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Platform International Animation Festival: Ladislas Starewitch

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October 26, LOS ANGELES, CA—Platform’s International Animation Festival, in collaboration with  CalArts and Redcat, kicked off its three day event with a showcase of films by legendary stop-motion pioneer Ladislas Starewitch.  Born to Polish parents in 1882, Starewitch grew up in Russia, but lived most of his life in Paris. Starewitch was a key figure […]

Briefly: "Bugs Bunny Superstar" to DVD; Kid Shows Get Int'l Distribution

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* Warner Archive is releasing Bugs Bunny Superstar, a 1975 documentary feature about the studio’s Termite Terrace, on Tuesday, October 30. [AWN] * Los Angeles’s Kid Glove Creative and Sydney’s Sticky Pictures will produce Perry Parka Polar Possum, a new animated series about a possum who is the mayor of the North Pole. [c21 Media] […]

PR: "A Cat in Paris" to Be Released Across On-Demand, Digital, DVD, and Blu-ray on October 9, 2012 (UPDATED)

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For Immediate Release CINEDIGM TO RELEASE GKIDS’ 2012 ACADEMY AWARD®- NOMINATED ANIMATED FILM, A CAT IN PARIS, ACROSS ON-DEMAND, DIGITAL, DVD AND BLU-RAY ON OCTOBER 9 Visually-Stunning Family Adventure Featuring the Voices of Academy Award® Winners 
Marcia Gay Harden and Anjelica Huston and Golden Globe® Nominee Matthew Modine “SUBLIME…BREATHTAKING… A STYLISH CELEBRATION OF STORYTELLING.” -Boston […]

Zhang Songlin, Chinese Animator, 1932 - 2012

Chinese animator and animation director Zhang Songlin passed away on May 8, 2012, at the age of 80 due to cerebral infarction. Songlin’s career in animation began at the Shanghai Animation Film Studio in 1950, moving to directing animated films starting in 1959. He directed the films A Little Swallow and Bee and Earthworm, wrote […]

Disney Joins Initiative to Develop China Animation Industry

The Walt Disney Company has announced that it will join an initiative to develop China’s animation industry, teaming with an animation arm of China’s Ministry of Culture and China’s largest Internet company Tencent Holdings Ltd. to develop local Chinese animation talent. The initiative mirrors the recently announced joint venture between DreamWorks Animation, the Shanghai Media […]

Thailand Getting CN-Themed Water Park

Thailand is set to get a Cartoon Network-themed waterpark next year, World Screen reports. Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific will build Nartoon Network Amazone in Bang Saray on the east coast of Thailand. Features will include a wave pool, adventure river, speed-racing slides, and family raft rides. Characters from Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls, Johnny […]

"Animation Express 2" - Back for More from the Great White North

About two years ago, the National Film Board of Canada released Animation Express, an anthology of their finest animated short films, as part of their celebration of their 70th anniversary. They must have been happy with the results, because they’ve just released Animation Express 2, which commemorates nothing except the NFB’s longstanding commitment to animation. […]

Video Layout of Planned Comics and Animation Museum in Hangzhou

The architectural firm MVRDV has posted a video of their design for the China Comic and Animation Museum (CCAM) in Hangzhou, China: The 32,000 square-meter museum will showcase the history of comics and animation in a design intended to echo speech balloons, with the white concrete façade allowing texts to be projected onto the balloons […]

NY Times on Xing Xing Digital's Push in Global Animation

The New York Times has taken a look at Xing Xing Digital, an animation shop in Jiangsu province in China that is beginning to develop content for the international market. The firm, which has done effects work for a number of feature films and several short animated works like AOL Kids’ Secret Millionaires Club, is […]

China Getting Smurf Theme Park

China will get a Smurf theme park courtesy of IMPS and Chengdu Teda Sino-Europe Construction, The Wall Street Journal reports. The park, which will cost $2.9 million, is set to open in three to five years.

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