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Boomerang USA Newsletter Stream All Your Springtime Favs

Boomerang USA Newsletter Stream All Your Springtime Favs

Boomerang USA Newsletter Stream All Your Springtime Favs

From Bugs to Bunnicula, you’re sure to have an egg-xellent adventure.

Tom and Jerry, Yogi Bear, and the Care Bears are all here too and they’re ready to celebrate the spring. Stream now to join the party!

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Boomerang USA Newsletter Stream All Your Springtime Favs

Boomerang USA Newsletter Stream All Your Springtime Favs

Boomerang USA Newsletter Stream All Your Springtime Favs

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The 9th Annual Chuck Jones Red Dot Auction

The ninth annual Red Dot Auction is a charity art experience and the largest annual fundraiser for the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity. 100s of artists from around the world contribute a work of art, anonymously, that becomes part of the silent auction. This year pieces include original work from Nick Park, Bill Plympton, Eric Goldberg, Kelly Light, Byron Howard and Stephen Reis and will be held on Saturday, May 17th from 7 to 10 PM at the Center located at South Coast Collection (SoCo), 3321 Hyland Avenue, Costa Mesa, California.

A special Preview Event will be held earlier that evening, from 5:30 PM to 7 PM in advance of the Main Event and will include the opportunity to use your Red Dots before anyone else, view and place bids on the entire collection first, enjoy a musical performance by students of Music Vault Academy, imbibe from an open bar, and savor hors d’oeuvres by 24 Carrots Events and Catering. Tickets for the Preview Event are $100 per person and are available at RedDotAuction.org

What differentiates The Red Dot Auction from other silent art auctions is that the contributing artists have signed their artwork on the reverse of the work of art. Consequently, attendees at the event will not know who the artist is when bidding, they’ll only have their heart to follow.

“The artists who are participating come from all levels of notoriety, skill, and accomplishment, from students to emerging to established artists; we reached out around the world hoping to capture the imagination and appreciation of these artists. We are thankful that they were willing to help us achieve our goal of promoting creativity by providing a nurturing environment where it may grow and blossom,” said Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Center.

Admission is $25.00 per person ($50 per at the door) and open to the public. To buy tickets online, go to RedDotAuction.org. Tickets include two Red Dots, which, if used, guarantee the bidder will pay a set price for that particular work of art. Cash bar, free appetizers by Casa del Lago. Tickets available at RedDotAuction.org.

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Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe Wins Children’s And Youth Peabody Award

Cartoon Network's Steven Universe Wins Children’s And Youth Peabody Award

Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe Wins Children’s And Youth Peabody Award

Today (18th April), the Peabody Awards has announced the winner of the Children’s and Youth category and has announced Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe as the winner! The Peabody Awards recognises distinguished and meritorious content by American radio and television stations, networks, online media, producing organisations, and individuals, only content of such an extraordinary high standard can win such an award. The Peabody Awards is presented by University of Georgia’s Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. In the same category, Steven Universe had to compete against Netflix’s and Silvergate Media’s critically-acclaimed animated series Hilda.

The Peabody Awards made the following statement on why they chose Steven Universe as this year’s Children’s and Youth winner:

“On its surface, Rebecca Sugar’s animated series develops a complex mythology centering around the Crystal Gems — “polymorphic sentient rocks” who protect young Steven and his human friends from cosmic threats. But in this earnest fantasy epic and superhero saga, empathy is perhaps the most important superpower, something our real-world human society needs now more than ever.”

Congratulations to Rebecca Sugar and the Crewniverse for winning the Children’s And Youth Peabody Award, the 78th Annual Peabody Awards ceremony will be held on Saturday 18th May at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York.

