CalArts’ REDCAT Hosts Two Animated Events For 2011 Fall Season

Los Angeles, CA – Today Executive Director Mark Murphy unveils REDCAT‘s 2011 Fall Season, featuring a dynamic lineup of living legends and daring new voices in dance, theater, music, film/video, visual and multimedia work. These global and local innovators are encouraging exploration and discovery as well as confronting urgent issues facing our world. Dedicated to keeping its ticket prices low and gallery events free, REDCAT encourages visitors to come often and bring friends. Tickets for REDCAT’s 2011 Fall Season are now on sale and available by phone (213-237-2800) and online at www.redcat.org.

[Editor's Note: Press release edited to highlight animated-related events.]

October 10

Animation of the Unconsciousness: CalArts and the Teachings of Jules Engel

Presented as part of Pacific Standard Time and co-presented with Los Angeles Filmforum

An evening of work by Jules Engel (1909—2003), the founder and director of the CalArts Film Graphics Program (later called “Experimental Animation”), who fostered the emergence of a new form of animation–freewheeling, transgressive, and imaginative. Also on the program are works by Kathy Rose, Adam Beckett and other students carrying on Engel’s legacy.

Pacific Standard Time is an unprecedented collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California, coming together to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene. Initiated through grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time will take place for six months beginning October 2011. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.

http://www.redcat.org/event/jules-engel

November 1

Suzan Pitt and Jim Trainor: A Conversation in Light and Darkness

Suzan Pitt and Alpert Award-winner Jim Trainor have brought the art of animation to new levels of artistic maturity and depth, and their films entertain haunting correspondences with each other.

http://www.redcat.org/event/suzan-pitt-and-jim-trainor

“Penguins of Madagascar” Half-Hour Special, “Hoboken Surprise” Premieres this Saturday!

http://vimeo.com/27831486

This Saturday, August 20, at 11:00am ET/PT, Nickelodeon will premiere an all-new Penguins of Madagascar half-hour special, “Hoboken Surprise.”

In “Hoboken Surprise,” the penguins’ worst nightmare has come true. After a sailing trip gone wrong, they wind up in the Hoboken Zoo. Strangely, the animals are happy, the zoo is a paradise and life couldn’t be better! Zookeeper Frances takes outstanding care of all of them — or does she? Something sinister bubbles under the surface — the happy animals are actually androids, and the real animals are held captive in a dungeon. They’re too “messy” and Zookeeper Frances can’t stand a mess! A rescue comes from a very unlikely source, and the final battle could go either way.

VES Announces Important Dates For 10th Annual VES Awards

Los Angeles, August 17, 2011 — The Visual Effects Society (VES), which represents approximately 2500 visual effects artists and practitioners worldwide, is pleased to announce it will hold the 10th Annual VES Awards Show on February 7, 2012 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. The Annual Awards show is where the most outstanding work in 23 visual effects categories is presented and the artists who created them are honored.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE 10th ANNUAL VES AWARDS:

•    August 15, 2011 — Rules & Procedures to be posted at www.visualeffectssociety.com/ves-awards

•    October 10, 2011 – Submissions open

•    November 15 through November 30, 2011 — period for uploading of viewing materials

•    November 30, 2011 — Submissions close

•    February 7, 2012 — Awards ceremony, Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, California

Parents Television Council Releases Study on Adult Content in Cartoons

LOS ANGELES (August 16, 2011) — Today, the Parents Television Council released the results of its latest study, “Cartoons Are No Laughing Matter,” documenting shocking levels of adult content on networks with the highest-rated primetime animated cable shows among children ages 12-17, according to Nielsen data. The networks included in the study reflect where kids are consuming the most popular animated shows during primetime: Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel and Nick at Nite.

“Nielsen data told us where children ages 12-17 are watching animated programming on basic cable. PTC analysts followed the Nielsen data in order to see exactly what type of material kids are consuming. The findings of this report should be vexing for every parent. The term ‘adult’ not only describes the nature of the cartoon content itself; it also describes the products being marketed to kids,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“Adult content isn’t just creeping into the cartoons that kids today are watching the most; it has overtaken much of that animated programming. We’re not talking about cartoon characters slipping on banana peels and ramming into doors. Our data demonstrates that today’s norm is profanity-laden storylines involving everything from rape and cocaine to STDs and crystal meth. There is now more sexual content on these cartoons than violence — even when counting traditional ‘light’ cartoon violence.

“Parents might not be surprised that there is an abundance of adult-themed content on a cable network called Adult Swim; but those same parents are likely to be very surprised at just how adult the content is and how often teens and pre-teens are flocking to the network. Many don’t even realize Adult Swim appears on the same channel as the decidedly kid-centric Cartoon Network and begins airing at 9:00 pm Eastern/8:00 pm Central.

“Just as shocking as the volume and degree of adult material in the cartoons was the abysmal network failure rate in applying consistent TV content rating standards. During the study period, harsh profanity and graphic sexual depictions aired during programs rated TV-PG. Cartoon Network failed to use the ratings system to warn parents about sexual content, suggestive dialogue and explicit language 100 percent of the time. We also discovered the networks are directly marketing adult entertainment products to kids during TV-PG programming, including R-rated movies and TV-MA shows and DVDs,” Winter continued.

“Parents need to understand just how explicit these cartoons are so they can make better viewing decisions for their family. They also must be given the chance to unsubscribe to explicit cable networks. As it stands now, every parent who subscribes to cable so their kids can watch Disney or Nickelodeon is also forking over cash every month to Adult Swim. Parents, not cable companies, should decide which cable networks they want to pay for.

“In addition to cable choice and more responsible programming decisions by the networks, the entire television content ratings system needs to be overhauled. The current system fails parents and families when it comes to accuracy, consistency, transparency and accountability,” Winter concluded.

The Parents Television Council used Nielsen data to identify networks with the highest-rated primetime animated cable shows for ages 12-17. Based on the Nielsen findings, PTC examined 123 episodes of animated programming that aired on Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel and Nick at Nite for the presence of sexual content, violence, drugs and explicit language between March 21, 2011 and April 14, 2011.

PTC research analysts documented 1,487 incidents of explicit language, drugs and sexual content during the four-week study period. On average, young viewers were exposed to adult content once every two minutes and 19 seconds. TV-PG rated animation featured sex, drugs or profanity every two minutes and 31 seconds. Adult Swim, which used to begin airing at 11:00 pm ET and now begins at 9:00 pm ET (8:00 pm CT), included some of the highest-rated animated shows among ages 12-17 and the highest levels of explicit content.

Major Findings:

Sex

• Sex (680 instances) surpassed every form of violence (674 instances) in animated primetime cable programming.

• Sexual depictions included simulations or obscured scenes of sexual intercourse, pornography, masturbation, pedophilia and prostitution.

Drugs

• There were a total of 208 incidents relating to drugs, including cocaine, marijuana, crystal meth, psychedelics and alcohol. Eighty percent of the drug-related incidents were depictions rather than references.

Profanity

• The study identified 565 incidents of explicit language on shows rated TV-PG and TV-14. Twenty-seven percent of the uses of “f**k” and “sh*t” occurred on TV-PG programs.

Content Ratings

• Eighty-five percent of the TV-PG shows and 64% of the TV-14 shows containing sexual content did not have an “S” descriptor warning parents.

• Cartoon Network failed to use the ratings system to warn parents about sexual situations (S), suggestive dialogue (D) and coarse or crude language (L) 100% of the time.

