‘Pinocchio’ Review: Guillermo del Toro’s Best Movie in a Decade Is a Stop-Motion Triumph
“Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio” reimagines the classic fantasy tale through the most beautifully-made stop-motion animation in years, a powerful and life-affirming father-and-son story about acceptance and love in the face of pain, misery, and fascism, and the filmmaker’s love of monsters in what is easily his best film in a decade.
The film is set in 1930s Italy, as fascism is sweeping the nation. We see how dangerous ideologies spread quickly and quietly at first, and what starts with just the town’s blacksmith being a bit too obsessed with uniformity and order gives way to hordes of fanatics screaming for Il Duce, kids being sent to boot camps, and everyone who is different being excluded – or worse.
Freeform Orders Its First Animated Series With Annie Murphy, John Cho Among Voice Cast
Drezen created the series and serves as executive producer. Monica Padrick also executive produces along with Bandera Entertainment’s Mike Judge, Greg Daniels and Dustin Davis as well as ShadowMachine’s Alex Bulkley and Corey Campodonico. The series is produced by 20th Television Animation, with animation by ShadowMachine.
“I can’t believe I get to make this show with so many funny and smart people,” Drezen said. “Getting to work with Monica, Bandera, Freeform, ShadowMachine, 20th Television Animation and this amazing cast has been a blast and dream — a bleam. This rules.”
‘Ten Year Old Tom’: HBO Max Sets Premiere Date For Adult Animated Series From Steve Dildarian
HBO Max has set a September 30 premiere date for Ten Year Old Tom (formerly styled 10-Year-Old Tom), an adult animated series from creator Steve Dildarian (The Life and Times of Tim), exec producer Nick Weidenfeld, Tomorrow Studios and ShadowMachine.
The series follows Tom, who grapples with being corrupted by the grownups around him each day just by leaving his house. He must deal with bad influences including litigious parents, drug dealing bus drivers and band teachers who want to sleep with his mom. If he sets up a lemonade stand, he gets sued for gross negligence. If he plays baseball, he is encouraged to dabble with steroids. And if he visits the school nurse, he is introduced to the world of insurance fraud. The grownups in Tom’s life all mean well, but somehow just can’t manage to lead by example.
‘Tuca & Bertie’ Renewed For Season 3 By Adult Swim
The animated series Tuca & Bertie, starring Ali Wong and Tiffany Haddish, will return to Adult Swim for Season 3.
Adult Swim previously picked up the animated series, which hails from Bojack Horseman‘s Lisa Hanawalt, after its first season when it was cancelled by Netflix in 2019.
Created by Lisa Hanawalt, the series revolves around best friends Tuca (Haddish) and Bertie (Wong), who also happen to be full of ghosts. Bertie is busy excavating her inner ghouls with the help of a therapist, while Tuca prefers to stuff hers behind the toilet. She’ll deal with them later, right now she’s just too busy trying not to be single anymore! Meanwhile, Speckle (Steven Yeun) is building a new house but soon finds he’s driven to the brink of insanity…good thing he’s just a cartoon.
Dan Harmon, Nathan Pyle Team for ‘Strange Planet’ Series at Apple
Nathan Pyle’s Strange Planet is getting the TV treatment.
Apple TV+ has handed out a 10-episode, straight-to-series order for an animated series based on Pyle’s webcomic and best-selling graphic novels of the same name.
The series will tell profound and heartfelt stories about beings on a distant planet not unlike our own. Amalia Levari will serve as showrunner on the whimsical comedy. Dan Harmon (Rick and Morty, Community) will be credited as a co-creator alongside Pyle on the series. The duo will exec produce alongside Levari.
Jimmy Fallon Sets Up Animated Projects Based on His Kids' Books
NBCUniversal is doubling down on Jimmy Fallon.
The company has handed The Tonight Show host a series order for a musical competition at E! and set up a couple of animated projects based on his kids’ books.
5 More Sleeps ‘til Christmas, an animated holiday special for NBC, based on his own holiday children’s book. The special will air this Christmas and is produced by Universal Television with Kelly Powers and ShadowMachine. Jon Foster and James Lamont are the writers.
