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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.).

Headline News Bebop Anime Film Adaptation Gets Keanu

Keanu Reeves is attached to star in a live-action adaptation of Japanese anime TV series COWBOY BEBOP for Twentieth Century Fox, according to VARIETY.

Reeves would reunite with THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL producer Erwin Stoff (through his 3 Arts banner) and would play the role of Spike Spiegel, an adventurous bounty hunter traveling through space circa 2071. Spiegel and his fellow bounty hunters travel via spaceship, the Bebop.

Screenplay is being penned by Peter Craig and Joshua Long is exec producing.

Headline News Anima 09 To Preview Miyazaki's Ponyo

The 28th edition of the Brussels Anima Festival, one of the most important animation festivals in Europe, will be taking place during the Carnival holiday period, from February 20-28.

Anima 2009 will be once again opening with a sneak preview: the latest film by Hayao Miyazaki, PONYO ON THE CLIFF BY THE SEA, an animated feature for young and old, whose heroine is a little goldfish princess who desperately wants to become human, and in her search, becomes friends with 5-year-old Sosuke. This film was in the official competition at the last Venice festival.

Headline News Mirrors on DVD/Blu-ray, Ghost in Shell Innocence on Blu-ray, plus Ben 10 & Alvin

MIRRORS comes out on DVD/Blu-ray, BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE Season One Vol. 2, STARGATE: THE ARK OF TRUTH and six episodes of ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS debut on DVD and Blu-ray releases include GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE.

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE CHIPPETTES On DVD

Headline News Little Princess Set to Rule in Spain

TV-Loonland has secured various deals within the Spanish territory for its animation series LITTLE PRINCESS, produced by The Illuminated Film Company.

Free TV rights were licensed to TVE Spain and Cartoon Network Spain acquired the Pay TV rights for the preschool series. LITTLE PRINCESS is set to premiere soon on TVE's LA 2.

Home entertainment rights were picked up by Big Picture Ent. and will release the first LITTLE PRINCESS DVD in August/September 2009.

Headline News Renegade Animation, Fitzroy Media Plan Animated Heathcliff Interstitials

Street-smart feline Heathcliff is about to make a comeback as media property development company Fitzroy Media (FRM) has tapped Renegade Animation to produce a series of new projects featuring the mischievous cat.

This month, Renegade will begin production of 50 two-minute animated interstitials. Animation director Darrell Van Citters, who leads Renegade's creative team, will develop an updated look for the new animation. Targeting an adult and tween audience, the new Heathcliff will focus on comedy set against a hip, club-music sound.

Headline News Dora, Diego, Boondocks & Simpsons Get Image Award Noms

The NAACP announced its contenders for the 40th Annual Image Awards, to be held at the Shrine Auditorium on Feb. 12 (per VARIETY).

In animation, DORA THE EXPLORER and GO, DIEGO, GO were both nominated in the Children's Program category. THE BOONDOCKS writers Aaron McGruder & Rodney Barnes and THE SIMPSONS writer Marc Wilmore were nominated for Writing in a Comedy Series.

Children’s Program

CHEETAH GIRLS: ONE WORLD (Disney Channel)CORY IN THE HOUSE (Disney Channel)DORA THE EXPLORER (Nickelodeon)

Headline News Imagi Still Plagued by Financial Concerns

Hong Kong- and Los Angeles-based animation studio Imagi International is still experiencing financial problems, reports VARIETY ASIA (via Cartoon Brew).

Auditors gave the company a "going concern" qualification to the half-year results of the firm, which is currently in production on CG feature ASTRO BOY and who animated TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES for Warner Bros. and Weinstein Co. last year.

Headline News Beep Beep! Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote Make Rose Parade Appearance

The state of New Mexico will feature a Warner Bros. animation-themed float at the 2009 Tournament of Roses Parade January 1.

The required all-natural "Hats off to New Mexico -- BEEP BEEP!" float features onion seeds, split peas, orange split peas, thousands of straw flowers, 9,400 roses, 8,500 red carnations and a host of other materials, according to a story in THE SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN (via Cartoon Brew).