Advertisements

• TV-PG and TV-14 shows included advertisements for adult media, including TV-MA DVDs, TV-MA shows, and R-rated movies.

• All R-rated movies that aired during the study period were advertised during TV-PG programs.

To access the full report and view video examples, please visit www.ParentsTV.org/Cartoons.

“Garabonciák” by Dóra Keresztes and István Orosz

I think one could easily make the case that in the early-1980s, the most visually inventive and coolest looking cartoons in the world were being made in Hungary. To bolster the theory, here’s a 1985 piece of Hungarian psychedelia directed by Dóra Keresztes and István Orosz. The title Garabonciák translates to Wizards in English, and the music was composed by Károly Cserepes. Someone somewhere really needs to put together a retrospective of Eighties Hungarian features and shorts.

(via Meathaus)

Del Connell (1918-2011)

Del Connell

Del Connell, who was a veteran Disney animation artist, Western Publishing editor, and comic strip/book writer, passed away on August 12 at age 93. Connell started working at Disney in 1939. Among other accomplishments, he worked in Joe Grant’s Character Model department, served as a story artist on Alice in Wonderland, and wrote the shorts The Pelican and the Snipe and The Cold-Blooded Penguin.

In the 1950s, he started a thirty-year run at Western Publishing where he wrote and edited thousands of Dell and Gold Key comics featuring cartoon characters from Disney, Warner Bros., Walter Lantz, Hanna-Barbera, and MGM. He remained especially close to the Disney characters: he wrote Donald Duck comics for decades, scripted the Mickey Mouse newspaper strip between 1968 and 1988, and invented Goofy’s alter-ego Super Goof.

I never met Connell, but heard plenty of nice things about him from his colleague Pete Alvarado who worked with him at Western Publishing for many years. For more about Connell’s life and work, follow these links:

Extensive chronology and memories of Del Connell by his grandson
Remembrance by Mark Evanier
Recent article about Del in the The Bakersfield Californian

(story via Disney History blog; the Connell photo at the top of this post is taken from Mark Evanier’s remembrance post)

“Cartoons Are No Laughing Matter!”

Yesterday, the Parents Television Council released its latest study, Cartoons Are No Laughing Matter: Sex, Drugs and Profanity on Primetime Animated Shows Kids Watch Most, documenting the “shocking levels of adult content on networks with the highest-rated primetime animated cable shows”. The networks cited in the study included Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel and Nick at Nite.

The report has it in particularly for Adult Swim. Says PTC President Tim Winter:

Adult content isn’t just creeping into the cartoons that kids today are watching the most; it has overtaken much of that animated programming. We’re not talking about cartoon characters slipping on banana peels and ramming into doors. Our data demonstrates that today’s norm is profanity-laden storylines involving everything from rape and cocaine to STDs and crystal meth. There is now more sexual content on these cartoons than violence — even when counting traditional ‘light’ cartoon violence.

“Parents might not be surprised that there is an abundance of adult-themed content on a cable network called Adult Swim; but those same parents are likely to be very surprised at just how adult the content is and how often teens and pre-teens are flocking to the network. Many don’t even realize Adult Swim appears on the same channel as the decidedly kid-centric Cartoon Network

Major findings in the report include:

Sex

• Sex (680 instances) surpassed every form of violence (674 instances) in animated primetime cable programming.

• Sexual depictions included simulations or obscured scenes of sexual intercourse, pornography, masturbation, pedophilia and prostitution.

Drugs

• There were a total of 208 incidents relating to drugs, including cocaine, marijuana, crystal meth, psychedelics and alcohol. Eighty percent of the drug-related incidents were depictions rather than references.

Profanity

• The study identified 565 incidents of explicit language on shows rated TV-PG and TV-14. Twenty-seven percent of the uses of “f**k” and “sh*t” occurred on TV-PG programs.

Content Ratings

• Eighty-five percent of the TV-PG shows and 64% of the TV-14 shows containing sexual content did not have an “S” descriptor warning parents.

• Cartoon Network failed to use the ratings system to warn parents about sexual situations (S), suggestive dialogue (D) and coarse or crude language (L) 100% of the time.

You can download the entire report (as a PDF) HERE.

Classic Media Releases Original “Voltron” Series as “Voltron: The Legend Begins”

New York, NY – From days of long ago, from uncharted regions of the universe, comes a legend, the legend of Voltron, Defender of the Universe! On August 16th, 2011, Classic Media, a global media company with a portfolio of some of the world’s leading family entertainment brands, in collaboration with World Events Productions (WEP), a top animated television production company, will release the first seven episodes of the iconic 1980s robot-themed television action series, Voltron: Defender of the Universe, on a brand-new DVD, Voltron: The Legend Begins ($12.98 SRP).

Voltron: The Legend Begins tell the original story of a brave team of space explorers–Keith, Lance, Sven, Hunk and Pidge–who search for the keys to five mythical robot lions on the planet Arus.  Arus has been destroyed by the armies of King Zarkon and his use of giant Robeast monsters created by the witch Haggar. The planet’s only hope lies in the discovery of these five robot lions, which combine together to form the mighty robot, Voltron: Defender of the Universe!  With the compelling stories, memorable characters, humor and heart-pounding action that made the Voltron television series and brand so popular, Voltron is the ultimate story of good versus evil, and the triumph of the human spirit. Voltron: The Legend Begins DVD features 180 minutes of action on one disc including extra bonus content.

“We cannot think of a better time to bring back the ultimate robot action-themed series in a fresh package for fans and collectors,” said Robert Mayo, SVP & General Manager, US Home Entertainment, Classic Media. “To this day, Voltron remains an icon that continues to impact pop culture in areas including sports, music and more. We’re proud to be a part of this movement, and we’re excited to encourage new generations to learn the Voltron story.”

Voltron: The Legend Begins Includes:
* Voltron 101: An introduction to many of the elements that made the classic Voltron series such a hit in the ‘80s

* Voltron Art Slide Show: An exclusive slideshow that features professional fan art from the recently released Voltron: United and Drawn art book, and interpretations of the classic Voltron characters

* Voltron Force Sizzle Reel: A peek at the new Voltron Force series which takes place 5 years after the classic series concluded

“Hoodwinked Too! Hood Vs. Evil” Coming To DVD August 16th, 2011

BEVERLY HILLS, CA — Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company announced today the 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD release of the all-new animated family comedy, Hoodwinked Too! Hood Vs. Evil, heading to retail on August 16, 2011.  Directed by Mike Disa and produced by Kanbar Entertainment, the team that brought you the original Hoodwinked! film, Hoodwinked Too! Hood Vs. Evil is based on the beloved classic children’s fairy tale Red Riding Hood.  The sequel features the voices of an all-star ensemble cast including Hayden Panettiere, Glenn Close, JoanCusack, Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Patrick Warburton, David Alan Grier, Andy Dick, Brad Garrett, Martin Short, Heidi Klum, Wayne Newton, Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong.   Hoodwinked Too! Hood Vs. Evil is available for a SRP of $39.99 for the 3D Blu-ray 4-Pack, which includes a 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, standard definition DVD, and Digital Copy of the film; $34.99 for the Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack; and $29.98 for the standard definition DVD.

