The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) comes to an end with the highly anticipated closing ceremonies held this evening at the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau. Organizers announced the winners of the official competition during the ceremonies.
Coraline director Henry Selick and the annual Animator Picnic / Pumpkin Carving Contest highlight Day 3 at the Ottawa Animation Festival.
Only at OIAF can you get a chance to talk about the crazy Balloon Boy escapade with veteran Simpsons director David Silverman, and get to compare that incident with a Simpsons episode where prankster Bart pretends to be little Timmy, a boy who has fallen down a well. Happily, like Bart/Timmy, Balloon Boy was safe and sound the whole time.
Bill Desowitz traveled to London and reports back on the making of Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Although work is still underway on his current project, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, Tim Burton is talking about his next feature-length project: a stop-motion version of his 1984 short, Frankenweenie, ComingSoon.net reports.
CORALINE director Henry Selick has departed Laika after unsuccessfully renegotiating his contract, which expired at the end of last month. However, the stop-motion legend will continue to work with the Portland, Oregon-based animation studio and Focus Features in promoting CORALINE through the awards season. Selick was not available for comment, but, according to a Laika spokesperson, he was not formally attached to any Laika projects following CORALINE.
Nickelodeon has ordered a second season of 20 episodes of stop-motion animated series Glenn Martin, DDS, the first television series from Michael Eisner’s Tornante Animation, it was announced today by Marjorie Cohn, Executive Vice President, Development and Original Programming of Nickelodeon.
Target Entertainment Group has struck a deal with Chapman Entertainment to sell the international TV rights to the 52x10' pre-school comedy animation, Rah Rah! The Noisy Lion, excluding North America and the UK.
A script for an animated project from Seth Green, Matthew Senreich and Tom Robot has been ordered by Fox, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Gordon Ramsay has signed a prime time animation deal with Cuppa Coffee Studios, the recently Gemini-nominated Toronto-based animation house whose credits include Nick at Nite’s GLENN MARTIN DDS, a major new stop-motion comedy series developed by Michael Eisner and Eric Fogel, a second season of RICK & STEVE for MTV sister-channel LOGO, A MISER BROTHERS CHRISTMAS for Warner Bros and ABC Family, two new seasons of CELEBRITY DEATHMATCH for MTV and STARVEILLANCE for E! Networks.
The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announces its 'Call for Entries' for this year's 37th Annual Annie Awards.
All-new episodes of the offbeat comedy about a dentist and his family hitting the road in their RV air Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The series then moves to its regular time slot next Monday (also at 8:00 p.m.).
Yahoo has posted the first trailer to Wes Anderson's stop-motion feature FANTASTIC MR. FOX. Based on the Roald Dahl book, the story follows Mr. Fox as he tries to finally take down three nasty farmers after they come after his family. The voice cast includes George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Willem Dafoe, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Brian Cox, Adrien Brody, Anjelica Huston, and Michael Gambon. The film arrives in theaters on Nov. 13, 2009.
View the trailer here.
Wes Anderson's stop-motion animated FANTASTIC MR. FOX will have its premiere at the 53rd Times BFI London Film Festival on Oct. 14, per VARIETY.
Anderson produced the film with Scott Rudin and Allison Abbate will likely attend along with voice talent George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Jason Schwartzman. Based on the Roald Dahl children's tale, the film was written by Anderson and Noah Baumbach. Voices also include Bill Murray, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe and Owen Wilson.
Travis Knight tells Bill Desowitz what it's like making the transition from artist to studio head at Laika.
WATCHMEN and CORALINE make their DVD/Blu-ray bows, along with the "complete experience" Blu-ray of 300 and the DVD/Blu-ray debut of season two ABC's whimsical series PUSHING DAISIES.
300: The Complete Experience on Blu-ray
Experience 300 in a whole new way when the cutting-edge, heart-pounding visual masterpiece from filmmaker Zack Snyder (WATCHMEN) marches onto home screens as 300: The Complete Experience in Blu-ray July 21, to coincide with Snyder's WATCHMEN and WATCHMEN Director's Cut DVD and Blu-ray debut. All are from Warner Home Video.
Press Release from Bent Image Lab
The Portland, Oregon-based production company and creative laboratory Bent Image Lab is further expanding its roster with the recent signing of veteran animator and director Ken Lidster. Known for brilliant, award-winning commercials, such as those for Brisk iced tea that feature the voices and animated likeness of such stars as Bruce Willis and Danny DeVito, Lidster has directed noteworthy spots for Energizer, Chips Ahoy!, Kellogg's, Oscar Mayer, Quaker Oats, and Target.
Press Release from Adult Swim
Adult Swim and ROBOT CHICKEN creators and executive producers Seth Green and Matt Senreich are celebrating the release of the ROBOT CHICKEN: STAR WARS EPISODE II DVD this summer by strapping on a pair of roller skates and living on a tour bus for two weeks just to bring ROBOT CHICKEN-style fun to the masses.
Press Release from Aardman Rights
Bristol, 17 June 2009. Leading independent distributor Aardman Rights is delighted to announce the hugely successful debut of its preschool property TIMMY TIME on CBeebies.
Stop the printing machines! Hold everything! I have seen the film of the festival. Sorry, but I am still under heavy shock and I think my feel-good hormones are still busy on the merry-go-round called my brain. And this happens only, when I see a truly overwhelming film.
Press Release from Aardman Rights
Bristol, 20 May 2009. Leading independent distributor Aardman Rights has concluded a number of new licensing deals for its brand new preschool series TIMMY TIME, which has made a hugely successful debut on CBeebies in the UK.
In Central and Eastern Europe, Regio is on board as toy partner for TIMMY TIME in Hungary where Minimax has the broadcast rights. Also One 2 Play is managing all rights to the property in ex-Yugoslavia.
Adult Swim announced its newest series, TITAN MAXIMUM, from the creators of ROBOT CHICKEN. Created by ROBOT CHICKEN producer/co-head writer/director Tom Root and ROBOT CHICKEN exec producer/co-creator/writer/director Matthew Senreich, TITAN MAXIMUM uses stop-motion animation to spoof '80s action cartoons. The series will premiere this September.
Stop-motion animation studio Aardman has begun production on their next two animated feature length motion-pictures, ARTHUR CHRISTMAS and PIRATES!. Both films are to be released worldwide by Sony Pictures.
PIRATES! will be produced in Aardman's house style of hand-crafted modeling clay, while ARTHUR CHRISTMAS will be co-produced with Sony Pictures Imageworks in CGI.