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‘Spider-Man’ Producers Phil Lord & Christopher Miller Bring Miles Morales To Big Screen In Spectacular Style

With Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, their latest animated outing, producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller took a big swing, experimenting with bold formal choices to meet great power with great responsibility. The big screen debut of Miles Morales—an Afro-Latino teenager who dons the spidey suit, within a Marvel multiverse—Spider-Man would feature an unprecedented visual presentation befitting a truly groundbreaking character. Created in 2011 by writer Brian Michael… Read


‘Enchanted Tale Of Beauty and the Beast’ Tokyo Disneyland Ride Trailer Unveiled

Disney has unveiled a short clip on the progress of its planned Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast ride for Tokyo Disneyland, the first ride-through attraction featuring the characters from the wildly popular film. The big reveal of the clip was the first look at the transformation of the cartoon characters into animatronic players, highlighted by a lifelike Belle and The Beast. The Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast attraction will be part of a large scale… Read


New Edition Of ‘Ghost In The Shell’ Franchise Heading To Netflix

Netflix continues to go big into anime, announcing a new Ghost in the Shell project set for worldwide distribution in 2020. The announcement was made via Twitter. Ghost in the Shell SAC_2045 will have directors Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) & Shinji Araki (Appleseed) on board. The new title will be a collaboration between studios Production I.G. and SOLA Digital Arts. Production I.G animated all of the anime projects for Ghost in the Shell… Read


With ‘Buñuel In The Labyrinth Of The Turtles’, Director Salvador Simó Delves Into Origins Of Iconic Filmmaker

With his latest feature, Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles, writer/director Salvador Simó dove into a pivotal moment in the life of one of his artistic heroes. Striving to demystify an icon who maintained a shroud of secrecy around himself, Simó opened up a complex character in Luis Buñuel—the Spanish filmmaker behind L'Age d'Or and Un Chien Andalou—examining one of his first directorial efforts focused on the mountainous Spanish region of Las Hurdes. Titled Land With… Read


‘Funan’ Director Denis Do Portrays The Human Side Of The Khmer Rouge Regime, And The Devastation They Brought

With Funan, his feature film debut, Denis Do took on his family's remarkable history, coming to understand and connect with it in an entirely new way. Set in Cambodia in April of 1975, the animated drama examines a mother who has been torn from her 4-year-old son, struggling to endure the realities of life under the Khmer Rouge regime, while pursuing her lost child. Born in Paris and raised in three cultures—those of France, China and Cambodia—the director had little… Read


‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ And ‘Incredibles 2’ Offer Animated Argument For Super-Heroes

It’s hard to think that any superhero film could qualify as a Hollywood rarity these days but Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is just that. As an animated big-screen adaptation of a comic book superhero the Sony film is on a surprisingly short list. On Thursday the film’s three directors — Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman –were celebrating their shared nomination in the best animated feature film category for the 76th Golden Globe Awards. The competition… Read


‘The Simpsons’ Marks 30th Anniversary With First Episode On Fox & FXX Marathon

“Simpsons, eh? Never heard of it.” Well, Mr. Burns might say that, but any comedy and/or animation fan who has owned a TV in the past three decades knows about The Simpsons, and Fox and FXX are marking the toon’s 30th anniversary with a pair of special events this month. The FX Networks cable net has scheduled a butt-numbing 15-hour Simpsons marathon on December 16, with 30 episodes handpicked by longtime exec producer Al Jean. Featuring one episode from each season, it… Read


‘Doc McStuffins’ Creator Chris Nee Inks Netflix Overall Deal

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Netflix has signed a multiyear overall deal with Chris Nee, the award-winning creator/EP of Doc McStuffins and Vampirina who has championed kids TV stories with diverse points of view for more than two decades. Under the deal, Nee will write and produce new animated and live-action series for preschool and all audiences exclusively for the streamer. Netflix also will have a first-look option on feature film projects from Nee and her production company, Laughing… Read


Crunchyroll Partners With Fathom Events To Bring More Anime To Theaters

Crunchyroll, the anime and manga powerhouse, will partner with Fathom Events for a year-long slate of Crunchyroll Movie Night events that will take the brand to the big screen with 500 cinemas participating. The partnership will yield a minimum of four Crunchyroll Movie Night events in 2019. The first will be the Jan. 5 exclusive first-look screening of the Season Two season premiere of Mob Psycho 100. The event precedes the popular show’s Jan. 7 broadcast premiere in… Read


Hulu Inks Anime Programming Deal With Sony Pictures TV’s Funimation

Hulu and Funimation, a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Television, have announced a multi-year partnership and output deal for anime programming. The pact marks Hulu's largest agreement for anime programming to date and will significantly expand its anime collection with new subtitled and dubbed titles from Funimation each year. Under the deal, Hulu will have first look at U.S. SVOD rights to future anime series produced and released by Funimation beginning in 2019, and will… Read


Annie Awards: ‘Incredibles 2’, ‘Ralph’ And ‘Spider-Verse’ Top Nominations

Incredibles 2 Ralph Breaks The Internet Spider-Man Into The Spider-Verse

Pre-existing franchises and IP rule the 46th annual Annie Awards nomination list. To no surprise, the Mouse House has a huge presence on with Pixar’s Incredibles 2 and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Ralph Breaks the Internet scoring numerous nods while Sony’s buzzy visual wonder Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is swinging into the competition. Incredibles 2, Ralph Breaks the Internet and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse are vying for the top prize of Best Animated… Read


Byron Allen’s ESMP Takes On U.S. Distribution Of Animation ‘Arctic Dogs’ Voiced By Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin

Byron Allen’s distribution label Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures has picked up U.S. rights to Arctic Dogs, the animated film featuring the voices of Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin and Angelica Huston. The movie, formerly known as Arctic Justice, was previously on the slate of Open Road, which filed for bankruptcy in September. ESMP struck a deal for the film at last month’s American Film Market, and the pic is being lined up for a wide theatrical release on more than… Read