Brazilian Theme Park Licenses “Looney Tunes”, DC Super-Heroes and “Penelope Pitstop”

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) and Hopi Hari, the leading Latin American theme park company, announced today an unprecedented licensing agreement to grant Hopi Hari the rights to bring some of the world’s biggest franchises to the famed Latin American entertainment destination.  This long-term partnership will mark WBCP’s entrance into the amusement park market in Brazil and bring the Looney Tunes, the DC Universe and Penelope Pitstop to fans of all ages with themed environments and entertaining activities, as well as all-new products and merchandise inspired by these characters.

“Through this unique collaboration with some of the world’s most desirable entertainment properties, we are excited to have the opportunity to ignite the imaginations of each and every visitor who enters through our gates,” said Armando Pereira Filho, Hopi Hari president.  “Warner Bros. is an entertainment powerhouse and we are delighted to immerse these rich Looney Tunes, DC Universe and Penelope Pitstop characters into our Hopi Hari culture.”

In support of the alliance, Hopi Hari will make a total investment of more than R$100 million (USD$60 million) in a combination of capital investment, marketing, promotion, advertising and sales support that will be allocated to the park throughout the term of this agreement.  This dedicated investment will allow Hopi Hari to build on the myriad of rides and attractions currently in operation, while offering even more entertainment and thrills for families.  The scope of this agreement makes Hopi Hari WBCP’s largest partner in the region.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Hopi Hari to bring the humor of the Looney Tunes, the heroic powers of the DC Universe and the popularity of Penelope Pitstop to a vibrant, Latin American market,” said Jeffrey Whalen, senior vice president & general manager, LATAM, ASIAPAC for Warner Bros. Consumer Products.  “Fans of our most beloved franchises will now have the chance to experience their favorite characters in an immersive setting perfect for the entire family.”

“Hopi Hari is a truly powerful entertainment destination and the addition of Looney Tunes, the DC Universe and Penelope Pitstop only serves to enhance the overall experience and increase the thrill factor for fans of all ages,” says Marcos Bandeira de Mello, general manager of Warner Bros. Consumer Products operations in Brazil.

Expected to be completed by January 2012 and encompassing two of Hopi Hari’s five themed areas, the exhilarating environment will feature state-of-the-art attractions as well as experiential shops and restaurants that will engage guests with some of Warner Bros.’ most treasured characters.  This partnership is an extensive, long-term licensing agreement granting Hopi Hari brand licensing rights to the names, likenesses and logos for Warner Bros.’ intellectual properties.

The area called “Infantasia” will be themed after the family-friendly Looney Tunes characters including Bugs Bunny, Taz, Tweety, Sylvester and Daffy Duck.  Hopi Hari’s adrenaline-driven centerpiece “Aribabiba” will target the teen audience and feature super heroes from the DC Universe, such as Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and the Flash.  The agreement also includes Penelope Pitstop, in an entirely new themed environment for guests.

In addition to “Infantasia” and “Aribabiba,” fans will be able to engage with the characters during meet and greets, live shows and parades.  Merchandise will also have a presence across multiple categories, including: apparel and accessories, toys, games, gifts and novelties.  Hopi Hari stores will sell licensed character products, many of which will be developed exclusively for the park.

Mercury Filmworks promotes Sandra Green to VP Finance

Sandra GreenMercury Filmworks is pleased to announce the promotion of Sandra Green from Director of Finance to Vice President, Finance. In her new position Green will report directly to Mercury President Clint Eland and oversee all aspects of the company’s production and corporate finances. Green, a 15 year veteran of the Canadian entertainment industry, joined Mercury Filmworks in 2004 as a corporate controller after working at several Ottawa production companies including MTR Entertainment and Lacewood Productions. Green started her career in public accounting after receiving an Economics degree from The University of Western Ontario in 1989.

