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Thanksgiving is a holiday that doesn’t have a lot of video devoted to celebrating it.  Sure, you’ve got the live action classic “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” the mediocre “Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and few other reasonably good efforts, but Thanksgiving is definitely lost between Halloween and Christmas, both from a video standpoint and a cultural one.   And there’s certainly been a near total dearth of stop motion Thanksgiving themed efforts.

But that’s changed now due to the good folks at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, who’ve just released the latest in their line of “Supermansion” holiday classics. In this stand-alone special, “A Prayer for Mr. T,” we learn that aging crime fighter Titanium Rex (voiced by Bryan Cranston) and evil foe Dr. Devizo (Chris Pine) have been engaged in a long-running “battle of the bird,” as Cranston puts it.

There’s certainly much to be thankful for when watching this, but mostly I’m thankful because it’s free.

So if you’re not watching football on Thanksgiving Day, instead you can watch “A Prayer for Mr. T” by clicking here.

 

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Aardman co-founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton announced today that they are preparing the company for continued success over the next few decades by transferring the company into Employee Ownership, effectively selling the company to the workforce. Great for those of us (those of you) who work for Aardman. For the complete story, please click here.

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Academy Award winning (The Shape of Water) filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is making his animated feature film directorial debut at Netflix with his lifelong passion project, Pinocchio, which he will also write and produce as a stop motion musical. 

The film will be set in Italy during the 1930s, a particularly fraught historical moment and a time when fascism was on the rise and Benito Mussolini was consolidating control of the country. Production on “Pinocchio” will begin this fall.  Click here for the full story.

Animator Webster Colcord gave a 40 minute talk at the Santa Clara City LIbrary Comic Con this month. In the talk he discusses his history in the animation industry, from his stop motion beginnings, work in CGI and back to stop motion. You can see Websters Instagram account with photos and clips of his animations by clicking here.

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If you’re like me, you collect too much stuff you don’t really need.  But one thing I don’t have too much of is Aardman items.  That’s because there really hasn’t been much offered, especially in North America.   But there’s good news. With Brand Licensing Europe just around the corner, Aardman has announced some fantastic new licensing deals for Shaun the Sheep and Wallace & Gromit aficionados.

Aardman has agreed a new partnership with Aurora to produce plush items for Shaun the Sheep brand and the much anticipated feature film sequel ‘Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon’.  The deal spans multiple territories including UK, France and North America with lines being showcased at the upcoming trade fairs in Hong Kong, UK and Germany in January 2019.

I know I need more Shaun the Sheep in my life.  For details, click here.