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Tartakovsky Directing Adam Sandler in Animated 'Hotel Transylvania'

5 July 2011 1:06 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Genndy is finally directing a feature film! I've seen this project listed on the release schedule for a long time, but we now have full information on Sony Pictures Animation's 3D family comedy Hotel Transylvania, scheduled for September 21st, 2012. Originally reported by Variety and followed up by a press release, Sony has announced that Genndy Tartakovsky ("Samurai Jack", "Dexter's Lab", "Sym-Bionic Titan") will be directing the movie, with a cast including Adam Sandler as the lead voice of Dracula, along with Steve Buscemi, Fran Drescher, Cee Lo Green, Kevin James, Andy Samberg, Molly Shannon and David Spade, too. Here's the official synopsis/introduction to the new animated Hotel Transylvania from their press release: Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula's lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free from meddling from the human world. But here’s a little known fact about Dracula: he is not »

- Alex Billington

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Genndy Tartakovsky Presents ‘Priest’ Animated Prologue

7 April 2011 3:19 PM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

Genndy Tartakovsky (whose Dexter’s Lab, Samurai Jack, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars were all wildly successful animated series) is one of the few “name” animators working today – which is why it’s so sad that his awesome new series Sym-Bionic Titan will likely not be renewed for a second season.

Still, it’s nice to see Tartakovsky getting work in other avenues. To promote the upcoming film Priest, directed by Scott Stewart (Legion) and starring Paul Bettany (Legion), Genndy Tartakovsky was hired to create an animated prologue for the film.

This reminds me of various online comic strips as produced by Penny-Arcade creators Gabe and Tycho to promote a number of video games, such as ...

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- Ben Moore

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Genndy Tartakovsky's Animated 'Priest' Prologue Now Viewable on Mobile Phones

7 April 2011 8:30 AM, PDT | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

Given animator and "Samurai Jack" and "Sym-Bionic Titan" creator Genndy Tartakovsky's famed East-meets-West approach to conveying cartoon action, it's really no wonder that Screen Gems tapped the talent to open the live action adaptation of Hyung Min-woo's "Priest" manhwa with an animated prologue.

In the spirit of further appealing to the combined "Priest" and Tartakovsky fanbase, Screen Gems has released the animated backstory on mobile phones a full month prior to the film's May 13 release date.

To access the video, fans need only scan a mobile marker with their phone using the Microsoft Tag Reader app. The mobile marker itself can be found on the movie's official Facebook page and on display in movie theaters.

Sandwiched between an introduction by "Priest" star Maggie Q and a few live action shots found in earlier trailers is roughly 2.5 minutes detailing a near apocalyptic war between vampires and humans spanning multiple time periods. »

- Caleb Goellner

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Genndy Tartakovsky’s ‘Sym-Bionic Titan’ Canceled Due to Lack of Merchandise?

29 March 2011 10:59 AM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

Genndy Tartakovsky has been responsible for some of the best, most creative, and most iconic animated series of the past two decades, including Dexter’s Lab, Samurai Jack, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars (you know, before it was CGI).

Most recently, Tartakovsky created Sym-Bionic Titan, an animated series about an alien princess, her bodyguard, and their robot, sent to Earth disguised as American high school students to escape the war ravaging their home planet. Frankly, it’s a fantastic show, which is why it deeply saddens me to learn that it has not been renewed.

According to a “Cartoon Networker” who spoke to the Tag Blog:

“Genddy’s moved on to Sony Pictures Animation. Titan got competitive ratings with other action shows, but what shut it down was ...

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- Ben Moore

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"How to Train Your Dragon" Soars Atop Annie Awards!

7 February 2011 6:47 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The Annie Awards, Animation's Highest Honor, went all the way for DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon!" The fun, animated film, originally received 15 nominations and won 10 trophies including Best Animated Feature.

Given by the International Animated Film Society, the 38th annual Annie Awards was not without controversy. Apparently, Disney and Pixar announced they would no longer participate in the annual awards because of their concerns over how the event is judged.

The studios claimed the Annie Awards have always been slighted towards DreamWorks Animation. And this year, both DreamWorks film ("How to Train Your Dragon") and TV ("Kung Fu Panda Holiday") topped the Annie Awards.

"Dragon," featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrara, Jonah Hill, and Craig Ferguson, beat Annie contenders such as Universal's "Despicable Me," Disney's "Tangled," Sony Pictures Classics' "The Illusionist," and Pixar's "Toy Story 3" for best animated feature. (Check out »

- Manny

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