Here’s what the critics have to say about Hoodwinked Too! Hood Vs. Evil:  “Hilarious!” (Nell Minow The Chicago Sun-Times)  “Innovative! A superb sequel and entertaining treat for the whole family.” (Judith Manigault, Family Media)  “A procession of pop-culture send-ups delivered at light speed, interspersed with affirmative messages about exercise, proper diet and — so refreshing in this kind of movie — girl power.” (The New York Times)

The good… the bad… the Twitchy.  Hoodwinked Too! Hood Vs. Evil finds our heroine, Red (Hayden Panettiere), training with a mysterious covert group called the Sisters of the Hood.  But Red is forced to cut her training short when she gets an urgent call from NickyFlippers (David Ogden Stiers), the head of the super secret Happily Ever After Agency, aka the HEA.  A wicked witch (Joan Cusack) has abducted two innocent children, Hansel (Bill Hader) and Gretel (Amy Poehler), and Nicky needs the whole Hoodwinked gang — Red, Granny (Glenn Close), the ever-clueless Wolf (Patrick Warburton) and his over-caffeinated little partner, Twitchy (Cory Edwards) — for the search and rescue mission.

Fracturing fairy tales and pop culture with good-natured glee, Hoodwinked Too! Hood Vs. Evil takes viewers on a rollicking rollercoaster ride combining edge-of-the-seat adventure with classic, zany cartoon antics.

The Hoodwinked Too! Hood Vs. Evil 3D Blu-rayâ„¢, Blu-rayâ„¢, and DVD bonus features include music videos by Hayden Panettiere (“I Can Do It Alone”), Lavay Cole (“You Know It”) and CEEJ (“Perfect Two”); a “The Voices of Hoodwinked Too!” featurette; storyboard sequences; production artwork; and video game applications.  Note: Special features are subject to change.

Disney Channel Announces “Pixie Hollow Games” Animated Special

Production is underway on Pixie Hollow Games, an all-new, animated special to premiere this fall on Disney Channel. The special, which is part of the hugely successful Disney Fairies franchise, features a talented voice cast of Disney Channel stars including Brenda Song (The Suite Life on Deck), Jason Dolley (Good Luck Charlie), Tiffany Thornton (So Random!) and Zendaya (Shake It Up) as the new fairies and sparrow man who join Tinker Bell and her fairy friends to participate in the legendary Pixie Hollow Games. Megan Hilty (NBC’s upcoming musical series Smash) also stars as Rosetta.

The special is executive-produced by Academy Award winner John Lasseter (Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story and Cars franchises) and directed by Bradley Raymond (Tinker Bell).

During Disney’s D23 fan expo in Anaheim this week, Tinker Bell, joined by Disney Channel stars Brenda Song, Jason Dolley and Tiffany Thornton, will make a special appearance at the Walt Disney Studios Animation Pavilion on FRIDAY, AUGUST 19 at 4:00 p.m. On SATURDAY, AUGUST 20 from 1:30 — 2:30 p.m., “Pixie Hollow Games” producer Helen Kalafatic and director Bradley Raymond will be meeting fans and talking about the new animated special on the expo floor in front of the Disney Fairies booth.

In Pixie Hollow Games, all of the fairies and sparrow men in Pixie Hollow gather for the legendary three-day Olympic-style competition event, which culminates with one fairy guild being named champion of the Games. Determined not to let the garden fairies’ unfortunate history of not performing well at the Games get to her, newcomer Chloe (voiced by Brenda Song) works to convince all of the other garden fairies, which includes her teammate Rosetta (voiced by Megan Hilty) and the pragmatic Fern (voiced by Zendaya), that they must work together and dig down deep to break their well-known losing streak. Along the way, the reigning champion storm fairies, including Rumble (voiced by Jason Dolley) and Glimmer (voiced by Tiffany Thornton), continue to intimidate and outperform their competitors, but with Chloe’s spirited determination, they are forced to work harder than ever before.

The virtual world of Pixie Hollow will host and celebrate the Games with the “How Will You Train?” art contest. The contest, which runs from August 16 — September 6, invites Disney Fairies fans to draw and share how they will train for the Pixie Hollow Games, with the grand prize winner receiving the ultimate viewing party kit. The kit includes everything needed to enjoy the Pixie Hollow Games premiere on Disney Channel, including a TV, Blu-ray/DVD player, a Tinker Bell DVD collection, party supplies, and more. To enter the “How Will You Train?” art contest, fans can submit their art either by U.S. Mail or by Internet via http://pixiehollow.go.com/contests_home.html.

Walt Disney Studios Announces DVD Releases for “Bambi II Special Edition” and “Phineas and Ferb” Movie

BAMBI II SPECIAL EDITION: Walt Disney Studios invites audiences to once again fall in love with the adorable, beloved forest friends – Bambi, Thumper, Owl, Flower and Faline – in this magnificent Bambi II Special Edition, the heartwarming story of a son’s courage and a father’s love. Available for the first time in Blu-rayâ„¢ high-definition, this touching sequel to Walt Disney’s original animated classic Bambi is finally releasing from the Disney vault on August 23, 2011 and will be available for a limited time.

Celebrate the unbreakable bonds of family and the power of friendship in this remarkable story, which reveals how Bambi was raised by his father, the Great Prince of the Forest. Perfect for the whole family to enjoy, this collectible release was packaged to include a variety of special bonus features including a new deleted song, interactive games, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and more.

Bambi II will be available for purchase as a 2-Disc Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack for the suggested retail price of $39.99/$46.99 Canada, a 1-Disc DVD for $29.99 U.S./$35.99 Canada, a High Definition Movie Download for $39.99 U.S./46.99 Canada and/or a Standard Definition Movie Download for $29.99 U.S./$35.99 Canada. For more information on this release, please visit www.Disney.com/Bambi2.
PHINEAS AND FERB THE MOVIE: ACROSS THE SECOND DIMENSION- Families can bring home Disney Channel’s original movie, Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across The 2nd Dimension, in the 2-Disc “Ultimate Fan Pack” DVD Set on August 23, 2011. Based on Disney Channel’s #1 animated hit comedy series among Tweens 9-14 for three years running, this epic release comes packaged with a DVD of the movie, a digital copy of the movie with eight digital music tracks, all new bonus features and an awesome do-it-yourself Platypult Kit — all for the suggested retail price of $26.99 in the U.S. and $29.99 in Canada.

This special 2-Disc “Ultimate Fan Pack” also includes a variety of cool bonus features (i.e., eight deleted scenes, an exclusive song, a sing-along “Perry-oke” feature, and a bonus episode). The Digital Copy lets viewers transfer the movie and the eight digital music tracks onto their laptop and/or portable devices of choice — to watch the movie or listen to songs anytime, anywhere and at the touch of a button. The Ultimate Fan Pack is the perfect gift for teens and/or families on-the-go!

The latest “Tintin” poster

I’m not intentionally ragging on the Tintin movie. I love the character and the original stories, worship his creator Hergé, and admire filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. And I really hope this movie is good. But this latest U.S. one-sheet poster (below) looks awful.

What a big crowded mess of ugly images. I mean really, this is how you are selling the movie to U.S. audiences – a large percentage of them who have never heard of or seen these characters before?

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Four Premieres on Cartoon Network Friday, Sept. 16

Following the excitement of a thrilling season three finale that brought back one of the most beloved characters in the Star Wars universe, Cartoon Network today announced that Star Wars: The Clone Wars will premiere 22 all-new episodes for Season Four of the critically acclaimed CG-animated series from creator George Lucas and Lucasfilm Animation. The special, one-hour Season Four premiere event of Star Wars: The Clone Wars airs Friday, September 16, at 8 p.m. (et/pt).

