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Concept art for Disney's Frozen movies shows off our new Snow Queen

Concept art for Disney's Frozen movies shows off our new Snow Queen | Animation News | Scoop.it

Brand new concept art straight from Disney has us chilled for the new "evil ice queen" movie Frozen. Check out the frown on Disney's latest evil queen — and her fabulous hat!

Also in this collection, the Princess Anna and her rogue "mountain man" (also wearing a fantastic hat). Should be interesting. We love anything with Snow Queens in it, so sign us up!

 

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Looking at 'The Legend of Korra' as a Synthesis of Superhero Stories

Looking at 'The Legend of Korra' as a Synthesis of Superhero Stories | Animation News | Scoop.it

When the long-awaited follow-up series to Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, premiered on Nickelodeon in April, it was clear that creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko were trying something new. The world of Avatar, with its grounding in East Asian mysticism and dynastic Chinese history, had evolved into a more modern, democratic, 20th-Century culture. In an interview with ComicsAlliance's Caleb Goellner just before the show's premiere, Konietzko listed a wide array of places he and DiMartino looked for inspiration: "...movies, documentaries, TV dramas, novels, non-fiction books, animation, science and nature shows, and our own life experiences," plus mixed martial arts fighting.

Conspicuously absent from that list? Superhero comics. But to any fan of the genre, Korra's story shares a lot of similarities with classic superhero fiction. In advance of the show's two-part season finale this Saturday, we're taking a look at how well The Legend of Korra maps over some famous superhero archetypes, perhaps accounting for part of why this series is so beloved by so many comic book readers.

Before I start listing those similarities, let me say plainly that I don't think the show's creators have injected these elements into the story as a "rip-off" or even in homage to any specific comic book mythologies. For all I know, none of these parts of the world of Korra have any grounding in the stories I'm comparing them to. But I like to view the show as a compelling synthesis of a handful of superhero influences, brought together to tell a superhero story without spandex costumes or capes.


Setting: Gotham City

One of the big differences between Korra and Avatar: The Last Airbender is that the latter is a travelogue of a group's adventures throughout the world, while the former takes place almost entirely in one place: Republic City. In that alone, the newer show feels more like a superhero tale, as virtually every superhero is inexorably tied to a home-base city. Of all the cities in comics, Republic City seems most like Batman's Gotham, with its colorfully named organized crime syndicates (Korra takes on three members of a gang called the Triple-Threat Triad in the first episode), corrupt and/or cowardly government officials, and one really good cop (imagine if Jim Gordon decided to go all Lin Beifong on Gotham's rabblerousers). In particular, the setting feels a lot like the Gotham City of Batman: The Animated Series, with its classic-style cars, radio broadcasts and Art-Deco aesthetics. There are even blimps!


Protagonist: Spider-Man

Here are some things about Korra: We see all of about a minute of her parents before she goes off to be raised elsewhere (initially by the White Lotus, then she moves in with a sort of uncle figure, Aang's son Tenzin); one of the first things she does upon arriving in Republic City is use her powers to acquire fame through sports; a selfish demand (insisting that the pro bending stadium stay open upon a threat) leads to a disaster that has personal ramifications; she doubts herself and her abilities; she's a teenager; and she's in a love triangle (or even a quadrangle).

Korra's story removes much of the death that's central to Spider-Man's origin (this is Nickelodeon, after all), but she's definitely learning about the responsibilities that come with her powers. She's often in situations where she's outmatched by the show's antagonists and knows it, too. And like Peter Parker, many of her victories are also losses of one kind or another. She's learning to be a hero as she goes.


Antagonist: Dr. Doom

We don't know a whole lot about the background of the mysterious Amon, leader of the anti-element-bending Equalists, but he's a highly charismatic and intelligent figure who wears a mask to cover a face -- a face scarred by a scam-artist firebender (or, at least, so he says). He's got a serious grudge, and he's got a handle on some sort of magic or science or combination of the two that give him abilities beyond what most humans can do. Most important among them, taking away bending powers.


