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Toho Annouces Feature-Length Godzilla Animated Feature




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According to Variety, Toho Company, Ltd. has announced that they have begun production on a feature-length Godzilla animated movie, titled simply Godzilla, to be released in 2017. An official website for the film with production art has just launched.   The first animated film featuring the iconic monster will be produced with Polygon Pictures, with Kobun Shizuno (“Detective Conan” series) and Hiroyuki Seshita (“Knights of Sidonia”) co-directing from a screenplay by Gen Urobuchi (Psycho-Pass: The Movie).

“We’re aiming to make a big-scale animation entertainment that people who love Godzilla and people who know nothing about him can both enjoy,” Shizuno said in a statement.  Funimation Films is slated to release the latest Japanese live-action film Shin Godzilla (or Godzilla Resurgence as it’s also known) in all of the Americas (North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean). Funimation is currently planning to release Shin Godzilla in theaters in late 2016, after it has grossed nearly $50 million in Japan alone.

Shin Godzilla (“Shin Gojira”) is a Japanese tokusatsu kaiju film – a live-action science fiction monster movie featuring special effects. It is the 29th Godzilla film produced by Toho. The film is co-directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi. Both directors performed double duties as writer and visual effects director respectively. Higuchi most recently directed the live-action film adaption of Attack on Titan (“Shingeki no Kyojin”), which was released in 2015. Shin Godzilla stars Hiroki Hasegawa and Satomi Ishihara – both alums of the Attack on Titan movie – and Yutaka Takenouchi.

Meanwhile, Legendary is slated to release Godzilla 2 — the sequel to Gareth Edwards’ 2014 Hollywood iteration — on March 22, 2019. Edwards dropped out of the sequel earlier this year, and no replacement director is currently attached.

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 August 16, 2016


Hanna-Barbera Exhibit Opens at Normal Rockwell Museum November 12, 2016!!


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The iconic animated series of Hanna-Barbera is being highlighted in a new exhibit at Massachusetts' Norman Rockwell Museum. Scheduled to open November 12, "Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning" will highlight everything from The Flintstones to The Jetsons, Jonny Quest, Scooby-Doo, Super-Friends, The Smurfs, and more.


This will be the first official museum exhibition focused on Hanna-Barbera, and will profile William Hanna and Joseph Barbera's partnership and artistry, as well as that of others they employed including comic book luminaries such as Jack Kirby, Alex Toth, and Doug Wildey.


"Hanna-Barbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning" will run November 12, 2016 to May 29, 2017 at the Norman Rockwell Museum.



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