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Headline News Star Wars is Top Toy License for 2008

Driven by the popularity of the STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS animated television series, the Force remained strong in 2008 as STAR WARS catapulted to the Number 1 spot of all traditional toy licenses, according to The NPD Group. U.S. toy retail sales for the brand in 2008 exceeded $450M.

STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS was the single most popular licensed toy property in 2008 according to data released by the NPD Group. It was also, as a result, the top boys’ toy license of the year.

Headline News TV-Loonland Inks Deals For Comedy Series Pat & Stan

TV-Loonland has a raft of TV deals worldwide with prestigious broadcasters for its multi-formatted property, PAT&STAN. Along with short formats and a half hour comedy special available, the 39x7 PAT & STAN series is currently in production with new episodes to be presented at upcoming MIPTV.

Headline News Clone Wars Gets Second Season at Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network has picked-up a second season of the hit CG-animated series STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS, from creator George Lucas and Lucasfilm Animation. Slated to premiere in the fall of 2009, the second season will continue to take audiences on new and exciting adventures, combining the legendary storytelling of Lucasfilm with innovative animation. The season one finale of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS airs on Cartoon Network Friday, March 20 at 9 pm ET/PT.

Headline News Nickelodeon Announces 2009 Kids' Choice Award Nominees

Kid faves/superstars who've notched a spot among the A-list of nominees for coveted Kids' Choice Blimp trophies in Nickelodeon's 22nd Annual Kids' Choice Awards -- the kudos/mess-fest to be telecast live from UCLA's Pauley Pavilion Saturday, March 28 (8-9:30 p.m. ET/PT) -- include: Jennifer Aniston, Beyonce, Jack Black, Chris Brown, Jim Carrey, Miranda Cosgrove, Miley Cyrus, America Ferrera, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Vanessa Hudgens, The Jonas Brothers, Alicia Keys, George Lopez, Michael Phelps, Adam Sandler, Will Smith, Ben Stiller, Reese Witherspoon, Nat Wolff and Tiger Woods.

Headline News Watchmen Cartoon Art Museum Benefit Screening

The Cartoon Art Museum presents an advance screening of one of the most anticipated films of 2009, WATCHMEN, in a special benefit fundraiser sponsored by Warner Bros. Pictures. This is your opportunity to avoid the opening night crowds and pledge your support to the Cartoon Art Museum, which will receive 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales to this spectacular advance screening.

General Admission: $25: One ticket to the March 5 advance screening of WATCHMEN at The Metreon, plus one free pass to the Cartoon Art Museum

Headline News marblemedia Brings Skatoony Across the Pond

marblemedia has acquired the North American format rights to produce a version of the popular Cartoon Network U.K. series SKATOONY. Currently in its third season on Cartoon Network, the successful television program pits real kids against cartoon characters in an animated quiz game show format.

The first season enters production this spring and will shoot 13 half-hour English and 13 half-hour French episodes. The series, aimed at kids aged 8 to 12, has been commissioned for TELETOON Canada and is set to premiere in Spring 2010.

Headline News Cyberchase Launches Weather Watchers this April on PBS Kids Go

What if kids could get involved with predicting their own snow days -- or hit-the-beach days? Beginning Monday, April 20 on PBS KIDS GO! (check local listings), they can find out a lot more about weather with one of their favorite animated series. CYBERCHASE is launching a new seventh-season "Weather Watchers" initiative that brings climate issues front and center with new episodes, a challenging new online game, and rich outreach activities.

Headline News Fiends Invade Nicktoons

Toothy fiends, giant cats, exploding pigeons, screaming vegetables, and hungry mailboxes -- your television will never be the same. Independent animator Amy Winfrey's popular web series MAKING FIENDS is now also a full length television series on the Nicktoons network. MAKING FIENDS debuted on Nicktoons in October 2008, and is currently the channel's highest rated original program. Episodes air every Saturday at 12 p.m. ET. A special marathon featuring all the television episodes will be airing on February 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET.

Headline News Digital Anarchy: Two Plugins for Apple's Aperture

Digital Anarchy, a provider of cost-effective special effects software for Adobe and Apple products, has released two software products for use in Apple's Aperture. Knoll Light Factory generates lighting effects that dramatically enhance the natural or man-made lighting in photographs. ToonIt! Photo creates cartoon-like images from photographs, freeing artists from time consuming techniques such as hand painting and masking. Both products are currently available for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

Headline News Clone Wars Heads to Cartoon Networks Around the Galaxy

Lucasfilm Animation's STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS will debut internationally on 23 different feeds of Cartoon Network in 19 languages on Feb. 13.

The show, which is wrapping up its run on the U.S. Cartoon Network before heading over to TNT, will air in Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Southeast Asia (Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore) and Taiwan starting Feb. 13.

Headline News Madagascar 2, Oliver & Co., Space Buddies & Fear(s) of the Dark Hit DVD/Blu-ray

FEAR(S) OF THE DARK came out Monday, with MADAGASCAR 2 hitting DVD/Blu-ray shelves on Friday. Tuesday releases include a MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER volume, AFRO SAMURAI: RESURRECTION, the 20th anniversary edition of OLIVER & COMPANY, direct-to-DVD SPACE BUDDIES and more.

AFRO SAMURAI: RESURRECTION on DVD and Blu-ray

Headline News Stevenson to Helm Live-Action Masters of the Universe

KUNG FU PANDA co-director John Stevenson told AWN that he intends to follow-up his Oscar-nominated animated feature with a live-action version of MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE. Meanwhile, VARIETY reported that Warner Bros. has made the deal to cinematically reboot the popular Mattel toy line, with Joel Silver producing and Mattel's Barry Waldo serving as exec producer.