Conflict: X-Men

Amon is just as much Magneto as he is Dr. Doom: He's the leader of an uprising against a group of oppressors. What's neat about Korra is how the mutant/human conflict gets turned on its head, though. It's the non-powered who are the rebels struggling for equality, while the people with powers, the benders, have complete control over the government and go to lengths like forming task forces to put down the rebellion. The conflict between benders and non-benders wasn't part of Avatar: The Last Airbender. That show's conflict was about defeating imperial tyranny. The conflict in Korra is one found more often in republics, where a group simply isn't represented.

Another neat little twist is that even though they're playing the part of the mutants here, humans still use a sort of Sentinel (though these are piloted by humans) to fight their powered enemies. Interestingly, The Legend of Korra hasn't really introduced a Professor X figure, someone who can serve as a bridge between the two sides and broker peace. But there have been hints that maybe Korra herself could get there.


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Indiana Jones, Watchmen, and more reenacted by Mouse Guard's adorable mice

Indiana Jones, Watchmen, and more reenacted by Mouse Guard's adorable mice | Animation News | Scoop.it
When they aren't protecting their fellow rodents from fearsome predators, the mice of David Petersen's comic Mouse Guard are playing at being other characters — flying the Watchmen Owl Ship, snatching ancient idols à la Indiana Jones, or trying their tiny paws at the X-Men fastball special.
Petersen has had plenty of character mashup practice drawing the covers for the Muppets' King Arthur, Snow White, and Robin Hood comics, but these scenes are almost more charming with his own characters. His heroic mice already make for fine swordsmen, so it's no great surprise that they translate well into adventurers and superheroes.

You can see more of Petersen's Mouse Guard illustrations (mashup and otherwise) on his website.


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Brave - Witch's Magical Mystery Brew Featurette

A new parody trailer for Brave from Pixar spoofs those late night commercials for products that promise to fix everything. Just be warned, it gives away major plot elements and provides the first good glimpse of the 'witch' (who seems to be a direct homage to Miyazaki's films)

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Aqua Something You Know Whatever New Promo

The final promo, which is a modified and squeaker version for the new season of the one I have already uploaded.
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A Warrior Princess and her Mom at Loggerheads, in an Adorable New Brave Clip

A Warrior Princess and her Mom at Loggerheads, in an Adorable New Brave Clip | Animation News | Scoop.it
While we're still not completely certain what happens to Pixar's new princess Merida in their latest animated feature, Brave, we do know that her strained relationship with her mother is the meat of the drama.


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Disney Debuts Stunning New Trailer for 'TRON: Uprising' Animated Series [Video] - ComicsAlliance

Disney Debuts Stunning New Trailer for 'TRON: Uprising' Animated Series [Video] - ComicsAlliance | Animation News | Scoop.it
Disney XD has released a new trailer for its newest animated series, TRON: Uprising. Featuring character design work by Robert Valley, storyboards by Eric Canete, and music by Daft Punk collaborator Joseph Trapanese, the new cartoon would seem to live up to the stunning visual and aural standard set by TRON: Legacy. You can see and hear for yourself in the video below.

TRON: Uprising features story work by Legacy screenwriters Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, and is set between that sequel and the original TRON. In this cartoon, Tron trains a successor, a young program called Beck, to take his place in defending the The Grid from Clu 2, the villainous program who betrayed The Grid's human creator, Kevin Flynn.

I think it is fair to say this material looks amazing, and is far beyond what many of us expected when word first came of a weekly TRON animated series. While both live-action films are superlative in their own rights, both have definitely left something to be desired with respect to the story of The Grid itself. There's a lot of potential in creator Steven Lisberger's computer world there that remains untapped, and Disney would seem to agree, having staffed up TRON: Uprising with some auspicious talents indeed. The series features not just the work of Lost and Once Upon a Time writers Horowitz and Kitsis, brilliant iillustrators like Canete and Valley (who channel some of the much missed ferocity of Æon Flux), and music by the immensely talented Trapanese (seriously, his work with Daft Punk on the Legacy score is excellent), but also an impressive voice cast including Elijah Wood, Lance Henrikson, Paul Reubens and the original Tron himself, Bruce Boxleitner.

