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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 […]

Warren United Set To Kick Off

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The World Cup is just around the corner – if you feel that June is “just around the corner” and most football/futbol/soccer fans do feel this way – so the proper time has arrived for the launch of “Warren United”, a new animated British television series detailing the travails of football/soccer freak fan Warren Kingsley. […]

Disney Adds Pair Of Channels Down Under

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Australian television viewers will get more opportunities to watch Disney-affiliated cartoonery and content with the addition of two cable network channels – Disney XD and Movies Disney – to their cable lineup. The XD channel is geared toward boys ages 6-14 and will feature currently popular programming such as “Phineas and Ferb”, “Gravity Falls” and […]

Constantine Gets Pilot License From NBC

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Snarky British supernatural detective/con man/magician John Constantine has returned from the pages of 1980s DC Comics for a possible new television series on NBC. The pilot episode will have Matt Ryan [who voices pirate Edward Kenway on “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag”] in the lead role. Keanu Reeves played the character in a live action […]

She’s A Brick House: Lego 2 On The Way

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As is the movie studio modus operandi these days, your sequel must be announced either before the first movie has been released or shortly afterward and “The Lego Movie” is no different as Warner Bros waited all of two weeks after the release of “The Lego Movie” to announce that a sequel is now on […]

CLIP: Juan Pablo Buscarini's "Noah's Ark" Coming to DVD March 11, 2014

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