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Studio Ghibli's Next Project to Be From New Director

Studio Ghibli’s Toshio Suzuki has confirmed that his studio’s next project will be from a new director; details are to be announced in December. This comes after an announcement on the official Ghibli blog in July that the studio’s next theatrical feature is scheduled to be released in 2010. Suzuki has also said that Hayao […]

"Fantastic Mr. Fox" Shortlisted for The Times BFI Award

Wes Anderson’s stop-motion feature Fantastic Mr. Fox is amongst the films shortlisted for the Best Film Award at The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival. The festival takes place Oct. 14-29, with the awards presented on Oct. 28. The Best Film Award is a new category, recognising “creative, original, imaginative, intelligent and distinctive filmmaking.” [ […]

Henry Selick Leaves Laika

Coraline director Henry Selick has left Laika, five years after joining the studio. Laika has not divulged the reasons for his depature; however, the studio has noted that Selick’s contract has expired. [ Source: Oregon Live, via Toon Zone forum member HG Revolution ]

National Film Board of Canada to Present New Shorts at Ottawa

Nine new short films from the National Film Board of Canada will be shown at the 33rd Ottawa International Animation Festival, which will take place from 14 to 18 October 2009. The nine films are The Spine, Runaway, Vive la Rose, Git Gob, Land of the Heads, Peggy Baker Four Phrases, The Man who Slept, […]

Seth Green and Co. Working on Fox Project

Fox has ordered a script for an animated project from Robot Chicken‘s Seth Green, Matthew Seinreich and Tom Root. Produced by 20th Century Fox TV and Chernin Entertainment, the project will deal with family life and high school. Green has compared its aesthetic to that of other popular Fox animated comedies. [ Source: The Hollywood […]

"Leaf Men" to be Chris Wedge of Blue Sky's Next Project

It has been announced that the next feature to be directed by Chris Wedge for Blue Sky Studios and Fox Animation will be an adaptation of William Joyce’s children’s book, The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs. Wedge previously attempted to take the project to Pixar, although Fox prevented this move at the last […]

DreamWorks in Talks Over "Xombie" Feature

DreamWorks is in negotions to buy Will Beall’s pitch Xombie, based on the comic book and online animated series by James Farr. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are in talks to produce. Farr’s creation tells the story of Dirge, an undead cop who defends a girl named Zoe from evil zombies. [ Source: Hollywood Reporter […]

Shine Signs Deal for "Archer"

Shine International has obtained the international distribution rights to Archer, an upcoming animated series from FX. The series, created by Adam Reed, is a spy parody starring Jon Benjamin as a spy named Sterling Archer. [ Soruce: Variety ]

Production of "Penguins of Madagascar" Season Two Announced

DQE has announced the production of The Penguins of Madagascar‘s second season. The season is scheduled to be completed in early 2011. The company, based in India, is also providing CGI for the Nickelodeon and Frederator series Fan Boy and Chum Chum. [ Source: AWN ]

Sony Animation Strikes Feature Deal with Frederator

Sony Pictures animation has struck a deal with Fred Seibert of Frederator Studios to develop animation to develop animated features. “As we look to make a wide variety of animated movies, this relationship with Frederator Studios presents a wealth of fresh ideas and talent,” said SPA presient of production Hannah Minghella. [ Source: Hollywood Reporter […]

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