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"Secret of Kells" Studio Prepping Animated Feature Set in Afghanistan

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Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon (The Secret of Kells) is beginning work on an animated feature film adaptation of Deborah Ellis’ novel The Breadwinner, which focuses on a young girl named Parvana living in Afghanistan under the Taliban and forced to disguise herself as a boy to earn money for her family when her father […]

What A Load Of Crap

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EARTH University is located in Costa Rica. Allow Anne Heche to tell you via sand animation what 2001 graduate Susana Fallas did with her EARTH U. degree…

Australia's Animal Logic VFX Studio Splits Into 3 Divisions

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The Hollywood Reporter notes that Australia’s visual and digital effects studio Animal Logic is splitting into three specialist subsidiaries: a feature-animation division, a visual effects division, and a feature film development arm based in Los Angeles that will focus on developing a slate of animation. The studio has worked on several recently released animated features, […]

Review: "Khumba" Blu-ray - Half a Zebra, 4/5ths Satisfying

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Triggerfish Studios’ first film, Adventures in Zambezia, was a pleasant surprise. While it didn’t really break new ground in terms of its story, the movie was still exciting because it showed great potential for a newcomer to the feature animation scene and demonstrated tremendous technical skill for a surprisingly small amount of money. Unfortunately, it […]

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

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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

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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

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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 […]

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

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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"

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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 […]

Shrek’s Far Far Away Adventure Begins In London

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DreamWorks Animation has partnered with Merlin Entertainment [Legoland] to create Shrek’s Far Far Away Adventure – a theme park based on the land Shrek inhabits in the four popular feature films, though the theme park will be based on a “new adventure” created by a DreamWorks Animation creative team. Characters from other DreamWorks Animation movies […]

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