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"Wreck-It Ralph" Racks Up $49.1M in Ticket Sales on Debut Weekend

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Despite lingering power outages on the East Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph earned an estimated $49.1 million in ticket sales in its debut weekend, taking the top spot at the box office by a comfortable margin. Its nearest competitor, Robert Zemeckis’ Flight, opened with almost half the ticket sales at […]

CNN on Growing Recognition for Voice Actors

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CNN has posted an article about the growing recognition for professional voice actors in animation, speaking with professionals such as Frank Welker, Peter Cullen, Crispin Freeman, and Patrick Seitz about the growth of the industry, the way technology has made voice actors more prominent than in the past, and celebrity stunt-casting for voice actors (and […]

Disney's "Secret of the Wings" Debuts at Top Spot of Home Video Sales Charts

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Walt Disney Studio’s direct-to-video movie Secret of the Wings premiered in the top spot on both the Nielsen VideoScan FirstAlert chart and the dedicated Blu-ray sales chart in its debut week (ending October 28, 2012). The new movie joins the other three Tinker Bell movies in being a top seller, with the franchise selling millions […]

Jeffrey Katzenberg & Ann Daly Renew Contracts with DreamWorks Animation Through 2017

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The Hollywood Reporter notes that Jeffrey Katzenberg and Ann Daly, CEO and COO of DreamWorks Animation, SKG, respectively, have extended their contracts with the animation studio through 2017. Katzenberg’s salary will go from $1 million per year to $2.5 million per year, and he will be eligible for annual cash bonuses of $4 million and […]

Disney Acquires Lucasfilm for $4.05 Billion; New "Star Wars" Movie Coming in 2015

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The Walt Disney Company has acquired Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion in a cash and stock deal, acquiring the rights to the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, along with the Industrial Light & Magic effects house, LucasArts video game studio, and Skywalker Sound. Also announced in the deal is a new Star Wars movie coming […]

Fox Puts "Wentworth Hall" Into Development

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Twentieth Century Fox TV is developing Wentworth Hall, a new animated comedy from Jake Kasdan and Lew Morton, Deadline Hollywood reports. The series will focus on a group of college students attending a once-prestigious university. Morton, formerly of Futurama, will executive produce with Kasdan. Melvin Mar will produce.

Adult Swim Picks Up "Rick & Morty"

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Adult Swim has picked up Rick & Morty, a new animated series from Community creator Dan Harmon, The New York Times reports. The thirty-minute animated series will follow the adventures of a genius inventor and his grandson. It is expected to debut in 2014. Harmon is co-creating the series with Justin Roiland.

Comic-Con Re-Ups With San Diego Thru 2016

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Comic-Con has inked a deal with San Diego that will keep the convention in town through 2016, the Associated Press reports. The new deal will allow organizers to use meeting space in nearby hotels to create a “Comic-Con campus” outside the San Diego Convention Center. The city hopes to begin an expansion of the Center […]

UK's Channel 5 Orders "Wanda and the Alien" for 2013

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The UK’s Channel 5 has ordered a new preschool animated series based on the kid property Wanda and the Alien, c21 Media reports. The CGI-animated series will follow a girl rabbit who meets an alien. The series, from RH Childeren’s Screen Entertainment, is expected to debut in the latter half of 2013.

Briefly: "Bugs Bunny Superstar" to DVD; Kid Shows Get Int'l Distribution

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* Warner Archive is releasing Bugs Bunny Superstar, a 1975 documentary feature about the studio’s Termite Terrace, on Tuesday, October 30. [AWN] * Los Angeles’s Kid Glove Creative and Sydney’s Sticky Pictures will produce Perry Parka Polar Possum, a new animated series about a possum who is the mayor of the North Pole. [c21 Media] […]

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