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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.