I always hated Captain Planet, but if it were this cool back then I would have watched it more often. From Funny or Die, Don Cheadle takes Captain Planet in a new direction:
NEW YORK, NY — August 30, 2011 — Join Mark, Callie, Grimes and all the rest of your favorite Ugly characters and shoot your way into saving the world! 345 Games, the video gaming arm of Comedy Central and Spike TV, announced today that its highly anticipated top-down arcade shooter Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon launches today for PlayStation Network and tomorrow for Xbox LIVE Arcade for a retail price of $9.99. Published by Comedy Central Games and developed by Backbone Entertainment, this hilarious game unites the humor and spirit of the popular animated comedy-horror series Ugly Americans with classic and addictive dual analog shooting gameplay. The game features all of the voice actors from the show, a script penned by the show writers and original characters created by the show creator Devin Clark.
“Today, gamers will get their own chance to see what everyone was raving about at PAX recently who played this game,” said Dan Yang, general manager, 345 Games. “It’s been a long but extremely rewarding process working with the show’s talented staff and our wonderful development team, but I’m unbelievably excited that we’re here at the finish line and people can share in this hilarious and addictive experience we’ve worked so hard to create.”
Coinciding with tomorrow’s XBLA launch is a brand new avatar collection featuring your favorite characters from the show! Deck out your avatar with either a completely new skin or even a miniature drunk Leonard to follow you around as a pet! Pricing for these avatar collection items range between 160 and 400 MSpoints.
With four-player top-down co-op gameplay that hearkens back to such classics as Gauntlet and Robotron, Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon features four playable characters, each with their own unique abilities, weapons and strengths.Â Players must comb the streets of New York City and pacify raving demons, delinquent man birds and zombies by lactating fire or hurling wacky objects like flying demon skulls, fish, baseballs and wrenches.Â Investigate case files from the Department of Integration and battle devastating and distinctive bosses, each bringing you one step closer to finding out who is trying to bring about the end of days!
The Big Screen Plaza is pleased to present a special outdoor screening featuring the animation work of Augenblick Studios. The show will feature highlights from Comedy Central’s Golden Age, MTV2′s Wonder Showzen, and other independently produced Augenblick shorts. The work will screen on a 10,000 sq ft. plaza on a cutting-edge 30×15 ft LED screen. Admission is FREE, and seating is first come, first serve. Enter through the Food Parc on 6th Ave between 29th street and 30th street.
Grab a beer and enjoy the show!
Augenblick Studios is an independent animation studio located in Brooklyn, NY. Founded in 1999 by Aaron Augenblick, their team of artists has created a wide array of animated shorts for television, film, and the Internet. Recent projects have included the new Comedy Central series Ugly Americans.
For the Pink Panther fanatic who has everything…
When the Pink Panther theatrical shorts were first broadcast on NBC’s Saturday Morning in 1969, DePatie Freleng created a live-action opening title segment (see below) using a customized “Panthermobile“, designed by Jay Ohrberg. Now, the original car is now being offered for sale via an online auction from September 4th through October 14th. I was never sure what they thought creating such a vehicle would do for the Pink Panther – other than create publicity at car shows around the world – but it’s a pretty cool car. If you got the green (and the pink) for it, a once in a lifetime opportunity could be yours.
(Thanks, Charles Brubaker)
NEW YORK, NY — August 31, 2011 — Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) returns as the title characters’ sinister nemesis, Dr. Blowhole, in Nickelodeon’s brand-new Penguins of Madagascar special, Blowhole Strikes Back, premiering Friday, Sept. 9, at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT). The hour-long special features Harris performing in four original musical numbers, two of which he is singing alongside The Penguins of Madagascar characters. The series recently garnered six Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Children’s Animated Program, Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program (Danny Jacobs) and Outstanding Writing in Animation. Year to date, The Penguins of Madagascar ranks as one of the top five animated series on all TV with kids 2-11.*
“Our viewers loved Dr. Blowhole in the first special, so we were excited to bring the character back and work with the very talented Neil Patrick Harris again,” said Brown Johnson, President, Animation, Nickelodeon. “In this second special, he has expanded his role with unforgettable vocal performances, including a stand-out power ballad.”
In the special, Skipper arrives in Shanghai on a super secret solo mission that leads him waddling right into a Dr. Blowhole trap. Without his men, who are back at the zoo, he is helpless and his memory gets wiped away by Blowhole’s “Mind-Jacker.” Blowhole’s despicable plan uses Skipper’s memories to locate Kowalski, Private and Rico, blast them with his “Diabologizer,” and render them evil monsters who destroy their headquarters. The lyrics from the special–which includes six original songs–were written by series executive producers Robert Schooley and Mark McCorkle and composed by Adam Berry, who recently won a Daytime Emmy Award for his work on the series.
