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EXCLUSIVE CLIP: “Dawn of the Croods” Season 3

Thank you Dreamworks TV Animation and Netflix for this hilarious, exclusive clip from Dawn of the Croods Season 3 – which comes to Netflix this Friday, April 7th. Eep has to act fast as she and her crush get chased by a Big Chikuna! Can she escape in time to finally get her first kiss? Take a peek:

Maki Terashima-Furuta has been promoted to the role of President of PRODUCTION IG USA.

Production I.G, one of the world’s leading animation production houses, inspiring Hollywood creators with works such as Ghost in the Shell, Blood: The Last Vampire, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, A Letter to Momo, Attack on Titan, and many more, announced today that Maki Terashima-Furuta has been promoted to the role of President of PRODUCTION IG USA.

Terashima-Furuta founded the U.S. subsidiary of PRODUCTION I.G. in 1997 and has served as Vice President of PRODUCTION IG USA since then, during which time she has overseen all phases of development, production and distribution of the company’s marquee projects including, Mamoru Oshii’s Avalon, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, Cartoon Network’s IGPX, Lucas Animation’s Clone Wars, Warner Bros’ Batman: Gotham Knight, Netflix’ Cyborg 009 and Perfect Bones, and most recently DreamWorks’ Ghost in the Shell (2017), as Co-Producer.

Mamoru Oshii and Maki Terashima-Furuta at this year’s Annie Awards


One of the most in-demand orchestrator/arrangers (and now composers) in Hollywood, Tim Davies’ massive credit list includes La La Land, Frozen, Jack Reacher, Ant-Man and video games like Batman: Arkham City. For Netflix’s Trollhunters, series creator Guillermo del Toro brought Tim into composing for TV animation for the first time.

GREG EHRBAR: How did your work on The Book of Life lead to Trollhunters?

TIM DAVIES: When I was conducting the music on The Book of Life with Jorge [Gutierrez], I ended up arranging the underscore. Gustavo [Santaolalla] had written those great songs, and he wrote a couple of things for characters, so I took that and molded it into the underscore–like they used to do in musicals. I didn’t know I was going to do that.

Later, out of the blue Guillermo got in touch and asked if I could write some additional music for Crimson Peak, they were behind and needed some help to get it across the line. As I was leaving that meeting that is when he said, “I’ve got this TV show I want you to score.”

Jhonen Vasquez Returns to “Invader Zim” For New Nickelodeon TV Movie

It’s for real. Nickelodeon officially announced today the greenlight for an all-new, 90-minute Invader Zim TV movie from original creator Jhonen Vasquez, marking the network’s third animated property from its library of content to be reimagined for today’s audience. The 2D-animated TV movie, produced by Nickelodeon in Burbank, will show the latest and greatest ridiculous attempt at world domination by the universe’s worst alien invader ever. The movie will also feature original voices from the fan-favorite television series.

“As a network that prides itself on a 25-year history of creating groundbreaking, hilarious animation for kids, Invader Zim is one of our great loves. It’s been so exciting to see its popularity grow over the last decade through social media, consumer products and the Zim comic books,” said Chris Viscardi, SVP, Content Development and Production, Animation, Nickelodeon. “What makes this announcement extra thrilling is the adventure that Jhonen has created for Zim, and I can promise you that it is as wonderfully absurd and strangely heartfelt as any fan of the original series could hope for, and kids seeing it for the first time will love it too.”

TCM Fest Salutes Classic Animation with “Beyond The Mouse: The 1930s Cartoons of Ub Iwerks”

The most important cartoonist and animator in the early days of the Disney studio was Ub Iwerks, the “hand behind the mouse.” The TCM Festival this week in Hollywood will honor Iwerks with a retrospective program featuring recent restorations of Iwerks’ greatest and rarely seen shorts, including Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in Hungry Hobos (1928), Mickey Mouse in Steamboat Willie (1928) and the first “Silly Symphony” short The Skeleton Dance (1929). Newly restored prints of Flip The Frog and Willie Whopper cartoons will screen, along with selections from the ComiColor and Color Rhapsodies series. Following the screening, Beck will do a Q&A with Iwerks grand daughter – a distinguished filmmaker in her own right – Leslie Iwerks.

