Lucasfilm Ltd. gave us all a surprise announcement with the unveiling of its latest animated feature film project, Strange Magic. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light and Magic are doing the animation work (it’s the same animation team that created 2011’s Rango). With a story by George Lucas himself, the film is directed by Gary Rydstrom (we’ve been wondering about the specifics of what he’s been working on for quite some time).
Disney and Lucasfilm have released the first seven minutes of the first episode of their new Star Wars Rebels series.
While promoting the new Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel special now showing on Disney Channel, show creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh have been talking to the media about the next adventure for the animated step-brothers and their posse. This time, they are taking their adventures to a galaxy far, far away as part of a new Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars special.
Disney’s hit animated TV comedy series Phineas and Ferb is having another cross over event with yet another major Disney property. This time, they are visiting the Star Wars galaxy. The Phineas and Ferb + Star Wars crossover TV event was announced this past week at San Diego Comic-Con by the show’s creators and executive producers Dan Povenmire and Jeff ‘Swampy’ Marsh. The TV special will be coming to Disney Channel and Disney XD in 2014. Continue reading
Star Wars animation fans can breathe a sigh of relief–even though we won’t be getting new episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars anytime soon (if ever), a new animated series from Lucasfilm has been announced today entitled Star Wars: Rebels. Set in the decades between Episode III and IV, the series “takes place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledging rebellion against the Empire is taking shape.” The first episode will air as a one-hour “special telecast” on Disney Channel in the fall of 2014 with the regular series set to broadcast worldwide on Disney XD shortly thereafter.
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced this week the nominees for the 2013 Daytime Emmy Awards. Among the soap operas, talk shows, game shows, and cooking show categories, some awesome animated programs are getting some well-deserved recognition. The Daytime Emmy Award show will be broadcast on HLN (CNN’s Headline News channel) on June 16, 2013, 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.
Attendees at The Walt Disney Studios’ CinemaCon presentation yesterday were treated to a screening of a full, unfinished cut of Pixar’s Monsters University. Director Dan Scanlon was in attendance and told the audience that they were some of the first people outside of Pixar to see the film. While I’m sure they’ve been embargoed from saying much, those attendees who did comment on Twitter and on their various news sites and blogs all had positive things to say about the film. Needless to say, all of us at Animation Fascination wished we were in attendance, but we’ll have to wait along with the rest of the U.S. to see Monsters University when it arrives in theaters on June 21.