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Tie on that cape and pull up those tightie-whities, because word is out that DreamWorks Animation has completed a script for the bigscreen animated adaptation of the Captain Underpants book series.
Nicholas Stoller (Get Him to the Greek, The Muppets) wrote the script and Rob Letterman (Shark Tale, Monsters vs. Aliens) is set to direct. A release date has not yet been set.
DreamWorks Animation will introduce Rocky and Bullwinkle to a whole new generation of fans in 2014 thanks to their new animated short Rocky & Bullwinkle, featuring legendary voice actor June Foray as the voice of Rocket "Rocky" J. Squirrel.
Directed by Gary Trousdale (Beauty and the Beast), Rocky & Bullwinkle will premiere in front of the studio's Mr. Peabody & Sherman movie, debuting March 7 -- those characters originally appeared on The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.
Nintendo launched their free Nintendo Video app in 2011 to provide exclusive video content for owners of their portable Nintendo 3DS console. Over the past couple years, they’ve experimented with different types of short form content, including plenty of animation. Last Thursday, Nintendo announced a slate of five new animated series which represents one of their most ambitious attempts yet to program the Nintendo Video app.
The five new series include a couple based on Nintendo game franchises as well as a couple produced by Frederator Studios’ online channel Cartoon Hangover:
• The Legend of Zelda: The Misadventures of Link: This original series of comedic shorts shows Link, the series’ star, in a new and hysterical light. His surroundings will be familiar to fans of the series, since the shorts are based on The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD game for the Wii U console.
• Pikmin Nature Documentaries: These “nature documentaries” explore the wonderful world of the tiny Pikmin. The animations, highlighted by dramatic voiceover work, are a tongue-in-cheek take on safari nature shows.
• Bravest Warriors: The latest hit show created by Pendleton Ward, the mind behind Adventure Time, follows four teenage heroes-for-hire as they warp through galaxies to save adorable aliens and their worlds using the power of their emotions. The series is produced by Frederator Studios and launched on the Cartoon Hangover channel on YouTube. New episodes of Bravest Warriors will appear every Friday on Nintendo Video.
• Wildheart Riukiu: This new series of 3D shorts comes from the creator of Meat or Die, which has already amassed more than 5 million views on Nintendo Video. Wildheart Riukiu incorporates charming 16-bit graphics with some not-so-charming, but hilarious, characters. Think ninja puppets.
• Bee and PuppyCat: A Cartoon Hangover Shorts fan favorite, this two-part series by Natasha Allegri follows Bee, an out-of-work 20-something who has a life-changing collision with a mysterious creature she names PuppyCat.
This week respected animation director Darrell van Citters will release his new book The Art of Jay Ward Productions. The 352-page book contains nearly one thousand illustrations featuring the studio’s classic cartoon characters including Rocky and Bullwinkle, George of the Jungle and Mr. Peabody and Sherman.
Today [adult swim] and Warner Home Video announced that March 4th will see the release of The Venture Bros. - The Complete Season 5 on DVD (2 discs, $24.98 SRP) and high-def Blu-ray Disc (single-disc; pricing and Amazon pre-order not available as of this writing). Here's a list of the on-disc contents, followed by the packagiing:
What Color is Your Cleansuit?
O.S.I. Love You
Bot Seeks Bot
The Devil's Grip
A Very Venture Halloween
From the Ladle to the Grave: The Shallow Gravy Story
(Blu-ray only): UltraViolet digital
Cartoon Network in the Asia Pacific region will run an original animated series inspired by anime and card games titled Exchange Student Zero beginning in 2015. The series is being animated out of Australia's Bogan Entertainment Solutions. A television movie version previously premiered in Australia last year.
While the limited animation of The Simpsons is no match for the lush rubbery beauty of 1930s Disney theatrical shorts, the show’s opening couch gag this week is a fair homage to the extraordinary creative spirit of classic Hollywood animation. Dubbed a “Silly Simpsony,” Music Ville is a riff on the Disney “Silly Symphony” Music Land:
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