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Variety reports that Paramount Pictures has hired Lino DiSalvo as its new creative director for Paramount Animation. DiSalvo comes from Walt Disney Animation Studios after a 16-year tenure, where he was an animator on Meet the Robinsons and Chicken Little; the supervising animator on Bolt and Tangled; and the head of animation on Frozen.
Paramount’s statement stated that DiSalvo would be assisting Adam Goodman (President of the Paramount Film Group) build Paramount Animation into a “world-class feature animation studio.”
Get set for more cartoon mayhem with one of animation’s favorite tussling twosomes on The Tom and Jerry Show, available on DVD September 23, 2014 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE). The Tom and Jerry Show, which premiered number one in its time slot on basic cable in April,* brings the antics of the legendary cat and mouse duo to a brand-new generation of viewers. Titled The Tom and Jerry Show Season 1 Part 1, the two-disc DVD set will be comprised of 13 episodes and will retail for $19.97 SRP.
No matter your age, no matter your location, no matter your religion...if you grew up with a TV, you know these lines. You know the holy trinity of Peanuts holiday specials. You can maybe still hear the voices of some of the characters. You can definitely still see them dancing on stage in A Charlie Brown Christmas.
Let’s get to know the kids who brought them to life. Though some are now parents and grandparents, culturally, they will always be Peanuts.
Some fresh anime-style work is on the horizon from Fantasy Soft Entertainment and voice actor Chuck Huber (Android 17 in Dragon Ball Z, Hiei in YuYu Hakusho, and more), who is teaming up with L.B. Jr. and a handful of other VAs on Prince Adventures: Anointed.
More from the press release, including a poster and artwork
Swapping his iconic brown trousers in favour of a pair of denim ones, SpongeBob SquarePants, along with his friends Patrick Star, Gary the Snail and Sandy Cheeks will undergo a denim makeover to encourage people to sign up and help raise funds in support of this year’s campaign.
To celebrate the partnership and help to raise money for the vital care and support for children with genetic disorders, exclusive trolley token keyrings featuring SpongeBob SquarePants sporting his new denim look have been created and can be bought from the charity’s website at www.jeansforgenes.org/shop The partnership will be supported across the Nickelodeon network, including activity at Nickelodeon Land, part of Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
Jeans for Genes Day is on Friday 19th September and invites everyone to wear their jeans to work or school and make a donation to transform the lives of children with genetic disorders. Sign up for your free fundraising pack at: www.jeansforgenesday.org
Sony Pictures Animation is developing a stop-motion “Superbago” movie with “Robot Chicken” exec producers/animators John Harvatine and Eric Towner directing.
Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, “Napoleon Dynamite” director Jared Hess and Eric Robinson are producing.
Hess, Ricky Blitt, Hubbel Palmer and Chris Bowman are writing “Superbago,” centering on a pair of superhero wannabes.
Just when you thought Netflix was gobbling up all of the quality kids programming, Amazon Prime Instant Video announces a licensing agreement with Aardman Animations for online streaming in the United States.
Amazon’s subscription-based video platform is adding Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, Timmy Time and Rex the Runt to its catalog of children’s exclusives, alongside Mattel’s preschool series Fireman Sam and the Nickelodeon shows SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Team Umizoomi, Blue’s Clues and The Bubble Guppies, as well as Amazon Prime’s first original kids’ series, Tumble Leaf, which launched earlier this year.
Criterion will make Martin Rosen’s unconventional 1978 animated classic Watership Down available as an iTunes download on August 5, reports Criterion Cast. The revered home video company has been resistant to releasing animation in the past, but with this upcoming release and the Blu-ray of Fantastic Mr. Fox, they’ve at last begun to toy with the idea of consistently releasing animation.
Titled Haunted Mansion, the special is being made for Disney Channel and Disney XD. Children's book illustrator Gris Grimly is set to serve as executive producer and art director. Scott Peterson will also be an executive producer and work on story editing and writing, and Joshua Pruett will write and be a consulting producer. Both Peterson and Pruett have worked on Phineas and Ferb.
It's still a work in progress, and story details and air date information haven't been announced yet.
Disney TV Animation announced an unusual series of pilot deals and projects today with an un-Disney-like roster of creators. The first three projects are pilot deals.
• Billy Dilley’s Super Duper Subterranean Summer
Creative Talent: Director Aaron Springer, whose credits include the Emmy Award-winning Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts and SpongeBob SquarePants, is creator.
Synopsis: Summer break takes an unexpected turn when Zak and Marsha end up stuck in uncharted land at the center of the earth with eccentric classmate Billy Dilley.
• Very Important House
Creative Talent: Jhonen Vasquez, creator of cult favorite Invader Zim and character designer Jenny Goldberg (Rick and Morty, Bravest Warriors) are co-creators.
Synopsis: 11-year-old Frolie moves into the Very Important House and suddenly finds herself in the role of caretaker of the universe.
• Douglas Furs
Creative Talent: Highly-regarded illustrator and former Sub Pop Records art director Jesse LeDoux and actor/writer Matt Olsen (Sly Cooper) are co-creators.
Synopsis: Deep in the woods, beyond human reach, exists the thriving animal community of Douglas where Barry the bear, the world’s least-handy handyman, takes it upon himself to fix all the town’s problems.
In addition to the pilots, Disney also announced the new short-form Disney XD series Future-Worm!, created by Ryan Quincy, who worked on South Park prior to creating the short-lived IFC series Out There. Future-Worm! is about a boy who creates a time-machine lunch box and befriends a worm from the future.
The story follows the Toy Story characters in “a post-Christmas play date” that puts them “in uncharted territory when the coolest set of action figures ever turn out to be dangerously delusional.” And of course, it wouldn’t be a Toy Story tale if it didn’t involve the toys trying to return home (to Bonnie’s room), this time under the leadership of Trxie the Triceratops.
Before Pixar developed the special they first created the Battlesaur as if it were a real animated series and toy line. Pixar even created a short animated opening for the Battlesaur animated series.
Trixie the Triceratops is the main character of this new story, she even gets her own Battlesaur armor. Voice actor Kristen Schaal describes Trixie as being a dinosaur that survived the ultimate destruction so she has a carefree attitude now. Trixe is a dinosaur but she never gets to play one at Bonnie’s house. So when Bonnie visits her friend Mason’s house, Trixie is eager to play along with other dinosaur-looking toys. But little does she know the Battlesaur toys aren’t playing around, actually believing the toy storyline much in the way Buzz Lightyear did when we first met him.
Reptillus Maximus is the leader of the Battlesaurs. He is refined, cultured, confident and witty. Maximus Kevin McKidd (Grey’s Anatomy) provides the voice of Reptillus Maximus, who has the most lines of dialogue in the special.
Maximus’ tribe which consists of Velocitrex, Carniverous, Ray-Gone (a scientist who creates the Battlesaur’s gear) and Malikeai (a wizard-like character). The story also features an Outland beast creature named Goliathon, Pixar’s tribute to Godzilla and Kaiju monsters.
The Battlesaurs are not the only new characters in this new adventure. A new toy joins the Toy Story gang for the journey – Angel Kitty, a cute kitty christmas orpiment with a halo above her head.
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