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First image of Netflix’s “Voltron” revealed

Awhile back, we learned that Netflix had plans to reboot the “Voltron” animated series as “Voltron: Legendary Defender.” Today, we have our first full-color look at what the new giant mecha will look like, and I am impressed!

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USA Today got the big scoop on the show and provided us with this info:

Legendary Defender centers on five Earth teenagers — Keith, Lance, Hunk, Pidge and Shiro — who are thrown into the middle of an intergalactic battle and become the last line of defense for Arus and other planets against an evil alien force led by King Zarkon.

Whereas most of the original characters were nondescript space explorers, the main players in the new series will have backstories, and “ a real purpose for being on this mission and getting involved with Voltron in the first place,” says Dos Santos.

As for the tone of the show, the creative team describes it as covering a “wide age group by giving Voltron an epic Game of Thrones feel with some humor, and upping the danger level.” Lauren Montgomery added, “Not everything is solved by Voltron alone. Sometimes they need to beat something just as the lions. Sometimes they just do it as themselves fighting as men.”

Produced by DreamWorks Animation, The first 13 22-minute episodes will hit Netflix later this year, but lucky fans at WonderCon in California will get the first look at the footage later today.

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“Ghostbusters” animated movie on the way, now has director attached

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Heads up, Ghostheads! A new animated movie is coming your way and we have the details.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures Animation has plans for a new “Ghostbusters” cartoon, which lucky fans were told about during the debut screening of the new Ghostbusters reboot trailer in Los Angeles.

Fletcher Moules will be directing the film, who you may have seen from his “Clash of Clans” commercial spots on television, while Ivan Reitman will act as producer. Not much else is known about the project, such as whether this film will feature the original busters or the new all-female cast or if this will be 3-D CGI or hand-drawn 2-D animation, but all that matters is the franchise will continue to grow and expand. It seems that Sony is going all in with this movie and has huge plans to expand it into a full-fledged epic, creating a new universe around it (the Ghost Corps) which makes hardcore GB fans like me more excited than ever.

No date is known for the film yet, but since it was just announced recently, do not expect to see much about it until next year at the earliest.

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WWE Studios announces new animated movie – “Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania”

Sony Pictures Animation and WWE Studios announced today an animated sequel to “Surf’s Up,” the 2007 Academy Award-nominated action-comedy about surfing penguins. The companies are co-financing and producing the movie, which is expected to release in 2017, in time for the original film’s 10th anniversary. “Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania” will be distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment with WWE Studios providing marketing support by leveraging its extensive multi-platform reach.

Cody Maverick, hungry for a new challenge, convinces an infamous big-wave-riding crew known as The Hang 5, voiced by WWE Superstars John Cena, The Undertaker, Triple H, WWE Diva Paige and Mr. McMahon, to let him join them on their journey to a mysterious surf spot known as The Trenches, where, legend has it, they’ll find the biggest waves in the world. Cody soon discovers that the life he left behind might be more heroic than what any death-defying wave has to offer. Genndy Tartakovsky’s protégé Henry Yu (story artist on “Sym-Bionic Titan” and both “Hotel Transylvania” feature films) makes his directorial debut with this project, which is produced by Michelle Wong (production manager on “Hotel Transylvania 2”) and features computer animation from Rainmaker Entertainment Inc. Abdul Williams (“Lottery Ticket”) is writing the screenplay.

More information after these character designs:

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“We are thrilled to be working with Sony Pictures Animation to bring Cody Maverick back to audiences for more adventures, paired with our WWE Superstars in what promises to be a fun animated film for the entire family,” said Michael Luisi, WWE Studios President.

“WWE has a proven track record with family audiences, and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with them and dive back into the fun world of our surfing penguins,” adds Kristine Belson, President, Sony Pictures Animation.

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First image from R-Rated animated movie “Sausage Party” released

My first reaction to seeing this was mostly confusion. “This is what an R-Rated cartoon looks like?” I thought as I cocked my head to the side, trying to figure out what was so raunchy with this. Then I realized what I was looking at.

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s newest comedy from Columbia Pictures and Annapurna Pictures will be a feature-length animated film all about deli meats, aptly named “Sausage Party”. Earlier today, we got our first peek at what to expect from this movie that will certainly have some NSFW images the closer we get to release time. The logline of the film is “one sausage’s quest to discover the truth about his existence.” That alone should have put thoughts in your head about some of the things that we will see (and not be able to un-see).

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The movie will be directed by Greg Tiernan (Thomas & Friends) and Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens), with a voice cast includes Rogen, James Franco, Salma Hayek, Kristen Wiig, Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill, Edward Norton, and Michael Cera, among others. Nitrogen Studios in Vancouver, Canada produced the animation.

For anyone going to SXSW, there will be a work-in-progress screening of the film on Monday, March 14. The screening will be open to all SXSW badgeholders.

