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WB picks up “Bolivar” novel for animated feature



Warner Bros. has picked up Sean Rubin’s upcoming graphic novel Bolivar for an intended animated feature film.

Irish filmmaker Kealan O’Rourke has been attached to write and direct the project. Akiva Goldsman and Kerry Foster will produce the film through their Weed Road company.

Archaia Entertainment is the novel’s publisher. Archaia editor-in-chief Stephen Christy will be a produdcer as well.

The novel, written and illustrated by Sean Rubin, is set for release in May 2013.

Bolivar is about Sybil, a young girl who moves to New York and learns that her neighbor is the novel’s title character, the last living dinosaur. Bolivar refuses to befriend Sybil’s in spite of her persistent efforts.

Sybil so desperately wants Bolivar to explore the world with her, but the dinosaur is rather reclusive. Soon, Bolivar realizes how important she if for him and that he would risk everything for her.

Last year, O’Rourke won a best animation prize at the Irish Film and Television Awards for The Boy in the Bubble.

Los Angeles-based Archaia Entertainment is an Eisner Award-winning publishing firm. Adaptations of other Archaia works are planned.

Ghibli’s Arrietty has record-breaking U.S. release

Karigurashi No Arietti (The Secret World of Arrietty")

Karigurashi No Arietti (The Secret World of Arrietty")

The Secret World of Arrietty” will open on at least 1,200 screens in the United States, more than any previous Studio Ghibli film.

Disney, which distributes Ghibli pictures in North America, had Ponyo (2008) open on about 900 screens. Also in comparison, Sen To Chihiro No Kamikakushi (Spirited Away) opened on 750 screens.

“I just want to do everything I can to help make sure people can go see them because they’re just magnificent films that are very different than any other animated films these days,” Pixar’s John Lasseter said in an interview.

Japan’s Studio Ghibli has released animated films that have met with huge success in foreign markets. But in spite of critical plaudits and strong marketing assistance from the Walt Disney Company and Lasseter, these have met with only modest receipts at the American box office.

Released in 2010, Karigurashi No Arietti (The Secret World of Arrietty, The Borrower Arrietty) is based on The Borrowers, Mary Norton’s beloved children’s book about tiny people who live under the floorboards of a house. The movie already has grossed over $126 million abroad.

Nick Brings In “Mike The Knight”

Mike the Knight

Mike the Knight

Nickelodeon unveils Mike the Knight, a brand new CG-animated preschool series that invites viewers into a fantastical world of castles, missions, dragons and trolls, on Friday, Feb. 3, at 10:30 a.m. ET/PT). The half-hour, adventure series teaches kids about friendship, loyalty, and determination as they join Mike, a young knight-in-training, on his missions to protect his kingdom, serve his Queen and become a full-fledged knight.

Following the series launch, Nickelodeon will air new episodes, Monday, Feb. 6 – Thursday, Feb. 9, at 12:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Mike the Knight, created by Alexander Bar (Lunar Jim) and penned by Marc Seal (Head Writer, Bob the Builder), is produced by HIT Entertainment and Nelvana Studio. The series (26 episodes) will regularly air weekdays at 12:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.

“Mike the Knight will take preschoolers on a journey of discovery through a medieval world filled with dynamic characters and imaginative stories,” said Teri Weiss, SVP, Nickelodeon Preschool. “The series will inspire and empower preschoolers to always try their best, continuously grow, and work hard to accomplish their goals.”

“Along with our co-production partner HIT Entertainment, we are thrilled that Nickelodeon will be the new home for Mike the Knight in the U.S,” said Colin Bohm, Managing Director, Nelvana Enterprises. “With its truly unique and exciting storylines, along with rich visuals, we are confident the series will be a big hit with preschoolers and their families in the U.S. and around the world.”