Mercury Filmworks is one of Canada’s most prolific independent studios and widely recognized as a leader in the 2D animation production industry for its benchmarks in quality, reliability, and innovation. It has helped bring to life many of the most memorable modern animated television and film properties including Jake & the Neverland Pirates, Fish Hooks, Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil, Stella & Sam, Jimmy Two Shoes, Toot & Puddle, Ruby Gloom, Grossology, Harry & His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs, 6Teen, Gerald McBoing Boing, Curious George: The Movie, Fat Albert, and Looney Tunes: Back In Action. Mercury is proud to be associated with partners such as Disney, Warner Bros., Universal, Cartoon Network Studios, Nickelodeon, CBC, Teletoon, YTV, Family Channel, and Treehouse.

NYC’s Big Screen Project Announces Slate of Animation Screenings for April

The Big Screen Project is happy to celebrate a month-long celebration of original animation from celebrated names in the New York animation field such as John Dilworth, Bill Plympton, Jeff Scher, Dan Meth and Elliot Cowan, showcases from Too Art 4 TV and Animation Block Party, and a special Girl’s Night Out celebrating contributions from women in animation (Emily Hubley, Nina Paley, and Debra Solomon). In addition to the premiers, the Big Screen Project will also be showing blocks of animation that are already in our general programming.

General: The Big Screen Project is an innovative venue for video, film, live and interactive content that will set a new standard for the urban, cinematic experience. It consists of a large 30 x 16.5 ft. HD Format LED screen located at the 10,000 sq. ft. public plaza behind a new 54-story multi-use building on Sixth Avenue between 29th and 30th Street in New York City.

Content: The content shown is eclectic ranging from the best in the arts, cinema, and new media to highlights in sports and video gaming. Our team of curators collects the best of global cultures in participation with strategic content partners such as art institutions, film festivals, ecologically and humanitarian minded not-for-profits etc. The programming will be at least 10 hours a day.

* No RSVP is needed, all of our events are free and open to the public *

Opening reception / indoor viewing at the the Food Parc and Public Plaza

John Dilworth: a special retrospective screening
Friday, April 1 · 6:50pm – 8:00pm

Emily Hubley: a retrospective of animated shorts
Monday, April 11 · 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Jeff Scher: a retrospective of animated shorts
Wednesday, April 13 · 7:00pm – 8:00pm
(Unfortunately due to a scheduling conflict, Jeff Scher is not able to be in attendance.)

Too Art 4 TV: Best of Show retrospective
Thursday, April 14 · 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Celebration of Stop-Motion Animation: a special group screening
Friday, April 15 · 7:00pm – 7:30pm
Dustin Grella, Christi Bertelsen, Alisa Stern, Peter Ahern, Jen Oxley in ATTENDANCE

Peter Ahern and others
Friday, April 15 · 7:30pm – 8:00pm

Dan Meth: a 15 minute Meth Minute
Friday, April 15 · 7:30pm – 8:00pm

Elliot Cowan: a retrospective of animated shorts
Monday, April 18 · 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Premiere! (One Night Only)
Girls Night Out: Emily Hubley, Nina Paley & Debra Solomon
Thursday, April 21 · 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Bill Plympton: a retrospective of animated shorts
Monday, April 25 · 7:00pm — 8:00pm

Animation Block Party: Special Best of Show Screening
Thursday, April 28 · 7:00pm – 8:00pm

The Hub Announces 2011-2012 Program Line-Up, Including a Warren Buffet Animated Series

A music competition for kids, family game shows based on iconic, beloved brands, and an animated Warren Buffett are among the nine new original programs that will join ten returning popular series with new episodes in the 2011-2012 program lineup on The Hub television network, a destination for kids and their families. Announcement of the network’s continued ambitious strategy of original programming – which includes 425 half-hours of new production, on a single network in one television season — was made by Margaret Loesch, President and CEO, The Hub, in advance of the network’s upfront meeting with advertisers in New York Thursday evening.

The Hub, a joint venture of Discovery Communications and Hasbro, Inc., was re-branded on October 10, 2010, and is available to 60 million U.S. cable and satellite households.

