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Mother complains after her daughter imitates cartoon character apparently saying the F-word
After an incident last year in which a Peppa Pig theme park's Facebook page was hacked, the popular cartoon porker is in the headlines again over bad language. The Sun reports that a toddler from Cardiff shocked her parents by saying what sounded like the F-word after watching the show on DVD. Natalie Cox, who claimed her daughter repeatedly said "fucking gazelles", told the paper: "I couldn't believe my ears. She kept saying it over and over. I took the children out of the room and put on the DVD. One of the characters clearly says it. How on earth did it get past the editors?" In the episode, playgroup teacher Madame Gazelle has a leaving party and Welsh father Mr Rabbit mentions that she used to play in a band called the "Rocking Gazelles". A Peppa Pig »
London — Film London, a publicly-funded agency that supports the film and TV biz in the U.K. capital, is hosting six animation execs from the U.S. this week.
The visit is part of the agency’s drive to encourage more international production to come to the city on the back of the introduction of the tax reliefs for high-end television and animation announced last year.
The visitors, who include senior reps from the Jim Henson Company, DreamWorks Animation, Amazon Studios, Frederator Networks, NBC Universal’s Sprout and Mattel’s Playground Productions, will take part in a three-day program designed to promote London’s animation sector.
The program includes one–to-one meetings with London animation houses, including Collingwood & Co., Blink Industries, Lupus Films and Karrot Entertainment, and presentations from Tony Orsten, the chief executive of motion-capture facility The Imaginarium (Warner’s “Godzilla”), and Alan Dewhurst, producer of “Peter and the Wolf, »
- Leo Barraclough
Feature Glen Chapman James Stansfield 26 Feb 2014 - 07:00
“Urgh, I’m so hungover. I’m going to sit in my pants and watch movies all day”
So invariably goes at least one entry on my Twitter feed every Saturday or Sunday morning. Yes, lying about all day watching TV is great but nine times out of ten when someone writes something like this, I can guarantee that they don’t have kids. For those of us with small children, the television we regularly watch throughout the day comes from a vastly different landscape. To the childless, names such as Makka Pakka, Tree Fu Tom and Yo Jo Jo may mean very little. To some us though they’ve become household names, as our lives are filled »
Warren United follows the fortunes of Warren Kinglsey, an overweight kitchen salesman and dedicated football fan. It will air on ITV.
Written by David Quantick and Dominic Holland, the show will feature the voices of Darren Boyd (Spy), Morgana Robinson (House of Fools), Morwenna Banks (Peppa Pig), Johnny Vegas and Eleanor Lawrence (Common Ground).
The show will launch on April 22.
Henry Normal, co-founder of Baby Cow productions, said: "New animated narrative series in this country are so rare. So are comedies about football, while those about fans even rarer. On several counts, therefore, we're trying something unusual."
ITV's director of digital channels Angela »
Ultimately horror film fans want frights – what is the point of horror films that don’t at least try to scare you? Yes there are horror-comedies where the emphasis is more on humour and provoking laughter, but a truly skilful horror-comedy frightens the audience as well as making them laugh. Think of American Werewolf in London and Evil Dead 2 – they were funny and scary in equal measures.
All of the great horror movies are very frightening, this is why they are great. And critics usually give good reviews to movies that scare them because this is the fundamental point of horror movies.
The movies below feature horror-comedies and straight horror films which are both unfunny and as scary as an episode of Peppa Pig. Please add your own unscary films below if you can make it through the agony…
10. Jason X (2001)
Unbelievably the 10th instalment of the »
- Clare Simpson
Bagpuss and Mr Benn are among the classic children's TV characters that appear on a new stamp set.
The stamps are part of the Royal Mail's celebration of 60 years of children's television, and have been released today (January 7).
"For over 60 years, Britain's children's TV characters have brought cheer to generations of viewers," said Royal Mail Stamps' Andrew Hammond.
"It feels appropriate to celebrate all of these unforgettable characters on a set of very special stamps."
The Magic Roundabout celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014, while Bagpuss turns 40.
Postman Pat »
6 items from 2014
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