Monthly Archives: March 2012

Disney’s 2012-13 Schedule Presented to Advertisers

Walt Disney Television Animation

Walt Disney Television Animation

Disney’s 2012-13 creative content for its kid-driven, family inclusive TV channels, highlighted by fresh ways to tell great new Disney stories, will be presented to sponsors/advertisers this week in New York by Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer of Disney Channels Worldwide.

New projects announced Monday and upcoming programming events presented to sponsors include:

Disney Channel

 

Wander Over Yonder

Wander Over Yonder

Wander Over Yonder
Emmy-winning producer Craig McCracken, among the most sought-after talent in TV animation, is the creator/executive producer of Disney Channel’s upcoming Wander Over Yonder, an animated comedy series about best friends and epic enemies, set in surreal places across the universe. Wander is an overly-optimistic intergalactic traveler who, along with his loyal but bullish steed, Sylvia, goes from planet to planet helping people to live free and have fun, all against the evil reign of Lord Hater and his army of Watchdogs.

The voice cast includes Jack McBrayer (30 Rock, Phineas and Ferb), Keith Ferguson (Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends) and Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants). McCracken created the Emmy-winning series The Powerpuff Girls and produced a feature film based on it. He also created the hit series “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends” which also won him an Emmy Award. Prior to creating his own shows, McCracken directed Dexter’s Laboratory and worked on a variety of shows for Hanna-Barbera. Wander Over Yonder is a production of Disney Television Animation.

 

Gravity Falls

Gravity Falls

Gravity Falls
Premiering in June, this clever, unexpected approach to animated comedy is helmed by its creator, executive-producer/director Alex Hirsch, a 2007 Cal Arts graduate. His college short, Off the Wall, garnered attention from notable animation blogs Drawn! and Cartoon Brew, as well as Cold Hard Flash. He subsequently worked as a writer/storyboard artist on The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack and developed Disney Channel’s Fish Hooks. He is also the voice of Clamantha on that series.

His ingenious new series Gravity Falls follows twin brother and sister Dipper and Mabel, whose summer plans are ruined when their parents ship them off to spend the summer with their Great Uncle Stan in the very strange town of Gravity Falls, Oregon. The voice cast is Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Kristen Schaal (Flight of the Conchords, Toy Story 3) and Alex Hirsch. It is a production of Disney Television Animation.

Summer Adventure Weekend
In July, Disney Channels presents its most expansive programming initiative yet, a Summer Adventure Weekend, with new, vacation adventure-themed episodes of every series on Disney Channel and Disney XD to be presented across three days. The Summer Adventure Weekend includes the first of an epic Phineas and Ferb two-part episode. In the episode, “Where’s Perry?,” the Flynn-Fletchers are off on an African safari, leaving Perry at home to deal with Doofenshmirtz and his most evil plot yet: to take over the OWCA. But when Doofenshmirtz accidentally zaps Carl the intern with his Ultimate-Evil-Inator ray, Carl takes over the OWCA (Organization Without a Cool Acronym) and imprisons Doof and Monogram. Agent P steps in but gets zapped with one of Doof’s many rays and in the cliffhanger of all cliffhangers, disappears. The mystery of Perry’s whereabouts will be continued in August. The voice cast includes Vincent Martella, Thomas Sangster, Ashley Tisdale, Mitchel Musso, Caroline Rhea, Richard O’Brien, Dee Bradley Baker and Alyson Stoner. Created and executive-produced by Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, the series is a production of Disney Television Animation.

Disney XD

The epic storytelling of Marvel — full of action, adventure and humor, along with complex, courageous and aspirational characters – will be introduced to a new generation of kids and families through a dedicated weekly programming block, Marvel Universe, premiering Sunday, April 1 on Disney XD.

 

Ultimate Spider-Man

Ultimate Spider-Man

Ultimate Spider-Man
The new series, Ultimate Spider-Man, is written and guided by a creative team that includes some of the most influential names in comic books and pop culture: Marvel’s chief creative officer, Joe Quesada, and Marvel’s head of television, Jeph Loeb, supervising producers/writers Man of Action (Joe Kelly, Joe Casey, Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau), creative consultant/writer Paul Dini (Batman: The Animated Series, Lost), and consulting producer/writer Brian Michael Bendis (Marvel’s Ultimate Comics Spider-Man comic series).

