Disney•Pixar’s “Brave” Comes to Blu-ray Combo Pack on November 13, 2012

“A heroic fantasy, it also realistically captures the complex shadings of familial relationships, particularly those between a mother and her teenage daughter. And for that, it’s brave indeed.” – USA Today, Claudia Puig


Debuts November 13, 2012 on Blu-rayâ„¢ Combo Pack

Featuring Hours of Exciting All-New Bonus Material Including

the Never-Seen-Before Animated Short The Legend of Mor’du

Burbank, Calif., August 22, 2012 — Disney•Pixar proudly announces the Blu-rayâ„¢ hi-def debut of Brave, the year’s #1 animated movie and Pixar Animation Studio’s 13th consecutive hit, on November 13, 2012. A breathtaking adventure that has entertained audiences of all ages, the stunning Blu-ray release of Brave includes hours of all-new bonus material, extraordinary behind the scenes features, extended and deleted scenes, a mysterious and exciting, new short film, The Legend of Mor’du, and much more.

An original and thrilling journey set in the ancient and magical Highlands of Scotland, Brave follows the heroic journey of the headstrong, young adventurer Merida. Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida confronts tradition and defies an age-old custom that inadvertently unleashes chaos, and forces her to discover the true meaning of bravery. The 5-Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition (1 Blu-ray 3D + 2 Blu-ray Discs + 1 DVD + 1 Digital Copy) has something for everyone — from the home entertainment enthusiast who demands the highest quality, state-of-the-art technology offerings, to the family who enjoys the interactive and engaging bonus features that only Blu-ray can provide — making this unique and beautiful film a “must add” to any home media collection.

The exciting home entertainment debut of Brave will be available in multiple ways, containing exciting all-new bonus features that extend the breathtaking movie experience.


(BD 3D + BD Feature + BD Supplemental Material + DVD + DIGITAL COPY)


· La Luna Theatrical Short – Fans will love this charming short that accompanied the film in theatres. It follows a young boy on his first night working the family business alongside his father andgrandfather.

· The Legend of Mor’du Short – This rousing new bonus short film will give fans the chance to delve deeper into the legend behind Mordu, as told by the eccentric witch who transformed him.

· Brave Old World – Fans will watch as members of the Brave production team investigate Scotland, exploring its land, culture, people and dialects. The research they gathered was brought thrillingly to life in thefilm. Also, fans will hear what actress Emma Thompson (voice of Queen Elinor) thinks of Pixar’s take on her homeland.

· Merida & Elinor - With the creation of Merida and Elinor, the Pixar filmmakers delved deep into the relationship between mother and daughter. Highlighting contrasts in character design, clothing, animation, voicing, even hairstyle, watch how the filmmakers explored this most important of relationships.

· Bears – Take a look inside the art and design behind the bears in Brave. Each of the bears, gentle Mum-Bear and terrifying Mor’du, demanded a different approach to creating their physical appearance and personality.

· Brawl in the Hall – A fascinating and hilarious inside look at the process of creating Brave‘s fighting Scots, through animation, crowd simulation and fight choreography — not to mention a room full of grunting men whose vocal chortles added authenticity to the raucous scene.

· Wonder Moss – Fans will explore how Brave‘s technical artists examined the real Scottish countryside and studied the laws of nature, then turned these findings into computer codes that would blanket Merida’s Scotland in lush moss, lichen and bracken.

· Magic -The magic and mystery of Scotland is revealed to fans in this charming feature about the legends — from mystical potions to the will-o’-the-wisps — seen in Brave.

· Clan Pixar – At Pixar, getting into character is a team effort. From making Haggis to Kilt Fridays to celebrating the Scottish poet Robert Burns, fans will see how the Brave production crew truly embraced Scottish themes and customs fueled the Pixar crew throughout the creation of Brave.

· Once Upon A Scene – A closer look at the evolution of the storylines throughout the production of the film, including alternative openings to the film and many deleted scenes.

· Extended Scenes – Three separate scenes are highlighted in their extended form. Director Mark Andrews discusses the decision making process that led to the shortened versions of these scenes.

· Director Commentary


· Fergus & Mor’du An Alternate Opening – Once upon a time, Brave had a different opening scene. Eventually cut from the film, fans can see it in its entirety in this bonus feature narrated by the film’s director Mark Andrews.

· Fallen Warriors Montage – A selection of deleted shots that were cut from the film late in production are presented to fans in various stages of completion through a video montage narrated by director Mark Andrews.

· Dirty Hairy People – Fans will enjoy this uproarious bonus feature discussing the development of Brave‘s Scots — including the design of their hair, attire, and dirt-crusted physiques.

· It is English…Sort Of - This bonus feature helps fans interpret some of the more Scottish lines in the film, thanks to the real Scottish actors who play the key characters and contributed their own dialects and sayings.

· Angus – A look at Merida’s most trusted companion, Angus, a mighty Clydesdale.

· The Tapestry – Fans will learn the story behind this embroidered emblem of family unity, which was lovingly crafted by Brave‘s team of artists.

· Promotional Pieces – This bonus includes promotional clips for Brave, including: “Feast Yer Eyes,” “Relics,” “Clan DunBroch,” ”Launch,” and more.

· Art Gallery – A selection of breathtaking art from the creation of the film, showcasing characters, sets, scenes and stunning landscapes.

· Wee Gaffes – A video montage of simulation, animation and shot bloopers.

· Renaissance Animation Man - Get a look at Director Mark Andrews’ love of Scotland, sword-fighting, music and more!

· Teasers and Sneak Peeks


· La Luna Theatrical Short

DVD Includes:

· La Luna Theatrical Short

· The Legend of Mordu All-New Short

· Director Commentary


(BD Feature + BD Supplemental Material + DVD)


Street Date: November 13, 2012

“Pound Puppies: Super Secret Pup Club” Coming to DVD on October 16, 2012

Don’t Miss The Pup-Tastic Fun!

Pound Puppies: Super Secret Pup Club

Own it on DVD October 16, 2012 from Shout! Factory Kids

“A pup for every person and a person for every pup!” That’s the motto for the Pound Puppies: Lucky, Niblet, Cookie, Squirt and Strudel- a team of fearless canines whose sworn mission is to find homes for lonely dogs.However, when the Pound Puppies get too busy, the younger puppies, Rebound, Cupcake and Patches form the Super Secret Pup Club to help out with the missions!