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A list of all of the 78th Annual Peabody Awards winners so far can be viewed on the link below. So far this year’s Documentary, Entertainment and Children’s and Youth winners have already been announced, News/Radio/Web/Public Service programming winners will be announced next Tuesday (23rd April).

http://www.peabodyawards.com/awards

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See Pokémon Detective Pikachu During Opening Weekend For A Chance To Get An Exclusive New Pokémon Detective Pikachu Trading Card

See Pokémon Detective Pikachu During Opening Weekend For A Chance To Get An Exclusive New Pokémon Detective Pikachu Trading Card

See Pokémon Detective Pikachu During Opening Weekend For A Chance To Get An Exclusive New Pokémon Detective Pikachu Trading Card

During the North American opening weekend of the new movie Pokémon Detective Pikachu, with early showings on Thursday 9th May, moviegoers will get a special limited-edition Detective Pikachu trading card. Each fan will receive an official trading two-card pack from the brand new Pokémon TCG (Trading Card Game) collection – “Detective Pikachu”, now available to buy in stores. One card will be randomly selected from the collection and the other is guaranteed to be a limited-edition Detective Pikachu card available to early-bird fans who are among the first to watch the first-ever live-action theatrical Pokémon adventure and first Pokémon theatrical movie since the release of Pokémon 3: The Movie: Entei – Spell of the Unown (released in Japan in 2000, internationally in 2001).

Tickets for the highly anticipated movie will go on sale nationwide today, 10th April at 9am PT, however buying the tickets in advance doesn’t guarantee the Pikachu card bonus, which depends on the cinema’s attendance and supply.

From The WarnerMedia Press Release: See “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” Opening Weekend for a Chance to Capture Exclusive New Pokémon TCG: “Detective Pikachu” Trading Card

Moviegoers eager to see “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” on its North American opening weekend beginning with early shows on Thursday, May 9, will be the only fans who can get a special limited-edition Detective Pikachu trading card.

Through this first weekend and while supplies last, each guest will receive an exciting two-card pack from the new Pokémon TCG: “Detective Pikachu” series of collectible trading cards from The Pokémon Company International. One card will be randomly selected from the series currently available at retail locations and featuring select Pokémon in their CGI likeness as seen in the movie. The second is guaranteed to be a limited-edition Detective Pikachu card available to those early-bird fans who are among the very first to catch this first-ever live-action Pokémon adventure on the big screen.

Tickets for the highly anticipated “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” go on sale nationwide today, April 10, at 9:00 AM PDT, although advance purchase does not guarantee the Pikachu card bonus, which is based on theatre attendance and supply.

To view the entire Detective Pikachu card collection and for all things Pokémon, go to www.pokemontcg.com/detectivepikachu/

About the Movie

The first-ever live-action Pokémon adventure, “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” stars Ryan Reynolds as Detective Pikachu and is based on the beloved Pokémon brand—one of the world’s most popular, multi-generation entertainment properties and one of the most successful media franchises of all time. Fans everywhere can now experience a Pikachu on the big screen as never before, as Detective Pikachu, a Pokémon like no other. The film also showcases a wide array of beloved Pokémon, each with its own unique traits and personality.

The story begins when ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon
partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself. Finding that they are uniquely equipped to work together, as Tim is the only human who can talk with Detective Pikachu, they join forces on a thrilling adventure to unravel the tangled mystery. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City—a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world—they encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.

“POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” also stars Justice Smith as Tim, and Kathryn Newton as Lucy, a junior reporter following her first big story; as well as Suki Waterhouse, Omar Chaparro, Chris Geere, and Rita Ora, with Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe and Bill Nighy.

The film was directed by Rob Letterman, from a story by Dan Hernandez & Benji Samit and Nicole Perlman, screenplay by Dan Hernandez & Benji Samit and Rob Letterman and Derek Connolly, based on the “Detective Pikachu” video game developed by Creatures Inc. It was produced by Mary Parent and Cale Boyter for Legendary Pictures, and Hidenaga Katakami and Don McGowan for The Pokémon Company. Executive producers were Joe Caracciolo, Jr., Ali Mendes, Tsunekazu Ishihara, Kenji Okubo, Toshio Miyahara, Hiro Matsuoka, and Koji Ueda.