Beyond The Mouse: The 1930s Cartoons of Ub Iwerks will take place at 9am Friday morning, April 7th at the Chinese 6 Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. Separate admission tickets are available for this program. Curated and presented by animation historian Jerry Beck – with films provided by Walt Disney Studios, Sony Pictures and Thunderbean Animation (Steve Stanchfield) – a listing of the films to be shown is below.

Dreaming of ARCHER: An Interview with Creator/Writer Adam Reed

I saw the trailer for the upcoming Archer: Dreamland, Season 8, airing on FXX on April 5th. It was so intriguing; I decided that I had to get in touch with the creator of the series, Adam Reed. He was kind enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to discuss the new season, and this ever-evolving, always unique series of new adventures set in 1947 in Los Angeles in Sterling Archer’s dreams.

Angela Shelf Medearis: How did you come up with the idea for Archer: Dreamland?

Adam Reed: I’ve always been a fan of film noir and the idea just popped into my head. Since Season 7 was set in Los Angeles, and the characters were private eyes, we wanted Season 8 to be set in 1947.

Adult Swim Greenlights Two New Series, MONDO’s “Apollo Gauntlet” and Stoopid Buddy’s “Hot Streets”

Adult Swim, which continues to dominate the ratings and remains the #1 in basic cable with millennials for more than a decade, announces two action-packed new animated series that will premiere later this year, with Apollo Gauntlet out this summer, followed by Hot Streets in the fall. These two new series continue the network’s commitment to producing new and innovative programming for its fans.

Both series are produced by two dynamic studios. Hot Streets hails from Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, the team behind Robot Chicken, while Apollo Gauntlet comes from MONDO’s animation studio, Six Point Harness, and Mosaic.

Apollo Gaunlet

Dreamworks To Adapt Cressida Cowell’s “The Wizards Of Once”

DreamWorks Animation has made a deal for the rights to award winning, internationally bestselling author Cressida Cowell’s new fantasy novel series, The Wizards of Once, it was announced today by Chris deFaria, President of DreamWorks Feature Animation Group. The first installment of the book series, The Wizards of Once will be released through Hodder Children’s Books in the UK, and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in the US this fall.

A prolific writer of children’s fiction, the UK-based Cowell is best known for authoring and illustrating the popular 12-book How to Train Your Dragon series, which was adapted by DreamWorks Animation into an award winning and highly successful animated film franchise including How to Train Your Dragon (2010) and How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014). How to Train Your Dragon 3 is currently in production and is set for release on March 1, 2019 from DreamWorks Animation and Universal Pictures. The bestselling book series is published in 38 languages.

INTERVIEW: Director Kelly Asbury on “Smurfs: The Lost Village”

Kelly Asbury, director of Shrek 2, Gnomeo and Juliet and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, now takes-on the beloved Smurfs with the new all-CGI animated film Smurfs: The Lost Village. I had a chance to ask Asbury about his hopes for – and the challenges of doing – a Smurfs re-boot.

Jackson Murphy: I got to see the movie with a bunch of kids, and it’s really a lot of fun, so congratulations.

Kelly Asbury: Thank you so much. You know, it’s a Smurf movie and it’s supposed to be fun and light-hearted and adventurous and that’s what we tried to do – to make something that’s as entertaining as those original Peyo comic books from way back.

Anime Review: “The World’s Greatest First Love”

Shounen-ai—literally “boy’s love”–is a curious genre of anime and manga that has no American counterpart. It depicts innocent romances between bishonen (beautiful young men), but it’s created by women for female audiences. Some people use the word interchangeably with yaoi. Others maintain yaoi involves sexually explicit scenes, while shounen-ai never does. The characters may kiss or embrace, but if a relationship is consummated, it happens off screen.

