This year’s MTV Movie Awards features iconic blockbuster homages courtesy of Imaginary Forces’ creative director Grant Lau, who provided animations for 13 categories, such as Movie of the Year, Male, Female, Breakthrough, On-Screen Duo, Shirtless, Fight, Kiss, WTF Moment, Scared-As-Sh**t, Musical Moment, Hero and Villain. Lau also provided broadcast graphics and additional editorial packages.
Each of the categories began with an animated sequence dedicated to iconic characters as well as images related to the category. For example, a Kill Bill samurai sword slicing and dicing for Female, an E.T. finger touch for On-Screen Duo, a Fight Club-inspired pink bar of soap for Fight, to name a few.
MGA and Corus Entertainment’s new animated series Lalaloopsy is getting ready to premiere in Canada via the preschool network Treehouse this coming May. The series is based on the best-selling toyline for girls, which encourages themes such as diversity, teamwork, and friendship via magical themes that feature the eight Lalaloopsy characters Crumbs Sugar Cookie, Mittens Fluff ‘n Stuff, Bea Spells-a-lot, Pillow Featherbed, Jewel Sparkles, Peanut Big Top, Spot Splatter, and Dot Starlight.
Kid-oriented superheroine Super Abby will be making her way to mobile devices as PlayTales launches a bunch of new interactive tales for tablets and smartphones. The first two amusing adventures will be Super Abby vs Dental Destroyers and Super Abby vs the Enchanted Sweet Stall, both of which are designed to teach children the importance of daily dental hygiene and having a healthy and balanced diet.
A new feature length documentary by filmmaker John de Lancie will be delving into the cultural phenomenon called “Bronies,” which are essentially a fast-growing community of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fans consisting of teenaged and adult males, who were not the original target demographic for the show.
The documentary is titled “Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony,” and will be following the cultural phenomenon around the world, through various conventions in Germany, England, and the US via BronyCon. Even though de Lancie is working under a very limited budget, the production did not compromise on quality as Exec Producer Michael Brockhoff managed to secure the expertise of AlphaDogs, who were able to produce a high quality post process for the project even under a tight budget.
A group of concerned parents from the central Russian region of Ural have sent an open letter to Vladimir Putin urging the President to censor what they have described as a dangerous manga, the popular supernatural crime thriller Death Note.
According to local media reports, a 15 year old Russian girl left four volumes of the manga along with a suicide note before jumping from the window of her 13th floor apartment in Yekaterinburg last February 20th. The police have since started investigating any connections between the manga and the teenager’s death.
If you’ve ever taken the time to browse Dragon Ball videos on Youtube and had a look at the comments (don’t laugh. I’m doing it for research purposes), you’ll notice that Akira Toriyama’s classic shonen anime has a lot of Mexican fans. In fact, nowadays the show has already been replaced in the hearts of Japenese boys by more recent shows like Naruto and Bleach, while Mexico is still getting reruns of the old show so there’s probably more active Mexican Dragon Ball fans than Japanese ones. Case in point, Mario Catañeda, who wishes to voice Goku in a Mexican dub of Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, coming out with the music video “La Cumbia de Gokú.”
Watch if below:
This year’s Annecy Animation Festival (June 11) will be host to the premiere of a mysterious new Mickey Mouse short film titled “Get a Horse.” The never-before-seen, B & W 2D animated short features Walt Disney himself lending his voice to the iconic mouse.
Indian animation studio DQ Entertainment has recently announced a slate of new deals that were inked after the activities at the recent MIPTV Market. First on their list is a new high def series co-produced with ZDF Enterprises titled The Jungle Book Safari (26 x 12), which will mix live action with animation in order to bring to life the famous characters from Rudyard Kipling’s classic The Jungle Book novel.
The Jungle Book Safari will have Mowglie the man cub and Baloo the bear, along with their friends hosting and introducing various species of live action animals to the audience. The show will feature live action documentary footage of the animals in short non-fiction parts, interspersed with animated sequences from The Jungle Book.
DQ Entertainment Intl. has also started a strategic partnership with production, consulting and brand management firm Rollman Entertainment, for the development, production, distribution, licensing and merchandising of the animated and live action TV series, feature films and new media content targeted for the global marketplace.
DQE and Rollman Entertainment are focusing on five TV series through 2016 with a total budge budget of $35,000,000 and as well as a slate of animated features.
In their ongoing effort to compete with traditional TV networks, retail and cloud giant Amazon has recently included a bunch of pilots in their online programming slate, with each pilot being put under consideration for further development as a full series. One of the standout shows in the slate is Supanatural, due to the fact that it’s aimed more towards a mature audience (instead of the other shows, which are all targeted towards preschool or teenagers.)
After a confirmation in Overlap’s promo campaign, Infinite Stratos has returned with a new promo video (which originally debuted at the IS All-Night Festival event) for the anime’s 2nd season. The working title is Infinite Stratos 2, and will be directed once again by Yasuhito Kikuchi (of Macross Frontier and Busou Shinki), character designs will be handled by Zone of the Enders’ Kumi Horii.
Busou Shinki’s CHOCO, AKA Kōichi Mugitani, joins Takeshi Takakura (Appleseed CG movies, Planetes) on mechanical designs, while Hikaru Nanase returns to score the anime. Returning cast includes Kouki Uchiyama as Ichika Orimura, Yōko Hikasa as Houki Shinonono, Yukana as Cecilia Alcott, Asami Shimoda as Lin Yin Fang, Kana Hanazawa as Charles Dunois, and Marina Inoue as Laura Bodewig.
You can check out the promo video below: