With the release of Warner Bros. Animation’s Batman: Gotham By Gaslight next weekend on Digital HD, the project would mark it as one of the first animated adaptations of a Batman Elseworlds’ title. And if the film is a success, animation legend Bruce Timm already has another one in mind. Speaking to the press at the time of Gaslight’s premiere, Timm said that the story he’d most like to tackle next would be Superman: Red Son. That iconic work by Mark Millar is set in a world where young Kal-El’s landed the Soviet Union rather than Kansas and leads to him becoming the hero of the USSR instead of a champion of truth, justice, and the American way. The immediate next DC animated feature is Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay which hits theatres in Spring, the anime-inspired Batman Ninja and the
Pixar Animation’s award-winning feature Coco is coming on another format very soon. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment is bringing the magic of Mexican traditions to Digital HD / 4K Ultra HD and Movies Anywhere on February 13 followed by 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on February 27. Additionally, the critically lauded hit film from director Lee Unkrich and co-director Adrian Molina, the home release expands the fantastical journey with fresh and fascinating bonus material. In Coco, Pixar’s 19th feature film, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colourful Land of the Dead following a mysterious
TBS has gone ahead and done away with The Cops, the animated series co-created and voiced by Louis C.K., it has been confirmed. Production on the series about two L.A. cops, which had an order for 10 episodes came to a halt last November after the comedian admitted to a long-term pattern of sexually harassing women. Co-created with Albert Brooks, the series was being produced by FX Networks and FX Productions where Louis C.K. had an overall deal. Immediately FX cut all ties with the comedian after he admitted to misconduct and removed him as executive producer from the four shows he was making for the company. The company did not give him any further monetary compensation for his work on the projects. Side effects: The crew of The Cops,, which was being made at Starburns Industrie
The Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards recently closed the call for entries of its first-ever edition. The inaugural Quirinos received 273 entries from 14 countries. The countries that submitted the most pieces were Spain (38% of the entries), Brazil (15%), and Argentina (14%), Colombia (10%), and Mexico (8%). Submissions were also received from Chile, Ecuador, Portugal, Uruguay, Peru, Venezuela, Bolivia, Cuba, and Nicaragua. The work entered represents 60 hours of animation in total. The category that received the most entries was short films, with 120 works submitted followed by series (43 submissions), commissioned films (39 submissions), and feature films (21 submissions). Six nominees in each of the event’s nine categories will be announced on January 17. Those categories ar
In a big boost for India-based mobile game company Nazara Technologies, France’s Xilam Animation has partnered with it to further expand its Oggy & the Cockroaches brand into gaming. The deal will have Nazara launch a number of new mobile titles inspired by the animated series with the first game set to be launched in Q1 2018 in Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East. Nazara operates in 61 countries and has licensed mobile gaming rights to kids IP including Chhota Bheem, Motu Patlu and Mighty Raju. Non-dialogue Oggy and the Cockroaches airs on Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. Targeting kids aged six to 11, the series is distributed in more than 160 countries worldwide.
Humanitas, the non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting writers has come out with the list of the 2017 Humanitas Prize award nominees. The award is given to film and TV writers whose work explores the human condition in a nuanced, meaningful way. This year, 21 screenwriters; 31 TV, documentary and independent film scribes; and five college writers have been selected as finalists for the 43rd Humanities Prize. The winners will be announced at the Humanitas Prize event on Friday, Feb. 16, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. The following are the animation category nominees: Animated Feature (Family): Story by Lee Unkrich, Jason Katz, Matthew Aldrich, Adrian Molina, Screenplay by Adrian Molina and Matthew Aldrich Story by Ron Burch & David Kidd and Don Rh
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has nominated Coco, Loving Vincent and My Life as a Zucchini for the Best Animated Film category. The nominations were announced by Natalie Dormer and Letitia Wright at BAFTA’s London headquarters. BAFTA also nominated three films in the Best British Short Animation and five films in the Special Visual Effects category. The hybrid animated-live action feature Paddington 2 was nominated for the Outstanding British Film and Adapted Screenplay award. The nominees in select categories are: Animated Film Coco Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderso Loving Vincent Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Ivan Mactaggart My Life as a Zucchini Claude Barras, Max Karli Special Visual Effects Blade Runner 2049 Gerd Nefzer, John Nelson Dunkirk Scott Fis
The online dating/matchmaking portal Tinder is leveraging the CG animation medium for its latest ad which showcases mankind’s eternal struggle to meet the perfect romantic partner via a richly detailed animated short titled Invention of Together. The short was developed by creative studio Buck and overseen by executive creative director Ryan Honey and meant to take advantage of sleek CG animation in order to take viewers on a journey through time as they bear witness to the long history of courtship in humans. The short first released in South Korea last month but is now available to everyone who has access to the internet.
Following in the footsteps of last year’s Hanazuki, toy company Hasbro has launched another new property through a series of animated YouTube shorts. The company launched the first 5 five-minute episodes last Saturday. The series is Chomp Squad that is an original series aimed at kids aged between 3 and 5 about a group of heroes and their partnered dinosaurs. Hasbro has also released the first batch in Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Latin American Spanish, and European Spanish. New episodes are uploaded every Friday morning at 10am (eastern). Chomp Squad has been produced by Hasbro Studios, brought to life by Huminah Huminah Animation, a Canadian studio with offices in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and Hamilton, Ontario. The first season of the show is set to go on for 25 episodes
The Producers Guild of America has nominated five films in the outstanding animated movie category and two animated television series Disney Junior’s Doc McStuffins and Nick’s SpongeBob SquarePants for the award for outstanding children’s programme for its 29th annual Producers Guild Awards . The nominees in the category for the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for outstanding producer of theatrical motion pictures ended up in a tie. That means for the first time the Producers Guild of America will present 11 nominees in that category. Nominations for the award for outstanding producer of animated theatrical motion pictures are: The Boss Baby-- Producer: Ramsey Naito Coco-- Producer: Darla K. Anderson Despicable Me 3-- Producers: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy Ferdinand-- Producer