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Los Angeles, CA -- Evergreen Media Group has entered into a deal with Telefeatures to acquire the rights to the popular 1960s Cartoon series Courageous Cat, another iconic property from Batman creator Bob Kane. Courageous Cat is one of only two properties that were originated by Kane that are not owned by DC Comics and Warner Brothers.
Evergreen is prepping a contemporary live action/CGI feature film with a reimagined mythology for Courageous Cat.
The original Courageous Cat cartoon series was syndicated by Telefeatures and created by Kane as a parody of his earlier work Batman and in many ways predicts the more campy aspects of the later live-action series.
DreamWorks Animation is seeking to buy Classic Media for $150 million, The New York Times reports.
If completed, the deal would give DreamWorks ownership of a number of well-established if rather worn intellectual properties, including Casper the Friendly Ghost, He-Man, Fat Albert, Frosty the Snowman, Lassie, Mr. Magoo, Postman Pat, Richie Rich, and Where’s Waldo?
DreamWorks’ ability to exploit the properties may be somewhat hampered by deals already in place, the newspaper cautions. The Walt Disney Company is already working on a big-screen adaptation of Classic’s The Lone Ranger, and the estate of Jay Ward still retains a minority interest in such Ward-produced properties as Rocky & Bullwinkle.
Separately, Animation Magazine says that DreamWorks is negotiating with Sony, Fox and Warner Bros. for a distribution pact when its current deal with Paramount ends this year. The studio is looking for a lower distribution fee, and wishes to partner with a studio that does not have a competing in-house animation division.
A press release from Disney today announcing additional voice cast members for their upcoming animated video game homage Wreck-It Ralph confirms that Sonic the Hedgehog and Street Fighter characters M. Bison, Ken Masters and Ryu will all appear in the film. John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman and Jack McBrayer lead the voice cast.
• Alan Tudyk (Suburgatory, Firefly) as King Candy, ruler of Sugar Rush, a candy-coated cart racing game • Ed O’Neill (Modern Family) as Mr. Litwak, owner of Litwak’s Family Fun Center & Arcade • Mindy Kaling (The Office) as Taffyta Muttonfudge, an accomplished racer and Vanellope’s nemesis • Adam Carolla (The Adam Carolla Show) as Wynchel, Sugar Rush security • Horatio Sanz (Saturday Night Live) as Duncan, Sugar Rush security • Dennis Haysbert (The Unit, 24) as General from the first-person shooter game, Hero’s Duty • Edie McClurg (Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Planes) as Mary, a Nicelander who lives within the game Fix-It Felix, Jr. • Roger Craig Smith (Captain Marvel from The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Ezio from Assassin’s Creed) as Sonic the Hedgehog • Gerald C Rivers (the Street Fighter series) as M. Bison • Rachael Harris (The Hangover) as Deanna, a Nicelander who lives within the game Fix-It Felix, Jr. • Stefanie Scott (A.N.T. Farm) as Moppet Girl, a young arcade enthusiast who visits Litwak’s arcade • Reuben Langdon (multiple Street Fighter games) as Ken from Street Fighter • Kyle Hebert (multiple Street Fighter games, The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes) as Ryu from Street Fighter