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"Captain Pugwash" Creator John Ryan Dies

British author, illustrator and animator John Ryan has died. He was 88. Ryan is best known as the creator of Captain Pugwash, a character who first appeared in the comic The Eagle in 1950. In 1957 Captain Pugwash starred in one of Britain’s first animated TV series. Other animated series created by John Ryan include […]

Wallace & Gromit "A Matter of Loaf and Death" to Premiere in US on AT&T U-Verse TV

AT&T has announced that the latest Wallace & Gromit short film “A Matter of Loaf and Death” will be premiering in the United States exclusively on their U-Verse TV service on June 5, 2009, through the U-Verse TV On Demand library. Clips of the new short will also begin appearing on AT&T wireless devices starting […]

"Make Your Own Morph" Contest Launched by Firebox.com and Aardman Animations

Firebox.com and Aardman Animations are teaming up to launch a “Morphmation” competition, which will invite people to submit their own 2-minute stop-motion animations starring the Morph figure in the “Make Your Own Morph” kits sold by Firebox.com. Budding filmmakers can submit their short films at http://www.firebox.com/morphmation through the end of April. The top 5 funniest […]

UK Solicitor Attempts "Homer Simpson" Defence

The Times Online reports that solicitor John Walker has attempted to mitigate the seriousness of his client Ricky Hodgkinson’s crime by invoking famed cartoon character Homer Simpson. Hodgkinson has pled guilty to violating the Firearms Act 1968 for possession of a Taser gun purchased in a pub for “self-defence” purposes. Unfortunately, Hodgkinson’s one and only […]

"Garfield's Fun Fest" in UK on April 6, 2009

Garfield’s Fun Fest will be arriving on DVD in the United Kingdom on April 6, 2009. The direct-to-DVD CGI animated movie (released in the United States in August 2008) follows Jim Davis’ famous fat comic-strip feline in his quest to win the town’s annual talent show with the help of Odie the dog and the […]

New "Wallace and Gromit" Tops Christmas Ratings

A Matter of Loaf and Death, the new film starring stop motion characters Wallace and Gromit, topped UK TV’s Christmas Day ratings. BBC 1’s screening of The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, the feature-length entry in the franchise, was the eighth most-watched programme that day. [ Source: BBC News ]

Oliver Postgate, "Bagpuss" and "Noggin the Nog" Creator, Passes Away at 83

Oliver Postgate, creator of some of Britain’s most fondly-remembered animated series, has died. He was 83. Postgate, along with partner Peter Firmin, began his career in 1959 created such iconic series as Ivor the Engine, Noggin the Nog, Clangers amd Bagpuss. [ Source: BBC News ]

ASIFA U.K. President Pat Raine Webb Passes Away

AWN reports that Pat Raine Webb, president of ASIFA U.K. and part of the animation industry for more than thirty years, died on Friday.

Aardman's Peter Lord on Alexander Shirayaev, Lost Master of Stop-Motion Animation

Aardman Animation Studios’ Peter Lord has examined the work of Alexander Shirayaev in advance of a screening of Shirayaev’s work on November 19, 2008, at the Watershed Media Centre. Lord notes that Shiryaev’s movies, made between 1905-09, animated puppets of ballet dancers frame-by-frame. Although most experts cite Ladislaw Starewicz as the inventor of narrative stop-motion […]

Children's BAFTA Award Nominees Announced

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has released the list of nominees for the EA British Academy’s Children’s Awards. Contenders for the Television Animation category are Charlie and Lola Autumn Special, Eliot Kid, Shaun the Sheep, and Skunk Fu!. The Feature Film Category was also dominated by animated movies, with Horton Hears […]

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