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Warner Archive Announces “Porky Pig 101” DVD Collection

Warner Archives has announced today the September 19th release for Porky Pig 101 – a unique 5-disc DVD set that collects 99 black-and-white Looney Tunes (and two Technicolor Merrie Melodies) starring Warner Bros. first cartoon superstar.

The set includes cartoons dating from 1935 (with Porky’s first appearance in Friz Freleng’s I Haven’t Got A Hat) through 1943 (in Frank Tashlin’s Porky Pig’s Feat), presented in original release order. There is audio commentary on key cartoons from animation historians Greg Ford, Michael Barrier, Jerry Beck, Mark Kausler, among others.

INTERVIEW: Alec Baldwin, Star of “The Boss Baby”

Few actors have stepped back to the plate and scored as many home runs on the media landscape as Alec Baldwin. He’s an Emmy hopeful for his satirical take on you-know-who on Saturday Night Live, the “quizzzmaster” of Match Game, a longtime podcaster, best selling author—and the voice of a diapered CEO in DreamWorks’ The Boss Baby, now topping the charts on Blu-ray and DVD.

Baldwin was eager to share his passion for voice acting during a recent press junket. He talked about the challenge of intermittently resuming the attitude of the character, even though months might pass between sessions (a daunting issue for feature animation voice actors for decades; according to Bob Thomas’ The Art of Animation, Mary Costa rose to the same challenge when voicing Sleeping Beauty’s Aurora).

INTERVIEW: Disney’s “DuckTales” reboot

Executive Producer Matt Youngberg and Story Editor/Co-Producer Francisco (Frank) Angones are well aware that they have big duck shoes as they reboot the classic animated TV series, DuckTales. But if from the initial response at ComicCon is any indication (the panel at ComicCon was well over capacity), they’re off to an encouraging start. Their show launches late-late tonight in a one-hour television movie – to be presented for 24 consecutive hours tomorrow, Saturday August 12th (beginning at midnight EDT/PDT) – on Disney XD. I sat down for a small chat with the duo:

FRANK ANGONES: DuckTales means so many things to so many people. It’s the original series, the Carl Barks comics, the Donald, Huey, Louie and Dewey cartoon shorts and so on. Everybody has a different access point to these iconic characters. We want to try to pay homage to all of that while pushing it in a direction for today’s kids.

GREG EHRBAR: How do you set up the premise in the pilot film?

FRANK: For one thing, Scrooge and Donald haven’t talked for years. Huey, Louie and Dewey don’t even know that Scrooge is their great-uncle. Here’s this amazing adventurer who’s had this rich, full life of epic quests.We wanted the three younger ducks to be the surrogates for this new generation of viewers.

Annie Awards “Call For Entries” Begins August 14th

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced today its ‘Call for Entries’ for the 45th Annual Annie Awards to begin on Monday, August 14th. Honoring excellence in the field of animation, the Annie Awards™ will be presented in nine Production categories (Best Feature, Broadcast Production, Short Film, etc.) and 22 Achievement categories (Best Animation, Direction, Production Design, Music, Voice Acting, etc.). Additionally, up to 5 honorary awards may also be granted for lifetime accomplishments, philanthropy, technical advances, special achievement and meritorious service. The 45th Annual Annie Awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

Gkids Acquires Benjamin Renner’s “The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales”

GKIDS announced today that it has acquired the North American distribution rights for the animated feature The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales. The film is co-directed by Academy Award-nominee Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert and is based on Renner’s own graphic novel The Big Bad Fox, which was recently released in North America by First Second Publishing. GKIDS will release the film theatrically this winter. The deal was negotiated by Eric Beckman and David Jesteadt of GKIDS and Aska Yamaguchi of STUDIOCANAL. An English-subtitled trailer for the film can be viewed here:

Oh Deer: Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Disney’s “Bambi”

The late, great animation historian John Culhane vividly remembered seeing Bambi when he was a young boy. The movie’s most impactful scene (maybe one of the most impactful scenes in all movie history), the death of Bambi’s mother was playing out on the screen.

“Bambi’s screaming ‘Mother!’ ‘Mother!’,” Culhane recalled in a 1998 interview. “A little kid, younger than me shouted out in the theater, ‘You can come home with me Bambi honey!’ The audience started to laugh and then their laughter choked in their throats and I thought “‘This is a great work of art!'”

John’s story is just one of many that’s evidence of how powerful a movie Walt Disney’s Bambi is and how watching it has been a pivotal moment for many generations. Bambi celebrates its 75th anniversary this month, which is the perfect time to reflect back on Disney’s masterpiece.