Mike the Knight centers on Mike, a young boy with a bright future ahead of him. The son of the King and Queen of Glendragon, he is determined to follow in his father’s footsteps to become a brave and noble knight. With the triumphant motto, “Be a knight, do it right,” the would-be hero is joined in his adventures by a host of medieval characters, including his trusty steed Galahad, two friendly dragons, Squirt and Sparkie, and his sister, Evie, a wizard-in-training. In every episode, a mission is set and Mike rises to the challenge with the help of his closest friends. Mike the Knight taps into children’s fascination with fantasy/medieval elements without removing them from the familiarity of their everyday lives.

In the series premiere episode, “Mike the Knight and Galahad the Great/Mike the Knight and the Scary Dragons,” Mike is so keen on making Galahad look good, he doesn’t realize what he’s dressing him in is stopping him from getting around the horse riding course! In the second half of the episode, Mike’s dragons Sparkie and Squirt try to act scary. Sparkie is better at it and Mike doesn’t notice how upset this makes Squirt. When a forgotten Squirt gets stuck in the tower, Mike learns to be sensitive to his friends’ feelings.

“Daffy’s Rhapsody” debuts in theaters February 10

Daffy's Rhapsody still

Daffy's Rhapsody still

Moviegoers seeing the 3D family adventure “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island” are in for a bonus reel of laughs and action with Daffy’s Rhapsody.

The original Looney Tunes cartoon short makes its theatrical debut in tandem with the feature film release from New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Pictures, opening across the United States on Friday, February 10.

Three new images from this picture have been released, and are nopw on the BCDB site. Click through the Cartoon Pictures From Daffy’s Rhapsody link to see the newest images.

In Daffy’s Rhapsody, a brand-new escapade starring Elmer Fudd and Daffy Duck, a relaxing evening at the theater turns into hunting season when Fudd is surprised by the unexpected appearance of his perpetual and ever-elusive target, Daffy. As Elmer gives chase, Daffy cleverly evades him while regaling the audience with a song that illustrates his plight — how hunters never leave him alone.

Featuring an original story and all-new animation, the short stars the voice of the late, legendary Mel Blanc in Daffy’s song, recorded in the 1950s, alongside acclaimed voice actor Billy West’s current characterization of Elmer Fudd. Directed by Matthew O’Callaghan, it is the second in a new series of three original 3D cartoon shorts created for theatrical release, in keeping with Warner Bros. Animation’s commitment to present the Looney Tunes on the big screen as they were first enjoyed and embraced by audiences around the world.

Sam Register, executive vice-president for creative affairs of Warner Bros. Animation, served as executive producer on Daffy’s Rhapsody, as well as the first short of the series, last year’s I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat. He says, “Everyone grew up loving the Looney Tunes characters, and it has been both a great honor and an enormous challenge to continue the legacy of these animation icons and introduce them to a new generation of fans. To hear the incomparable Mel Blanc voicing these characters once more is nothing short of a dream come true.”

As with Journey 2: The Mysterious IslandDaffy’s Rhapsody will screen in both 2D and 3D, and in IMAX where available, in theaters across the U.S.

Oscar-nominated “Rango” set for limited re-release



The now Academy Award-nominated “Rango,” from director Gore Verbinski and starring the voice of Johnny Depp, saddles up for a one-week limited engagement at the ArcLight Hollywood beginning this Friday, January 27.

The original animated comedy-adventure from Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies, which takes moviegoers for a walk in the Wild West, was nominated Tuesday morning for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film.

Rango is the winner of the National Board of Review and Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Animated Feature, while top critics’ groups around the United States — including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. — have declared it the best animated film of 2011.

A chameleon living as an ordinary family pet, Rango dreams of being a fearless hero and is challenged to become just that when he inadvertently becomes the sheriff of a lawless desert town called Dirt.

Written by John Logan and directed by Gore Verbinski, Rango earned more than $230 million worldwide. The film also features the voices of Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Alfred Molina, Bill Nighy, Ned Beatty, Harry Dean Stanton, Ray Winstone and Timothy Olyphant.

Feature “Back to the Sea” opens Friday in Canada

Back to the Sea

Back to the Sea

The animated feature film “Back to the Sea” will open in theaters across Canada in both 2D and 3D on Friday, January 27, IndustryWorks Pictures announced.

