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.
Skyler Page, creator and executive producer of Cartoon Network’s Clarence animated series has been fired from the network. Page, a CalArts graduate and storyboard artist for Adventure Time, is accused of sexually assaulting a female artist who also works at Cartoon Network. The Cartoon Network spokesperson said that the show- which is still in its first season-will continue.
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.
The 38th annual Annecy International Animation Festival wound up June 14th and the winners are now available. The big winner for best feature film – the Cristal- is Alê Abreu’s O Menino e o Mundo (The Boy and the World – Some Dreams Survive). The film is from Brazil and produced by Filme de Papel. The story tells the journey of a village boy into the modern world (São Paulo) as seen through his eyes and imagination, in the search for his father. Suffering from the absence of a father, a boy leaves his village and discovers a fantastic world dominated by animal-machines and strange beings. A portrait of the problems of the modern world seen through the eyes of a child.
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.
Once again dipping into their deep archives, Disney is pulling out a rework of the life of the Seven Dwarfs for their new animated TV show The 7D. Rather than set the story in the world of Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, the show takes place in contemporary storybook world of Jollywood. The 7D follows brave little heroes Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, Dopey, Grumpy and Doc as they work together to maintain order in the kingdom. Standing in their way are Grim and Hildy Gloom, a novice warlock and witch couple, who haplessly plot to dethrone the Queen and take over Jollywood.
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.
Brown Bag Films series Peter Rabbit seems to have hopped ahead of the pack. The series, produced in Dublin, Ireland has bagged three daytime Emmys and scored another five nominations, earning the most nominations for an animated show this year. Brown Bag Films is the largest animation company in Ireland.