FXX Orders Animated Comedy Series ‘Little Demon’; Danny & Lucy DeVito, Aubrey Plaza To Star, Dan Harmon To EP
FXX has picked up to series Little Demon, a half-hour animated comedy pilot starring Danny DeVito, his daughter Lucy DeVito and Aubrey Plaza. It comes from Danny DeVito’s Jersey Films 2nd Avenue, ShadowMachine and FX Productions, with Rick & Morty co-creator Dan Harmon executive producing. Little Demon joins animated comedy series Archer and Cake on FXX and FX on Hulu.
'Tuca & Bertie' Gets Season 2 Premiere Date on Adult Swim
Adult Swim has slotted Sunday, June 13 for the Season 2 premiere of animated series Tuca & Bertie, featuring the voices of Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong as the title characters.
Previously on Netflix, Adult Swim picked up the series after it was canceled after its first season by the streamer in 2019.
Critics’ Choice Awards: ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ Wins Best Picture, Netflix And HBO Among Top Honorees – Full Winners List
The Critics’ Choice Awards, hosted by Taye Diggs, were handed out on Sunday night and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood took the award for Best Picture and on the TV side, Fleabag nabbed the trophy for Best Comedy Series while Succession went home with Best Drama.
Bojack Horseman won for Best Animated Series and Toni Collette took home the award for her role in the drama Unbelievable.
Quibi Sets Animated Series 'The Andy Cohen Diaries'
Quibi has added the animated series The Andy Cohen Diaries from the titular Bravo pop culture guru to its rapidly growing slate of programming. The new series will chronicle the iconic and untold moments from Cohen’s daily life.
The six-episode series will be executive produced by Andy Cohen through his company, Most Talkative Productions, along with ShadowMachine co-founders Corey Campodonico and Alex Bulkley (BoJack Horseman, Final Space).
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How the BoJack Horseman Animation Studio Tripped up Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart
Drug-trip scenes are staples of cinema, and Wilde, inspired by the stoned dance sequence of The Big Lebowski, knew she wanted to contribute to the canon with Booksmart. When the director reached out to the ShadowMachine animation studio — the studio responsible for Netflix’s series Tuca & Bertie and BoJack Horseman, for which Wilde voices recurring character Charlotte Carson — she knew exactly what she wanted for her scene…. Read More >>
Zac Efron & Anna Kendrick Set For Facebook Watch Animated Comedy ‘Human Discoveries’
Facebook Watch’s new original animated comedy Human Discoveries has set Zac Efron and Anna Kendrick as its stars. The forthcoming series, which will debut later this year, comes from Chris Bruno and David Howard Lee with ShadowMachine founders Corey Campodonico and Alex Bulkley (BoJack Horseman, Final Space, Pinocchio) and Ninja’s Runnin’ Wild co-producing. Read More >>
Inside the Portland studio behind the highly anticipated reimagining of ‘Pinocchio’
There’s a part of Northwest Portland, on the outer rim of the Pearl District, where the neighborhood retains its industrial roots.
Out among the warehouses, commercial printers, brewery equipment shops and industrial suppliers, a group of artisans from around the globe are preparing to perform a bit of magic. Read More >>
‘Tuca & Bertie’: Premiere Date & First Look At Tiffany Haddish & Ali Wong As Bird Women In Netflix Animated Series
Netflix has slotted Friday, May 3 for the premiere of animated series Tuca & Bertie starring Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong as bird women. The internet network also released a first-look featurette at the series which stars Haddish as Tuca, a cocky, care-free toucan, and Wong as Bertie, an anxious, daydreaming songbird. Read More >>
Guillermo del Toro Directing ‘Pinocchio’ for Netflix
Fresh off his Oscar win for “The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro is set to make his animated feature film directing debut. Del Toro has received the green light from Netflix to film “Pinocchio,” a stop motion musical version of the classic children’s tale about a puppet who wants to be a real live boy. He will write and produce the film in addition to directing it. Read More >>
Guillermo Del Toro Sets His Stop Motion Animated ‘Pinocchio’ Film At Netflix
In his first feature deal to direct since The Shape of Water won him Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director, Guillermo del Toro has made a deal with Netflix to co-direct his stop-motion animated passion project Pinocchio. Del Toro has pined to make a darker version of the wooden boy tale for the past decade. He has written the script with Patrick McHale (Over the Garden Wall and Adventure Time), and will co-direct with Mark Gustafson (Fantastic Mr. Fox). Guy Davis will serve as co-production designer, taking inspiration for the Pinocchio character from Gris Grimly’s original designs drawn from Carlo Collodi’s 1883 novel The Adventures of Pinocchio. Read More >>
‘Bojack Horseman’ Renewed For Season 6 By Netflix
Everyone’s favorite talking depressed horse will be back again. Six weeks after its Season 5 premiere, Netflix has renewed offbeat animated series Bojack Horseman starring Will Arnett for a sixth go-round.
