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Glen Keane Debuts New Short Film, Duet, at Google I/O Conference

Google’s I/O conference isn’t exclusively about technology in the sense that all you’re going to see are things related to hardware and software. There are overlaps with other industries, particularly animation, as the medium has benefited from technological advancements these past few decades. This is why acclaimed animator Glen Keane chose the recent Google I/O conference in San Francisco, California as the place to provide the first look at his latest and most personal project to date, a short film titled “Duet.”

Disney and Google Team Up for Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story

Disney Interactive and Google have recently partnered in order to develop and launch a new animated short film titled Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story. The short clocks in at 38 minutes, and will be made available via Google Play on February 23.

Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story is based on the popular Disney Parks Vinylmation collectible franchise, and will use stop-motion animation in order to tell the story of an unpainted Vinylmation figure that goes on a quest to find his lost soul mate.

MangaPolo’s Dragonball Motion Manga

MangaPolo’s Dragonball Motion Manga

The color re-release of the Dragon Ball manga, which will be released in print and the digital Shonen Jump, has effectively shown fans what the iconic manga would look like when done in full color. As a way of further promoting the upcoming colorized re-release, Google and Japanese ad/PR firm Dentsure have collaborated on a Youtube project dubbed “MangaPolo,” which produces motion versions of popular manga franchises, with the first one being a weekly series consisting of Goku’s training from the pre-Z Dragon Ball, all the way to the Saiyan Saga:

Wallace & Gromit to Participate in Google+ Hangout

Wallace & Gromit to Participate in Google+ Hangout

Wallace & Gromit will be starring in a brand new festive video that aims to help family and friends connect this holiday season. The duo will be appearing along with a number of other Aardman Animation characters for the first time via Google+’s Hangout feature. The other Aardman Animation characters that will make an appearance include Trixie and Captain Cuddlepuss from Creature Comforts, Shaun the Sheep, and Ginger from Chicken Run.

Disney and Youtube stream rentals for Disney, Pixar, and Dreamworks

Disney and Youtube to offer streaming rentals for Disney, Pixar, and Dreamworks Titles

Google has announced last Wednesday that the Youtube/Walt Disney Studios partnership has borne fruit – a rental streaming video hub that may end up going head to head with netflix and hulu in the future. While Youtube and Disney are exclusive co-partners in the distribution service, the titles offered are not limited to Disney’s library (which includes a lot of blockbuster features from Pixar and Dreamworks), primarily because Sony Pictures, Universal, and Warner Brothers are also distributing titles on said service.

Disney Interactive Media and YouTube form a content partnership

Disney Interactive Media and Youtube Form a Content Partnership

A recent NY times report has revealed that two of the most powerful media companies in the world, Youtube and Walt Disney Interactive, have entered into a partnership that will help both companies deal with difficulties that they are encountering lately. The agreement between the two companies may seem like a small thing if you look at it from a financial standpoint; Disney Interactive Media and Google’s Youtube division will spend a combined total of $10 to $15 million on a series of original videos, which will be produced by Disney and streamed on both Disney and Youtube’s respective sites. The sites will also feature amateur video content taken from Youtube, with the selection process being overseen by Disney.

Fresh TV, Teletoon and FremantleMedia rock out with Grojband

Fresh TV, Teletoon and FremantleMedia rock out with Grojband

No, Google, I did not mean “GarageBand.” Well, actually, I sorta did. But, it was spelled correctly when we titled this post “Grojband” which is the name of a new up-and-coming animated series. The folks behind Stoked and the Total Drama franchise (from Total Drama Island to Total Drama World Tour) have put together what they hope is the next big thing in toonland. Produced by Fresh TV, Teletoon Canada, and FremantleMedia Enterprises, Grojband will follow the story of Corey and his pals as they struggle to transform their garage band (see!) into a world famous rock group. They have the ambition, they have the talent (maybe), but they’re missing the lyrics — until Corey borrows them from his sister Trina’s diary!

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