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“SMART” Deal for Xing Xing Digital and Pelagius Entertainment

by Ed Liuon June 20, 2014
XING XING DIGITAL AND PELAGIUS ENTERTAINMENT GET SMART BEIJING, CHINA, JUNE 20 — Beijing Based Xing Xing Digital and L.A. Production Company Pelagius Entertainment announced today an international co-production for the animated movie SMART. Budgeted at $22M, the adventure comedy will be directed by John A. Davis (JIMMY NEUTRON; THE ANT BULLY) from a script […]
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Toonzone Interviews “Breadwinners” Gary “Doodles” DiRaffaele & Steve Borst

by Ed Liuon June 20, 2014
Steve Borst is the writer. Gary “Doodles” DiRaffaele is the artist. Together they fight crime. OK, actually, they co-created Nickelodeon’s new animated series Breadwinners, described as the adventures of “two booty-shaking ducks as they operate a bread delivery service out of their awesome, jet-fueled rocket van.” Borst’s animation credits include stints writing for Teen Titans […]

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Review: “Eureka Seven AO” – Needs Less Plot, More Action

by Weathermanon June 20, 2014
Ao Fukai, the lead character of Eureka Seven: AO, has problems. He’s an orphan for starters, and an outsider in a future Okinawa that has real problems with non-natives in general. And by “outsider,” I don’t mean that he’s from some other country: he’s quite literally an alien, or half-alien anyway. That’s not a spoiler, […]

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Viz Releases Subtitled “Sailor Moon Crystal” Trailer

by Todd DuBoison June 19, 2014
Viz Media has published an English-subtitled version of the trailer for Sailor Moon Crystal in advance of its looming premiere online and at Anime Expo in Los Angeles on July 5, 2014. The Sailor Moon Crystal animated series is a new retelling of Naoko Takeuchi’s popular manga from Toei Animation, and currently greenlighted for 26 […]
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“Total Drama Pahkitew Island” Premieres July 7, 2014, on Cartoon Network

by Ed Liuon June 19, 2014
Cartoon Network Dishes Up More Drama! Total Drama Pahkitew Island Premieres Monday, July 7, 2014 at 6 p.m. (ET, PT)  Tune In to the Two-Week Summer Showdown With a New Episode Every Week Night at 6 p.m. (ET, PT) All-new island! All-new cast! Even more nail-biting drama! Total Drama Pahkitew Island promises to be the […]

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Heavy Metal & Pukeko Pictures Adapting “Rat Queens” as TV Toon

by Ed Liuon June 18, 2014
Variety reports that Heavy Metal and Weta Workshop’s Pukeko Pictures are adapting the Image Comics series Rat Queens into an animated TV series. The comic (by Kurtis Weibe and Roc Upchurch) describes itself as a “sass-and-sorcery” story, centering on a quartet of foul-mouthed beer-swilling adventurers: Hannah the Rockabilly elven mage, Violet the hipster dwarven fighter, […]

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DreamWorks Animation Acquires Felix the Cat, Launches High-Tech Mall Santa

by Ed Liuon June 18, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter has covered DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg’s keynote presentation at Licensing Expo 2014, where he revealed the company’s acquisition of classic cartoon character Felix the Cat and an initiative to launch a high-tech, immersive Santa Claus experience available for deployment to shopping malls starting this year. Katzenberg stated that Felix […]
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Fisher-Price Green Lights “Little People” CGI Series for 2015

by Ed Liuon June 18, 2014
FISHER-PRICE GREEN LIGHTS FIRST SEASON OF GLOBAL PRESCHOOL FAVORITE LITTLE PEOPLE® SERIES HIT Entertainment In Production on 52 Episodes To Debut Fall 2015 For the First Series of Little People LONDON /NEW YORK / EAST AURORA, NY – June 16, 2014 –HIT Entertainment, one of the world’s  leading preschool entertainment companies and an affiliate of […]