“In the short period of time we’ve been a newly branded network, we’ve seen that our strategy of providing quality, engaging entertainment to kids and their families – in an environment where they can watch and enjoy programs together — is exactly the right space for us,” said Ms. Loesch. “We have a tremendous advantage with strong, proven brands, and we are working with some of the best creative minds to bring those brands to life across multiple platforms and also to create new properties that will become future brands. The programs that we are announcing today will add strength, dimension and excitement to a schedule that is already resonating with viewers and building an extremely loyal audience.”

The Hub’s lineup of new series and returning series with new episodes — live-action and animated — will join a schedule that will also feature a wide range of acquired series and popular family movies, all targeting children 6-11 and providing opportunities for children to watch programs together with their families.

New, original series on The Hub for 2011-2012: [Editor's Note: Edited to only show new animated shows in the line-up. - Chris A.]

The Aquabats Super Show (Hub Original Series)

From the creators of Yo Gabba Gabba comes this quirky comedy adventure show featuring the popular rock band The Aquabats. A hybrid of concert footage, live-action skits and animation, the Aquabats battle evil with music and superhero powers unlike any seen before. The Aquabats are a touring band with five albums currently released. Produced by FremantleMedia Enterprises and The Magic Store.

Blythe Loves The Littlest Pet Shop (Hub Original Series, working title)

Inspired by the beloved Littlest Pet Shop brand, Blythe moves to the city and discovers that her new apartment is where her neighbors’ pets come to play when their owners are away. In this animated series, Blythe befriends the pets and introduces them to a world of adventures just outside their door. Produced by Hasbro Studios.

Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters (Hub Original Series, working title)

In this animated series inspired by the wildly popular trading card game, Duel Masters, a 14-year-old boy discovers a secret world in which mind-blowing creatures rule! These creatures harness special powers that if unleashed, could destroy the world as we know it. It is up to the boy to master his abilities in the ancient art of Kaijudo to protect their world and his own. Produced by Hasbro Studios.

Rescue Bots (Hub Original Series, working title)

Inspired by the iconic Transformers brand, a group of Autobots, too young to protect humanity alongside Optimus Prime and his team, are partnered with a close-knit human family of first responders. Together, they learn teamwork and heroism alongside their new human friends in this animated series produced by Hasbro Studios.

“Secret Millionaire’s Club (Hub Original Series of Specials)

The Hub will air four half-hour specials of Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaire’s Club, a new animated series created by one of the most successful investors in the world. Warren Buffett is a secret advisor to a group of kids who learn about business and how the world around them works. Through a series of adventures, kids learn basic business principles, and discover that the most valuable investment they can make is an investment in themselves. Created in partnership with and voiced by Mr. Buffett himself. Produced by A Squared Entertainment and Andy Heyward, former CEO of DIC Entertainment.

“South Park” Teams Up with Ron English for NYC Gallery Show

“Last Supper in South Park” painting by Ron English

Kicking off South Park‘s 15th anniversary celebration, Comedy Central and pop surrealist painter, Ron English, have joined forces to curate 15 Artists Interpret South Park at Opera Gallery New York beginning on Monday, March 28.

Famed street artist and pop surrealist painter, Ron English, has hand-picked 14 artists who are drawn from the street and the pop surrealism movement to join him in displaying their South Park interpretations. The artists are unified by their love of the hit series and the passion they bring to their work. Their interpretations feature the South Park characters and the iconic moments throughout the series history. The featured artists include: Ron English, Travis Louie, Colin Christian, Sas Christian, Beau Stanton, Kid Zoom, Dave White, KaNo, Kathie Olivas, Clark Fox, Greg Craola Simkins, Mark Dean Veca, Lindsey Way, Naoto Hattori and Tristan Eaton. The 15 Artists Interpret South Park exhibit will be on display at Opera Gallery New York beginning March 28 through April 10.

This summer the 15 Artists Interpret South Park exhibit will be traveling to Comic-Con in San Diego for Comedy Central’s Ultimate South Park Fan Experience. In addition, South Park fans can submit their own artistic interpretations at from March 28 to May 15. Ron English and the South Park staff will select the 15 best pieces and these will also be included in the Ultimate Fan Experience at Comic-Con.