Leading up to the premiere, Nick.com will help get fans ready for Dr. Blowhole’s return with training games and top secret videos. On September 1, fans can play Menace of the Mind-Jacker, a brand-new puzzle game based on the special, where Dr. Blowhole is stealing Skipper’s memories and players must match memory bubbles in order to fill Dr. Blowhole’s memory trap. Additionally, Nick.com and Nick’s social media channels will roll out songs from the episode and there will be a dedicated Penguins category on Nick’s video-on-demand. Following the premiere, Nickelodeon will air an encore of the special on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 10:00 a.m. (ET/PT).
Matt Groening has rocked the world of animation once with The Simpsons, twice with Futurama, and now thrice as judge of Shooting People‘s Film of the Month competition in September 2011!
For our Animation Takeover month, the inimitable Mr Groening will be on hand to watch and comment on your work. All you have to do is upload your most impressive animation to Film of the Month in September, then get fellow members to watch, love and vote for you.
We want the best, most imaginative and downright mind-blowing animators around the world to showcase themselves during our Animation Takeover, and have a crack at this unique chance to get feedback from an undisputed animation idol. Of course, you can upload short films of any kind, but we think animators will be particularly excited to about the competition.
Upload your film from 1st September. The top three films at the end of the month will be sent to the desk of Mr G himself for approval and winning decisions. You must be a Shooting People member to enter.
Add your animation to September’s hottest competition from 1st of the month: http://shootingpeople.org/watchfilm/home
Lots of buzz yesterday over the announcement of Wacom’s new Inkling device. It allows users to sketch directly onto paper using a real pen, and records the strokes, which can then be exported to the computer as a vector file. The consensus amongst various professional artists posting on Twitter appears to be, “Wow, this is a cool gadget, but I’m not sure how it fits into my workflow.” On the plus side, it’s priced at $200 which is a relatively affordable cost of entry for a new technology. Are you excited about the Inkling? Can you envision using it in your film production workflow?
Watch this intro to the Inkling:
Eighty-one-year old Fred Cohen, owner of Poughkeepsie’s Overlook Drive-In movie theater, is either clairvoyant or a crotchety old man. He offered his assessment of 3-D movies in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal and it ain’t pretty:
“I’ve been in this business long enough to see it fail once. And I’ll be in it long enough to see it fail again.”
The jury is still out on how much longer Fred will have to wait.
Produced by Luc Besson, Bibo Bergeron’s A Monster In Paris looks gorgeous… but the story, about a giant singing flea, seems a bit slight. Hope I’m wrong. It opens in France in October. No U.S. distributor or release date yet, but here’s the English language trailer:
One of the reasons I like Chipotle is their emphasis on humanely raised animals. Whether raising meat can ever be as idyllic or beautiful as depicted in this new stop motion short called Back to the Start is open to debate, but it’s an undeniably attractive piece of advertising. It was directed by designed by London-based Johnny Kelly whose hand-made approach to the art form is a perfect match for Chipotle’s message. Like George Pal’s Puppetoons, Kelly knows how to animate stylized geometric forms with organic appeal.
Behind-the-scenes production photos on Johnny Kelly’s Flickr account.
Making of video and credits after the jump:
Yoram Gross’ films will represent Australian animation at the Chitrakatha’11 international festival in India, from October 19 to 23. Yoram Gross built an animation empire by bringing Australian characters, from Dot and the Kangaroo to Blinky Bill, to the screen.
The Chitrakatha festival celebrates animation design and graphic storytelling from across the globe. The Cinema of Wonders program features Persian tales – animation from Iran to the Yoram Gross films: Blinky Bill The Mischievous Koala and The Little Convict starring Rolf Harris.
Chitrakatha 2011 commemorates 50 years of animation education at the National Institute of Design. This year’s theme is Back to Basics – exploring effective and timeless animation design.
Yoram Gross’ films and children’s series have been enjoyed by generations and are still cherished today. The Blinky Bill Series first aired in 1993 and is currently rated fifth on ABC2 – children’s programs 9:30am weekend slot. The filmmaker was awarded the Murray Forrest Achievement in Film Craft award at the Australian International Movie Convention on Thursday.
Sarah (aka The Seventh Match) featuring Mia Farrow, Dot Goes to Hollywood and Dot and Keeto are some of the feature films he has made. The animator was awarded the Order of Australia in 1995 for his contribution to the Australian film industry.
Veteran filmmaker, Yoram Gross, continues to create screen stories in a career that spans 64 years. His Art Alive series depicts a pre-schooler’s artwork – from a cardboard house to a cut out mouse, coming to life and interacting with its creator, which is currently screening on the Disney Channel.
He is also producing Professor Filutek – a colourful series of two-minute animated shorts based on the cartoon strips by Zbigniew Lengren. The short films will premiere at the 2011 Canberra Short Film Festival.
The documentary Blinky and Me, tells the story of Gross’ animated life, by New York filmmaker Tomasz Magierski. The film will premiere in Poland in October.
