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Tim Burton Working on Stop-Motion Version of Frankenweenie

By Matt Kapko | Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 12:37pm

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, reports.

Selick Headline News

Breaking News: Henry Selick Leaves Laika

By Matt Kapko | Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 1:03pm

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.

Series Headline News

Nickelodeon Greenlights Second Season of Glenn Martin, DDS

By Matt Kapko | Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 10:01am

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.

Entertainment Headline News

Target Entertainment Group Nabs International TV Distribution of Rah Rah: The Noisy Lion

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.

Headline News

Gordon Ramsay Signs Primetime Animation Deal With Cuppa Coffee

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.

Trailer Headline News

Fantastic Mr. Fox Trailer Online

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.

Film Headline News

Fantastic Mr. Fox to Debut at London Fest

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.

Film Headline News

Watchmen, Coraline, 300 & Pushing Daisies on DVD/Blu-ray

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.

Bent Headline News

Bent Signs Stop-Motion Heavy Hitter Ken Lidster

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.

Headline News

Adult Swim Sends Seth Green on Robot Chicken Roller Skating Tour

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.

Time Headline News

Aardman's First Venture Into Pre-School Programming Proves a Hit

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.

Time Headline News

Aardman Secures Timmy Time Licensing Deals

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.

Series Headline News

Robot Chicken Crew Readying Titan Maximum

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.

Headline News

Aardman Partners with Sony for Christmas, Pirates

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.

Animation Headline News

Aardman Launches Morph Competition has teamed up with Aardman Animations -- the creators of Morph -- to launch an animation competition entitled Morphmation. Inspired by the popular Make your Own Morph product that the gift e-tailer sells, Firebox will be encouraging Morph lovers to send in their two-minute stop-motion animations starring the lovable clay figure.

Film Headline News

Travis Knight Upped to President, CEO of LAIKA

LAIKA, the Portland-based animation studio whose first feature film, CORALINE, was released by Focus Features on February 6, has announced that Travis Knight has been named President and CEO of the company. Knight, the son of LAIKA's owner Philip H. Knight, succeeds Dale Wahl, who has held the position since 2005. Travis Knight, who sits on the LAIKA Board and has been Head of Animation since 2007, was one of the lead animators on CORALINE, the first stop-motion animated feature film to be produced in 3-D.

Universal Headline News

Costumes, Props From Hellboy II, Coraline on Display at Universal Hollywood

The costumes from Universal Pictures' FROST/NIXON and Focus Features' MILK are now on display along with props from Universal Pictures' HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY at Universal Studios Hollywood's "The Universal Experience: Behind the Scenes of Universal Pictures."

Fans of Guillermo del Toro's HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY, Oscar nominated for Best Makeup - Mike Elizalde, Thom Floutz, can preview an eclectic display of the original prosthetic masks and props and costumes featured in the film.