The physical interaction between the characters may be limited, but their emotions stay stuck in overdrive: worries, insecurities, anxieties and fears abound. Enough tears flow to fill the Great Salt Lake. Couples part forever, only to reunite the next day. None of this agonizing involves their sexuality, although very few characters identify as gay. They just fall madly in love with someone who happens to be another guy. Clearly aimed at adolescent girls, the overwrought feelings recall high school, when a rumor about who asked whom to the dance provoked tearful traumas.

Disney Announces “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2”

Wreck-It Ralph is escaping out of his arcade and into the expansive universe of the internet next year when Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 hits the big screen. Dave Hollis, head of distribution for The Walt Disney Studios, revealed the much-anticipated sequel’s title and told CinemaCon attendees that Jane Lynch and Jack McBrayer would be returning to the roster.

Also returning are the team behind the original Wreck-It Ralph, who won an Oscar last month for Walt Disney Animation Studios’ billion-dollar-box-office-blockbuster Zootopia. Directors Rich Moore (“Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and Phil Johnston (writer, “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Zootopia,” “Cedar Rapids”), and producer Clark Spencer (“Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Bolt”) are hard at work on the movie. “To take these characters we love and have them enter the enormous world of the internet has given us so much to explore,” said Moore. “Our production team has been hard at work designing a world that takes something we all think we know – the internet – but shows it in a whole new, imaginative way.”

TRAILER: Blue Sky’s “Ferdinand”

Coming this Christmas from Blue Sky Studios is Ferdinand, directed by Carlos Saldanha and a cast including John Cena, Kate McKinnon and Bobby Cannavale. 20th Century Fox dropped the first trailer today (it will be tagged with Dreamworks’ The Boss Baby this weekend). Ferdinand opens in the U.S. on December 15th. Here’s our first look:

Would a Ren & Stimpy Movie Even Be Worth it?

Plenty of people both old and young (but mainly old!) got really excited about the prospect of a Nicktoons universe film when it was announced back in 2015. In a recent discussion though, series director Bob Camp mentioned that the show will not play a role in the forthcoming film for obvious reasons and also stated that a solo film featuring our dimwitted duo was also given the thumbs down by Paramount. As disappointing as that news is, would a solo Ren & Stimpy film have been work the effort?

Ren & Stimpy came bursting out of the gate in 1991 along with Rugrats and Doug (and before Rocko’s Modern Life) and helped establish and cement the notion that creator-driven cartoons could be enormously successful. The series turbulent life is well known and its saga casts a very long shadow over every animated cartoon that’s been broadcast on TV since. Even its contemporary The Simpsons felt obligated to directly reference the show on multiple occasions.

Disney Junior’s “Puppy Dog Pals” Starts April 14th

Disney Junior’s new animated series Puppy Dog Pals, created by comedian Harland Williams, debuts Friday April 14th (10:30 a.m. EDT), with two back-to-back episodes on Disney Channel and will also become available that day on the Disney Junior app and YouTube page.

The show follows two fun-loving pug brothers, Bingo and Rolly, whose thrill-seeking appetites take them on exhilarating adventures throughout their neighborhood and around the globe. Williams also serves as consulting producer and writer and voices the role of Bob, the pups’ devoted owner. Sean Coyle (The Awesomes, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse) serves as executive producer.

Dreamworks Animation TV Garners 21 Daytime Emmy Nominations

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced yesterday the nominees for the 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. DreamWorks Animation Television was honored with 21 Daytime Emmy nominations, with Guillermo del Toro’s Trollhunters leading the charge with 7 nominations (the most of any animated program), including Outstanding Special Class Animated Program!

The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show received a nomination for Best Animated Children’s Program (as did Dragons Race To The Edge). “At DreamWorks Animation we set the quality bar high and we are so fortunate to have some of the most talented artists and production personnel out there within our TV studio,” said Margie Cohn, Head of Dreamworks TV Animation. “It makes me very happy that so many of our crew have been recognized for their unique storytelling and beautiful work.”

The complete list of Dreamworks nominees are below.