Headline News TAB Kids 3.1 Software Released

TABCO Inc. and Digital Video have released TAB Kids 3.1, the new version of a software tool that smoothly introduces kids to the animation world in a funny and intuitive way.

The TAB Kids is a friendly and colorful software for kids to create animations and cartoons. It is so easy that any kid can use it with spectacular results, and yet it is powerful, as it relies on the Toonz technology developed for the industry to produce feature films and television series.

Headline News Priceline.com Negotiates with Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade

Priceline.com is partnering with SETH MACFARLANE'S CAVALCADE OF CARTOON COMEDY to exclusively debut the newest collection of CAVALCADE digital shorts featuring new animated characters from FAMILY GUY creator Seth MacFarlane. In the campaign, William Shatner's famous alter ego, "The Priceline Negotiator," is featured in animated intros of the new shorts, which can be seen on www.youtube.com/sethcomedy as well as through targeted sites on the web via Tremor Media's video network.

Headline News Clone Wars Heading to TNT

Lucasfilm Animation's animated series STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS, which has enjoyed a spectacular run on Cartoon Network, is coming to TNT for an encore run this February.

The network will kick off the series with back-to-back episodes presented in high-definition Saturday, Feb. 14, at 11 p.m. (ET/PT), immediately following TNT's NBA All-Star Saturday Night. TNT will then present back-to-back episodes in the series' regular timeslot, Wednesdays at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), beginning Feb. 18.

Headline News Taffy Signs Titeuf and Ava Riko Teo to Spain

The MoonScoop Group's Taffy Ent. has secured deals for two of its newest animated TV series on key broadcasters across Spain. Cartoon Network Spain has picked up all three seasons of TITEUF and TV Catalunya also snapped up broadcast rights to the new preschool series AVA RIKO TEO.

Headline News This Week's Animation Trivia Quiz for Jan. 26, 2009

Test your skills and challenge your brain with AWN's Animation Trivia Quiz. Check out the latest installment from quizmaster Karl Staven, an accomplished independent animator and head of the Animation Department at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Paul Winchell was a legendary ventriloquist, he may best be known to the current public for his cartoon voice work. From 1986 through 1999 he provided the voice for one of the more well-known Winnie the Pooh characters for various Disney shorts and features.

Headline News Bourne on Blu-ray, Mary Poppins on DVD, Pink Panther Collection & RockNRolla

The BOURNE trilogy comes to Blu-ray, along with special editions of MARY POPPINS on DVD, TEDDY RUXPIN and PINK PANTHER collections, BLOOD + and FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST on DVD and ROCKNROLLA on Blu-ray...plus more.

THE ADVENTURES OF TEDDY RUXPIN: Come Dream With Me -- Complete Series on DVD

Headline News China International Cartoon & Animation Festival 2009

China International Cartoon & Animation Festival 2009Hangzhou, ChinaApril 25-May 3, 2009Deadline: February 24, 2009

Sponsored by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television of PRC and Zhejiang Provincial People's Government, organized by Hangzhou Municipal People's Government, Zhejiang Provincial Administration of Radio and Television and Zhejiang Radio and Television Group, the 5th China International Cartoon & Animation Festival (CICAF) will be held in Hangzhou from April 25 to May 3, 2009.

Headline News Chop Socky Chooks Head to France 3

DECODE Enterprises has signed a sales deal for CHOP SOCKY CHOOKS to France 3. The 26x22 3D animated series is a DECODE Ent. co-production with Aardman Animations.

The deal was concluded by Emmanuelle Bon, DECODE's newly-appointed Territory Manager for French speaking territories, Scandinavia and the Benelux.

Public channel France 3 follows commissioning broadcasters Cartoon Network (Worldwide) and Canada's Teletoon in acquiring the 7-11 years-targeted show which features "Kickin' Chickens in Kung Fu Capers."

Headline News Avatar: The Last Airbender Casting Controversy Continues

Online protests hoping to protest the casting of M. Night Shyamalan's live-action take on AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER are continuing.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY reported in December that Shyamalan offered the roles of Aang to karate-trained Texan Noah Ringer; Sokka to Jackson Rathbone (TWILIGHT); Katara to Nicola Peltz (DECK THE HALLS); and Zuko to Jesse McCartney, all Caucasian actors to portray Asian characters.

Headline News Now and Zen Debut Apparel Programs for Chowder and Flapjack

Tuesday marks the debut of consumer products campaigns for two of Cartoon Network's top-rated original comedy series, CHOWDER and FLAPJACK, as Now and Zen Productions was named the apparel partner for both brands. This marks the first licensing deal for each brand, with product launching at specialty retailers nationwide this spring. The apparel lines from Now and Zen will include T-shirts and fleece tops for both juniors and young men and will bring the whimsical tone and humor of the shows to fans.

Headline News SpongeBob Documentary Gets I.O.U.S.A., Worldplay Team

Nickelodeon has inked a deal with production company O'Malley Creadon to produce the first-ever SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS documentary in celebration of the series' 10th anniversary. Acclaimed filmmaker Patrick Creadon (WORDPLAY and I.O.U.S.A) will co-produce, direct and write the documentary, along with co-producer Christine O'Malley. The one-hour original television documentary (title TBA) will chronicle the ascent of the absorbing character's journey to pop culture stardom.

Headline News Coraline Game Features Voice Cast From Film, Out Soon

The CORALINE videogame from D3Publisher, based on LAIKA's new movie -- the first-ever stop-motion animated feature to be made in 3-D -- will feature the voice talents of Dakota Fanning, Keith David, and Robert Bailey Jr. All three actors will reprise their onscreen voiced roles of Coraline Jones (Fanning), Cat (David) and Wybie Lovat (Bailey Jr.).

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