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Annie Awards Animation Winners Frozen Over

Annie Awards Statue

Annie Awards Statue

Last night saw Dis­ney freeze out most of the com­pe­ti­tion when the best and most cre­ative in ani­ma­tion met at UCLA’s Royce Hall for the 41st Annual Annie Awards. Spon­sored by ASIFA Hol­ly­wood, the awards rec­og­nize great works in tele­vi­sion, the­atri­cal film and games. This years awards were hosted by voice actor Tom Warburton.

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Louis C.K. To Get Illuminated

illuminations_pet_filmIllu­mi­na­tion Enter­tain­ment is not con­tent to rest on the lau­rels of their Oscar nom­i­na­tions and sequel pro­duc­tions… Chris Meledandri’s ani­ma­tion com­pany is rush­ing head-first into an aggres­sive pro­duc­tion sched­ule. Barely ten days after announc­ing a third Despi­ca­ble Me and a new Dr. Seuss film, Illu­mi­na­tion has added another film to their release slate, an as-yet Unti­tled Pet Movie set for release Feb­ru­ary 12, 2016.

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You Knew It Was Coming– DM3

despicable_me_3Uni­ver­sal announced the release date for the fol­low up to the Academy-Award nom­i­nated Despi­ca­ble Me 2; Despi­ca­ble Me 3 will hit the­aters on June 30, 2017. No other infor­ma­tion for the film, like cast or sto­ry­line have been announced. Two other films were announced at thew same time– an orig­i­nal story and a reboot of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

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Cartoon of the Day: The Case Of The Maltese Chicken

The Case Of The Maltese Chicken

The Case Of The Mal­tese Chicken

In 1964, Inspec­tor Willoughby too on The Case Of The Mal­tese Chicken. Inspec­tor Willoughby was one of the later Wal­ter Lantz series, begin­ning in 1960 and run­ning 12 cartoons.

In this the­atri­cal short, Inspec­tor Willoughby tries to retrieve The Mal­tese Chicken from the evil ori­en­tal vil­lain Egg Foo Yung.

Woody Wood­pecker makes a cameo appear­ance hid­den inside The Mal­tese Chicken.

Based on Jack Hannah’s Ranger Wood­lore from his days at Disney.

Release date set for Untitled Minions Project

The Minions

The Min­ions

Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures’ “Unti­tled Min­ions Project,” a spin-off from the block­buster movie Despi­ca­ble Me, will be released Decem­ber 19, 2014, the stu­dio announced Tues­day night.

Pro­duced by Illu­mi­na­tion Enter­tain­ment and released by Uni­ver­sal, the orig­i­nal Despi­ca­ble Me had a $543 mil­lion world­wide gross dur­ing its 2010 release. The sequel Despi­ca­ble Me 2 is sched­uled to reach the­aters July 3, 2013.

The pop­u­lar lit­tle yel­low crea­tures will be fea­tured in the spin-off. How­ever, the com­edy adventure’s plot hasn’t been announced.

To be released in 3D-CG, the film will be pro­duced by Illumination’s Chris Meledan­dri and Janet Healy, with Chris Renaud as exec­u­tive pro­ducer. Pierre Cof­fin will direct.

Brian Lynch has writ­ten the screen­play. Kyle Balda will co-direct.

Illumination brings its Minions

The Minions

The Min­ions

The Min­ions — yel­low crea­tures who were Groo’s hench­men for Groo in the ani­mated hit Despi­ca­ble Me — will star in a fea­ture film to be released by Uni­ver­sal in 2014.

For its fifth fea­ture film dis­trib­uted by Uni­ver­sal, Chris Meledandri’s Illu­mi­na­tion Enter­tain­ment is mak­ing a spin­off movie based on the Minions.

As yet unti­tled, the film is an orig­i­nal story that will repeat char­ac­ters that orig­i­nated in Despi­ca­ble Me, but which will intro­duce new char­ac­ters as well. The new movie will fea­ture the yel­low fel­lows’ shenani­gans as they deal with human characters.

Brian Lynch has already writ­ten the script. Pierre Cof­fin has been signed to direct, while Kyle Balda will co-direct. The co-director of Despi­ca­ble Me, Cof­fin is direct­ing the sequel with Chris Renaud. Both will do the voices for the Min­ions as well. Balda and Renaud co-directed Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax for Illu­mi­na­tion Entertainment.

Meledan­dri and Janet Healy will pro­duce the Min­ions film. Renaud is the exec­u­tive producer.

CG 3D ani­ma­tion will be done in Paris by Illu­mi­na­tion Mac Guff, which Uni­ver­sal pur­chased last fall to do the work for Illumination’s fam­ily films

With a $69 mil­lion bud­get, Despi­ca­ble Me (2010) grossed over $540 mil­lion world­wide. It then became the Orlando theme park ride Despi­ca­ble Me Min­ion Mayhem.

Pre-production on the unti­tled Min­ions film will delib­er­ately coin­cide with pro­duc­tion of the sequel Despi­ca­ble Me 2 so that the movies can come out a year apart.

Now in pro­duc­tion, Despi­ca­ble Me 2 will be released July 3, 2013. The sequel fea­tures the return of Steve Carell, while Kris­ten Wiig and Al Pacino will also be in the voice cast.

Apple Andy (1946) — Andy Panda Cartoon Series

Apple Andy

Apple Andy

#CotD: Want to see Andy Panda go to hell? Watch “Apple Andy” to see a strange twist on the good vs. evil cartoon.

