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Three “Simpsons” Episodes Nominated for WGA Award

The Simpsons

The Simpsons

Three episodes of “The Simpsons” are among the five nominees for the Writers Guild of America Award in the category of animation.

The three are “Holidays of Future Passed,” written by J. Stewart Burns; “Ned and Edna’s Blend Agenda,” written by Jeff Westbrook; and “Treehouse of Horror XXIII,” written by David Mandel and Brian Kelley.

Also up for a WGA Award are “A Farewell to Arms” (Futurama), written by Josh Weinstein, and “Forget-Me-Not” (Family Guy), written by David A. Goodman.

In the Television Graphic Animation category, the nominees are “CBS News Animations,” animation by David Rosen, and “The Oscars” (Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood), animation by Bob Pook, CBS.

The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) jointly announced on Thursday nominations for outstanding achievement in TV, news, radio, promotional writing, and graphic animation during the 2012 season.

The awards will be presented jointly in all competitive categories during simultaneous ceremonies Sunday, February 17 in New York at the B.B. King Blues Club and in Los Angeles at the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE. For more information, visit www.wga.org or www.wgaeast.org.

Red-faced Mr. Burns Supports Romney For President in Cartoon

The Simpsons

The Simpsons

Nuclear plant owner C. Montgomery Burns, of “The Simpsons” cartoon fame (or infamy, depending on how you look at it), is backing Mitt Romney for president of the United States.

“There’s only one thing that might deny us the presidency, that is the God-given property of the Republican Party,” Burns remarked in an “ad” promoting episodes of the long-running series.

“The 47 percent tape?” asked inquiring fellow Simpsons character Mr. Smithers. “The empty chair? Cayman Islands? Swiss bank accounts?”

Responded Mr. Burns: “No, no, no and no. It’s a shaggy-dog story about an actual shaggy dog.

“Release the hound!”

The Simpsons

The Simpsons

The “ad” (www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ltCIEbLMaQg&noredirect=1) has Mr. Burns retell the tale of dog Seamus, whose kennel was fastened to the roof of the Romneys’ car. Then the nuke boss lets Seamus choose between challenger Romney and Democratic incumbent Barack Obama.

The pooch is met by the two candidates, whom Burns dubs “Broccoli Bama” and “Meat Romney.” Seamus, fearing the worst, runs away and jumps out the window.

“Another jumper. Bring in the next dog!”, Burns concludes in triumph.

Ice Age 4 Sets Foreign Record For Animated Film

Ice Age: Continental Drift

Ice Age: Continental Drift

After opening at the top of Italy’s box office this past weekend, Fox’s Ice Age: Continental Drift — also known as Ice Age 4 – now holds the record for the highest-grossing animated movie ever to be released abroad.

A $7.8 million debut at 906 venues in Italy has raised foreign cumulative grosses for the sequel to $693.9 million. Barring the unforeseen, it’ll top the $700 million mark in foreign lands.

Over the weekend, Ice Age: Continental Drift made $8.7 million from 1,055 locations in four overseas countries.

The movie now has had the eighth-largest international release of any film — animated or otherwise — in history.

Bob & Fox Flipping Burgers For a Fourth Season

Bob's Burgers

Bob’s Burgers

FOX is going back to the grill for a fourth season of Bob’s Burgers, announcing twenty-two new episodes for next year barely two shows into this year’s third season.

Created by Loren Bouchard, the show received an Emmy nomination earlier this year, and has been a strong part of the network’s Animation Domination line-up. The first two episodes of the third season have shown strong gains in viewers, up over a million viewers from last season.

A third-generation restaurateur, Bob Belcher runs Bob’s Burgers with the help of his wife and their three kids. Bob has big ideas about burgers, condiments and sides, but only a few thoughts on customer service and business management. Despite his greasy counters, lousy location and occasionally spotty service, Bob is convinced his burgers speak for themselves.

The show is animated by Bento Box Entertainment for 20th Century Fox Television. It premiered on Fox in January 2011. Have you seen the show? What do you think of it?

Ice Age 4 Sets Foreign Record for Animated Film

Ice Age: Continental Drift

Ice Age: Continental Drift

After opening at the top of Italy’s box office this past weekend, Fox’s Ice Age: Continental Drift — also known as Ice Age 4 — now holds the record for the highest-grossing animated movie ever to be released abroad.

A $7.8 million debut at 906 venues in Italy has raised foreign cumulative grosses for the sequel to $693.9 million. Barring the unforeseen, it’ll top the $700 million mark in foreign lands.

Over the weekend, Ice Age: Continental Drift made $8.7 million from 1,055 locations in four overseas countries.

