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‘Kim Possible’ Voices Set For Live Action Disney Channel Update

Christy Carlson Romano – the voice of the original Kim Possible – will have a cameo in the live-action Disney Channel movie update, set for a 2019 debut. Romano revealed her appearance today during “D23's Saturday Morning on the Lot,” a live event held at the Burbank studios celebrating ABC and Disney Channel cartoons from 1997–2007, including the original Kim Possible animated series. Also revealed: comedian/actor Patton Oswalt will play Professor Dementor in the live… Read


Movie Academy Launches Open-Source Software Hub

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and The Linux Foundation have launched the Academy Software Foundation, a forum for open source software developers in the motion picture and broader media industries. The new hub is designed to share resources and collaborate on technologies for image creation, visual effects, animation and sound. "We are thrilled to partner with The Linux Foundation for this vital initiative that fosters more innovation, more… Read


Gkids’ ‘Mirai’ From Japan’s Studio Chizu Gets November Release Date – Update

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UPDATED with release date: Gkids 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 on November 30 in both the original Japanese language and an English-dubbed version after it premiered this year in the Directors’ Fortnight section at the Cannes Film Festival. The plot revolves around Kun, who feels forgotten by his family when his little sister Mirai… Read


Adult Swim Orders Animated Series ‘The Shivering Truth’ & ‘Tigtone’

Adult Swim has ordered two new original animated comedy series with very different styles, The Shivering Truth and Tigtone. Created and written by Vernon Chatman, The Shivering Truth is described as a delicately crafted, surreal anthology comedy, a miniature propulsive omnibus clusterbomb of painfully riotous daymares, all dripping with the orange goo of dream logic. It is a series of loosely-linked emotional parables about stories within tales that crawled out of the… Read


Meredith Roberts Named SVP Animation Strategy At Disney Channels

Toon veteran Meredith Roberts has been named SVP animation strategy at Disney Channels. In the newly created role, she will be responsible for leading a unified vision for the animation content produced by Disney Television Animation and other studios for Disney Junior, Disney Channel, Disney XD and related platforms, the company said. Roberts spent the past 11 years as general manager of DisneyToon Studios, which launched franchise films including the Cars World and… Read


‘gen:LOCK’: David Tennant Joins Voice Cast Of Rooster Teeth Anime Series

Dr. Who alum David Tennant has joined the voice cast of gen:LOCK, Rooster Teeth’s upcoming anime-style 3D series. The animation company announced the casting Friday during the show’s panel at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills. In gen:LOCK, Earth's last free society is on the losing side of a global war, and recruits a diverse team of young pilots to control the next generation of giant, weaponized robot bodies known as mecha. These… Read


Three-Day Symposium Set For Women In The Animation Industry

A three-day symposium spotlighting female contributions in the field of animation and exploring solutions to sexual harassment, bias and the lack of diversity in the industry will be held Oct. 5-7 at USC's School of Cinematic Arts. The event – called "Breaking the Glass Frame: Women and Animation, Past, Present, Future" – is being organized by Women in Animation, USC, UCLA and CalArts. Organizers say it's designed "to empower women and LGBTQ+ people." Oscar-winner Brenda… Read


‘Esme & Roy’: HBO Sets Premiere Date For New Animated Series From Sesame Workshop – TCA


HBO is getting ready for the launch of its first new amimated series from Sesame Street producer Sesame Workshop in more than a decade. Esme & Roy will debut Saturday, August 18 at 9:30 AM on HBO. Created by TV vets Dustin Ferrer and Amy Steinberg (Peg + Cat, Team Umizoomi, Wonder Pets!, Shimmer and Shine), the show follows a young girl, Esme, and her best monster friend, Roy, on their adventures as the best monster babysitters in Monsterdale. Aimed at children ages four… Read


Brenda Chapman & Kevin Lima Team To Set Fox First-Look Deal; First Project ‘The Cartoon Touch’

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Brave director Brenda Chapman and Enchanted helmer Kevin Lima have launched 'Twas Entertainment, setting a first-look deal at 20th Century Fox to produce live-action, hybrid and animated films. Along with the news comes word of their first project: The Cartoon Touch, which the pair wrote, is now set up at Fox Family. Plot details are under wraps. "For years, we have worked parallel paths creating films we're each extremely proud of,” the pair said in announcing the deal.… Read


‘Disenchantment’ Trailer: Matt Groening’s Netflix Toon Revisits Medieval Doings – Comic-Con

Forget Meghan Markle and Prince Whatshisname: The more important royal wedding was that of Princess Bean and the Prince of Bentwood. Except that she jilted him and he became head-impaled on an iron throne. Pity. Here’s the new trailer for Disenchantmentthe upcoming Netflix series from The Simpsons and Futurama creator Matt Groening. Here’s the logline for the 10-episode toon, which launches next month: Viewers will be whisked away to the crumbling medieval kingdom of… Read


‘The Simpsons Treehouse Of Horror XXIX’ Trailer: Spores? We Wanted S’mores! – Comic-Con

As we prepare for Season 30 (!) of Fox’s The Simpsons, Halloween is in the air. But something else is in the air too — something insidious. And life-threatening. And single-celled, asexual and ill-meaning. Run for your lives! Unless it’s already too late… Behold the teaser for “Treehouse of Horror XXIX,” the annual creepshow episode that this year “rips off” Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Alien spores are infecting Springfieldians at an alarming rate. Carl and Lenny are… Read


Jon Schnepp Dies: Writer And Director For ‘Metalocalypse’ Was 51

Filmmaker Jon Schnepp,, a key writer and director for Adult Swim’s Metalocalypsehas died from complications following a stroke last week. He was 51 and passed yesterday, according to his fiance. Metalocalypse aired from 2006 through 2012. The program centered on a melodic death metal band, Dethklok, using their music and black comedy to weave a parody of metal culture. “It is with a broken heart the Schnepp family and I must announce the passing of our beloved Jon… Read