In the storyline, a teenage Peter Parker (voiced by actor Drake Bell) juggles the relatable challenges of high school with the extraordinary challenges of being a Super Hero. Nick Fury (voiced by actor Chi McBride) invites Parker to train with his S.H.I.E.L.D. organization, where Peter’s alter-ego, Spider-Man, will join forces with four other teenage Super Heroes — Nova, White Tiger, Power Man and Iron Fist — on the greatest action and adventure ever as they work to become ultimate superheroes. The Marvel Universe programming block will also feature the second season of The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and new short-form series that take viewers behind the scenes to meet the creative teams and explore the many facets of the Marvel Universe.

 

Motorcity

Motorcity

Motorcity
This animated series, set in a futuristic Detroit after it has been purchased and built into Detroit Deluxe by evil billionaire Abraham Kane, premieres Monday, April 30 on Disney XD. Kane, having banned personal freedoms including automobile transportation, is ultimately challenged by a group of rebels, The Burners, led by 17-year-old Mike Chilton. The Burners retreat to an underground city, customize their fleet of hot rods and pursue their quest to stop Kane from taking over the world.

Motorcity is executive-produced and directed by noted producer Chris Prynoski (Metalocalypse). Craig Lewis (Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends) is the story editor and John O’Bryan (Avatar: The Last Airbender) and George Krstic (Star Wars: Clone Wars) are the writers. The series voice cast is Reid Scott, Nate Torrence, Kate Micucci, Kel Mitchell, Jess Harnell, Brian Doyle Murray, Jim Breuer and Mark Hamill. Motorcity is a production of Titmouse, Inc. and Disney Television Animation.

 

Tron: Uprising

Tron: Uprising

Tron: Uprising
An impressive group of artists, animators, writers, directors and producers have delivered an exciting new series that combines 3D and 2D animation for a revolutionary visual aesthetic. The exciting storyline takes place between the two Tron feature films and introduces Beck, who has been chosen to lead the mission to free his home, a computer world known as The Grid, from the reign of the villainous Clu and his henchman General Tesler. Beck will be trained by the greatest warrior The Grid has ever known, Tron.

The executive producer/director is Charlie Bean (Robotboy, Samurai Jack and Powerpuff Girls), and the consulting producers are Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz (both screenwriters of Tron: Legacy/executive producers of ABC’s Lost and Once Upon a Time) and Justin Springer (co-producer of Tron: Legacy). The music is composed by Joseph Trapanese (Tron: Legacy). The voice cast is: Elijah Wood, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Mandy Moore, Nate Corddry, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reubens, Reginald VelJohnson and Bruce Boxleitner. The series is a production of Disney Television Animation.

 

Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja

Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja

Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja
This action-packed animated comedy, set to premiere in the fall on Disney XD, follows the fast-paced adventures of unlikely hero Randy Cunningham who, armed with his magic ninja suit, the teachings of the “NinjaNomicon” (an 800-year-old ninja guide) and the help of his best buddy Howard, finds himself as the one thing protecting his school and the world from certain destruction.

The voice cast is Ben Schwartz (Parks & Recreation), Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), Megan Mullally (Will & Grace) and Andrew Caldwell (Transformers). The creators/executive producers are Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas (Scooby Doo). The series is a production of Boulder Media in Dublin and Titmouse, Inc. in Los Angeles.

Acquired series for Disney XD include Slugterra for fall 2012, Packages from Planet X for early 2013 and PacMan for spring 2013.

Disney Junior

Disney Junior, a 24-hour basic cable/satellite channel expressly for kids age 2-7 and their parents/caregivers, launches Friday, March 23 (12 midnight, ET/PT) in the United States, joining 28 other Disney Junior channels around the world. The popular Disney Junior daily programming block will continue on Disney Channel while the new 24-hour channel will fulfill parents’ demands for quintessential Disney programming throughout the day. The 24-hour Disney Junior channel will be available via major cable and satellite providers Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Bright House Networks and Verizon, among others. Additional information regarding Disney Junior is available at DisneyJuniorTheChannel.com.

 

Doc McStuffins

Doc McStuffins

Doc McStuffins
This animated series about a six-year-old girl who communicates with and heals stuffed animals and toys in her backyard clinic, premieres with the 24-hour channel Disney Junior and will also be seen on the Disney Junior programming block on Disney Channel. Under the consultancy of the Hollywood Health & Society division of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center, the series will highlight the importance of taking care of oneself and others, while showcasing the hallmarks of great Disney storytelling — fantasy and wish fulfillment.

