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Matthew Rhys to Voice Dylan Thomas in Christmas Cartoon

by Ed Liuon October 16, 2008
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"

by Ed Liuon September 26, 2008
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.

Dublin's Jam Media Signs €5M Deal with BBC for "Badly Drawn Roy"

by Ed Liuon September 15, 2008
Dublin-based Jam Media has signed a deal with the BBC to produce a new €5M animated series for the BBC. Titled Badly Drawn Roy, the series will combine live-action and animation for the pre-teen market, and is scheduled to debut next March. Jam Media executives will be shopping the show to international broadcasters at the […]

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

by Ed Liuon August 26, 2008
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

by MonkeyFunkon August 20, 2008
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

by Ed Liuon July 22, 2008
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

by Ed Liuon June 17, 2008
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

by Ed Liuon June 12, 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

by Maxie Zeuson April 19, 2008
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

by Maxie Zeuson April 9, 2008
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 […]