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China Court Fines "Pleasant Goat" After Children Burned in Copycat Incident

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The Hollywood Reporter notes that a court in China has levied a fine of 39,000 yuan (approx. $6,423) on the producers of Pleasant Goat and Big, Big Wolf, China’s most popular animated series, over an incident when two children were severely burned in April while imitating characters on the show. The amount represents 15% of […]

PR: Stan Lee's New Indian Superhero to Debut on Cartoon Network India on November 30, 2013

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Stan Lee’s new Indian superhero to debut on Cartoon Network Mumbai, October 16, 2013 – Cartoon Network, Graphic India and POW! Entertainment have announced a partnership that will bring Stan Lee’s first ever Indian superhero to life. The movie, 66 minutes in length, is called Chakra: The Invincible and will premiere on Cartoon Network in […]

"Burka Avenger," Pakistan's First Animated Female Superhero, to Premiere in August 2013

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The Guardian reports that Pakistani pop star Haroon has created an animated female superhero called the “Burka Avenger,” set to debut in August on the Geo TV channel. The character’s alter ego is Jiya, who works as a teacher at an all-girls school by day. By night, Jiya dons a burka to battle against forces […]

DreamWorks Animation Adds Deal with German Broadcaster Super RTL

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The Los Angeles Times reports that DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc, has signed a deal with German broadcaster Super RTL for up to 1,100 hours of original animated programming, the latest move by the company to expand its revenue base and its presence on television screens. The deal will include original programming based on DreamWorks’ existing […]

Briefly: Animated Feature Oscar Rules Change; Spanish Animation Growing Globally; "Hero of Color City" at Cannes

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Variety reports a change in the rules for the Best Animated Feature Film Academy Award that one recipient will be a producer on the winning film. Typically, two people are given the award, with the new rules stating that one be a producer and the other a director “and/or key creative individual.” In the event […]

Aardman and Studiocanal Team for "Shaun the Sheep" Movie

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Deadline.com reports that the UK’s Aardman Animation Studios and France’s Studiocanal have teamed for a Shaun the Sheep feature film, to be written and directed by Richard Starzak and Mark Burton. The movie is said to center on Shaun and his flock mounting a rescue mission into the big city to save their slightly oblivious […]

Review: "A Monster in Paris" Blu-ray Yields Modest Charms

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A Monster in Paris is a film that’s a bit too thin in some dimensions and too full in others, producing something that’s moderately satisfying but not truly outstanding in either good or bad ways. The most noteworthy thing about this movie is probably its modest reported budget of €25 million (about $32.8M at current […]

"A Monster in Paris" - Press Release Interviews, Clips, Slide Shows, & More

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In support of the upcoming release of A Monster in Paris on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD next Tuesday, April 16, 2013, Shout! Factory has released new video clips, slideshows, and press release interviews with director Bibo Bergeron and actor Vanessa Paradis. NEW CLIPS: PARIS TOUR SLIDESHOW: PRESS RELEASE INTERVIEWS An interview with Bibo Bergeron […]

Character Slideshow Released for "A Monster in Paris"

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Shout! Factory and Click Communications have released a new character slideshow from A Monster in Paris, coming to Blu-ray and DVD on April 16, 2013: A Monster in Paris will be released on April 16, 2013; for more details, check out Toonzone’s earlier coverage here, along with our exclusive video clip and extra videos.

Annecy Animation Festival Announces 176-Film Slate for 2013

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The Annecy Animation Festival has announced that a field of 2,461 submissions has been narrowed down to 176 films slated to compete in the 2013 Annecy International Animated Film Festival & Market from June 10-15, 2013. The full set of selections and categories is available at the Annecy web site.

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