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.
After a much-anticipated return, Nickelodeon will premiere The Legend of Korra Book 3: Change Friday, June 27, at 7p.m. (ET/PT) with two back-to-back episodes – “A Breath of Fresh Air” and “Rebirth” followed by a special bonus episode, “The Earth Queen.” Brand-new episodes will continue rolling out every Friday at 8p.m. (ET/PT) beginning July 11.
Disney Television Animation has announced they have begun production on “Pickle & Peanut,” a buddy-comedy series about two unlikely friends. Scheduled to premiere on Disney XD in fall 2015 premiere, “Pickle & Peanut” will be a hybrid mix of 2-D animation and live-action footage that tell of the adventures of two small-town underdogs who dream up plans to be anything but ordinary. The show’s title characters- an emotional pickle and a freewheeling peanut- are voiced by Jon Heder (“Napoleon Dynamite“) and Johnny Pemberton (“21 Jump Street“), respectively.
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.
DreamWorks Animation’s Dragons: Defenders of Berk (which was called Dragons: Riders of Berk it’s premiere year) is making an even bigger change for it’s third season. According to Hollywood Reporter, after the second season ends its fun next March on Cartoon Network, the Dragons will fly over to the Internet Streaming service Netflix for the third season. The new installments will be available beginning in spring 2015, and if Netflix remains true to form, at least six episodes will be immediately available in the initial release.
Cartoon Network is looking ahead to a new year of programing with a variety of new self-produced and syndicated programing including a reboot for Bugs Bunny, and the newest return of Scooby-Doo and the gang. A variety of existing programming has also been green-lit for additional seasons. Cartoon Network has also announced it’s first limited-time short series based on a short from Cartoon Network Studios shorts program.
DreamWorks has promised over 300 hours of new animation for streaming partner Netflix. Three new series have just been announced to help fill that hefty plan for programming. Before the end of the year, NetFlix should be streaming three new series: Puss In Boots, King Julien and Veggie Tales In the House.
The Christmas season is well underway. As we gather together as family and friends to reminisce on the past year and all there is to be grateful for, take the time to watch some of the classic Christmas cartoons. This is the perfect time of the year to enjoy these films and the elements that went into creating them.
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ASIFA-Hollywood has announced the nominations for its 41st annual Annie Awards, the awards that show the best in animation. The Walt Disney Company and GKIDS both have two nominees for Best Animated Feature (if you count Mizayaki’s Kaze Tachinu, which Disney distributes in the US), with single entries from Pixar, Universal and DreamWorks Animation.