There’s so much to celebrate about “Bambi,” and the film’s making of stories could fill a book (which they already have).

OFFICIAL TRAILER: “Loving Vincent”

Loving Vincent the world’s “first fully oil painted feature film”, written & directed by Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman, opens in New York on September 22nd and in LA a week later on September 29th. Produced by Poland’s BreakThru Films & UK’s Trademark Films, the official trailer dropped today – have a look:

Nickelodeon and Nelvana Set Date For “Mysticons”

A mythic quest to save the world unfolds in Nickelodeon’s newest animated series, Mysticons, premiering Monday, August 28th, at 4 p.m. (ET/PT). Produced by Corus Entertainment’s animation studio Nelvana, the half-hour action series follows four girls who transform into legendary warriors, Mysticons, who band together to save their realm from evil. The series airs at 4:00 p.m. (ET/PT) through Friday, Sept. 1, and continues with premieres in its regular timeslot of Sundays at 12:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. Beginning August 30th, fans can watch encore episodes Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nicktoons.

Gkids and Fathom Events to screen “Mune” this Saturday

This Saturday, Aug. 12, Fathom Events is debuting the English-language version of the animated film, Mune: Guardian of the Moon, in 350 theaters nationwide. Mune was released in France in 2015 and earned both the Young People’s Jury Award at the TIFF Kids International Festival and Best Film at the Tokyo Anime Awards.

Last year, GKIDS gave “Mune” a qualifying US release for Academy Awards consideration. It was one of a record 27 animated films that competed for the five slots in the Best Animated Feature category. While the studio was not rewarded with a nomination, GKIDS has garnered nine Best Animated Feature Oscar nominations, which is the fourth most for any studio, behind only DreamWorks (11), Disney (10) and Pixar (10).

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Gkids Acquires Studio Ponoc’s “Mary and The Witch’s Flower”

GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced that it is has acquired the North American distribution rights to Mary and The Witch’s Flower, the inaugural feature from Studio Ponoc. The film is directed by Academy Award-nominee Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Secret World of Arrietty, When Marnie Was There) and is produced by Studio Ponoc founder and two-time Academy Award-nominee Yoshiaki Nishimura (The Tale of The Princess Kaguya).

em>Mary and The Witch’s Flower will be released in theaters this winter. The deal was negotiated by Mike Runagall for Altitude Film Sales, and Eric Beckman for GKIDS.

Remembering June Foray

The world is much too quiet today with the passing of June Foray. Fortunately, she got a chance to catch a small glimpse of how much people loved her when she was the victim on December 30, 2016 of a fake news story that she had passed away.

The instant flood of sincere appreciation for all she has done and all the lives she has unselfishly touched in a positive way was overwhelming. She outlived most of her contemporaries and was one of the last survivors from the Golden Age of animation.

In June 1992, June Foray wrote the foreword for a book I had written that was never published entitled Hooked: Peter Pan on Stage and Screen. We had known each other because of our work with ASIFA-Hollywood and I was impressed by her graciousness and enthusiasm in helping out an aspiring book author.

Teaser Trailer: Sony’s “The Star”

In Sony Pictures Animation’s The Star, you’re invited to discover the story of the first Christmas… from an entirely new perspective. A small but brave donkey and his animal friends become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas.

Timothy Rickart (Anomalisa) directs – with a cast including Kelly Clarkson, Aidy Bryant, Keegan-Michael Key, Kristin Chenoweth, Kris Kristofferson, Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Tracy Morgan, Christopher Plummer and Patricia Heaton. Sony will release November 10th – Here’s our first look:

Book Review: Hirohiko Araki’s “Manga in Theory and Practice”

Manga have become so popular in Japan and throughout the world, that an increasing number of young people aspire to become mangaka, or manga artists. As its title suggests, Hirohiko Araki’s Manga in Theory and Practice is a how-to guide, designed to help young artists find their way. Araki says, “I want this book to be a kind of map in which are recorded the many different roads to creating manga. It’s a map for climbing undiscovered mountains. It’s a map for exploring undeveloped and undiscovered lands.”

Araki is the creator of the long-running Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, which has sold over 100 million books worldwide. It’s been animated for television, OAVs and theatrical features, as well as adapted to novelizations, video games, etc. Araki was one of five artists featured in the 1990 exhibit Le Louvre invite la bande dessinée (“The Louvre Invites Comic-Strip Art“).

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