DreamWorks Animation has bought the rights to the 95-year-old feline cartoon icon Felix the Cat. The studio acquired the character by paying an undisclosed sum to Don Oriolo, whose father Joe helped revive Felix in the 1950s and later assumed ownership of the character.
Genndy Tartakovsky’s “Popeye” reboot is officially a thing now. While the film doesn’t have a production greenlight yet, Sony’s licensing division has begun to promote the property with concept art at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas.
Cartoon Network is reviving “The Powerpuff Girls” as a regular series, the network announced on Monday.
Twenty years ago, we had ‘urban’ Looney Tunes merchandise. Today, we have the characters being pasted on top of human bodies.
DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2” opened in second place this weekend with an estimated $50 million. The film trailed the $60 million debut of another sequel, the R-rated “22 Jump Street,” directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who also directed “The LEGO Movie,” which opened to $69 million earlier this year.
As we’ve done in the past and will continue to do so until someone makes a funnier Father’s Day-themed piece of animation, here’s a clip …
DreamWorks Animation released a trailer today for “Home.” The Tim Johnson-directed film will be released on March 27, 2015.
Disney’s “Feast” debuted yesterday to a raucous packed house at the Annecy International Animation Festival, alongside some never-before-seen clips from the studio’s next feature “Big Hero 6.”
Studio MDHR has delayed their Fleischer-esque videogame Cuphead until 2015, but they just released a new trailer for the gaming show E3 with new footage that is even more impressive (and more Fleischer-y) than the earlier preview.
Foreign animation distributor GKIDS announced yesterday that they have acquired North American rights to the Brazilian film “Boy and the World.”
The 24th edition of Animafest Zagreb wrapped up today in Zagreb, Croatia. It is the second-oldest continually running animation festival in Europe, after Annecy. The Grand Prix for short film was awarded to Yumi Joung’s “Love Games.” A complete list of winners is below.
At a flea market in Paris, I discovered this irresistibly awful set of dead-stock pins featuring Walter Lantz characters.
A man has nothing to lose except his dream. To make his dream come true the man embarks on a dangerous journey. But his destination is not what it seems.
At least one DreamWorks animated film has lost money for the past three years in a row: “Rise of the Guardians” in 2012 had an $87 million writedown; “Turbo” in 2013 resulted in a $13.5 million writedown; and this year’s “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” caused a $57 million writedown. This is rather obviously not a sustainable trend from a business standpoint, and investors are beginning to worry about the studio’s long-term prospects.
Directed by Peter Quinn who writes: “I usually sit and watch a few things on Animade or Squeezeme.tv with my first coffee, every morning when I get into work. I’ve pulled out a few ‘showreel tropes’ that hopefully some of you will agree with—and I bet there are plenty I’ve forgotten about… would love to have you input as to commonalities in reels. It’s been an interesting study coming up with this shortlist.”
While we await the release of Gary Trousdale’s “Rocky & Bullwinkle” short, here’s a new GEICO spot that pairs the Jay Ward duo with the GEICO Gecko.
Nickelodeon has picked up a new series: “The Loud House” by animation veteran Chris Savino. The series is inspired by Savino’s own “chaotic life growing up in a huge household,” and follows a boy named Lincoln who lives at home with his 10 sisters. The concept received a 13-episode greenlight based on the following pilot from the studio’s 2013 Animated Shorts Program.
Sony Pictures Animation today announced that they’ve acquired an original comedy pitch entitled “Medusa” from screenwriter Todd Alcott (“Antz”) and reality TV producer Holly Golden (“Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura”). More interesting: Lauren Faust (“My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic,” “Super Best Friends Forever”) is attached to direct.
Tonight in New York City, two artists who need little introduction—Bill Plympton and Peter de Sève—will discuss their work and artistic process in a discussion moderated by animation director J. J. Sedelmaier.
Not many people know this, but every night at 3:33AM time is frozen for a moment. During what is a fraction of second to mortal eyes, there is a second night, a secret one where the spirits of the city come out to play. That is the story of the eternal battle for the soul of São Paulo, the clash between bohemia and authoritarianism, between comedy and horror.