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Daffy Duck in ‘The Great Piggy Bank Robbery’

The Great Piggy Bank Robbery is a Warner Brothers Looney Tunes theatrical cartoon short released in 1946. It was directed by Robert Clampett, written by Warren Foster, and animated by Izzy Ellis, Manny Gould, Bill Meléndez, and Rod Scribner.

Bugs Bunny in ‘Rhapsody Rabbit’

Rhapsody Rabbit is Merrie Melodies animated short, featuring Bugs Bunny and directed by Friz Freleng. The short was originally released to theaters by Warner Bros. Pictures on November 9, 1946.

Classic anime ‘AKIRA’ heads to Blu-ray

Bandai Visual Entertainment announced today that the anime classic AKIRA will be released on Blu-ray in Japan on February 20, 2009 and in the Unites States four days later on February 24.

The Blu-ray release includes the new high-def transfer made from the original film print. Both Japanese and Enligh language tracks are available along with subtitles. Marking an industry first, the Japanese 5.1 Dolby TrueHD soundtrack will consist of a 192kHz 24-bit audio stream.

Lastly, bonus features include a TV commercial, two teasers, two trailers, storyboards and a 20 page booklet.

Via Blu-ray

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CARS 2 release date pushed forward

During today’s Walt Disney Showcase, John Lasseter revealed that the release date for Cars 2 will be pushed forward to Summer 2011, from the previous 2012 release date.

Mr. Lasseter also revealed plot details and how the idea came to him while traveling the world doing publicity for the original Cars. He wondered how Lightning McQueen, Mater and the rest of the gang would react to other countries and the foreign vehicles that inhabit them.

The sequel will answer such a question as Lightning McQueen and Mater go on a worldwide trip where they will no-doubt meet many new friends — all of which you will be able to buy at a toy store near you, just in time for the Holidays! After all, we all know that’s the only reason Pixar is doing another sequel. The original was a HUGE merchandising hit for Disney with products repeatedly selling out.

Also announced was a series of short Cars cartoons cleverly (not really) titled Car-toons… get it? Car…toons… Yea, they didn’t even try. The shorts will air on the Disney Channel and maybe even in theaters before other Disney films.

Discuss: What do you think? Is Cars 2 just an attempt to cash in on merchandising? What other Pixar film do you think would have been a better choice for a sequel? Post your comments and discuss with other readers.

Via Slashfilm

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‘Astro Boy’ release date announced

Summit Entertainment will release Astro Boy in North America on Friday, October 23, 2009, it was announced today by Rob Friedman of Summit Entertainment, and Erin Corbett of Imagi Studios U.S.

Produced by Imagi Studios, the CG-animated motion picture will bow on over 3,000 screens across North America. International release dates for the film are to be announced soon.

Astro Boy’s cast features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Donald Sutherland, Nathan Lane, Bill Nighy and Eugene Levy with Freddie Highmore in the title role. David Bowers (Flushed Away) is directing Astro Boy from a screenplay written by Timothy Harris (Trading Places, Kindergarten Cop), with Maryann Garger producing.

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‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’ voice cast announced

Sony Pictures Animation’s “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” just got a bit clearer with the announcement that Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Bruce Campbell, Mr. T, and Tracy Morgan will voice the characters. The movie is set for release January 15, 2010.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is written and directed by Chris Miller and Phil Lord, based on the kids book written by Judi Barrett and illustrated by Ron Barrett about a small town where it doesn’t rain “cats and dogs” — instead, it rains food!

Bill Hader will voice Flint Lockwood, an inventor with big dreams. Anna Faris plays Sam Sparks, a smart weathergirl covering the phenomenon. James Caan plays Tim Lockwood, Flint’s technophobic father. Andy Samberg plays Brent, the town bully. Bruce Campbell plays Mayor Shelbourne. Mr. T plays the town cop Earl Devereaux, and Tracy Morgan takes on the role of Officer Earl’s son, Cal.

Via AWN

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3rd Annual aniBoom Awards open for submissions

aniBoom today announced its Third Annual aniBoom Awards for submissions from independent animators of all types around the globe. Submissions are welcome from today through December 1, 2008, during which time the animations will be viewed and ranked by the community on aniBoom.com and by a select panel of entertainment industry luminaries. At stake is a Grand Prize for the overall winner that includes a $25,000 investment in commercial development and a distribution deal with aniBoom that will enable the winning animator to significant career-making exposure through a variety of outlets and channels.

In addition, three selected Community Favorites will be selected based on aniBoom’s online animation community ranking, as well as three Top Selections by the competition’s panel of Judges. All six selections will be awarded a share of the $50,000 in cash and prizes, including ToonBoom software and CG Society books. All 50 of the top picks will receive prizes.

This year’s judges will include industry heavyweights such as: Mr. Yair Landau, former President of Sony Pictures Digital; Ms. Barbara Corday, Senior Television Producer at Columbia Pictures; and Mr. John Mass, Executive Vice President at the international William Morris Agency.

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Voltron Minisodes

Did you know you could watch 5 minute versions of your favorite shows via The Minisode Network? No? Well, now you know! And what’s best is you can watch 5 minute versions of classic cartoons such as Voltron. Below is an example of a minisode.

To check out the rest of the Voltron minisodes head over to the Minisode Network channel on Youtube.

Don Hertzfeldt’s “Ah, L’Amour”

“Animals,” an animated music video by Kristofer Ström

On today’s Boing Boing tv episode, an animated music video by director Kristofer Strom from Amsterdam, features an unusual and unique technique of animation over live-action footage. The music featured is from the Swedish techno band Minilogue.

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