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Pharrell Williams to Work on "Despicable Me" Score

It has been announced that the Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and designer Pharrell Williams will write original music for Despicable Me, the upcoming animated feature from Univeral Pictures and Illumination entertainment. “I love cartoons and animation, and I’ve never seen such incredible 3-D CGI. To score Despicable Me along with Hans (Zimmer) and Heitor […]

Ricky Gervais to Star in Animated HBO Series

The Office creator Ricky Gervais will be teaming up with Stephen Merchant to make an animated series based on podcasts that the pair made with Karl Pilkington for The Guardian. The series will use animation to visualise the conversations recorded in the popular podcasts. [ Source: Cinema Blend ]

MTV Sets Up Comedy/Animation Department

MTV has created a department to handle comedy and animation, to be run by Brent Haynes. Jason Gwozdz was selected as vice president of the department, while Brooke Posch will work as senior director. [ Source: Variety ]

Spanish Organisations Call for Government Support of Animation

FAPAE, the Federation of Spanish Audiovisual Producers Associations and DIBOOS, the Spanish Federation of Animation Producers’ Associations, have publicly objected to the Spanish government’s General Law of Audiovisual Communication. “FAPAE and DIBOOS consider that the exclusion of the sector in the draft of the General Law of Audiovisual Communication could be the end of animated […]

2009 Annie Award Nominees Announced

The nominees for the 2009 Annie Awards have been announced. The films in the running for Best Animated Feature are Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Coraline, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Princess and the Frog, The Secret of Kells and Up. Meanwhile, Pups of Liberty, Robot Chicken: Star Wars 2.5, The Rooster, The Crocodile and […]

Animated Short Oscar Shortlist Revealed

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the shortlist of ten films from which the nominees for Best Animated Short will be chosen. The complete shortlist is as follows: The Cat Piano – Eddie White and Ari Gibson French Roast – Fabrice O. Joubert Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty – Nicky Phelan The […]

Twenty Films Submitted for Animated Feature Oscar Consideration

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has announced that a total of twenty films have been submitted for consideration for the next Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The number suggests that a total of five nominees will be picked, although seven of the features have yet to run in Los Angeles and […]

Zemeckis Suggests Use of Performance Capture in "Roger Rabbit" Sequel

Robert Zemeckis has put forward the idea of using performance capture technology in a potential sequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit – but only for the human characters. “I wouldn’t use it for the cartoon characters, because I think they should stay two-dimensional”, stated Zemeckis; however, he also commented that “[a]ll the other characters… would […]

Warners in Talks Over Peacock Film

Warner Bros. is in final negotiations to aquire a pitch from the writers Austin Winsberg and Heath Corson. The proposed film, which will tell the story of a peacock, will be produced by Trevor Engleson and Nicholas Osborne under their Underground Management banner. [ Source: Hollywood Reporter ]

Moonscape and Neo Network to Launch "DaVincibles"

The French animation outfit Moonscape is teaming up with Italy’s Neo Network to produce an animated series titled The DaVincibles, telling the story of two siblings and their uncle who are all members of the Da Vinci family. The series will be a 2-D short format comedy series aimed at 7-11 year olds and is […]

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