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Pelagius and Protein Start Work on Feature "Hot Dogs"

by MonkeyFunkon September 14, 2010
Los Angeles-based Pelagius Entertainment and Indian company Protein Entertainment have teamed up to launch development on an animated feature entitled Hot Dogs. The film is to be written by Max Botkin (Robosapien: Rebooted) and is set to begin production in the first quarter. [ Source: Variety ]

Kihachiro Kawamoto 1925-2010

by MonkeyFunkon August 27, 2010
Acclaimed Japanese puppet animator Kihachiro Kawamoto died on Monday of pneumonia. He was 85. Active in the industry since 1945, Kawamoto’s works include Sangokushi, an eighties series adapting the Chinese novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Amongst his other creations are experimental films such as Shijin no Shougai and Winter Days, and adaptations of Heike […]

BRB Prepares "Mau & The Grandkids"

by MonkeyFunkon August 11, 2010
BRB Internacional is preparing Mau & The Grandkids, a Hi-Def 3D series about a 99-year-old man who wakes up from an 89-year siesta with the soul of a ten-year-old. The series, which will have 52 quarter-hour episodes, is aimed primarily at six-to-nine year olds. [ Source: AWN ]

New "Curious George" in Development at Illumination

by MonkeyFunkon August 3, 2010
Illumination Enterainment is developing a new Curious George feature to be scripted by Larry Stuckey. It is expected to be a reboot, as opposed to a sequel to the earlier Curious George film by Imagine and its 2009 direct-to-video sequel. [ Source: Los Angeles Times ]

RIP John Callahan (1951-2010)

by MonkeyFunkon July 26, 2010
Animator John Callahan died on Saturday morning. He was 59. Quadriplegic since 21, Callahan made cartoons that often touched upon the subject of disability. His work includes ten books and the television series Quads. [ Source: Oregon Live ]

Ray Harryhausen Pledges Life’s Work to National Media Museum

by MonkeyFunkon June 30, 2010
The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation has announced its plan to donate the Ray Harryhausen Collection to the National Media Museum in Bradford, UK. The Collection consists of work produced by stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen throughout his career, including models, moulds, storyboards and concept art. The announcement was made on Tuesday 29 June 2010, Ray […]

Academy Invites Eight Animators to Membership

by MonkeyFunkon June 29, 2010
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended invitations to 135 individuals, amongst them eight animators. The animators are as follows: Ken Bielenberg (Monsters vs Aliens, Shrek) Peter de Seve (Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Ratatouille) Steve Hickner (Bee Movie, The Prince of Egypt) Angus MacLane (Toy Story 3, WALL-E) Darragh O’Connell […]

"A Town Called Panic" Coming to US DVD

by MonkeyFunkon June 16, 2010
Stop-motion feature film A Town Called Panic is due to be released on DVD in the US by Zeitgeist Films on July 20 2010. Adapted from the Belgian TV series, the film details the crazy events that take place in the hometown of Cowboy, Indian and Horse. [Press release]

Henry Selick to Present at 2010 Student Academy Awards

by MonkeyFunkon June 8, 2010
Animator Henry Selick (Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline) will present at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 37th Annual Student Academy Awards ceremony. Director Penelope Spheeris and actor Jeremy Renner will also present. The ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 12, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. [ Source: AWN ]

London 2012 Olympic Mascots Revealed; Animated Short Online

by MonkeyFunkon May 20, 2010
The mascots for the 2012 London Olympics have been revealed, reports the Daily Mail. They are two one-eyed creatures named Wenlock and Mandeville and were created by the London-based creative agency Iris. An animated short starring the two characters can be reports on the official London 2012 website.