The series voice cast includes Kiara Muhammad, Loretta Devine, Lara Jill Miller, Robbie Rist, Jess Harnell, Jaden Betts, Kim Brooks and Gary Anthony Williams. The series’ theme song is performed by the star of Disney Channel’s hit series A.N.T. Farm and Hollywood Records recording artist China Anne McClain. Emmy Award-winning writer/producer Chris Nee (Little Bill and Deadliest Catch: Crab Fishing in Alaska) is the creator and executive producer, and Emmy Award-winning Norton Virgien (Rugrats” is the director. Doc McStuffins is a production of Dublin-based Brown Bag Films.

Jake and the Never Land Pirates: "Bucky's Great Race"

Jake and the Never Land Pirates: "Bucky's Great Race"

Jake and the Never Land Pirates: “Bucky’s Great Race
In a primetime event episode to be presented in September, Jake’s pirate ship Bucky falls into the hands of Captain Hook after losing a race against the Jolly Roger, so Peter Pan returns once again to help Jake, Izzy, Cubby and Skully follow the Pirate Code and win back their trusty ship. Voicing the cast of characters are Cameron Boyce, Madison Pettis, Jonathan Morgan Heit, David Arquette, Adam Wylie, Corey Burton and Jeff Bennett. The Never Land Pirate Band (aka Sharky and Bones) is Loren Hoskins and Kevin Hendrickson. The executive producer is Rob LaDuca and the producer/story editor is Mark Seidenberg. The director is Howy Parkins. The series is a production of Disney Television Animation.

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: "Mickey and Donald Have a Farm"

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: "Mickey and Donald Have a Farm"

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: “Mickey and Donald Have a Farm
In this special presentation scheduled for the fall, when the powerful wind from Pete’s Giant Windmill accidentally sends all of the animals on the new Clubhouse Farm flying to different places, Mickey and his pals set out to find and rescue them. The voice cast is Bret Iwan, Russi Taylor, Bill Farmer, Tony Anselmo and Tress MacNeille. The executive producer is Rob LaDuca and the producer/story editor is Mark Seidenberg. Donovan Cook is the director. The series is a production of Disney Television Animation.

 

Sofia The First

Sofia The First

Sofia the First
Disney will introduce a new little girl princess to its celebrated legacy of princess fairytales in an animated TV-movie, Sofia the First, premiering this fall, to be followed by a series premiering in the winter on Disney Channel and Disney Junior channels around the world.

The stories are designed to communicate positive messages and life lessons that are applicable to preschool-aged children. The voice cast is Ariel Winter, Sara Ramirez, Wayne Brady and Tim Gunn. The series was developed by Craig Gerber (Pixie Hollow Games), who also wrote the movie. Jamie Mitchell (Special Agent Oso) serves as both executive producer and director on the series. Gerber is co-executive producer and serves as the story editor. The series and movie are productions of Disney Television Animation.

 

The Happy Hugglemonsters

The Happy Hugglemonsters

The Happy Hugglemonsters
Based on the book series I’m a Happy Hugglewug by Niamh Sharkey, this animated series follows the adventures of spirited five-year-old Henry Hugglemonster, the middle child in a family of fun-loving monsters. The series is directed by Norton Virgien (Rugrats, Doc McStuffins), the lead writer is Sascha Paladino (Wonder Pets, Ni-Hao Kai-Lan), and the producer is Gillian Higgins (Doc McStuffins, Octonauts). It is a production of Brown Bag Films.

Quiet Is…
Tranquil songs and serene visuals mark this tender new short-form series, one designed to encourage calmness before bedtime for the youngest viewer. Quiet Is… was created by award-winning author and illustrator Sara Pinto and acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Luciana Frigerio. The composers are Rick Garcia and William V. Malpede. The stop-motion animated series is a production of award-winning Scotland-based animation studio Ko Lik Films, Limited.

Connery’s animated “Sir Billi” premieres in Sonoma

Sir Billi

Sir Billi

Sir Billi,” the first full-length animated feature to be produced entirely in Scotland, will get its first international screening April 13 at the 15th annual Sonoma International Film Festival.