The movie now has had the eighth-largest international release of any film — animated or otherwise — in history.

[Via Screen Daily — www.screendaily.com/box-office/ice-age-4-sets-animation-record-retribution-tops-intl-charts/5047189.article, The Hollywood Reporter — www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/foreign-box-office-resident-evil-retribution-hotel-transylvania-taken-liam-neeson-375216]

Guild Members to Discuss TV Animation Development

The Animation Guild, Local 839

The Animation Guild, Local 839

The State Of TV Animation Development” will be the subject of a panel discussion at the general membership meeting of The Animation Guild on Tuesday, September 25.

“Development”: that enigmatic place where all television shows get their start. What’s happening in TV animation development today? How does it work, and what are they currently excited about? What are they looking for, and what makes a great pitch?

The panel will be hosted by TAG executive board member Karen Carnegie Johnson. Panelists will include Jenna Boyd (senior vice-president of animation development, Nickelodeon), Jonathan Davis (executive vice-president of comedy development and animation, Fox Animation), Eric Homan (vice-president, development, Frederator) and Michael McGahey (vice-president, development, Disney Television Animation).

Membership meetings offer TAG members an opportunity to reconnect with the Guild, interact with the Executive Board, raise concerns and hear about the state of the industry. While not mandatory, attendance and participation are key factors in keeping TAG abreast of matters in the workplace.

The membership decides how and when the union can act. Participation on your part is the foundation to the strength our contract and policies hold. Come and be a part of the process of keeping TAG’s leverage focused and strong.

Pizza and refreshments are available at 6:30 p.m. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Membership meetings are held in the meeting hall of The Animation Guild. It’s located at 1105 North Hollywood Way in Burbank, California, between Magnolia and Chandler.

Fox Reveals DreamWorks Animation 12-Picture Future

DreamWorks Animation SKG

DreamWorks Animation SKG

20th Century Fox has leaked the next bakers dozen DreamWorks Animation movies-releases through the middle of 2016- marking the most ambitious slate for an animation house in Hollywood history, and an industry first in output.

Newly announced DreamWorks Animation projects inlude B.O.O: Bureau of Otherwordly Operations, set to hit theaters on Nov. 6, 2015, and How to Train Your Dragon 3, dated for June 18, 2016.

The other films set to release through the new DreamWorks and 20th Century Fox partnership: The Croods (March 22, 2013), Turbo (July 19, 2013), Mr. Peabody & Sherman (Nov. 1, 2013), Me and My Shadow (March 14, 2014), Dragons: Riders of Berk (How to Train Your Dragon 2) (June 20, 2014), Happy Smekday! (Nov. 26, 2014), The Penguins of Madagascar (March 27, 2015), Trolls (working title, June 5, 2015), Monkeys Of Mumbai (working title, Dec. 19, 2015) and Kung Fu Panda 3 (March 18, 2016).

The Seth Rogen-voiced B.O.O: Bureau of Otherwordly Operations is based on an original idea by Tony Leondis (Igor), who is directing the ghost pic. It is produced by Maryann Garger (Flushed Away) and the screenplay is being written by Tom Wheeler (Puss in Boots).

“We have had the privilege not only to view many of these films in their various stages but also to meet the incredible leadership teams behind each one, and we are very confident about DreamWorks Animation’s robust future slate,” said Fox Filmed Entertainment CEOs and Chairmen Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman. “We are truly excited about our new partnership and bringing these extraordinary films to audiences around the world.”

Many of these films have been in the works for many years, in varying stages of the pipeline. With the uncertainty of a distribution partner, DreamWorks has been hesitant to release much about them.

Last month, DreamWorks Animation announced its distribution deal with 20th Century Fox, clearing up the distribution for the next seven years.

“What we are announcing today is the result of the amazing work and devotion from DreamWorks Animation’s vast roster of directors, producers and artistic talent over many years,” added Bill Damaschke, DreamWorks Animation’s Chief Creative Officer. “Every one of the movies in our lineup – whether it is an original film or a sequel to one of our beloved franchises – comes from the unique and special vision of our filmmakers, and we look forward to joining together with Fox to make them available to family audiences starting next year.”

Releasing three films per year is practically unheard of rate of release for an animation studio, with Disney only shooting for two during it’s “new renaissance” period in the late 1990’s.  Current industry leader Pixar only puts out only one title a year.

What do you think- is the shotgun approach to animated film-making going to work, or do you think that despite the volume, DreamWorks can keep the quality level up and make some films with staying power?

Fox Animation helping Maguire bend “Cardboard”

Cardboard

Cardboard

Fox Animation is optioning the recently published Graphix novel Cardboard, with plans for actor Tobey Maguire’s Material Pictures, graphic novelist Doug TenNapel and the Gotham Group to be executive producers.

