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Some weekend inspiration from some of the animators and crew of director Wes Anderson’s 2018 film, The Isle of Dogs.

“It’s a Beautiful Day” in History, as Google c…

“It’s a Beautiful Day” in History, as Google celebrates the 51st anniversary of the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood show (September 21, 1967).

This stop-motion animated project was created in collaboration with Fred Rogers Productions, The Fred Rogers Center and BixPix Entertainment, through the creation team of Melissa Crowton, Olivia Huynh, My-Linh Le, Perla Campos, Madeline Belliveau, Carlos Diaz, Lydia Nichols, Jessica Yu and Brian Kaas.

Google has shared several behind-the-scenes images on their Google Doodle page:

You can read more about the project, and Fred Rogers himself, here.

– Courtney (harmonicacave)

“Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler joins Le…

“Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler joins LeBron James’ “Space Jam” project as producer, according to this photo on Instagram, shared by James’ production company, SpringHill Entertainment.

Directed by Terence Nance, the new Space Jam movie is currently slated to begin production in the short window of NBA off-season next year, says the Hollywood Reporter

And if the numbers have any significance above the locker room, I’d guess the film itself is looking at an early 2021 release — numbers 1, 23, 20, 21 may indicate that Jan. 23, 2021 for the live-action/animation hybrid film to hit theaters.

As James told THR:

“The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie. It’s so much bigger. I’d just love for kids to understand how empowered they can feel and how empowered they can be if they don’t just give up on their dreams. And I think Ryan did that for a lot of people.”

– Courtney ( harmonicacave )

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A basketball locker room with basketball gear in each of the four cubbies — a TunesSquare basketball jersey and shorts, stacks of towels, a Nike gym bag, headphones, sweatband, basketball clipboard, tennis shoes, basketball and headphones. 

Inside each cubby is Looney Tunes graffiti in black ink: Daffy was here, drawings of Marvin Martian, Lola Bunny and Tweety Bird. 

Above each locker are names, numbers and positions as follows:

  • B. Bunny, 1, Point Guard
  • L. James, 23, Small Forward
  • T. Nance, 20, Director
  • R. Coogler, 21, Producer

In Bugs’s and LeBron’s lockers, there are water bottles with Warner Animation Group and Warner Bros. logos on them. Bugs’s locker also has a carrot in it!

Beloved Nicktoon “Rugrats” Returns to Screens …

Beloved Nicktoon “Rugrats” Returns to Screens Big & Small:

A baby’s gotta do what a baby’s gotta do, even if that baby is, in reality, 28 years old.

Nickelodeon announced Monday that the 1990 classic series “Rugrats” will return to the channel for a 26-episode season. The release date for this has not yet been announced, but the show creators Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain are all on board as executive producers again.

The babies will also have a feature film — the Rugrats’ fourth theatrical release but first in CGI — slated for November 13, 2020.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the original characters — even Reptar — will be back for the show and the film. We’re hopeful that many of the original cast will be back as well.

– Courtney ( @harmonicacave )

Netflix to release Japanese feature “Flavors o…

Netflix to release Japanese feature “Flavors of Youth” by animation studio behind “Your Name.” 

Director Yoshitaka Takeuchi — an animator on the “most popular anime of all time” — and producer Noritaka Kawaguchi created this Netflix original anime through animation studio CoMix Wave Films.

The film, which follows the “fond memories of the main characters” through three different cities in China, will premiere first at July’s Anime Expo in Los Angeles. Takeuchi and Kawaguchi will hold a Q&A time afterwards.

The global online premiere of “Flavors of Youth” is Aug. 4 on Netflix, reports AsiaOne.com

– Courtney ( @harmonicacave )

Disney Shuts Down Disneytoon Studios in Glenda…

Disney Shuts Down Disneytoon Studios in Glendale: Exclusive:

Disney laid off 75 employees in the process of shutting down Disneytoon Studios, the Walt Disney Company’s third animation studio.

