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The Warner Archive Collection has released Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels - The Complete Series on DVD, a manufacture on demand (MOD) release currently available to USA customers through the WBshop.com online store
The Guardian reports that Pakistani pop star Haroon has created an animated female superhero called the “Burka Avenger,” set to debut in August on the Geo TV channel. The character’s alter ego is Jiya, who works as a teacher at an all-girls school by day. By night, Jiya dons a burka to battle against forces who want to close down the school she works for, using a martial art called Takht Kabaddi, which uses books and pens as weapons. Burka Avenger will also be the first animated series to be produced in Pakistan.
2013 has been an interesting year for animation with a few flops strung among the hits but word comes out of Deadline that Paramount Animation, the division of Paramount Pictures formed following the success of Gore Verbinski's Rango and the departure of Jeffrey Katzenberg's DreamWorks Animation, are looking to develop an animated movie based on the popular Monster Trucks phenomenon from an original idea. They're hoping to create a "Transformers"-like franchise from that idea with the first movie planned for the summer of 2015.
What's most interesting about this news is that they've tapped Chris Wedge, a founder at Blue Sky Studios and the co-creator of the "Ice Age" series, to helm the $100 million movie movie which is a priority project for Adam Goodman over at Paramount Animation with plans to start production in the first half of next year.
Wedge has been a huge part of Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox's own animation development over the past twelve years, most recently helming their summer release Epic, but clearly he's ready for a move now that DreamWorks Animation is getting so much of Fox's focus and attention.
The screenplay for this "Monster Trucks" movie is by Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger, who also wrote DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda and Paramount Animation's upcoming "SpongeBob SquarePants" movie, both which are being produced by Mary Parent (Pacific Rim, Godzilla and Darren Aronofsky's upcoming Noah).
August 1, 2013 by Ed Liu Animation Magazine reports that Moonscoop LLC and Archie Comics are co-producing a new Archie animated series. Titled It’s Archie, the new series will feature Archie and his coterie of friends (including Reggie, Jughead, Veronica, and Betty) as “rambunctious teens in a contemporary Riverdale.” Season 1 of the series promises 52 11-minute episodes and will be shopped around at MIP Junior and MIPCOM from October 5-10, 2013, in Cannes.