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eOne Welcomes New Licensees for Peppa Pig

Entertainment One Licensing will be expanding their Peppa Pig merchandising line for the first time this year as they add new licensees Amscan and Palamon. The two new licensees for the hit preschool property will help strengthen Peppa Pig’s connection with preschoolers and their families all over the U.S. as well as improve Peppa Pig’s retail sales worldwide. ...

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Big Hero 6 and 101 Dalmatians

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and whether you have a partner or not doesn’t matter. The occasion deserves to be celebrated, because affection is awesome, right? And what better way to celebrate the occasion while being awesome than by doing it with 101 Dalmatians and Big Hero 6! Timely too, as Big Hero 6 is already available in Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere, and soon to ...

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Disney XD Orders Season Two of Star vs. The Forces of Evil

Disney XD has recently ordered a new season of Daron Nefcy’s animated comedy series Star vs. The Forces of Evil, which is impressive because the series hasn’t even debuted yet. The series, which focuses on the hijinks of the teen princess Star Butterfly and her powerful magic wand, will be premiering on Disney XD this coming Monday, March 30 at 8 p.m ET/PT. ...

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The VFX Industry – The Medium Essay (Part 1)

Note: This is Part One, of a two part series dealing with the VFX industry. Originally Planned for the website Medium until Ev Williams changed certain aspects of his collections/publications setup, the recent dislocation of the VFX marketplace is not only a lesson in how far Hollywood has gone in trying to reconfigure animation into a safe mainstream success, but has not only caused ...

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REVIEW: Disney’s 101 Dalmatian Diamond Edition

Last Tuesday, February 10th, Disney has released 101 Dalmatians: Diamond Edition in Blu-Ray and DVD formats, as well as through digital. The release is notable because it’s one of Disney’s most popular franchise even though it doesn’t follow their usual M.O., as it isn’t based on a public domain fairy tale and doesn’t feature princesses (the movie is based on a 1956 children’s novel ...

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The VFX Industry – Aftermath (Part 2)

Note: This is Part Two, Read Part One first. Its been nearly six months since I wrote that article about the VFX industry for Medium. What has happened since then? The VFX industry dislocated. VFX soldier’s planned Union/Trade Organization fell by the wayside. Marvel/Disney in association with Sony is planning 20 some films in the next five to ten years. PDI, the legendary VFX house – that ...

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Spongebob wins in Box Office (on the back of its Online Game/ Online Campaign, and Victoria Justice’s return)

17 years, two movies. Both made gang busters in the box office. You have to start considering Spongebob as one of the better animated series of its era. With its very strong online campaign, and Victoria Justice’s second chance after her issues/rivalry between her and her former co-stars (Grande and the rumors of partying on the set of Icarly) It was just right. It beat out Jupiter ...

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New Teen Titans Go! Clip: Real Boy Adventures

Warner Bros. Animation has released a new clip for the next episode of Teen Titans Go!, titled “Real Boy Adventures.” The episode is scheduled to air this coming Thursday, February 12, at 6:00/5:00c on Cartoon Network. The episode borrows heavily from Pinocchio, as the Titans’ resident semi-real boy Cyborg has asked Raven to turn him into a real boy again. There’s just one thing that ...

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Justice League vs. Bizarro League World Premiere in New York

Families with children dressed in their favorite DC superhero shirts came out to The Paley Center for Media in New York City on Saturday, January 24 to see a free screening of LEGO® DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League, followed by a Q&A panel with some of the cast and crew, and a meet and greet for pictures and autographs. ToonBarn’s Marc Morrell was hot on the ...

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Warner Bros. Announces New Programs Based on Batman and Superfriends Toys

Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP), DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation have recently announced a new wave of animated content based on toylines from Mattel and Fisher-Price, which are in turn based on DC properties. The first one is The Mattel tie-in Batman Unlimited, which is expected to launch in 2015 with new made for video movies and shorts. The other one is DC Super Friends, ...

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Strawberry Shortcake Brand Acquired by Iconix

The popularity of the Strawberry Shortcake brand along with American Greetings’ more proactive approach to defending the IP (a few years ago, they sent a C & D to web comic juggernaut Penny Arcade over a strip that parodies the character) makes it seem like it’s not one of the properties that they’d be willing to let go of, but a recent announcement from Iconix Brand Group, Inc has ...

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PBS Kids to Air Curious George Special on Valentine’s Day

PBS Kids will be celebrating Valentine’s Day in advance with the help of Curious George via the special Happy Valentine’s Day, George!. The holiday special will follow Curious George as he tries to make his friends a Valentine’s Day card. Unfortunately, he finds it difficult doing everything manually so he resorts to creating the first ever monkey Valentine printing press, with the use of ...

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