Watch: ‘Secret Life of Pets 2’ Exclusive Deleted Scene

With the globally beloved animal stars of The Secret Life of Pets 2 ready to make their DVD, Blu-ray and 4K debut on August 27, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has given us a sneak peek at the special features in store on the release. Check out the deleted scene “Wake Up” form Illumination Ent.’s blockbuster sequel below!

The Secret Life of Pets 2 is out now on Digital.

Don’t forget to enter our online giveaway for a chance to win this furry frolic on disc!

Synopsis: Terrier Max (Patton Oswalt) is coping with major life changes after Katie’s marriage and the arrival of a toddler, Liam. Meanwhile, Gidget (Jenny Slate) tries to rescue Max’s favorite toy from a cat-packed apartment with a little help from her feline friend, Chloe (Lake Bell), who has discovered the joys of catnip. And Snowball (Kevin Hart) believes, despite the other pets’ teasing, that he’s a superhero after his owner starts dressing him in superhero pajamas. But when Daisy (Tiffany Haddish), a fearless Shih Tzu, shows up to ask for Snowball’s help on a dangerous mission, he’ll have to summon the courage to become the hero he’s been pretending to be. The voice cast also features Eric Stonestreet, Nick Kroll, Dana Carvey, Ellie Kemper, Hannibal Buress, Bobby Moynihan and Harrison Ford in his first-ever animation role: a farm dog named Rooster.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 is helmed by returning director Chris Renaud and co-director Jonathan del Val; produced by Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy.

Animation Magazine

Exclusive: Jhonen Vasquez, Adam Elliot Among Guests at Pixelatl in Sept.

If you’re looking for an invigorating way to end the summer and jumpstart your animation career, look no further than the Pixelatl festival, which takes place Sept. 3-7 in the lush town of Cuernavaca, cradled by the Tepozteco mountains, south of Mexico City.

According to the festival’s ebullient director Jose Iñesta, this year’s edition promises to be quite memorable, with a special focus on celebrating artists’ “roots and tomorrow.” “The way I see it, we need to acknowledge our roots and where we come from to project ourselves to the future,” he explains. “For us, the most basic root that we share with all human beings is storytelling: It’s what makes us human and helps us to connect with one another and form a community. I also want to highlight our creative partner this year, Kraneo Animation Studio. They have gone beyond the challenge of creating a promo for the festival to create the whole experience of the event. You can see roots, masks, and beautiful craftsmanship that stop-motion brings to the media in all our promotional material.”

One of the year’s big highlights is a celebration of animation, games and comic-books of Spain. “Spain is our country of honor, and there will be a track of Spanish activities, conferences, screenings, workshops, etc.,” notes Iñesta. “We also have a track of videogames that includes a 20-hour workshop for game level design. All of these, in addition to our animators, illustrators, and producers track, make the festival rich in content. I should mention that other activities that excite me the most are the VR workshop with Goro Fujita and the strong stop-motion directors participating like Adam Elliot and Cesar Díaz.”

Most attendees agree with Iñesta that the Pixelatl is quite different from events of its kind, in part because of its beautiful environment and relaxed ambience. After all, there are not too many places where animators and artists can hang out with peacocks in a beautiful garden. Among the top animation luminaries attending this year are Jhonen Vasquez (Invader Zim), Adam Elliot (Mary and Max), Susie Lewis (Sea Rescue), Kaitlin Tremblay (Ubisoft), Andrea Fernandez (The Cuphead Show), Joan Loft (Peppa Pig), Donna Lewis (Disney), Stu Livingston (Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie), Javi Recio (The Lady and the Reaper), Ollie Green (Adult Swim) and Dave B. Levy (Disney+).

As Iñesta puts it, “At Pixelatl, we are all humble, open to new experiences, and generous to each other. I wish we could live like this every day of the year. We want every person participating in the event to feel that they matter. When we are building something from scratch, every point of view matters. We have built this industry with great examples from all over the world, and we’ve listened to our young creators and artists and try to address their needs. We try to create a space where everybody feels comfortable so that sharing of ideas and projects occur. I think that’s the magic of Pixelatl.”