Back to the Sea is a tale of adventure that follows Kevin, a young flying fish, who lives in New York Harbor. He dreams of leading his family back to Barbados — the mythical kingdom of the flying fish.

One fateful day, his adventurous nature finds him captured by a fishing ship and delivered to the fish tank of a Chinese restaurant in New York City’s Chinatown, where he meets a quiet young boy who also longs for excitement and adventure. The two become friends and begin a daring quest to get Kevin back to the sea. Battling furious chefs, evil thieves and hungry diners, the two heroes discover the true meaning of friendship, family, and the importance of following your dreams.

Directed by Thom Lu, the film is voiced by, among others, Christian Slater (Breaking In, Interview with the Vampire, Pump Up the Volume, Robot Chicken) as Jack, the bad guy and robber. Tim Curry (Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Wild Thornberrys) lends his voice to play Eric, Kevin’s father. Mark Hamill, best known for his leading role as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, plays Bunker the wise old octopus, while Tom Kenny (Spongebob SquarePants) provides the hilarious voice of Ben the Life Coach.

This is IndustryWorks Pictures’ first theatrical animation film, as well as its first co-production with China.

“This is an important step for Canada, and a huge feat for the Vancouver-based independent film company to enter into a partnership with a studio like Glory & Dream Digital Animation. They are one of the top companies in animated films in China, as is The Jiangsu Broadcast Company, the second-largest broadcast company in China. The experience has been something quite incredible,” the company said.

The 96-minute film is produced by Calvin Yao; Ming Sun, Kathryn Griffiths, Evan Tylor and Tom Raycove are the executuve producers. Music is by Gordon McGhie.

LA film critics give kudos to Verbinski’s “Rango”



Echoing its Washington-area counterpart, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association has given Gore Verbinski’s Rangoits award for Best Animation.

The Adventures Of Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn, directed by Steven Spielberg, was named runner-up in the category for the 37th annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.

The Descendants was named Best Picture, with The Tree of Life the runner-up. For their work on The Descendants, Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash were named runners-up for Best Screenplay.

Terrence Malick won Best Director honors for The Tree of Life. The picture also won Emmanuel Lubezki a Best Cinematography award.

Martin Scorsese was runner-up in the Best Director category for Hugo. Dante Ferretti won Best Production Design for the picture.

Michael Fassbender won Best Actor honors for his roles in A Dangerous Method, Jane Eyre, Shame and X-Men: First Class. Michael Shannon was runner-up for Take Shelter.

Best Actress honors went to Yin Jung-hee for Poetry, while Kirsten Dunst was declared runner-up for Melancholia.

Christopher Plummer was named Best Supporting Actor for his role in Beginners. Patton Oswalt was runner-up for Young Adult.

Jessica Chastain was named Best Supporting Actress for her work in Coriolanus, The Debt, The Help, Take Shelter, Texas Killing Fields and Tree of Life. The runner-up was Janet McTeer for Albert Nobbs.

Best Screenplay went to director Asghar Farhadi for A Separation, which was declared runner-up for Best Foreign-Language Film.

City of Life and Death, directed by Chuan Lu, was named Best Foreign-Language Film. Cao Yu was runner-up in Best Cinematography for the movie.

Best Production Design runner-up went to Maria Djurkovic for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

The Chemical Brothers were honored for Best Music Score for Hanna; Cliff Martinez was the runner-up for Drive.

For Best Documentary/Non-Fiction Film, Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams was the winner; Clio Barnard’s The Arbor was the runner-up.

Founded in 1975, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association is comprised of Los Angeles-based professional film critics working in the Los Angeles print and electronic media.

“Green Lantern: The Animated Series” arrives on CN

Green Lantern: The Animated Series

Green Lantern: The Animated Series

Green Lantern, a DC Comics mainstay for more than 70 years, will be seen in an entirely new way when Warner Bros. Animation’s Green Lantern: The Animated Series – from world-renowned producer, artist and animator Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League) — comes to Cartoon Network in a one-hour special event.