“We are thrilled to host the U.S. premiere of Sir Billi, featuring the powerfully dynamic voice of Sir Sean Connery. Tessa and Sascha Hartmann have produced a highly entertaining, family-oriented film that sizzles with fun, non-stop action and an awesome title track sung by Dame Shirley Bassey, which was composed by Sascha. Bring on the Scots!” said festival director Kevin McNeely.

The Hartmanns, the husband-and-wife duo who produced Sir Billi, will arrive in the United States for the film’s premiere.

“We chose the Sonoma International Film Festival because it’s a festival with a difference, where the personal approach by the organizers gives one a feeling of passion and consideration, where every independent film they select is important,” said Tessa Hartmann.

Screened in the festival’s marquee theatre — the 1930s Renaissance-style Sebastiani Theatre — the film will screen at 5 p.m. April 13. Festival passes are available now, and individual film tickets will be available for purchase after April 2. Tickets and passes can be purchased by visiting SonomaFilmFest.org or calling the box office at (707) 206-4484.

Sascha Hartmann directed Sir Billi from a screenplay written by his wife, based on an original story they developed together. John Fraser is producer, with Connery serving as executive producer.

“Ours could be perceived as a ‘David and Goliath’ adventure in market terms but where else is one to start if venturing into animation? Shoot for the top with the talent and simply deliver something that the audience responds to. We are the epitome of the underdog! The underdog that with firm resolve, persistence and tenacity created something that is close to being called miraculous — a finished film,’ said Sascha Hartmann.

Expanded to a feature length CGI film from a 2006 short concept, this is a roller-coaster adventure about the race to save the last beaver in Scotland, led by Sir Billi and voiced by Academy Award winner Connery. Sir Billi is a vet by profession, skateboarder by passion and grandfather by love. He is joined by Tony Award winner Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), who voices Gordon, a goat and Sir Billi’s confidante.

Connery has been heavily involved in the making of the film since its inception and eagerly agreed to take on the lead role of Sir Billi after being contacted by the husband-and wife-producing team.

“I’m excited to be a part of this incredible film and Scotland’s first animated feature,” said Connery. “Sir Billi is truly a first-class film, with an exceptional cast, and is sure to delight audiences of all ages. There’s an incredible amount of work that goes into animated productions, and I am delighted that Sascha and his team have completed what has been a labor of love. I am thrilled with the final cut!”

Academy Award-nominated Scottish composer Patrick Doyle (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Sense and Sensibility“, created the film’s music score and also lends his voice as a key character in the film.

Sir Billi‘s endearing multi-generational family story and cliff-hanger action spikes in the storyline provided me with just the right elements to compose a score I’m proud to say is among my best work to date,” said Doyle. “My goal was to shine a light on the soul of this colorful cast of loveble characters through the power of music.”

“Being a part of Sir Billi meant so much because animation has always been a fascination of mine especially because I am from Scotland and know all of the areas where the film is based,” said Doyle. “The fresh look of Sir Billi and its original storyline gave me all the inspiration needed to create some of the best composition work I feel I’ve done.”

British singing legend Bassey also joined the project to perform the title track “Guardian of the Highlands,” marking the first time that Connery and Bassey have worked together since the 1971 James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever. Bassey was also seen last summer on the red carpet at the Scottish Fashion Awards escorted by the film’s director, Sascha Hartmann. She was wearing a couture gown in the Sir Billi tartan, which was designed by Scots designer Graeme Black.

Scotland’s first full-length animated feature also showcases the voice acting talents of Miriam Margolyes (Harry Potter, Romeo & Juliet), Alex Norton (Pirates of the Caribbean, Taggart), Ford Kiernan (Chewin’ the Fat, The Last Great Wilderness), Barbara Rafferty (The Wicker Man, River City), Greg Hemphill (Still Game, Chewin the Fat), Kieron Elliot (How to Train Your Dragon), Ruby Wax, John Amabile, Larry Sullivan, Chris Jai Alex and NYC night queen Amy Sacco.

Said Sascha Hartmann: “To get this film made and completed has really been a true labor of love. We received a good studio offer to go to Los Angeles about three years ago with a deal that was pretty exciting, but we decided to remain in Scotland, keep creative control and produce a truly Scottish product! Granted it’s taken longer than we expected and we had to raise more finance, which was challenging, but this is an expensive business and it has to be done right. Fortunately, animation stories are timeless, and so there are no restrictions on them. Thanks to the support of our producer and mentor John (Fraser) we made it.