Since Iñesta travels the world and is in contact with animation movers and shakers everywhere, we had to ask him about his take on the state of the art form globally. “There’s so much going on,” he responds. “The broadcasters and SVODs need content for their new platforms and are commissioning shows left and right. The Mexican animation industry is also growing. Thanks to the Pixelatl Festival, there are six series in production, six option deals in development, and over 60 service agreements with Mexican studios. Over the past eight years, our major achievement is that we have a creative community that is helping everyone grow.”

Iñesta is also quite pleased to see the growth of the Center for Stop Motion Animation in Guadalajara, which is supported by Guillermo del Toro, which will help continue strengthening and growing the art form in the region. “Stop-motion animation is something that occurs naturally in Mexico,” he says. “We have the artistry and theatrical approach to storytelling and when you mix the two, stop-motion is the best tool to tell stories. We are very pleased that our previous festival award-winners Cinema Fantasma studio (founded by brothers Roy and Arturo Ambriz) is now developing a feature film (The Ballad of the Phoenix) in stop-motion now.”

The director says the best way to make the most of Pixelatl is to prepare ahead of time. “There are so many activities that you might feel you are missing an important talk or workshop,” he points out. “My suggestion is pick the one that you feel is the best for you, and then play it by ear. You never know who you’ll meet in the garden or networking area, so perhaps it’s better to stay there than to enter an activity.”

He leaves us with these final words of wisdom. “If you are happy and relaxed, knowledge will come your way anyway. So don’t panic, don’t enter activities obsessively. Just enjoy meeting new people, draw, share your portfolios with other people (you never know who you are pitching to), and have a good time.” ¡Muy buen consejo!

Watch the festival’s beautiful promo, created by Kraneo studio here:

“At Pixelatl, we are all humble, open to new experiences, and generous to each other. I wish we could live like this every day of the year.”

– Festival director Jose Iñesta

For more info about this year’s events, visit www.elfestival.mx/prensa

Pixelatl

Pixelatl 2019 promo created by Puebla City-based stop-motion studio Kraneo 

Mary and Max

Mary and Max, award-winning 2009 feature by Adam Elliot

Jhonen Vasquez

Jhonen Vasquez, creator of Invader Zim

Jose Inesta

Jose Iñesta, talented director of Pixelatl Festival

Adam Elliot

Adam Elliot

Animation Magazine

Exclusive Clip: “Friend vs. Food” in ‘How to Train Your Dragons’

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World has landed on disc! To celebrate, our chums at Universal Pictures Home Entertainment are sneaking us a peek at one of the release’s many engaging bonus features. In this clip, Hiccup explains the trials and tribulations of integrating dragons into Berk’s sheep farming society.

Read more about the The Hidden World on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD here, and don’t forget to enter our monthly giveaway contest for a chance to win your own free copy!

Animation Magazine

Exclusive: ‘Bayala’ Official Trailer Takes Wing

Sinister forces threaten the colorful, enchanting world of elves and fairies in the new CG animated feature Bayala. The Germany-Luxembourg co-production between Ulysses Filmproduktion (Luis and the Aliens) and Fabrique d’Images recently made its debut at the International Festival of Animated Films Stuttgart.

In the movie, magic has been disappearing from the world following the extinction of dragons. A fresh hope to reintroduce the creatures and reconcile all the elf clans is discovered when a sun elf named Marween finds a dragon egg and hatches little Nugur. This miracle sends Princess Surah and her companions on an amazing journey to the Dragon Mountains to see Surah’s stepsister Nuray and face the dangerous Shadowqueen Ophira.

Bayala is directed by animation veterans Aina Jarvine (Bibi and Tina, Zombie Hotel) and Federico Milella (Ziggy and the Zoo Tram). The animated adventure is based on the popular line of collectible fantasy figures created by German toy company Schleich.

Bayala

Bayala

Bayala

Bayala

Animation Magazine

Exclusive Animatic: ‘Steven Universe’ S2 DVD & Soundtrack Touch Down

Cartoon Network is offering fans the chance to discover more stunning gem secrets with the release of Steven Universe: Season 2 on DVD April 16 — all 22 episodes plus exclusive extras — and the Steven Universe Soundtrack: Volume 2 available in both regular ol’ music and karaoke versions via digital download and streaming now! To celebrate, we’re sharing an exclusive animatic from episode “The Answer,” in which we learn how Ruby and Sapphire met and became the heroic fusion, Garnet.