With stunning, stylized CG animation, Green Lantern: The Animated Series takes viewers on a journey of cosmic proportions as Hal Jordan and his band of heroes fight to save the universe. The special premieres at 7 p.m. (ET/PT) on Friday, November 11 as a precursor to the series debuting on Cartoon Network next year as part of the new DC Nation programming block.

Fans in the United States can watch a sneak peek of the complete first scene from the series at the Green Lantern: The Animated Series webpage at BCDB .

As Earth’s Green Lantern, Hal Jordan is used to being in dangerous situations — but he’s never faced anything like this!

Set at the farthest reaches of deep space, Green Lantern: The Animated Series finds Hal on the Guardian Frontier, where he must face down an invasion by the Red Lantern Corps. Powered by pure rage, the evil Red Lanterns have sworn to destroy the Green Lantern Corps and everything they stand for. Dispatched on the experimental spacecraft The Interceptor, Hal is soon joined by an all-new group of heroes on a mission to protect Guardian Space — and the Green Lantern Corps itself!

Green Lantern: The Animated Series is an epic space adventure that has something for everyone, and we are delighted for fans to see it November 11 on Cartoon Network. We can’t wait to show the world this fresh take on an iconic hero — one that represents not only the first Bruce Timm series to be produced in CG, but also the first time Green Lantern has been rendered in CG,” said Sam Register, executive vice-president of creative affairs for Warner Bros. Animation, who also serves as an executive producer of the series. “Green Lantern: The Animated Series is inspired by current and classic Green Lantern mythology, but it’s also an all-new story — one that is the perfect vehicle for the great Bruce Timm’s take on the character.”

“It’s exciting for me to see Hal Jordan reimagined in such a compelling way, with fantastic CG and visual effects that only enhance the story,” stated Geoff Johns, chief creative officer of DC Entertainment and longtime writer of the Green Lantern comic book series. “Working with Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network to create Green Lantern: The Animated Series has been a great experience, and most importantly, we’ve created a show that I can’t wait for people to see.”

Based on the DC Comics superhero, Green Lantern: The Animated Series is an all-new CG animated action series from Warner Bros Animation. Timm and Register (Teen Titans, Ben 10, Batman: The Brave and the Bold) are the executive producers. Giancarlo Volpe (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Avatar: The Last Airbender) is the producer, and Jim Krieg (Ben 10: Alien Swarm) is the producer/story editor.

The voice cast for Green Lantern: The Animated Series includes Josh Keaton (Transformers Prime) as Hal Jordan, Jason Spisak (Young Justice) as Razer, Kevin Michael Richardson (Young Justice, ThunderCats) as Kilowog and Grey DeLisle (Batman: The Brave and the Bold) as Aya.

DC Comics will release a Green Lantern: The Animated Series comic book as a companion to the new series, and the first issue will be released to coincide with the November special on Cartoon Network.

Nemo, Little Mermaid swimming to theaters in 3D

Finding Nemo (2003) - PIXAR

Finding Nemo (2003) - PIXAR

Finding Nemo,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty And The Beast” and “Monsters, Inc.” will make their 3D theatrical debuts in 2012 and 2013, The Walt Disney Studios announced Tuesday.

“Great stories and great characters are timeless, and at Disney, we’re fortunate to have a treasure trove of both,” said Walt Disney Studios president Alan Bergman.

On the heels of the phenomenal success of The Lion King 3D — which was set to cross the $80 million mark at the domestic box office Tuesday — The Walt Disney Studios announced limited theatrical engagements for four of its classic films for the first time in 3D.

The following titles from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios will be released in 2012 and 2013:

Beauty And The Beast – January 13, 2012
Disney-Pixar’s Finding Nemo – September 14, 2012
Disney-Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. – January 18, 2013 (Monsters University, a prequel to the original film, arrives in theaters in Disney Digital 3D on June 21, 2013)
The Little Mermaid – September 13, 2013

“We’re thrilled to give audiences of all ages the chance to experience these beloved tales in an exciting new way with 3D — and in the case of younger generations, for the first time on the big screen,” said Bergman.