The Season Three finale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars on April 8 was the #1 Friday telecast versus all television among boys 6-11 and 9-14, propelling Cartoon Network’s Friday night action block to the #1 television destination for boys 6-11, 2-11 and 9-14. Star Wars: The Clone Wars is a thrilling, weekly 30-minute “mini-movie” created by the talented artists at Lucasfilm Animation. Season Four: Battle Lines promises to continue the saga that Star Wars fans of all ages have grown to love, with the most fearless heroes and evilest bad guys returning for an action-packed season of fun and adventure.

As the heroic Jedi Knights and their clone army fight to preserve order, their efforts continue to be met with strong resistance from the massive Separatist droid army. Escalating and expanding into uncharted corners of the galaxy, the scope and scale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars continue to grow – with exotic adventures and enhanced animation strengthening ties to the Star Wars saga. Within the galactic battle, fearsome foes from the past return to settle the score. As unexpected alliances are formed on both sides of the battle, the action explodes and the course of the war takes an unforeseen turn!

Critically-acclaimed and unlike any other animated show on television, Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Four: Battle Lines brings viewers right up to the front-lines of the massive galactic conflict, revealing the stories that forged the Star Wars galaxy.

TELETOON Canada Announces Fall 2011 Daytime Lineup

(Toronto, ON, August 15, 2011) — With seven brand new series, new seasons of five returning series and a sneak-peek of the upcoming original production, Detentionaire, TELETOON’s daytime lineup for fall 2011 is truly unreal.

Joining the TELETOON lineup this fall are new series The Looney Tunes Show, Hole in the Wall, Beyond Human (working title) and Young Justice, along with TELETOON original productions My Life Me, Best Ed and Meta Jets. Popular series returning with new seasons include TELETOON original productions Johnny Test (season five) and Jimmy Two-Shoes (season three); as well as fan-favourites Ben 10: Ultimate Alien (season two) and Adventure Time with Finn and Jake (season one continued).

For further details about the new TELETOON programming schedule including synopses, air dates, images and programming grid, visit www.teletoon.com/media/2011. Highlights of the fall 2011 lineup include:

The Looney Tunes Show

New Series • 26 x 30 mins

Premieres Monday, September 5 at 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. ET/PT

Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck are back in an all-new modern comedy series featuring all of your favourite Looney Tunes characters. Fresh designs coupled with a vivid, contemporary animation style enhance the timeless wit and charm that make these classic characters so beloved around the world. No longer confined to seven-minute shorts, Bugs and Daffy’s larger-than-life personalities (and egos) offer an irreverent, comical take on our modern world and introduce a whole new realm of possibilities. The series also features Merrie Melodies — animated music videos of original songs spotlighting everyone from Elmer Fudd to Pepe Le Pew, plus all new adventures with the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote in stunning CG.

Hole in the Wall

New Series • 40 x 30 mins

Premieres Monday, September 5 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT

Speed, agility and a hearty sense of humour are essential tools to survive Hole in the Wall — one of the trickiest, fastest, funniest and wettest shows on the planet — as contestants contort their bodies every which way to fit through the wall or else end up being swept away into a pool of water. As the rounds progress and the pace heats up, mind over matter, quick thinking, coordination and clever teamwork play a crucial role as each team strives to manoeuvre through walls literally closing in on them.

My Life Me

New Series • 13 x 30 mins

Premieres Saturday, September 10 at 2:30 p.m. ET/PT

Two’s company and three’s a crowd, but in My Life Me four is a formula for comedic catastrophe as Birch Small attempts to fit in with Liam, Sandra and Raffi at a cooperative high school. They fumble with teen angst and their identities as they navigate new social terrain and try to learn who they are. Add in the friction that comes with relationships forged out of necessity and there’s a perfectly taut environment ready to crack…into peals of laughter.

Beyond Human (Working Title)

New Series • 13 x 30 mins

Premieres Friday, September 9 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT

Throughout history, the forces of evolution and genetic mutation have endowed humans with astonishing new abilities and features. It’s a process that continues to this day and nowhere is it more evident than in the fascinating world of Beyond Human. In this series, host Daniel Browning Smith — who has been dubbed the most flexible man in the world — scours the globe for people with unique genetic traits that translate into remarkable powers. In each episode, these “super heroes” undergo tests that may help explain their amazing gifts, while viewers discover the long history of people with extraordinary powers.

Young Justice

New Series • 13 x 30 mins

Premieres Friday, September 9 at 7 p.m. ET/PT

Being a teenager means proving yourself over and over — to peers, parents, teachers, mentors and ultimately, to yourself. But what if you were a teenage superhero? How much harder would it be to prove yourself in a world of super powers, super villains and super secrets? Would you be ready for life-or-death rites of passage? Would you be ready to join the ranks of the great heroes and prove you’re worthy of the Justice League? That’s exactly what Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis will find out as members of Young Justice.

Best Ed

New Series • 26 x 30 mins

Premieres Saturday, September 10 at 7 a.m. ET/PT

Best Ed follows the unlikely friendship between a dog named Ed and a squirrel named Buddy. Ed wakes up every morning to be the best Ed he can be, even though it drives Buddy bonkers. But for every funny blunder Buddy suffers, thanks to Ed’s cloying good deeds, Buddy knows that while it’s hard living with Ed, it’s harder to live without him. Meet the new odd couple for kids: one best Buddy and one Best Ed!

Meta Jets

New Series • 40 x 30 mins

Premieres Saturday, September 10 at 3:30 p.m. ET/PT

In a world where aviation reigns supreme, flying aces compete on the Aerial Racing Circuit (ARC) to battle for supremacy. For four young pilots in the ARC, there’s more at stake than winning races. Under the command of Captain Strong, pilots Ace, Burner, Foxtrot and Vector form the elite flying team known as the Metasquadron. The team transforms their lightning-fast race jets into battle-ready fliers and work together to protect the world from harm at the hands of the evil General Raven and his Black Cloud organization.

Detentionaire

New Series • Five-Episode Sneak-Peek

Airs Monday, September 12 to Friday, September 16 at 5 p.m. ET/PT

Lee Ping is about to start grade 10 — the best year of his life — when he is blamed for pulling off an epic, mind-blowing practical joke and sentenced to spend the rest of the school year in detention. It’s goodbye freedom, goodbye girls and hello worst year of his life. Detentionaire follows Lee in his attempts to uncover the mystery behind the practical joke and clear his name. Detentionaire is created by Daniel Bryan Franklin and Charles Johnston and produced by Tracey Dodokin.

Disney Releases Final Schedule for D23 Expo 2011

ANAHEIM, Calif., Aug. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — For three incredible days beginning August 19, fans of Disney entertainment will revel in new discoveries, special panels and presentations, movie screenings, celebrity appearances and autograph signings, plus new insights into movies, TV shows, theme parks, animation, Disney history, and more.  It’s all part of Disney’s D23 Expo 2011 from August 19—21 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Exciting details about the activities and events planned for the three days of Disney’s D23 Expo 2011 have been announced, and a complete, up-to-the-minute schedule can be found online at www.D23Expo.com. Tickets for D23 Expo 2011, which is open to the general public, are available at D23Expo.com, and are available for individual days or for the full three days of this Ultimate Disney Fan Event.

