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Animated Gifts Headline News

Converse Launches LAIKA Collection

The animation studio lends its famed characters, patterns, and iconography from ‘Missing Link,’ ‘Kubo and the Two Strings,’ ‘The Boxtrolls,’ ‘ParaNorman’ and ‘Coraline’ to ‘The Converse By You x LAIKA Chuck 70’ collection – launching November 30.

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MGA Entertainment Acquires Pixel Zoo, Forms MGA Studios Subsidiary

Studio will leverage MGA’s IP developing content in concert with newly acquired animation studio, a collaborative partner on previous projects, including ‘L.O.L. Surprise! The Movie,’ ‘L.O.L. Surprise! House of Surprises,’ and most recently ‘L.O.L. Surprise! Winter Fashion Show’ which premiered on Netflix in October.

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Trilogy Animation Group Reveals New Animation Slate

Roster includes reboots of Emmy-nominated preschool series, ‘Jay Jay The Jet Plane,’ and Emmy-winning ‘Tutenstein’ along with original IP ‘Doots,’ ‘Earth to Eden,’ and ‘Rubbernecks.’

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FOX Renews Dan Harmon’s ‘Krapopolis’ for Season 2 Prior to Season 1 Premiere

The all-new animated comedy about a dysfunctional family of ancient Greek humans, gods, and monsters won’t air until 2023, but that didn’t keep the network from ordering a second season.

Books Headline News

‘Mork & Mindy’ Producer Brian Levant’s ‘My Life and Toys’ Now Available

A consummate collection of memorabilia photographed by Joe Pellegrini appears alongside the musings of the TV/Film industry veteran, who reflects on pop culture’s influence in the U.S. dating back to World War II; readers get a chance, and an excuse, to reminisce while taking a walk down memory lane. 

Specialty Anime Releases ANIMATIONWorld

To Crunchyroll’s Mitchel Berger, It’s All About the Fans

The company’s SVP of Global Commerce, a longtime home entertainment executive, talks about the growing theatrical appetite for anime, and how passionate audiences around the world continue to support the franchises they love. 

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Peppa Pig Play Café Launches in China

Hasbro’s hugely popular global kids’ entertainment franchise and animated series character, at one time the center of controversy in the Middle Kingdom, OK’d for commercialization only a few years after facing sweeping bans. 

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Jetpack Inks Deals to Distribute Large Animated Show Library Across Europe

Global kids and family content distributor bringing 760 half hours of character-driven, animated and mixed content to broadcast partners such as UK’s BBC Children, Norway’s NRK, IFC Media in the Czech Republic and TV Joj in Slovakia.

Eggcellent News Headline News

Beloved Uncooked Egg ‘Gudetama’ Series Coming to Netflix

There’s a teaser trailer now for ‘Gudetama: An Eggcellent Adventure,’ which features the popular unmotivated character created by Sanrio in a mixed medium show with live-action and CGI elements, that’s slated to stream sometime in late 2022.

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GKIDS Acquires North American Rights to ‘New Gods: Yang Jian’

Hitting U.S. Cinemas in early 2023, Light Chaser’s animated feature tells the story of Chinese god Yang Jian, and his journey to thwart those who would seek the power to alter their world’s balance.

First Responders and Their Talking Vehicles! Headline News

Disney Branded TV Shares ‘Firebuds’ Trailer and Guest Voice Cast

Emmy Award-winning creator and EP Craig Gerber helms the new animated musical adventure coming in September on Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney+; celebrity guest voice cast includes Padma Lakshmi, Melissa Rauch, Oscar Nuñez, José Andrés, Pamela Adlon, 'Weird Al' Yankovic, Lisa Loeb, and Patton Oswalt.

La Luchador! Headline News

‘Legend of Luchasatsu’ Merges Mexican Lucha Libre and Japanese Tokusatsu

By Dan Sarto | Monday, July 25, 2022 at 1:43pm

Legendary luchador Último Dragón and noted artist ‘Urban Aztec’ Jesse Hernandez join Masked Republic and Demente Animation Studio’s new 2D/3D animated series as executive producer and producer.

Betty Boop Joins the Metaverse Headline News

Fleischer Studios Drops ‘Betty Boop’ NFT Launch Teaser

‘Boop & Frens’ brings iconic animated character from Hollywood’s heyday into the metaverse in one-of-a-kind NFT collection including digital fashion inspired by classic cartoons – the perfect trending attire for avatar influencers in the most exclusive virtual realities.

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Silvergate and Tencent Bringing ‘The Creature Cases’ Animated Series to China

Animated by TeamTO and recently launched on Netflix, the animated action comedy is coming soon to families in the Middle Kingdom through Tencent Video.

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Powerkids, Bonelli Entertainment and SBE Ink Deal to Adapt Comics to Animation

Partnership kicks off with comic ‘Dragonero,’ soon to be kids’ animated series, being co-produced with Rai Ragazzi and Nexus TV.

Barbies in the Big Apple! Headline News

Exclusive: ‘Barbies Rising’ Clip from Upcoming ‘Barbie: It Takes Two’

Hitting Netflix April 8, the new animated series focuses on Barbie BFFs ‘Malibu’ and ‘Brooklyn;’ caught in the bustle of the Big Apple they soon discover the necessity of having friends and family to lean on if they’re going to make their dreams a reality.

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Toonz Teams with Tunche on ‘Kayara’ CG Animated Feature

César Zelada helming film that follows a young Incan woman who dreams of breaking into the elite, male-only group of Chasqui messengers; release set for 2024.

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Skydance Animation Inks Licensing Deal with Spin Master

Multi-year, multi-film agreement with children’s entertainment company to become studio’s master toy licensee kicks off with upcoming animated feature ‘Spellbound.’

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ILBE and WWPS.TV Ink ‘Baby Puffins & Bunny’ Distribution Deal

Based on the popular ‘Arctic Friends’ animated film universe, the show will see 405 episodes released over 3 years; the agreement includes worldwide SVOD, AdVOD and RAVOD rights as well as the introduction of ‘Puffins’ NFTs.

What Would the Thin White Duke Think? Headline News

The Jim Henson Company Inks ‘Labyrinth’ Deal with Mighty Coconut

The ‘MetaQuest: Walkabout Mini Golf’ creators invite fans of the 1986 classic fantasy film to the VR Goblin Kingdom to… tee up! Coming Summer 2022.

Gumby and Pokey are In The House! Headline News

FOX Snags All Rights to ‘Gumby’

To think he was once a little green slab of clay! The iconic green star kicks off a new career, with the studio planning to showcase his classic series, movies, and specials across its linear, AVOD, blockchain-based and other platforms.

We Want More Small Blue Wrecking Crew! Headline News

Nickelodeon Animation and Paramount Pictures Ink ‘The Smurfs’ Multi-Movie Deal

By Dan Sarto | Monday, February 7, 2022 at 9:26am

First feature project with LAFIG Belgium and IMPS, an animated musical, is set to release December 2024; 26-episode second season pickup of CG-animated ‘The Smurfs’ series also announced.

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