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.
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
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 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.
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]