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Month: January 2013

Osamu Tezuka’s Buddha Anime Film Trilogy Greenlit

Osamu Tezuka's Buddha Anime Film Trilogy Greenlit

At the recent press conference for the musical adaptation of the Buddha manga, which was held in Tokyo last January 25th, Tezuka Productions president Takayuki Matsutatni announced that they will be starting production of the second part of Osamu Tezuka’s Buddha anime film trilogy this year.

The Buddha anime film trilogy is based on Osamu Tezuka’s same-titled anga, which was published in Japan from 1972 to 1983, and is widely considered as one of the best representatives of his body of work internationally.

Mercury, Technicolor Signs Development deal with Teletoon Canada for Atomic Puppet

Mercury, Technicolor Signs Development deal with Teletoon Canada for Atomic Puppet

Canadian studio Mercury Filmworks and Paris-based Technicolor have just announced a newly inked development deal with TELETOON Canada for a new animated comedy series titled “Atomic Puppet.” The two studios and the network will be working together in order to co-develop the 2D animated series, which is aimed towards kids aged 6 to 11.

Atomic Puppet, which was created by Mark Drop (Matt Hatter Chronicles, Jake and the Never Land Pirates) and Jerry Leibowitz (The Mouse and the Monster) focuses on Model City’s greatest superhero, who is transformed into a powerless puppet by his disgruntled sidekick – with his super powers accidentally transferred to his biggest fan, the 12 year old Joey Felt. Together, they form an awkward and comedic partnership that may prove to be Model City’s only line of defense against the forces of evil.

New Young Justice Clip – Runaways

New Young Justice Clip - Runaways

Warner Bros. Animation has just released a teaser clip for the upcoming episode of Young Justice: Invastion, titled “Runaways,” which is scheduled to air this Saturday, February 2 as part of Cartoon Network’s DC Nation programming block, which starts at 10:00 AM ET/PT.

In Runaways, Blue Beetle may have bitten off more than he can chew as he tried to chase down a bunch of potentially dangerous teenage runaways with superpowers, a task that he must do alone after being tasked by Nightwing. Unfortunately for the teenagers, Jaime is not the only super-powered individual hunting them down. You can check out the preview clip below:

Zumbastico and Imira Teams up For Horatio and the Plasticines

Zumbastico and Imira Teams up For Horatio and the Plasticines

Spanish production and distribution outfit Imira Entertainment has partnered with Chilean indie studio Zumbastico Studios in order to co-develop and co-produce a new live action/stop motion preschool series titled “Horatio and the Plasticines.” The agreement will put Imira in charge of international distribution for the show, and will be representing the original 26 x 7 series as well as the new 52-episode run.

Number of South Park Episodes to be Reduced This Fall

Number of South Park Episodes to be Reduced This Fall

Trey Parker and Matt Stone are said to be reducing the number of South Park episodes from their usual 14 (two 7-episode mini seasons) into a single season consisting of 10 episodes, starting on September 25. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the new format was decided in order to give the duo some time to work on new projects, including a possible feature adaptation of their hit musical, Book of Mormon.

The Powerpuff Girls Return with a New CG Special

The Powerpuff Girls Return with a New CG Special

2013 will mark the return of the Powerpuff Girls to Cartoon Network. As part of the studio’s push to bring back popular franchises alongside new quality content, Cartoon Network will be releasing a new Powerpuff Girls Special, with brand new, redesigned, and re-imagined CG animation breathing new life into the storied franchise.

The Powerpuff Girls, created by Craig McCracken, originally ran on the Cartoon Network from 1998 to 2005, serving as one of the animated adventure comedy shows that helped propel the network into the top. The return of the Powerpuff Girls in 2013 will have them being called upon to rescue not just the city of Townsville, but the USA and the world.

Warner Bros. Animation Brings Back Tom & Jerry

Warner Bros. Animation Brings Back Tom & Jerry

As part of Cartoon Network’s increased push for new animated comedy content for 2013, the studio will be bringing back a few iconic cartoon shows, including the world’s most popular cat and mouse duo.

In line with their partnership with producer Warner Bros. Animation, Cartoon Network will be bringing back The Tom and Jerry Show, with the iconic cat and mouse rivals being given a chance to make a new generation of kid viewers laugh at their hilarious antics. The show is said to be a fresh take on the classic formula, with the look, characters, and sensibility of the original being preserved while being given a brightly colorful, brand new, and high definition animation.

Cartoon Network to Release New Batman Toon: Beware the Batman

Cartoon Network to Release New Batman Toon: Beware the Batman

Continuing their partnership with DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, Cartoon Network is prepping the release of a new half-hour action-adventure series based on the world’s greatest detective, Beware the Batman.

Beware the Batman is a different take on the classic Dark Knight franchise, with the show featuring Batman’s core characters facing off against a rogue gallery of new villains that have never been seen in animated form before. Other changes include Alfred playing a more active role and using his experience as a former secret agent, and a new female ally in the form of the lethal swordswoman, Katana.

Cartoon Network Takes its Show on the Road with Cartoon Network Road Tour

Cartoon Network Takes its Show on the Road with Cartoon Network Road Tour

Fresh off a record-setting ratings success as the only kids’ network to garner across-the-board growth in 2012, as well as its most watched year in Prime during its 20 year history, Cartoon Network is jumping ahead of the customary Kids Upfront season by taking its show on the road with the Cartoon Network Road Tour.

Armed with more than a dozen new productions as well as multiple returning hit shows slated for the 2013 and early 2014 season, Cartoon Network brings its road show presentation directly to key clients and promotional partners at their respective home bases starting this week of January 21 all the way to March.

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