No news yet if any of these animators or staff will be transferred to Walt Disney Animation or Pixar, the company’s two remaining animation groups. 

Many sequels to Disney classics through the years were produced at this often direct-to-video studio, plus a few original films. Some films, including the “Planes” franchise, received theatrical release. 

Beginning with the 1990 “DuckTales: Treasure of the Lost Lamp” under the title of Disney MovieToon Studios, Disneytoon created 47 features total, which also include the Tinkerbell “Disney Fairies” series and “A Goofy Movie.” 

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This closure also cancels a “Planes” spinoff previously scheduled for 2019

– Courtney ( @harmonicacave )

In what has turned out to be a great week for …

In what has turned out to be a great week for animated trailers, Sony Pictures drops us into the Spider-Verse with the first full-length official trailer for this December’s “Spider-Man” feature. We’ve previously reported on this film as Miles Morales-centric, but this trailer reveals so much. Spoilers in the trailer and below: 

We meet Miles Morales with his father, Jefferson, a city police officer with a big — if also embarrassing — heart for his son. 

When Morales meets up with the original Spider-Man, an older but not necessarily mature Peter Parker, he discovers his own destiny as the web-slinging hero and the “limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse,” including the existence of Spider-Gwen / Gwen Stacy. 

Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are producers of the film, which includes a voice cast of Shameik Moore (Miles Morales), Jake Johnson (Parker), Liev Schreiber (Kingpin), Hailee Steinfeld (Spider-Gwen), Brian Tyree Henry (Jefferson Morales), Luna Lauren Velez (Rio Morales) and Lily Tomlin (Aunt May). 

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” reaches theaters on December 25, 2018.

– Courtney (harmonicacave)

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part Teaser Trail…

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part Teaser Trailer

Coming to you February 2019, The Lego Movie 2 has two new directors taking the place of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, although Lord and Miller wrote the screenplay for this sequel.

Director Mike Mitchell previously directed Sky High, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water, and most recently, Trolls which came out in 2016.

Co-Director Trisha Gum takes on The Lego Movie 2 after years working in the art department in stop-motion shows such as Robot Chicken. She transitioned to story and direction in 2010, and has since directed several shorts, later working as head of story on The Lego Batman Movie in 2017.

Together the two new heads for the film bring us into a Mad Max-like future for the heroes from The Lego Movie. Emmet and Lucy return to face a new threat, and many of our heroes are kidnapped, including Lucy, Batman, Unikitty, Metal Beard and Benny (1980-Something Space Guy). We’ll have to wait to see who else shows up in the seemingly endless cast of characters who appeared in the first Lego Movie.

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Meet up with Ralph, Vanellope and (most-if-not…

Meet up with Ralph, Vanellope and (most-if-not-all) your favorite Disney princesses as Wreck-it Ralph — or rather the most recent trailer for this fall’s sequel — hits the web. 

– Courtney (harmonicacave)

‘Tangled: The Series’ Gets New Name, Third Sea…

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“Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure,” as future seasons will be called, returns to Disney Channel on June 24 at 8 a.m. to kick off the second season of the 2D-animated “Tangled” television spinoff. This third-season renewal marks a pattern for the show, where Disney again renewed the series a month before the current season’s premiere. 

Tangled” Fans can be encouraged to know that the main voice cast, including Mandy Moore (Rapunzel), Zachary Levi (Eugene), Eden Espinosa (Cassandra) and Jeremy Jordan (Varian), has committed to the third season as well. 

Fans of the 2010s live-action show “Chuck” will be pleased to find Yvonne Strahovski guest-starring opposite Levi in some season two episodes, as Eugene’s past love interest, according to The Hollywood Reporter. (Strahovski and Levi played spies-to-lovers Sarah and Chuck in the NBC action comedy.)

Other season two guests include Carol Kane, Lil Rel Howery, Britt Robertson, Timothy Dalton, Katy Mixon and Kathy Najimy.

– Courtney ( harmonicacave )