Nickelodeon has released the the first episode of it’s new, web-only series Welcome to the Wayne on Nick.Com today. This weekly online series that follows the adventures of Olly Timbers and Ansi Molina, two ten-year-old boys exploring the crazy, unpredictable world of their New York City apartment building, The Wayne. Welcome to the Wayne is the first of four original, short-form digital-only series rolling out on the newly redesigned Nick.com website and the Nick App this year, with more in development.
From the “you have got to be kidding me” side of San Diego Comic Con comes the announcement of a new series featuring- are you ready for this?- Mike Tyson and his Pigeon Sidekick. To be titled Mike Tyson Mysteries, Iron Mike, his pigeon, the Ghost of the Marquess of Queensbury and Mike’s adopted Korean daughter team up to form the Mike Tyson Mystery Team. One has to wonder if this is some sort of rehab assignment gone bad for Mike’s probation or something…
Even before the much anticipated film hits theaters, Disney has announced a new animated series to be based on “Guardians of the Galaxy“. Guardians of the Galaxy: The Animated Series- as well as a sequel to the theatrical film- were both announced San Diego’s Comic Con. Marvel Animation and Disney XD even went to far as to preview a one-minute teaser of the new animated series at the Comic-Con.
Oscar-Award winning stop-motion animation director Will Vinton has teamed up with Gnosis Moving Pictures to bring four new stop-motion animation projects to the screen soon. This ambitious schedule will be Vinton’s first major projects since Will Vinton Associates was wrestled away from him (and eventually became Laika Entertainment). Vinton is on board to direct and co-write all four projects.
Disney Television Animation has announced development of an animated television special based on the popular Disneyland ride, “The Haunted Mansion.” While no air date is set, Disney did point to some of the artists involved in the project. Look for book illustrator and horror artist Gris Grimly to art direct the film. Joshua Pruett will produce the project, with Grimly and Scott Peterson executive producing. Pruett and Peterson are also joining forces to write the TV special.
Skyler Page, creator and executive producer of Cartoon Network’s Clarence animated series has been fired from the network. Page, a CalArts graduate and storyboard artist for Adventure Time, is accused of sexually assaulting a female artist who also works at Cartoon Network. The Cartoon Network spokesperson said that the show- which is still in its first season-will continue.
Glen Kean, who made a name for himself as the late dean of Disney animators, has released his first new animated short from his association with Google and Motorola. Titled Duet, the film was released last week as part of a special Advanced Technology and Projects session at the Google I/O Conference in San Francisco. It is the third in a series of shorts called the Spotlight Stories that are designed to explore spatial awareness and the sensory inputs of a mobile device to create a distinctive storytelling experience.
Pixar’s next animated feature film – Inside Out- is due out in one year, and today Pixar announced the short that will accompany the film. The short is titled Lava and is described as a musical love story that takes place over millions of years. Pixar gave LA journalists an early sneak preview last night and by all accounts, the footage shown was stunning. Pixar also showed the new poster for the short, which shows a beautiful, idyllic tropical island, frolicking (and paired!) sea-life, and a background of a smoldering volcano.
Over the last week, three new series have been announce from three separate studios, all of them revisiting previous shows or films. Disney is sending The Lion Guard to Disney Jr., Scholastic Entertainment is sending Ms. Frizzle back out with The Magic School Bus 360°, and FremantleMedia is resurrecting Cosgrove-Hall’s 80’s hit with a new version of Danger Mouse.
The popular 1990’s Hanna-Barbera series The Powerfuff Girls is headed back to Cartoon Network. Not much has been released about the new series, so we have no word on who is directing, writing or producing. We don’t even know if it will reboot in the style of the recent Dance Pantsed or go off on it’s own. About all we do know for sure is that it will be out in 2016… and Cartoon Network is looking at major licensing deals based on the new series.