On October 16, 2012, Pound Puppies: Super Secret Pup Club will arrive on DVD from Shout! Factory Kids in collaboration with Hasbro. The DVD set features five exciting Pound Puppies adventures and also contains all-new bonus features, including Learn to Draw Rebound.

Winner of the 2012 Humanitas Prize in Children’s Animation, the Pound Puppies series is currently airing on The Hub in the U.S. and YTV in Canada .

Episodes Include:

Bone Voyage
Mutternal Instincts
The Fraud Princess
Super Secret Pup Club
Ruff Ruff Bunch

Bonus Features:

-Learn How To Draw Rebound!

Patrick Boivin Teams With Aardman For Nike Spot

Even if you don’t care about football shoes, this Nike commercial provides good entertainment value. Montreal-based filmmaker Patrick Boivin (of Iron Man vs. Bruce Lee fame) directed the stop motion spot starring a marionette version of footballer Andrés Iniesta. Aardman produced the animation, South Korea’s Coolrain created the figures, and Wieden+Kennedy (London) was the agency.

(Thanks, @eee)

“Chico & Rita” Coming To VOD, DVD & Blu-Ray on September 18th

Cinedigm Entertainment Group will release Chico & Rita, GKIDS’ 2012 Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature, day-and-date on September 18th on cable VOD, DVD, and on DVD/Blu-ray in a Limited Edition Collector’s Set, preceded by an early digital release on August 21.

Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba (Belle epoque, Calle 54) and Spain’s renowned artist and designer Javier Mariscal celebrate the music and culture of Cuba with an epic story of love, passion and heartbreak. Fresh off its worldwide theatrical release, Chico & Rita earned more than $2.2 million at the box office, was Oscar nominated for Best Animated Feature, took home Best Animated Feature at the European Film Awards, and was an audience favorite at the Toronto and Telluride Film Festivals. Featuring a red-hot soundtrack by five-time Grammy-winning Cuban musician and composer Bebo Valdés, with the music of (and animated cameos by) jazz legends Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Chano Pozo, and others.

The Limited Edition Collector’s Set includes Blu-ray and DVD discs, an audio CD of the full-length Latin Grammy-winning soundtrack, and a 16-page excerpt from The New York Times bestselling graphic novel based on the film.

DVD and Blu-ray bonus features include: “Making of Chico & Rita” Featurette, Audio Commentary with Directors Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal and U.S. Trailer.

Chico & Rita was released February 10th, 2012 and stars Limara Meneses, Eman Xor Oña, Mario Guerra, Jon Adams, Renny Arozarena, Blanca Rosa Blanco, Jackie de la Nuez, Rigoberto Ferrera. The film is directed by Tono Errando, Javier Mariscal, Fernando Trueba.

Calling Los Angeles Artists: Support Kevyn Wallace On Monday

Last August, animation veteran Kevyn Wallace was driving down the 134 Freeway in Los Angeles, just a half mile from the Walt Disney Feature Animation where he had worked in the layout department on films like Tarzan and Mulan. As he was driving, an L. A. driver’s worst fear was realized–he was hit by a drunk driver. Eyewitness accounts from that evening said that the other driver’s car slid around the freeway and clipped another car. Then, the driver’s car spun around and faced Kevyn’s car straight on.

The high-impact crash punctured Kevyn’s gas tank and his car exploded into flames. A couple of good samaritans stopped on the freeway and attempted to rescue him from his burning vehicle. Unable to free him, they ran back to their own cars to find something to cut the seatbelt with. The witnesses reported that Kevyn, strapped into his seat, screamed for help as he struggled to free himself. Meanwhile, Kevyn’s windshield exploded. He miraculously managed to pull himself out of the car–but not before he had suffered burns over 90% of his body. Kevyn was placed into an induced coma and died a little over a month later at the LAC+USC Burn Center.

It was a life tragically cut short at age 47. Kevyn had worked on dozens of animation projects including The Simpsons Movie, The Land Before Time series, and Bébé’s Kids, but at the time of his death, he had embarked on a new career path. He had returned to his alma mater, Art Center College of Design, to earn a Master’s degree in filmmaking. Animation remained always close to his heart. The class project he was working on was a documentary about African-American animators.

I spoke to one of Kevyn’s sisters, Niva, earlier this week. She told me about her family’s efforts to find justice for Kevyn and bring some closure to the painful event. To their disappointment, the driver who caused the crash hasn’t served any time behind bars and has been freed on bond for the past year. His punishment to date has been to wear an alcohol monitoring bracelet and to turn over his passport. The family is understandably frustrated by the drawn-out legal process, but recognizes that the judicial system will ultimately determine whether the other driver bears any responsibility for the death of Kevyn Wallace.

There’s not much Kevyn’s family can do at this point, but they are making a public plea for support from the animation community. They tell me that one of the most important hearings in the case against the other driver will take place this Monday, August 27th. The defendant may either enter an open plea or choose to continue to a jury trial, which would begin next month. Kevyn’s family is asking his friends, colleagues and fans to show up to the hearing on Monday morning. In the words of his sister, they want to “put a face on Kevyn” and show that he’s more than just a statistic.

Kevyn’s sisters have spent the last year attending all the hearings related to his case. But the court has no sense that Kevyn was part of the much larger animation family, an important contributor to the art form, and a guy who was liked and appreciated by many. Kevyn’s family feels that a courtroom filled with industry professionals could make a positive impact. It would be amazing if the 400 people who showed up at Kevyn’s memorial would show up again, but even a fraction of those people would be a powerful statement of strength and support from our community. If the defendant chooses to enter an open plea, Kevyn’s colleagues will even have a chance on Monday to make statements to the court before the sentencing.

The hearing is scheduled for this Monday, August 27th, at 8:30 AM. The hearings generally take an hour or two, but Kevyn’s family would appreciate anybody who can come, even if they can’t stay for the entire hearing. Here’s where to go:
Los Angeles Criminal Courts Building
210 West Temple Street
11th Floor, Room 114

Meet The Artists Who Make The Google Doodles

Every few days, the Google homepage offers up a new Google Doodle either in the form of an illustration, short animation, or interactive element, like the playable Les Paul guitar. The Doodles are not only an ingenious promotional vehicle for Google and its corporate ethos, they also illustrate the goodwill that a company can generate by appealing to the audience’s creativity and imagination. The in-house Google artists and engineers who create the Doodles don’t get a lot of publicity, so if you’ve ever been curious about who’s responsible for the Doodles and how they do it, I highly recommend watching this panel discussion from a couple weeks ago. The speakers are Google Doodle lead Ryan Germick and three of the Google Doodle staff–Kris Hom, Marcin Wichary and Jennifer Hom.

