DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg announced this week at the 2014 Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, that DreamWorks had acquired the rights to the classic animated character Felix the Cat for an undisclosed amount. DreamWorks will not be creating new Felix the Cat animated shorts or features, however; instead, they will be using Felix’s famous face as part of a new fashion line.
Disney Channel has finally announced the premiere date of the new Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars special. The show will premiere Saturday, July 26th, at 9:00 p.m. on Disney Channel (check your local listings). It will then be re-aired on Aug. 4th at 7:30 p.m. (again, check your local listings) on Disney X-D along with a preview of the upcoming Star Wars Rebels animated series as part of a new Star Wars programming block.
Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man TV series will begin its third season on Disney X-D on August 31st. Season three, which includes the title tagline Web Warriors, will have bunch of guest stars from the Marvel Universe and from the “Spider-Verse,” introducing Peter Parker (voiced by our friend Drake Bell) to many of his Spidey counterparts from various alternate realities.
It’s hard to predict where the company that brought about some of the creepiest, coolest stop-motion in our generation is going to veer next. Laika’s upcoming The BoxTrolls has left a tantalizingly twisted taste thus far, but this newest peek gives a whole lot more insight into what we are in for plot and character wise. From Coraline to The Nightmare Before Christmas, there is something inarguably fitting about making stop-motion animation somewhat dark and hot-topic-y, but so far it looks like this newest venture may offer more in the way of character development and story than meets the black outlined eye.
The popular PBS children’s TV show The Magic School Bus is getting a CG-animated reboot that will debut exclusively on Netflix in 2016. Produced by Scholastic Media, the new show, called The Magic School Bus 360°, will include a “modernized” Ms. Frizzle (actress Lily Tomlin voiced Ms. Frizzle in the original series) who will take her students on flying field trips in an updated version of the fancy bus. Netflix has ordered 26 half-hour episodes of the updated show.
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ new short film Feast made its debut this week at the 2014 Annecy International Animation Film Festival. The six-minute short tells the story of “one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston [a Boston Terrier], and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share.”
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Stanford Clark and Marc Vibbert are joined by returning guest Otis Frampton as he hops on to discuss his new animated shorts series ABCDEFGeek and the upcoming release of his comic Oddly Normal.
Also Discussed: Big Hero 6 and The Book of Life trailers, Phoenix Comicon (including a Q and A with John Ratzenberger), a contest for LAIKA’s The BoxTrolls, and reviews for Maleficent, The Lego Movie, and An Adventure in Space and Time.
(Recorded on 06/08/14)