Letterman’s creative filmmaking team includes two-time Oscar-nominated director of photography John Mathieson, production designer Nigel Phelps, editors Mark Sanger and James Thomas, and costume designer Suzie Harman. The music is composed by Henry Jackman. Visual effects are by Moving Picture Company and Framestore.

Launched in 1996 to overwhelming response, the Pokémon brand is a global sensation that now encompasses a robust video gaming fandom with over 324 million units sold worldwide; trading card games available in 11 languages with more than 25.7 billion cards purchased; an anime television series in its 21st season that is available more than 160 countries; and over 20 animated films; as well as books, manga comics, music, toys, merchandise, and apps, including the wildly popular Pokémon GO, that has been downloaded over 850 million times and is enjoyed across the globe by fans of all ages.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures present a Legendary Pictures Production, in association with Toho Co., Ltd, a Rob Letterman Film, “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu.” It will be distributed outside of Japan and China by Warner Bros. Pictures, in Japan by Toho Company, Ltd. and by Legendary East in China. It is rated PG for “action/peril, some rude and suggestive humor, and thematic elements.”

https://www.warnermediagroup.com/newsroom/press-releases/2019/04/15/warner-bros-will-be-long-term-and-sole-tenant-of-new-iconic-frank

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Cartoon Network Latin America Announces Another Original Special Production Miau: Created By Alexis Moyano

Cartoon Network Latin America Announces Another Original Special Production Miau: Created By Alexis Moyano

Cartoon Network Latin America Announces Another Original Special Production Miau: Created By Alexis Moyano

Alexis Moyano, the creator of the one-off original special production – Guau, which featured comedic animated stories with live-action and animated scenes featuring dogs, has made another animated special in a similar format called Miau and this time it’s about cats.

In Miau, cats do cosplay, play in rock bands, take part in rap battles and host TV shows, in total, Miau will have a runtime of 11 minutes and will feature 10 shorts along with live action scenes.
Miau will premiere on Cartoon Network Latin America this Saturday (20th April) at 7.45pm (Argentina).

After Miau’s premiere, there will be a live-stream with Alexis Moyano at 8pm (Argentina) on Cartoon Network Latin America’s YouTube channel, Facebook page and on Cartoon Network Latin America’s website.

https://tvlatina.tv/tvninos/cartoon-network-debuta-segundo-especial-de-miau/

https://www.totalmedios.com/nota/38196/cartoon-network-estrena-miau-de-alexis-moyano

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Into The Marvel-verse: “Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout!” Will Feature Distinct Animation Styles

Heads up, Marvel maniacs! Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout! will feature distinct animation styles in a multipart story arc kicking off Sunday May 5th (9:30–10:30 p.m. EDT/PDT), with two back-to-back episodes on Disney XD and DisneyNOW. In the new storyline, the Guardians, desperate to escape the Collector’s collapsing ship, jump into the Black Vortex Mirror and find themselves separated and trapped in strange new worlds. Crossing time and dimensions, each world was developed using different animation techniques to visually support the storytelling, including CG-stop motion, children’s book illustration, 8-bit, motion comic – all firsts for a Marvel animated series – as well as Golden Age and traditional CG.

The premiere schedule is as follows:

Sunday, May 5 (9:30 p.m. EDT/PDT)

“Black Vortex, Part One” – When the Guardians become separated in the Black Vortex, Gamora wakes up in a children’s fairy tale, while Drax is trapped in a comic book.

“Black Vortex, Part Two” – While caught in a CG sinister packing factory, Rocket must search for his best friend Groot and escape.

Sunday, May 12 (9:30 p.m. EDT/PDT)

“Black Vortex, Part Three” – Quill finds himself in a claymation world where the Milano is flying into the sun, threatening to melt him. Meanwhile, Groot and Drax must fight Ronan in a Golden Age world.

“Black Vortex, Part Four” – Gamora and Quill battle their way through an 8-bit Super Marvel World.

“Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout!” stars Will Friedle (Disney’s “Kim Possible”) as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Trevor Devall (“Johnny Test”) as Rocket Raccoon, Vanessa Marshall (“Star Wars Rebels”) as Gamora, David Sobolov (“Transformers: Prime”) as Drax the Destroyer and Kevin Michael Richardson (“The Cleveland Show”) as Groot.

Produced by Marvel Animation, the series’ award-winning creative team includes executive producers Alan Fine (“Marvel’s The Avengers”), Joe Quesada (“Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”), Dan Buckley (“Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”), Cort Lane (“Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man”) and Eric Radomski (“Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”).

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OWN Academy Partners With Cartoon Network Asia Pacific For Student Work Experience

OWN Academy Partners With Cartoon Network Asia Pacific For Student Work Experience

OWN Academy Partners With Cartoon Network Asia Pacific For Student Work Experience

Cartoon Network Asia-Pacific has partnered with Hong Kong-based work experience organisation – OWN Academy to offer students exclusive real-world experience by working on a Cartoon Network/DC Comics media project at Cartoon Network Asia-Pacific’s offices in Singapore. During work experience, students will go to work every day and will be able to exercise their creativity and imagination by producing social content under guidance of Cartoon Network and DC Comics professionals.

During Easter 2018, the OWN Academy partnered with Cartoon Network and the academy students were mentored by CN’s producers and editors, the end product of the work experience was a Music Video and a Mother’s Day Mashup. The student’s work was also featured in Hong Kong’s SCMP (South China Morning Post) Young Post newspaper last May.

https://yp.scmp.com/news/features/article/109331/what-would-it-be-work-cartoon-network-hk-students-visited-animation

Students and (their parents) can register their interest on the CN/OWN Academy Eventbrite page on the link below, students must be aged between 13 and 18 and students will be selected based on their work portfolio or if they’ve joined OWN Academy’s Media Production Class. Students must be able to travel and stay in Singapore between 22nd and 26th April. Accommodation, costs and travel information can also be viewed on the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/own-media-production-with-cartoon-network-easter-2019-registration-54513864436

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Cartoon Network Poland And Boomerang Central Eastern Europe Now Available On WP Pilot

Cartoon Network Poland And Boomerang Central Eastern Europe Now Available On WP Pilot

Cartoon Network Poland And Boomerang Central Eastern Europe Now Available On WP Pilot

Polish internet television streaming service – WP Pilot has added WarnerMedia’s Cartoon Network, Boomerang, TNT and CNN International (as well as Tele5 and Polonia1). Cartoon Network Poland and CNN International are now in WP Pilot’s Basic package which costs 22.90 Zloty ($6.05 USD, €5.36 EUR, £4.63 GBP) per month, Boomerang Central Eastern Europe and TNT Poland are available in the extended package which costs 34.90 Zloty ($9.22 USD, €8.17 EUR, £7.07 GBP) per month.

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Cartoon Network Related Announcements At Annecy Animation Festival 2019 Press Conference

Cartoon Network Related Announcements At Annecy Animation Festival 2019 Press Conference

Cartoon Network Related Announcements At Annecy Animation Festival 2019 Press Conference

Today (15th April), CITIA (the organisers of the annual Annecy Animation Festival, held in Annecy, France) held a press conference for Annecy Animation Festival 2019, which will be held between Monday 10th and Saturday 15th June. According to the press conference and various posts on social media, there will be some Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. Animation related events at this year’s festival. The Annecy Animation Festival also has an animation market side-event called MIFA (French: Marché international du film d’animation, English: International Animation Film Market), which will be open between Tuesday 11th and Friday 14th June. The full programme for the festival will be announced next month.

Looney Tunes Cartoons

The animation festival’s opening ceremony will include the world premiere of Looney Tunes Cartoons, the most ambitious Looney Tunes related animation project since the classic shorts between 1930 and 1969. In addition to the opening ceremony screening, there will be a full Screening Event session on Wednesday 12th June at 4pm with Peter Browngardt (Looney Tunes Cartoons Executive Producer), Alex Kirwan (Looney Tunes Cartoons Production Director), Audrey Diehl (Vice President, Series, Warner Bros. Animation) and Sam Register (President, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series), the session will be held in the Bonlieu Grande salle at the festival and will include an hour and a half of exclusive content.