The DVD set also includes animatics from “Sword to the Sword,” “We Need to Talk,” “Love Letters” and others. Plus, an exclusive Garnet Fusion keychain is enclosed in every package!

Created by Rebecca Sugar, Steven Universe is a fan-favorite series highly praised for its artistic, musical, voice performance, storytelling and characterization achievements. The show has one a Primetime Emmy (plus four nominations), five Annie Awards, two GLAAD Media Awards, a Kids’ Choice Award and three Teen Choice Awards.

The second volume of the shows soundtrack include 12 beloved tracks:

1 The Working Dead

2 Sadie Killer and the Suspects

3 G-G-G-Ghost

4 That Distant Shore

5 Ruby Rider

6 Let’s Only Think About Love

7 Familiar 8 Escapism

9 Let Me Ska My Van Into Your Heart

10 We Are The Crystal Gems (Change Your Mind Version)

11 Change Your Mind

12 Love Like You (Reprise)

The karaoke album includes some of the catchiest songs from both volumes of the soundtrack:

1 We Are The Crystal Gems: Main Title (Instrumental Version)

2 Do It For Her (Instrumental Version)

3 Stronger Than You (Instrumental Version)

4 We Are The Crystal Gems: Full Theme (Instrumental Version)

5 It’s Over Isn’t It (Instrumental Version)

6 Here Comes A Thought (Instrumental Version)

7 Love Like You: End Credits (Instrumental Version)

8 That Distant Shore (Instrumental Version)

9 Familiar (Instrumental Version)

10 Escapism (Instrumental Version)

11 We Are The Crystal Gems: Change Your Mind Version (Instrumental Version)

Steven Universe Soundtrack: Volume 2

Steven Universe Soundtrack: Volume 2

Steven Universe season 2

Steven Universe Season 2

Steven Universe karaoke

Steven Universe karaoke

Animation Magazine

Watch: Exclusive First Trailer for Lupus Films’ Movie ‘Kiki’

One of the highlights of this year’s Cartoon Movie event in France was a special preview of Lupus Film’s upcoming movie Kiki, which centers on the adventures of actress, singer and model Kiki (born Alice Prin) among the Bohemian community of 1920s-era Paris. We had the great opportunity to chat with writer/director Peter Dodd and producer Ruth Fielding of Lupus Films about their intriguing new 2D project.

Animation Magazine: What prompted your interest in Kiki? How did you discover her?

Ruth Fielding: Peter (Dodd) was the animation director on our feature film Ethel & Ernest and he’s animated on all our hand-drawn TV Specials, so he’s one of our long term collaborators. When he brought us Kiki, his passion project, my partner Camilla (Deakin) and I fell in love with her. She’s a strong female character with a compelling story, so we were instantly attracted to her life and to the setting of the film in 1920s’ Paris.

Peter Dodd: It was the photograph by Man Ray. Le Violon d’Ingres. Very enigmatic. I saw it everywhere. In exhibitions and books. But her story is just as interesting. The discovery was a gradual revelation. I had some idea from my time working in Montparnasse in my twenties. She just kept appearing in people’s accounts of the period. Ernest Hemingway wrote his first foreword for her memoirs. She’s largely forgotten now but was a bright light burning at the time.

Why do you think her life story would make a great animated movie?

Ruth: She was living at a very interesting time and she feels like a historical figure who has quite a modern character. Her story really feels like it needs to be told now. And animation can really touch an audience deeply in terms of its emotion.

Peter: I think characters with no limits make compelling subjects for a film. She truly seemed to live and love as if every day was her last. Most of us like the idea but can’t possibly achieve that.

How does showcasing the film at Cartoon Movie help generate interest and funding for a project like this?

Ruth: We showed the film ‘in concept’ at Cartoon Movie as we have yet to write the script and fully develop the film. However, it’s a great place to attract like-minded producers who might help us co-finance the development and it’s great to get an audience’s reaction to the style of the film and the story.

Peter: It’s the place to be, and I’ve spoken to a number of people who have had success there. It’s been fascinating hearing what a potentially broad audience could be reached with the right people involved.