“Sir Sean has been incredible too. We have worked hand in hand with him for over six years. From day one we knew Sir Sean was perfect for the role of Sir Billi — being a true Scottish hero and also a grandfather himself. No matter how many times I hear his legendary voice on the film, it still gives me a thrill!” said Hartmann.

Said Fraser, a Scottish industrialist: “We’re well aware how competitive this market sector is with the heavyweight animation studios out there — I guess you could call it a ‘David and Goliath’ adventure, but we believe we have produced an end product that is something to be proud of as independent film makers. At the end of the day, this film was produced and made in Scotland, because that’s what we believe in. Investing in local creative talent, jobs and ultimately investing in a Scottish film industry. Sascha and his team couldn’t have worked any harder so the rest is in the hands of the gods, as they say.”

Said Cumming: “I think it is amazing that they have persevered so long and hard to get this project made in Scotland, when there was absolutely no precedent for anything like this there. Their enthusiasm was so great, and I’m very predisposed to doing Scottish things. Though neither [Sir Sean nor I] live in our home country, we feel very connected to it.”

A Hare Grows In Manhattan (1947) – Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series

A Hare Grows In Manhattan

A Hare Grows In Manhattan

CotD: Friz Freleng’s “A Hare Grows In Manhattan” is renown for the tap-dancing Bugs sequence animated by Virgil Ross.

A Hare Grows In Manhattan (1947) – Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series

While interviewer Lola Beverly visits Bugs’ Hollywood mansion, the famous bunny pops out in sunglasses and bathrobe. The story then travels backwards to the streets of New York. Bugs tells a story of his youth (especially his confrontation with a gang of dog toughs), and how he got his start in show business and became a star.

Come see “A Hare Grows In Manhattan” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

Hallmark to start production on “Jingle & Bell”

Jingle & Bell

Jingle & Bell

Production will soon commence on Jingle & Bell, a Hallmark Channel original animated special, which will premiere on the network this holiday season.

Jingle & Bel is the second story and animated special to star one of Hallmark’s most lovable characters, Jingle the Husky Pup. The Hallmark Channel original animated special Jingle All the Way was a ratings success for the network and generated tremendous response for the Interactive Storybook and Story Buddy at Hallmark Gold Crown Stores.

In Jingle & Bell, Jingle the Husky Pup and his buddy Andrew meet some new friends. A girl Andrew’s age, Sofia, and her husky pup, Bell, have moved from sunny Palm City to Pineville weeks before Christmas. With no friends yet and not knowing what to expect, Sofia and Bell’s world is upside-down and it looks like it might be the worst Christmas ever. But with a little help from Jingle and Andrew, Sofia and Bell will soon discover that Christmas joy isn’t about where you are — it’s about who you are with!

Jingle & Bell is a Bent Image Lab Production. Jodi Schade, Diana Stuart, Shawn McClaren and Ray Di Carlo are executive producers. Tsui Ling Toomer is producer. Chel White directs from a teleplay by Allan Neuwirth.

Nickelodeon plans more than 650 new episodes

Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, at its annual upfront presentation held Wednesday at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, unveiled plans for an unprecedented 650 new episodes — the top-ranked network’s most ever — of both brand-new content and returning hits, as well announcing premiere details for the highly anticipated animated series The Legend of Korra, a stop-motion SpongeBob SquarePants Christmas special, and an original animated series based on the Raving Rabbids video games.

Nickelodeon, the top producer of television animation in the United States, will roll out a new roster of over 300 new animated episodes in 2012, which includes:

* New episodes of returning hit series, including SpongeBob SquarePants, T.U.F.F. Puppy, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, The Penguins of Madagascar, The Fairly OddParents and The Winx Club.

* The Legend of Korra, in which the mythology of the beloved animated franchise from Avatar: The Last Airbender creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko continues. The series centers around a new Avatar named Korra, a 17-year-old headstrong and rebellious girl who continually challenges and bucks tradition on her quest to become a fully realized Avatar in a world where benders are under attack. The half-hour series will debut on Saturday, April 14 at 11 a.m. (all times ET/PT) as part of Nickelodeon’s Saturday morning block (8 a.m. to noon). The Legend of Korra will air regularly Saturdays at 11 a.m.