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TV Films in Competition

An episode each of Cartoon Network’s Apple and Onion (Episode: Fafafel’s Fun Day) and The Powerpuff Girls (Episode: The Spoon) have been selected by the festival to take part in the “TV Films in Competition” category, Adult Swim’s The Shivering Truth (Episode: Chaos Beknownst) and Tigtone (Episode: Tigtone and Those Elemental Kings) have also been selected in the same category.

Apple and Onion: https://www.annecy.org/programme/index:film-20191483
The Powerpuff Girls: https://www.annecy.org/programme/index:film-20190534
The Shivering Truth: https://www.annecy.org/programme/index:film-20193131
Tigtone: https://www.annecy.org/programme/index:film-20193053

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Scoob! Movie Work In Progress

Warner Bros. Animation will be at this year’s Annecy Animation Festival in a Work In Progress session regarding the development of the upcoming Scooby-Doo! theatrical movie – Scoob!, which will be released in the United States on 15th May 2020. In the new movie, Shaggy, Scooby-Doo, Fred, Daphne, and Velma team up with many other characters from Hanna-Barbera universe to save the world from Dick Dastardly and his evil plans.

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Turner Asia-Pacific Appoints Leslie Lee As Head Of Kids Content

Turner Asia-Pacific Appoints Leslie Lee As Head Of Kids Content

Turner Asia-Pacific Appoints Leslie Lee As Head Of Kids Content

Today (15th April), Turner Asia-Pacific has appointed Leslie Lee as Vice President of Kids Content, in his new role, Leslie will oversee Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Pogo in the Asia Pacific region. From today, Leslie will be based at Turner’s offices in Singapore and will be responsible for programming, operations, brand and franchise management as well as content for the three kids brands.

In total, Leslie has more than two decades’ experience in the entertainment industry in the Asia-Pacific region, including 19 years working with kids media brands on both linear TV and digital content distribution.

Leslie has previously worked for MediaCorp, Viacom and he was recently Executive Director of Media Networks at Disney Southeast Asia, he joined Disney in 2007. He has worked in multiple aspects of children’s entertainment broadcasting including marketing communications, programming, channel management, content localisation and acquisitions, animation development and media distribution.

In addition to his usual job, Leslie also volunteers his time mentoring media students in various higher learning institutions in Singapore, he also sits on the programming committee at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content and is a board member of Centre 42, a Singapore-based non-profit playwriting organisation.

From The Turner Asia-Pacific Press Release: Leslie Lee Appointed Head Of Content For Cartoon Network, Boomerang And Pogo In Asia Pacific

Leslie Lee has been named Vice President of Kids Content, overseeing Cartoon Network, Boomerang and POGO networks in Asia Pacific, and assumes the role today.

Based in Singapore, his responsibilities includes the programming, operations, brand and franchise management, as well as the content direction for the three brands.

Ricky Ow, President of Turner Asia Pacific, said: “It’s rare to meet someone quite so passionate about Kids content and Leslie is a great addition to our regional management team. I’m looking forward to Leslie bringing his experience, fresh perspective and new ideas to help us to grow our leadership position in the Kids space.”

Leslie has more than two decades’ experience and expertise in the entertainment industry across numerous Asian markets. This includes 19 years on Kids brands working on both linear TV and digital aspects of the business.

Leslie added: “I’m a huge fan of pop culture and animation, and I’ve now got the opportunity to work with some of the very best brands and most iconic franchises ever created. It’s a fantastic opportunity and it’s a privilege to be a part of a great team.”

His career includes spells at MediaCorp, Viacom and he was most recently Executive Director of Media Networks at Disney Southeast Asia – a company he joined in 2007. His various roles have included marketing communications, programming, channel management, content localisation and acquisitions, animation development and media distribution.

