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Warner Bros. Greenlights Lego CG movie

Warner Bros. Greenlights Lego CG movie

As one of the most popular franchises in the world, Lego has appeared in almost all forms of merchandise and media, particularly the big three – toys, videogames, and TV shows. But recently, Warner Bros has given the go signal for Lego to break through yet another popular medium: Movies. As reported by Variety, the popular Danish construction toy will get its own CG-animated / live action hybrid film co-directed by Chris McKay (Robot Chicken), Phil Lord, and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs). Visuals will be provided by Animal Logic, of Happy Feet and Legends of the Guardians fame.

Atlas forms Voltron: Defender of the Universe movie

Atlas forms Voltron: Defender of the Universe movie

Mega thrusters are go! Voltron has long since been an amazingly popular animated franchise, ever since the transforming and merging Team Lion became a fixture of cartoons in the 1980s. Nickelodeon’s Nicktoons recently jumped on that lion-bandwagon, reviving the team once more for the animated series Voltron Force. Now, Atlas Entertainment and World Events Productions (WEP) have bigger ideas for the future, planning a Voltron: Defender of the Universe movie! The iconic figures, based on the original Japanese anime and manga Beast King GoLion and Kikou Kantai Dairugger XV, have only just begun their journey to the silver screen, with a planned hybrid mixture of live action and CG animation – likely not dissimilar from the recent Transformers blockbusters, like Dark of the Moon, that have so captured the imagination of audiences everywhere.

A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner July 9th

A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner July 9th

In just one week, Nickelodeon will celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Fairly OddParents with the very first hybrid live-action and CG-animated TV movie, A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! The flick kicks off on Saturday, July 9th, at 8pm, revealing a 20-year-old Timmy who refuses to grow up. Why? Well then he’d lose Cosmo and Wanda, his beloved fairy godparents! Drake Bell stars as Timmy Turner, who meets a now-grown up Tootie, played by Daniella Monet. However, if Timmy decides to grow up to chase after her, he may lose Cosmo (Jason Alexander and Daran Norris) and Wanda (Cheryl Hines and Susanne Blakeslee) to …an oil tycoon? Series creator Butch Hartman promises this will be a big one, so we’re sure to TOON in. Who’s with us?

FremantleMedia goes hypervynorama on Strange Hill High

FremantleMedia goes hypervynorama on Strange Hill High

The CBBC is working with FremantleMedia Enterprises (that’s FME + CBBC for the initial fans!) on a new comedy series called Strange Hill High. And yes, it’s strange! The show is actually produced in several different kinds of media, a hybrid technique that combines stop-motion animation and puppets with CG. The result is internally dubbed “hypervynorama” which sounds pretty awesome to us. The toon itself is set in an inner-city school named Strange Hill High, appropriately-enough. Three students take it upon themselves to investigate the endless secrets, mysteries, and other worldly events that happen at the school, for a little “Scooby-Doo” vibe.

The Herculoids: The Complete Original Animated Series June 14th

The Herculoids: The Complete Original Animated Series June 14th

You mix together a little bit of classic Hanna-Barbera with some family-based scifi adventures, and what do you get? The Herculoids! The ground breaking animated series featured Zandor, Tara, and Dorno, a humanoid family that leads a group of unique creatures: Zok, Igoo, Tundro, Gloop and Gleep. That’s a flying dragon, a rock-like simian, a rhinoceros hybrid, and two protoplasmic blobs, of course. Together, they form a super team to defend against invasions from Pod Creators, Reptons, Mutoids, and other problems. And now, Warner Bros. is bringing the entire 18-episode collection to DVD in The Herculoids: The Complete Original Animated Series, available in stores June 14th, exclusively from WarnerArchive.

Universal’s Hop rocks from April 1st through Easter Day

Universal's Hop rocks from April 1st through Easter Day

On April 1st, Universal Studios and Illumination Entertainment brought Hop to theaters. The live-action and CG hybrid film tells the story of E.B., a teenage rabbit who leaves his home on Easter Island to pursue his dream of becoming a drummer in Hollywood, rather than take over his father’s role as the Easter Bunny. Once in California, E.B. meets Fred O’Hare, who brings his new rabbit friend home. But just as the two think they can’t handle any more, they’re both faced to grow up, doing what they can to save Easter from a evil Easter Chick named Carlos. Now, the Easter Bunny’s big day is finally here, with the Easter Holiday! And with the film still going strong in theaters, it’s likely we could see a nice …jump… in the box office before the weekend is out!

Hop back to box office lead for Universal

Easter Bunny Hop back to box office lead for Universal

Not a bad weekend for Russell Brand. Not only did the British comedian provide the voice for the number one film in the box office race, Hop’s Easter Bunny, he was also the star in the second place, live-action film, Arthur. From cartoon to actor in 10 seconds flat – and to the tune of $33 million for both! Since opening April 1st, Hop has generated nearly $70 million dollars for Universal. The live action and CG hybrid has done the Easter Bunny justice, still a full two weeks from his holiday! Take a look at the full box office ranking – maybe Russel Brand is in there a few more times

Marblemedia and Teletoon bring more Skatoony

Marblemedia and Teletoon bring more Skatoony

Thought you had seen the end of Skatoony? Think again! Marblemedia and Teletoon are hard at work on an entirely new batch of 26 episodes that will fill a second season of Skatoony. The hybrid series matches live-action and animated segments in a game show format, allowing real life kids to compete against toons through frantic, trivia-based rounds. If it’s someone like SpongeBob’s Patrick, then I think I stand a chance! Check out the full press release

Universal HOPs to the top of the box office

Universal HOPs to the top of the box office

With an estimated $38 million dollars during this weekend’s box office blitz, it looks like Universal has a Golden Egg on it’s hands, with Hop! The new film, a hybrid mix of live action and CG, hatched the highest-grossing weekend of 2011 so far, narrowly topping Nickelodeon’s Rango. And all this, still three weeks prior to the actual Easter holiday, so it looks like HOP might have long legs! …er… paws? Boasting a modest budget of $65 million (meager compared to Rango’s $135 million budget) the film will likely start earning a profit in just it’s second or third week of release, which is pretty impressive. Take a look at the full box office report, and let us know how many of you were part of this weekend’s movie-going?

Hop into theaters today with Universal’s Easter Bunny tale

Hop into theaters today with Universal's Easter Bunny tale

Tale? Tail? Whatever the case, there’s a bunny involved! The biggest bunny of them all, in fact — the Easter Bunny! And with Carlos, the Evil Easter Chick, doing what he can to spoil the holiday, it’s up to E.B. to finally grow up, take over his father’s role as the Easter Bunny, and save the day. Thankfully, Universal Studios and Illumination Entertainment have teamed to bring us the abridged version of the story in a cute little CG and live-action hybrid film, hitting theaters today, April 1st. So check out the following teaser trailer featurette clips, then HOP over to theaters to see the story on the big screen: Hop!

Behr introduces Ribert and Robert’s Wonderworld

Behr introduces Ribert and Robert's Wonderworld

The quest for knowledge never ends for Ribert, which is something that most of us can relate to. Something that most of us can’t relate to is the fact that Ribert is an animated toad! Behr Entertainment is bringing Ribert & Robert’s Wonderworld to MIP TV, hoping to catch the world by storm with the live-action and animated hybrid show. The series revolves around Ribert and Robert, his human friend, as they learn about different topics in Wonderland, a magical island amusement park. With roller coasters, Ferris Wheels and more, this is the first show a kid can ride!

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