AWN on Africa's Animation Studios

Animation World Network has examined the growing animation industry in Africa, currently well-established in Egypt and South Africa but growing elsewhere as well. The article highlights some of the best known work emerging from Africa’s animation studios, and also points out the lack of animation education and the problem of skilled animators leaving for better […]

Saudi Cleric Declares Mickey Mouse and Jerry Should be Killed as "Satan's Soldiers"

The Telegraph is reporting that Saudi Arabian cleric Sheikh Muhammad Munajid declared on the al-Majd TV network that, as mice, Disney’s Mickey Mouse and Jerry of Tom & Jerry are “Satan’s soldiers,” and that both should be killed along with household mice and their other cartoon counterparts. His comments came in a week when another […]

Mass Animation Project on Facebook

A Facebook page, titled Mass Animation, will allow users to work together on an animated theatrical short. The project is produced and directed by Sony Pictures Digital president Yair Landau and sponsored by Intel. The page can be visited here. [Source: Animation World Network ]

Hollywood Reporter on the Russian Animation Industry

The Hollywood Reporter has taken a look at the nascent animation industry in Russia, now experiencing a small revival with five animated feature films released in the past 6 months. However, the Russian market is suffering from a severe lack of skilled animators and animation screenwriters, which hampers Russian collaborations and co-productions with Western countries. […]

"La maison etc," "Sita," "Idiots & Angels" Take Home Annecy 2008 Awards

The Annecy 2008 animation festival has announced the winners of this year’s Annecy awards. The Japanese short film “La maison en petits cubes” by Kunio Kato took home the Annecy Cristal award and the Junior Jury Award for a short film. Nina Paley’s Sita Sings the Blues won the Cristal award for best feature, with […]

Irish Studio Files for Liquidation

Ireland’s Digital Animation Media will liquidate after failing to secure new investments, the Sunday Business Post reports. Its prime backer, US businessman Patrick Daleiden, recently had an arrest warrant issued against him in connection with an unrelated failed investment fund. The studio produced The Island of Inis Cool and other projects earlier this decade.

"Carl2" Multiplies Deals

Carl2 will hit TV screens in the US, France, and Finland thanks to new deals with producer Portfolio Entertainment, c21 Media reports. Spanish-language network Sorpresa! will air 39 episodes of the series in the US, while Canal+ and Channel Four have picked up rights in France and Finland, respectively. The series is about a teenager […]

Bluth's "Banjo" Playing in Europe and Africa

Monster Distributes has sold selected TV and video rights to Banjo the Woodpile Cat to various distributors in Europe and Africa c21 Media reports. The 1979 film was made by Don Bluth and a handful of other Disney animators in their spare time, anticipating Bluth’s later departure and establishment of his own cartoon studio. It […]

Imira Wheels and Deals "Lola & Virginia"

Rai Trade has acquired merchandising rights to Imira Entertainment’s Lola & Virginia, and Panini will launch a line of sticker, puzzle and coloring books based on the title, c21 Media reports. In addition, Nintendo DS will develop a video game based on the animated series for selected international territories.

"The Simpsons" Return on Venezuelan TV

In a follow-up article, The Associated Press reports that the Venezuelan TV network Televen has put The Simpsons back on the air. This time they put on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m.. The channel yanked The Simpsons earlier this month when The National Telecommunications Commission said showing it at 11 a.m. was viewed unsuitable for […]

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