Warner Bros Next Movie Star: Bugs Bunny

By | Thursday August 12, 2010 @ 5:44pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has hired Elf scribe David Berenbaum to write Bugs Bunny, a live action/CG feature film designed to revive one of the studio’s most iconic intellectual properties. I’m told that Berenbaum, who also adapted The Spiderwick Chronicles and is writing an animated project with George Lucas–just closed his deal.  No producer has yet been assigned. While Warner Bros has struggled to pick winners out of its DC Comics catalog beyond Batman, the studio has done little with its Looney Tunes catalog lately. Warner Bros scored with the 1996 film Space Jam, mingling Looney Tunes characters with NBA Read More »

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‘Cleveland’ Sold To TBS & Adult Swim

Nellie Andreeva

Cleveland-ShowTBS and Adult Swim have picked up the off-network rights to Fox’s animated series The Cleveland Show for a fall 2013 launch. This marks the third syndication sale for Twentieth Television in the past week, following the deals with USA … Read More »

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RHCSE Signs Four More Kids Books

Princess PoppyIt’s all children’s TV and movies today. RHCSE has optioned its next four projects: Fish-Head Steve by Jamie Smart; the Gargoyles series by Jan Burchett and Sara Vogler: the Charlie Small series by Nick Ward; and the Princess Poppy Read More »

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PIXAR’S BIGGEST: ‘Toy Story 3′ Plays For $109M Weekend; #2 ‘Karate Kid’ Holds $29M; #7 ‘Jonah Hex’ Bombs For $5M

By | Sunday June 20, 2010 @ 12:05am PDT

SUNDAY AM: Here are Friday, Saturday, weekend, and cume estimates:

toystory_3_21. Pixar/Disney’s Toy Story 3 is the 3D monster everybody thought it would be with $41 million Friday and $37 million Saturday and an estimated $31M Sunday on 4,028 locations, including 2,463 3D … Read More »

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Fox’s ‘Cleveland’ Renewed For Season 3

By | Thursday June 10, 2010 @ 10:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Cleveland-ShowFox has picked up freshman animated comedy The Cleveland Show for a third season.

“Looks like somebody’s gettin’ some new rims for his Big Wheel!  Many thanks to the handsome decision makers at FOX,” said Rallo Tubbs.

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Changing Release Dates: Disney Studios

By | Thursday May 13, 2010 @ 5:12pm PDT

WINNIE THE POOH (animated) now dated on July 15th, 2011.

REBOOT RALPH (animated in Disney Digital 3D) now dated on March 22, 2013 wide.

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Haim Saban Buys Back ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’ Franchise & Brings It To Nickelodeon And Nicktoons

By | Wednesday May 12, 2010 @ 3:04pm PDT

Power-RangersSaban Capital Group announced today it has purchased the Power Rangers property from the Walt Disney Company. Immediately, another news release announced that Nickelodeon and Saban Brands have partnered to put the Power Rangers on the air for an 18th TV … Read More »

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Time Square Bomb’s ‘South Park’ Link

By | Sunday May 2, 2010 @ 8:32pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Granted, it sounds ridiculous. But was the foiled Saturday car bombing attempt in Time Square a retaliation against Comedy Central for airing the infamous Mohammed arc on South Park? The theory, which stems from the the fact that the explosives-laden SUV was parked right next to the headquarters of Comedy … Read More »

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DID COMEDY CENTRAL WUSS OUT? ‘South Park’ Defies Muslim Extremists But Prophet Muhammad Gets Censored; UPDATE: Matt & Trey Say “Can’t Stand Behind” Show

By | Thursday April 22, 2010 @ 10:54am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE: Here is a statement from Matt and Trey:

TV South Park Muslims“In the 14 years we’ve been doing South Park we have never done a show that we couldn’t stand behind. We delivered our version of the

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Cartoon Network Launches Quarter-Hour Series, Brings Back ‘Looney Toons’

By | Wednesday April 21, 2010 @ 10:01am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After moving away from its core animation fare into live-action series over the past year, Cartoon Network is adding more new genres. At its upfront presentation today, the cable network announced its first awards show franchise and quarter-hour animated comedies as well as a new Looney Toons series. The network’s … Read More »

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More R.I.P.s

By | Sunday April 11, 2010 @ 5:29pm PDT

His family tells me that Eddie Carroll, who touched countless people’s lives as the voice of Jiminy Cricket for almost 40 years, died of a brain tumor on April 6th. He was 66. Jiminy Cricket is the longest recurring character voice actor in the Disney stable of characters, and Carroll took over from … Read More »

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LucasFilm Develops New ‘Star Wars’ Toon

By | Monday April 5, 2010 @ 5:43pm PDT

lucasfilm_logoThis new animated series is going to be comedic and involve the creators of Robot Chicken, including Seth Green, who did the successful Star Wars parody specials. will now be involved. No network is lined up yet but the Cartoon Network … Read More »

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More On Tim Burton & ‘The Addams Family’

By | Wednesday March 24, 2010 @ 10:06am PDT
Mike Fleming

Last week, I wrote about a Universal Pictures/Illumination Entertainment deal to acquire the original Addams Family drawings by Charles Addams so Tim Burton could direct a stop-motion 3D animated film. Numerous Deadline readers thought the story was false based on an MTV.com “exclusive” report. I stand by my story. The … Read More »

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Tim Burton’s Next 3D Animated Film? Da Da Da Da, Snap Snap: ‘The Addams Family’

By | Thursday March 18, 2010 @ 8:13am PDT
Mike Fleming

addams-cartoonEXCLUSIVE: Alice in Wonderland director Tim Burton has found a new 3D project. He will direct a stop-motion animated film based on Charles Addams’ original ghoulish cartoon drawings of The Addams Family. Illumination Entertainment, the Universal-based family film unit headed by … Read More »

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South Park 200th: “Forget The Trade Ads!”

By | Thursday March 4, 2010 @ 10:02am PST
Mike Fleming

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R.I.P. Roy Disney

By | Wednesday December 16, 2009 @ 3:00pm PST

UPDATE: The nephew of Walt Disney died at age 79 after a bout with cancer.

roy disney 1It wouldn’t have mattered so much if Roy E. Disney had not been the son of Roy O. Disney who’d founded the Walt Disney … Read More »

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10 Animated Shorts Advance For Oscars

By | Friday November 20, 2009 @ 3:37pm PST

Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 animated short films will advance in the voting process for the 82nd Academy Awards®. Thirty-seven pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with

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Golden Globe Animation Category Expands

By | Tuesday November 17, 2009 @ 11:07am PST

GoldenGlobesLogoThere will be five contenders for the Best Animated Feature category when the bogus 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards nominations are announced at 5 AM (PT) on December 15th. Members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association voted last week to expand … Read More »

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20 Animated Films Vying For 2009 Oscars

By | Wednesday November 11, 2009 @ 5:03pm PST

The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences stated today:

Beverly Hills, CA — Twenty features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 82nd Academy Awards®.

The 20 submitted features are:

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
Astro Boy
Battle for Terra
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Disney’s A

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