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SEC Hits DreamWorks With Turbo Investigation

by Alex Beanon July 29, 2014
In more financial news, DreamWorks Animation is being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC] after disclosing that they took a $13.5 million hit on last year’s “Turbo” feature film. “Turbo” had a disclosed budget of $135 million but only took in $83 million domestically at the box office. “Turbo” performed much better in […]
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‘The Legend of Korra- Book 2: Spirits’ Premieres In UK 30th July

by Grant Whiteon July 29, 2014
Per Nickelodeon UK’s listing page, the first episode of Avatar: The Legend of Korra will premiere in the country on the main Nickelodeon channel 30th July at 8:30pm. Subtitled ‘Spirits’, the second ‘book’ continues the adventures of new Avatar Korra and her friends as their reality is drawn into conflict with the parallel spirit world. […]

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Smith Micro Issues Avatar Challenge

by Alex Beanon July 29, 2014
Smith Micro Issues Avatar Challenge Smith Micro Software has joined forces with telecom company Sprint and issued the Avatar Challenge – an education program where students will use Smith Micro’s animation software to create avatar characters with the chance to have their creations viewed and used by millions through Sprint Visual Voicemail, as later this […]

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Thomas the Tank Engine Voice Actor Quits, Saying Wages Aren’t Really Useful

by Ed Liuon July 24, 2014
Martin T. Sherman, the voice actor for Thomas, Percy, and Diesel in the U.S. version of Thomas the Tank Engine, has quit the role, stating in an open letter on a fan site that, “It is embarrassing but the reason is that they are paying a very low wage. The terms they are offering are […]
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Nickelodeon Pulls “Legend of Korra” TV Premieres; Moves to Digital Distribution

by Ed Liuon July 24, 2014
In a surprise move, Nickelodeon has pulled five upcoming premiere episodes of The Legend of Korra‘s third season, with the last TV episode (“The Terror Within,” episode 8 of this season’s 14) premiering on Friday, July 25, 2014, at 8:00 PM (ET/PT). A subsequent announcement by series co-creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino (through […]

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SDCC2014: Nickelodeon’s Voice Over Experience

by slaion July 24, 2014
For 2014’s San Diego Comic-Con, Nickelodeon has created a unique interactive experience that allows fans to try out their hand at voicing for animation. Located at the very heart of Nickelodeon’s booth is a mini recording studio where fans can enter, put on a set of headphones, and voice dialogue ‘live’ to clips of their favorite Nickelodeon […]
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James Garner, Actor, 1928 – 2014

by Ed Liuon July 21, 2014
Actor James Garner passed away of natural causes on Saturday, July 19, 2014, of natural causes at the age of 86. Garner’s best-known roles were both on television: as the genial gambler Bret Maverick in the 1950’s western Maverick (appearing in a guest-starring role as Marshal Zane Cooper in the 1994 feature film remake starring […]

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PR: Deki and Aardman Animations present the story of ‘Brigitte, Bruno and Ben’

by Grant Whiteon July 21, 2014
21st July 2014 – Aardman Animations and Bristol Charity ‘Deki’ today release a special 70 second film entitled ‘Brigitte, Bruno and Ben’. The film created by the makers of Wallace & Gromit demonstrates through animation how a loan of just £10 can change the lives of an entire family in the developing world. “Brigitte, Bruno […]
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Review: “Strange Hill High (UK Edition)”: Puppet Ghoul School Fun

by Grant Whiteon July 21, 2014
Josh Weinstein is the co-creator and show runner of Strange Hill High, an interesting case of an American industry veteran steering a British production. Many will remember Weinstein working with Bill Oakley to run what is seen by many as the final leg of the ‘golden age’ of The Simpsons. Airing on CBBC (who seem to […]