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Starstorm: The U.S. Live-Action Saint Seiya Pilot

With Netflix’s upcoming CG-animated reboot of Saint Seiya due to launch this July, now is perhaps the best time to look into something that took the community’s attention last summer. In August, footage from a previously unseen U.S. live-action adaptation made it onto YouTube. Named Starstorm, the short snippet caused a stir among Saint Seiya fans. Saint Seiya manga creator Masami ...

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Juana la Iguana returns in new animated series

The classic Latin children’s series Juana la Iguana is set for a comeback through a new cartoon. London’s Hoho Entertainment has partnered up with Juana-owner JLI in Miami to produce a new 52 x 11-minute animated series aimed at preschoolers. Juana becomes a mentor and guide to youngsters Amazonas and Miguel in the new show. She leads them on exciting adventures as they discover ...

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Moominvalley goes global with PGS

France’s PGS Entertainment has picked up the global rights to Gutsy Animations’ Moominvalley. The company will represent the 26 x 22-minute CG-animated Moomin series in all markets, excluding China, Finland, Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom. Moominvalley is one of the most expensive European animation series made, with a per episode budget of 1 million euros used for state of ...

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New Chinese Transformers series “looks so good” it might go global

Back in 2017, Hasbro announced a partnership with China’s CCTV to produce a new Transformers animated series centred off of the mythological character of Nezha. Details were light, but we now know the show will launch sometime this year. The news is courtesy of Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner, who briefly mentioned the project during the company’s first quarter results presentation last ...

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Voltron Legendary Defender seasons 3-6 head to DVD this June

Following last year’s release of the first two seasons, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release seasons 3 to 6 of Voltron Legendary Defender on DVD. Priced at an MSRP of $22.98, the set will contain the 26 episodes in English, European French and Latin Spanish audio tracks, alongside an English subtitle track for the hearing impaired. It launches June 4th. Voltron Legendary ...

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One Piece returns to free-TV in France

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the One Piece anime, Toei Animation Europe has negotiated the franchise’s return to free-TV in France. TF1 Group’s TFX network will begin airing the show during their Sunday morning youth slots beginning May 5th. The series will be aired dubbed in French and simulcast in Japanese with French subtitles. TFX’s broadcast begins with the ...

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Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. launch free channels on Pluto TV

Streaming service Pluto TV is about to add some slime-tastic programming to its lineup. Among other brands, Viacom will launch linear 24-7 channels featuring Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. content for free beginning May 1st. These are different from the channels you get on TV. In a press release, Viacom described the channels as: Nick Pluto TV: Welcome to Nick Pluto TV where you can watch ...

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Lord & Miller to work on TV projects, including Marvel ones, for Sony

The minds that helped create The LEGO Movie and recent Oscar-winner Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, are deepening their relationship with Sony. According to a report from Variety, the duo of Phil Lord and Chris Miller have signed a 5-year partnership with Sony Pictures Television for an undisclosed nine-digit sum. Lord and Miller will work on a variety of projects for Sony, from animated ...

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Disney Channel previews new show Amphibia

Gravity Falls may be long over, but its influence on Disney Channel isn’t. Alum Matt Braly is set to launch his own new animated series on the network this summer. Titled Amphibia, the company has started streaming a sneak peek on its YouTube channel: After stealing a mysterious music box, 13-year-old, Anne Boonchuy is magically transported to the world of Amphibia, a wild ...

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The VeggieTales return in new TBN series

Just a year ago, things looked grim for The VeggieTales. The franchise’s Netflix series had ended and nothing else was in the works. You can’t keep a good vegetable down for long, though. Christian channel Trinity Broadcasting Network has announced a new animated show bringing back the creative leads that made the original direct-to-video series such a huge success. Details ...

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Xilam produces first CG series with Oggy spin-off

France’s Xilam Animation is taking its perennial Oggy and the Cockroaches franchise to new spaces. The studio has announced Oggy Oggy, a preschool spin-off series that’ll mark the company’s first foray into producing CG-animation. Set long before he met those pesky creatures, the show follows the adventures of Oggy in his youth as an eager and enthusiastic kitten. Sensitive ...

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New Dogtanian film enters production

A CG-animated movie based on Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds has now entered into production. After having been in development for a number of years, all systems are go at Apolo Films in Navarre, Spain. Directed by Toni García, who previously worked on projects like Bernard and Papawa for BRB Internacional, the film is set for a 75-minute run-time that’ll bring Dogtanian, Juliette, ...

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