* Raving Rabbids, which will join the net’s animation lineup next spring, brings to television the hysterical physical comedy that has become so popular in Ubisoft’s Raving Rabbids video games. Nickelodeon has secured global broadcast rights for 26 new CG episodes of Raving Rabbids, which will be produced by Ubisoft.

* Monsters vs. Aliens, the all-new animated television series marking the third partnership between Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation. Green-lit for 26 episodes and based on the popular characters from the 2009 blockbuster hit feature film ($383 million worldwide gross), the new series will continue to follow the funny escapades of the beloved, well-meaning monsters.

* Robot & Monster, which will also be hitting Nickelodeon’s air for a 26-episode run for the 2012-13 season. Created by Josh Sternin, Jeff Ventimilia and Dave Pressler, this CG-animated buddy comedy is set in a unique world where gangs of Howling Cyber Monkeys roam the streets at night, everybody loves bacon, and robots and monsters live side by side, but typically don’t get along.

* It’s A SpongeBob Christmas! Nickelodeon’s first full-length stop-motion animated special is inspired by the classic Rankin/Bass (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town) specials, and the popular SpongeBob song released in 2009, “Don’t Be a Jerk, It’s Christmas,” written by Tom Kenny (voice of SpongeBob) and Andy Paley. In It’s A SpongeBob Christmas!, Plankton vows to get his Christmas wish – the Krabby Patty formula – by turning everyone in Bikini Bottom bad by feeding them his special jerktonium-laced fruitcake. The special features John Goodman as Santa Claus, and will air in December.

* Seven new animation pilots picked up for the 2012-13 season, including four helmed by hit-maker Butch Hartman (The Fairly OddParents, T.U.F.F. Puppy).

Johann Mouse (1953) – Tom and Jerry Theatrical Cartoon Series

Johann Mouse

Johann Mouse

CotD: Tom lost the grey stripe between his eyes in “Johann Mouse ” which won the seventh- and last- Tom & Jerry Oscar.

Johann Mouse (1953) – Tom and Jerry Theatrical Cartoon Series

Little Johann Mouse- Jerry- can’t resist waltzing when he hears the piano playing from the Maestro, Johann Strauss, but when the music stops, so does the dancing. Therefore, Tom must learn to play the piano to keep the mouse dancing so that he can catch him.

Come see “Johann Mouse ” on video at Big Cartoon DataBase

No charge against officer who shot animator dead

Paul Boyd

Paul Boyd

There will be no charge against a Vancouver police officer who shot animator Paul Boyd, 39, eight times on the street, killing him, on the night of August 13, 2007.

Extensive investigations have led to no evidence suggesting that Const. Lee Chipperfield used unnecessary or excessive force in handling the incident, Police Complaint Commissioner Stan Lowe said Monday.

Boyd, an animator with Global Mechanic, died from gunshot wounds, including a bullet to the head. Boyd, who had suffered from bipolar disorder for two decades and had been severely depressed, allegedly attacked police with a bicycle chain. He was shot after a struggle with officers.

A director of Ed, Edd n’ Eddy, he was the animator behind the intro sequence on the series. He was a director of The Mr. Hell Show, and provided animation for Gary Larson’s Tales From the Far Side and Mucha Lucha!

Boyd had taught first-semester classical animation for the computer-generated animation course at the Vancouver Film School. He was also director of animation and — with Matthew Charde — co-executive producer of “Eat and Move,” two hand-drawn Flash-animated television PSAs for the Province of Alberta.

Chipperfield was one of several officers who answered a 911 call about a man’s strange behavior. He fired several shots at Boyd.

In 2010, a coroner’s inquest in 2010 heard that Chipperfield fired the final shot, which hit Boyd’s head — even after his partner told him to hold fire and disarmed the animator. Chipperfield testified that he thought Boyd remained armed.

Chipperfield said that said he fired a shot at Boyd’s head when he saw no blood from previous shots and thought that the animator had body armor on.

Boyd’s father has alleged that his son was on his hands and knees when he was shot.

British Columbia Civil Liberties Association executive director David Eby wonders why it took five years for the case to conclude. He also queried the use by the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner of a psychologist who stated in a report that Chipperfield’s emotional reaction to the events and a restricted focus made him “inattentionally” blind.