What is the film’s budget and when are you hoping to deliver the project?
Ruth:
We haven’t budgeted the film yet, but it will be under 10 million euros, and I guess the earliest we will deliver will be 2022 with a following wind!

How do you see the animation landscape shaping up in the U.K. in 2019 and beyond?

Ruth: We have a lot of work and talent in the U.K. at the minute, but I hope that Brexit won’t put the brakes on all that. We need free access for talent throughout Europe and need to remain competitive with our European counterparts. We are working with the US studios too so keeping up those contacts and our reputation on the other side of the pond is key to our success in 2019 and beyond.

Peter: I think Ethel and Ernest broke a few barriers. The first feature for a generation here, that wasn’t aimed at children. We’ve got a good reputation here for delivering Hollywood effects, and commercials, and half hour specials. It looks like features may be making a comeback!

You can watch the teaser here:

You can find out more about Lupus Films and the studio’s many award-winning projects (We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Ethel & Ernest, The Snowman and the Snowdog, Kensuke’s Kingdom, Anatole’s Island) at Lupusfilms.com

Ruth Fielding and Peter Dodd

Ruth Fielding and Peter Dodd

Kiki at Cartoon Movie 2019

Kiki at Cartoon Movie 2019

Animation Magazine

Exclusive: Kraneo Estudio Named Pixelatl 2019 Creative Partner

Organizers of the Pixelatl annual animation festival in Cuernavaca, Mexico — being held this year from September 3-7 — have announce that this year’s local studio partner charged with developing the graphic identity and animated teaser will be Krano Estudio. The Puebla-based stop-motion specialists will be working off the 2019 theme “Roots and tomorrow”, with the final fruits of their labors to be revealed at Annecy this summer reflecting the event’s international reach.

Formed by a production team with seven years’ experience in stop-motion animation, Kraneo is a graphics and audiovisual production shop which has worked on notable projects such as the short films Debajo del árbol (Under the Tree, 2011), Puebla 1862 cubierta de gloria (Puebla 1862 Covered in Glory, 2012) and the winner of the national selection of short films IMCINE by the Mexican Film Institute. Its latest film, Elena y las sombras (Elena and the Shadows) was awarded the Best Short Film Online at Morelia International Film Festival (2016), the Diosa de Plata (Silver Goddess) award for Best Animation Short (2017), and was nominated by the Mexican Cinema and Arts Academy for the Ariel Award for Best Animated Short (2017).

Since 2016, the studio has produce a number of projects both in-house and as a service studio. Kraneo collaborated with the Stop-Motion MX Festival on their fourth edition’s ad spot, official imagery and as speakers and workshop presenters. They have also worked for Amazon Mexico and on the “Sad Toys” campaign for Nestlé Mexico (in collaboration with Nurun) which earned a Golden Effie Award. The team also collaborated on the first Mexican stop-motion feature.

Kraneo was selected to participate in the Workshop with Francesca Maxwell, Laika art director in 2016 at the IV Latin American Stop-Motion & Animation Workshop. They also got a project selected for the Work-In-Progress Animation Lab by Celeste Estudio Creativo (2017) in La Paz, Bolivia, and selected to attend the first creative industries business encounter SUBLIME Jalisco (2018), organized by Pixelatl, CCD Jalisco and Jalisco Creativo.

The studio is currently developing animated TV series The Roomie and The Seekers Club; short films Carpintero, Bruno and Lilith; and their first stop-motion feature film Julia y el Portal del Abismo (Julia and the Portal of the Abyss).

Learn more at elfestival.mx and kraneoestudio.com.

Kraneo Estudio / Pixelatl

Kraneo Estudio / Pixelatl

Kraneo Estudio / Pixelatl

Kraneo Estudio / Pixelatl

Kraneo Estudio / Pixelatl

Kraneo Estudio / Pixelatl

Animation Magazine

Exclusive Clip: A King’s Ambitions Realized in ‘This Magnificent Cake’

On March 1, GKIDS will present a special theatrical release of the much-lauded stop-motion film This Magnificent Cake!, from directors Marc James Roels and Emma De Swaef (Oh Willy…). In advance of this can’t-miss engagement, the stateside distributor is offering up a slice of the film to Animag readers with this exclusive clip.