Animated Fragments #4

For more about Animated Fragments, see this earlier post. If you want to see all the fragments collected in one place,subscribe to this channel on Vimeo.

Cuckoo by Paulo Mosca (Spain)

Work time by Stuart Bury (US): “A quick animation test in Flash. I wanted to use both symbols and frame by frame together in the same sequence.”

Guardian Pets commercial by Celyn Brazier (UK)

Pole Dance interstitial for E4 by Treat (UK)

Subway Test by BJ Crawford (US)

The Mushroom by Julio del Rio (UK). “The Mushroom” was done while sitting down in a pub on a Sunday afternoon…All frames were drawn directly in a single sheet of paper, and later scanned, cut, repositioned and timed in PAP, inspired by Fran Krause’s great sketchbook animation technique.”

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TONIGHT in LA: Cartoon Dump!

Our monthly live comedy/cartoon revue, Cartoon Dump, goes on as usual tonight at 8pm. Honoring the “Worst Cartoons Ever Made” with Frank Conniff (MST3K), Erica Doering, Emo Philips as our resident Cartoon Musicology Professor (all three pictured above from last months show) along with me (Jerry Beck), J. Elvis Weinstein, Mighty Mr. Titan and special stand-up comedy guest Michael Rayner at the Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Blvd. • Free Parking! • Advanced Tickets here • Phone: (323) 666-9797 • Map & Directions. Tell us you’re coming on Facebook!

Jim Henson’s “Wizard of Id” Pilot Uncovered

Who knew that Jim Henson created a TV pilot in 1969 based on Johnny Hart and Brant Parker’s Wizard of Id? Watch rare excerpts above and then read more background about the project on the superbly curated Henson Company blog.

The company is posting other rare historical materials on their YouTube account as well, such as this Aurora toilet paper ad from the mid-Sixties with a delightful pantomime hand by Frank Oz:

(via Mike Lynch Cartoons)

“Expanding Anyway” by Phantasmic

NY-based duo Phantasmic (aka Tripp and Jenna Watt) created this playful and nutty multimedia trip for the band Morning Teleportation:

Created with a vast array of materials, found objects, and crayola marker drawings, this pile of nonsense mixes stop motion, live action, motion graphics, and a little bit of 3D all within one gypsy invention of a carnival ride.

The ‘making of’ vid gives a nice view of their craft-oriented DIY approach:

Andreas Deja Interview

Marc Loos of the French pop culture site Cloneweb posted this brief recent interview with Andreas Deja in which he reveals his thoughts on his career, doing CG versus hand drawn, and what might come next from the Disney studio.

UPDATE: Marc Loos tells us that the drawing Andreas is sketching is actually Tigger – you can see a picture of it here.

And for our French readers, there is a french transcript here.

(Thanks, Kevin Rucker)

L.A. Bus Commercials (1956)

ERA Productions

Brew reader and longtime colleague Dana Gabbard (The Duckberg Times) has a side interest in the history of L.A. public transit, and that led to him finding these vinatge animated commercials on You Tube. Matthew Barrett at the Metro Library discovered the original film prints, arranged to get them digitized and placed them on the net.

Lantz veteran Milt Schaffer directed these spots, Bill Thompson (Droopy) does the voices and Disney artists Ed Aardal and Clarke Mallery animated them at studio “ERA Productions for Television” in 1956. Read more about their production in this PDF of an article from The Metro Coach News (June 1956), which includes photos of the people who worked on the spots plus some of the storyboards.

VanArts Hosting “Pixar Artists’ Masterclass” in NYC, Austin & Montreal

Vancouver, Canada — VanArts is proud to present a Masterclass in Animation & Story Development, featuring instructors Story Artist Matthew Luhn and Animator Andrew Gordon, both from Pixar Animation Studios.

This exceptional 2-day event takes place in New York City on June 24/25th, offering participants a rare and exciting opportunity to learn from the industry’s top talent. This class has toured the world, with this being one of only three North American stops in 2011 (see the classes in Austin, Texas and Montreal, Canada).