Headline News Cartoon Network Goes Looney in New Year

Cartoon Network will broadcast a 14-hour New Year's Day marathon of classic Warner Bros. cartoons, according to CartoonBrew.com.

Starting with THE WABBIT WHO CAME TO SUPPER at 6 a.m. on January 1, 2009, the marathon will include 95 shorts spanning four decades. The marathon will conclude at 7 p.m. with Chuck Jones’ ONE FROGGY EVENING, DUCK AMUCK, DUCK DODGERS and WHAT’S OPERA DOC?. The entire schedule is posted on the Termite Terrace Trading Post forum.

Headline News TWF Slams the Web!

Adding to the attention it has earned since launching on Cartoon Network November 3, THUMB WRESTLING FEDERATION: TWF is set to blast onto the web on December 22 with a new website featuring loads of thumbtastic fan features at www.ThumbWrestlingFederation.com.

Kids who are new to the action-comedy series can learn more about TWF and its characters on the site, as well as play games and stream video from the entire first season. Die-hard fans will be thrilled to find an arsenal of new Thumb Wrestling Federation fun in time for the holidays.

Headline News Pinky and Perky Christmas Special Due on BBC

CGI spectacular THE PINKY AND PERKY SHOW is due to screen across the BBC this Christmas with a special festive helping of everyone's favorite pigs.

PPC Enterprises, which holds M&L rights in the brand, has revealed that the show will screen four times on CBBC over the Christmas period, as well as showing at 10 a.m. on BBC One on Christmas Day.

Headline News Gene Colan Wins Cartoon Art Museum's Sparky Award

Gene Colan is the recipient of the 2008 Sparky Award, which was presented to him by Cartoon Art Museum's founder Malcolm Whyte during the museum's "Salute to Gene Colan" on Thursday, December 4, 2008.

The Sparky Award is named in honor of Charles "Sparky" Schulz, the creator of PEANUTS. Schulz was nicknamed "Sparky" after the horse Sparkplug featured in the comic strip BARNEY GOOGLE. The Sparky Award is presented on behalf of the Cartoon Art Museum and the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Library.

Headline News Digital Anarchy Releases ToonIt! Photo Cartooning Software

Digital Anarchy, a provider of cost-effective software for Adobe and Apple products, has released ToonIt! Photo 2.0 for Photoshop. ToonIt! reliably and easily creates cartoon-like images from photographs, freeing artists from time consuming techniques such as hand painting and masking. The filters use advanced algorithms from Toonamation Inc to create cartoon shading and outlines in Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements.

Headline News Dark Knight, Horton Hears a Who on DVD/Blu-ray, plus Lost, Peter & the Wolf

THE DARK KNIGHT, DR. SEUSS' HORTON HEARS A WHO! and the fourth season of LOST arrive on DVD and Blu-ray, plus Oscar-winning Best Animated Short PETER & THE WOLF makes its U.S. DVD debut, and more.

THE DARK KNIGHT On DVD And Blu-ray

Headline News Viacom Layoffs Could Mean Shut-Down of NY Nickelodeon Studio

Cartoon Brew's Amid Amidi reported Thursday night that the massive layoffs at Viacom (850 employees across all sectors) mean the entire Nickelodeon Digital Animation Studios division in New York is closing. The productions housed there will continue mostly intact, but will likely be moved to different locations or be outsourced.

Nickelodeon runs the last remaining network animation studio on the East Coast, so the closing of the Times Square-adjacent office is a blow to the New York animation community.

Headline News American Greetings Expands Licensing Reach Of Care Bears

American Greetings Properties, the intellectual property and outbound licensing division of American Greetings Corporation, continues to expand the international footprint of CARE BEARS across the globe with a slate of new deals in key territories. Through a partnership with Spain-based retail giant Oysho, American Greetings Properties recently launched CARE BEARS classic apparel at all Oysho stores worldwide.

Headline News Lost and Found Finds a Home on Channel 4

Contender Entertainment Group and Studio AKA's adaptation of the much loved Oliver Jeffers book LOST AND FOUND, published by Harper Collins, is due to be broadcast on Channel 4 in the U.K. this Christmas. The 25-minute animated film will be screened on Christmas Eve and again on Boxing Day.

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