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Nominations for VES Awards declared

Nominations for VES Awards declared

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For the upcoming 16th annual VES Awards, nearly 3,400 artists, producers, technologists and entertainment industry workers bought theor heads together to narrow down the movies that best represented outstanding achievements in visual effects. And go to see Blade Runner 2049 and War for the Planet of the Apes ended up tying for the highest number of feature film nominations. Meanwhile, HBO’s Game of Thrones led the pack in terms of television programmes and the fantasy series earning the most overall nominations. Instead of judging a movie based on a combination of its script, performances, directing, cinematography, etc., the Visual Effects Society dials into the aspect it cares about the most which may at least be partially account for the reason why Despicable Me 3 has five total no
Meta Media Entertainment secures raft of broadcasting and platform sales for Animanimals

Meta Media Entertainment secures raft of broadcasting and platform sales for Animanimals

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London-based distributor Meta Media Entertainment has secured a number of broadcasting and platform sales for Studio Film Bilder’s new 2D-animated comedy Animanimals. Created by animator/director Julia Ocker, each episode of the life lesson-themed series features a different animal that must find a solution to an absurd situation. The 26 x four-minute, non-dialogue show from Stuttgart-based producer has been picked up by the toon’s broadcast co-producers KiKA and SWR in Germany as well as SVT (Sweden), YLE (Finland), NRK (Norway), TATA Sky (India) and Jim Jam (pan Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia). A MENA deal has also been signed by Discovery Kids, while Télé-Québec and Knowledge Network will air the series in Canada, and TVNZ for New Zealand. As for platform sales, Chinese
PGA out with names of nominees for 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards

PGA out with names of nominees for 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards

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The Producers Guild of America (PGA) has brought out the list of theatrical motion picture and television nominations for the 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards. The nominees for the Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures are: Ramsey Naito (The Boss Baby) Fox/DreamWorks, Darla K. Anderson (Coco) Disney/Pixar, Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy (Despicable Me 3) Universal/Illumination, Lori Forte, Bruce Anderson (Ferdinand) Fox/Blue Sky and Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Chris Miller (The LEGO Batman Movie) Warner Bros. What is impressive about this year’s feature animation category is that four of the five nominated movies were produced or co-produced by women. The nominees in the Outstanding Children’s Programme category are: Doc McStuffins (Season 4), Nickelodeon Kids
Netflix and Toho gearing up to release Godzilla: Monster Planet on Jan 17

Netflix and Toho gearing up to release Godzilla: Monster Planet on Jan 17

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Netflix and Toho have announced that the first Godzilla anime feature ever created Godzilla: Monster Planet will have its global release on its streaming service on January 17. The film recently finished its theatrical run in Japan. While we all know about Netflix, it needs to be known that Toho is a Japanese film, theater production and distribution company. Located in a surprisingly wealthy part of Setagaya  in Tokyo is the sprawling home of Toho Studios. Not only is Toho the largest and most famous film studio in Japan, but it’s the owner of one of the more internationally famous film logos on par for Asian cinema aficionados with MGM’s Technicolor roaring lion. The film has been helmed by Kobun Shizuno and Hiroyuki Seshita in which humanity left the Earth after losing the battle
Boomerang welcomes New Year with new additions to its cartoon-focused library

Boomerang welcomes New Year with new additions to its cartoon-focused library

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The Boomerang streaming services has welcomed the New Year with a couple of exciting new additions to its cartoon-focused library like  the Hanna Barbera toon A Pup Named Scooby-Doo! and the first 26 episodes of the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs animated series. Though not exactly new, these two shows are very successful and will fit in well with the rest of Boomerang’s strong cartoon lineup. A Pup Named Scooby-Doo! that originally aired in 1988-91, featured a pint-sized puppy version of Mystery Inc.’s resident loyal mutt who may be scared of the silliest of things but is actually brave as brave can be when the situation calls for it. The Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, on the other hand, is a 2D animated spin-off of Sony Pictures Animation’s hit 3D CG movie about technology go
DHX Media comes out with its 2017/18 library catalogue