Highlights of the D23 Expo 2011 include:

Exclusive Screenings & Sneak Peeks

D23 Expo 2011 will offer guests the chance to get sneak peeks and screenings of upcoming Disney movies and TV shows and specials like The Avengers, Disney’s The Muppets, John Carter, Disney•Pixar’s Brave, The Lion King in 3D, Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, Oz The Great and Powerful, Once Upon A Time, Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice, and many others. D23 Expo 2011 also will present the U.S. premiere screening of The Lion King in Disney Digital 3Dâ„¢.

Special Presentations and Panels

D23 Expo 2011 will offer fascinating explorations of the past, present, and future of Disney. Throughout the three days, scores of special panels and presentations will bring new insight into Disney history, let guests go “behind the magic” of Disney theme park attractions and movies, and get fans up close and personal with Disney’s legacy of unforgettable entertainment.

D23 Expo Show Floor

A giant Show Floor filled with incredible pavilions and interactive areas assembles the entire world of Disney under one roof. From Disney’s global theme parks to the Company’s environmental initiatives, the Show Floor includes an area for collectors, a gathering of Disney licensees, a high-energy area devoted to Disney Channel, a pavilion dedicated to Walt Disney Animations Studios, and more.

Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives Exhibit

The legendary Walt Disney Archives will assemble a 12,000-square-foot exhibition featuring a beachside display of props, costumes and set pieces from LOST and Pirates of the Caribbean; a “House of de Vil” featuring the finalists and winner of Disney’s Fan Art Contest; a room devoted to 1982′s Tron, a display of vintage Mickey Mouse memorabilia, and much more. Plus, the Expo Show Floor will feature three iconic pieces: Walt Disney’s limousine, a 23-foot-long model of the Black Pearl from Pirates of the Caribbean and the Dharma Initiative Volkswagen van from LOST.

Ultimate Disney Trivia Tournament Presented by Hasbro® TRIVIAL PURSUIT: Disney For All Edition

For D23 Expo 2011, Disney is launching the first-ever Ultimate Disney Trivia Tournament. Topics will range from classic to contemporary and from theme parks to films and everything in between. The tournament begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Anaheim Convention Center on Thursday, August 18, the day before the D23 Expo opens. Twenty semi-finalists will compete in front of a live audience during a dynamic show at 6 p.m. in Stage 23 on Friday, August 19 to win a special preview cruise on the Disney Fantasy.

Arena Presentations

The 4,000-seat Anaheim Convention Center Arena will be home to spectacular presentations throughout the three days of the Expo.The event kicks off with the Disney Legends ceremony, which honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy including Regis Philbin, Jim Henson and the voices of many of the Disney Princesses. Other highly anticipated sessions include presentations from The Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, Marvel Studios, and a rocking performance by the cast of the Disney Channel hit Shake It Up.

Celebrity Appearances

Celebrities from both current and classic Disney projects (both on screen and behind the scenes) will be on hand throughout the Expo, and are currently scheduled to include: Jennifer Garner, Dick Van Dyke, Willem Dafoe, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Jason Segel, Marty Sklar, Alice Davis, Michael Giacchino, Tony Baxter, Tom Bergeron, Regis Philbin, Jodi Benson, Lea Salonga, Linda Larkin, Paige O’Hara, Anika Noni Rose, David Arquette, Jason Dolley, Hayley Keyoko, Sterling Knight, Tiffany Thornton, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Kelly MacDonald, Kevin McKidd, Lynn Collins, Taylor Kitsch, Wilmer Valderrama, Sean Astin, Melissa Joan Hart, Sean Astin, Chelsea Kane, Kyle Massey, cast members from Marvel’s The Avengers and many more.

SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS

The three days of the D23 Expo are packed with excitement and activity. Below are selected highlights from the three-day D23 Expo schedule. Please note that because the D23 Expo is a live experience, schedules, talent, locations, and descriptions are subject to change–so be sure to visit www.D23Expo.com for full updates and even more schedule details and surprises.

FRIDAY, August 19, 2011

Disney Store Opening Ceremony (D23 Members Only), 9 a.m. Start off the day in grand style with Disney Store. Disney Living Pavilion

History of the Disneyland Hotel (D23 Members Only), 9:30 a.m. See vintage film footage, featuring Walt, the Mouseketeers, Annette Funicello, and more! Stage 28

Disney Living Meet and Greet, 10 a.m. Join us for a Disney Store 25th anniversary artist signing with artist Jim Salvati. Disney Living Pavilion

Jake and the Never Land Pirates, 10 a.m. Character appearances by Disney Channel’s Jake, Captain Hook, and Mr. Smee. Disney Channel Pavilion

D23 Expo Talent Round-Up, 10:30 a.m. Join us for a meet and greet with Dream Store miniaturist and sculptor Robert Olszewski. Welcome Center

2011 Disney Legends Ceremony, 11 a.m. D23 Expo kicks off the first day by honoring the latest recipients in Disney’s 24-year tradition. Arena

The Wonderful Words of Disney… Behind the Page: Kingdom Keepers, 11:30 a.m. In his presentation, author Ridley Pearson discusses the Kingdom Keepers series and reveals his own behind-the-scenes adventures. Stage 28

Disney Living Story Time, 11:30 a.m. Hear a Disney story from Disney Publishing Worldwide. Disney Living Pavilion

D23 Expo Talent Round-Up, 11:30 a.m. Join us for a meet and greet with Precious Moments Doll artist Linda Rick. Welcome Center

The Never Land Pirate Band, 12:00 p.m. The Never Land Pirate Band from Jake and the Never Land Pirates rocks out! Disney Channel Pavilion

Christmas in August, 12:45 p.m. The world premiere screening of Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice with the creative team. Stage 23

Special Announcement and Storytelling Event, 1:00 p.m. Meet authors Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, as well as David Arquette, for story time. Disney Channel Pavilion

Rock Out with Rock Star Mickey, 1:00 p.m. Join us for a performance with Rock Star Mickey and American Idol‘s Constantine Maroulis. Disney Living Pavilion

The Making of The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, 1:00 p.m. Imagineers Lisa Girolami, Larry Nikolai, and Chris Crump take you behind the scenes. Stage 28

Cast of Good Luck Charlie, 1:30 p.m. Meet Good Luck Charlie‘s Jason Dolley, Leigh-Allyn Baker, and Bradley Steven Perry. Disney Channel Pavilion

D23 Expo Talent Round-Up, 2:00 p.m. Join us for a meet and greet with author Ridley Pearson. Welcome Center

Warren Spector Meet and Greet, 2:00 p.m. Join us for a meet and greet with Disney Epic Mickey videogame designer Warren Spector. Disney Interactive Media Group Pavilion

Disney Living Story Time, 2:30 p.m. Join us for It’s a Small World story time and postcard pen pals. Disney Living Pavilion

Pixar Shorts, 2:30 p.m. Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Pixar Animation Studios with this retrospective screening of the Studio’s legendary shorts. Stage 23

Radio Disney’s N.B.T. Performance, 3:00 p.m. Performances from Tay Barton, Zack Montana, Shealeigh, Ladina Spence, and Hollywood Ending. Disney Channel Pavilion

D23 Expo Talent Round-Up, 3:00 p.m. Join us for a meet and greet with original Tinker Bell model Margaret Kerry. Welcome Center

Why We Create, Featuring Author and Filmmaker Don Hahn, 3:00 p.m. Don Hahn, a filmmaker, Academy Award®-nominated producer, and author of Disney Publishing’s new book Brain Storm explores “why we create,” revealing his insights about the creative process. Stage 28

