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Bob Walker, "Brother Bear" Director, 1961 - 2015

Bob Walker

Disney artist and director Robert “Bob” Walker passed away on April 1, 2015, at the age of 54 in California, with a heart attack being the likely cause of death. The Toronto native grew up in Ottawa and graduated from Sheridan College’s animation program, going to work Atkinson Film-Art after graduation where he worked on […]

"Cloud Bread" and "Pom Pom & Friends" Licensed by Frederator

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In a move to expand its children’s animation portfolio and the scope of international programming on its roster, Frederator has acquired the rights to two popular series from South Korea’s Gangwon Information & Multimedia Corporation (GIMC). Cloud Bread and Pom Pom & Friends – two preschool series with very distinct looks and styles – will […]

"The Simpsons" Producer Says No More DVDs; Commentary & Bonuses Coming via Simpsons World

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Al Jean, longtime producer of The Simpsons, has stated on Twitter that there will be no more DVD releases of the famed cartoon, citing the “DVD market is dying” as the reason why Fox has discontinued them. The series skipped from season 17 to 20 on DVD, but seasons 18 and 19 and all subsequent […]

"Harvey Beaks" Premieres On Nicktoons UK This May

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Nickelodeon’s latest original animated show Harvey Beaks will receive its UK premiere Monday 11th May at 8am on Nicktoons. Created by C.H. Greenblatt (whose past credits include work on SpongeBob SquarePants and creating Chowder), the series focuses on the titular character and his blossoming friendship with feral twin siblings Fee and Foo. The three characters […]

Sony Pictures Animation Names Tim Reckart to Direct "The Lamb"

Sony Pictures Animation The Lamb

Sony Pictures Animation today announced that Oscar nominated director Tim Reckart (HEAD OVER HEELS) will develop and make his feature directorial debut with THE LAMB. THE LAMB is a fully CG animated theatrical feature project which tells the inspirational story of a young lamb who will change the world. Based on an original pitch by Tom […]

Stan Freberg, 1926 - 2015

Stan Freberg

The Hollywood Reporter notes the passing of Stan Freberg — satirist, author, recording artist, voiceover actor, comedian, puppeteer, and advertising creative director — at the age of 88 due to natural causes. He began a career in animation voiceover shortly after graduating from Alhambra High School in 1944, working for Warner Bros. as Pete Puma, […]

NY Times on Oriental DreamWorks and Growing China/Hollywood Partnerships

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The New York Times has taken a look at the growing number of partnerships between Hollywood film studios and Chinese creative companies, paying specific focus on Oriental DreamWorks and its work to make Kung Fu Panda 3 a true international co-production. The article notes how the Chinese market is growing in importance to Hollywood studios, […]

Judge Dismisses Animation Workers' Anti-Trust Lawsuit Over Wage-Fixing Practices

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The Hollywood Reporter reports that U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has dismissed a class-action lawsuit that claimed that several animation companies (including the Walt Disney Corporation, DreamWorks Animation, and Sony ImageWorks) violated anti-trust laws by fixing wages of animators in a non-poaching arrangement between numerous tech firms. The ruling relied on the statute of limitations […]

Anime Limited Partners With Viewster For Spring UK/EU Simulcasts

Anime Limited Obtains UK and EU Rights To "Seraph of the End"

Scotland based UK anime licensor Anime Limited have announced a partnership with video streaming service Viewster to provide their spring 2015 simulcast releases. Seraph of the End, Plastic Memories and The Heroic Legend of Arslan will be available to UK and Ireland fans for free via the service the same day they are available in Japan, […]

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