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Throwback Thursday: Best five anime Westerner series

Throwback Thursday: Best five anime Westerner series

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If you are a fan of Western movies, you must have definitely seen films like Red River, High Noon, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Wild Bunch among many others and must have revered actors like John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, Rudolph Scott and Gary Cooper among scores others. Not only that, you must have liked a few western movies that became famous for their title music specially films like Mckenna's Gold, The Good the Bad and the Ugly. Western movies were famous for their one-to-one gun shots and action sequences. Not that there were no romantic films. They were in plenty. Some of which that still remain in memory are The Outsider, Love one Softly, The Man from Snowy River and River of No Return. Now, if in regular cinema we had some lovely Westerners, can animation...
Art Directors Guild institutes Excellence in Production Design for an animated feature film award

Art Directors Guild institutes Excellence in Production Design for an animated feature film award

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Dubbing the 22nd Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards theme as “Production Design in Animation: Celebrating 100 Years of Imagination”, the Art Directors Guild (ADG) has decided to take the opportunity to present the inaugural Excellence in Production Design for an Animated Feature Film award category. The announcement was made by ADG Event Producers Thomas A. Wash ADG and Thomas Wilkins. The annual awards gala that will honour the best in motion picture, TV, commercial and music video production design will take place on January 27 next year at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. “It is our intention to honor and celebrate great Production Design achievements in the remarkable and evolving art form of animation through this new award,” said Walsh. “By separatin
Details of Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters finally out

Details of Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters finally out

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So, Toho has finally lifted the info ban on Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters, the first entirely CG-animated feature in the historic giant monster franchise. A short synopsis: The final summer of the 20th century… when mankind learns it is no longer the sole ruler of planet Earth. The planet is beset by the emergence of colossal creatures that roam the Earth and king among them is “Godzilla”. For half a century, these beasts engage in ferocious battle with each other and mankind. Ultimately humanity, unable to compete, prepares for exile from its home planet. In the year 2048, a select few humans are chosen by the central government’s artificial intelligence to set out on hyper-speed interstellar emigration vessel the Aratrum on an 11.9 light-year journey for the planet Tau Ceti e.
Shooting of Little Astro Boy commences

Shooting of Little Astro Boy commences

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French companies Planet Nemo Animation and Something Big along with Japan's Tezuka Productions have started production work of Little Astro Boy, a new animated series aimed at pre-school audiences that’ll have 52 eleven minute episodes. Unlike the last shows, Osamu Tezuka’s lovable robot isn’t being handled by Japanese animators. The eco-systems of planet Earth are endangered. Lucky for us, a super-powered robot boy is flying to rescue mankind! Astro in on a mission to help anyone anywhere in the world with a problem involving natural phenomena. Production began in April ahead of its full blown start in June. Animation work is scheduled to go beyond February next year. No release window has been set yet but the show might be able to release in 2018. The Weinstein Company will distrib
Manchester-based animation studio Factory acquires Rollo Rights

Manchester-based animation studio Factory acquires Rollo Rights

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The acquisition will give Factory access to a catalogue of brands including David McKee’s classic Mr Benn (pictured), Rupert Fawcett’s Off The Leash, King Rollo and Towser. After launching in 2010, Factory has developed and adapted its own IP, beginning with Strange Hill High and Newzoids. With the acquisition of Rollo Rights and the launch of Factory Rights, the company is developing a rights-ownership arm to support its studio production business. Factory Rights’ inaugural series will be Off The Leash TV, a 2D-animated version of Rupert Fawcett’s cartoons about dogs that will live on its own YouTube channel. Clive Juster, who along with David McKee owned Rollo Rights, will remain on the board at Factory Rights to advise and assist with the new division. Together with Leo Nielsen
The Nut Job 2 records worst opening in film history

The Nut Job 2 records worst opening in film history

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With the kind of release The Nut Job 2 had opening in 4000-plus theatres, it is difficult to believe that the film has had a worst opening in film history, with an estimated weekend haul of $8.9 million. Going by facts, there’s nothing even remotely close on the record books for an opening so pathetic. The previous lowest-grossing launch in over 4,000 theaters was Sony’s The Emoji Movie that film opened with over $15 million more than Nut Job 2. Now, the question is as to why was a film with such a clearly limited audience released in over 4,000 theaters to begin with? First, it was opportune timing: Hollywood has faltered every step it has taken this year by creating few summer blockbusters that audiences want to see. In the bargain, it has left plenty of empty movie screens.  
Zak Storm to debut on CHRGD, Canada on August 21

Zak Storm to debut on CHRGD, Canada on August 21

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Family CHRGD viewers in Canada will get a taste of seafaring science fiction adventure via the debut of Zak Storm on August 21 at 4 pm. As part of the Turbo CHRGD programming block, the CG animated series will offer new episodes every day for a week before settling down to a regular time slot at 5 pm every Tuesday. Zak Storm’s premise concerns the titular young surfer, who accidentally gets lost in the Seven Seas of the Bermuda Triangle during a freak accident while competing in a surfing competition. Inside, Zak finds unlikely allies in the form of a ragtag crew of pirates and comes across the magical sword, Calabrass. The sword allows Zak to transform into a hero, and the former surfer uses the powers it gives to try to get back home, fighting all sorts of villains along the way.
SPTN acquires majority stake in Funimation

SPTN acquires majority stake in Funimation

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In a recent agreement that Sony Pictures Television Networks (SPTN) has reached, it will acquire a significant majority stake in anime distributor Funimation Productions Ltd. Barring any problems with regulatory approvals and closing conditions, the company is estimated to be valued at $150 million. Though Funimation’s current CEO Gen Fukunaga will keep his position he will still have a minority stake in the business. FUNimation is in possession of a rich catalogue of properties that include globally popular franchises like Cowboy Bebop, My Hero Academia, Attack on Titan, One Piece, Dragon Ball Z among others. The company serves as licensor and distributor of these popular Japanese properties in the US, and is also operating a subscription-based streaming service called FUNimationNOW
Revival of  Ducks Tales

Revival of Ducks Tales

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In these days of reboots and reconnections, taking inspiration from the ’80s and ’90s has become a common reality for Disney. But for DuckTales producers Matt Youngberg and Francisco Angones, the idea of bringing Scrooge McDuck back to the small screen came from a particularly heightened place of passion. “The lyrics from the original DuckTales theme song were in my wedding vows, and I dressed up as Dark Wing Duck as a child through to adulthood,” said Angones who serves as co-producer of the upcoming Disney XD series. “You can say that I have an intense personal love for this property,” he added. “We didn’t think, ‘We really need DuckTales because it’s going to fill some slot somewhere’,” adds executive producer Youngberg. “The reason that it’s coming back now is because all of the p
3rd season of DreamWorks Home: Adventure returns to Netflix

3rd season of DreamWorks Home: Adventure returns to Netflix

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The intergalactic dynamic duo Tip and Oh has returned to Netflix for the exciting 3rd season of DreamWorks Home: Adventure. To keep up the pace of the Adventure, a new clip has been released to show people the kind of space faring adventures that is coming their way. The third season of the animated series will once again feature the titular human and extraterrestrial best buds as they find themselves on a mission to save Pig from a far off cat-planet, in attendance at a wild alien prom, in the midst of a safari on the plains of Boovsland and stuck in the middle of a deep sea battle in the depths of Lake Michigan. DreamWorks Home: The Adventures of Tip & Oh’s third season premiered yesterday (August 11) only on the Netflix streaming service.