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, 3:30 p.m. Glimpse into some of the exciting projects currently underway at Disney’s parks and resorts. Arena

Perry-oke, 4:00 p.m. Head on over to the Platy-Bus for karaoke with the Disney Channel gang. Disney Channel Pavilion

Artists of ACME, 4:00 p.m. Join us for a conversation with the artists of Acme. Disney Living Pavilion

D23 Expo Talent Round-Up, 4:15 p.m. Join us for a meet and greet with filmmaker and author Don Hahn. Welcome Center

USPS Send a Hello Stamps-First Day Issue Ceremony, 4:15 p.m. In a grand celebration, the U.S. Postal Service and The Walt Disney Company unveil the new Disney•Pixar Send a Hello stamps. Stage 23

Cast of Lemonade Mouth, 4:30 p.m. Meet Lemonade Mouth‘s Adam Hicks, Hayley Kiyoko, Blake Michael and Chris Brochu. Disney Channel Pavilion

It’s a Small World: Celebrating 45 Years, 5:00 p.m. Join us for a discussion about the art, music, fashion, and more inspired by Disneyland’s it’s a small world attraction. Stage 28

D23 Expo Talent Round-Up, 5:30 p.m. Join us for a meet and greet with Walt Disney Archives founder and Disney Legend and Chief Archivist Emeritus Dave Smith. Welcome Center

Cast of So Random!, 5:45 p.m. Meet Tiffany Thornton, Sterling Knight, Doug Brochu, Allisyn Ashley Arm, and more! Disney Channel Pavilion

Ultimate Disney Trivia Tournament, 6:00 p.m. One very knowledgeable individual will be crowned Ultimate Disney Trivia Champion. Stage 23

Voices of the Parks, 6:45 p.m. Meet the men and women who provide voices for the Disney parks. Stage 28

Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix, 8:15 p.m. Hear songs from Dick Van Dyke’s varied entertainment career and various Disney classic songs. Stage 23

SATURDAY, August 20, 2011

Disney Store Opening Ceremony (D23 Members Only), 9:00 a.m. Start off the day in grand style with Disney Store. Disney Living Pavilion

The Wonderful Words of Disney…Behind the Page: Peter and The Starcatchers (D23 Members Only), 9:15 a.m. Disney Publishing is so proud to present best-selling authors Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson as they discuss the blockbuster series Peter and The Starcatchers, with focus on the new book, Bridge to Never Land. Stage 28

Phineas and Ferb, 10:00 a.m. Character appearances by Phineas, Ferb, and Perry, too! Disney Channel Pavilion

Disney Living Meet and Greet, 10:00 a.m. Meet Disney Store Princess Designer Collection artists. Disney Living Pavilion

D23 Expo Talent Round-Up, 10:00 a.m. Join us for a meet and greet with Disney artist Mike Clitherow. Welcome Center

The Walt Disney Studios, 10:30 a.m. Exclusive video clips, live performances, filmmaker discussions, star appearances, and more! Arena

D23 Expo Talent Round-Up, 10:30 a.m. Join us for a meet and greet with authors Ridley Pearson and Dave Berry. Welcome Center

Cast and Crew of Phineas and Ferb, 11:00 a.m. Meet Dan Vincent Martella, Alyson Stoner, and Dee Bradley Baker. Disney Channel Pavilion

Meet and Greet, 11:00 a.m. Meet artist David Willardson. Disney Living Pavilion

D23 Expo Talent Round-Up, 11:40 a.m. Join us for a meet and greet with ABC Family’s Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence. Welcome Center

Perry-oke, 12:00 p.m. Head on over to the Platy-Bus for karaoke with the Disney Channel gang. Disney Channel Pavilion

Cast of Kickin’ It, 12:30 p.m. Meet Leo Howard, Dylan Riley Snyder, Alex Christian Jones, and Olivia Holt. Disney Channel Pavilion

Screening of ABC’s Once Upon a Time, 12:45 p.m. Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz participate in a Q&A following a screening of their bold, new series about fairy-tale characters. Stage 23

Michael Giacchino’s Music of Pixar, 1:00 p.m. In this musical presentation, Michael Giacchino provides an earful of tunes and tales about his early influences for Pixar’s modern-day classic scores. Stage 28

Disney Store Costume Preview Parade, 1:00 p.m. Hear a Disney story from Disney Publishing Worldwide. Disney Living Pavilion

D23 Expo Talent Round-Up, 1:00 p.m. Join us for a meet and greet with filmmakers Greg and Jeff Sherman. Welcome Center

D23 Expo Talent Round-Up, 2:00 p.m. Join us for a meet and greet with D23 Expo Dream Store artist Noah. Welcome Center

Warren Spector Meet and Greet, 2:00 p.m. Join us for a meet and greet with Disney Epic Mickey videogame designer Warren Spector. Disney Interactive Media Group Pavilion

A Conversation with the Pixar Creative Team, 2:30 p.m. Join us for a rare opportunity to spend time with the key figures responsible for Pixar’s moviemaking magic. Stage 23

Disney Storytellers, 2:30 p.m. Join us for a panel discussion with artists from Walt Disney Animation Studios. Disney Living Pavilion

Performance by Coco Jones, 2:30 p.m. Performance by Radio Disney’s guest and Hollywood Records recording artist Coco Jones. Disney Channel Pavilion

A Good Look at Buena Vista Street, 2:45 p.m. Sneak a peek at the new entrance to Disney California Adventure with Disney Imagineers. Stage 28

Cast and Crew of Fish Hooks, 3:00 p.m. Meet Noah Z. Jones, Chelsea Kane, and Kyle Massey. Disney Channel Pavilion

D23 Expo Talent Round-Up, 3:00 p.m. Join us for a meet and greet with filmmakers Ted Thomas and Kuniko Okubo. Welcome Center

Cast of A.N.T. Farm, 4:00 p.m. Meet China Anne McClain, Jake Short, Sierra McCormick, Stefanie Scott, and Carlon Jeffery. Disney Channel Pavilion

Magic Secrets, 4:00 p.m. Find out how Disney Toys are made with the Disney toys creative team. Disney Living Pavilion

D23 Expo Talent Round-Up, 4:00 p.m. Join us for a meet and greet with Disney artist Larry Nikolai. Welcome Center

Legends of Walt Disney Imagineering, 4:30 p.m. Disney Legend Marty Sklar will lead a celebration of Imagineering careers and accomplishments. Stage 28

The Characters of Monsters University, 5:00 p.m. Character designers behind Pixar’s upcoming animated feature Monsters University come together to discuss how they bring these wonderful characters to life. Stage 23

The Lion King 3D, 6:00 p.m. Get an exclusive advance screening of the Disney Digital 3D version of The Lion King. Arena

Perry-oke, 6:00 p.m. Head on over to the Platy-Bus for karaoke with the Disney Channel gang. Disney Channel Pavilion

Imagineering’s Guide to Creativity and Innovation, 6:30 p.m. A panel of Imagineers discusses how they use storytelling and technology to make Disney magic. Stage 28

D23 Expo Live Auction, 8:00 p.m. Bid on unique experiences, tours, artwork, props, and one-of-a-kind Disney treasures. Stage 23

SUNDAY, August 21, 2011

Disney Store Opening Ceremony (D23 Members Only), 9:00 a.m. Start off the day in grand style with Disney Store. Disney Living Pavilion

Imagineering the Dream and the Fantasy Ceremony (D23 Members Only), 9:00 a.m. Imagineers Joe Lanzisero and Bob Zalk talk about the design of Disney’s latest cruise ships. Stage 23

