Warner Animation Group To Produce Tom And Jerry Live-Action Animation Hybrid Movie

Warner Animation Group To Produce Tom And Jerry Live-Action Animation Hybrid Movie

Warner Animation Group To Produce Tom And Jerry Live-Action Animation Hybrid Movie

According to an exclusive from movie industry magazine – Variety, Warner Bros’ animated movie division – WAG (Warner Animation Group), the same studio behind The Lego Movie are in negotiations with Tim Story (director of Shaft and Fantastic Four) to direct a new Tom and Jerry live-action/animated hybrid movie. WAG has also hired Chris Columbus as creative director on the new Scooby-Doo! animated movie which is planned to be released in 2020.

Since The Lego Movie, WAG has been working hard developing movie ideas from classic Hanna-Barbera properties, Warner Bros. as a whole wants to give these classic cartoon characters as much attention as their other popular properties such as DC (Batman, Superman etc.) or Harry Potter.

Warner Bros. wants to produce a mixture of animated features and live-action hybrids, with coordinating live-action and animation teams working together and there still be emphasis on animation for live-action/animation hybrid projects. The new Tom and Jerry movie is expected to start filming in 2019.

The movie will have real world footage with animated versions of the famous cat and mouse duo, according to sources obtained by Variety, the film will be very similar to the original Tom and Jerry shorts and its various reboots and offshoots, as it will depend on physical slapstick comedy and the two characters will not speak, this will help the movie appeal more to international audiences.

The other major live-action hybrid movie expected to go into production next year is the sequel to Space Jam – Space Jam 2 with NBA superstar LeBron James who just like Michael Jordan in the original movie, will team up with the Looney Tunes to play basketball. The studio is also making a “Wile E. Coyote vs. ACME” live-action/animated hybrid movie, with The Lego Movie’s Chris McKay leading development. WAG is also working on a movie based on “The Jetsons” with Matt Lieberman and the director of Sausage Party – Conrad Vernon, WAG is also developing movies based on The Flintstones and Wacky Races. WAG’s next major movie – The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part will be released in cinemas across the U.S. on 8th February 2019.


Warner Bros. Animation’s Get Animated: Invasion Exhibit At The Grammy Museum In Los Angeles


Warner Bros. Animation’s Get Animated: Invasion Exhibit At The Grammy Museum

The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles has opened a special exhibit yesterday (18th August) about the music in Warner Bros. and Hanna-Barbera cartoons, the special pop-up exhibit is called “Get Animated: Warner Bros. Presents The Invasion”. The exhibit offers an immersive experience complete with props and sets which makes visitors feel that they’re in a cartoon. Warner Bros. animated shows have been influential in pop-culture not only for its animation but also for the use of music, it has popularised classical music and even created mainstream hits. This is the second pop-up “Get Animated Invasion” exhibit that has been taken place, the first one was held as a side event to New York Comic Con last October.

Visitors will journey though the classical pieces heard in Looney Tunes, the 1960’s psychedelic rock of Scooby-Doo, the 1990’s R&B hits from the movie – Space Jam, the musical numbers in Animaniacs and much more. For the exhibit, The Grammy Museum and Warner Bros. have invited a bunch of artists and designers to interpret and reimagine the music from the cartoons through their own unique lens. Also there will be a section for Warner Animation Group’s upcoming feature film – Smallfoot, which features a new song by Niall Horan.

Visitors will be able to share their experiences on social media using the hashtag #GetAnimatedInvasion. The exhibit will be open until Sunday 9th September, and tickets can now be purchased on the Grammy Museum’s website.




Cartoon Network Toys At American International Toy Fair 2017 18th To 21st February

Cartoon Network Toys At American International Toy Fair 2017 18th To 21st February

Cartoon Network Toys At American International Toy Fair 2017 18th To 21st February

Today (21/02/2017), was the final day of the 2017 North American International Toy Fair at the Javits Convention Center and the Toy Center in New York. A lot of Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. Animation toys were showcased at the event (including Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty), so here’s a roundup of some of the new toys and games on display, also check out the previous Ben 10 toys blog post on the link below for more information.


Steven Universe Construction Sets

McFarlane Toys has unveiled a brand new Steven Universe themed construction set based on Mr. Universe Van on the show, the set was also on display at the Toy Fair. The set also includes Steven and Greg figures. McFarlane Toys has also announced that there will also be construction sets for Steven’s Bedroom Loft, the Temple Door and the Desert Fortress. The playsets will be available from August this year, with suggested retail prices from $7.99 to $34.99.


