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Alien Headline News

Production Starts on Live-Action Ben 10 Movie

Production has commenced on BEN 10: ALIEN SWARM, a new live-action movie based on the hit animated series BEN 10 ALIEN FORCE that will premiere on Cartoon Network in fall 2009. The live-action movie will have principal photography in Atlanta, Georgia.

Animation Headline News

Kalamazoo Cartoon-Creating Competitors Set

Ten teams from animation programs spanning North America will engage in a "24/4" cartoon-creating competition prior to the start of the fifth Kalamazoo Animation Festival International (KAFI) scheduled for May 14-17 in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Earning spots in the competition for the 2009 "Cartoon Challenge" are four- and five-person teams from:

-- San Jose State University in California.-- College for Creative Studies in Detroit.-- Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.-- South Dakota State University.

Animation Headline News

This Week's Animation Trivia Quiz for March 2, 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.

Genndy Tartakovsky burst into public consciousness back in 1995 when DEXTER'S LABORATORY appeared on Cartoon Network and he's been a big time animation player since.

Blu-ray Headline News

Australia, Wonder Woman, Watchmen Motion Comic on DVD/Blu-ray for March 3

AUSTRALIA, WATCHMEN MOTION COMIC, WONDER WOMAN and BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA hit Blu-ray and DVD on March 3, along with the DVD releases of SPONGEBOB VS. THE BIG ONE and volumes of CHOWDER and THE SMURFS.

AUSTRALIA on DVD and Blu-ray

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VFX Supervisor Brevig to Help Yogi Bear Steal Picnic Baskets

Longtime VFX Supervisor Eric Brevig has been hired by Warner Bros. to direct the 3-D CG/live action YOGI BEAR film, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

The classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon was originally set to be a 2-D film and had SURF'S UP director Ash Brannon attached. Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia will write the screenplay. Donald De Line and Karen Rosenfelt will produce with Jon Berg overseeing for WB.

Licensing Headline News

New Sales for Franny's Feet

DECODE Enterprises, the distribution subsidiary of DHX Media, has scored further deals for its property FRANNY'S FEET (52x22 or 104x11) including sales into new territories.

Disney Channel U.K. has licensed season three and renewed its commitment to the first two seasons. In addition, Italy's RAI has picked up all three seasons with RTV Slovenia renewing season one and TV3 Catalunya in Spain and IRIB in Iran acquiring seasons one and two. The deal with RAI was brokered through Gary Kallenbach.

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Bakugan Getting Videogame Treatment

Activision Publishing and Corus Ent.'s Nelvana Enterprises will develop and distribute video games based on the toy and action animated television series BAKUGAN. The first BAKUGAN game will be released for Wii, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2 in fall 2009.

Series Headline News

Sketching in Modern Toss on IFC

MODERN TOSS, a partially-animated, distinctly adult British comedy complete with gross-out moments, profanity and inappropriate cartoon characters was created by former journalists Mick Bunnage and Jon Link based on their comic and website also dubbed MODERN TOSS. This hilarious mutant television offspring that grew out of UK Channel 4's famed comedy lab anthology series will soon run rampant across the world of pop culture on IFC.

Cartoon Headline News

Finalists for Cartoon Movie Tributes 2009 Announced

The European Association of Animation Film has announced this week the nominees selected for the Cartoon Movie Tributes 2009, one of the most prestigious prizes in the world of animation. Created in 2001, the awards for best director, distributor and producer of the year seek to reward companies and personalities who have contributed to the development of European animation over the last year.

Headline News

CNE Signs New Hardline, Softline Partners for Bakugan

Cartoon Network Enterprise (CNE) will have an extended hardlines and softlines program for the BAKUGAN brand. The consumer products options for young battle brawlers everywhere will soon be expanded in to all new categories as CNE, Nelvana's exclusive U.S. licensing agent for BAKUGAN, has signed partners to extend "Baku-mania" in to new hardlines categories and add to the tremendous success of the master toy line from Spin Master.

Super Headline News

Marvel Super Hero Squad to Hero up with Cartoon Network U.S.

Cartoon Network has picked up 26 episodes of the new MARVEL SUPER HERO SQUAD animated series to debut on the network in late 2009. MARVEL SUPER HERO SQUAD is an action-packed show featuring super-stylized versions of its most popular characters including Captain America, Silver Surfer, Hulk, Wolverine and Iron Man.

Alien Headline News

CNE Names New Partners for Ben 10 Alien Force at Toy Fair

As one of the top-selling brands in the boys' action space, BEN 10 ALIEN FORCE will welcome three new partners in the hardlines space. Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE), the licensing and merchandising arm of the kids cable network, has signed Basic Fun, The Canadian Group and Dynatch to the brand and each will create a range of products for the hit Cartoon Network original series.

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Keyframe Digital Sets Sail for Peggy's Little Harbour, Embraces Cuddly Wuggleys

Animation and visual effects studio Keyframe Digital Productions has added PEGGY'S LITTLE HARBOUR and CUDDLY WUGGLEYS to its development slate of original children's animated series. The studio recently announced that it was developing SOCK MONSTERS with Dublin-based partner Kavaleer Productions.

Game Headline News

G.I. Joe Set to Invade Videogames this Summer

Electronic Arts is developing Hasbro's G.I. JOE brand to all major console and handheld gaming platforms in summer 2009 to coincide with the theatrical release of the G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA live-action movie from Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment, in association with Hasbro, which opens in theaters August 7, 2009. EA will unveil a "first look" of the G.I. JOE video game at Hasbro's Showroom at Toy Fair on February 15-17, 2009 in New York City.

International Headline News

Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival 2009

Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival 2009Seoul, South KoreaAugust 12-16, 2009Deadline: April 30, 2009

Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival (SICAF) is calling for entries. The fesvial is one of the acknowledged international animation festivals in Asia, accredited by ASIFA International. This year, SICAF is celebrating its 13th edition, with more than 1,500 expected entries from Asia, Europe, the Americas and beyond.

Entry form: http://www.sicaf.or.kr/2009/newsletters/files/sicaf09_entryform.pdf

Friends Headline News

The Adventures Of Digger And Friends Premieres Sunday Before Daytona 500 On FOX

Last season, seeing Digger, the animated alter-ego to FOX's Gopher Cam, meant experiencing amazing track-level shots as the field raced by. That hasn't changed, but this year he's back with some company in THE ADVENTURES OF DIGGER AND FRIENDS.

Series Headline News

Thumb Wrestling Federation Body Slams New Licensees

Cartoon Network series THUMB WRESTLING FEDERATION: TWF has expanded its licensing roster with the addition of three new licensees. Jay Franco & Sons, Aquarius Entertainment Merchandising and Scholastic Books join master toy licensee Think Wow Toys U.S. and previously announced U.S. licensees, Mad Engine, Berkshire Fashions and Dream Apparel.

Wars 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.

Comedy 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.

Wars 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.

Kids 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.

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