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Briefly: Int'l Networks Pick Up Series

* Zodiak Kids has commissioned a second season of Sally Bollywood. [World Screen] * French, German, and Iberian broadcasters have picked up additional seasons of 9 Story Entertainment’s Almost Naked Animals. [World Screen] * Malaysia’s Bola Kampung is getting a CG-animated feature film spinoff. [World Screen] * France’s Genao will adapt the comic strip Les […]

"Peacemaker": Short and Sweet Beats Long and Angsty

The great thing about Peacemaker is that you don’t even have to pay attention to it to enjoy it. Paying attention might even be a bad idea–it would give you a chance to notice how familiar the characters and situations and storylines are. But watched casually, without too much concentration, it slips by easily and […]

"Sir Billi" to Bow at Festival

The CG-animated feature Sir Billi will premiere on April 13 at the Sonoma International Film Festival, Animation Magazine reports. The feature, which is being billed as the first animated film produced entirely in Scotland, stars Sir Sean Connery as a skateboarding grandfather determined to save the last beaver in Scotland. Connery also executive produced the […]

LAT Examines the Phenomenal Success of "Ben 10"

The Los Angeles Times has an industry profile of Cartoon Network’s juggernaut superhero series Ben 10, noting that the franchise is both the most successful superhero launch in recent memory and also the network’s top-selling franchise. The article describes the show’s history–how it grew from a thin concept pitch for “Ben to the Tenth” to […]

Chuck Jones Shorts to Screen at UK Film Festival

Twenty of Chuck Jones’ shorts will be screened at the 18th Bradford International Film Festival as part of a special tribute to the late animator, Animation Magazine reports. Shorts to be screened include “Fast and Furry-ous,” “What’s Opera, Doc?”, “Duck Amuck,” “Duck Dodgers in the 14 1/2th Century” and “One Froggy Evening.” The Bradford festival […]

HIT Announces New DVD Release of "Thomas," "Bob the Builder" Episodes

HIT Entertainment and Lionsgate will release a new DVD collecting episodes from three of its animated programs on Awesome Adventures: Races, Chases & Fun, the companies announced yesterday. The six-episode set will include two episodes each from Thomas & Friends (“Play Time” and “Hiro Helps Out”), Fireman Sam (“Floating Cart” and “When Fools Rush In”) […]

"Angry Birds" Short to Air on Nick March 21

“Angry Birds Space,” a short based on the computer game, will air on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons on Wednesday, March 21, at 7:00pm. The airing will occur during broadcasts of SpongeBob SquarePants and Power Rangers Samurai. An encore performance will be broadcast on Saturday, March 24, at 10:30am. The full press release follows: ANGRY BIRDS SOAR […]

"Mr. Peabody & Sherman" Adds Cast Members

Ty Burrell and Max Charles will take the lead roles in Mr. Peabody & Sherman, the upcoming DreamWorks Animation feature-film adaptation of the Jay Ward Series, Animation Magazine reports. The film, which is set for a March 2014 release, is being directed by Rob Minkoff from a script by Craig Wright. The plot has the […]

Classic Media Buys "Olivia"

Classic Media has purchased the Olivia brand from Chorion, adding the CG-animated series and other Olivia-related rights to its library, c21 Media reports. Chorion has been forced recently to sell off some of its properties to service debt. Classic Media had earlier acquired the preschool brand Noddy from Chorion.

"Randy Cunningham: Ninth Grade NInja" Coming to Disney XD

Disney XD will add Randy Cunningham: Ninth Grade Ninja to its lineup later this year, Animation Magazine reports. The series, which has been commissioned from Ireland’s Boulder Media, is an animated comedy about a student who has to block monsters and madmen from reviving an ancient evil Sorcerer trapped beneath his high school. Tim Curry, […]

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