What To Expect From BoJack Horseman Season 6
What’s next for BoJack Horseman in season 6? Netflix’s critically adored animated comedy premiered its fifth season on September 14 to even more rave reviews. Following on from its shaky first season and establishment as Netflix’s first animated comedy, the bold Hollywood satire has evolved into one of the most critically adored shows on air right now. As of the writing of this post, the fifth season has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes as well as a 92 on Metacritic (a series peak). Not bad for a show about a drunk and depressed anthropomorphic horse who used to be a sitcom star.
Adult Swim Adds Surreal Comedy ‘The Shivering Truth’
Adult Swim is adding two new original animated comedy projects to their twistedly original programming slate: Vernon Chatman‘s surreal stop-motion series The Shivering Truth
'Dallas & Robo' Completes The YouTube Premium Summer Hat Trick Featuring 'Cobra Kai' and 'Impulse'
While sitting in a dark movie theater this weekend waiting for a screening of Ant-Man and The Wasp to start, the AMC pre-show ad buys rolled along as they do. But, this time wasn’t like all the others that usually never see headphones leave the comfort of eardrums. This time, something worked. One particular trailer for an unheard of YouTube Premium series rolled through. An animated sitcom about futuristic space truckers called Dallas & Robo… Read More >>
Youtube Red Releases Animated 'Dallas and Robo' Starring Kat Dennings and John Cena
In anticipation of the revamping of the Google-owned content platform, Youtube Red is adding the animated Dallas and Robo to its library. Dallas and Robo, which stars Kat Dennings of 2 Broke Girls fame and wrestler John Cena.
Kat Dennings Talks Breaking the Sci-Fi Heroine Mold in Dallas & Robo
The eponymous main characters of Dallas & Robo, the new YouTube Red original series from Mike Roberts and adult animated comedy superproducers ShadowMachine, are not your average space cadets. They’re not the haunted cowboys of Firefly. They’re not concerned with cosmic destinies like the Guardians of the Galaxy. They’re not even the manic semi-protagonists of Rick and Morty, the show’s closest cousin. Read More >>
Bubble Blabber Reviews The Shivering Truth
The Shivering Truth produced by Vernon Chatman, The Shivering Truth is a constant boilerplate of societal trends that usually counts towards some sort of comeuppance for the central character of each bit. For the fat girl in school getting her bra snapped it’s being used as ham slices for the kids at school, for the depressed guy looking to take his own life, it’s the ironic nature of his constant failures at death that usually leads to some sort of good, and for a doctor that’s able to control the Butterfly Effect, what happens when those butterflies get minds of their own?
Bubble Blabber Reviews ``Chuck Deuce`` Pilot
Meet Chuck Deuce, a local surfer whose mind has been wiped from a giant wave so he sees all sorts of hallucinations, like sock puppet people, talking waves, mermaids, and a whole lot more. On the pilot episode, Chuck works feverishly to stop a local condo development from destroying the habitats belonging to an endangered species…food trucks.
‘Final Space’ Animated Comedy Renewed For Season 2 By TBS
TBS has ordered a second season of Final Space, its breakout animated comedy from indie filmmaker/actor/comedian Olan Rogers.
‘Wadjda’ Director Haifaa Al-Mansour Sets Up Animation ‘Miss Camel’ At ‘BoJack Horseman’ Producer ShadowMachine
Wadjda writer-director Haifaa Al-Mansour, Saudi Arabia’s trailblazing first female filmmaker, is setting up female empowerment animation Miss Camel at LA-based animation hub ShadowMachine, producer of Netflix’s BojackHorseman and Cartoon Network’s Robot Chicken.
