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Arthur Rankin Jr., Rankin/Bass Co-Founder, 1924 – 2014

by Ed Liuon February 4, 2014
The Royal Gazette of Bermuda reported that Arthur Rankin, Jr. passed away at his home by Harrington Sound on January 31, 2014, at the age of 90. Rankin was half of the famed Rankin-Bass duo, which produced some of the best beloved animated Christmas TV specials of all time, including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty […]
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PR: Turner Broadcasting Announces Strategic Changes/Expansions to Animation, Kids & Young Adult Networks

by Ed Liuon February 4, 2014
Turner Broadcasting Announces Strategic Changes/Expansions to its Portfolio of Animation, Kids and Young Adult Networks Adult Swim to Expand On-Air Programming Line-up to 8 p.m. on March 31 Cartoon Network Stays On with Original Animated Shorts, Series and Games for Digital Consumption Boomerang to be Aligned Globally as a Family Co-Viewing Network Officially Available to […]

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Straight Outta Brooklyn – Animation Block Party Coming To L.A. For Valentine’s Day

by Alex Beanon February 3, 2014
Valentine’s Day just got more interesting for those of you who happen to reside in Los Angeles as the Brooklyn-based Animation Block Party brings a special Valentine’s Day showcase to the Troubadour club where they will show Valentine’s Day-themed toons from mTV, Nickelodeon and Oscar-nominated cartoonist Bill Plympton amongst others. The Animation Block Valentine’s Day […]
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Annie Gets A Horse And Wedding Cake

by Alex Beanon February 2, 2014
The combination of the classic Disney short “Get A Horse” [with Walt Disney himself as the voice of Mickey Mouse] with modern 3D animation techniques took home the prize as the best animated short at the 41st annual Annie Awards held by the International Animated Film Association [ASIFA-Hollywood] in Burbank. In addition, Viola Baier won […]

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Adventure Time, Futurama And Sofia Win Annies

by Alex Beanon February 2, 2014
The television category had three major winners at the 41st annual Annie Awards held by the International Animated Film Association [ASIFA-Hollywood] in Burbank – “Adventure Time” from Cartoon Network took home the honors as best TV/broadcast production for children while “Futurama” won as the best TV/broadcast production for a general audience and Disney’s “Sofia the […]
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The Croods Win Three Annies

by Alex Beanon February 2, 2014
“The Croods” officially garnered three Annies at the 41st annual Annie Awards held by the International Animated Film Association [ASIFA-Hollywood] in Burbank, making it the best animated feature film not named “Frozen”. The film tallied wins in the categories of animated effects, character animation and character design. The three Annies for “The Croods” represented DreamWorks […]

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Frozen Wins Best Annie

by Alex Beanon February 2, 2014
To the complete surprise of nobody in the civilized world, Disney’s feature film hit of 2013, “Frozen”, took home the main bling in the Best Animated Feature at the 41st annual Annie Awards held by the International Animated Film Association [ASIFA-Hollywood] in Burbank. It was one of five awards won by the film on the […]
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“Frozen” News: Finding a Diva in 41 Languages & International 3D Society Awards

by Ed Liuon January 30, 2014
Variety reports that Disney’s Frozen was a big winner at the International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society’s 3D Creative Arts Awards on January 28, 2014, alongside Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity. Frozen won the society’s best animated 3D feature and best stereography – animation awards, while Gravity won in multiple categories including best live action 3D feature, […]

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Chris Colfer and Ron Perlman Join Cast of “RoboDog”

by Ed Liuon January 29, 2014
Broadway World reports that Chris Colfer (Glee) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy) will voice the main characters in RoboDog, Marza Animation Planet Inc’s first 3D CGI feature animated film. The film will be directed by Henry F. Anderson III (Gnomeo & Juliet), from a script by Robert Reece (The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning) […]
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Forbes Magazine on “The LEGO Movie” Reviving Theatrical Warner Bros. Animation

by Ed Liuon January 29, 2014
Forbes contributor Scott Mendelson has taken a look at The LEGO Movie, noting how the positive buzz on the eve of its release across demographic quadrants could be a harbinger for a surprise hit and a revival of fortunes for Warner Bros’ theatrical animation division. Among other factors, the movie is getting strong buzz across […]