TRON: Uprising debuts June 7 on the Disney XD network.

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Pilot for 'Grimm Fairy Tales' Animated Series Funded

Pilot for 'Grimm Fairy Tales' Animated Series Funded | Animation News | Scoop.it
With one day left to go Kickstarter funding for a pilot episode of a Grimm Fairy Tales: The Animated Series has surpassed its $175K goal. So far 1,010 backers have pledged $180,397 to fund the initial episode of Grimm Fairy Tales cartoon, which will be directed by Jon Schnepp (Venture Bros., Metalocalypse) and produced by Titmouse Animation (Adult Swim). Since the funding goal was set at $175K for this project, it does appear that this project will indeed be funded.

Kickstarter, which has now raised upwards of $220 million to fund a myriad of different projects in a vast variety of fields, would appear to be the ideal mechanism to fund something like a Grimm Fairy Tales: The Animated Series, which will be based on Zenescope's comic book series that has reached 75 issues and takes a more "adult" look at classic fairytale fantasies, especially when compared with the focus of most cartoons produced in the U.S., which are typically created for viewers under 12.

According to The New York Times, about 44% of proposed Kickstarter projects do receive funding. The online funding mechanism has proved to be a viable method of acquiring the capital for projects that are too far "outside the box" to appeal to conventional publishers and producers. In addition to becoming a potential major source of graphic novels (see "$1.25 Million for Graphic Novels"), Kickstarter has also funded a number of tabletop gaming initiatives (see "'Ogre Designer's Edition Sets' Kickstarter Records") and movie projects.
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Supergirl Gets Grounded in New 'Super Best Friends Forever' Clip - ComicsAlliance

Supergirl Gets Grounded in New 'Super Best Friends Forever' Clip - ComicsAlliance | Animation News | Scoop.it

This weekend during Cartoon Network's DC Nation block, Supergirl will have to deal with being grounded. No, she's not walking across America, just being kept at home under the orders of a certain Cousin of Steel for misbehaving. When her super best friends Wonder Girl and Batgirl arrive seeking her aide in a battle against evil, however, the young heroine can't resist lending a hand. Too bad her only living relative is impossibly good at enforcing rules. See a clip from this weekend's Super Best Friends Forever short, "Grounded," after the jump. CLICK THRU TO WATCH THE VIDEO

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An Exclusive Look at the My Little Pony Wedding of the Century!

An Exclusive Look at the My Little Pony Wedding of the Century! | Animation News | Scoop.it
It's like Bridesmaids... with cute ponies. Yes, it's your first look at the huge My Little Pony two-part wedding episode, airing this Saturday. We're proud to bring you an exclusive clip from the season finale of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

Here's the official synopsis:

In the two-part episode "A Canterlot Wedding," the kingdom is in a frenzy preparing for the wedding of Princess Celestia's niece, Princess Cadance, to Twilight Sparkle's brother, Shining Armor. However, Twilight Sparkle discovers a dark secret about the bride that could ruin her brother's "happily ever after."

The two-part episode airs Saturday, April 21 at 1pm ET/ 10am PT on The Hub.

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Voice Actors Get the Spotlight in 'I Know That Voice' Documentary [Video] - ComicsAlliance

Voice Actors Get the Spotlight in 'I Know That Voice' Documentary [Video] - ComicsAlliance | Animation News | Scoop.it

I'll always remember the surprise I felt the first time I saw the famously bratty voice of Bart Simpson emerge from the mouth of a little blonde woman, voice actor Nancy Cartwright. I knew Bart was voiced by a woman, but knowing it didn't make it any less weird to see it. I had a similar experience of cognitive whiplash the first time I saw the voice of sweet little Elmo come out of the mouth of the burly Kevin Clash. I expect to repeat that experience of whiplash at least a dozen times when I watch the forthcoming documentary, I Know That Voice, an upcoming documentary that features some of the best-known voice actors in animation, video games and more talking about their craft. You can watch the trailer after the cut.


