Animation News Last Month’s Wrap 10/6/22

Lots of news in the last month – did not include much of the Disney / D23 announcements (there were a ton). A couple unionizations, some layoffs, and a bunch of Justin Roiland projects. Here we go!

If you missed it, the Solar Opposites Halloween Special is up on Hulu…

Paloni Show! Halloween Special! set to stream on Hulu on 10/17
More Roiland stuff on Hulu! Should be good nonsense. Props to my friends who have been slammin n jammin on getting this out.

Production workers vote to join the Animation Union at Bento Box

Harley Quinn renewed for Season 4 with new showrunner (Sarah Peters)

Lightyear had a decent launch on streaming considering it was up against Stranger Things

Rango Director Gore Verbinski shops his Netflix feature around town

Pinocchio live action getting some mixed responses

King of the Hill not going to be at Fox
Sounds like it could very well find a home at one of the streamers, just won’t be airing on Fox

Pixar releasing their first longform series on Disney+ starring Will Forte
Wondering how this will look compared to their features – I’m sure it will be classic Pixar high quality stuff

More layoffs / restructuring at Netflix Animation

Rick and Morty Season 6 premiere getting some good numbers

Emoji Movie creating some competition for the Queen’s funeral

Disney Parks attractions first looks – Coco, Frozen, Moana, Zootopia, Villains
Lots of parks news and lots of new attractions based on Disney properties

Netflix debuts Entergalactic trailer and key art

Great cast for the new Andy Samberg Digman series at Comedy Central
Have some friends working on this as well over at Titmouse – looking forward to seeing it

Tooning Out The News Animators Vote to Unionize

Animation News Wrap 9/2/22

Here’s the cornucopia of animation trades news over the last month. Lots of HBO Max drama…

Emmys Individual Achievement Winners – Netflix almost swept it this year (lots of Arcane wins)
TV Academy Reveals Emmy Winners In Juried Categories

Good take from CNN on how Netflix is changing business models – this explanation is directly related to the changes at Netflix animation
Netflix is not in deep trouble. It’s becoming a media company

Dreamworks sets the Kung Fu Panda 4 Release Date (it’s March 8, 2024)

Love Death and Robots renewed for Season 4

Tubi orders Adult Animated Comedy Series from Julien Nitzberg about drug dealing bears – there’s not a ton of Tubi originals yet, so maybe they will start to have a presence in original animation

AMC shows off some ‘Pantheon’ trailer and key art finally – We have been making this at Titmouse and I haven’t seen much of it, so it’s cool to see how it’s turning out. Some definite Ghost in the Shell vibes.

Streaming views surpass cable for the first time (from Nielsen) – Everyone knew this was coming, so here we are at the crossroads where streaming is beginning to pass cable in scale

Ok, we have to talk about HBO Max here … lots of big changes this last month.

Lots of shows were to be pulled from HBO Max abruptly – 36 titles, with 20 titles being originals

Then we heard about more cuts from HBO Max – including a stack of Batman & WB projects, as well as the JJ Abrams Batman project

Cartoon Network creators then jumped in to blast Discovery’s decision (and handling) on removing these shows from HBO Max…
Fungies creator Stephen Neary “slams” HBO Max
Summer Camp Island creator Julia Potts reacts
Infinity Train creator Owen Dennis calls out HBO Max

So at least after all that, John Oliver called out HBO Max over pulling the series (no clip – not exactly surprising)

Ok that’s enough of that – I’m sure there will be more HBO Max stuff next time.

And closing this out on a lighter note – some footage of the lost American Sailor Moon pilot has been unearthed. It’s great and terrible in all the best ways.

Ok that’s it for this time. Stay frosty.

Animation News Weekly Wrap 7/31

Hi animation friends – trying a new thing this week where I collect some animation news stories from around the trades over the last week and plug it into this easy to quickie read format. Enjoy!

For the Rick and Morty fans – Adult Swim announced the premiere date for Season 6 (I’ll save you the click – it’s September 4)

GDT’s stop motion Pinnochio is looking magical – if you haven’t seen the trailer yet (it’s also below here and it looks incredible)

Good review on Deadline for DC League of Super Pets

And some early weekend BO results for DC League of Super Pets that look positive

And the power of the Minions keep going … Minions Rise of the Gru is the first animated film to pass the $300M mark during the Covid era

South Park is celebrating and doing a 25th anniversary pop up shop + experience that is touring the world! Hollywood date for the experience is set for August 20 (likely in that weird empty lot at Hollywood and Vine they use for pop ups / Halloween mazes)

Sad news – Paul Coker, Rankin/Bass Production Designer and MAD Magazine illustrator has passed away at 93. (Here’s a bonus link to a pinterest board of Coker illustrations)

I’m slightly biased and excited about this news for my friends – Brutus Pink (creators of Big Mouth and Human Resources) have renewed their deal with Netflix through 2026

That’s it for now. Have a great week everyone.