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PR: Manga Entertainment UK Brings 'Ninja Scroll' To Blu-ray on November 26, 2012

   PRESS RELEASE “Energetic, dramatic and visually impressive, this is an anime classic” FILM4.COM Ninja Scroll On Blu-Ray 26 Nov 2012 Fast sell: Anime classic Ninja Scroll comes to Blu-ray for the first time ever! Available in a limited edition Double Play Blu-ray/DVD Steelbook as well as separately on Blu-ray and DVD, Yoshiaki Kawajiri’s wonderfully […]

Stephen Fry & Hugh Laurie Reunite for CG "Canterville Ghost" Feature

British actors Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie are teaming again for a CGI feature film adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Canterville Ghost, with Kim Burdon named as director and Gina Carter and Robert Chandler named as proucers, with Jerry Hibbert, Bob Benton and Stephen Fry executive producing. The story is set in rural England near […]

PR: Dragon Ball Z DVD Sets To Be Released by Manga Entertainment UK

DRAGON BALL Z SERIES ONE “A pure expression of everything that’s great about anime.” – Escapist Magazine. Comes to DVD on 2nd July 2012 DRAGON BALL Z SERIES ONE (cert.12)will released on DVD (£34.99) by Manga Entertainment on 2nd July 2012. Manga Entertainment will release all 291 episodes across nine season box sets starting on […]

Toonzone News Looks Back at the Works of the Aardman Animation Studio

If I have a complaint about the new Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention Blu-ray, it’s that the title characters don’t get a whole lot of screen time, and what little we get makes me want more. Luckily, it’s not hard to get your fix of Wallace & Gromit and all the other wonderful creations […]

UK Keeps Tax Breaks for Toons

The British government has announced a tax credit system for creative media that will apparently keep intact a regime that supports animated production in the United Kingdom, c21 Media reports. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne outlined the plan during his annual budget statement, saying “It’s the determined policy of this government to keep Wallace […]

British Animation Awards Announced

The British Animation Awards have announced their list of finalists in five categories, AWN reports. Nominees include Peppa Pig: The New House and The Amazing World of Gumball: The Quest, both of which were nominated in two categories.

Aardman Animation to Cut Leprosy Gag from "The Pirates: Band of Misfits"

The Hollywood Reporter notes that Aardman Animation Studios has agreed to cut a leprosy joke from the upcoming movie The Pirates! Band of Misfits after objections from several leprosy groups including Lepra Health In Action and the International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations (ILEP). The groups expressed concern that the scene “could increase the stigma and […]

Animation Contest for Prophetic Douglas Adams Recording on Evolution of Books

PC Advisor reports on an international competition run by The Literary Platform to animate a short audio recording of the late Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) that proved prophetic in charting the evolution of books from stone tablets to bound paper to electronic reading devices. The entries must be done using a […]

Mark Hall, "Danger Mouse" Co-Creator, R.I.P.

British animation producer Mark Hall passed away from cancer on Friday, November 18, 2011, at the age of 75. Hall and his longtime creative collaborator Brian Cosgrove established the studio Stop Frame in the late 1960′s, but formed Cosgrove Hall Films in 1976, where they created their best-known animated TV shows including Danger Mouse, Count […]

Aardman Animation Declares "Crisis" in UK TV Animation Industry; Considering Moving Animation Offshore

In an interview with Radio 4′s World This Weekend, Aardman Animation TV head Miles Bullough stated that a “crisis” existed in the United Kingdom’s TV animation industry, stating that homegrown animated programming was being lost through outsourcing or being replaced with cheaper, foreign animation. Among the facts cited for his assertion were that Aardman has […]

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