The last R-rated animated feature to hit massive distribution in the US was Adult Swim’s “Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters”, which grossed a pathetic $5.5 million during its theatrical run. The most successful has most likely been “South Park: Bigger, longer, uncut”, which is pretty tame compared to what passes for an R rating today.

Sausage Party will be released in U.S. theaters on August 12, 2016.

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NY Toy Fair 2016: ‘Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir’ toys from Bandai

Bandai has picked up the license for hit Nickelodeon cartoon, ‘Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir’, and during NY Toy Fair 2016 we got the first look at this expansive line of action figures, dolls, and roleplay items for this line.

Check out the fashion dolls, articulated action figures, and deluxe figures and accessories that let you morph into your favorite super heroine or hero from this show.

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New LEGO animated series “Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures” Coming to Disney XD this Summer

The Force is set to meet LEGO bricks in a new galaxy-spanning adventure.

StarWars.com is thrilled to announce LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, an all-new animated television series scheduled to debut this summer on Disney XD in the US. The fun-filled adventure comedy series, set between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, will introduce all-new heroes and villains in exciting adventures with many familiar Star Wars characters.

Told in the whimsically-charged style that audiences have come to expect from LEGO Star Wars entertainment, the series stars the Freemakers, a family of scavengers who build and sell starships from the scoured debris of space battles strewn throughout the galaxy. When their youngest discovers a natural connection with the Force through an ancient artifact — the Kyber Saber — his world is turned upside down, and he and his family are thrown into an epic struggle against the Empire to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy. Throughout their adventures, the Freemakers explore new worlds, meet new and familiar characters, and learn the true value of what it means to be a family.

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“We are very excited to launch for the first time a TV series with Disney XD,” said Jill Wilfert, vice president, licensing & entertainment at the LEGO Group. “The creative team behind The Freemaker Adventures is extremely talented, and the series is a great testament to our longstanding and successful partnership with Lucasfilm and Disney. The show masterfully combines the rich heritage of storytelling, great characters, action, and adventure in a galaxy far, far away with the creativity, imagination, and humor that only LEGO Star Wars can deliver. We are sure fans young and old are going to love the show.”

“With The Freemaker Adventures we are thrilled to bring all-new stories to life that could only be realized in the LEGO Star Wars universe,” said Carrie Beck, vice president, animation development at Lucasfilm. “We are embarking on an unprecedented collaboration that will allow us to extend the narrative experience of the Star Wars saga with the same playful spirit that’s always made LEGO Star Wars so much fun to watch. We are so thankful to have such great partners in the LEGO Group, Disney XD, and series developers Bill Motz and Bob Roth.”

LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures is a production of Wil Film, the LEGO Group, and Lucasfilm. Developed for television by Bill Motz and Bob Roth (Penguins of Madagascar), they join Torsten Jacobson (LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales) and Jill Wilfert (The LEGO Movie) as executive producers alongside producers Carrie Beck (Star Wars Rebels), Jason Cosler (LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Avengers Reassembled!), Jake Blais, and John McCormack.

Via Press Release from StarWars.com

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“Powerpuff Girls” Reboot Footage Revealed

Cartoon Network has begun rolling out the hype wagon for their reboot of their classic hit, “Powerpuff Girls”, and yesterday the channel gave viewers their first taste of what to expect.

Spotlighting a snippet from the upcoming episode “I Am Not A Princess,” the clip features Manboy, a baddie that wants to turn the city of Townsville into the city of Mansville – because why not. Needless to say, the girls are not too happy with this, and the rest is in the clip below:

While the spirit of the girls themselves are mostly intact, the animation style has changed noticeably along with a higher production value for it. This is also our first time hearing the new voiceover actors, Amanda Leighton, Kristen Li, and Natalie Palamides as Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup (respectively). These ladies have some big shoes to fill, but I am on board to see how things shape up since 2016 is truly a perfect year for this show to have new life breathed back into it.

The world premiere of the show will take place not on TV, but at the SXSW Film Festival from March 11-19 in Austin, Texas. Directors Nick Jennings and Bob Boyle are scheduled appear at the screening on Monday, March 14. The show will debut on Cartoon Network later this spring.

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Dreamworks gives first look at new “Voltron” series with first image

Fans of ’80’s nostalgia have much to look forward to this year, as the beloved “Voltron: Defender of the Universe” animated series is getting a reboot, and we finally have our first tease of what the titular mech will look like.

The Nerdist got the lucky scoop on this piece of news, which you can see below:

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There is your first peek at what Voltron will look like once he is fully assembled (a bit curvier and more organic-looking than his original incarnation), as well as the sleek logo. Nothing else is known about the show at this time, but the word on the street is that this is planned to be a “re-imagining” of the original series. Additional announcements are expected to come out in the coming weeks.

