Cartoons on the Bay 2012

Gumball has done it again and snatched a Pulcinella Award at the recent Cartoons on the Bay Festival!

Gumball came top of the class in the Best TV Series for Kids category staving off competition from Chaplin & Co, Dr. W, Groove High and the Jungle Bunch.

The 16th annual awards took place in the stunning Italian sea side town of Rapallo on the 24th March 2012.

The British Animation Awards Winners Announced

Amazing news about the Amazing World of Gumball which has picked up yet more awards!!

Gumball triumphed in both nominated categories in last weeks British Animation Awards beating off all of the competition to scoop up awards for Best Childrens Series and the coveted Childrens Choice Award voted for by the childrens jury.

Happy days!

Future Animators!

When you work in a busy animation office possibly one of the best things that can happen in your day is to open a piece of post or check an email only to find a brilliant piece of art or a letter sent in by a young person inspired by what you do.

We have been extremely lucky to have had a few such letters over the last week and wanted to say a MASSIVE thanks to the kids who have taken the time to write and send us in their amazing artworks.

Thank you so much and keep up the hardwork!!

Email from Billy Crinion aged 12 – we could only put a few of the pictures sent up on the blog but we loved them all!! Thanks Billy!!

 

 

 

Dear Boulder Media,

My name is Billy Crinion, I am twelve yrs old, I want to be an animator/cartoonist when I get older. I have been drawing and animating for a long time, its my passion, I cant wait to get home from school so I can start drawing! I read an article in the Irish Independent yesterday about your company and I was very surprised to know that it was an Irish commpany that did the animation for Fosters home for Imaginary kids…the episodes with “Cheese” were my favourite they are so funny! I would love to visit your studio some day. I have attached a few of my drawings,one has a pic of me with my animation me, I hope you like them! Congratulations on your new job with Disney, my hero is Walt Disney maybe I could be the creator of an Irish version of Disney someday.

🙂

Billy

A letter sent by Ben Rigney aged nearly 11 with some lovely drawings of wildlife, the owl has been making us all get very nostalgic about Don Conroy!! Thanks Ben!!

And finally I know its a bit late but here is an awesome Xmas card sent in to Anne from Cal Dillon aged 9!! Thanks Cal, we’re already looking forward to our 2012 Xmas card from you!!

 

Official Disney Press Release

DISNEY XD STARTS PRODUCTION IN IRELAND ON NEW ORIGINAL ANIMATED SERIES RANDYCUNNINGHAM: NINTH GRADE NINJA

London, March 6, 2012 – Disney EMEA today announced that it has started production in Ireland, on a new action-packed animated comedy, Randy Cunningham: Ninth Grade Ninja. Set to premiere on Disney XD from autumn 2012 and air in more than 129 countries worldwide, the series follows the fast-paced adventures of unlikely hero Randy Cunningham who, armed with his magic demon fibre suit, the teachings of the Ninja Nomicon (an 800 year old Ninja-ing guide for dummies) and his best buddy, finds himself as the one thing protecting his school and the world from certain destruction!

Disney’s London based production hub has commissioned BAFTA award-winning animation company Boulder Media in Ireland and Titmouse Inc in Los Angeles, USA to produce the animated 52 x 11 minute series for Disney XD. Dublin-based Boulder Media is handling the series from animation through to post-production and has already hired 50 additional artists and animators to work on the project for its two year duration. Emmy Award winning studio Titmouse Inc based in LA, USA is leading the pre-production creative for the series.

Each eleven minute episode follows Randy Cunningham and his best buddy Howard as they navigate everyday teenage life at High School while taking on monsters and madmen bent on freeing an evil 800 year old Sorcerer imprisoned beneath Norrisville High by the original ninja and guarded ever since by Randy’s predecessors.

Randy Cunningham: Ninth Grade Ninja stars Emmy Award-winning comedian and writer Ben Schwartz (Parks & Recreation, House of Lies, Everybody’s Fine) as the voice talent for Randy Cunningham; the voice of Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Spamalot, Charlie’s Angels) as the evil Sorcerer; Megan Mullaly (Will & Grace, Parks & Recreation) as Mrs Driscoll, Randy’s science teacher; Emmy award-winning John Oliver (Smurfs, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) as Coach Green and Andrew Caldwell (Transformers, My Name is Earl) as Howard. John DiMaggio (Futurama, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Chowder) is McFist and Kevin Michael Richardson (Static Shock, Justice League, Powerpuff Girls) is Viceroy. The series is created and executive produced by Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas whose previous credits include Scooby Dooand Paris Hilton’s My New BFF; Emmy and Annie award-winning Shaun Cashman (Director: The Penguins of Madagascar, Chowder) is Supervising Director and Otto Tang (Metalocalypse) is Art Director. Guest voice talent includes: Andy Dick, Bobcat Goldthwait, John Weatherspoon, Andy Richter and Sterling Knight.

Tricia Wilber,Chief Marketing Officer, The Walt Disney Company, EMEA & General
Manager, Disney Channels EMEA
comments, “Randy Cunningham: Ninth Grade Ninja is our most global production yet. Driven by the team here in London, the series draws on talent from both sides of the Atlantic to help create a world class show. We are thrilled to be working with the outstanding teams at Boulder in Ireland and Titmouse in LA on this project.”

Marc Buhaj Senior Vice President, Original Programming, Disney Channels, EMEA said: “Randy Cunningham: Ninth Grade Ninja is one of an exciting new wave of global Disney XD series. This animated project combines a unique mix of full-on buddy comedy with awesome ninja action and is set to explode into the hearts and minds of Disney XD viewers around the world.”

Producer Anne Tweedy, Boulder Media adds, “We are seriously excited to be working on this very cool action packed show. We anticipate that given the combined talents of Titmouse and our own crew this show will make a lot of noise globally. Rob, Pete and I consider ourselves fortunate to have the best Animators, BG artists, compositors and production crew, we are proud to say the majority are home grown with the remainder of the crew coming from across Europe. It is also a thrill to be recognized for the level of work we produce at Boulder.“

Created in May 2007, Disney’s London based production hub drives the investment in and development of animation and live action content outside North America, for both European and global distribution. It has already achieved great success with series such as Jungle Junction (Disney Junior) and Rated A for Awesome (Disney XD) and has recently announced new animated productions for Disney Junior – Winnie The Pooh’s Tales of Friendship and The Happy Hugglemonsters.

Randy Cunningham: Ninth Grade Ninja will be broadcast on Disney XD globally from autumn 2012.

The RTS Awards 2012

It seems like a case of another day, another award nomination for The Amazing World of Gumball!!

But dont worry, instead of getting blase and complacent we are still genuinely excited and delighted at yet another nod of the industry head to our brilliant little blue cat and friends.

The Royal Television Society Awards will take place on Tuesday the 20th March at Londons Grosvenor House Hotel and sees Gumball pitted against Horrible Histories and the Newsround special – My Autism and Me in the Best Childrens Programme category.

As always best of luck to all involved but my fingers are firmly crossed for Gumball!!