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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 […]

Sunday Herald on Wallace & Gromit Past and Future

The Sunday Herald has taken a look at the history of Nick Park’s Wallace & Gromit, the iconic odd couple of Aardman Animation Studios. The article follows the history of the somewhat dim inventor and his put-upon dog, noting that a new Wallace & Gromit short is scheduled to debut this Christmas and that a […]

Matthew Rhys to Voice Dylan Thomas in Christmas Cartoon

The Guardian is reporting that actor Matthew Rhys will voice poet Dylan Thomas in a half-hour animated special titled A Child’s Christmas in Wales. The show is based on one of Thomas’ poems, and will air in Welsh on the public service broadcaster S4C. An English-language version is expected to be picked up by another […]

Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett on Melding Opera and Animation for "Monkey"

WNYC has posted an audio interview with Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, creators of the virtual rock group Gorillaz, to talk about their work on the stage production Monkey: Journey to the West with actor/director Chen Shi-Zheng. The production will meld opera, electronia, and animation to retell the Chinese folktale of the Monkey King.

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