“I love this profession it makes me happy,” said Yoram Gross.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — August 30, 2011… This year’s most anticipated animated theatrical release, Santa’s Apprentice will dash into cinemas in time for the festive season on November 10, 2011.
The heart-warming Christmas animation featuring the voices of Australia’s own Shane Jacobsen, Magda Szubanski, Delta Goodrem, Hugh Sheridan and Georgie Parker follows the story of young Nicolas (voice of Jack Versace), a 7 year old Australian boy on his adventure as he struggles with the ups and downs of being the next Santa Claus.Â It’s a big responsibility that would scare even the bravest boy — but Nicolas wants to be the best Santa ever.
So he will have to learn a few lessons along the way. Christmas has a way of making even the biggest mishaps alright and thanks to his loving mentors, Santa (Shane Jacobsen) and Waldorf (Hugh Sheridan), Nicolas learns, as we all do, the true meaning of Christmas!
“Santa’s Apprentice is a delightful story filled with fun and friendship — a truly heart-warming story!Â Imagine spending time in the North Pole hanging out with Santa — well Santa’s Apprentice takes you there.Â It’s a film about the spirit of Christmas and there is something for everyone to take away from this magical tale filled with recognisable and well-loved Australian voices” said Creative Producer, Avrill Stark.
The Avrill Stark Entertainment and Flying Bark Productions animated adventure recently won the special UNICEF award at the largest animation event, the Annecy International Animation Festival in France recognising the best animation which highlights the goals of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Released last year in France — selling over 100,000 tickets in the first week and 650,000 over the life of the release -, Santa’s Apprentice was ranked fourth in the country on its opening weekend behind Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows Part 1.Â Santa’s Apprentice has already been sold to many countries including Austria, Canada, Greece, India, Russia and the United States of America.
Distributed by Becker Film Group, Santa’s Apprentice takes you to a place where wishes really do come true and proves that sometimes, happy endings are only the beginning — a film experience for every parent who wants to see Christmas again through the eyes of their child!
Leave it up to Squidbillies co-creators Dave Willis and Jim Fortier to bring together musical talents ranging from Grammy winner and hip hop hit-maker T-Pain to country music legend George Jones in a new season of hillbilly shenanigans.
Season 5 of Squidbillies premieres Sunday, September 11 at 11:45 p.m. (ET, PT) on Adult Swim.Â When you can’t count on that expensive hog mess we call “modern medicine” to fix your funnybone, Squidbillies season five is there to scrub up for surgery, y’all!Â North Georgia’s patriot in residency, Early Cuyler, is revving up for another celebration of ill-informed ideas, spontaneous violence, and general backwoods ‘neckery that’s gonna whip you into a dysfunctional frenzy.Â Your television ain’t never looked this gorgeous.
Fans will get an added bonus of a free Squidbillies album, Music For Americans Only Made by Americans In China For Americans Only God Bless America, U.S.A., for download featuring tunes by artists from this season and past seasons. Early Cuyler knows people are stealing music anyway so we might as well make it easier for them.
HOLLYWOOD, CA — Strawberry Shortcake and all of her friends take summer fun to new heights in the fabulous new adventure Strawberry Shortcake: Growing Up Dreams, arriving on DVD August 30 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and American Greetings Properties.
Strawberry Shortcake and her friends can’t wait to grow up, and they wonder what they’ll become some day. It’s all berry exciting as imaginations soar and Strawberry and her friends see what it’s like to be busy career girls! But when Peppermint Fizz becomes Mayor and gets berry, berry bossy, trouble strikes in Strawberryland. Growing Up Dreams is all about getting along, working together, and believing in your dreams. Plus, no matter how big you getâ€¦you should never outgrow being nice!
Strawberry Shortcake is a top rated show on The Hub network. Prebook for the Strawberry Shortcake: Growing Up Dreams DVD will be July 20.
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NEW YORK — Preschoolers will join Dora and her friends on exciting Halloween adventures in the new four-episode DVD, Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Halloween Parade. Created by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Halloween Parade will be released on DVD on August 30, 2011, for the suggested retail price of $16.99.
Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Halloween Parade Episode Synopses:
Dora and Boots are headed for the big Halloween Parade when they run into their friend Little Monster. He really wants to be in the Parade but he doesn’t have a costume. Dora and Boots tell him not to worry as they help him find a costume at the parade.
It’s Halloween, and while trick-or-treating Dora and Boots are surprised by a cute little monster who they help home before the arrow on the big clock strikes 12.
The Backpack Parade
Everyone is dressing up their backpacks in different costumes for the Backpack Parade. Backpack is really excited because this year she gets to lead the parade but she’s having trouble with her allergies.
Dora, la MÃºsico
Dora and Boots are leading a musical parade to free the instruments that were locked up by the evil SeÃ±or Shhh.
Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Halloween Parade Fast Facts:
Street Date: August 30, 2011
DVD SRP: $16.99
DVD Running Time:Â Approximately 97 Minutes