Handy Manny, 10:00 a.m. Meet the voice of Manny, Wilmer Valderrama, with character appearances from the show. Disney Channel Pavilion

The Lion King Vinylmationâ„¢ Series Launch, 10:00 a.m. Disney Living debuts new Vinylmation series with character artists Jim Valeri and Oskar Mendez. Disney Living Pavilion

D23 Expo Talent Round-Up, 10:00 a.m. Join us for a meet and greet with Disney artist Mike Clitherow. Welcome Center

Marvel, 10:15 a.m. Hear from Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada about the evolution of Marvel, beginning with its first comic book in 1939. Arena

Story Time, 11:00 a.m. Hear a Disney story from Disney Publishing Worldwide. Disney Living Pavilion

Special Agent Oso, 11:15 a.m. Meet the voice of Oso, Sean Astin, with character appearances from the show. Disney Channel Pavilion

The Art of Brave, 11:30 a.m. Join us for an afternoon of conversation and art with Steve Pilcher and Tia Kratter as we uncover the secrets behind Pixar’s detailed process. Stage 23

Style-Your-Sole Contest, 11:30 a.m. Design your own shoe in the It’s a Small World Style-a-Shoe Contest, hosted by TOMS® Shoes. Disney Living Pavilion

Cast of Pair of Kings, 12:30 p.m. Meet Doc Shaw, Kelsey Chow, and Geno Segers. Disney Channel Pavilion

Kidada for Disney Store, 1:00 p.m. Disney Store debuts Wish-a-Littles, featuring actress, model, and fashion designer Kidada Jones. Disney Living Pavilion

Radiator Springs Reality, 1:30 p.m. Pixar’s John Lasseter and Roger Gould join Imagineers for a sneak peek look at Cars Land. Stage 23

Shake It Up Cast Photos, 1:30 p.m. Snap a photo of Bella Thorne, Zendaya, Davis Cleveland, Roshon Fegan, and more! D23 Arena Entrance

D23 Expo Talent Round-Up, 1:30 p.m. Join us for a meet and greet with Precious Moments doll artist Linda Rick. Welcome Center

Story Time, 2:00 p.m. Hear a Disney story from Disney Publishing Worldwide. Disney Living Pavilion

Disney Channel, 2:30 p.m. A spectacular live performance, featuring stars of Disney Channel’s hit series Shake It Up. Arena

Style-Your-Sole Contest, 2:30 p.m. Design your own shoe in the It’s a Small World Style-a-Shoe Contest, hosted by TOMS Shoes. Disney Living Pavilion

Perry-oke, 2:30 p.m. Head on over to the Platy-Bus for karaoke with the Disney Channel gang. Disney Channel Pavilion

The Making of Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, 3:30 p.m. Find out how Imagineers updated the attraction, hosted by Imagineering’s Tom Fitzgerald. Stage 23

D23 Expo Talent Round-Up, 3:30 p.m. Join us for a meet and greet with Dream Store miniaturist and sculptor Robert Olszewski. Welcome Center

Cast of Shake It Up, 4:00 p.m. Meet Bella Thorne, Zendaya, Davis Cleveland, Roshon Fegan, and more! Disney Channel Pavilion

MORE of The Wonderful World of Vintage Disneyland and Walt Disney World, 5:15 p.m. Film preservationist Ed Hobelman and Imagineer Tony Baxter look back at vintage footage. Stage 23

Perry-oke, 6:00 p.m. Head on over to the Platy-Bus for karaoke with the Disney Channel gang. Disney Channel Pavilion

Tickets to D23 Expo 2011 are available at http://www.D23Expo.com. Admission includes access to all experiences and entertainment at the D23 Expo and can be purchased for single days or for three full days of festivities. Admission is $42 for a one-day adult ticket and $32 for children 3-12. Three-day passes are $121 for adults and $91 for children. Members of D23: The Official Community for Disney Fans will receive a discount on admission as well as early entry to each day of the D23 Expo for themselves and their guests. More details about D23 Expo entertainment, events and special guests will be announced in the coming weeks. Fans can keep up with all the news by visiting www.D23Expo.com, as well as by following “Disney D23″ on Twitter and Facebook.

Call For Submissions: Shorts on Walls from Animation Forum West Midlands

Shorts on Walls from Animation Forum West Midlands is now open for submission.

Shorts on Walls gives local animators the chance to screen their latest animated films to their peers in a relaxed, bar atmosphere.

This year Shorts on Walls will see ad breaks between shorts, as commercial animation studios from around the Midlands are invited to supply their best complete animated commercial work (i.e. adverts, VFX work, stings, TV titles, virals, etc), to complement the usual selection of animated short films.

All submissions to Shorts on Walls will also be considered for the Animation Forum WM presents screening programme on the BBC Big Screens in Birmingham and Coventry.

To submit an animated short or a piece of commercial animation to Shorts on Walls, send your films to  [email protected]. Deadline for submission is 31st August 2011.

DreamWorks Animation selects Houdini as Platform of Choice for Visual and Character Effects

TORONTO – August 9, 2011- Side Effects Software Inc. today announced that DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA) has procured a global site license of Houdini software. This announcement is an expansion of DreamWorks Animation’s use of Houdini to create visual and character effects in its animated feature films.

As part of the agreement, Side Effects Software and DreamWorks Animation have entered into a development arrangement that makes it easier for both companies to share intellectual property and synchronize their research and development efforts. This collaboration will explore bringing cutting edge, production-proven technology from DreamWorks Animation to the Houdini product in upcoming releases.

“We are honored to have been selected as DreamWorks Animation’s tool of choice for visual and character effects,” said Kim Davidson, President and Chief Executive Officer at Side Effects Software. “This is an exciting time to be growing our relationship and we look forward to working closely with them in the years to come.”

“High quality visual effects have always played a key role in bringing our animated stories and characters to life,” said Ed Leonard, Chief Technology Officer at DreamWorks Animation. “This agreement significantly expands the use of Houdini across our studios, giving our artists broad access to the collection of powerful tools in the Houdini product suite.”

By working collaboratively, both companies expect to find exciting new ways to advance the art and science of film production. With VFX in feature animation projects growing in scope every year, Houdini’s procedural node-based architecture will make it possible for DreamWorks Animation to access and integrate Houdini based technologies into their pipeline.

“We are excited to integrate Houdini as our core platform for effects and character effects development throughout our studios,” commented Darin Grant, Head of Production Technology at DreamWorks Animation. “Having a single platform for development allows us to focus on developing well integrated and leading edge techniques for our artists.”

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with DreamWorks Animation to enhance Houdini’s production proven capabilities,” said Cristin Barghiel, Director of Product Development at Side Effects Software. “Their artists and developers are among the best in the world and together we share a passion for excellence.”

Over the last two decades, top studios have used Academy award-winning Houdini software to complete thousands of visual effects shots in both live action and animated feature films. Houdini is best known for its node-based procedural workflow, which supports both the creative and technical aspects of computer graphics.

“Steve the Super Hero” by Jason Doll

Manitoba-based indie animator Jason Doll makes modest little shorts between his higher paying professional gigs. His latest production, Steve the Super Hero, is a traditionally animated kid’s music video about a boy who battles Bad Guys using “only his natural stinky boy body odor powers”. It feels like a Sesame Street spot, or the opening credits for a pilot – and I mean this in a good way. Jason has just started a blog which features a few posts on the production of the video.

