Wayne Allwine, a veteran Disney voiceover talent and Emmy Award-winning sound effects editor, who provided the voice of Mickey Mouse for the past 32 years, passed away on Monday (May 18) at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, from complications due to diabetes. He was 62-years-old. Allwine's wife of 20 years, Russi Taylor, who provides the voice of Minnie Mouse, was by his side at the time of his passing.
Press Release from Animation Collective
New York -- May 20, 2009 -- The rough-and-tumble comedy series Thumb Wrestling Federation: TWF looks to continue dominating downloads by launching Seasons 1 and 2 on iTunes today. The release of this new content builds on the rousing success of TWF's initial launch on iTunes last month, in addition to the show's ever-increasing popularity on Cartoon Network's Saturday Morning "Crush Zone" block.
Press Release from Knott’s Berry Farm
BUENA PARK, Calif. -- Knott's Berry Farm and Cartoon Network are partnering to bring the network's national "Get Animated" tour to the theme park, Sunday, May 24. The 40-city tour, now in its fifth year is designed to motivate, energize and educate kids ages 6-14 about healthy living choices by using the power of Cartoon Network's shows and characters.
Press Release from 4Kids Entertainment, Inc.
NEW YORK (May 19, 2009) -- 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: KDE), a global provider of children's entertainment, has reached agreement with Cartoon Network by which the popular cable network will air the YU-GI-OH! 5D'S animated series and the 4Kids-produced CHAOTIC: M'ARRILLIAN INVASION starting next month (June 2009). Cartoon Network will also air the third season of CHAOTIC scheduled to be delivered in the fall of 2009.
Press Release from Boomerang
Fighting for truth, justice and the last slice of pizza, the D.C. Comics TEEN TITANS are five super heroes who are living proof that you're never too young to save the planet. Twenty-nine hand-selected episodes of the hit animated series will air uninterrupted over 12 hours on the commercial-free Boomerang network, Monday, May 25, starting at 12 noon and culminating at 12 a.m. (ET).
Press Release from Cartoon Network
HONG KONG (May 18, 2009) -- Taking another step forward in its quest for global domination, the LEAGUE OF SUPER EVIL, a.k.a. L.O.S.E., will now air across Asia, thanks to a far-reaching deal with Cartoon Network.
Press Release from Aardman Rights
Bristol, 18 May 2009. Leading independent Aardman Rights is expanding its portfolio of third-party properties, securing the distribution rights to Studio Baestarts' series of brand new short films LOG JAM.
Studio Baestarts has already concluded deals for the shorts with Nickelodeon for multiple territories and with Canal+ for France. Aardman will manage the remaining rights to LOG JAM for the rest of the world, covering TV, home entertainment, online, digital, mobile, in-flight and licensing.
Press Release from Moonscoop
Paris, 18 May 2009 -- Moonscoop, the worldwide brand management and entertainment company representing properties from some of the leading animation producers across the globe has scored a raft of TV sales for its hit series in Latin America and the Caribbean, in advance of the LA Screenings.
Paris, 15th May 2009. Inspired by the worldwide success of animation giant Haim Saban (creator and producer of the mega-successful series POWER RANGERS amongst many others), passionate French entrepreneur Jeremy Zag announced today the creation of his media production company Univergroup and its subsidiary ZAGTOON. The holding company will oversee film and TV production and ZAGTOON will be dedicated to the production of animation programs for the international market.
Home video releases for May 19 include A BUG'S LIFE on Blu-ray, the 20th anniversary edition of BATMAN on Blu-ray, the DVD/Blu-ray release of VALKYRIE, ENEMY AT THE GATES and PAYCHECK on Blu-ray, two volumes of classic 1960s and '70s cartoons, season seven of 24 and season one of TRUE BLOOD on DVD/Blu-ray and more.
24 Season Seven on DVD and Blu-ray
Press Release from DECODE Enterprises
Toronto, London 13 May 2009. Leading kids and family entertainment specialist DECODE Enterprises, the distribution subsidiary of DHX Media Ltd., has scored further deals in Asia for KID VS KAT (52x11' / 26x22'), an animated series produced by Studio B Productions in association with YTV Canada and Jetix Europe.