He presently volunteers his time mentoring media students in various Singapore-based institutes of higher learning, sits on the programming committee at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content and is a board member of Centre 42, a non-profit arts organisation that supports playwriting in Singapore.

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INTERVIEW: Viva Pictures Victor Elizalde and “Ploey”

The world of animated film creation/distribution is made-up of major players and the smaller studios, who are also producing and releasing content on a regular basis. One of those is Viva Pictures, an independent studio and all-rights distributor, whose animation division, Viva Kids, has brought hundreds of feature films to screens big and small. The studio’s latest movie is Ploey. Industry veteran Victor Elizalde is Viva’s Managing Partner.

Jackson Murphy: Viva Kids, your animated division, is an off-shoot of Viva Pictures. When did you start the company and what was your inspiration?

Victor Elizalde: Viva started in 2010 and from the onset we wanted to change the formula of distribution by providing gross royalties paid off-the-top deals so that Licensors actually saw money beyond their MG, versus the old distribution model whereby Licensors offered to pay a distribution fee and then had endless “distribution expenses” taken from their share of revenue. Our inspiration was the continual call by producers and investors for a fair distribution model.

A scene from “Ploey”

JM: Ploey is your latest animated release. What number is this in your animated catalog?

VE: Somewhere between 700-800. This is not specific because we do a lot of aggregation for other distributors and we treat them as our own with close care and attention.

JM: You do both original and branded content stories. As a small studio, how do you go about securing the rights to such franchises as “Top Cat” and “Speed Racer”?

VE: Both myself and my business partner have worked at several of the major studios over the past 20-years, so we understand the needs and requirements of both original and branded stories. Ultimately, what we find works is treating the IP of an indie project like Ploey the same as you would with a pedigree film of a Hanna-Barbera franchise property.

Victor Elizalde

JM: You often use big-name voice talent in your films. Is it difficult to get a John Stamos or Jeff Foxworthy for your projects, when other studios are going after these stars as well?

VE: Having worked for Disney and Warner Bros., and watching those companies work their animation magic, we know that the biggest challenge is understanding the talent needs before making an offer. These “A List” actors are never doing it just for the money. For example, working with John and Jeff was great. They may not have done a project like Ploey or The Aviators 10 years ago, but now that they both have kids of their own we were able to pull at them in another way than just financial by offering projects they can proudly share with their kids.

JM: You have a lot of great relationships with distributors and platforms, such as DirecTV, which, it seems, gets first crack at showing your movies. How did that relationship take shape?

VE: All of our relationships, including DIRECTV, thrive from being honest and fair with our distribution platform partners. Ultimately, we are all trying to maximize the customer experience so that the customer returns for more, and since not every movie is a Ploey, the platforms appreciate the honest approach in marketing a film since every film has an audience somewhere.

JM: What’s your overall goal for these films? What do you want kids and families to get out of watching your movies?

VE: Our goal is always to provide quality entertainment that can be enjoyed by families.

JM: What animated movies did you watch growing up? How does this background affect the stories you want to tell now as a studio head?

VE: Growing up in Chicago in the 70’s meant we got a heavy dose of Disney in the theaters (Flubber, Herbie, Poppins, Apple Dumpling) and Warner Bros on TV (Bugs, Looney Tunes & Hanna-Barbera). These universal stories are timeless, and that is what we strive to produce and distribute.

JM: Obviously, the animation business is very competitive. How does Viva not just survive, but thrive, against the big guys – the Disneys, DreamWorks, Illuminations of the world?

VE: We have always followed two rules: #1 – “A rising tide lifts all boats!” is our motto, so we do not see our business as being against anyone. The more tickets they sell the more inclined consumers are to try our products and vice versa. I suppose this philosophy is what helps us thrive, and fair business dealings is what help us survive. #2 – Our advantage to survive is that as a company we carry no debt and are 100% self-financed. With this strong financial position we never feel pressured to adhere to an untimely release schedule or providing subpar content.

