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High Schooler's Stop-Motion Film Lands on Virgin Intercontinental Airlines

Scotland on Sunday is reporting that a 5-minute stop-motion animated short film made by students at the Sanday Community School in Orkney has been acquired by Sir Richard Branson to be shown as in-flight entertainment on Virgin Intercontinental Airlines flights. The movie, titled “Lights Out!”, centers on a colony of seals kept awake at night […]

Animation Website 4mations Goes Live

Created by Aardman, Channel 4 and Lupus Films, 4mations is a new YouTube like site allowing animators to submit their work. For more information, visit the site here.

Aardman's Nick Park to Edit 70th Birthday Edition of "Beano" Magazine

Nick Park, creator of Wallace and Gromit at Aardman Animation Studios, will be guest-editing the 70th birthday edition of The Beano magazine. Park has been a lifelong fan of the comic magazine, and Wallace and Gromit will appear on the magazine’s cover alongside Dennis the Menace and Gnasher the Dog. The magazine will go on […]

Junk Food Ad Ban Makes UK Animation Studios Shed Employees

UK animation production house Cosgrove Hall has stated that it will be downsizing eight of its 35 employees and adjusting its business strategy, claiming that existing difficulties in the market have been exacerbated by a junk food ad ban that came into full force in January. Managing Director Anthony Utley stated that, “We are really […]

David Mitton, "Thomas the Tank Engine" Creator, 1939 - 2008

David Mitton, the creator of the television series Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends, passed away at the age of 69 on May 16, 2008, due to a heart attack. Mitton’s television career began as a special effects technician on the Thunderbirds TV show with Gerry Anderson in the 1960′s. In the 1980′s, he and […]

Cartoon Network Extends Holiday Stays

Cartoon Network characters from such shows as Ben 10, Dexer’s Laboratory, and The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy will appear at three resorts run by Butlins in Cartoon Network’s Wheely Big Super-Toontastic Game Show, MarketingWeek reports. The deal between the network and the holiday company will bring the show exclusively to Butlins and also […]

Entertainment Rights Sees Profits Fall, But Places "Transformers" in New Territories

Entertainment Rights, the UK TV producer that owns Classic Media, Postman Pat, and Basil Brush, posted net profits of $12.5 million in 2007, down 7% from 2006, Variety reports. The profit drop comes despite a doubling in revenue to $129.4 million, thanks to the acquisition of Classic. Separately, Variety also reports that Entertainment Rights has […]

"Olivia" Book Coming to TV as CG Series

The UK’s Five has picked up rights to Chorion’s Olivia, a new preschool series based on the book property, World Screen reports. The CG-animated series is scheduled for a fall 2008 debut on Five’s Milkshake bloc.

"Spitting Image" Returning in CG Form

Former Spitting Image head writer Henry Naylor has been commissioned to create a new political satire, Times Online reports. The new show, Headcases, will use CG animation in place of puppetry to lampoon such British figures as Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Home Secretary Jacqui Smith. The show will use motion capture technology so that […]

CBeebies Orders More "Large Family"

CBeebies has ordered an additional 26 episodes of The Large Family, World Screen reports. The Coolabi-produced series is about the domestic life of an elephant family.

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