Pixar Artists’ Masterclass in Vancouver

Artists from Pixar are coming to teach in Vancouver!

VanArts presents a Character Animation & Story Development masterclass, taught by instructors from Pixar Animation Studios.

Geared toward:

  • 2D/3D character animators & designers
  • story writers, screenwriters, storytellers
  • game designers & developers
  • producers & editors of films & videos
  • VFX artists, cartoonists, storyboarders
  • other creative professionals
  • working pros, students, enthusiasts
  • educators & teachers

This exceptional 2-day training event takes place on September 28/29th in downtown Vancouver, BC. An ideal professional development opportunity, it offers participants a rare and exciting chance to learn from the industry’s top talent and to network with their peers.

This is the final stop of the 2012 masterclass tour, and includes several bonuses including:

  • Ricky Nierva, acclaimed Production Designer at Pixar, added as special guest instructor and will be covering Character Design
  • Dylan Brown, Creative Director at Pixar Canada, will talk about activities at Pixar
  • a networking reception for attendees will be held on Friday evening

Tuition is $499 CDN for 2 full days of instruction. Space is limited and demand expected to be strong. To secure your seat now, please register online using the link below:


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Tissa David 1921-2012

Very sad news today: New York animation legend Tissa David passed away last night at age 91. Michael Sporn broke the news on his blog and gives a recount of her career better than anyone one else could. Animator David Nethery wrote an appreciation of Tissa a few years ago on his website.

Tissa David was New York’s master animator for over five decades. Born in Transylvania, Tissa moved to Paris in 1950, where she worked for producers Jean Image and Paul Grimault. In 1955 she moved to New York where she worked as Grim Natwick’s assistant at UPA. Her work for John Hubley included commercials, shorts and features. Tissa may be best known to the public for developing and animating “Raggedy Ann” in Richard Williams’ 1977 feature Raggedy Ann and Andy. In 1978 she began a long stint animating for R. O. Blechman (including on Simple Gifts and A Soldier’s Tale).

Below, in tribute, is something we posted here a few years ago, a fuzzy video copy of one of Tissa’s pencil test from the “Candy Hearts and Paper Flowers” scene in Raggedy Ann and Andy.

For a lot more on Tissa David’s life, I urge you to visit Michael Sporn’s Splog and read John Canemaker’s piece in The Wall Street Journal.

Suzie Templeton to Lead Stop-Motion Master Class at the Netherlands Institute for Animation Film

In a four-day master class, Oscar-winning animation director Suzie Templeton gives insight in her creative process and working methods. She presents the genesis of her films and focuses on the importance of stillness in animation. How to capture ones intentions and the characters in stop-motion? She talks about the formation of Peter And The Wolf, how the score interacts with the narrative and animation. Sketches, original puppets and the films will illustrate the process.

Main part of the master class consists of animating puppets. Participants are invited to bring their own puppets to animate. Armatures for animating are available on request.

Suzie Templeton’s look inside her working process and the discussion of the participants work will form the ground for the practically-oriented days to follow. Participants are emphatically invited to bring earlier works and work in progress to share and discuss.

Meet stop motion master Suzie Templeton and discuss your work and animate under her experienced and watchful eye.

Suzie Templeton (UK, 1967) is an Oscar-winning writer, animator and director specialising in stop-motion. She is experienced in working independently and solitary as well as in a studio setting. She studied science and animation in Farnham and at the Royal College of Art. Dog (shot in the basement of the school) won Grand Prize at the Holland Animation Film Festival and a BAFTA. The half hour adaptation of Prokofiev’s Peter And The Wolf premiered with a live score at the Royal Albert Hall. The production of the film took over two hundred people and over five years to complete and won major prizes all over the world, including an Academy Award.

When: Wednesday, September 12 — Saturday, September 15 / 10AM — 5PM daily
Where: Netherlands Institute for Animation Film, Tilburg

Language of the master class: English!
Costs: € 350 VAT excluded, but lunch included.

Applications are open till 1 September!

Number of participants is limited!


Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Announces Scientific & Technical Achivements For Awards Consideration

Beverly Hills, CA — The Scientific and Technical Awards Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that seven scientific and technical achievements have been selected for further awards consideration.

The list is made public to allow individuals and companies with similar devices or claims of prior art the opportunity to submit their achievements for review. The deadline to submit additional entries is Tuesday, August 28, at 11:59 p.m. PT.

The committee has selected the following methods or devices for further consideration:

  • Tissue: A Physically-Based Character Simulation Framework (Weta Digital)
  • Zviz: Previsualization System (Lucasfilm)
  • Light: Lighting Tool (PDI Dreamworks)
  • Wavelet Turbulence for Fluid Simulation (University of California, Santa Barbara)
  • Planar Tracking: mocha and Enabling Technology (Imagineer Systems Ltd.)
  • Cine VCLX Portable Power System (Anton/Bauer)
  • Matthews MAX Menace Arm (Matthews Studio Equipment)

After thorough investigations are conducted on each of the entries, the committee will meet in early December to vote on recommendations to the Academy’s Board of Governors, which will make the final awards decisions.

The 2012 Scientific and Technical Awards will be presented at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills on February 9, 2013.

Claims of prior art or similar technology must be submitted on the Academy’s website at oscars.org/awards/scitech/apply.html. For further information, contact Awards Administration Director Rich Miller at (310) 247-3000, ext. 1131, or via e-mail at [email protected].

Nine Design Studios Parnter To Answer BiG MACHiNE’s “Videophonic” Challenge

Los Angeles, CA — The standing-room only crowd at the 2012 PromaxBDA Conference said it all. Audiences were inspired by the caliber of music video work they had just witnessed as part of Videophonic, a collaborative effort of nine leading design studios working on a common assignment: create a music video for a classic song from the pre-MTV era.