JM: Talk a little bit about Ploey. It stars a young chick who can’t fly, but has to rise-up to save his family.

VE: The film was a must have from the day we first saw segments of the animatic in Cannes. The story is about a young plover bird, who is without a father, and thinks he cannot fly. So he ends up getting separated from his flock. The adventure is that he must now travel to get back to the flock across difficult terrain to reunite with the girl who he cares for the most. Beyond the amazing story, the film has a solid original score by Alti Ovarsson and is supported by original music and video by Greta Salome.

JM: What’s the future of Viva Kids? Where do you see the studio going?

VE: We have initiated more original productions to lessen the burden of acquisitions. We plan to offer 1-2 quality animated/family movies per month, along with a push into theatrical exhibition when that makes sense. In addition, we have started to launch consumer goods with our movies. Consumers can look forward to seeing more of their favorite Viva branded products in the marketplace, starting with China’s #1 kids IP coming to America in May 2019, The Boonie Bears.

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Boomerang UK New Show Mighty Mike Premieres 1st May

Boomerang UK New Show Mighty Mike Premieres 1st May

Boomerang UK New Show Mighty Mike Premieres 1st May

On Wednesday 1st May, Boomerang UK will be premiering a brand new show – Mighty Mike, with new episodes airing on weekdays at 5.30pm. The show was previously known as “Take It Easy Mike” and “Mighty Mike and the Wild Bunch” during its development. The new show features hyper-realistic 3D CGI visuals and non-dialogue humour, a total of 78 episodes, each with a runtime of seven minutes have been produced.

The new show follows the life of a pug named Mike, a dog with sophisticated tastes filled with limitless energy, he wants to seduce his crush, Cindy – the neighbour’s dog, but unluckily, a bunch of trouble-makers always ruin his plans, whether its the raccoons – Freddy and Mercury (named after the famous singer from the band – Queen), a cute kitten named Fluffy or three turtles (named after the three musketeers – Athos, Portos and Aramis) that always appear at the worst possible moment.

Mighty Mike is produced by French animation studio – TeamTO, known for animating Cartoon Network’s Angelo Rules and Boomerang’s My Knight and Me and is also produced by Canadian animation studio – Digital Dimension. CAKE handles the worldwide distribution for Take It Easy Mike excluding France, Germany and China. In addition to Boomerang UK, the brand new show will premiere on Boomerang feeds around the world and also on Cartoon Network, Boing and Pogo in some countries.

Promo for Mighty Mike now airing on Boomerang UK:

Mighty Mike trailer from TeamTO’s YouTube channel:

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The Boomerang UK website has a brand new section for Mighty Mike, including character introduction videos and a new spot-the-difference game.

http://www.boomerangtv.co.uk/shows/mighty-mike

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Teen Titans Go! Happy Meals Now At McDonalds UK

Teen Titans Go! Happy Meals Now At McDonalds UK

Teen Titans Go! Happy Meals Now At McDonalds UK

Teen Titans Go! Happy Meals are now available at McDonald’s restaurants across the UK, during the promotion and up until Tuesday 14th May, each McDonald’s Happy Meal will include one of twelve Teen Titans Go! toys featuring the fun-loving superhero team including Robin, Beastboy, Cyborg, Starfire and Raven.

Also on the Happy Studio mobile app, there’s even more Teen Titans Go! exclusive content, to access the exclusive content, scan in the Teen Titans Go! toy using the Happy Studio app on your smartphone.

In UK restaurants from 10.30am. A range of toys available at different times and sold separately. While stocks last. Ends Tuesday 14th May.

https://teentitansgo.cartoonnetwork.co.uk/

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REVIEW: “Missing Link”

The first thing noticeable about this film is that its title is a clever play on words; the main character, originally called “Mr. Link”, is missing a home, a family, and his entire species. There is also a second meaning. Missing Link is an evolutionary (and revolutionary) link in the craft of stop-motion animation.