The actors interviewed in this documentary are some of the unsung superstars of pop culture. John Di Maggio and Billy West are perhaps best known for their roles on Futurama, where they play Bender and almost everyone other character, respectively. Tom Kenney is SpongeBob SquarePants; June Foray is Rocky from Rocky and Bullwinkle; and Kevin Conroy is the Batman voice actor against whom all other Batman voice actors are measured. Perhaps best of all is Tara Strong, who voices Twilight goddamn Sparkle in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Bow down, bronies (and everyone else, for that matter). Most of these talents have played more superhero roles than all the best known stars in Hollywood put together.


I Know That Voice is currently slated for a 2013 release.

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No Seriously, Charlie Kaufman and Community's Dan Harmon Are Making A Stop-Motion Animated Film

No Seriously, Charlie Kaufman and Community's Dan Harmon Are Making A Stop-Motion Animated Film | Animation News | Scoop.it

Well, then. I should say they aren't "making" the movie yet—they're Kickstarting it. But after a couple days on Kickstarter, the project is more than halfway funded… and I have just a sneaking suspicion that it'll hit its goal.

The video on the Kickstarter page tells the whole story of the film Anomalisa, throwing back to Harmon's great-looking (though kinda uneven, if you ask me) stop-motion Christmas special episode of Community. The video also gives a sense of Harmon's maaaaybe kinda pissed-offedness after his rocky ouster from Community after the end of the last season (though hey, at least he's probably beaten Prototype 2 by now!) They also mention that if they raise more money, that they might do a project with Louis C.K. and TV Funhouse's Rob Smeigel, which… well okay, I'm interested in all of this!

Is this the kind of project you would fund? Do you love The Nightmare Before Christmas as much as I do? Can you even imagine what a headache it must be to make a movie using stop motion miniatures?

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Back in the day, Mickey Mouse attempted suicide and fought opium smugglers

Back in the day, Mickey Mouse attempted suicide and fought opium smugglers | Animation News | Scoop.it

Back in the day, Mickey Mouse attempted suicide and fought opium smugglers

The truth is, that helium-voiced cartoon rodent weathered many a dubiously family-friendly moment during his early years. Let's look at those occasions Mickey tried to kill himself and extolled the virtues of gigolos;
Perhaps the most bizarrely bleak Mickey adventure was the story arc that ran from October 8 to October 20, 1930. According to cartoonist Floyd Gottfredson, Walt Disney was inspired by the 1920 Harold Lloyd comedy Haunted Spooks, wherein the main character tries suicide and fails in a slapstick manner. In 1975, Gottfredson recalled the meeting where Disney pitched Mickey's grief-struck demise:

"One that I'll never forget, and which I still don't understand was when he said, "Why don't you do a continuity of Mickey trying to commit suicide?"

So I said, "Walt! You're kidding!" He replied, "No, I'm not kidding. I think you could get a lot of funny stuff out of that." I said, "Gee whiz, Walt. I don't know. What do you think the Syndicate will think of it? What do you think the editors will think? And the readers?" He said, "I think it will be funny. Go ahead and do it." So I did, oh, maybe ten days of Mickey trying to commit suicide-jumping off bridges, trying to hang himself [...]

But strangely enough, the Syndicate didn't object. We didn't hear anything from the editors, and Walt said, "See? It was funny. I told you it would be."



Mickey eventually decides to live after some adorable woodland fauna convinces him not to hang himself. ("When I look into your smiling faces, I feel ashamed! It isn't such a bad old world after all! It took a squirrel to prove what a nut I was!") And lest we forget, Daisy Duck would take equally dire measures approximately 13 years later. This wasn't the only occasion Mickey bucked the hyper-sanitized image of modern Disney. A 1934 storyline saw his nemesis Pete moving opium...

...whereas this strip had Mickey talking like David Lee Roth. (To be fair, the term had a much more genteel definition decades ago.)

