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BBC Launches 'Doctor Who: Dreamland' Blog

by Grant Whiteon August 20, 2009
The official BBC Doctor Who site has launched a blog for the forthcoming Dreamland animated mini-series. The blog will cover the production of the forthcoming series, set to star David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor in a brand new story.

"Fantastic Mr. Fox" to Open BFI London Film Festival

by Ed Liuon July 28, 2009
The Hollywood Reporter relays that the 2009 BFI London Film Festival will open on October 14, 2009, with a screening of Wes Anderson’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox, a stop-motion animated movie adapting the children’s book by Roald Dahl. The Fantastic Mr. Fox is Anderson’s first animated movie and stars George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, […]

"Captain Pugwash" Creator John Ryan Dies

by MonkeyFunkon July 24, 2009
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

by Ed Liuon May 28, 2009
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

by Ed Liuon March 21, 2009
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

by Ed Liuon February 28, 2009
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

by Ed Liuon February 23, 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

by MonkeyFunkon December 26, 2008
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

by MonkeyFunkon December 9, 2008
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

by MonkeyFunkon December 8, 2008
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.