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Fox To Save Kingdom

Hero's Guide To Saving Your Kingdom

Hero's Guide To Saving Your Kingdom

Fox has announced they have optioned children’s book Hero’s Guide To Saving Your Kingdom as a possible future animated feature. The book, which comes out today, was written by Christopher Healy.

The story follows four wanna-be Prince Charmings: Liam, Duncan, Frederic, and Gustav. When they are kicked out of their castles by their respective princesses, the four come across an evil plot that threatens each of their kingdoms and must fight their own imperfections as well as all sorts of fantasy villains in order to become true heroes.

The film will be produced by Chernin Entertainment. No scriptwriter or director has yet been attached to the film.

SEC probing DWA, Disney over business in China

DreamWorks Animation SKG

DreamWorks Animation SKG

DreamWorks Animation and Disney have received letters of inquiry from the United States Securities and Exchange Commission over their business activities in China, according to an unnamed person familiar with the matter.

The SEC wrote to at least five movie studios in the past two months, including 20th Century Fox, said the source, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the letters.

The letters ask about possibly inappropriate payments and how the companies dealt with certain Chinese government officials.

Representatives of DreamWorks, Disney and News Corp. — the owner of 20th Century Fox — declined to comment. An SEC spokesman wouldn’t comment, either.

The state-owned China Film Group, which has long had a firm hold on the Chinese film market, didn’t answer repeated requests for comment.

Although China Film Group had a quota of foreign films of 20 per year, it relaxed some restrictions in February after Chinese leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping visited Washington for a week. The agreement exempts 14 premium-format films, such as IMAX or 3D, from the quota, along with those films’ 2D versions.

Also in February, DWA announced that it had reached a deal to build a production studio in Shanghai with some of China’s largest media firms. Last year, the studio’s Kung Fu Panda 2 became the highest-grossing animated movie in China, raising about $100 million at the box office.

The inquiry comes in the face of intensified SEC and United States Justice Department scrutiny into potential violations of the 1970s-vintage Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which forbids American companies and individuals from bribing foreign government officials.

Flintstones Saved From Becoming The Family Guy

The Flintstones

The Flintstones

Fox Animation has put animation wunderkind Seth MacFarlane’s modern update of the stone-age family on hold. MacFarlane’s reboot of The Flintstones has been put on indefinite hold no word on when (or if) production will resume.

Reportably the production was just at the point of ramping up production, hiring writers and producers. Many of the artists and animators from MacFarlane’s American Dad were hoping to make the jump over to The Flintstones as their show winds down production.

It has been speculated that MacFarlane, whose current animated productions include Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show as well as Fox’s Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey, is too busy to accommodate the new series. MacFarlane is in postproduction on his feature directorial film Ted, which will hit theaters on July 13. He wrote, produced and voices a character in the new combination live-action-CG film.

The Flintstones have been a passion of MacFarlane for decades. Seth has noted that he began drawing Fred Flintstone at age 2.

The series will be jointly produced by 20th Television and Warner Bros. Television, which owns the rights to the original Hanna-Barbera cartoon.

IFC heading “Out There” for 2012-13 season

Out There

Out There

At IFC’s first-ever Upfront event in New York, the network unveiled its 2012-13 original programming lineup, which includes a new scripted comedy, the animated series Out There.

Running for 10 half-hour episodes, Out There premieres next January.

Out There follows the coming-of-age adventures of Chad, his little brother Jay and best friend Chris. Living in a small town, the boys run face first into the wall of adolescence, the horrors of puberty, first loves, mortal enemies, local legends, and social ostracism. They experience the wonderment and frustration of that terrifying limbo between childhood and adulthood. Growing up is weird to do… out there.

Out There is created, written and executive produced by Emmy-winning animation director and produce, Ryan Quincy, who was the longtime animation director for South Park. The series is produced for IFC by 20th Century Fox Television.

“Homer The Father” winner of Writers Guild Awards

One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish (1991) - The Simpsons

One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish (1991) - The Simpsons

Homer The Father,” written by Joel H. Cohen, won a Writers Guild Award in the Animation category Sunday, defeating — among others — three other episodes of Fox’s The Simpsons.

Homer The Father triumphed over “Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts,” written by Tim Long; The Blue and the Gray, written by Rob LaZebnik; and Donnie Fatso, written by Chris Cluess.

Also nominated in the Animation category were the Ben 10: Ultimate Alien episode “Moonstruck,” written by Len Uhley, and the Futurama episode The Silence Of The Clamps, written by Eric Rogers.

In the category of Television Graphic Animation, the winner — and sole nominee — was “CBS News Animations” (CBS News), Graphic Animation by David Rosen.

For Original Screenplay, the winner was Midnight in Paris, written by Woody Allen. The Descendants, with screenplay by Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, won for Adapted Screenplay; it was based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings.

Better This World, written by Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega, won for Documentary Screenplay.

Presented by the Writers Guild of America, the Writers Guild Awards were held at simultaneous ceremonies at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles and at B.B. King Blues Club in New York City.

Fox forges new unit for Saturday night animation

Fox Animation Studios

Fox Animation Studios

Building on its more than 20 years of animation domination, Fox Broadcasting Company has created a new unit to oversee the development and production of alternative animated series, shorts and user-adapted material for a brand new late-night animated programming block and new digital multi-platform network, FOX president of entertainment Kevin Reilly announced Sunday.

To run this new unit, FOX has inked an exclusive deal with Nick Weidenfeld, former head of program development for Adult Swim and executive producer of acclaimed series Children’s Hospital and The Boondocks. The network has also tapped producer Hend Baghdady (Warren The Ape, The Andy Milonakis Show) as the executive in charge of production for the new division.