Cartoon Network Crossover Crisis: Animation Annihilation Deck-Building Game

Cryptozoic Entertainment will be releasing another edition of the Cartoon Network Crossover Crisis Deck-Building Game, but this time the game will feature The Powerpuff Girls, Uncle Grandpa, Mojo Jojo, Aunt Grandma (Uncle Grandpa’s female imposter), Fionna and Cake (gender-swapped Finn and Jake) and the Ice Queen (gender-swapped Ice King). The game will be released in the third quarter of 2017 with a recommended retail price of $40. The game is also compatible with games featuring Cryptzoic’s Cerberus Engine. Cryptozoic Entertainment has also worked with DC Comics to develop a Teen Titans Go! themed deck-building game, the game will be released in late 2017 with a recommended retail price of $25.

Looney Tunes: Space Jam Funko Pops

Also at the Toy Fair, Funko had their new Looney Tunes: Space Jam Funko Pops on display, the set includes vinyl figures of Bugs Bunny, Marvin The Martian, Taz and the movie’s main villian – Mr. Swackhammer and one of the basketball players from the Monstars – Blanko. A movie sequel to Space Jam – Space Jam 2 is currently in development at Warner Bros. and will be released in cinemas in 2019.

Rick and Morty Tabletop Games

Board games and trading cards company – Cryptozoic Entertainment have announced that they are working with Cartoon Network Enterprises to develop two new tabletop games based on two episodes of the popular animated Adult Swim show – Rick and Morty. The two new games are called “Rick and Morty: Anatomy Park Game” and “Rick and Morty: Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind Deck-Building Game”. Both games have been previewed at Cryptozoic’s booth at the Toy Fair, Rick and Morty: Anatomy Park Game is due to be released on 12th July 2017 and Rick and Morty: Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind Deck-Building Game will be released some time in the fourth quarter of 2017. Production on Rick and Morty Season 3 is now in progress.

Rick and Morty: Anatomy Park Game Description from the Cryptozoic Entertainment Press Release:

Rick and Morty: Anatomy Park Game is based on the first season episode “Anatomy Park,” in which Rick shrinks Morty and sends him into the body of Ruben, a homeless man in a Santa suit. It turns out that, in a joint venture with an eccentric and well-funded amoeba, Rick has built a microscopic amusement park inside a human body that will make them rich beyond their wildest dreams. Morty’s mission is to save the very strange park before it is overrun by the diseases that are running rampant.

The strategy game puts 2-4 players into Anatomy Park, deep inside of Ruben’s body. After choosing from six characters, players must design the best park possible by placing tiles while simultaneously avoiding and fighting Diseases, such as Tuberculosis and Hepatitis A. Certain actions (e.g., moving Ride Tiles around) shift around Ruben’s internal organs during gameplay and cause players to draw Bodily Reaction Cards, which result in unexpected effects and force players to act out embarrassing bodily functions. There are multiple game-ending conditions in which Ruben can live or die, affecting players and their final scores in various ways.

Rick and Morty: Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind Deck-Building Game Description from the Cryptozoic Press Release:

Rick and Morty: Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind Deck-Building Game is based on the Season 1 episode “Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind,” in which a group of Ricks from alternate realities arrive and accuse the show’s Rick of murdering other Ricks. After being taken to the Council of Ricks, Rick and Morty escape to track down the evil Rick who appears to be the one behind the murders and the kidnapping of numerous Mortys. However, the true motivations and identity of the villain turn out to be much more complicated.

The deck-building game uses Cryptozoic’s popular Cerberus Engine as various versions of Rick serve as both players’ oversized Hero cards and the Villainous Council of Ricks. Each player’s deck starts with the following cards: seven Genius Waves cards that give you Power, one Beth, one Jerry, and one Summer. The Beth, Jerry, and Summer cards do nothing, but can activate other cards. The “Kick” stack in other Cerberus games is now the Portal Gun stack. The Portal Gun activates the Portal deck, which transports a player’s Hero to a random Location from the episode or other popular places from the series. That player may then utilize that Location during his or her turn and has the option of paying the cost of the Location to put it into his/her deck.