Studio Ghibli and Japan’s Polygon Pictures are joining forces to produce an animated TV series for the Japanese public television channel NHK BS Premium called Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter. The series is based on the novel by author Astrid Lindgren (Pippi Longstocking) and will follow the adventures of a little girl raised by robbers in a mysterious woodland area of Medieval Europe. Gorō Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki’s son, is set to direct the show which will premiere this fall.
Last Friday, Marcia Wallace passed away leaving behind an impressive career and millions of adoring fans. From her early success as Carol Kester on The Bob Newhart Show to her 25 year run on The Simpsons as everyone’s favorite fourth grade teacher, Edna Krabappel. Wallace was 70 at the time of her passing.
A power outage at the South Park Studios in Los Angeles prevented this week’s episode of South Park from being finished and delivered to Comedy Central for broadcast. It’s the first time in the 17-year history of the show that they’ve missed a scheduled airdate.
Way back when in The Simpsons‘s thirteenth season, an episode titled Gump Roast (DABF12 for those in the know), ended with the catchy tune They’ll Never Stop The Simpsons, which was merely a clever exercise in self-deprecation on a show that, 13 years in, was still quite beloved. Nearly 12 years later that song has turned quite prophetic as FOX has just renewed the entire town of Springfield for one more season.
Disney Channels Worldwide held its Kids Upfront presentation in New York City yesterday to announce to advertisers and sponsors its plans for the 2013-2014 television season. New animated shows along with returning favorites were highlighted for Disney Channel, Disney XD, and Disney Junior.
Despite being a few months away from its July 19th opening, Dreamworks already has a huge amount of faith in its upcoming 3-D CG feature, Turbo; a film about a snail named Turbo with big dreams that, after an accidental turn of events, gains super speed. Dreamworks is showing that faith by joining forces with media-streaming powerhouse Netflix to bring Turbo to the small screen with its own series, Turbo: F.A.S.T. (Fast Action Stunt Team).