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PR: Prepare For Monster Truck Adventures In “Blaze and the Monster Machines” On Nick Jr. UK

by Grant Whiteon February 16, 2015
Ready, Set, Go! Join Blaze and his monster machine friends as they race their way on to Nick Jr. UK this March.  Fasten your seatbelt and hold on tight for brand new animated series Blaze and the Monster Machines,racing onto Nick Jr. with an hour-long premiere on Friday 6th March at 4:00pm. The series follows […]
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Gary Owens, “Space Ghost” Voice Actor, 1936 – 2015

by Ed Liuon February 13, 2015
Veteran voiceover performer Gary Owens has passed away on February 12, 2015, at the age of 80. A longtime radio and TV announcer, Owens was best known to the general public as the mellifluous baritone for NBC’s Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In. He also coined the “beautiful downtown Burbank” phrase on his KMPC radio show that […]

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Amazon Studios Developing “Sigmund and the Sea Monsters”

by Ed Liuon February 12, 2015
Amazon Studios Developing Sigmund and the Sea Monsters with Sid and Marty Krofft Veteran television producers will create reimagined pilot for classic children’s series SEATTLE—February 12, 2015—(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon Studios today announced it has signed a development deal with iconic television producers Sid and Marty Krofft to develop a reimagined pilot of classic ‘70s children live […]
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Disney XD Orders Second Season of “Star vs. the Forces of Evil” Ahead of Series Premiere

by Ed Liuon February 12, 2015
DISNEY XD ORDERS SECOND SEASON OF ANIMATED COMEDY ADVENTURE STAR VS. THE FORCES OF EVIL, STARRING EDEN SHER, AHEAD OF SERIES PREMIERE ON MONDAY, MARCH 30 — Michael C. Hall, Anna Camp, Stephen Root and Rider Strong Among First Season Guest Stars –- — Preview Episode Available Beginning Monday, February 23 on WATCH Disney XD […]

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Lee Mendelson Looks Back on “Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown!”

by Ed Liuon February 10, 2015
In 1963, producer Lee Mendelson had formed his production company in San Francisco, CA, and produced the documentary A Man Named Mays. The documentary on famed baseball player Willie Mays had aired on NBC in the fall, and when Mendelson was looking around for his next project, he noticed a Peanuts comic strip about baseball […]
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Animated “The Prophet of Mercy” in Production to Counter Negative Western Impressions of Islam

by Ed Liuon February 9, 2015
The Egypt Independent reports on “Nabi al-Rahma” (“The Prophet of Mercy”) an Egyptian short film in production now about the life of the Prophet Muhammad, aimed at non-Muslim foreign audiences and intended to provide a counter-narrative to negative images of Islam in Western nations. Scriptwriter Alaa Thabet is quoted as saying, “It’s time to respond […]

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LA Times on Disney Animation Building’s Facelift

by Ed Liuon February 9, 2015
The Los Angeles Times covers the renovations in progress at the Roy E. Disney Animation Building in Burbank, CA, which will take about 16 months and will result in a layout that will encourage greater interaction and interactivity between members in the studio. The article notes how this renovation is the pinnacle of changes instituted […]
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“The LEGO Movie” Wins BAFTA Award for Best Animated Feature

by Ed Liuon February 9, 2015
The LEGO Movie won the 2015 BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film, beating out Big Hero 6 and The Boxtrolls in the category. The only other categories with an animated or live-action/animated hybrid film in contention was Paddington in Outstanding British Film in 2015 (which it lost to The Theory of Everything). In their remarks, […]

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Disney’s “Frozen” Takes 2 Grammy Awards; Pharrell Williams Also “Happy”

by Ed Liuon February 9, 2015
The 57th Annual Grammy Awards were handed out in a weekend ceremony, with Disney’s Frozen taking the award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media and the anthem “Let It Go” from that soundtrack taking Best Song Written for Visual Media. in addition, Pharrell Williams’ song “Happy” (originally written for the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack […]
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SpongeBob Rules the Box Office with $56M in Premiere Weekend

by Ed Liuon February 9, 2015
The second SpongeBob SquarePants movie crushed its competition at the box office in its debut weekend, taking in $56 million (estimated) in ticket sales. The total is more than double the estimated box office take of its nearest competition, American Sniper, which took in $24.16 million in its seventh week of release. The SpongeBob Movie: […]