Originally released in 1991, Beauty And The Beast is a classic “tale as old as time” that follows the adventures of Belle, a bright young woman imprisoned in the castle of a mysterious beast and his enchanted staff, who must learn the most important lesson of all — that true beauty comes from within. Beauty and the Beast was the first animated film ever nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, earning an additional five Oscar nominations and winning two. It has grossed $380.4 million worldwide.

First released in 2003, Disney-Pixar’s Finding Nemo takes audiences into a whole new world in this undersea adventure about family, courage and challenges. When Marlin, an overly cautious clownfish living in the Great Barrier Reef, helplessly watches his son get scooped up by a diver, he must put aside his fears of the ocean and leave the safety of his coral enclave to find Nemo. Buoyed by the companionship of Dory, a forgetful but relentlessly optimistic fish, Marlin finds himself the unlikely hero in a seemingly impossible land-and-sea rescue. Finding Nemo won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and was nominated for three others. With a total of $867.6 million worldwide, it was the second highest-grossing film of 2003.

In 2001, Disney-Pixar released Monsters, Inc. Lovable Sulley and his wisecracking sidekick Mike Wazowski are the top scare team at Monsters, Inc., the scream-processing factory in Monstropolis. But when a little girl named Boo wanders into their world, it’s up to Sulley and Mike to keep her out of sight and get her back home. Monsters, Inc. shattered every DVD-era home entertainment sales record when 11 million DVD/VHS copies were sold during its first week of release. It won an Academy Award for Best Song and has grossed $526.9 million worldwide.

Released in 1989, The Little Mermaid stars Ariel, a fun-loving and mischievous mermaid, off on the adventure of a lifetime with her best friend, the adorable Flounder, and the reggae-singing Caribbean crab Sebastian. But it will take all of her courage and determination to make her dreams come true and save her father’s beloved kingdom from the sneaky sea witch Ursula. One of the most celebrated animated films of all time, The Little Mermaid was nominated for three Academy Awards, winning two. It has grossed $228.9 million worldwide.

Pokemon: White–Victini and Zekrom comes to U.S.

Pokemon: White--Victini and Zekrom

Pokemon: White--Victini and Zekrom

Pokemon fans across America will be marking their calendars for a special limited engagement theatrical event this holiday season.

The newest full-length Pokémon feature film, Pokémon the Movie: White–Victini and Zekrom, is coming to movie theater screens across the United States for one weekend only: December 3 and 4. As a special treat, fans can catch the debut of the movie’s trailer this weekend — Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18th — on www.Pokemon.com immediately following an on-demand, online screening of the most recent feature-length movie, Pokémon–Zoroark: Master of Illusions.

The Pokémon Company International has partnered with innovative digital theatrical distribution company Cinedigm to share Pokémon the Movie: White–Victini and Zekrom with its devoted fans for this limited, one-weekend-only screening event in more than 300 digital theaters across the U.S. Pokémon fans will catch all the action and find out whether Ash can awaken the Legendary Pokémon Zekrom to help him stop the misguided Damon and save the Victory Pokémon Victini! A complete list of participating theaters will be announced shortly.

“We are thrilled to provide fans an opportunity to see this exciting new Pokémon feature film on the big screen,” said Jill Newhouse Calcaterra, chief marketing officer at Cinedigm. “Pokémon fans are a passionate group and will truly relish seeing this film together.”

“It’s going to be a lot of fun for the entire Pokémon community to get together and watch Pokémon the Movie: White–Victini and Zekrom,” said J.C. Smith, director of consumer marketing for The Pokémon Company International. “We’re excited to be working with Cinedigm to make this special engagement possible across the country.”

As part of a Pokémon first, Pokémon the Movie: White–Victini and Zekrom is one of two feature-length films debuting in December. Launch details about the second movie, Pokémon the Movie: Black–Victini and Reshiram, will be coming soon.

For more information about Pokémon the Movie: White–Victini and Zekrom, visit www.Pokemon.com/MovieWhite.