This Magnificent Cake! was an official selection at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, Toronto International Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival and Animation Is Film Festival; and has been honored with an Annie Award nomination for Best Independent Animated Feature, the Andre-Martin Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, and the top feature animation prize at the Ottawa International Animation Festival.

Synopsis: In the late 19th century, keen to compete with other European imperial powers on the continent, King Leopold II of Belgium proclaimed, “I do not want to miss a good chance of getting us a slice of this magnificent African cake.” The subsequent occupation of the Congo would come to attract a contingent of servants, merchants and miscellaneous bourgeois driven by everything from insatiable greed to existential fear. From the intimate stories of these characters — many of whom pass through a luxury hotel in the middle of the jungle – emerges a greater narrative concerning the imperialist mentality. In a film by turns surreal, darkly comic and brutal, directors Marc James Roels and Emma de Swaef ultimately turn their critical gaze on the colonists themselves in a work of stunning, mysterious beauty.

www.thismagnificentcake.com

Animation Magazine

Exclusive: Surfing for Easter Eggs in ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Ralph Breaks the Internet — one of the five worthy animated features competing for Oscar gold this Sunday — is making its Blu-ray and DVD debut on February 26. Our friends at the Mouse House have linked up with Animag to give readers a special preview of one of the release’s super bonus features: “Surfing for Easter Eggs.”

Ralph Breaks the Internet, which scored the second-biggest Thanksgiving opening of all time and has grossed $ 435.1 million to date, is available now on Digital 4K Ultra HD, HD, SD and Movies Anywhere.

Directed by Rich Moore (Zootopia, Wreck-It Ralph) and Phil Johnston (co-writer Wreck-It Ralph, Zootopia; writer, Cedar Rapids), and produced by Clark Spencer (Zootopia, Wreck-It Ralph, Bolt, Lilo & Stitch), the sequel welcomes back favorite cast and characters introduced six years ago, including John C. Reilly as Ralph, and Sarah Silverman as Vanellope — two arcade game besties risking it all to travel the digital expanse of the internet trying to save Vanellope’s home game of Sugar Rush.

Lending a virtual hand to Ralph and Vanellope is Shank, voiced by Gal Gadot, a tough-as-nails driver from a gritty online auto-racing game called Slaughter Race, a place Vanellope wholeheartedly embraces — so much so that Ralph worries he may lose the only friend he’s ever had. Yesss, voiced by Taraji P. Henson, the head algorithm and the heart and soul of the trend-making site BuzzzTube, makes Ralph a viral sensation. Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch return as the voices of Fix-It Felix Jr. and Sergeant Calhoun, respectively, and Disney Animation’s good luck charm, actor Alan Tudyk was called on to voice a search engine named KnowsMore — literally a know-it-all — who runs a search bar and helps Ralph and Vanellope on their quest. Lots of exciting cameos are also featured in the film including a scene that reunites all of the original (living) Disney Princess voice cast.

Big Hero 6 vending machine

Big Hero 6 vending machine

Big Hero 6 - Fred’s lizard costume in shopping cart. Helmet from Big Hero 6

Big Hero 6 – Fred’s lizard costume in shopping cart. Helmet from Big Hero 6

Paw-cicles from Zootopia, Hei Hei from Moana

Paw-cicles from Zootopia, Hei Hei from Moana

A113 – Cal Arts animation room

A113 – Cal Arts animation room

Zootopia mug

Zootopia mug

Paperman in frame on bookshelf

Paperman in frame on bookshelf

Hook from Maui from Moana

Hook from Maui from Moana

Lost cat (Mochi) poster from Big Hero 6

Lost cat (Mochi) poster from Big Hero 6

Animation Magazine

Exclusive: Bill Plympton Toons Up Tim Grimm’s “Gonna Be Great” MV

Indie animation maestro Bill Plympton has turned his pencil power to a new music video for Tim Grimm’s haunting political dirge “Gonna Be Great,” off the folk artist’s 2017 album A Stranger in This Time. The tune was written by Grimm and his son Jackson during Donald Trump’s 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign.