Geared toward experienced animators, students and animation enthusiasts alike, the skill sets covered are not software-specific. Lectures are organized with visuals, including live-action and animated clips, supplemented by a printed workbook. This masterclass provides you with the tools needed to help create your own stories and feature-quality animation, plus offers a great opportunity to meet and network with others in the industry.


Instructor Andrew Gordon
9:00am – 5:00pm
Story Development
Instructor Matthew Luhn
9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Principles of Animation
  • Staging & Pose Design
  • Locomotion
  • Acting for Animation
  • Gestures
  • Planning
  • Blocking
  • Facial Animation
  • Polish
  • Q & A
  • Storyboarding & the Story Artist
  • Preliminary Storyboards
  • 3-Act Story Structure
  • Sequence Boards & Character Development
  • Gags
  • Storyboarding from a Script
  • Composing Your Storyboards
  • Line & Value
  • Q & A

For more information, visit

Top Three Animated Films on YouTube and Vimeo

Hadn’t checked in a while and was curious to see what the most viewed pieces of animation on YouTube and Vimeo currently are. The results are, erm, fascinating and quite reflective of the audiences who use each site. It should be pointed out that Muto, the most viewed piece of animation on Vimeo (3.5 million views) has significantly more views (8.8 million) on YouTube. In other words, good animation does get recognized on YouTube as well, but you have to wade through a lot of trash to get to it.

From a user standpoint, I no longer find it possible to discover new animators or films on YouTube unless someone sends a direct link. Vimeo’s community features are easier to use, and the number of users is still small enough to encourage browsing and discovery. I hope they find ways to maintain the sense of intimacy and community as they scale upward.

Top Animation on YouTube
1. Tootin’ Bathtub Baby Cousins – 151.1 million views

2. Intro La casa de Mickey Mouse – 123 million views

3. The Gummy Bear Song – 115.2 million views

Top Animation on Vimeo

1. Muto – 3.5 million views

2. The Third & The Seventh – 3.2 million views

3. The Crisis of Credit Visualized – 2.5 million

“Everyone Seems Out To Get You” by Kapow Pictures

Bigfoot encounters loggers, hippies, the power company and angry townsfolk in his pursuit of some peace and quiet. It’s the third (we posted the other two last June) self-funded music video for Sydney-based punk/rock band The Hard-Ons by Australia’s own Kapow Pictures:

Produced by Sandra Walters
Directed and Designed by Mark Gravas
Designed and animated by Colin Bigelow
Additional animation Aaron Powell
Editor Gemma Amos
Storyboard Mark Gravas, Colin Bigelow, Ginny Wong, Sasha Wisinowski

Brazilian animated series “Jobi’s Room” aquired by Portfolio International

Portfolio International will be launching the worldwide sales of their newly acquired animated series entitled Jobi’s Room at MIPTV. Produced by Brazilian production company 2D Lab, Jobi’s Room (52×1’) targets kids 6-11 and follows 10 year old Jobi and his best friend Oscar (a talking frog) as they embark on a series of wacky imaginary adventures.

Each fact-filled, fast and frantic episode follows our two loveable characters as they explore the world from the safety of Jobi’s bedroom. The strong graphic style of the series makes it perfect for television interstitials, web and mobile download.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with 2D Lab and add Jobi’s Room to our catalog of quality children’s programming. The series is a perfect blend of fact and funny. The strong visuals and outrageous humor will resonate with audiences all over the world,” said Louis Fournier, Vice President, Sales and Acquisitions.

“Portfolio has a long term vision of the market and is interested not just in great properties but also in creating great relationships. Brazil is in a special moment now, and we, at 2Dlab, want to make sure we use it to create strategic partners that will be with us for the long run,” said Andre Breitman, President of 2DLab.

