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Month: April 2012

Disney to Produce Webseries Based on Talking Friends Series of Apps

Disney to Produce Webseries Based on Talking Friends Series of Apps

If you own an iOS device (such as an iPad or an iPhone) and you have a kid, chances are you’re familiar with Outfit 7’s Talking Friends series of apps, in which you get the chance to talk to and interact with a virtual pet, such as a cat or a dog. Recently, Outfit7 has revealed that they are working wit the Disney Interactive Media Group in order to produce an original animated web series based on their popular Talking Friends franchise.

The original Disney web series will feature Outfit 7 characters such as Talking Tom Cat, Talking Ben the Dog, and other anthropomorphic characters from the Talking Friends series. The shows will run on Disney.com, which is Disney’s new network on Youtube catering to digital distribution. The shows will also be accessible through the Talking Friends mobile apps.

Motion Comic : Usagi Yojimbo – A Life of Mush

Motion Comic : Usagi Yojimbo - A Life of Mush

Dark Horse has just released a motion comic that introduces the three-time Eisner Award winning series from Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo. While most people became familiar with the rabbit ronin through the various Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cross overs, Usagi Yojimbo is actually more popular than the turtles in its Japan, due to Stan Sakai himself being popular in his home country for penning critically acclaimed samurai stories.

Henry Selick to Direct Neil Gaiman’s Graveyard Book for Disney

Henry Selick to Direct Neil Gaiman's Graveyard Book for Disney
Oscar-nominated director Henry Selick is set to direct a stop-motion adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book for Disney, according to a Deadline.com report. This will mark the second time for Selick when it comes to handling Gaiman’s stories, as the director’s previous works include the big screen adaptation of Gaiman’s Coraline.

Aardman’s The Pirates! Make Off with Box Office Booty on its First Weekend

Aardman's The Pirates! Make Off with Box Office Booty On its First Weekend

Sony/Aardman’s latest stop motion animated film The Pirates! Band of Misfits managed to score decent numbers at the box office on its first weekend, landing at the No. 2 spot (the top spot being taken by urban comedy Think Like a Man instead). The Pirates! first week take amounts to $11.4 domestic and $63.7 internationally, which brings its worldwide gross to an estimated $75.1 million on Sunday, April 29. The film only cost $50 million to produce.

Evidence of Prehistoric Cartoons Discovered in France

Evidence of Prehistoric Cartoons Discovered in France

We’re not referring to The Flintstones, when we say Prehistoric Cartoons – we’re talking about literal animated scenes that were made by Stone Age-era people, using stones and the concept of retinal persistence to represent animated movement.

In a recent story from the Australian Times, Anthropologists who were investigating caves in France have uncovered a bunch of stone discs, which they suspect to be made for entertainment or education, that depict a successful hunt using flickering images to depict animated movements, effectively foreshadowing modern cinema.

JEM and The Holograms: Season Three DVD Set Slated for July

JEM and The Holograms: Season Three DVD Set Slated for July

Hasbro’s hit 80s animated series JEM and The Holograms will return to the DVD racks for its third and final season this July 10, 2012, as Shout! Factory releases JEM and The Holograms: Season Three in an amazing 2-DVD disc set.

JEM and the Holograms originally ran from 1985-88 and still commands a cult following to this day. The series follows the life and career of Starlight Music company owner Jerrica Benton and a powerful computer companion known as Synergy, which allows her to transform into the rock star JEM. JEM teams up with her sister and best friends to form a band called The Holograms, and battles with rival Eric Raymond and his proteges, the Misfits.

Behind the Scenes of Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters

Welcome to the four part video series on Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters. The new series from The Hub premieres June 2 with a special sneak peak on May 5. To get you excited we’ll be posting Behind the Scenes featurettes from the series. The first part sees series art director David Colman talk about his inspirations and ambitions for the series.

BeyWheelz powered by Beyblade begins spinning later this year

BeyWheelz is an upcoming animated series from Nelvana spun off of the popular Beyblade franchise. The series was teased at New York’s Toyfair earlier this year, but anime distributor Nelvana has since officially announced the series. The first cycle will consist of 13 episodes, and unlike the usual Beyblade anime series, this one will take the battles into a whole new realm as Bladers now wield wheel weapons.

Play Batman: Rooftop Caper

Play Batman: Rooftop Caper
Today’s Free Flash Game is Batman: Rooftop Caper. It’s an official game from Warner Bros and DC, originally created as a cross promotional tool for the cartoon series Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

Of course, this being an officially made game means that it’s well-made, with graphics that look good enough to be mistaken for the show instead of the crude, rushed graphics people usually expect from free flash games. Frankly, the game looks very similar to the Nintendo DS and Wii game based on Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

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