The show is attributed to a deal between Dreamworks and Netflix with the intent to double their original content in 2016, which also will include a show based on Guillermo del Toro’s “Trollhunters” project. The deal will also include new shows based on pre-existing Dreamworks shows, as well as older films in their library.

“Voltron: Legendary Defender” is the first time since 2011 that we have had a new Voltron cartoon, the last one being Nickelodeon’s “Voltron Force,” which sadly only lasted a single season.

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“X-Men: Danger Room Protocols” fan-series shut down by Disney/ Marvel Comics

A few weeks ago, we reported on a fan-made animated series by Joel Furtado called “X-Men: Danger Room Protocols”. This self-funded Youtube show, a pixel-perfect homage to the 1990’s animated series, would have been free to the public. Unfortunately, those plans have been stopped dead in their tracks due to Disney/ Marvel.

In a video posted on his Youtube page, Joel explained the unfortunate circumstances behind the cancellation, as well as his opinion on why their decision makes little sense.

Joel discusses how he invested much of his time and personal funds to create this show, but due to a lawsuit from Disney/ Marvel Comics, he has been forced to pull down all videos about the project and will be unable to upload any future ones from it. In his rebuttal, Joel states that the show was not meant to be a threat to Marvel and was meant to be non-for-profit, and is extremely confused how Marvel views this as a problem as opposed to the erotic and hentai art of their brand that can be easily found sold in plenty of well-known online art galleries.

The video received plenty of responses from Youtubers, some in support of Joel while others seeming to revel in his bad situation, informing him that he “should have known better”, which he admittedly did by confirming the video series was intended to never make a profit and therefore should never have been an issue.

The most important comment came from Larry Houston, who directed 62 episodes of “X-Men: The Animated Series”, as well as working on other nearly every awesome animated show from the ’80’s and ’90’s among a portfolio of modern animation and live-action work. He wrote:

As the Director of the 90s X-Men:TAS TV series, I want to applaud your efforts, Joel, and I respect the passion you put into your work. Unfortunately, the Marvel I worked with and the Marvel/Disney (M/D) you’ve just experienced are not the same company and they are very litigious. A really smart PR department would’ve found a way to work with you so that their interests are protected and the free publicity you’d generate would be a win-win. But M/D really wants the rights to the X-Men back and your high quality of work and publicity is not what they want to happen at this time. M/D has taken very extreme measures to undercut the franchise, rewriting their comic book mythology to replace the word mutant with Inhuman, in a major power play against Fox. You are now, officially, just part of the collateral damage in the ongoing corporate battle of egos.

It is very sad that Joel has had to deal with this and suffered terrible losses here with his time, money, and the soul that he put into his great work. However, Joel has brought more attention to himself in the public eye in a positive way and his video about the situation demonstrates a great deal of class and professionalism. It is disappointing that the series will not come to fruition, but we salute and praise Joel Furtado for his hard work and are positive that this will be the last time we see his videos online in a big way.

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‘Transformers: Robots in Disguise’ Returns to Cartoon Network for Season 2

Hasbro Studios, the Los Angeles-based entertainment division of Hasbro Inc., announced today that the popular kids television series Transformers: Robots in Disguise will return for a second season on Cartoon Network in the U.S., which consistently ranks as a top-rated network in Total Day for kids ages 6-11. The latest installment in the global TRANSFORMERS franchise will debut its second season in the first quarter of 2016.

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“Transformers: Robots in Disguise continues to be a massive hit with kids across the country, launching with an outstanding debut season on Cartoon Network,” said Hasbro’s Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer Stephen Davis. “Season two will bring back Bumblebee and his Autobots team for all new action-packed battles, fun-filled adventures and other humorous new characters with vibrant personalities that made season one a hit with kids. We continue to listen to our viewers’ feedback and are bringing back many fan-favorite characters, as well as some great surprises we know kids of all ages are going to love.”

Set years after “Transformers: Prime,” Robots in Disguise stars the lovable Bumblebee character, summoned by Optimus Prime to lead in a fight to save Earth from a new faction of escaped Decepticon prisoners by assembling a rogue team of unlikely Autobot heroes to capture their new enemies. Season two will see the return of a more confident, battle-tested Bumblebee as the leader of the Autobots, including his teammates Grimlock, Sideswipe, Strongarm, Fixit, Windblade and Drift. Protecting Earth becomes a mighty task as the team prepares to battle against menacing pairs of Cyclone Mini-Cons, who partner with Deployers to unleash the most powerful attacks and wreak even more destruction than ever. Our hero Bumblebee and his team prepare for battle with new power-ups and mini-con allies of their own, as they maintain their mission to protect the planet as robots in disguise. The series will continue to celebrate the continuous underlying themes of teamwork, companionship and the importance of standing up to wrongdoers.

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