Digital Domain’s “The Legend of Tembo”

Tembo

A few months ago we reported about Digital Domain’s plans for its CG animation studio in Port St. Lucie, Florida. They announced recently that this studio, which they’ve officially dubbed Tradition, will work on The Legend of Tembo. Slated for 2014 release, the film will be directed by Disney veterans Aaron Blaise and Chuck Williams.

Former Disney exec Pam Coats, who is heading up creative development at Tradition, told TCPalm that Tembo is the story of a baby African elephant who is captured and shipped to India:

“When he gets to India that’s where sort of the journey takes place, and this is a guy who becomes someone else. So, he has to transform himself into a fierce, battle elephant, which is based in truth. They did use elephants in battle in India. He has to become something he is not in order to return home.”

Check out the TCPalm website for more pre-production images from the film.

TELETOON Canada Screens New Season of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” at Fan Expo Canada 2011

(Toronto, ON, August 12, 2011) — TELETOON Canada inc. announced today that they will be screening the premiere of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, season four, episode one at Fan Expo Canada 2011 on August 27 at 5 p.m. in room 718 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

The season will be an exciting one, where viewers will see the heroic Jedi Knights and their clone army fight to preserve order. Season four will show efforts met with strong resistance from the massive Separatist droid army. Escalating and expanding into uncharted corners of the galaxy, Star Wars: The Clone Wars grows with exotic adventures and enhanced animation. Within the galactic battle, fearsome foes from the past return to settle the score, including lethal adversaries such as bounty hunter Cad Bane and the monstrous Savage Opress.

Hosted by TELETOON at Night’s Fred Kennedy, fans in attendance will get the chance to win one of three mystery prize packs to be revealed onsite.

Also at Fan Expo Canada, TELETOON will be hosting a booth where fans can participate in a TELETOON Quiz for a chance to win a 64G iPad2.

Lost Louis Prima Disney Song

Here’s a real curio – and a treat for fans (like I am) of Louis Prima. The son of late song writer Floyd Huddleston (The Aristocats), Huston Huddleston, has just posted the first of several lost songs produced by Disney for use in a proposed version of The Rescuers. Says Huston:

“This is a song written by Floyd Huddleston, recorded at Disney in Burbank by Louis Prima, Sam Butera and the Witnesses. EXTREMELY rare recording, not even Disney has it, and was not used for the final film. To my knowledge, there were only storyboards and sketches for the Louis The Bear version of the film, most of which Disney has never released.

“Over the next few months, I will be releasing ALL of the unreleased songs and Demos from the film including “Rescuers Aid Society”, “Misery”, “I Never Had It So Good” “Sittin’ In My Favorite Position Doin’ Nothin’‘” and “All I Ever Do Is Think Of You“.

“Unfortunately, the demo version of “Someone’s Waiting For You” sung by Nancy Adams (singer of Love from Robin Hood) is, to my knowledge, forever lost.”

It’s certainly a pleasure to hear this, though its debatable if this version of the story would have made a better film. Who knows how much more discarded material the Disney vaults hold (if they kept it all)?

“The Story Of a Nice Girl” by Jean Yi

The seventh film in our Student Animation Festival, The Story Of A Nice Girl, comes to us from Jean Yi who produced it at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.

Yi’s film is an animated therapy session that reflects raw, real feelings in a perfectly charming way. Part of that charm comes from her vocal track which connects the viewer immediately to her story, her conversational performance being powerfully authentic and engaging. Her line drawings are deceptively simple. She draws herself as a simple stick figure, while others are drawn with more heft and personality. She uses color sparingly and for effect: gray lines for action or fantasy creations, pink for her band-aid, full color for her live “hand”. All this adds up to a perfectly satisfying autobiographical short that’s personal, sweet and yeah, dare I say it… nice.

To comment on the film or read notes from the filmmaker, click HERE.

Cartoon Brew’s second annual Student Animation Festival is made possible through the generous support of Titmouse and JibJab.

Titmouse and JibJab

CBTV Student Fest: “The Story Of A Nice Girl”

The seventh film in our Student Animation Festival, The Story Of A Nice Girl, comes to us from Jean Yi who produced it at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.

Yi’s film is an animated therapy session that reflects raw, real feelings in a perfectly charming way. Part of that charm comes from her vocal track which connects the viewer immediately to her story, her conversational performance being powerfully authentic and engaging. Her line drawings are deceptively simple. She draws herself as a simple stick figure, while others are drawn with more heft and personality. She uses color sparingly and for effect: gray lines for action or fantasy creations, pink for her band-aid, full color for her live “hand”. All this adds up to a perfectly satisfying autobiographical short that’s personal, sweet and yeah, dare I say it… nice.

Yi (above) provided us with some background on making The Story Of a Nice Girl:

Every now and then for the past year I wonder why I chose this subject for my thesis piece. As I’ve heard from a number of people, my animation is incredibly personal. Sometimes I still can’t believe I leapt from wanting to do something simply pretty to doing an animation where I’m narrating and drawing myself. Actually, being able to do a personal project initially sounded like an exciting once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I jumped at the chance. Unfortunately in my hasty naivety, I did not correctly account for the fact that I abhor drawing myself and hearing my own voice. Fortunately, 23 years of living have armed me with both tolerance and a self-belittling sense of humor. I have spent the majority of the past year bouncing between regretting my decision and being spurred on to finish such a tremendous project.

Just in case you were unsure, my animation is about me. My film even mirrors my ‘nice-ness.’ My story isn’t trying to pin anything on anyone. It’s just me trying to show a snippet of my life. I’m trying to share something that people can relate to and can take something away from. Yet at the same time, I’m not trying to force it down anyone’s throat. Through its many forms and evolution, I see my thesis struggling to find balance like I am. In my pessimistically hopeful way, I doubt my film and yet still hope that it shares something.

I’ve always been interested in how people react to my ‘nice-ness.‘ I think at first I come off as being amicable, polite, and on the shy side. Once people start seeing me as a ‘nice’ girl though, things usually get amusing. Some people, who were at times also called ‘nice,’ see a fellow peer they can be a little mean to. There are also people who read my nice-ness with mistrust and suspicion. Of course there are always those who watch out for us and make sure we don’t get ourselves into trouble the way nice people do. The ones I find most amusing though are the ones who want to see me angry. The popular request in middle school was asking me to repeat a swear word or to yell loudly for no reason. These different reactions and their variations have always been a big part of being ‘nice’ for me. They bring out certain sides of people and help me in turn figure myself out. If it weren’t for those kids in elementary school, I would have never developed my ‘why yell when punching is faster?’ policy.

Filmmaker Websites:
Check out Jean Yi’s sketch blog and her portfolio.

Cartoon Brew’s second annual Student Animation Festival is made possible through the generous support of Titmouse and JibJab.

Robert Breer (1926-2011)

Experimental animator Robert Breer has passed away. Breer was a fine art painter who became interested in creating films as art in the 1950s. In his early shorts he experimented with the form by creating films using distinctly different images photographed one frame at a time. He became one of the most important figures in the 60′s New York experimental scene. In his later years he taught at Cooper Union in New York and created films for PBS’ The Electric Company. His longest piece, an experiment using the rotoscope, Fuji (1974), was added to the National Film Registry in 2002.

You can watch a nice selection of his shorts at UBUweb. Below is one of his most celebrated later films, Swiss Army Knife With Rats and Pigeons (1980):