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Aardman Animation to Cut Leprosy Gag from "The Pirates: Band of Misfits"

The Hollywood Reporter notes that Aardman Animation Studios has agreed to cut a leprosy joke from the upcoming movie The Pirates! Band of Misfits after objections from several leprosy groups including Lepra Health In Action and the International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations (ILEP). The groups expressed concern that the scene “could increase the stigma and […]

Animation Contest for Prophetic Douglas Adams Recording on Evolution of Books

PC Advisor reports on an international competition run by The Literary Platform to animate a short audio recording of the late Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) that proved prophetic in charting the evolution of books from stone tablets to bound paper to electronic reading devices. The entries must be done using a […]

Mark Hall, "Danger Mouse" Co-Creator, R.I.P.

British animation producer Mark Hall passed away from cancer on Friday, November 18, 2011, at the age of 75. Hall and his longtime creative collaborator Brian Cosgrove established the studio Stop Frame in the late 1960’s, but formed Cosgrove Hall Films in 1976, where they created their best-known animated TV shows including Danger Mouse, Count […]

Aardman Animation Declares "Crisis" in UK TV Animation Industry; Considering Moving Animation Offshore

In an interview with Radio 4’s World This Weekend, Aardman Animation TV head Miles Bullough stated that a “crisis” existed in the United Kingdom’s TV animation industry, stating that homegrown animated programming was being lost through outsourcing or being replaced with cheaper, foreign animation. Among the facts cited for his assertion were that Aardman has […]

Surviving Monty Python Members Team for Animated Film about Graham Chapman

The New York Times reports that the surviving members of Monty Python (minus Eric Idle) are working on an animated adaptation of the late Graham Chapman’s autobiographical memoir A Liar’s Autobiography: Volume VI. Chapman’s dialogue will be provided from a recording he made reading the book for musician Harry Nilsson, with John Cleese, Terry Jones, […]

Uniqlo Hosts "Dragon Ball Z" London Event on April 23, 2011

Uniqlo will be hosting a special Dragon Ball Z event on Saturday, April 23, 2011, at their flagship department store at 311 Oxford St., London. Characters from the series will be available for photographs with fans, and 50 free manga goodie bags will be available to the first 50 customers. The full press release follows: […]

Halas & Batchel Archives to British Film Institute

The Guardian reports that the archives of the Halas and Batchel animation studios are to be given to the British Film Institute, making it the largest single donation of British animation to the BFI and containing a wealth of film prints, stills, scripts, correspondence, and original cels. The studio operated for more than 50 years […]

Toonzone Presents "Timmy Time" Trailer

Toonzone News is proud to present the official trailer for Timmy Time, Aardman’s new animated pre-school animated series making its North American debut on the Disney Channel tomorrow, September 13, 2010. Click the image to play the clip (requires QuickTime): <!– Timmy Time will premiere on Monday, September 13, 2010, at 7:00 AM (6 AM […]

"Uki" Moves to UK

The UK’s CBeebies will add the preschooler animated series Uki to its Show Me Show Me program, World Screen reports. The series, which is made up of 5-minute episodes, is about the life of the yellow title character. The series, from Universal Music, already has been sold to multiple international territories.

UK Park Adding Nick Attraction

The UK’s Pleasure Beach Amusement Park will develop a Nickelodeon-branded amusement land, the companies announced today. Nickelodeon Land will feature 14 attractions on six acres and feature such characters from such shows as SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Fairly Odd Parents, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. It is scheduled to open in spring of 2011. […]

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