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Animated Shakespeare – To Be Or Not To Be?

by Alex Beanon July 30, 2014
Shakespuss lurched one step closer to bringing us animated versions of William Shakespeare’s works when the UK-based company received the US equivalent of $10,000 in a startup loan from a British government business incentive program. Shakespuss will use the money to fund animation programs aimed toward children to better acquaint them with the characters and […]
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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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"The Boxtrolls" to Screen at Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2014

by Ed Liuon July 26, 2014
LAIKA’S THIRD ANIMATED FEATURE FILM THE BOXTROLLS TO SCREEN OUT OF COMPETITION AT 71ST VENICE FILM FESTIVAL ON AUGUST 31st VOICE CAST INCLUDES BEN KINGSLEY, ISAAC HEMPSTEAD WRIGHT, ELLE FANNING, TONI COLLETTE, JARED HARRIS, NICK FROST, RICHARD AYOADE, TRACY MORGAN, SIMON PEGG [Portland, OR; July 24th, 2014] –The Boxtrolls, the new stop‐motion/CG animated film from […]
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Disney's "Big Hero 6" Set to Premiere at Tokyo Film Festival on October 23, 2014

by Ed Liuon July 24, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter relays that Disney’s Big Hero 6 will open the Tokyo Film Festival on October 23, 2014. The movie, based on Marvel Comics superhero characters, focuses on robotics genius Hiro Hamada and his robot Baymax as they form the superhero team of the title to battle against a mysterious masked villain named Yokai. […]

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Review: "Ashens and the Quest for the GameChild (UK DVD Release)": The Long Awaited Vindication of Louis Le Prince

by Grant Whiteon July 23, 2014
Hello! Ashens And The Quest For The GameChild! Available on DVD and Blu-ray. Collect them all! Ok, let’s stop this. Clearly I am not a brown sofa patch on the man himself, nor is this a video review (though I am British and live in a house in East Anglia with too much plastic tat). […]
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It’s Smiley’s World And You’re Just Living In It

by Alex Beanon July 22, 2014
Nicolas Loufrani, the owner of the smiley emoticon rights, has joined up with French entertainment company PGS Entertainment and Paris-based animation studio, OuiDO!, to produce an animated television series for children ages 4-7 based on the emoticon and his fellow emoticon family. The new television series is expected to debut on French television channels Gulli […]

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Is Studio Ghibli On The Cusp Of Calling It Quits?

by Alex Beanon July 21, 2014
With Hayao Miyazaki’s retirement and Toshio Suzuki’s move from film producer to general manager within the studio, rumors have surfaced in Japan that the venerable anime studio may be moving from producing feature films to merely managing their anime assets or creating television productions. Miyazaki’s retirement combined with Suzuki’s change of focus and the exorbitant […]
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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 […]
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'Divergent' To Be Released On Home Media Platforms In The UK This August

by Grant Whiteon July 16, 2014
Based on the novel by Veronica Roth and directed by Neil Burger, Divergent will be released by Entertainment One across DVD, Blu-ray, VOD and download platforms in the UK on 11th August. Similar to the current trend of popular teenage aimed books/movies, Divergent focuses on a dystopian future where the population of Chicago is segregated […]