Press Release from Rebel Rebel / Blue Zoo
Award-winning animation studio Blue-Zoo Productions today announces a strategic re-brand for its advertising work under the name Rebel Rebel. Comprising of Blue-Zoo's team of in-house creatives and leading 3D talent, Rebel Rebel offers bespoke and high-quality character animation to the advertising world. Commercial representation is continued by Dept.A at HSI London.
Due to overbooking an event honoring Milt Kahl last month, the Academy will host an encore presentation on June 30, reports Cartoon Brew.
The screening on video will be held Tuesday, June 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy's Linwood Dunn Theater at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood. Free parking can be found behind the building if you enter on Homewood. The event is free but reservations are required.
Press Release from Nick India
Mumbai 4 May 2009: As kids merry make and enjoy their summer picnics and have loads of fun! It's also time for them to indulge in some shopping. Nick and Only Kidz announce the launch of a whole new range of Tableware and Back To School range with the most loved Nicktoon DORA THE EXPLORER!
Classic STAR TREK series and films make their Blu-ray debut, plus the first season of CSI on Blu-ray, classic Disney animated shorts collections on DVD, GALAXY QUEST Deluxe Edition on DVD, THE GRUDGE on Blu-ray, LICENCE TO KILL and THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN on Blu-ray and more.
BLEACH Volume 16 on DVD
Press Release from LucasArts
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- May 11, 2009 -- Fans of the popular STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS TV series can continue the battle for galactic peace this September in an all-new videogame from LucasArts and Krome Studios. Based on the Cartoon Network series and collaborating directly with Lucasfilm Animation, STAR WARS THE CLONE WARS: REPUBLIC HEROES allows players to take up arms on behalf of the noble Galactic Republic, while pursuing the mysterious bounty hunter Cad Bane and combating the all-new Skakoan super villain Kul Teska.
Press Release from Cartoon Network Enterprises
Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) announced today it has been named exclusive North American licensing agent for the hit Fresh TV Inc. television franchise TOTAL DRAMA. The deal marks the expansion of a successful relationship between Cartoon Network and CAKE that builds on a record-breaking first season broadcast run of 2008's TOTAL DRAMA ISLAND, as well as the online success of its interactive website.
Press Release from 9 Story Entertainment
TORONTO, CANADA, April 27, 2009 -- Toronto-based production studio 9 Story Entertainment today announced that children's programming producer Liliana Vogt has been named Vice President, Development for the award-winning animation, production and distribution company.
IESB reports that Todd McFarlane is in negotiations to produce another SPAWN film. McFarlane said that he hopes to write and direct the new film. Offers for the film have been put out to five studios with budgets ranging from big tentpole releases to indie sized productions. McFarlane is leaning toward the smaller film, which would be "creepy."
Cartoon Network Enterprises will work with Del Rey Manga to develop graphic novels based on the animated adventure series THE SECRET SATURDAYS, reports KIDSCREEN.
The first title is set to debut in September, with volume two coming before the end of the year. Featuring detailed, full-color stills from the series, the SATURDAYS comics will follow the same format as those based on BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE and BAKUGAN BATTLE BRAWLERS.
Press Release from Cartoon Network
Chris Waldron has been promoted to the position of vice president, gaming operations for Cartoon Network, it was announced today by Paul Condolora, senior vice president, digital for Turner Broadcasting's Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media group. Waldron is now responsible for overseeing Cartoon Network's game development studio, game production, and overall games strategy for Cartoon Network Digital. Waldron is based in Atlanta and reports directly to Condolora.
Press Release from Breakthrough Entertainment
TORONTO (April 27, 2009) -- Breakthrough Entertainment announced today that they have licensed the children's animated series, JIMMY TWO-SHOES, to Cartoon Network in Asia and Australia. The announcement was made today by Craig McGillivray, Sales Executive.