News Bytes: ‘Sonic’ Redesign Causes Delay, ‘Shrek’ vs. ‘Thrones,’ Sony Launches PlayStation Productions & More

Mattel & Warner Bros. CP Extend DC Global Toy Partnership
Mattel will continue to be the toy licensee for DC Universe characters and brands in the girls, preschool, vehicles, games and novelty categories, supporting and growing both existing franchises as well as new content from the DC Super Hero Girls brand.

“Mattel has been our partner on DC for over 15 years and really knows our characters and understands the special connection they have with our fans. Their leadership in the preschool, vehicle and girls categories will help us bring great toys and experiences to DC fans of all ages.” — Stephen Teglas, SVP for North America, WBCP

CALL FOR ENTRIES: animago 2019
The 23rd competition for 3D animation, vfx and design will be held Nov. 2-5 in Munich. Submissions are invited to enter for a shot at 10 competition categories, including the new Best In-Game Graphics award, Best Visual Effects, Best Game Cinematic, Best Short Film, Best Advertising Production, Best Character, Best Young Production, Jury’s Prize, Best Motion Design, and Best Still (public vote). Deadline: June 30, 2019.

Sony Interactive Launches Unit to Adapt Games for Film, TV
The new banner headed by Asad Qizilbash and overseen by Sony Interactive chairman of worldwide studios Shawn Layden will mine the PlayStation games property library for filmed entertainment hits. Titles like Tomb Raider and Ratchet & Clank have previously received live-action and animated movie adaptations.

“We looked at what Marvel has done in taking the world of comic books and making it into the biggest thing in the film world. It would be a lofty goal to say we’re following in their footsteps, but certainly we’re taking inspiration from that … We want to create an opportunity for fans of our games to have more touch points with our franchises. When fans beat a 40-50 hour game and have to wait three-four years for a sequel, we want to give them places they can go and still have more of that experience and see the characters they love evolve in different ways.” — Shawn Layden, SIE Chairman – Worldwide Studios.

Let Us Not Overlook ‘Shrek’s Contributions to ‘Game of Thrones’
One seemingly absurdTwitter thread has outshone every long-gestated fan theory about the show, tbh.

’Game of Thrones’ Alum Bryan Cogman Joins ‘Lord of the Rings’ Amazon Series
Speaking of fantasy epics! Cogman joined GoT as an assistant to creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, and went on to write many key episodes (including season 8 tearjerker “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms”) and wrap the show as a co-executive producer. The move to LotR is part of his overall deal with Amazon Studios. The new series will further explore Middle-earth outside the familiar book trilogy tale.

Jeff Fowler: ‘Sonic’ Date Pushed Back for Redesign
After the debut trailer for live-action/CG event feature Sonic the Hedgehog gave the entire collective internet a conniption and caused director Fowler to announce a redesign of the lead character, the helmer posted to Twitter Friday that the release is being delayed to accommodate the makeover. “Taking a little more time to make Sonic just right. #novfxartistswereharmedinthemakingofthismovie,” Fowler tweeted, with a sketch of Sonic’s gloved hand (are they turning his furry white hands back into gloves?!) holding a sign with the date February 14, 2020. The new date means Sonic debuts the same day as comic-book movie Kingsman 3 and a week after hybrid family flick Peter Rabbit 2.

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News Bytes: Animating Queer History, ‘Sonic’ Teaser Poster, Pucca Goes 3D & More

CROWDFUND: ‘Our Forbidden Country’: an Animated History of Queer Cruising
From the acclaimed writer/director/animator of Torrey Pines, Clyde Petersen, this second stop-motion feature project explores the subjects of forbidden love, sex with strangers, the impact of AIDS, history and rebellion with a focus on personal stories and reflections from the queer community. Deadline: Dec. 21!

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Irish Animation Awards
Animation Ireland has extended the deadline for its 3rd annual awards to Monday, December 17. Categories include Best Animated International Film, Best Newcomer, Best Commercial, Best VFX, Best Apps, Gaming & Interactive, and more!

Cracking Times at Dublin Animation Company Boulder Media
The toon shop behind hit programs such as the acclaimed Danger Mouse reboot (BBC) has more than tripled its profits in the last year, reaching €3.6m. Boulder had turnover of €18.5m in 2017, up sharply from €8.7m in 2016 when it made €1.1m pre-tax profit.

6 Reasons Why Creative Millennials Should Consider Animation as Their Career
Creativity, technological insight and a love for storytelling are all in-demand in the multi-billion-dollar global biz, as Cosmos-Maya HR director Ashutosh Tipnis points out.

Korea-Born Character Pucca Reimagined as 3D Animation
CJ E&M has announced the popular li’l plucky cartoon gal’s first new TV show in 10 years, in 3D CG for the first time. The new Pucca will debut on local cable in South Korea and on the Tooniverse starting December 19. The series comes out of a deal with original studio VOOZ signed earlier this year.

’Sonic the Hedgehog’ Movie First Look: Official Poster
IGN discusses the hints dropped by our first teasing look at the CG/live-action hybrid flick with exec produced Tim Miller (director of Deadpool) and producer Neal Moritz (Fast and the Furious franchise). The pic is directed by Jeff Fowler (Animated Short Oscar nominee for Gopher Broke) and stars Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic, who finds himself in our present-day world befriending Tom Wachowski (James Marsden) and getting in the way of Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey). Paramount releases Sonic the Hedgehog in theaters November 8, 2019.

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