Finally, there was this incident, where Mickey assaults a transvestite and barks an epithet that's euphemistic as all get out. Indeed, this all makes that Mickey Mouse gas mask from World War II the paragon of normalcy in comparison.


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Cartoon Network Announces Full 'Teen Titans Go!' Animated Series for 2013

Cartoon Network Announces Full 'Teen Titans Go!' Animated Series for 2013 | Animation News | Scoop.it

When there's danger, you'll once again know who to call next year, as Cartoon Network has announced a quasi revival of the 2003-2006 Teen Titans animated series to debut as part of the DC Nation Saturday morning block in 2013. It's not a full-on continuation of the original show, but it comes pretty close.

The new series, Teen Titans Go! will, according to the press release announcement, feature "the return of Robin, Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy and Cyborg in all-new, comedic adventures. Character-driven comedy is the order of the day as this new take on the super hero series focuses on the funny business than happens between saving the world and living together as teenagers without adult supervision. They may be super heroes who save the world every day... but somebody still has to do the laundry!" Teen Titans Go! was also the title of DC's comic book tie-in to the original 2003-2006 show.

The original voice cast will return for the new half-hour show, including Tara Strong as Raven and Khary Payton as Cyborg, with Green Lantern: The Animated Series' Sam Register and Batman: The Brave and The Bold's Michael Jelenic acting as producers.

The announcement of this series raises the possibility of other characters/series that have appeared as shorts during DC Nation so far - amongst them, Super Best Friends Forever, Animal Man and Plastic Man - being turned into full-length series at some point in the future. Maybe if we cross our fingers and wish hard enough...

DC Nation continues to air Saturday mornings on Cartoon Network at 10am Eastern/Pacific.


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The Best of Kotaku, This Week

The Best of Kotaku, This Week | Animation News | Scoop.it
If I find anything Adventure Time related, you can rest assured that I will post it. Or buy it. Or at the very least light up in response to seeing it. I even have Adventure Time earrings. One is Jake and one is Finn.

So this week's best image is an ode to The Avengers, in the style of Adventure Time. And it is delightful. And it's even a t-shirt. Thanks to InsanelyGaming for the great find.

Moving on to our Best Of content this week, we kick things off as usual with a comment from the community.

If you want to see the list of nominations (and other random conversations) you can head to my most recent nomination post that goes up every Friday here.

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'Futurama' Season 7: Matt Groening teases an election, Fry and Leela and more

'Futurama' Season 7: Matt Groening teases an election, Fry and Leela and more | Animation News | Scoop.it

"Futurama" returns to Comedy Central in just a few weeks, and creator Matt Groening says fans can look forward to continued development in Fry and Leela's relationship, the return of guest voice George Takei and, according to him, the limb-losingest season yet.

"I guess what's different this summer is Fry and Leela's relationship is progressing, and people who care about that will be delighted," Groening tells Zap2it. "And the animators at Rough Draft have once again made it their missions to outdo themselves. They just love doing the show -- they have such a good time. ... With a very skimpy budget and tight time schedule, they continue to amaze us."

The season opens June 20 with back-to-back episodes. The first finds Bender the father to a robot baby (complete with explanation of how that works), and the second plays with the idea of the Mayan calendar predicting the end of the world in 2012. In "Futurama's" case it's the year 3012, and it's a Martian calendar.

The Martian apocalypse means some of the show's characters will lose a limb or two, but because it's a) science fiction and b) a cartoon, Groening says that particular "Futurama" tradition will continue. "We chop more body parts off in this season -- maybe as much as ever," he says. "So yeah, we haven't lost that."

Groening also gave us some insight into other episodes in Season 7, and it's best just to let him describe them.

Politics: "We have an episode in which the 3012 presidential election is in the works -- president of Earth, by the way, not just the United States -- with [the head of] Richard Nixon running for re-election, and he's up against a candidate from Hawaii, but he can't produce his Earth certificate and prove he was born on Earth. That was an idea from more than a year ago, and what was funny was we thought, 'Oh my god, it's dead.' The whole birther thing -- they finally hung their heads in shame. And I go, 'No -- they have no shame!' [laughs] ... But we have a really good science-fiction twist in that one that you will not see coming."

