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Oscar-Nominated Animated Feature Symposium

By Guest (not verified) | Thursday, February 19, 2009 at 11:00am
Begins: February 19, 2009

The Animated Feature Symposium celebrates the work of the 2008 Oscar nominees in the Animated Feature Film category. The nominees (subject to availability) will discuss their film's development and their creative process as well as present clips illustrating their techniques.

The 2008 nominees are: BOLT -- Chris Williams and Byron Howard KUNG FU PANDA -- John Stevenson and Mark Osborne WALL-E -- Andrew Stanton

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New Sales Deals for Portfolio Ent.

Portfolio Ent. has 200 episodes of combined sales in a variety of territories in Europe, Africa and Asia for animated tween comedy series, CARL2; children's astronomy program, HEADS UP!; preschool puppet series, IGLOO-GLOO and animated adventure series, TOAD PATROL.

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Oscar-Nominated Animated Feature Symposium

Oscar-Nominated Animated Feature SymposiumBeverly Hills, California, USAFebruary 19, 2009

The Animated Feature Symposium celebrates the work of the 2008 Oscar nominees in the Animated Feature Film category. The nominees (subject to availability) will discuss their film's development and their creative process as well as present clips illustrating their techniques.

The 2008 nominees are:BOLT -- Chris Williams and Byron HowardKUNG FU PANDA -- John Stevenson and Mark OsborneWALL-E -- Andrew Stanton

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Oscar-Nominated Shorts to Play in L.A.

To kick off Oscar Week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present "Shorts!," a program featuring screenings of all the 2008 Academy Award-nominated films in the Animated and Live Action Short Film categories, on Tuesday, February 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The program will feature onstage discussions with the nominated filmmakers (subject to availability).

The 2008 Animated Short Film and Live Action Short Film nominees are:

Animated Short Film

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Stuttgart Celebrates 100 Years of German Animation

Celebrating 100 years of German animated film, the 16th Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film will present a comprehensive anniversary retrospective. The changeful history of this innovative genre will be visualized in six programs. The screenings comprise artistically ambitious works, outstanding commercials and state-of-the-art 3-D animation.

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Taffy Signs Titeuf and Ava Riko Teo to Spain

The MoonScoop Group's Taffy Ent. has secured deals for two of its newest animated TV series on key broadcasters across Spain. Cartoon Network Spain has picked up all three seasons of TITEUF and TV Catalunya also snapped up broadcast rights to the new preschool series AVA RIKO TEO.

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Calon Teams With Osmonds for Animated Film

Independent animation company Calon TV has teamed up with Merrill Osmond, lead singer of the 1970s family music group The Osmonds, to develop an animated movie for TV.

The Welsh independent TV production company, known for the BAFTA-winning preschool animated series HANA'S Helpline, is working to turn Osmond's idea of a mythical horse called SHILOH into a feature-length film. Osmond will perform the film's soundtrack.

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Renegade Animation, Fitzroy Media Plan Animated Heathcliff Interstitials

Street-smart feline Heathcliff is about to make a comeback as media property development company Fitzroy Media (FRM) has tapped Renegade Animation to produce a series of new projects featuring the mischievous cat.

This month, Renegade will begin production of 50 two-minute animated interstitials. Animation director Darrell Van Citters, who leads Renegade's creative team, will develop an updated look for the new animation. Targeting an adult and tween audience, the new Heathcliff will focus on comedy set against a hip, club-music sound.

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Trailer for 9 Released

Producers Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov and director Shane Acker's upcoming animated feature 9 has a newly-released trailer. Based on the 2005 Oscar-nominated animated short, the feature has the voice talents of Jennifer Connelly, John C. Reilly and Elijah Wood and is due September 9, 2009 (9/9/09) from Focus Features.

In it, a rag doll must face a monster that is hunting his brethren and stealing their souls. Acker wrote the story, with a screenplay by Pamela Pettler.

See it at

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Cheech and Chong's Smokin' Animated Movie Puffs Along

Music mogul Lou Adler has licensed the animated movie rights to the library of Cheech and Chong comedy recordings to Big Vision Ent., an independent licensee, producer and DVD label for special interest programming and Chambers Bros. Ent., a television and animation production company.

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Online Critics Pick Wall-E Best Animated Feature

The New York Film Critics Online awards have chosen WALL-E as the year's Best Animated Feature, and also picked the film as one of the year's best pictures, per VARIETY.

The organization is made up of 27 Web-based reviewers and two print critics with a strong online presence.

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MarVista Brings Zula Patrol, Wompkees to NATPE

MarVista Ent. is set to deliver a broad portfolio of programming including animated features and animated educational children's series to NATPE 2009 (Booth #1017).

MarVista will bring two animated features and an animated, educational children's program. Join the Zula Patrollers on their ecological adventures in the animated feature THE ZULA PATROL: ANIMAL ADVENTURES IN SPACE: THE MOVIE, or embark on an adventure recovering ancient glowing stone with Twig, the littlest Wompkee and her band of brave friends, in THE HIDDEN TREASURE OF WOMPKEE WOOD.

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Blogs: RFP Review: $9.99 (2008) (***)

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 12:00am

From Rick's Flicks Picks

Based on the animated short film A BUCK’S WORTH, this ambitious stop-motion animated feature takes on the not-so-bargain-bin topic of the meaning of life. Various lives intersect in an apartment complex. A Dear John loser. An unemployed, master cook do-gooder. A lonely old man. A young boy saving for a toy. A hallucinating man-boy. A ladies-man repo man. A supermodel. A suicidal homeless angel. You know the typical characters in an animated feature.

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Stuttgart Submissions Deadlines Extended

Stuttgart received several requests whether applications for the categories Animated Series and AniMovie (animated feature-length films) will still be accepted after December 1. Since some of the pre-selection committees will start their work only in January, they decided to extend the deadline for these two categories to December 31, 2008.

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$9.99 Website Offers Meaning of Life

Based on the short stories of Etgar Keret, $9.99 is a stop-motion animated feature that offers slightly less than $10 worth about the meaning of life. Opening December 12 in select U.S. cities from Regent Ent., the film's new website is now active: $9.99 has been submitted for consideration for the Oscar in Animated Feature Film as well as the Annie nomination for Best Animated Feature.

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Annie Award Nominations Announced

ASIFA-Hollywood has announced the nominations for its 36th Annual Annie Awards, recognizing the year's best animated features, television productions, commercials, videogames and short subjects. DreamWorks Animation's KUNG FU PANDA leads the field with 17 nominations out of 27 overall for the studio, including Best Animated Feature, and individual nominations for character animation, character design, directing, music, production design, storyboarding, voice acting and writing.

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The 99 To Get Animated Series

Endemol has partnered with Kuwait-based publishing group Teshkeel Media to bring to life a new animated series based on its popular superhero comic books, THE 99.

THE 99 comic book series launched in 2006 and is illustrated and scripted by former and current Marvel and DC Comics writers and artists whose credits include X-MEN, SPIDER-MAN, SUPERMAN, IRON MAN, BATMAN and POWER RANGERS.

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Thor Getting Animated For TV

Marvel Animation is expanding its slate of offerings with 26 action-packed half-hour episodes of an all-new animated television series based on THOR. The THOR series will be self-produced by Marvel and is scheduled to launch fall 2010 following Marvel's live-action THOR feature film in summer of 2010.