DHX Media comes out with its 2017/18 library catalogue

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Canadian entertainment company DHX Media has published its library catalogue for 2017/2018. In this, loads of new information on renewals and new series have been disclosed. Starting off with new seasons of favourites: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is making its way with a second season. The series will receive 26 new episodes, which brings its total count to 52 twenty-two minutes, or 104 eleven-minute segments. Cloudy aired on YTV in Canada and Cartoon Network in the United States. Then, Inspector Gadget is getting a 13-episode fourth season. That brings the show’s total count to 52 twenty-two minutes or 104 eleven-minute segments. The series can be seen on Teletoon, Family Channel, Netflix and Universal Kids in North America. Gwen Stefani’s Kuu Kuu Harajuku will be back for a
Production of Subway Surfers goes on

Production of Subway Surfers goes on

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A few months ago, it was declared that the popular mobile game Subway Surfers will be getting its own animated series. While news about the particular series has calmed down after that initial announcement, production on the series has been going on in the background, so says an information  from Kiloo Games. The Subway Surfers cartoon will follow the adventures of player characters Jake, Tricky and Fresh and will consist of 10 x 4 minute episodes followed by a long form series that consists of 22 minute episodes. The series is expected to debut this summer. The animated series of Subway Surfers uses traditional 2D animation instead of CG. This means it looks stylistically different from the 3D game but ends up all the better for it as the 2D animation adds a lot of character to the s
Brian Drummond returns with Dragon Ball Super

Brian Drummond returns with Dragon Ball Super

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Remember Brian Drummond, the original English language voice actor for Vegeta? Yes, he will now get to face off against Goku and friends in Dragon Ball Super returns with new episodes on Toonami next weekend. The story line that takes place between episodes 44-46 Dragon Ball Super returns with new episodes on Toonami next weekend. Dragon Ball Super will air every Saturday night at 10:30 pm as part of Adult Swim’s Toonami block. For those not in the know, Brian Drummond played Vegeta in the original 1996-1998 Dragon Ball Z dub that went on for 53 episodes. Then, the English dub was a joint production between Funimation Productions, Saban Entertainment and The Ocean Group. The latter handled all voice recordings at their Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada offices. Starting with th
Paramount Pictures decides to postpone most of its films

Paramount Pictures decides to postpone most of its films

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Paramount Pictures has decided to get the release dates of its upcoming feature films confirmed before the year ends. This means that fans will know when to expect the films they have been waiting for, which according to reports include several popular Hasbro toy and game-inspired films in partnership with Allspark Pictures. One such film is a new G.I. Joe film that’s about to hit theaters in March 27, 2020, and a Micronauts movie slated for October 16, 2020. The bad news is that the upcoming films with the earliest release dates will be released in 2020. This means that one of the most anticipated offerings from Paramount, the third SpongeBob SquarePants movie will also release in the said year. The new release date for the third SpongeBob SquarePants movie has been confirmed to July
Flying Tigers: Shadows over China to release internationally on January 12

Flying Tigers: Shadows over China to release internationally on January 12

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ACE MADDOX’ air-combat action game Flying Tigers: Shadows over China (FTSOC) based on the historical events of America's secret volunteer squadrons that helped defend China in World War 2, has been confirmed for international release on Xbox One on January 12th and is now available for pre-order from Xbox Stores. Flying Tigers: Shadows Over China (FTSOC) is an air-combat action game based on the historical events of America’s volunteer squadrons that defended Southeast Asia in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theatre of World War 2 (aka the Second Sino-Japanese War). Secretly recruited under President Roosevelt’s administration before the US entered WW2 following the Attack on Pearl Harbor, the “Flying Tigers” were officially known as the 1st American Volunteer Group (AVG) and consisted of t