British Animation Awards Announces Nominees

Aardman’s Shaun the Sheep was nominated for Best Children’s Series by the British Animation Awards (BAA), the organization announced yesterday. It will compete against KNTV Philosophy and The Secret Show. Other nominees put forward by the BAA include “The Pearce Sisters” for Best Short Film, Pocoyo for Best Pre-School Series, and Peter & the Wolf […]

Buyers Circling "Postman Pat" Producer

UK animation house Entertainment Rights says it is in takeover talks with unnamed buyers, c21 Media reports. The parent of Classic Media and owner of Postman Pat, Basil Brush, and Rupert the Bear recently saw its share price plunge when it said its revenues and profits for 2007 would come in at the lower end […]

Animex Festival Coming to Teesside in February

The University of Teesside will host the Animex International Festival during the week of February 4, GazetteLive.com reports. The festival, which celebrates both animation and computer games, will include speakers representing Sony Pictures Imageworks, DreamWorks, Pixar, and Toonranch Consulting. Surf’s Up and Finding Nemo will be among the films screened at the gathering.

The First Post Website Hosts Online Animation Festival 2007

The First Post website is hosting the first online animation festival on its site. In addition to 27 animated short films, the festival site also includes articles such as “The Best Animated Ads” for 2007 (as well as for 2006 and “of all time”), a behind-the-scenes look at Aardman Animation Studios’ The Pearce Sisters, a […]

Wallace and Gromit Headline Museum Exhibit

Wallace and Gromit will headline Animated Adventures, a new exhibition at the Woodhorn Museum in Ashington, the News Post Leader reports. The exhibit, which will run from the January 26 until May 26, will take visitors behind the scenes of the animation art. It will also feature work from Banjax Studios, Michael Sormann, Richard Vaucher, […]

Impossible Buys Firestep

Impossible Pictures has purchased animation studio Firestep, producers of the Dr. Who adventure The Infinite Quest, the ” target=”_blank”>Manchester Evening News reports. Firestep co-founders Steve Maher and Jonathan Doyle will remain with the company and use Impossible’s investment money to expand its operations.

Pop Stars Lending Voices to Cartoon Band

Pop musicians Justin Hawkins and Jamelia will lend their voices to Freefonix, a new children’s cartoon from BBC1, Metro.co.uk reports. The series is about a rock band engaged in a battle of good vs. evil. The show will premiere on January 4.

Peter Orton, RIP

Peter Orton, founder of Britain’s HIT Entertainment, has died. He was 64. Orton’s career in children’s programming began at Television International Enterprises, where he successfully sold episodes of Sesame Street in Africa and Asia. That led to positions at Sesame Street producer Children’s Television Workshop, where he further developed CTW’s international productions. Prior to setting […]

Aardman's "Creature Discomforts" Ads Available On-line

Aardman Animation Studios has opened a website dedicated to “Creature Discomforts,” their line of public-service advertisements dedicated to change public perception of the disabled. Based on their Oscar-winning short film Creature Comforts, which spawned British and American television series, the shorts star stop-motion animated animals using stories told by disabled people for the voice track. […]

Gromit Lands on Dog Walk of Fame

The canine half of Aardman Animation’s Wallace and Gromit was one of seven show business dogs to launch the Dog Walk of Fame in Battersea Park, London (read Toon Zone News’ earlier coverage). Gromit joins The Wizard of Oz‘s Toto, the Harry Potter film series’ Fang, Lassie, Bullseye from Oliver!, Chance and Shadow from Homeward […]

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