Entertainment Rights (ER) has received a commission from U.K. network Five for fifty-two 10-minute episodes of the preschool series Rupert and Friends, World Screen reports. The new series, combining stop frame animation and 3-D CG, is currently in pre-production at Cosgrove Hall. It will launch on Five’s children’s block this fall.
4Kids Entertainment, Inc. and the American Kennel Club (AKC) have announced a multi-year extension of their worldwide representation agreement. Through this extension, 4Kids Entertainment will continue serving as the AKC’s exclusive worldwide licensing agent for the AKC’s extensive collection of imagery and trademarks in all merchandise categories. [Source: Business Wire]
Nick Jr. has commenced production on the new original animated series Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!. The 26-episode preschool series, produced by Bolder Media for Boys and Girls and created by Bob Boyle (producer on Nickelodeon’s The Fairly OddParents and Danny Phantom), celebrates the spirit of teamwork and cooperation. The series is slated to premiere this fall […]
Oh, cute little Zatch Bell, what a surprise you have been. Many people thought you were going to be a dumb filler series, but you’ve turned out to be one of the strongest shows on Toonami, and you’ve certainly been one of the hottest properties Viz has launched on our shores. It’s too bad Naruto […]
DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group has honored The Incredibles: Collector’s Edition from Buena Vista Home Entertainment as the Theatrical DVD Title of the Year, AWN reports. Other honorees were announced as well, including the animated Family Guy Presents: Stewie Griffin, The Untold Story DVD from 20th Century Fox.
The Producer’s Guild of America has issued its first-ever nominations for a Producer of the Year Award for Animated Films. Nominations include Mireille Soira (Madagascar), Randy Fullmer (Chicken Little); Jerry Davis, John C. Donkin, and William Joyce (Robots); and Tim Burton and Allison Abbate (Corpse Bride). The producers recognized for Wallace & Gromit: The Curse […]
DVDToons has artwork for the upcoming release of Garbage Pail Kids: Complete Series, streeting April 4 and retailing for $27.95 SRP.
TVShowsOnDVD has box art and additional information regarding the 4-disc DVD release of The Super Mario Brothers Super Show!, streeting on March 28 and retailing for $29.98 SRP.
BKN International has opened a subsidiary in Barcelona to handle its activities in Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, and Latin America. Laura Tapias has been named MD of the new operation, BKN Kids New Media. [Source: World Screen]
Grammy-winning artist Lou Rawls has died at the age of 72, The New York Times (registration required) reports. Both Animated-News and The Big Cartoon Database take a look at many of the animated projects Rawls played a role in.