Said Eby: “The only result of this five-year-long investigation is ever more tortured explanations for an officer’s actions in shooting a disarmed and badly injured man in the head.”

Disney’s “John Carter” ready to take $200M bath

John Carter

John Carter

Disney expects its partly animated and frequently panned Red Planet film John Carter to lose $200 million, throwing the whole movie division into a sea of red ink.

“In light of the theatrical performance of John Carter ($184 million global box office), we expect the film to generate an operating loss of approximately $200 million during our second fiscal quarter ending March 31,” Disney said in a statement after markets closed Monday.

“As a result, our current expectation is that the Studio segment will have an operating loss of between $80 and $120 million for the second quarter.”

The movie’s production budget is estimated at $250 million. Another $100 million was spent on marketing.

Disney said that John Carter has collected about $184 million in global ticket sales so far. However, ticket sales are split approximately in half with theater owners.

Made by Oscar-winning director Andrew Stanton in his first live-action effort, the movie drew scathing reviews from many critics upon its release earlier this month.

“While John Carter looks terrific and delivers its share of pulpy thrills, it also suffers from uneven pacing and occasionally incomprehensible plotting and characterization,” said the Rotten Tomatoes site, which also compiles film reviews. Associated Press movie critic Christy Lemire called it “massively confusing” and “deadly dull.”

The loss will more than overshadow means that profits from other movies and home video disc sales.

But Disney maintains that the loss can be reversed, thanks to such future projects as Pixar’s Brave, set for release June 22.

“As we look forward to the second half of the year, we are excited about… The Avengers and Brave, which we believe have tremendous potential to drive value for the Studio and the rest of the company,” the entertainment giant said.

Centering on a Civil War veteran who finds himself on Mars, John Carter is on its way to the “Red Ink Planet,” said Cowen & Co. analyst Doug Creutz. However, he predicts a write-down of about $100 million.

Disney’s projected loss is more than double what he had expected, said Miller Tabak analyst David Joyce, adding that this will reduce his estimate for Disney’s earnings. Because of the large spending on production and marketing, Disney is announcing the loss sooner than might be expected for for a smaller-budget film, he added: “It’s good that Disney’s airing their dirty laundry now.”

“Obviously no studio puts this much into a movie hoping for this kind of result,” said Hollywood.com analyst Paul Dergarabedian.

One estimate was that about $600 million in worldwide box office revenue was needed in order for Disney to break even on John Carter. However, fewer than 65 movies have reached that figure, Dergarabedian said.

Disney shares fell 43 cents Monday to 43.01 in extended trading. The stock closed up 25 cents at $43.44 in regular trading — before Disney’s announcement of the huge expected loss.

Dumb-Hounded (1943) – Droopy Theatrical Cartoon Series

Dumb-Hounded

Dumb-Hounded

CotD: Droopy first appeared in “Dumb-Hounded” from 1943, when he was named Happy Hound.

Dumb-Hounded (1943) – Droopy Theatrical Cartoon Series

Droopy tracks down escaped convict Wolf, and the chase leads all over the world. No matter where the Wolf tries to hide, Droopy is there to take him in. Of course, Droopy has a secret…

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Angry Birds Short To Sail Into Nick

Angry Birds Space

Angry Birds Space

An all-new exclusive Angry Birds short film, “Angry Birds Space” lands on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons on Wednesday, March 21, at 7:00 p.m. on Nicktoons.

The encore short will air during “Angry Angry Saturday” morning on Saturday, March 24, at 10:30 a.m. (ET/PT) during SpongeBob SquarePants on Nickelodeon and Power Rangers Dino Thunder on Nicktoons. Leading up to the short film, six brand-new birds will be revealed. Following the exclusive world premiere, viewers can catch the birds at nick.com/watch.

This animated short tells the story of how the Angry Birds end up in space. It begins on a day much like any other, but suddenly a cosmic vortex appears and brings visitors from another galaxy with some unfriendly intentions. This means the heroic birds have to slingshot themselves into a new adventure – space.

Angry Birds are the most downloaded games ever, with over 700M downloads in the two years since they launched. The Angry Birds Space game will be available worldwide on Thursday, March 22.

Nickelodeon’s Saturday morning block (8a.m.-12p.m.) has been the number one destination for kids for 12 consecutive years averaging 3.0 million total viewers.