Monthly Archives: March 2012

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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…

Come see “Dumb-Hounded” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

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.