Celebrity: "We also have an episode in which the world's greatest actor is a guy so good, he acts with a bag over his head. He's never photographed, but even with a bag on his head he's still the greatest actor. Bender becomes a paparazzo in order to get the only photograph of this guy without the bag."

Creepiness: "We have a disturbing episode in which Zapp Brannigan starts dating Leela's mother. It inspired the animators to do a scene with Leela trying to seduce Zapp that will get a certain demographic hot under the collar."

"Anthology of Interest" returns, sort of: "We've gotten into our version of the 'Treehouse of Horror' where we make fun of different animation styles, and this year we're calling our little trilogy the 'Saturday Morning Fun Pit.' ... At first we were so close to some of the things we were parodying that we had to change it up a little. But there's some good stuff -- Bender as a crime-solving dog with a bunch of teenage kids played by our characters. ... They're very funny. ... In the 'Saturday Morning Fun Pit' -- I know it's going to be big for fans -- we have George Takei playing himself, and also Larry Bird playing himself. The Robot Devil is also returning, played by Dan Castellaneta."

"Futurama" premieres at 10 p.m. Wednesday, June 20 on Comedy Central. Look for more of our interview with Matt Groening closer to the premiere date.
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Aqua Something You Know Whatever premieres Sunday, June 24 - Adult Swim (Official)

It's the same exact show as it's never been before only just like it used to be but now different. Aqua Something You Know Whatever premieres Sunday June, 24 at midnight (ET, PT) on Adult Swim.

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Remember That Chinese One Piece Theme Park? Well, It's a Rip-Off.

Remember That Chinese One Piece Theme Park? Well, It's a Rip-Off. | Animation News | Scoop.it

Surprise! While earlier reports appeared to confirm that the famed pirate manga (and anime) was getting an officially approved One Piece theme park, that doesn't appear to be the case.

One Piece's publisher told Japanese site RocketNews that it has not formally approved the theme park, which now appears to be a theme park made in the image of pirates. The revelation is much of the disappointment of true One Piece fans in China and abroad.

In China, "The King of the Pirates" (海賊王) is synonymous with One Piece. So, the park could simply operate in this fashion and not specifically mention One Piece and some visitors would not be any wiser.

The King of the Pirates, huh. Fitting.

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Animal Man Returns to 'DC Nation' This Weekend in a New Short [Video] - ComicsAlliance

Animal Man Returns to 'DC Nation' This Weekend in a New Short [Video] - ComicsAlliance | Animation News | Scoop.it
The shorts in this weekend's DC Nation on Cartoon Network are all about the education: When Aquaman is out of town, who better to deal with the dangers of the aquatic Black Manta than a hero who swims with the fishes (literally)? And just what kind of sports does Superman like?

Alongside another installment of the Aardman Animation vox populi series DC's World's Funnest -- Although, judging from this clip, isn't this a re-run of the first episode? -- this Saturday will see a second episode of the ridiculously fun Animal Man shorts, this time seeing him face-off against Aquaman's arch-nemesis in a showdown to reveal who the true hero of the beach really is:

As well as these two shorts, there'll also be full length episodes of Green Lantern: The Animated Series (including the origin of a new Red Lantern) and Young Justice, with the latter seeing the one thing standing between the Earth and an alien invasion being Beast Boy. Yeah, we're probably all going to be in trouble come Sunday...

DC Nation airs at 10am every Saturday on Cartoon Network.

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Kevin Feige Confirms Marvel-Disney Animated Collaboration

Kevin Feige Confirms Marvel-Disney Animated Collaboration | Animation News | Scoop.it

Unsure of what has already made its way onto the web, Kevin Feige doesn’t seem confident in what he can or can’t say about a Marvel-Disney animated collaboration, but he’s at least copped to it that such an idea exists.

He’s also given a couple of clues, however obliquely, as to what the project might entail.