Now, the entire compilation of videos can be seen at the newly launched Videophonic website: http://www.videophonictv.com/

The brainchild of Steve Petersen, Co-Founder/Creative Director of BiG MACHiNE, the nine music videos bear the unique fingerprint and style of each participating studio. Videophonic initially launched as a creative exercise for rival design and production studios to unite and collaborate. The participating companies include: BiG MACHiNE, Roger, Pistolera, Radley, Royale, Space Junk, Wildlife, Third Eye Design and Tennant McKay from South Africa.

“I wanted to come up with a way to take a snapshot of the state of design in our industry,” explains Petersen. “A way to take a look at common design trends and how other agencies approach creative assignments. I thought that a forum where talented – and typically competing — studios could all work on the same assignment would be a great way to compare design styles. By inviting other studios from around the world to interpret a music video in their own way, we were able to get a glimpse into each studio’s one-of-a-kind creative process.”

Adopting a song with a music video that never got one presented a rare opportunity to create without a marketing agenda. The videos, which made their world premiere at the 2012 PromaxBDA Conference in Los Angeles, showed a range of live-action filmmaking, groundbreaking animation, and new storytelling techniques.

BiG MACHiNE selected Donna Summer’s 1977 hit “I Feel Love,” featuring human animals, gorgeously body-painted by artist Hans Haveron as a cheetah, eagle, and hunter, as they move sensually through an enchanted forest.

“The nice thing about music videos is that the narrative concept doesn’t have to be as real world-based as a standard feature film,” says Petersen. “Fantasy and great visuals work really well in this medium. The song features an electro-beat, similar to a contemporary techno song. We felt that the non-specific lyrics allowed for an open-ended interpretation of the song. Our video is a heroic, survival-driven love story. It was the perfect fit for us.”

The biggest challenge for BiG MACHiNE was the extremely tight turnaround. The video was shot in Big Bear on a Sunday, and was set to show at the conference one week later. The post process – from the RED conversion and edit to the VFX, composite and sound design — was completed in a matter of days.

“It was all worth it,” concludes Petersen. “I had wanted to work with [body paint artist] Hans Haveron for a long time. It was one of the most awesome experiences I’ve had as a director and artist. Bringing his art form into our ours made for a really special piece that’s way beyond what I thought it would be.”

Valve Announces Second Annual Saxxy Awards

As revealed on GTTV with Geoff Keighley, this year’s Saxxy entrants will be powered by the Source Filmmaker (SFM), the recently released storytelling tool Valve created inside the Source Engine to create all its animated short films, including those in the Meet the Team series of Team Fortress 2 shorts.

Entrants will compete for top honors in five categories, including Best Comedy and Best Drama. Every winner will take home a Saxxy, and the overall winner will also win a trip to Valve and have a chance to see their work aired on GTTV’s VGA Preshow this December.

“I am absolutely inspired and stunned by the early work I’ve seen from fans experimenting with SFM,” said Geoff Keighley, executive in charge of publisher relations for Spike TV. “All of us at Spike are excited to work with Valve to give someone in the community the chance to world premiere their original SFM short on TV in over 99 million homes.”

“The Number of 3D animated short films produced in the few months since we released the SFM has blown away our expectations,” said Bay Raitt, designer at Valve. “With so many filmmakers sharing our world, tools and techniques, we think this year’s Saxxy’s will produce an incredible collection of animated shorts all made by- and for the community.”

All the rules and information on this year’s Saxxy’s may be found on http://www.teamfortress.com/saxxyawards2012/

Pat Giles and MannyGalán Launch Cartoon Lagoon Studios With First Release, “Captain Cornelius Cartoon’s Cartoon Lagoon”


NEW YORK, NY — Longtime Saatchi & Saatchi creative directors Pat Giles and MannyGalán have returned to their animated roots in a big way with the launch of Cartoon Lagoon Studios. The studio’s first release is Captain Cornelius Cartoon’s Cartoon Lagoon, coming to DVD this November.

Part puppetry, part animation, this distinctive show promises to plumb the depths of Cartoon Lagoon as characters Wet Willy Jones and Axel Rodd McGee go on an undersea quest aboard the Manta Ray, a cartoon-retrieving vessel commanded by Captain Cornelius C. Cartoon, in a search of the best and the worst cartoons ever made. The show was created by Galán and co-produced with Giles.

The series will have its premiere screening at New York Comic-Con (#NYCC) in October 2012.

A portion of the show clearly pays homage to MSTK3000 as the crew searches for the best and the worst cartoons ever made, and make fun of them as they screen them. But it is also much more. Each DVD also features Captain Cartoon’s All Star Revue — a line-up of new and classic cartoons, musical guests, and interviews with leading animators, original skits and commercial parodies.

“We constructed these segments to help this show feel like it exists in an alternate reality — like it’s from a TV Universe other than our own,” Galán says. “It’s a Saturday morning or Friday night animation lineup that never existed on TV.”

According to Galán, Captain Cornelius Cartoon’s Cartoon Lagoon is a big melting pot of pop culture commentary and a nostalgic reflection on animation days gone by.

“The spirit of the show harkens back to a time when kids would wake up before their parents on a Saturday morning with a big bowl of cereal and watch cartoons because that was the only time they were on,” Galán adds. “This is our attempt to recreate what ephemeral appointment television felt like, only put it on ever-ready DVD and digital media.”

Galán and Giles know their cereal and their cartoons. They have been in the kids pop culture business for years, most recently as agency creative directors at Saatchi & Saatchi, New York creating ads for General Mills’ cereals, such as Lucky Charms, Trix, Cocoa Puffs and Honey Nut Cheerios.

Beyond that the duo has a long pedigree in animation. Giles was the art director for Disney’s Stanley series, and worked on 6 other TV shows, including Doug, and MTV’s Daria.

Galán worked at Marvel, DC Comics and Archie Comics, before joining Nickelodeon, first in their Consumer Products division, and later in the On Air department where he wrote and directed hundreds of shorts, including the legendary NIckmas series, Captain Nick, and How Angelica Stole Christmas. Galán’s toy line “Dookie-Poo” is an award-winning collection of designer vinyls and plush. They also co-own two small comic book publishing companies, featuring the indie-hit Monkeysuit series, and Combination Platter collections.

But Cartoon Lagoon is the culmination of years of hard work — half of which was spent in Manny’s basement.

“Manny started building a submarine in his basement, about two years ago. He would mention it now and again, you know, this goofy thing,” Giles says. “Next thing I know this stunning miniature submarine stage appears. It was amazing.”

