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Cartoon Network Shows For The Season

cartoon-networkCar­toon 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.

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DreamWorks Extends Partnership With NetFlix

dreamworksDream­Works 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.

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The Top Christmas Cartoons

74662651_ba420e9957_oThe 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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2013 Annie Award Nominees Announced

Annie Awards Statue

Annie Awards Statue

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.

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Cartoon Network Coming To Netflix Streaming



Net­flix announced it has signed a multi-year license agree­ment with Turner Broad­cast­ing and Warner Broth­ers, thus open­ing the door for Car­toon Net­work and Adult Swim shows to come to instant online stream­ing. Begin­ning March 30, Car­toon Net­work shows like “Adven­ture Time,” “Johnny Bravo,” “Green Lantern: The Ani­mated Series,” “Reg­u­lar Show,” and “Ben 10“will have whole sea­sons avail­able for streaming.

Adult Swim titles will be appear­ing soon. “Archer,” “The Boon­docks,” “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” “Robot Chicken,” “Children’s Hos­pi­tal” and more are now avail­able for view­ing. Futu­rama has been on Net­flix for some time now.

Don’t expect a whole lot from “Toon­ami” block– now part of Adult Swim– on Net­flix because of licens­ing issues for the older shows.


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.

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?

Turtle Power Returns Saturday

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Get ready for Tur­tle power to sur­face on Nick­elodeon this Sat­ur­day, Sept. 29, at 11AM (ET/PT) in a spe­cial one-hour tele­vi­sion event in the all-new, CG-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Tur­tles series.

The series stars Jason Biggs (Amer­i­can Pie) as “Leonardo,” Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings) as “Raphael,” Rob Paulsen (Planet Sheen) as “Donatello” and Greg Cipes (Teen Titans) as “Michelan­gelo.” Addi­tional cast mem­bers round­ing out this iconic hit fran­chise include Mae Whit­man (Par­ent­hood) as “April O’Neil,” Hoon Lee (Royal Pains) as “Mas­ter Splin­ter” and Kevin Michael Richard­son (Pen­guins of Mada­gas­car) as “Shredder.”

In the pre­miere episode, “Rise of the Tur­tles,” Mas­ter Splin­ter allows his teenage sons, the Mutant Ninja Tur­tles, to visit the sur­face for the first time, how­ever they are given strict instruc­tions to remain unseen.  But when they spy a group of thugs attempt­ing to kid­nap a teenage girl (April O’Neil) and her father, the Tur­tles must leap into action. They soon dis­cover that the sur­face world isn’t as sim­ple as it first appears as they find them­selves in the mid­dle of a con­spir­acy involv­ing alien crea­tures, robotic droids, miss­ing sci­en­tists and come face to face with the same glow­ing green muta­gen that mutated them in the first place.

Sofia the First Gets A Special Date

Sofia The First

Sofia The First

Disney’s Sofie the First- a series about a child princess– is get­ting closer to air­ing, and a spe­cial based on the series has a firm air date. The spe­cial, titled Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess, will hit Dis­ney Chan­nel on Sun­day, Nov. 18 at 7 PM, and 9 a.m. Thurs­day, Nov. 22, on Dis­ney Junior.

Sofie the First tele­vi­sion the tele­vi­sion series will pre­miere some­time in early 2013. The movie and series will appear in var­i­ous other coun­tries from mid-2013 on both Dis­ney Chan­nels and Dis­ney Junior channels.

Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess is aimed at kids aged 2–7. Craig Ger­ber (Pixie Hol­low Games) devel­oped the movie and serves as co-executive pro­ducer and story edi­tor. Jamie Mitchell (Spe­cial Agent Oso) is exec­u­tive pro­ducer and direc­tor. Kevin Kli­esch (Tan­gled Ever After) com­posed the music while John Kavanaugh (Win­nie The Pooh: Spring­time With Roo) is onboard as songwriter/music direc­tor. The show fea­tures a voice cast headed by Ariel Win­ter (Mod­ern Fam­ily) as Sofia, Sara Ramirez (Grey’s Anatomy) as Queen Miranda, Wayne Brady (Let’s Make a Deal) as Clover and Tim Gunn (Project Run­way) as Baileywick.

Set in the sto­ry­book world of Enchancia, Sofia is a lit­tle girl with a commoner’s back­ground. That is until her mom mar­ries the King, and sud­denly, she is roy­alty. Sofia is whisked off to the cas­tle, where she learns what it means to be a real princess, dis­cov­er­ing empow­er­ing lessons about kind­ness, for­give­ness, gen­eros­ity, courage and self-respect. With the help of the three famil­iar fairies in charge of the Royal Train­ing Acad­emy– Flora, Fauna and Mer­ry­weather of Disney’s clas­sic “Sleep­ing Beauty”- Sofia learns that look­ing like a princess isn’t all that hard, but behav­ing like one must come from the heart.

Disney’s Cin­derella makes an appear­ance in the movie to offer Sofia some words of wis­dom as she learns to nav­i­gate the life of royalty.

Sophie is Disney’s first child princess. The sto­ries in this series are designed to com­mu­ni­cate pos­i­tive mes­sages and life lessons that are applic­a­ble to preschool-aged children.

Set in the sto­ry­book world of Enchancia, the movie intro­duces Sofia, an aver­age girl whose life sud­denly trans­forms when her mother mar­ries the king and she becomes a princess, Sofia the First. Disney’s Cin­derella makes an appear­ance in the movie to offer Sofia some words of wis­dom as she learns to nav­i­gate the life of royalty.

Sony Pictures Animation becoming a “Manimal” house



Sony Pic­tures Ani­ma­tion is turn­ing the short-lived Man­i­mal into a live-action/CG hybrid film, hav­ing acquired movie rights to the 1983 NBC series.

Hugely pro­lific 1980s TV pro­ducer Glen A. Lar­son cre­ated the show about a man who could become an ani­mal. Now Larson’s attached as a pro­ducer, think­ing that a flop TV series can become a hit movie. Sony is look­ing for writ­ers to develop a script.

In the Man­i­mal series, wealthy Dr. Jonathan Chase, who had a mys­te­ri­ous past, became a black pan­ther to help the police fight crime. Also star­ring were British actor Simon Mac­Corkin­dale and Melody Ander­son, who por­trayed Dale Arden in the 1980 movie Flash Gor­don.

The series was can­celed after just eight episodes, hav­ing been sav­aged by crit­ics and ignored by TV view­ers when it first aired — oppo­site the block­buster Dal­las.

Last sum­mer, Sony struck pay­dirt with another live-action/CG film, The Smurfs, which went on to gross $500 mil­lion. A sequel to Smurfs is sched­uled for release next summer.

And last month, it was reported the stu­dio is devel­op­ing a live-action/CG ver­sion of yet another ‘80s TV series, ALF, with cre­ator Paul Fusco, who also voices the title character.

[Via The Hol­ly­wood Reporter www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/manimal-tv-series-movie-sony-animation-370769]