“Jackson had the [music] verse progression, and it was darn catchy. I walked back to the cabin with that playing in my head and the state of the country weighing on my shoulders,” said Tim Grimm. “I worked on it a while and added a chorus. Got a fair chunk written in one sitting and walked around for a few days, with notes, and finessing lines. Both Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan’s spirits rattled around in my brain somewhere…”

Following the lyric narrative, two time Oscar-nominated animator Plympton (Your Face, Guard Dog) created a visual story which follows “a businessman in a business suit” driving cross country, leaving clouds of dust and piles of destruction in his wake. He is accompanied by a gang of mafioso-styled lizard men, inspired by old flicks from the Warner Bros. vaults.

“What I loved about the song ‘Gonna Be Great’ was the texture of Tim’s voice, matched with the deep poetic lyrics that gave the song a mysterious and haunting feeling. I tried to match that emotion with dark film noir visuals that were like an old Warner Brothers gangster movie,” said Plympton.

This isn’t the first time Plympton has aimed his creative energies at the PoTUS. The outspoken animator attracted both praise and criticism for his New York Times webseries Trump Bites last year.

Tim Grimm is a native of the U.S. midwest who has pend years traveling the world as a musician, singer and actor in several national TV series, major motion pictures and on stage. He has released 10 albums to-date; his latest, A Stranger in This Time hitting No. 1 on Folk Radio with “Gonna Be Great.”

Bill Plympton is Portland, OR-born, New York City-based independent animator who has created award-winning shorts and feature films such as Your Face, How to Kiss, 25 Ways to Quit Smoking, The Tune, I Married a Strange Person, Hair High, Mutant Aliens, Guard Dog, Idiots and Angels, The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger and Cheatin’. His most recent projects are Revengeance, written by Jim Lujan, and his mockumentary Hitler’s Folly.

Learn more at www.timgrimm.com and www.plymptoon.com.


Animation Magazine

Exclusive Clip: Jane Lynch Guest Stars on Nickelodeon’s ‘Loud House’

In Tuesday’s new episode of smash hit animated comedy The Loud House, “Driving Ambition,” the inimitable Jane Lynch (Glee) guest stars as the voice of a golf coach from the college of Lori Loud’s dreams! The episode premieres Feb. 5 at 5 p.m. ET/PT on Nickelodeon, but you can catch a sneak peek at Lynch’s brusque but encouraging character in the exclusive clip below!

The network has also revealed that more fun for Loud House fans is coming this month, with an all-new, half-hour special set to premiere on President’s Day — Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. ET/PT. Titled “Cooked!”, the episode sees the kids try to help Dad with the grand opening of his new restaurant.

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Exclusive Clip: ‘Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost’ Out Feb. 5

The Mystery Inc. gang is off on another puzzling adventure in the all-new, full-length animated movie Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost, coming to Digital and DVD on February 5 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment ($ 19.98 SRP). Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, the latest action-packed film starring the loveable Great Dane and his crew of teen sleuths will finally reveal a spectral secret!

After the gang goofed up a case and nabbed an innocent man, they’re forced into early retirement from crime solving. It’s not long, however, before their old friend Vincent Van Ghoul needs help and pulls them back into action. It all started one summer while Velma and Freddy where away at camp: Scooby-Doo, Shaggy and Daphne secretly hunted down 12 of the world’s spookiest ghosts, but failed to catch the most evil one of them all … the 13th ghost. Now, the elusive spook is wreaking havoc. Vincent needs help having him captured and confined to the chest of demons with the other 12 captured ghosts. The chest however, is now located somewhere in a remote village in the Himalayas…

“We’re delighted to offer this brand-new, animated Scooby-Doo! film. It’s a perfect choice for family movie night. Kids will be engaged as they try to solve the mystery behind the 13 ghosts and adults will be entertained by the film’s clever writing and eye-catching animation,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Vice President Family & Animation Marketing. She added, “This is a must-own film for all Scooby-Doo! fans.”

Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost features the familiar voice talents of Frank Welker as Scooby-Doo/Fred Jones, Grey Griffin as Daphne Blake, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy Rogers, Kate Micucci as Velma Dinkley and Maurice LaMarche as Vincent Van Ghoul. The film was executive produced by Sam Register, written by Tim Sheridan and directed by Cecilia Aranovich Hamilton.