Before reviewing the film itself, mention must be made of the technology that makes stop-motion animation look like seamless CGI. Traditional stop-motion animation is a painstaking and protracted endeavor if one is making a feature length film.

Laika studio has augmented the process through the use of CGI programs and 3D printing, making Missing Link a unique entry in the annals of animation. Laika is no newcomer to stop-motion films; other entries include Coraline, Kubo and the Two Strings, and Paranorman. Director Chris Butler (who also wrote the screenplay) also worked with Tim Burton on The Corpse Bride.

In order to catch all the nuances of the character’s expressions and reactions, Laika’s Prototype Director Brian McLean designed puppets whose highly stylized faces could be replaced up to 24 times per second; the final tally amounted to 106,000 faces printed for the characters.

Coraline, by comparison, used 20,000 faces, each one painted by hand. In order to complement these advanced character models, the set department built no less than 110 impressive sets featuring 65 separate locales. A mere twenty minutes into the movie, it seems like you’ve seen them all.

As for the film, Missing Link is a charming, if thin story in which adventurer and myth hunter Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman) seeks to return the titular character (voiced by Zach Galifianakis) to his Yeti family’s address in Shangri-La, the Himalayas. The very discovery of this creature would cement his standing as a Great Man in the eyes of evolution disbeliever Lord Piggot-Dunceby (Stephen Fry) who lords it over a cadre of haughty Victorian naturalists. Frost, a rather shallow and selfish sort. actually cares more about this honor than he does about Susan, which the creature names itself despite being obviously male.

Spirited firebrand Adelina Fortnight (Zoe Saldana), a former paramour of Frost, makes the quest a trio. Fearless and blunt, Adelina comes to function as Frost’s conscience in a way that Jiminy Cricket might applaud. Her fire is needed, since Lord P-D has assigned assassin Willard Stenk (Timothy Oliphant) to ensure that Team Frost does not make it to Shangri-La.

They do, but Susan finds himself shunned by the Yeti Lord (Emma Thompson) as a “country cousin” and a “redneck”. Not only that, Lord P-D and Stenk show up to finish what they started. To avoid spoilers I’ll simply say that the film sets up what seems to be traditional expectations for its ending and then surprises the viewer. There’s also an opening the size of the Himalayas for a sequel.

The voice cast is exceptional. Hugh Jackman’s vocal affectations are a good match for Lionel Frost, a cultured character who is not always of good character. Timothy Oliphant as Stenk reprises every nasty black hat ever seen in western B-movies, and Emma Thompson’s chilly, dismissive performance as the Yeti Elder is outstanding. Zoe Saldana, who of late has been thriving in films like these, gives a fierce performance without managing to overplay Adelina. Finally, Zach Galifianakis owns the role of Susan. Often bemused, always taking things literally, and quick with a one-liner, Galifianakis is truly the star of this show. An aside: the name “Susan” was an improvisation by Zach during a recording session. Director Chris Butler found it hilarious and went with it. Jackman reportedly improvised back, “It suits you.”

The movie is not without faults; there is not much of a plot to speak of and the movie breezes by. While the animation is superb, during scenes when the characters move rapidly (as in the barfight scene between Frost and Stenk) the stop-motion process becomes more obvious than at other times. Susan’s “hair” calls to mind overlapping rubbery leaves. In some shots Susan resembles a pineapple with legs. For Team Frost, the journey to Shangri-La is long and involved, requiring many stops in different continents by train and boat travels, but Lord Piggot-Dunceby and his henchmen manage to intercept our adventurers there in record time. The final battle between Stenk, Frost, Adelina and Susan is highly improbable, but is at least exciting, edge-of-the-seat action.

The final verdict: A triumph for Laika. Despite somewhat weak storytelling, Missing Link scores on its acting performances and groundbreaking advances in stop-motion animation. This Hillsboro, Oregon outfit already has four films that were nominated for Academy Awards, and if Missing Link is any indication, there are more good times ahead.

from Animation Scoop http://www.animationscoop.com/review-missing-link/
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