PR: “The Wind Rises” Wins Truly Moving Picture Award

by Ed Liuon February 26, 2014
THE WIND RISES COMPLETES MIYAZAKI LEGACY, WINS TRULY MOVING PICTURE AWARD Hayao Miyazaki’s final animated feature film honored by Heartland Truly Moving Pictures (INDIANAPOLIS) – Studio Ghibli’s “The Wind Rises” has been recognized with the Truly Moving Picture Award by nonprofit arts organization Heartland Truly Moving Pictures. “’The Wind Rises’ is another extraordinary film from […]

PR: Tomska, Weebl, TimH and more: London Comic Con’s VidfestUK adds seven more top series to May’s roster

by Grant Whiteon February 25, 2014
MCM LONDON COMIC CON – EXCEL LONDON – 23-25 MAY Tomska, Weebl, TimH and more: VidfestUK adds seven more top series to May’s roster MCM Expo is delighted to announce seven great web series set to make a splash at VidfestUK this May, when our celebration of online video returns to London Comic Con. YouTube […]


Nickelodeon Acquires “Alvinnn!!! and The Chipmunks” for International Markets

by Ed Liuon February 25, 2014
Variety reports that Nickelodeon has acquired the CGI series Alvinnn!!! and The Chipmunks in the run up to the MipTV conference, with a plan to roll out the series to 70 international channels (excluding North America and Brazil) in 2015. The series is an update to the classic Alvin and the Chipmunks characters, with the […]

“Frozen” Composers on Internationalizing Music; Idina Menzel Profiled by NY Times

by Ed Liuon February 25, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter has spoken with Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, composers for Disney’s Frozen, about the challenges of internationalizing the score for the film. The pair discuss working with Disney Character Voices International senior vp creative Rick Dempsey, noting specific linguistic usages that were avoided to make translation easier, and details other instances where […]


“The Croods” Directors on Exploring Family Dynamics and the Sequel

by Ed Liuon February 25, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter has spoken with Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders, co-directors of DreamWorks Animation Studios SKG’s The Croods, which is one of five films contending for the Best Animated Feature Academy Award this weekend. Among other topics, the two discuss how they approached family dynamics as the central hinge point for the entire […]

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Canadian Animators and Broadcasters Seeking UK Partners (and Tax Breaks)

by Ed Liuon February 24, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter notes a trip by several Canadian animation studios and broadcasters to the United Kingdom, seeking opportunities for co-productions that can take advantage of British animation skills, creativity, and newly implemented tax breaks for high-end TV and animated productions. Animation studios making the trip include Atomic Cartoons, Big Bad Boo, DHX Media, Eaglecliff […]

Shout! Factory Lands Distribution Rights to “Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart”

by Ed Liuon February 24, 2014
Shout! Factory has acquired U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to EuropaCorp’s Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart. The film, directed by co-directed Mathias Malzieu and Stephane Berla and adapted by Malzieu from his novel, screened at the recent Berlin International Film Festival and is currently in the middle of a theatrical run in France. Malzieu also […]


Awesomeness Continues for “The Lego Movie” with $31.45M in Week 3

by Ed Liuon February 24, 2014
The Lego Movie continued its dominance at the US domestic box office, claiming the top spot for the third week in a row with $31.45 million in ticket sales (estimated). The number represents another relatively soft 36.9% drop from the prior week, and brings its cumulative domestic gross to $183.16 million. As with last week’s […]

Dark Horse and Nickelodeon to Produce More “Avatar,” “Korra” Merchandise

by Ed Liuon February 21, 2014
Dark Horse Comics and Nickelodeon are expanding their successful publishing partnership of comics based on Avatar the Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra to begin selling merchandise based on the two shows starting in May 2014. Among the merchandise being planned are limited-edition statues, figurines, busts, plush figures, drinking glasses, cups, coffee mugs, coaster […]