In this month's column, Martin "Dr. Toon" Goodman ties up some summer loose ends concerning Transformers, Ratatouille, Nahoul the bee and the live-action Jonny Quest project.
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The Chinese government announced today that it would use animated beat cops to patrol 13 of China's top Web portals in an effort to steer users away from illegal content, reports THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. Starting Sept. 1, 2007, the cartoon cops will walk, bike and drive across Web surfers' screens every half hour, warning them to stay clear of material "the Communist Party finds politically or morally threatening." By the end of the year, the animated warning will appear on all websites registered with Beijing servers.
THE TEN, a feature film directed by David Wain featuring Paul Rudd, Wionan Ryder, and Jessica Alba features a seven-minute animated segment called, THE LYING RHINO, animated by Augenblick Studios. Produced by Wain, Jonathan Stern and Paul Rudd, THE TEN is a THINKFilm release opening Aug. 3, 2007.
THE NEW FRONTIER, which began as a six-issue series in 2004 that follows Superman and other heroes of the DC Universe from the end of World War II through the Cold War, will be made into a direct-to-DVD animated film from Warner Home Video, reports THE NEW YORK TIMES. The saga has been published in one hardcover and two softcover collections and has inspired a line of action figures.
The annual NVIDIA Gelato User Group meeting returns to SIGGRAPH 2007, Aug. 8, in San Diego, where artists and animators from around the globe will convene to see next-generation rendering technology from NVIDIA, and premiere the new animated short film THE PLUSH LIFE, rendered entirely with Gelato rendering software.
The Gelato User Group meeting will take place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina, Santa Rosa Room. For more details or to RSVP, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PBS is bringing an animated version of Tom and Ray Magliozzi's CAR TALK radio show to TV. Based on the hit NPR radio show, the as-yet-untitled animated 10x30 sitcom is targeted for summer 2008. Fans will be invited to submit title suggestions for the television show.
The show will focus on the âoff-airâ escapades of Tom and Ray Magliozzi (known to their listeners as Click and Clack, the Tappet brothers) as they try to fix cars, fend off disgruntled customers and seek out ways to do less and less work.
A hard disk belonging to suspected U.K. terror plotter Kafeel Ahmed contains an animated video showing how a syringe can be used in a bomb, reports NDTV.COM. Police found the disk at his home in Bangalore.
The technology was to be used to trigger the bombs found in London, but they failed because the syringes malfunctioned, British investigators said.
Monster Distributes has just picked up the distribution rights to the new animated series, LIFEBOAT LUKE (52x5). The search and rescue adventure for kids 4-7 features Lifeboat Luke and his friends in the mad, magical seaside town of Donaghadoo. The stories use narration, effects and music and are easily re-versioned for different languages.
Animated Dreams at Tallinn Black Nights Film FestivalTallinn, EstoniaNov. 21-25, 2007Deadline: Aug. 15, 2007
Animated Dreams is a tiny, but a strongly viable part of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. Animated shorts were first screened in 1999 as preludes to the main features. It gave birth to the first and only animation festival in Estonia, the country of "a little big nation of animation."
American Animation Studios is set to debut their first film, PATRICK HENRY: QUEST FOR FREEDOM, at a private screening on June 28, 2007, at the Princess Theatre in Prosser, Washington, reports the YAKIMA HERALD-REPUBLIC. A public screening, which includes a making of featurette and barbershop quartet performance, will take place on July 4, at 3:30 pm.
The award-winning French animated film, KIRIKOU AND THE SORCERESS, is making the transition to a stage musical this fall in a new production, KIRIKOU AND KARABA.
Michel Ocelot, creator/writer/director of the film, has written the musical's libretto and additional lyrics. The project is taking the majority of his time he told a press gathering at the Annecy Festival, during a Q&A session after a screening of his latest film, AZUR ET ASMAR.
Starz Home Ent. has released the latest HELLBOY animated feature, HELLBOY ANIMATED: BLOOD & IRON. This DVD sells for $19.98.