The show features some noteworthy talent, including legendary voice actor Chris Phillips as “The Captain”; director Euralis Weekes; and head writer Steve Borst (Robot Chicken, MAD).

“We had a great time making this and we’re thankful that so many talented folks were interested in helping us create this modern day tribute to the things we hold so dear,” Galán says.

Bi-Coastal Premieres of “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Pt 1″ at Paley Center for Media in NY, LA on Sept 20 and 24, 2012

Warner Home Video announces bi-coastal premieres of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 at The Paley Center for Media in New York, Los Angeles

Highly-Anticipated Premieres slated for September 20 & 24; Media Invited to Red Carpet Interviews & Screenings; Limited Free Tickets Available to Fans on First Come, First Served Basis

Warner Home Video and The Paley Center for Media proudly present the bi-coastal World Premieres of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies, in New York on September 20 and Los Angeles on September 24. Filmmakers and members of the voice cast will attend both events for red carpet media interviews and post-screening panel discussions.

On Thursday, September 20, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 will screen at the Paley Center in New York City (25 West 52nd Street) with media interviews starting at 5:00 p.m. and screening commencing at 6:30 p.m. Following the screening, actor David Selby (The Social Network/Dark Shadows), the voice of Commissioner Gordon, and eight-time Emmy Award winning dialogue/casting director Andrea Romano will lead a panel discussion. Additional panelists will be announced as confirmed.

On Monday, September 24, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 will screen at the Paley Center in Los Angeles (465 North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills) with media interviews starting at 5:30 p.m. and screening commencing at 7:00 p.m. A panel discussion will follow the screening featuring actors David Selby (The Social Network/Dark Shadows) and Ariel Winter (Modern Family), executive producer Bruce Timm, director Jay Oliva, writer Bob Goodman and dialogue/casting director Andrea Romano. Additional participants, including voice cast members, will be announced as confirmed.

A limited number of free tickets are available for the general public.

Fans wishing to receive free tickets to the New York event on September 20 must RSVP via email to [email protected]

Fans wishing to receive free tickets to the Los Angeles event on Sept. 24 must RSVP via email to [email protected]

All fan RSVPs email MUST include the name of the entrant, a valid email, and the name of the media outlet/website by which the entrant learned of the screening.

Tickets to both events will be distributed on a “first come, first served” basis.

In the bleak and ominous future of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1, it’s been a decade since Bruce Wayne hung up his cape, following most of the other superheroes who had been forced into retirement. Facing the downside of middle age, a restless Bruce Wayne pacifies his frustration with racecars and liquor — but the Bat still beckons as he watches his city fall prey to gangs of barbaric criminals known as The Mutants.

The return of Harvey Dent as Two-Face finally prompts Wayne to once again don the Dark Knight’s cowl, and his dramatic capture of the villain returns him to crime-fighting — simultaneously making him the target of law enforcement and the new hope for a desolate Gotham City. Particularly inspired is a teenage girl named Carrie, who adopts the persona of Robin and ultimately saves Batman from a brutal attack by the Mutant leader. Armed with a new sidekick, and re-energized with a definitive purpose, the Dark Knight returns to protect Gotham from foes new … and old.

Fanboy demi-god Peter Weller (RoboCop) leads a stellar voice cast as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Joining Weller behind the microphone is David Selby (The Social Network, Dark Shadows) as Commissioner Gordon, Ariel Winter (Modern Family) as Carrie/Robin, three-time DCU veteran Wade Williams (Prison Break) as Harvey Dent/Two-Face, and Michael McKean (This is Spinal Tap) as Dr. Bartholomew Wolper.

Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 will be distributed by Warner Home Video on September 25, 2012.

There Goes The Neighbourhood: “Fugget About It” Has Landed On TELETOON At Night

A TELETOON Original Series premiering Friday, September 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Voice guest stars include Alan Thicke, Andrea Martin and Jason Jones

(Toronto, Ontario — August 22, 2012) — Things are about to get shady in Regina. September 7, 2012 at 10 p.m. ET/PT marks the highly-anticipated premiere of the TELETOON At Night original comedy series Fugget About It. The 13-part series features voice guest stars Alan Thicke, Andrea Martin and Jason Jones (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart).

Fugget About It tells the story of Jimmy Falcone, once a feared capo in the Gambini crime family. Everything changes when his associates insist he whack his good old Uncle Cheech. When Jimmy pleads for Cheech’s life to Don Gambini, their meeting ends with Jimmy hurling the crime boss out of a 19-story window. With the mob out to kill him, Jimmy has no choice but to turn to the dark side and become a witness for the Feds. Jimmy and his family are sent into witness protection in cold, snowy Regina, Saskatchewan where it’s hard for a quick-tempered goodfella to live as a regular schnook among naïve, kind and friendly Canadians.

Fugget About It is a product of the TELETOON at Night Pilot Project, an outreach initiative to tap into the vast and rich talent within the Canadian animation industry,” said Alan Gregg, Director, Original Content, TELETOON Canada Inc. “The result is a genuinely funny series that plays on Canadian stereotypes, while adding a charming dose of humour to our Friday night lineup.”

Fugget About It was originally developed for the TELETOON at Night Pilot Project by 9 Story Entertainment, in association with TELETOON Canada Inc. When the contest officially launched in 2007, ten projects, including Fugget About It, were selected as finalists from over 200 submissions. TELETOON invested $1.5 million into creating the pilots, which straddled a wide range of topics, animation styles and comedic sensibilities. Fugget About It was officially green-lit for production in 2010.

Created by Willem Wennekers and Nicholas Tabarrok, Fugget About It was developed by Jeff Abugov (Two and a Half Men, Roseanne, Cheers). Executive producers are Willem Wennekers, Nicholas Tabarrok and Jeff Abugov and for 9 Story, Vince Commisso and Steven Jarosz.

Fugget About It will be available to viewers nationwide during TELETOON’s free preview until Sunday, September 30. For more information on the free preview please visit teletoon.com or contact your television service provider.

