. He was 89.
Judie Martin, a storyboard artist for several studios from 1986 to 2000, died January 28. Her age was not immediately available.
He played something blue on the screen at his kid’s birthday party, but it wasn’t The Smurfs.
Actress/comedian Wanda Sykes makes a splash as the voice of a mean witch in the first-ever hour-long special of Nickelodeon’s top-rated CG-animated preschool series, Bubble Guppies, premiering Sunday, Feb. 19, at 8:00 p.m. In “Bubble Puppy’s Fin-tastic Fairytale Adventure,” preschoolers will join the characters on a fairytale-themed adventure through an enchanted underwater world.
We now have a peek at Disney’s next animated feature, Wreck-It Ralph. Walt Disney Animation Studios has posted three pieces of concept art to their Facebook page, and we have added the images to the Pictures Page of Wreck-It Ralph’s page at BCDB.
CotD: One of the classic Disney feature films, “Cinderella” retold the classic story Cendrillon by Charles Perrault.
Episode 500 of “The Simpsons” set to air Sunday on Fox. Show creator Matt Groening will celebrate the milestone by donating $500,000 to the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. The money will endow the Matt Groening Chair in Animation, financing visiting master artists to instruct students in the school’s animation program.
Jonathan Demme is perhaps best known for directing the thriller Silence of The Lambs. One thing he is not known for is his animated films. That looks to change with his pending adaptation of Dave Eggers’ post-Hurricane Katrina book “Zeitoun.” First announced nearly three years ago, the project hasn’t had much movement since and Demme has been busy knocking out a number of documentaries, including two centering on Neil Young in addition to his latest, “I’m Carolyn Parker.” But it seems like “Zeitoun” is finally going to be moving forward, as financing has kicked things into motion.