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]
DC Nation- the animated collaboration between Cartoon Network, Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment- will see new episodes of Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice: Invasion throughout the fall. Also returning are the comedic animated shorts and exclusive behind-the-scenes views of the DC Universe. This full hour animated action show begins a new season Saturday, September 29, at 10 a.m.
The critically acclaimed Green Lantern: The Animated Series uses stunning, stylized CG animation to take viewers on a journey of cosmic proportions as Hal Jordan and his band of heroes fight to save the universe. After thwarting the Red Lantern invasion into Guardian space, Hal, Kilowog, Razer and Aya must unravel the mystery of the Manhunters while battling the powerful Anti-Monitor.
Young Justice: Invasion continues as the team (Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis), now led by Nightwing, and its new members (Robin, Blue Beetle, Beast Boy, Lagoon Boy, Wonder Girl, Bumblebee, Batgirl) go deeper and more covert than ever before. As team rivalry and personal conflicts arise, the team must band together to fight the real threat that faces Earth.
Rounding out the hour will be brand-new DC animated shorts such as JL Animals, a hilarious take on Justice League where animal versions of classic DC heroes show off their wild sides while facing trouble on the farm and Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld, which follows the adventures of nerdy and introverted Amy Winston as she does battle with the evil Dark Opal as Amethyst, the powerful princess and protector of Gem World. Favorites like New Teen Titans, S.B.F.F. and DC’s World’s Funnest from Aardman Studios will also make their return.
DC Nation will continue to showcase event programming, interstitials, exclusive behind-the-scenes looks at theatrical motion pictures and an insider look into the world of all things DC Entertainment.
Building upon the global success of recent artist-driven series like Adventure Time and Regular Show, Cartoon Network has green-lit two new animated series. Steven Universe, from Adventure Time writer and storyboard artist Rebecca Sugar, and Uncle Grandpa, from Emmy Award-nominee Pete Browngardt, have started pre-production.
Both series are slated for a 2013 debut. Having seen its most-watched summer in its 20-year history in early prime-time because of artist-driven series, Cartoon Network has further mined its own Cartoonstitute shorts development for these new series. Both new series will further define the genre of homegrown animated comedies coming from Cartoon Network Studios.
Sugar’s Steven Universe is a coming-of-age story told from the perspective of Steven, the youngest member of a team of magical Guardians of the Universe.
“Steven Universe and Uncle Grandpa will build upon our record-breaking streak with original programming, and further define the voice for Cartoon Network Studios comedies,” said Cartoon Network Chief Content Officer Rob Sorcher. “Rebecca and Pete represent our next generation of homegrown talent, following Pen Ward and JG Quintel who set a high bar with their distinctive visual storytelling and unique comedic styles.”
Rebecca Sugar became a storyboard artist and writer on Adventure Time in 2009 after graduating from the School of Visual Arts (SVA). The first episode she boarded, “It Came From the Nightosphere,” was nominated for an Emmy and included the first song she wrote for the series, “Daddy, Why did you eat my fries?” which quickly became a fan favorite. Since then, she’s written 17 songs for the show and has boarded on some of Adventure Times’ most acclaimed episodes: “The Real You,” “Jake vs. Me-Mow,” “Fionna and Cake,” “What was Missing,” and “Incendium.” Sugar was nominated for an Annie Award (ASIFA) for her storyboards on the Adventure Time Season 2 finale “Mortal Folly.”
Pete Browngardt’s interest in animation developed early. The youngest of five children, Browngardt was making animated Super 8 and stop-motion films while still in grade school on New York’s Long Island. After studying character animation at CalArts, Browngardt started working professionally for Futurama at age 19, followed by stints with Industrial Light and Magic, Augenblick Studios and MTV Animation. Since then Browngardt has worked on a number of Cartoon Network series including Chowder, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack and Adventure Time. Most recently Browngardt was the Creator/Executive Producer of the Cartoon Network animated series Secret Mountain Fort Awesome which won the Annie Award for Best Production Design in a television production, the “Cristal” for Best TV production at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and two juried Emmy awards in 2012.
Move over, Yellowstone, there’s a new national park in town!
Brickleberry, co-produced by Fox 21 and Comedy Central, is a new animated series revolving around a group of dysfunctional park rangers at a second-tier national park. Ten episodes kick off on Comedy Central at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 25, following the fall premiere of Tosh.0. The series is from executive producer Daniel Tosh (Tosh.0) and series creators, writers and executive producers Waco O’Guin and Roger Black (MTV2′s Stankervision).
Brickleberry voice talent includes Kaitlin Olson (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) as Ethel, the smoking-hot top ranger who is transferred to Brickleberry; Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) as Woody, the head ranger who has good intentions, but not always the best ideas; Dave Herman (Futurama) as Steve, the overconfident Ranger of the Month; Jerry Minor (Eastbound & Down) as Denzel, the African-American ranger who isn’t comfortable in the woods; Roger Black as Connie, the unusually strong and masculine female ranger; and Tosh as Malloy, the cuddly, yet vulgar and spoiled resident bear. Jim Sharp and Ian Friedman are the executives in charge of production for Comedy Central.
In the premiere episode, “Welcome to Brickleberry,” long-running Ranger of the Month, Steve, feels threatened when a new ranger, Ethel, comes to work at the park to help turn it around. Steve does everything in his power to get her fired, even trying to expose her alcoholic past. Meanwhile, Woody feels that his roommate and pet bear cub Malloy could stand to lose a few pounds and puts him on a strict diet.
The Brickleberry Web site will feature episode previews, highlights and photo galleries of concept artwork from the upcoming episodes. In mid-September, the site will roll out vignettes to introduce each of the show’s main characters.
The Brickleberry Facebook page has spent the summer giving excited fans an early look at the production, including animatic shots from BentoBox Studios, as well as video and photos from the show’s appearance at San Diego Comic-Con. The page will be updated daily throughout the season with new artwork from the season.