“Peace One Day” by Phoebe Halstead and Angie Phillips

We’re proud to present a new entry in Cartoon Brew’s Student Animation Festival: Peace One Day by Phoebe Halstead and Angie Phillips of London’s Kingston University. The film was made in support of the non-profit organization Peace One Day, to raise awareness for The International Day of Peace on September 21st. Two people battle each other as civilizations are built and torn down around them. Their uniforms–sometimes recognizable and sometimes abstracted into colorful shapes and forms–change at a frenzied pace, but the combatants and violent behavior remains ever the same. The powerful anti-war statement is heightened by Halstead and Phillips’ strong visual concept that smartly ties together violence throughout history and geography.

Click HERE to read an interview with the filmmakers Phoebe Halstead and Angie Phillips.

The Cartoon Brew Student Animation Festival is made possible by the generosity of our presenting sponsor JibJab.

CBTV STUDENT FEST: “Peace One Day” By Phoebe Halstead and Angie Phillips

We’re proud to present a new entry in Cartoon Brew’s Student Animation Festival: Peace One Day by Phoebe Halstead and Angie Phillips of London’s Kingston University. The film was made in support of the non-profit organization Peace One Day, to raise awareness for The International Day of Peace on September 21st. Two people battle each other as civilizations are built and torn down around them. Their uniforms–sometimes recognizable and sometimes abstracted into colorful shapes and forms–change at a frenzied pace, but the combatants and violent behavior remains ever the same. The powerful anti-war statement is heightened by Halstead and Phillips’ strong visual concept that smartly ties together violence throughout history and geography.

Continue reading for comments from the filmmakers Phoebe May Halstead and Angie Phillips:

Conflict feels inevitable given our history. Human nature seems an unstoppable force pushing people into war. Tectonic plates collide and two men are forced to fight. Costumes flash up and change, symbolizing time passing and the multitude of individuals involved in war. We wanted to communicate the fact that historical and cultural forces push people into fighting. Peace One Day gives the individual a chance to pause, reflect and see the negative impact of their violence. Once the individual realizes that fighting is unnecessary they might stop for good!

Also we wanted to create a film that communicated a moral message for social good. Peace One Day is a charity which promotes and creates a day of global cease fire as the first step towards world peace. We jumped on the idea of promoting such a worthwhile cause. Creating a narrative that shows people how destructive violence is and how it impacts the environment around us. Animation is the perfect medium for such an international message as it transcends all language barriers.

In order to highlight the human impact on the environment we needed hands on finger prints and mess that can only be achieved through splashing real ink on real paper. So we used ink, paper and pegbars. Each frame is hand colored, one of us coloring one character each. Inventing costumes as we went based on our historical timeline. Capturing the frames under the Rostrum using Dragon. We then used Photoshop to edit the stills and used After Effects for compositing.

We learned that collaboration is a most powerful tool! It made us more ambitious, and the process more enjoyable. We also learned acting out movement is key. Lots of fights, lots of fun.

We were inspired by the thought of using design to spread a strong social message. It was good to know during all those long nights that we could make a difference to the world with what we were making. Those long nights were filled with breaks of yoga, aerobics, and manic dancing to Talking Heads and Duke Ellington. We owe a lot to our tutors and peers at Kingston University who gave us invaluable advice and criticism. We found inspiration in each other and we will continue collaborating.

pH Level Studio
Phoebe Halstead
Angie Phillips

The Cartoon Brew Student Animation Festival is made possible by the generosity of our presenting sponsor JibJab.

Box Office Report: “ParaNorman” Debuts Weak; “Ice Age” Huge Overseas

Laika’s stop motion film ParaNorman opened last weekend in third place at the U. S. box office with $14.1 million. Despite opening in one thousand theaters more than Laika’s previous film Coraline, the film still didn’t match the $16.8 million opening of the earlier film. ParaNorman did, however, top last April’s $11.1 million opening of Aardman’s The Pirates! Band of Misfits.

ParaNorman‘s disappointing opening is a reminder that stop motion doesn’t generate the huge box office returns we’ve come to expect from major computer animated features. It’s debatable whether the lower grosses are attributable to the technique of stop motion, the type of stories that artists tell with stop motion animation, or the simple fact that no stop motion film has ever enjoyed the type of massive marketing push that accompanies the typical CG feature.

Ice Age: Continental Drift fell out of the domestic top ten, grossing $3 million in its sixth weekend. Its U. S. total is currently at $150.2 million, which will end up being the lowest grossing entry in the Ice Age franchise. But don’t take that as a sign of failure. The film has been an overseas phenomenon, grossing $646.3 million from foreign markets. Combined with domestic grosses, its global total will surpass $800 million this week, making it the sixth highest grossing animated feature of all time.

The overseas popularity of the Ice Age series is an outlier in the animation world. To put it into perspective, the latest Ice Age will gross more from foreign markets alone than Disney/Pixar’s Brave will gross domestically and foreign combined. Each new Ice Age film has increased its percentage of overseas share, as shown below:

Film % of Domestic Gross % of International Gross
Ice Age (2002) 46% 54%
Ice Age 2 (2006) 29.8% 70.2%
Ice Age 3 (2009) 22.2% 77.8%
Ice Age 4 (2012) 18.9% 81.1%

Delicious Voice Cast Storms In To “Cloudy 2: Revenge Of The Leftovers”

CULVER CITY, Calif., August 20, 2012 — The forecast is sunny side up for Sony Pictures Animation as the studio has reassembled the all-star, comedy voice cast of the animated hit Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs for Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers, set for release in 3D on February 7, 2014. The first Cloudy film took in $243 million worldwide. The sequel is directed by Cody Cameron (whose story artist credits include Shrek, Madagascar, Surf’s Up and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) & Kris Pearn (head of story on Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and story supervisor on Arthur Christmas) and produced by longtime Sony Pictures Animation producer Kirk Bodyfelt.

The lead voice cast from the first film returns, including Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live, Men In Black 3) as inventor Flint Lockwood; Anna Faris (Scary Movie, The House Bunny) as brainy weather girl Sam Sparks; James Caan (The Godfather, Elf) as Flint’s technophobic dad, Tim Lockwood; Andy Samberg (Saturday Night Live, Hotel Transylvania) as Swallow Falls’ local celebrity “Baby” Brent; Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother, The Smurfs) as Steve the gummy bear-loving monkey; and Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order, Miss Congeniality) as Sam’s mild mannered cameraman Manny. In addition, Terry Crews (The Expendables 2) joins the cast to take on the role of Earl, the town cop.

Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers picks up where Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs left off. Inventor Flint Lockwood’s genius is finally being recognized as he’s invited by his idol Chester V (Will Forte of Saturday Night Live) to join The Live Corp Company, where the best and brightest inventors in the world create technologies for the betterment of mankind. Chester’s right-hand-gal — and one of his greatest inventions — is Barb (Kristen Schaal of Toy Story 3 and 30 Rock), a highly evolved orangutan with a human brain, who is also devious, manipulative and likes to wear lipstick.

It’s always been Flint’s dream to be recognized as a great inventor, but everything changes when he discovers that his most infamous machine — which turns water into food — is still operating and is now creating mutant food beasts. With the fate of humanity in his hands, Flint and his friends must embark on a dangerously delicious mission, battling hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees, apple pie-thons, double bacon cheespiders and other food creatures to save the world… again!

Commenting on the announcement, Sony Pictures Digital Productions’ President Bob Osher, said, , “Cloudy was a tremendous hit acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, and we’re thrilled to be bringing everyone back together for Cloudy 2.” Sony Pictures Animation’s President of Production Michelle Raimo Kouyate added, “Not only are we bringing the old gang back, we are introducing some hilarious new characters in a brand new adventure that matches the wit and freshness of the original. We have a great story and we love Cody and Kris’s take on the characters and material.”

Columbia Pictures presents a Sony Pictures Animation film, Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers. The film is directed by Cody Cameron & Kris Pearn, produced by Kirk Bodyfelt, and executive produced by Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street directors Phil Lord & Christopher Miller. Based upon characters from the book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs written by Judi Barrett and illustrated by Ron Barrett, the screenplay is written by John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein and Erica Rivinoja.

DreamWorks Animation Enters Into New Five-Year Distribution Agreement With Twentieth Century Fox

GLENDALE, Calif., Aug. 20, 2012  — DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA) today announced that the Company has entered into a new five-year distribution agreement with Twentieth Century Fox.

Under the terms of the agreement, Fox will assume certain marketing and distribution responsibilities in both domestic and international markets for all animated feature films produced by DreamWorks Animation for release in 2013 through 2017.

“Fox has long been an industry leader in both theatrical and home video thanks in large part to its well-integrated approach to distribution across a wide range of platforms around the globe,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chief Executive Officer of DreamWorks Animation. “Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman have built a world-class distribution team and we are excited to apply their expertise, robust infrastructure and global resources so that DreamWorks Animation’s films can reach their fullest possible potential over the next five years.”

“DreamWorks Animation is a great company that makes terrific films and everyone here feels privileged and honored to have been chosen to distribute their marvelous work throughout the world,” stated Fox Filmed Entertainment CEOs and Chairmen, Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman. “We are particularly excited to add DreamWorks Animation’s films to the strong and growing slate of movies from our outstanding Blue Sky Studios division, which is coming off another global blockbuster with Ice Age: Continental Drift, and has EPIC and RIO 2 in advanced production. Together we will be a dominant force in animated entertainment for years to come.”

“Starting in 2013, DreamWorks Animation content will be distributed in the more traditional markets under a fee structure that is similar to our existing arrangement with our current distributor,” continued Katzenberg. “However, our new agreement with Fox presents more favorable economics overall for DreamWorks Animation because we are taking advantage of lower costs associated with the emerging digital distribution landscape and managing domestic television distribution in-house.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Fox will receive a distribution fee on worldwide theatrical and home video gross receipts as well as on international television, and on certain digital businesses, including rentals, SVOD and EST. DreamWorks Animation will retain the rights to distribute its product in the domestic television windows without paying a fee to Fox.

DHX Media To Acquire Cookie Jar Entertainment, Creating The World’s Largest Independent Library of Children’s Entertainment Content

Transaction significantly enhances DHX’s scale and digital distribution capabilities

Halifax, Canada – (August 20, 2012) – DHX Media Ltd. (“DHX” or the “Company”) (TSX ticker: DHX), has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the business of Cookie Jar Entertainment (“Cookie Jar”) to create Canada’s largest children’s entertainment company. The combined company will own the world’s most extensive independent library of children’s entertainment, including more than 8,550 half hour episodes. The transaction implies an enterprise value for Cookie Jar of $111 million, to be paid through a combination of approximately 36 million DHX shares, $5 million in cash, and the assumption of $66 million of debt.

“The acquisition of Cookie Jar is a transformational event for DHX that will significantly enhance our scale and our growth opportunities,” said Michael Donovan, Chief Executive Officer of DHX. “Through this combination, we will strengthen our portfolio of brands, global reach, management depth and our position in the rapidly emerging digital distribution channels to become the market leader.”

Expected benefits of the transaction include the following:
• Significantly strengthens DHX’s capabilities in the rapidly growing digital segment, and broadens its relationships with distributors including Amazon, Comcast, DISH, Hulu, Netflix, Samsung, Telmex and Vivendi;
• Creates substantial scale with the addition of Cookie Jar’s approximately $56.7 million in revenue (unaudited, for the last twelve month period);
• Brings together two portfolios of globally recognized brands that can be seen in over 160 countries;
• Increases DHX’s current content library of children’s programming by a factor of more than three times, from approximately 2,550 to over 8,550 half-hour episodes; expands merchandising opportunities for owned properties as well as third-party brand management and licensing opportunities;
• Diversifies DHX’s revenue streams and generates significant cost synergies, currently estimated to be $8 million annually.

“Today is an exciting day for Canada’s children’s entertainment industry,” said Michael Hirsh, Cookie Jar’s CEO. “Cookie Jar joining forces with DHX results in a company that is an independent global market leader in all aspects of children’s entertainment from distribution to production to licensing and merchandising. There is an insatiable appetite for kids content in the new digital streaming universe and we are very well positioned with our extensive library of evergreen, popular and recognizable brands to satisfy the market demand.”

Cookie Jar has a significant content library and features some of the world’s most recognizable series including Caillou, Inspector Gadget, and Johnny Test. The company controls Cookie Jar TV, the weekend morning block on CBS. Cookie Jar has offices in Toronto, Los Angeles and in addition, throughout Western Europe, as part of its Copyright Promotions Licensing Group (“CPLG”), a leading licensor and merchandiser of third party brands and characters.