Fox plans to have the picture developed under its WedgeWorks subsidiary. WedgeWorks director Chris Wedge (Ice Age) is producing, and is considering directing the film as well.

In TenNapel’s book, a poor widower gives his young son the inadequate birthday present of a cardboard box. The two convert the box into a boxer named Bill that comes to life. This draws the attention of a neighborhood bully who plans something bad.

Maguire, the voice of the lead character in Warner Bros.’ Cats & Dogs, may get the chance to voice one of the main roles in Cardboard if the film proceeds, according to a source close to the project.

Meanwhile, Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios are in post-production on Wedge’s Epic, a 3D CG-animated action-adventure movie scheduled for release next May.

TenNapel projects being developed also include Ghostopolis at Disney and Monster Zoo at Paramount.

DWA enters into distribution agreement with Fox

DreamWorks Animation SKG

DreamWorks Animation SKG

DreamWorks Animation announced Monday that the Glendale, California-based company has entered into a new five-year distribution agreement with Twentieth Century Fox.

Under the terms of the agreement, Fox will assume certain marketing and distribution responsibilities in both domestic and international markets for all animated feature films produced by DreamWorks Animation for release from 2013 through 2017.

“Fox has long been an industry leader in both theatrical and home video, thanks in large part to its well-integrated approach to distribution across a wide range of platforms around the globe,” said DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg. “Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman have built a world-class distribution team, and we are excited to apply their expertise, robust infrastructure and global resources so that DreamWorks Animation’s films can reach their fullest possible potential over the next five years.”

“DreamWorks Animation is a great company that makes terrific films and everyone here feels privileged and honored to have been chosen to distribute their marvelous work throughout the world,” stated Fox Filmed Entertainment CEOs and chairmen Gianopulos and Rothman. “We are particularly excited to add DreamWorks Animation’s films to the strong and growing slate of movies from our outstanding Blue Sky Studios division, which is coming off another global blockbuster with Ice Age: Continental Drift, and has Epic and Rio2 in advanced production. Together we will be a dominant force in animated entertainment for years to come.”

“Starting in 2013, DreamWorks Animation content will be distributed in the more traditional markets under a fee structure that is similar to our existing arrangement with our current distributor,” continued Katzenberg. “However, our new agreement with Fox presents more favorable economics overall for DreamWorks Animation because we are taking advantage of lower costs associated with the emerging digital distribution landscape and managing domestic television distribution in-house.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Fox will receive a distribution fee on worldwide theatrical and home video gross receipts as well as on international television, and on certain digital businesses, including rentals, SVOD and EST. DreamWorks Animation will retain the rights to distribute its product in the domestic television windows without paying a fee to Fox.

“Ice Age 4″ surpasses $500 million

Ice Age: Continental Drift

Ice Age: Continental Drift

Ice Age: Continental Drift” grossed $50.7 million at 15,932 screens in 69 foreign countries over the weekend, raising its overall gross abroad to $516.3 million.

The second highest-grossing movie overseas this past weekend, Ice Age: Continental Drift – the fourth installment of the computer-animated franchise — has now made nearly as much as 2009 Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs, the series’ most successful entry, which made a total of $693.9 million abroad.

Opening in first place in China this weekend, Continental Drift made $15.7 million in about 3,500 locations.

National records for a Fox animated film were set during opening weekends in South Korea ($3 million at 501 venues) and in India ($1.6 million on screens).

Leading the foreign box office this weekend was Warner Brothers’ live-action The Dark Knight Rises. It made $126.2 million at 17,200 locations in 57 countries during its second weekend.

Pixar’s Bravewas No. 5 internationally, making $9.6 million for a total foreign gross of $92 million. It was seen in 24 countries, which distributor Disney says is about 38% of the international market. North American revenues now total $217.3 million.

DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wantedopened in first place in Spain ($2.6 million at 395 theaters) and Portugal ($1.1 million at 67 locations for an average of nearly $16,000 per venue). Over the weekend, it made a total of $6.9 million at 2,366 venues in 41 countries for a cumulative foreign total of $291.7 million. Distributor Paramount will open movie this week in seven countries, including Japan and Hong Kong.

Universal’s 3D animation Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax opened in second place in the United Kingdom, where a month of school holidays began. There, it made $2.9 million at 502 venues. It opened in China to garner $964,000 million on 1,060 screens. Overall, it made $5.9 million at 3,506 venues in 13 countries this weekend, contributing to a foreign cumulative total of $110.6 million.

Another Universal release, the partly animated Ted, made $2.7 million this weekend at 497 locations in 10 countries for a foreign total of $44.1 million.