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Month: February 2013

DreamWorks Takes $87 Mil Write Down Due to Rise of the Guardians

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According to a recent report by The Hollywood Reporter, DreamWorks will be taking an $87 million write-down on its 2012 box office misfire Rise of the Guardians, marking the largest write-down the studio has taken for one of its projects. The last time the studio had to take a massive write down was with 2007’s Flushed Away.

Rise of the Guardians reportedly cost around $145 million to make and has made over $302 million in the global office, which may seem like a lot of money to us but is below the studio’s previous blockbusters (such as Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, and Madagascar 3) and way below the expectations of investors and executives.

Nickelodeon Renews and Expands Animated Shorts Program

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Nickelodeon has recently announced the renewal and expansion of their Animated Shorts Program, which is designed to identify and develop original comedy-driven content for kids. This year’s program will look to a new set of creative voices and visionaries in order to produce a minimum of 10 shorts that will have the potential to become long-form animated series. Nickelodeon will air the shorts on www.nick.com and through their new app, which was launched last Feb. 21.

Tune-In Alert: The Hub’s New You Rule Thursdays

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Tonight, The Hub will be introducing a new weekly programming block that gives views a chance to remotely control the shows they watch on the network, called “You Rule Thursdays”. The way it works is that viewers can go to http://hubworld.com/YouRule and vote on shows that will air on the next week’s block, with the choices conforming to a theme that links Hub Shows, including Mork and Mindy, Happy Days, the Facts of Life, and Family Ties.

It’s not all about You Rule Thursdays, though, as The Hub’s weekend programming schedule is equally full of exciting, hilarious, and action-packed shows such as Dan Vs. and The Littlest Pet Shop.

In the Dan Vs. episode titled “The Family Cruise,” which airs this Saturday, March 2 at 4:30 pm ET, Dan finds himself stuck on a cruise with Chris, Elise, her parents, and an overzealous Cruise Director. Dan is having trouble escaping the ship’s never-ending family activities.

Season Finale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Wrong Jedi

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LucasFilm has just released a couple of teaser clips for the shocking finale to Season 5 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which airs this Saturday, March 2nd at 9:30am ET/PT on the Cartoon Network.

Titled “The Wrong Jedi,” the episode serves as the culmination of over five years of development on Ahsoka Tano’s character and her relationship with Anakin Skywalker. The episode is helmed by Dave Filoni, who will be serving as episodic director as well as supervising director for the series.

The episode “The Wrong Jedi” finds Ahsoka wrongly accused for sedition and murder, and is sentenced to be prosecuted in the High Courts of the Galactic Republic, by an overzealous Admiral Tarkin. Ahsoka’s last hope lies in Anakin Skywalker, who is currently hunting the Coruscant underworld for the real murderer. You can watch the preview clips below:

Technicolor Animates Mattel’s New Barbie DVD/Blu Ray Feature

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Technicolor has recently finished delivery of Mattel’s New CG-Animated Barbie DVD/Blu-Ray feature, titled Barbie in the Pink Shoes. This is the second time Technicolor, via its Digital Productions division, has worked on a Barbie project. The first one being Barbie: A Perfect Christmas, which was released back in 2011. Barbie in the Pink Shoes will be the first Barbie Blu-Ray release from Mattel.

Ted Offends People at the Oscars

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One of the most controversial parts of the recent Oscar ceremony, at least with regard to the animation industry, is Seth MacFarlane’s mealy-mouthed Teddy Bear character, Ted, managing to offend the Jewish Anti-Defamation Group as he rambled on about how Jewish people controlled Hollywood.

Of course, everybody knows who Seth MacFarlane is, and they have an idea on what to expect from his brand of edgy humor, but the ADL points out that it was not an excuse:

D23 Premieres Evens In Japan This Fall

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The Walt Disney Company Japan has recently announced the first ever D23 Expo Japan, which is a special event for Japanese Disney fans created by the official Disney Fan Club, D23. It is the first Expo to be held outside of the US, and will feature presentations hosted by senior Disney creative execs, who will divulge upcoming projects from the company, such as theme parks, movies, TV, music, and gaming.

The Expo will also provide chances to nab one of a kind merchandise and collectibles, meet Disney characters, and enjoy other fun surprises. The expo will be held on October 12 to 14, 2013 at the Tokyo Disney Resort in the Maihama area—ticketing and programming info will be revealed in March.

Blue’s Clues Creator Launches Yummico

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Traci Paige Johnson, who was the creator of the hit preschool show Blue’s Clues is teaming up with award-winning producer Caroline Baron in order to launch a new interactive children’s entertainment company called Yummico.

Yummico will be producing preschool-friendly media for a wide variety of platforms, with a focus on digital games, interactive shows, apps, and ebooks. The company will also handle narrative animation, print books, and other consumer products.

Johnson and Co’s first project is the musical food adventure series titled Yummiloo, which aims to make trying new foods fun and encourages lifelong healthy eating habits. Of course, it’s targeted towards preschoolers, who are most vulnerable to poor food choices. The show features the Yum Yums, a band of creatures who live in a world made entirely of food, and uses story-based games to help kids discover the basics of food identification and nutrition with a curriculum developed in consultation with kids’ media research and educational consultant Dr. Natascha Crandall.

Space Heroes Universe cartoon wins 2012 Pixel Awards

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Indie studio Bubble Gum Interactive’s hit new animated cartoon series Space Heroes Universe managed to snag a win in the animation category of the 2012 Pixel awards, via the episode “Villainy has a New Name.”

The Space Heroes Universe win was especially impressive considering that the competitors came from big-name brands like Disney, Nintendo, and Square Enix, each one having budgets and manpower that would easily dwarf Bubble Gum Interactive’s.

Freddie Wong Reimagines Super Mario Bros. 3 as a First-Person Platformer

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Mirror’s Edge has already proven that first person platforming can work as a stand alone game, but Mirror’s Edge focused on a normal person who can jump and run like a normal person (albeit one who is very athletic and a master of parkour), but what if the character you’re controlling can jump several meters high and can bounce through shells and cannonballs, like Mario? Youtube sensation Freddie Wong’s newest video attempts to answer the question on whether the Super Mario platforming games can work in first person view.

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