Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Middle of the Week Linkage

A myriad of stories regarding cartoons.

It looks as though DWA doesn't hand everything off to Nickelodeon.

... In the “How to Train Your Dragon” television series on Cartoon Network, the characters and worlds originally created for the big screen will be explored and further developed in a number of exciting ways that will be revealed over time. ...

But there are other big screen franchises coming to television animation.

... 20th Century Fox is bringing the character back in all of his nun-chuck and computer-hacking glory with an all-new animated series arriving next year.

With director and co-writer Jared Hess executive producing the show and Jon Heder and other actors returning to reprise their beloved characters, we're absolutely excited to see what the series has to offer ...

The L.A. Times comments on the edgy "Simpsons" opening (seen below):

... Fox reportedly yanked the video from YouTube but left it up on Hulu. As of about an hour ago, however, the opening is back on YouTube, suggesting that the issue didn't have to do with copyright necessarily, that there may have been some discomfort with the subject matter (though exactly why is hard to fathom -- it already aired on the network). ... talks about WB Animation's latest super hero series:

... We were on hand at New York Comic-Con to get all the juicy details for Cartoon Network's upcoming animated adaptaion of Green Lantern, set to debut in late 2011.

The series, helmed by DC Animated Universe mainstay Bruce Timm, Giancarlo Volpe (Avatar: The Last Airbender) and Jim Krieg takes the form of CG animation, breaking from Timm's usual work with 2-D.

The Economic Times of India reports that Indian animation will enjoy boom times:

... The Indian animation industry will grow at a compounded annual rate of 30 per cent to reach a market size of $1.7 billion by 2012 and add over three lakh skilled animators, an industry lobby said Monday.

With over 1.5 lakh skilled animators, it is currently a $1 billion industry. ...

Soon, on little silver disks:

CinematicalSee All .CategoriesNews Reviews Interviews Sci Fi Horror .Looney Tunes' Infamous Racist Cartoons to be Released in 2011

... [T]he "Censored Eleven," a group of infamous Warner Bros. animated shorts -- mostly of the 'Merrie Melodies' franchise, though one is a Chuck Jones-helmed 'Looney Tunes' cartoon ... are set for release sometime in 2011 through the Warner Archive ...

Another older cartoon character has newer life:

Disney has acquired animated feature Kung Foo Magoo for its boy-skewed Disney XD channel in the US and various international territories.

The show, featuring the classic nearsighted pensioner character, created in the late 1940s, is produced by Anima Studios, Santo Domingo Films and Classic Media.

Magoo was created by ex-Disney animation artists who founded their own studio (U.P.A.) after leaving the Burbank Studio. But that wqas a long time ago.

Let's end with good news: B and B are coming back ...

This weekend, Paramount and MTV will unleash Jackass 3D upon an unsuspecting populace. The film's been shot with the same cameras that James Cameron used to make Avatar, the pranks and stunts are said to be more extreme than ever, and now we've heard that there's yet another reason to look forward to Jackass 3D: a Beavis and Butthead short-- also in 3D-- will precede the film. ...


Anonymous said...

Looney Tunes' Infamous Racist Cartoons to be Released in 2011

Nope: Convention-rumor officially busted from the top.

(Thought it sounded too much like "Disney will release Song/South as Disney Treasures for collectors!"
When they sound like variations on a classic, that's your first warning sign.)

vfxsoldier said...

The Indian animation industry will grow at a compounded annual rate of 30 per cent to reach a market size of $1.7 billion by 2012

So says the "Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry". Sounds like a lobbying group for indian animation companies.

What are they lobbying for?

the chamber expressed concerns that the growth might be restricted due to the shortage of manpower and specialized training institutes, lack of government funding, hi-tech studios and tax incentives.

What if they don't get what they want?

the domestic animation industry will undertake all its production activities within India instead of spending its funds in US, Canada, Malaysia and the Phillippines for making advanced animated movies.

In other words, the cost advantage of doing animation in India is dwindling. Indian Animation companies want government help. If they don't get it, they are threatening to go elsewhere.

What a bluff.

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