Feige was speaking to Slashfilm, ostensibly about The Avengers. Late in their interview, chat comes around to the possibility of something animated from Marvel, an idea that Slashfilm recently reflected from a story I ran a few weeks back.

Here’s what Feige had to say:

Yeah, no I’m not going to be the one to say what it is, but as you might imagine when we have thousands of characters and properties and now are owned by Disney, who has the greatest animation studio on earth, there are going to be discussions… There are certainly discussions.

Two particularly interesting pieces to that, I think.

“I’m not going to be the one to say what it is” – so it’s something defined and specific, in some sense.

“Thousands of characters and properties” – so it’s likely to be an adaptation, of some sort.

“Discussions” is, of course, producer speak for anything that hasn’t been officially announced or doesn’t have a green light. It’s impossible to tell what stage the project is at, but I think we’ve just confirmed that the project exists in some meaningful sense.

As to why the project would be carried out with Disney and not Pixar (as if it would make any difference, but you know the fanboy mindset), Feige said:

Well I haven’t said no to Pixar, but Pixar is clearly doing their own thing.

Animated films take such a long time that, if the studio press ahead, I think we’ll be hearing more about this one relatively soon – and then waiting around for years to get our first look at it.

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Seth MacFarlane’s Flintstones Do-Over “On Life Support”

Seth MacFarlane’s Flintstones Do-Over “On Life Support” | Animation News | Scoop.it

When Seth MacFarlane presented his first script for a new, animated Flintstones series to Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly, the feedback was actually positive, just not positive enough.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Reilly said that “likes it but doesn’t love it.” Their report goes on:

Given the limited number of holes the network has to fill on its schedule and the high-profile nature of the property, Reilly needed to love the project to give the green light.

I’ll remember that when the new season starts. Every fresh show will be something Reilly loves.

MacFarlane was apparently given the option to do a quick rewrite and get the script up to scratch but instead decided to put it on the back burner. It’s not too surprising – he’s in the midst of finishing up Ted, his feature film debut, and also has three pre-existing shows to tend to, as well as a new science program, Cosmos.

But this decision to freeze the project was not too popular, according to the report. Several people were let go and Dan Palladino, MacFarlane’s co-writer had to be paid out of his contract.

It seems pretty final: not only have people lost their jobs, the Flintstones office has now been cleared. The Hollywood Reporter rather optimistically described the show as being “on life support.”

Anyway, proof if proof be need be that there is some kind of quality control being exacted upon MacFarlane’s scripts.

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The Teen Titans Go '90s, Plastic Man Goes Weird in New 'DC Nation' Clips [Video] - ComicsAlliance

The Teen Titans Go '90s, Plastic Man Goes Weird in New 'DC Nation' Clips [Video] - ComicsAlliance | Animation News | Scoop.it
The New Teen Titans are doing the time warp again during this week's DC Nation block on Cartoon Network, with the 1960s-obsessed Mad Mod (and his TARDIS-like machine) giving the 2012 teen superheroes a righteous 1990s makeover. Yes, including a mullet or two, and yes, we have a clip under the jump to prove it. As if that weren't enough, there's also some appropriately cartoony Plastic Man to see as well.

While the Teen Titans seem a little thrown off by the manifestation of their retro look, I particularly love that each character actually gets a version of their 1990s comic look. For those younger than a certain age, Beast Boy's hair really did look like that back then, even if he was going by "Changeling." The looks are overall a nice touch given the name of this series of animated shorts is New Teen Titans, just like the comic series which ran from 1980-1996.

[Editors Note: I think Mad Mod's henchmen are supposed to be Power Rangers maybe? Whoah! -- Caleb]

Plastic Man doesn't travel through time in his short, which wouldn't affect his generally more timeless costume anyway, but he does get meta with a short that sees him trapped inside your television...

Elsewhere on tomorrow's DC Nation, Hal and Kilowog find themselves stranded on an alien planet with supplies (and power rings) running low in Green Lantern: The Animated Series, while Young Justice finally reveals the identity of the traitor in the team's midst.

DC Nation begins at 10am Eastern/Pacific tomorrow on Cartoon Network.

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