Under their leadership, the unit will develop and produce an ambitious slate of original animated shorts and series to run both on-air and online. The late-night programming block will air Saturdays (11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. ET/PT) on FOX and will feature four new animated series per season, starting in January 2013.

The digital channel will extend across platforms such as Web, mobile apps, game consoles and Video on Demand. It kicks off this year and will feature 50 original short-form pieces per year, online windows of FOX animated shows, and user-adapted content.

It will create a unique opportunity for fans and up-and-coming talent to engage with professional FOX-curated content, which they could possibly platform into their own series. FOX will also use its expertise and cross-promotional power to nurture these new assets through this pipeline.

“This may be the first time a network is building a clear bridge for talent to develop and grow ideas in the digital/alternative arena and organically move them into the mainstream,” said Reilly. “These new late-night series will be assets in their own right — but the clear possibility exists for a breakout digital success to graduate to primetime.

“Nick had an incredible track record at Adult Swim and is a dynamic guy with the instincts to cultivate and produce inventive and irreverent series that animation fans love. Together with Hend, they are the perfect partners for us in this exciting new venture,” Reilly continued.

Prior to teaming with FOX under his Friends Night production company banner, Weidenfeld served as the head of program development for Adult Swim. Over the last eight years, Weidenfeld helped grow the late-night block of programming on Cartoon Network — featuring breakout hits such as Robot Chicken and Aqua Teen Hunger Force — into the No. 1 cable entertainment channel among young men. He executive-produced a variety of animated and live-action shows, including the Peabody Award-winning The Boondocks, Children’s Hospital, NTSF:SD:SUV::, Metalocalypse, Superjail! and China, IL.

In 2009, Weidenfeld co-created and co-wrote the animated hour-long cartoon Freaknik: The Musical, starring Grammy Award-winning singer T-Pain as well as Cee Lo, Lil Wayne, Andy Samberg and Bill Hader. The musical is currently being adapted for the stage. Most recently, he adapted the feature film Black Dynamite into an animated series and built a sketch show around the rap group and Internet sensation Odd Future.

Baghdady began her career in New York working on the first season of Crank Yankers with Jackhole Industries. Since then, she has developed, produced and created production formats and templates for live-action and animated comedy series for MTV, Comedy Central and Adult Swim. Her most recent credits include the Community stop-motion Christmas special “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas”; the first strip animated show, DJ & The Fro; The Andy Milonakis Show; Warren The Ape; and Kanye West’s pilot Alligator Boots.

Marge Vs. The Monorail (1993) – The Simpsons Cartoon Episode Guide

Marge Vs. The Monorail (1993) - The Simpsons

Marge Vs. The Monorail (1993) - The Simpsons

CotD: In one of the great early Simpsn’s episode titled “Marge Vs. The Monorail” has the whole town up in arms when Leonard Nimoy comes to town.

Marge Vs. The Monorail (1993) – The Simpsons Cartoon Episode Guide

After getting $3 million from a fine due to Mr. Burns’ illegal disposal of nuclear waste, the town decides to spend money on a needless monorail… built from shoddy materials.

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4 “Simpsons” episodes up for Writers Guild Award

Treehouse Of Horror III (1992) - The Simpsons

Treehouse Of Horror III (1992) - The Simpsons

Four of six nominations for the Writers Guild Award in the Animation category are for separate episodes of Fox’s The Simpsons.

The Writers Guild of America, West and the Writers Guild of America, East announced on Wednesday nominations for outstanding achievement in TV, news, radio, promotional writing and graphic animation during the 2011 season.

Simpsons episodes up for the WGA Award are “Bart Stops to Smell the Roosevelts,” written by Tim Long; The Blue and the Gray, written by Rob LaZebnik; Donnie Fatso, written by Chris Cluess; and Homer The Father, written by Joel H. Cohen.

Also nominated are the Ben 10: Ultimate Alien episode “Moonstruck,” written by Len Uhley, and the Futurama episode The Silence Of The Clamps, written by Eric Rogers.

In the category of Television Graphic Animation, the sole nominee is “CBS News Animations” (CBS News), Graphic Animation by David Rosen.

The 2012 Writers Guild Awards will be held Sunday, February 19 at simultaneous ceremonies the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles and at B.B. King Blues Club in New York City. For more information about the 2012 Writers Guild Awards, visit www.wga.org or www.wgaeast.org.

Gone Nutty (2003) – Blue Sky Studios Theatrical Cartoon

Gone Nutty (2003) - Blue Sky Studios Theatrical Cartoon

Gone Nutty (2003) - Blue Sky Studios Theatrical Cartoon

CotD: Nominated for an Academy Award, “Gone Nutty” was spun off from the popular Ice Age film series; some say it is better than the feature films.

Gone Nutty (2003) – Blue Sky Studios Theatrical Cartoon

Scrat crams one final nut into the center of his gigantic stash… and the result is cataclysmic.
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Treehouse Of Horror III (1992) – The Simpsons Cartoon Episode Guide

Treehouse Of Horror III (1992) - The Simpsons

Treehouse Of Horror III (1992) - The Simpsons

CotD: Its not quite Halloween until we get our yearly dose of Simpsons Scaries in shows like Seasons 4′s “Treehouse Of Horror III

Treehouse Of Horror III (1992) – The Simpsons Cartoon Episode Guide

The Simpsons hold a Halloween Party, in which three stories are exchanged:

  • Clown Without Pity- Bart receives, as a birthday present, a talking Krusty doll….from the ‘House of Evil ‘Your One Stop Evil Shop”
  • King Homer- King Kong Klone.
  • Dial ‘Z’ For Zombies- After being assigned to read a another book, Bart picks out an item from the occult section, and tries to raise the dead Snowball I, but instead cause the dead people to rise up.

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