Cookie Jar has experienced significant growth in digital distribution, growing revenue from that channel to $8.0 million in the 12 months ending May 31, 2012 (representing growth of 353% vs. the prior 12 month period). Over the same 12-month period, Cookie Jar had total revenue of $56.7 million and EBITDA of $12.6 million (unaudited, see “Non-IFRS Measures” below). By combining operations of the two companies, DHX expects to realize cost synergies of at least $8 million annually which should be achieved within the first year following the closing of the transaction. Synergies are expected to be achieved from a consolidation of locations, marketing efficiencies and the integration of operations.

The definitive agreement provides that the current shareholders of Cookie Jar will receive consideration consisting of approximately 36 million common shares of DHX, representing pro forma ownership of approximately 40%, plus $5 million in cash. $66 million of existing Cookie Jar debt will be assumed and refinanced on closing of the transaction. Based on the volume weighted average price of DHX’s common shares for the 5 days ending on August 17, 2012 this implies a value of Cookie Jar of approximately $111 million. Funds managed by Birch Hill Equity Partners (“Birch Hill”), Cookie Jar’s controlling shareholders, have also agreed to certain restrictions over the DHX shares that they will receive in connection with the transaction.

“We believe this is an excellent strategic combination with great potential to create long-term value,” said John Loh, Partner at Birch Hill. “We are excited to become a significant shareholder in the combined business, and look forward to working with the DHX team to grow the company.” Concurrent with the execution of the definitive agreement, DHX has entered into a commitment agreement with RBC Capital Markets to provide a fully underwritten senior debt financing. The new financing package will consist of a $60 million four-year term loan facility to be used to refinance substantially all of DHX’s and Cookie Jar’s current indebtedness and a $20 million revolving credit facility for working capital and general corporate purposes.

Management and Board of Directors
Following the closing, Michael Donovan, current CEO of DHX, will continue to serve as CEO. Michael Hirsh, current CEO of Cookie Jar, will become Executive Chairman of DHX. Steven DeNure and Dana Landry will continue in their current roles of President & COO, and Chief Financial Officer, respectively. Cookie Jar’s current President & COO Toper Taylor will continue to focus on digital distribution and business development. Aaron Ames, CFO of Cookie Jar, will assume the role of Chief Integration Officer reporting directly to the CEO.

Upon the closing of the transaction, the Board of Directors will consist of eight directors including Michael Donovan and Michael Hirsh. Another four of DHX’s existing directors will continue serving on the Board and Birch Hill will have the right to appoint two additional directors. Completion of the transaction is subject to a number of conditions including the receipt of regulatory and Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) approvals. Pursuant to TSX rules, the transaction must also be approved by a majority vote of DHX’s shareholders due to the number of DHX common shares issuable in consideration to the vendors.

Recommendation of the Board of Directors
Canaccord Genuity Corp., financial advisor to DHX’s Board of Directors, has provided its opinion that the acquisition consideration is fair, from a financial point of view, to DHX. The Board of Directors, based upon its investigations, including its consideration of that fairness opinion, has concluded that the transaction is in the best interests of DHX shareholders, and will be unanimously recommending that shareholders vote in favour of the share issuance resolution at the special meeting of shareholders. In addition, certain insiders including Michael Donovan who collectively hold 19.7% of the DHX shares outstanding have agreed to vote in favour of the transaction. Special Meeting and Information Circular DHX will be convening a special meeting of its shareholders to consider the transaction. DHX currently anticipates that the special meeting will be held on October 15, 2012 and that an information circular containing additional details regarding the business of the special meeting will be mailed to shareholders in mid-September, 2012.

Investor Conference Call
DHX Media will hold an analyst conference call to discuss the transaction on August 20, 2012 at 10am EDT. Media and others may access this call on a listenin
basis. Conference call details are as follows:
• To access the call via telephone, please dial (888) 231-8191 toll-free or +1 (647) 427-7450 internationally. Please allow 10 minutes to be connected to
the conference call.
• A telephone replay of the call will be available beginning approximately one hour after the call on (855) 859-2056 toll free or +1 (416) 849-0833, and
passcode 22762722, until midnight EDT August 27, 2012.

It’s Hero Time with the Global Launch of “Ben 10 Omniverse”


Based on the Highly Successful Franchise Cartoon Network

Will Premiere the New Series with a Worldwide Roll-Out Beginning in the U.S. September, 22 at 9 a.m. (ET/PT)

One kid. All kinds of hero. That’s our Ben Tennyson, and he’s coming to Cartoon Network in an all-new series, Ben 10 Omniverse, with a global launch like no other. For the first time in its history, Cartoon Network territories covering over 178 countries and 27 languages will premiere a series closely together with a coordinated global campaign that begins in the United States on Saturday, September 22 at 9 a.m. (ET/PT).

In Ben 10 Omniverse, beating the bad guys is just part of the superhero gig. With a little help from his new, by-the-book partner, Rook, Ben explores the quirkier side of things in the alien underground and discovers enemies from his past looking for a rematch, all while a mysterious hunter is hot on his trail. With new aliens at his disposal and a brand new lease on life, Ben 10 is back and more fun than ever. Ben 10 Omniverse is the latest original series from Cartoon Network Studios. Matt Youngberg (Transformers: Animated) is supervising producer.

Ben is traveling the globe and crossing platforms to give kids a full digital experience. With more than 1.4 billion games played and 7.2 million games created, Ben 10 Game Creator has been one of CartoonNetwork.com’s top ten games since launching in 2008. Now it’s getting a refresh to match the unique character design of Ben 10 Omniverse, with new versions of favorite aliens and brand-new Omniverse aliens to play with. CartoonNetwork.com will also host a Ben 10 blog, keeping kids up-to-date with the latest Ben 10 news. These digital elements and more can be found on CartoonNetwork.com’s new Ben 10 Hub, a destination for all things Ben 10 from the original series to Ben 10 Omniverse. Additionally, fans are invited to download the first episode for free on iTunes, Amazon, Playstation, Xbox and iNdemand through Sept. 28th.

Coinciding with the global premiere of this new-look series will be brand-new, must-have items from the top-selling Ben 10 consumer products franchise. Making a worldwide debut this fall will be new Ben 10 Omniverse toys from master toy partner Bandai, an interactive game from D3Publisher and apparel from Freeze. Additional licensing partners for the brand will follow with new products in 2013, all adding to the more than $3 billion generated at retail worldwide to date since its launch in 2006.