TV

‘Danger Mouse’ Reboot Set for 2015

Television execs seems to be stuck in a neverending nostalgia loop. In just the past week, reboots or spinoffs have been announced for “The Lion King,” “The Magic School Bus,” “The Powerpuff Girls”…and now, “Danger Mouse.” The iconic U.K. cartoon series, which was produced by British studio Cosgrove Hall from 1981 to 1992, is returning to the small screen next year with 52 eleven-minute episodes.

Awards

The Emmy Awards Make Room For Internet Animation

In a sign of changing times, animated programming produced for both Netflix and YouTube has begun to earn a significant number of Emmy Award nominations, competing alongside traditional broadcast and cable series.

Internet Television

Adult Swim Premieres First Online-Only Series, J.J. Villard’s ‘King Star King’

Last night Adult Swim premiered its first exclusively online animated series “King Star King.” A punk psychedelic space adventure about a He-Man-esque sci-fi figure who works in a waffle restaurant, the show was created by J.J. Villard, a former DreamWorks story artist (“Shrek the Third,” “Monsters Vs. Aliens”) who’s also known for his CalArts student films “Son of Satan” and “Chestnuts Icelolly.”

Internet Television

Netflix, Scholastic Reboot ‘The Magic School Bus’

Just in case you were worried that Netflix’s slate of upcoming animated programming was looking a little too Dreamworks heavy, the streaming site has announced plans to launch an updated version of the Scholastic Media educational series “The Magic School Bus.”

Interviews

Joanna Davidovich Premieres ‘Monkey Rag’ Online

Joanna Davidovich is a freelance animator based in Atlanta, Georgia. A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, she has been working as an animator, designer, and storyboard artist on commercials, on-air content, and TV shows since 2005. Her animated short film “Monkey Rag”, which debuts online this afternoon, has been making the festival rounds since it was completed last July.

TV

Animation’s Domination Slips on Fox Sundays

While Fox’s Sunday night lineup was dubbed Animation Domination in May 2005, it did not officially become all-animated until 2010. Now, the announcement of their fall 2014 schedule reveals that the cartoons will be ceding some of their Sunday night territory to live-action comedies “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Mulaney,” which will be taking over the 8:30 and 9:30 time slots, respectively.

The Akira Project Crowdfunds Fanboy-Approved ‘Akira’ Trailer

Hell hath no fury like a fanboy spurned, but that usually doesn’t occur until after the film in question has been released to theaters. Tired of having their expectations dashed by disappointing news of the long anticipated live-action “Akira” adaptation, fans completed their own live version of a trailer for the popular manga-turned-anime, one that attempts to “do ‘Akira’ justice” by following the source material as closely as possible.

Interviews

Interview: Ralph Bakshi on the Animation Industry, Then & Now

Ralph Bakshi pulled himself away from his drawing desk in New Mexico to chat with Cartoon Brew about his legacy, his latest project “The Last Days of Coney Island,” which he recently funded on Kickstarter, and what he really thinks about the computer’s role in animation these days.

Games

‘Johnny Bravo’ Creator Van Partible Talks About New Dance-Combat Game

Van Partible, the creator of Cartoon Network’s Nineties series “Johnny Bravo,” is making the rounds with a new third-person video game concept called Dancers of War. In the game, Marine Sgt. Jack Dancer is out to save the world from a maniacal pop star by strapping on an exoskeleton/leotard called “The Exo-Tard 3000.”

Comics

Animation Director Stephan Franck Releases Collected Noir Comic ‘Silver’

Animator and director Stephan Franck (“Iron Giant,” “Despicable Me”), who was recently nominated at the Annie Awards for his work on “The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow,” premiered a collected paperback version of his adventure comic Silver at the Emerald City Comic Convention last month.

Documentary

‘Between Frames’ Documentary Spotlights A Century of Brazilian Animation

When you think of countries that are known for their animation, Brazil is probably not among the first that comes to mind. However, the country has nearly a century-long history of producing animation, and while historically most of the animation they have made hasn’t been seen outside of its borders, there have been notable contributions to the art form throughout the country’s history. With the animation industry growing quickly in Brazil—they are ranked seventh for countries that visit Cartoon Brew most often—it is a great time to explore the country’s animation legacy.

Theater

Disney’s ‘Aladdin’: The Broadway Musical vs. The Animated Film

After three years of tryouts and short runs in a total of four different cities, Disney Theatrical’s version of “Aladdin” finally opened on Broadway March 20th at the New Amsterdam Theatre. So now that it’s here, how does it compare to the animated “Aladdin” we all know and love? After seeing the musical a few days ago, here are my observations.

Comics

‘Dexter’s Lab’ Comic Will Be Published by IDW

Next month, IDW, the publishing company that partnered with Cartoon Network last year for the comic book revivals of “The Powerpuff Girls” and “Samurai Jack,” will be adding “Dexter’s Laboratory” to their library of monthly titles.

TV

New Season of ‘The Boondocks’ Excludes Its Creator Aaron McGruder

It was recently announced that, after a nearly four-year hiatus, the Adult Swim animated series “The Boondocks” would be returning on April 21st for its fourth and final season. However, any excitement that fans of the show experienced when hearing the news was cut short when they learned that the show’s creator, Aaron McGruder, would not be involved.

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