Netflix Orders ‘Tuca & Bertie’ Animated Series Starring Tiffany Haddish From ‘Bojack Horseman’ Team
Netflix is expanding its animation slate with a 10-episode series order to Tuca & Bertie, from the team behind Bojack Horseman, with Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish on board to voice the lead character and executive produce.
Snapchat Orders Animated Series ‘Highly Gifted’ From The Lehrer Boys
Snapchat is moving further into animation with The Lehrer Boys’ Highly Gifted, its first fully animated series, set for premiere Saturday, March 17.
Animated Comedy Series 'Final Space' Coming to TBS in 2018: Watch the Trailer
“A new comedy series called “Final Space” is coming to TBS in 2018, and the network released a sneak peek at what’s in store for the animated space opera. ”
TBS Orders ‘Final Space’ Animated Series From Olan Rogers & Conan O’Brien
“TBS’ continues its push in animation with a series greenlight for Final Space, an interstellar animated comedy from indie filmmaker/actor/comedian Olan Rogers, Conan O’Brien’s Conaco, and New Form in association with Turner’s Studio T, for premiere in 2018. ” read more
John Cena & Kat Dennings Set For Animated Series ‘Dallas & Robo’ At YouTube
“YouTube Red continues to add to its slate of original programming. The newest addition to is the animated series Dallas & Robo featuring the voices of WWE wrestler-turned-actor John Cena and 2 Broke Girls alumna Kat Dennings.”
The Top 10 TV Episodes
1. “Fish Out of Water,” BoJack Horseman, Netflix
“The year’s best episode of television was a stand-alone escape from harsh reality that proved reality always finds its way to catch you. BoJack (Will Arnett), the protagonist of this animated series, is a Hollywood actor forced to go to an undersea film festival to promote a film he’s lost enthusiasm for. Underwater, his inability to communicate with…”
The Bleakness & Joy of “BoJack Horseman”
“When “BoJack Horseman” débuted, in 2014, it didn’t look particularly original. It was the hundredth series about a middle-aged man—well, a horse, but still—who did bad things. It was the latest scathing portrait of the downside of fame. It was the newest streaming dramedy: yet another adult animated alt-comedy meta-sitcom.
In an anti-antihero frame of mind, I took much too long to catch up on what turned out to be one of the wisest, most emotionally ambitious and—this is not a contradiction—spectacularly goofy series…”
The Creative Geniuses Behind BoJack Horseman
“We spoke to three humans involved in creating Netflix’s best original show: actor Will Arnett, show creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg, and production designer Lisa Hanawalt.”
The World According to ‘BoJack Horseman’
“Last winter, Michael Eisner, the television executive and former chairman of the Walt Disney Company, found himself sitting next to Michael Bloomberg’s longtime girlfriend, Diana Taylor, at a dinner in Aspen, Colo. At the time, Bloomberg was contemplating a third-party bid for the presidency. Eisner, who has never been shy about sharing his views, relayed two stories to Taylor he thought would help Bloomberg as he grappled with no longer being in charge of America’s most important city.”
How 'BoJack Horseman' Became TV's Funniest, Saddest Show
“It’s an absurdist cartoon about a depressed, alcoholic talking horse — and the show’s new season proves it’s a modern classic.
The titular star of ‘BoJack Horseman’ (voiced by Will Arnett), faces charges in Netflix’s animated series — and unlikely contender for one of the best TV shows currently on.“
Netflix Renews 'BoJack Horseman' for Season 4
Netflix is sticking with BoJack Horseman.
The streaming service has renewed the animated comedy for a fourth season. Netflix announced Friday on the show’s official Twitter account, writing, “Guys. season 4 … it’s happening!”
'BoJack Horseman' Season 3: TV Review
“Netflix’s BoJack Horseman evolved from frothy talking-animal Hollywood satire to character-rich treatise on depression in its first season, deepened and darkened into one of TV’s best shows in its second season and gallops into its third season with a profound confidence. No longer needing to prove its commitment to imposing human frailties…”