San Francisco’s New People To Host Screening of New “Gundam” Anime

New People, the nation’s only entertainment complex dedicated to Japanese popular culture, brings the latest chapter of the venerable Gundam saga to the Bay Area for an exclusive series of weekend screenings. Prepare for big screen sci-fi action and impressively designed mobile suits with the premiere of the 3-episode Gundam UC (Unicorn) anime series throughout the weekend of Saturday April 2nd and Sunday April 3rd.

The cinema will present both subtitled and dubbed versions of the series on each day. Tickets for Mobile Suit Gundam UC (Unicorn) are $8.00 for Episode 1 and $10.00 each for Episodes 2 and 3. Special combo tickets are available for $26.00 online or from the New People box office for all 3 Episodes in any combination over the weekend. Tickets, trailers and more details are available at:

Advance copies of Mobile Suit Gundam UC (Unicorn) on Blu-ray, distributed by Bandai Entertainment, Inc., will also be on sale (on April 2-3 only) for a discounted price in the New People retail store — ahead of the series’ April 7th general release.

Vol. 1:  Special discounted price – $44.98 (Suggested Normal Retail Price $49.98)

Vol. 2: Special discounted price – $49.98 (Suggested Normal Retail Price $59.98)

Vol. 3: Special discounted price – $49.98 (Suggested Normal Retail Price $59.98)

U.C. (Universal Century) 0001…

A New Era is about to begin with the announcement that the settlement of space has commenced. But as the calendar change ceremony is in progress, the space station Laplace, official residence of the Earth Federation prime minister, is shattered by a terrorist bombing.

A young man named Syam, who joined the terrorists because of poverty, is caught in the explosion of Laplace and discovers something amid the wreckage. This is the forbidden box that will later be known as Laplace’s Box. Laplace’s Box is never to be opened. There are few who even know what it is. The secret of the box continues to sleep with Syam…

U.C. 0096…The manufacturing colony Industrial 7, which is still under construction, floats at Lagrange point 1.

A youth named Banagher Links, who grew up without knowing his father, meets a mysterious girl who has stowed away on a ship bound for Industrial 7. As the white mobile suit Unicorn undergoes repeated tests and becomes the subject of diverse speculations, the hands of time begin to move. Banagher does not yet know that he has been caught up in the conflict surrounding Laplace’s Box.

What is Laplace’s Box?

What secret does it contain?

The hundred-year curse of the Universal Century is about to be resolved.

Mobile Suit Gundam UC (Unicorn) Screening Schedule:

Saturday, April 2nd: Episode 1 (Subtitles) 1:00pm $8.00

Episode 2 (Subtitles) 2:30pm $10.00

Episode 3 (Subtitles) 4:00pm $10.00

Episode 1 (Dubbed) 5:30pm $8.00

Episode 2 (Dubbed) 7:00pm $10.00

Episode 3 (Dubbed) 8:30pm $10.00

Sunday, April 3rd: Episode 1 (Dubbed) 1:00pm $8.00

Episode 2 (Dubbed) 2:30pm $10.00

Episode 3 (Dubbed) 4:00pm $10.00

Episode 1 (Subtitles) 5:30pm $8.00

Episode 2 (Subtitles) 7:00pm $10.00

Episode 3 (Subtitles) 8:30pm $10.00

New People features the nation’s only movie theatre devoted to Japanese film and anime. The 143-seat subterranean theatre is located inside New People at 1746 Post Street in San Francisco’s Japantown and features plush seating, digital as well as 35mm projection, and a THX®-certified sound system.

13 Directors Elected At Walt Disney Co. Annual Meeting

Salt Lake City, Utah, March 23, 2011 — Shareholders of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) at the 2011 Annual Meeting today elected 13 members of the Board of Directors and supported Board recommendations on the Company’s auditor, its stock incentive plan and advisory votes on executive compensation and on the frequency of advisory votes on executive compensation, based on preliminary results.

Shareholders also agreed with the Board in rejecting one shareholder proposal.