In this new adventure, Hellboy must choose between the destiny he accepted - the protection of mankind - and the destiny for which he was created - the destruction of mankind. In 1939, the young Professor Broom destroyed the vampire Erzsebet Ondrusko. Now, decades later, it seems that someone is trying to bring her back and Professor Broom (Hurt) wants to investigate this worrisome development himself.
ASIAF-San Francisco is hosting the screening, "Brainwashed," filled with animated Soviet and U.S. propaganda films. Program will be introduced by Karl Cohen. This selection will include a few of the highlights of the DVD set, ANIMATED SOVIET PROPAGANDA: FROM THE OCTOBER REVOLUTION TO PERESTROIKA, and American propaganda produced by John Sutherland Prods. in Hollywood.
Beginning at 7:30 pm, the screening will take place at The Exploratorium's McBean Theater. It is free and the public invited. For more details, e-mail email@example.com.
Home Box Office (HBO) acquired MAGIC CELLAR, the first animated series to be based on African culture, for broadcast in the United States. This acquisition of an African animated television program is a first, thereby making HBO's move a historic sale. The multi-award winning 3D animated series is based on 20 folk tales, including interviews with elders from villages in Africa.
MAGIC CELLAR will be shown on HBO Family in the U.S. and Bermuda. The first episode premieres Saturday, June 23. Each episode will first air Saturday and repeat on Thursday.
The latest Acrobat edition of Animation World Magazine is now online and ready for download. This issue tackles the world of direct-to-video. Despite a recent burst in production of animated shorts, short film compilation discs remain a tiny niche within the DVD market. Karen Raugust reports. John Cawley looks into the business of expanding a franchise in the world of direct-to-video. Janet Hetherington examines how original animated direct-to-DVD animated adventures based on toy brands may extend the play value of popular toys.
The latest Acrobat edition of Animation World Magazine is now on digital shelves and it's your chance to download it for free for a limited time. This month the topic is the Internet and wireless. Rick DeMott travels to the online animated communities to find out more about the growing corner of the animation business from leaders like NEOPETS and HABBO, as well as newer sites, such as URBANIACS. Karen Raugust looks into how user-generated content platforms offer potential for independent animators to generate exposure and, ultimately, income.
Notes to a Toon UndergroundSaturday, May 58:30 pm Castro TheatreIn this unique program, musicians will unveil world premieres of newly composed scores to historic and contemporary animated shorts. Featuring 13 animated films made between 1912 and 2005 by six different directors, and with 11 musicians providing live accompaniment, it
Joe Strike talks with the artists at Little Airplane about the preparations, launch and soaring ratings for their Nick Jr. series, The Wonder Pets!
In April, the first 24/7 animated cartoon TV channel "2o2" has started broadcasting in Russia, reports russia-ic.com.The new 2o2 is airing cartoons from England, France, Italy, Czechia and Japan, but the majority of air-time is given to American animated cartoons. Russian films comprise two hours per day.Targeted at an audience, 11-34, the site reports that about $15 million will be spent on the TV channel's content and promotion this year.
The Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film is one of the largest festivals for animated film in the world. It addresses both an interested audience and industry professionals, and offers an overview of the latest trends in animated film -- from short films to feature films and animated series for TV. Be it puppet or Flash animation, the five competitions all focus on the artistically challenging genre of animated film. For more information, visit www.itfs.de/.
Animation Lab has begun pre-production THE WILD BUNCH (working title), the first CGI animated feature film to be produced in Israel, according to Animation Lab president Ayelet Weinerman.
At the up-front presentation of its fall 2007 lineup, BET announced the addition of three new animated TV series to the most ambitious slate of programming in its 26-year history.
Orlando Jones (MAD TV) and Ali LeRoi (EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS) have teamed up to create BUFU, an animated sketch comedy show in the tradition of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE and SCTV. BUFU will premiere in fall 2007.
Cortoons 2007 (fourth edition).
Cortoons is an International Short Animated Films Festival which will take place 13/14/15 April 2007 at Palladium Theatre in Rome (Italy).