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Gkids Acquires ‘Mirai’ From Japan’s Studio Chizu For Fall U.S. Release

Mirai Gkids

Gkids, in the Animated Feature Oscar race again this year with The Breadwinner, has acquired North American distribution rights to Mirai, written and directed by Mamoru Hosada from Japan’s Studio Chizu. The distributor will release the pic theatrically in the fall in both the original Japanese language and an English-dubbed version. The plot revolves around Kun, who feels forgotten by his family when his little sister Mirai arrives. Running away from home, he stumbles… Read

TV

‘Fancy Nancy’: Alyson Hannigan & Rob Riggle Join Disney Junior Toon Based On Book Series

Fancy Nancy Disney Junior

A pair of comedy veterans are lending their voices to a new Disney Junior toon series. Alyson Hannigan and Rob Riggle will voice the parents of the title character in Fancy Nancy, which is based on the bestselling books by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser. Mia Sinclair Jenness, who appeared in Les Miserables on Broadway and starred in the national touring production of Matilda, will voice Nancy. Newcomer Spencer Moss will voice Nancy’s younger sister, Jo Jo. Fancy Na… Read

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Disney Sued Again Over Alleged ‘Zootopia’ Heist After Case Tossed Last Year

There is often much to admire about the tenacity to go tilting at windmills as today's almost total repeat attempt of an already once failed copyright suit against the Walt Disney Company over Oscar winner Zootopia charged anew into the docket. Now jousting in Los Angeles Superior Court after being dismissed in federal court last summer, Total Recall screenwriter Gary L. Goldman's Esplanade Productions is once again claiming the House of Mouse had sticky fingers and… Read

Video

‘Early Man’ Review: Cavemen & Soccer A Match In Aardman’s Latest Delight

Early Man

For me, if an animated film has Aardman’s name behind it, I’m there. Even if bigger entities like Disney/Pixar, DreamWorks and others are guaranteed box office, Aardman is guaranteed delight. The force behind films including Chicken Run, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit, Shaun The Sheep Movie, and Pirates! have taken their stop-motion magic and applied it to another winner. As I say in my video review above, and to put it in the simplest terms, Early Man is… Read

Film

Sony & Filmmakers Sorry For ‘Peter Rabbit’ Making Fun Of Food Allergies

There’s a scene in Sony Animation’s new Peter Rabbit in which the title bunny and his critter buddies try to take down their human rival by weaponizing blackberries — knowing he is allergic to them. Parents and advocacy groups were not amused, some alleging “food allergy bullying” and crowing for a boycott, and now an apology has been issued. "Food allergies are a serious issue,” Sony and the filmmakers said in a statement. “Our film should not have made light of Peter… Read

Film

Gkids Acquires ‘Satellite Girl And Milk Cow’ & Launches Trailer

Gkids has beamed up North American rights to Satellite Girl and Milk Cow, an anime feature from Korean writer-director Chang Hyung-yun. The film has begun streaming on VRV Select and it set for a theatrical and home video bow in the summer. The story goes something like this: An out-of-commission satellite picks up a lovelorn ballad on her radio antenna and descends to Earth to find the source of such sincere emotions. But on the way she is caught in the crossfire of a… Read

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Broadway’s Youngest Turk Takes A Page From Trump’s Twittery Playbook

Stephen Colbert is doing it. Why not Jordan Roth? Just as Colbert and Chris Licht unleashed Our Cartoon President on Showtime, Broadway theater owner and producer (and regular Deadline pundit) Roth is producing and starring in his own animated web series, The Birds and the BS – animated being the operative word. Watch it here. The first episode, which went online today, is… Read

Video

‘Peter Rabbit’ Review: Grab The Family And Hop To It

Peter Rabbit

It might not be exactly what Beatrix Potter had in mind for a film version of her classic children’s book, but Sony Animation’s frenetic and entertaining new age telling of the tale works well enough to keep the brand hopping into a new generation. Actually, this is what you call a live action/animation hybrid, with real humans interacting with CGI rabbits and other creatures in the McGregor vegetable garden. Coming right on the heels of another British family tale, Paddin… Read

Business

Life Imitates Art: ‘Fox & Friends’ Takes Page From Stephen Colbert’s ‘Our Cartoon President’

Life imitated art Wednesday morning when a Fox & Friends segment bore a striking resemblance to a running gag in Showtime’s new Our Cartoon President, from Stephen Colbert and Chris Licht. (You can watch that episode of Our Cartoon President and see for yourself below). President Donald Trump’s favorite morning TV show featured the F&F gang discussing Trump’s plan to throw himself a big military parade. Trump’s got an itch to preside over a display of American military… Read

Video

‘Isle Of Dogs’ Clip: Packs Clash Over Trash In Wes Anderson’s Berlin-Opening Toon

Wes Anderson first dipped a paw into the stop-motion canine world with 2009’s fantastic Fantastic Mr. Fox, which was based on the Roald Dahl book. Coming off nine Oscar noms for 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel — including one for his original screenplay — and four wins, the filmmaker is back with his second animated pic. This time, man’s best friend is the focus. Here is the first official clip from Isle of Dogs, which Anderson directed and scripted from a story he… Read

International

Kew Inks Rights On ‘Perfect Skin’; Vodafone Eyes Liberty Assets – Global Briefs

KEW Media Group has acquired worldwide sales rights to Perfect Skin. A controversial dark thriller directed by Kevin Chicken, it stars Richard Brake (Game Of Thrones), Natalia Kostrzewa (The Cured) and Jo Woodcock (Dorian Grey). Perfect Skin dives deep into the culture of tattooing and body modification and follows a young Polish woman adrift in London who meets an American tattoo artist with a reverence for his craft. She is drawn to his mysterious aura and the taboo… Read

Box Office

‘Coco’ Reunites $700M+ At Worldwide Box Office; 7th Pixar Pic To Milestone

Coco

Hot off 11 wins at the Annie Awards on Saturday night, Disney/Pixar’s Coco is expected to cross $700M worldwide today. In so doing, the film from directors Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina will be Pixar's 7th ever to reach the milestone and the 6th Disney title released in 2017 to get there. The domestic cume on the Day of the Dead family tale is $204.6M with $496.3M at the international box office, putting $700.9M in the global guitar case. Japan, notably, is still to open… Read