Disney Chairman John E. Pepper Jr. welcomed shareholders to the meeting at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center and introduced members of the Board of Directors. Mr. Pepper remarked that “2010 was a great year for The Walt Disney Company. It was a year of excellence — creatively, strategically and financially.” He commended Disney’s management team for successfully navigating a fast-changing media landscape and a difficult global economy while maintaining its strategic focus on delivering strong shareholder value and building for future growth.

“In Fiscal 2010 we delivered on each of our key strategic priorities — producing compelling creative content, using innovative technology to enhance our storytelling and expanding into promising international markets — to significantly grow our businesses,” said Robert A. Iger, President and CEO, The Walt Disney Company. “This year was an especially strong one for us creatively, with two $1 billion global box office films, Alice in Wonderland and Toy Story 3.”

Mr. Iger noted Disney’s strong financial performance. “For the year, net income increased 20% to $3.96 billion on a 5% rise in revenue to $38 billion and the total return delivered by Disney to shareholders was up nearly 24% — substantially more than the 14% return delivered during the same period by the S&P 500.

Based on preliminary results, all Disney directors were reelected to the Board:
# Susan Arnold
# John S. Chen
# John E. Bryson
# Judith L. Estrin
# Robert A. Iger
# Robert W. Matschullat
# Steve Jobs
# John E. Pepper Jr.
# Fred H. Langhammer
# Sheryl Sandberg
# Aylwin B. Lewis
# Orin C. Smith
# Monica C. Lozano

Shareholders also ratified the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the Company’s independent accountants for the fiscal year ending October 1, 2011, and approved the 2011 Stock Incentive Plan, which increases the number of shares authorized to be issued under the Company’s plans.

Shareholders approved the advisory proposal on executive compensation and approved the Board’s recommendation that such votes be held annually.

Shareholders rejected the only shareholder proposal, relating to performance tests for restricted stock units.

Final voting tallies are subject to certification by the Company’s inspector of elections, and will be included in the Company’s report to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by early next week.

Cartoon Network Cancels “Sym-Bionic Titan”

Sym-Bionic Titan

Cartoon Network announced its new slate of series yesterday, but most of the on-line chatter is about the cancellation of Genndy Tartakovsky’s confusingly named Sym-Bionic Titan which lasted exactly one season of twenty episodes. Steve Hulett of the Animation Guild reported what he heard while wandering the halls of Cartoon Network:

“Genddy’s moved on to Sony Pictures Animation. Titan got competitive ratings with other action shows, but what shut it down was it didn’t have enough toys connected to it. If you don’t have the, the studios don’t want to renew for another season.”

The obligatory “save the show” page on Facebook currently has just over 300 members.

New York’s Erebuni Gallery To Host “Too Art for TV 5″ Animation Art Exhibit

Erebuni Gallery, in collaboration with the curating group BunnyCutlet, is proud to host the fifth annual showing of Too Art for TV, an exhibition featuring
exceptional new works from 40 animation industry artists. As an annual event, Too Art for TV serves as a reminder that there is a space for the personal,
idiosyncratic musings of the animation industry artist.

Featuring the larger-than-life traditional oil paintings of animation painter Chris Fisher, the jubilant woodland encounters depicted by Jen Hill’s acrylics,
the quixotic paintings of animator Kelly Denato, as well as dozens of other works by previous exhibitors. For the first time, Too Art for TV will be showcasing explosive geek-art collages by digital artist Martin Abrahams, new inks on paper by animation director John Dilworth, pulp-comic inspired oils of Titmouse Inc. founder Chris Prynoski, and more works by newcomers of the show.

The show runs from March 25th through April 23rd, 2011, with the opening reception taking place on Friday March 25th from 6:30PM to 9:30PM.

Vintage Mickey Mouse doll with Hanna-Barbera copyright

Brew reader Rod Cockle found this item in an antique store: a plastic Mickey Mouse figure with a Hanna Barbera copyright on the back.

The figure is actually a bowling pin from a 1970s Mickey Mouse bowling game. Is this like those misprint postage stamps or coins that are worth five times their value because of a printing error? I would’ve liked to put one of these in my Hanna Barbera Treasury book – it would have drove the lawyers crazy.