Fox to "Inkubate" Toon Shorts in New Pilot Program

Fox has launched a new initiative to seed its schedule with possible new animated series, The Hollywood Reporter says. The network and corporate sibling Twentieth Century Fox TV have launched Fox Inkubation, a division that will fund two-minute films by aspiring animation writer/producers instead of ordering scripts from them. Successful shorts may be developed as […]

MacFarlane Sticks to Fox, Gets $100 Million Pay Day

Seth MacFarlane will become the highest-paid writer-producer working in TV, thanks to a new deal he has signed with Twentieth Century Fox TV, The Hollywood Reporter says. The deal, which covers his services on Family Guy and American Dad as well as upcoming projects like The Cleveland Show, will keep MacFarlane at Fox and could […]

Oakley & Weinstein, Mo Willems Join "Sit Down, Shut Up"

Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein will handle executive producer duties on Sit Down, Shut Up, the new animated series being produced for Fox, even as they lend their voices to a new animated series for Nickelodeon, Variety reports. The previously announced Sit Down, Shut Up is being adapted by Mitch Hurwitz from a live-action Australian […]

"Arrested Development" Alums Joining New Toon Comedy

Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, and Henry Winkler will join the cast of Sit Down, Shut Up, an animated comedy being developed for the Fox network, The Hollywood Reporter says. The series, from Arrested Development‘s Mitch Hurwitz, is based on an Australian live-action sitcom that aired in 2001. (h/t: AWN)

Fox Animation Plans to Weave 'Anubis Tapestry'

Fox Animation has obtained a production option for Bruce Zick’s young-adult book The Anubis Tapestry: Between Twilights. Fox plans a loose adaptation of the 2006 novel, which begins with a mummy’s curse condemning Dr. George Henry’s spirit to the Egyptian Underworld. Henry’s son Chance plumbs the depths of the Underworld and encounters a variety of […]

"King of the Hill" Gets Order for 13 New Episodes

Fox has ordered 13 new episodes of King of the Hill, and is open to ordering more, Variety reports. The pick-up occurred after the network struck a new deal with producer Mike Judge.

Extras for Second "Futurama" DTV Announced

A “lost” Futurama episode produced for the Futurama video game will be one of the extras included when Twentieth Century Fox releases The Beast With a Billion Backs to DVD on June 24, Animation Magazine reports. Other extras on the previously announced disc will include a commentary track with Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, […]

"Simpsons" David Silverman Interviewed

APP.com talks with The Simpsons Movie director David Silverman, who discusses the film’s cost, its not getting an Oscar nomination, and the artists who influenced him: “I really admired the Walt Kelly drawing style, then I later found out he was a former 
Disney animator,” Silverman said. “From him, I had a sense I wanted […]

Toon Zone Interviews Steve Purcell About "Sam & Max the Animated Series"

Cartoonist Steve Purcell’s resume reads like a cult nerd hit-list. When he was a boy, he would parody his younger brother’s comic strips, eventually creating Sam and Max, a duo of freelance detectives. Sam is a man-sized dog shamus in a shabby suit and Max was…well, you’ll see what Max is. During the 1980′s black-and-white […]

Aussie Sitcom Turning into Animated Series

Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz is developing an animated version of Sit Down, Shut Up for Fox, c21 Media reports. The original, live-action series about a dysfunctional high school was an Australian production that aired in 2001.

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