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PR: “Ben 10 Omniverse, Galactic Monsters” Premieres February 15, 2014, on Cartoon Network

by Ed Liuon February 11, 2014
Ben is back in all-new episodes of BEN 10 OMNIVERSE! Starting this Saturday, February 15 at 9 am ET/8 am CT, Ben takes on new fiendish forms in BEN 10 OMNIVERSE, GALACTIC MONSTERS. Halloween is coming early to Bellwood, and to beat scary new villains like zombie clowns and evil vampires, Ben will have to […]

DreamWorks News: New Publishing Imprint; Katzenberg to Keynote Licensing Expo 2014

by Ed Liuon February 11, 2014
DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc., will be launching a publishing imprint to produce digital and print books based on the studio’s intellectual property library. The imprint will be titled DreamWorks Press and will be run by Emma Whittard, a veteran of Disney’s publishing arm. The Perseus Books Group will manage sale and distribution of the imprint’s […]

Chinese Funded Film Venture Announces “Kong” Feature Film

by Ed Liuon February 11, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter notes that a collective run by Chinese mogul Robin Li will be funding Aquamen Entertainment, a new film production venture based out of Los Angeles to be run by Korean filmmaker Jeongjung Kim and Chinese producer Gary Zhang. The production company’s first feature film will be Kong, which (despite the title suggesting […]

Disney Sued Over “Toy Story 3” Evil Stuffed Bear

by Ed Liuon February 11, 2014
New Jersey-based Diece-Lisa Industries has filed a lawsuit against Disney Enterprises for trademark and patent infringement over the “Lots-O-Huggin’ Bear” character in Toy Story 3. Diece-Lisa holds a trademark and patents for their “Lots of Hugs” stuffed toy bears, and notes that DLI’s “hugging technology” was licensed by a Disney affiliate for Bear in the […]

Disney Taking Kirby Buckets Out For Pilot Run

by Alex Beanon February 11, 2014
Disney XD – Disney’s network targeting pre-teen boys – has signed up Jacob Bertrand [“Bubble Guppies”] to play the lead character in a pair of pilot episodes of “Kirby Buckets”, an animated/live action hybrid show about a young boy who dreams of being an animator and creates a world filled with friends derived from his […]

Disney Releases “The Jungle Book” Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD

by Alex Beanon February 11, 2014
The 1967 Disney animation classic The Jungle Book was digitally restored and enjoys its Diamond Edition release on Blu-ray and DVD today. The famous Rudyard Kipling yarn about Indian boy Mowgli growing up with the jungle animals was the final animated film worked on by Walt Disney [who passed away before its release], featured the […]

“Khumba” Gets Its Blu-ray And DVD Stripes

by Alex Beanon February 11, 2014
“Khumba” the second effort from South African animation studio Triggerfish was initially released to limited markets in December 2013 and is now out on Blu-ray and DVD. The film voice-stars Jake T. Austin in the title role as a zebra who is only born with half his stripes and is subsequently teased by the other […]

PR: Second Season of “Sofia the First” Debuts March 7, 2014, on Disney Channel

by Ed Liuon February 11, 2014
SECOND SEASON OF DISNEY JUNIOR’S HIT SERIES “SOFIA THE FIRST” DEBUTS FRIDAY, MARCH 7 ON DISNEY CHANNEL Snow White Makes Special Appearance Friday, April 4; Mulan, Tiana and Rapunzel Also Appear in Season Two Alyson Hannigan, Ginnifer Goodwin, Melissa Rauch, Anna Camp, John Michael Higgins, Isla Fisher, Sean Astin, Nick Offerman, Robert Morse, Christian Borle, […]

PR: Hulu to Debut Jim Henson’s “Doozers,” First Original Series for Hulu Kids

by Ed Liuon February 11, 2014
HULU TO DEBUT JIM HENSON’S “DOOZERS,” THE FIRST ORIGINAL SERIES FOR HULU KIDS Animated Preschool Series Inspired by Beloved “Fraggle Rock” Characters to Launch Exclusively in the U.S. on Hulu and Hulu Plus on April 25, 2014 LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2014) – Today Hulu announced its first original series pickup for Hulu Kids […]
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Review: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” – It’s Messy but Fun to Play With Your Food

by Ed Liuon February 11, 2014
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was an entertaining trifle of a movie that managed the impressive feat of expanding a slim children’s book into a satisfying feature film. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 expands on the world of the first film to yield a charming enough sequel, if also one that’s noticeably […]