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Snooping For Scoops At The Licensing Show 2014

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by Jerry Beck
June 19, 2014 2:15 PM
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I've been in Las Vegas this week at the 2014 Licensing Show - one of the first places the studios preview some of their forthcoming animation projects. However NOT everything that happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Here's a selection of snapshots off the exhibitor floor that offer a taste of things to come.

First stop - the Universal booth where activity to exploit the upcoming Minions movie was going at full blast. 

Minions Banner

Universal also offered a first look at the characters in Illumination's untitled Louis C.K. Pets project. 

Pets Movie

Swung by Twentieth Century Fox's booth where the emphasis was on the next Ice Age film… 

Ice Age 2016

...and of course, next Fall's Peanuts movie. 

Peanuts Licensing Show

Dreamworks has a huge prescience on the floor - Here's a snap at the lead character in their upcoming B.O.O. Bureau Of Otherwordly Operations

B.O.O. licensing

And there was no delay in adding Felix The Cat to their display...

Felix- Dreamworks booth

For the purists - of which I am one of - Dreamworks assures it will maintain the characters ties to his rich history.

Felix Classic
Speaking of classic characters - Sony began talking up the new Genndy Tartakovsky Popeye 

Popeye Genndy Licensing

Looney Tunes and Tom & Jerry dominated the Warner Bros. display...

Warner Booth 2014

...and Batman is revamped once again.

Batman unlimited

10 Comments

  • William | June 21, 2014 2:41 AMReply

    "Looney Tunes and Tom & Jerry dominated the Warner Bros. display..."

    ...but no DVDs. LOL. Hopefully the Famous Popeyes are being worked on for 2015. Fingers crossed for that much.

  • Jody Morgan | June 21, 2014 12:37 AMReply

    Another "Ice Age" movie? Could they please just make a decent movie and let the characters retire on a (semi-)high note? I don't want "Ice Age: Continental Drift" to be my last memory of that odd herd.

    Anything entitled "Bureau of Otherworldly Operations" has my attention as something that could be really fun (even if it turns out to be cliched), but that movie's lead character may be the least-interesting human character design I've seen from Dreamworks. C'mon, guys, you can do better than that.

    Oh hey, another action-adventure cartoon for Cartoon Network to let wither on the vine. I think I'll save myself the trouble of getting attached to it only to see it jerked around the schedule and placed on hiatus every month or so.

    I wish I could be more excited about this report, but even the stuff that looks good to me (Peanuts, Popeye, Felix) has me worried that it won't live up to what's come before for those properties.

  • Nic Kramer | June 21, 2014 8:34 AM

    Don't be so pessimistic, Doc. Besides, they haven't really said anything about a new Felix animation project yet.

  • DarylT | June 20, 2014 4:01 AMReply

    No booth from Disney?

  • elmickeyman | June 19, 2014 8:34 PMReply

    I think that that Felix is in pretty good hands. I know that everyone wants the characters to remain classic and to never change but change is inevitable! If there are no slight changes or updates then the characters might become stale and forgotten. I personally enjoyed the original series but also loved how they pushed and developed Mr. Peabody and Sherman. I think Felix will be okay.

  • Nic Kramer | June 19, 2014 5:38 PMReply

    What I like to know is if there's any news on what Bruce Timm's next project is.

  • Nate | June 19, 2014 5:10 PMReply

    Felix isnt' public domain yet?

  • Charles Kenny | June 20, 2014 8:15 AM

    Public domain only applies to the copyright of Felix's films; which have been there for some time. The character's design remains under copyright thanks to various reboots down through the years and is likely also a trademark, which doesn't expire as long as the owner exploits it.

  • BJ Wanlund | June 19, 2014 2:30 PMReply

    Wow, I'm thrilled that Dreamworks is going to honor the classic history of Felix The Cat.

    However, I am cautiously optimistic that they will actually do that very thing because they have barely done anything with the Harveytoons, Lassie, Lone Ranger, and any characters other than maybe Peabody and Sherman and Rocky & Bullwinkle. Please, Jerry, if you happen to have contacts inside Dreamworks now, please relay our concerns.

  • Nic Kramer | June 19, 2014 5:42 PM

    According to "Cartoon Brew" (which to me is a complete utter mess now), they are working on a Hot Stuff animated/ live-action film and Amdi used his unfunny snarkiness in that report.

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