Included on the release are two bonus episodes of The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo: “To All the Ghouls I’ve Loved Before” and “Horror-Scope Scoob.”

Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost

Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost

Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost

Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost

Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost

Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost

Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost

Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost

Animation Magazine

Exclusive Clip: ‘Trolls: The Beat Goes On’ S5 Tunes Up on Netflix

Even more upbeat, toe-tapping adventures, positive vibes and — of course — glitter are on their way to Netflix streaming, as DreamWorks Animation Television prepares to launch the fifth season of Trolls: The Beat Goes On! on Friday, January 18.

To get the party started, the dancing machines at DreamWorks have released a fun clip for Animag readers, in which the local Trolls face their ultimate Achilles Heel: The catchiest song ever created! Scroll down to check it out.

Synopsis: Poppy, Branch and all of Troll Village are back in all new hair-raising adventures in season 5 of DreamWorks Trolls: The Beat Goes On! This season, Queen Poppy decides to create a new Bergen-free Troll anthem, Branch must overcome his fear of birds, Guy Diamond loses his glitter, and all of Troll Village comes together to celebrate the one day it snows with an epic Snow Day. Also, who is Mr. Glittercakes?! Join in on exciting new adventures as the adorable, happy Trolls party like never before in all new-episodes available exclusively on Netflix January 18.

Animation Magazine

Roald Dahl Works to Get Animated in Exclusive Netflix Slate

Netflix has teamed with The Roald Dahl Story Company to extend the iconic author-illustrator’s storyverse with an exclusive slate of new, original animated series. The event programs will be based on Roald Dahl’s beloved best-selling titles, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, The Twits and many more.

While Dahl’s works have often been adapted into acclaimed feature films and stage productions, Netflix is assembling team of top creative, visual and writing talent for this first-of-its kind approach. The series and specials will be created for audiences of all ages, and remain faithful to the spirit and tone of Dahl’s works while building an imaginative universe that goes beyond the pages of the books.

“Our mission, which is purposefully lofty, is for as many children as possible around the world to experience the unique magic and positive message of Roald Dahl’s stories,” said Roald Dahl’s widow, Felicity Dahl, “This partnership with Netflix marks a significant move toward making that possible and is an incredibly exciting new chapter for the Roald Dahl Story Company. Roald would, I know, be thrilled.”

“Immersing ourselves in the extraordinary worlds of Roald Dahl stories has been an honor and a massive amount of fun, and we are grateful for the trust the Roald Dahl Story Company and the Dahl family have placed in our team to deliver more moments of shared joy to families around the world,” commented Melissa Cobb, Vice President of Kids & Family Content at Netflix. “We have great creative ambition to reimagine the journeys of so many treasured Dahl characters in fresh, contemporary ways with the highest quality animation and production values.”

“Netflix is known for innovative and high-quality storytelling,” added Gideon Simeloff, Strategy Director for The Roald Dahl Story Company. “There is no other place in the world that can deliver animated entertainment for the whole family at such quality and scale.”

The list of titles in the agreement between Netflix and the Roald Dahl Story Company includes Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, The Twits, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Boy – Tales of Childhood, Going Solo, The Enormous Crocodile, The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, Henry Sugar, Billy and the Minpins, The Magic Finger, Esio Trot, Dirty Beasts and Rhyme Stew.

Production is set to commence on the first of the Netflix Dahl animated series in 2019.

Animation Magazine

DC Collectibles to Unveil Exclusive Figures at DesignerCon

Attendees of this month’s DesignerCom in Anaheim will be able to check out some amazing, high-end Batman world items from DC Collectibles. DC plans to unveil a DC Artists Alley variant of HaiNaHu Nooligan Saulque’s Nightwing figure, which is limited to only 200 pieces and features an exclusive paint scheme and hand-drawn sketch of the Batman universe character.

The event will also feature upcoming releases by Joe Ledbetter and Chrissie Zullo. Ledbetter’s creations imagine Batman, Robin, Catwoman and the Penguin as anthropomorphic versions of their animal inspirations, while Zullo delivers more human and amusing takes on Batgirl, Hawkgirl, Supergirl and Wonder Woman. The figures won’t be released until next year, but prints by the artists will be available for purchase at the Anaheim event.

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