Apple Andy (1946) — Andy Panda Car­toon Series

Andy Panda, walk­ing down a coun­try lane, is tempted to steal an apple. Falling asleep under an apple tree, Andy Panda dreams of his good and bad self.

His evil self appears and per­suades him to go ahead and eat one, in spite of objec­tions from his bet­ter self. His angel tells him what to do to bat­tle the lit­tle devil who’s steer­ing him in the wrong direc­tion. Andy gives into his evil side to steal apples, but he finds out too late that he has gorged him­self on green apples and falls out of the tree, feel­ing very sick. The apple cores dance around him, and the devil panda tempts him again, caus­ing him to fall down a hole into the lower regions, where he’s stuffed with apples, apple sauce and cider.

Andy’s bet­ter self finally comes to his res­cue, knocks his evil self silly, and leads Andy away over the hill.

Come see “Apple Andy” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

The Barber Of Seville (1944) — Woody Woodpecker Cartoon Series

The Barber Of Seville

The Bar­ber Of Seville

CotD: The first Woody Wood­pecker car­toon directed by James (Shamus) Cul­hane, “The Bar­ber Of Seville” was also the first to use the famous open­ing where Woody pops out of a tree stump, ani­mated by Emery Hawkins.

The Bar­ber Of Seville (1944) — Woody Wood­pecker Car­toon Series

While Tony Figaro is out to get his phys­i­cal, Woody Wood­pecker heck­les the cus­tomers in the Seville Bar­ber­shop. Woody stands out­side the shop look­ing at the ads and wants a “vic­tory haircut.”

Woody goes to the shop, but the bar­ber isn’t there. Woody decides to take over the oper­a­tion of the bar­ber shop.

The first cus­tomer is an Indian who gets a scalp­ing, fol­lowed by a tough work­man who wishes that he had never run into Woody. All of this fran­tic car­toon fea­tures Woody singing the “Largo al Fac­to­tum” (“The Shav­ing Song”) from “The Bar­ber of Seville,” by Gia­como Rossini.

Come see “The Bar­ber Of Seville” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

Drooler’s Delight (1949) — Woody Woodpecker Theatrical Cartoon Serie

Drooler's Delight

Drooler’s Delight

CotD: Ben Hard­away last voiced Woody Wood­pecker in “Drooler’s Delight; Grace Stafford would voice the rest of the Woody shorts pro­duced by her hus­band Wal­ter Lantz.

Drooler’s Delight (1949) — Woody Wood­pecker The­atri­cal Car­toon Series

Woody Wood­pecker, suf­fer­ing from heat and com­mer­cials, plans to spend his last quar­ter to cool off with a “super-duper delight ice cream soda,” the “Drooler’s Delight,” but con man Buzz Buz­zard has other ideas. Woody finds that he must out­smart Buzz on his way to the fountain.

Come see “Drooler’s Delight” on video at Big Car­toon DataBase

The Cat In The Hat comes back as animated feature

Dr. Seuss' The Cat In The Hat

Dr. Seuss’ The Cat In The Hat

Oh, the places you’ll go when you’re Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat In The Hat”!

Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures is ready to start devel­op­ing a 3D CG-animated fea­ture based on Dr. Seuss’ immor­tal story The Cat in the Hat. Although no release date has been announced, Rob Lieber has just been named to write the script.

Illu­mi­na­tion Entertainment’s Chris Meledan­dri will pro­duce, while the good doctor’s widow, Audrey Geisel, will be the exec­u­tive producer.

The Cat’s first appear­ance in ani­ma­tion was in the 1971 DePatie-Freleng Enter­prises spe­cial The Cat In The Hat; he resur­faced in 1973’s Dr. Seuss On The Loose, also from DFE. This was fol­lowed by the 1982 spe­cial The Grinch Grinches The Cat In The Hat.

The Cat nar­rated the 1995 TNT spe­cial Daisy-Head Mayzie. And in 2010, Colling­wood O’Hare Enter­tain­ment pro­duced the edu­ca­tional TV series The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That!.

A live-action film about The Cat in the Hat was released by Uni­ver­sal in 2003. Cost­ing about $109 mil­lion to make, it grossed just $101 mil­lion domes­ti­cally and $133 mil­lion world­wide. While a live action Grinch was a big hit for Uni­ver­sal, Meledan­dri and Mrs. Geisel believe that the Cat has more than one life on the big screen.

The Cat and the Hat remains a very pop­u­lar ride in Universal’s Islands of Adven­ture theme park. It was based on Dr. Seuss’s orig­i­nal drawings.

The feel­ing among Mele­dranadi, Mrs. Geisel, and Uni­ver­sal Films chair­man Adam Fogel­son and co-chairman Donna Lan­g­ley is that Seuss’s works con­nect bet­ter in ani­ma­tion, prompt­ing Universal’s deci­sion to make this the next project,” wrote Mike Flem­ing of Dead­line Hollywood.

When Meledan­dri ran Fox Ani­ma­tion, he and Mrs. Geisel were among the pro­duc­ers of the 2008 ani­mated film Dr. Seuss’ Hor­ton Hears a Who!.

Mean­while, Illu­mi­na­tion is also work­ing on a biopic of Dr. Seuss, with Johnny Depp attached to play him. The con­cept is that this will be a live-action film with ani­ma­tion. Meledan­dri, David Kennedy, and Infini­tum Nihil’s Depp and Christi Dem­browski are the pro­duc­ers, with Mrs. Geisel once again the exec­u­tive pro­ducer. Keith Bunin is the scriptwriter.