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US Air Force flight in Mideast uses call sign 'Pickle Rick'

May. 02, 2021 08:26 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Someone in the U.S. Air Force apparently watches the cartoon “Rick and Morty.” An Air Force KC-10 Extender that flew out of Al-Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday used the call sign “PIKLRICK” on a mission...

PBS Kids celebrates Autism Awareness Month with new friends

Apr. 01, 2021 10:50 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A new child is introduced this month on the animated TV show “Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum” who is a little different. He's sensitive to loud noises and he likes doing things his way, in his time. Ben is autistic and he helps teach the show's...

Report: Animation company got $49M in excessive tax credits

Mar. 31, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Blue Sky Studios, the company behind “Ice Age” and other animated films, received $49 million more in Connecticut state tax credits than it should have, state auditors said in a report released Wednesday. The Disney-owned company, based in...

Bono, Cruz to star in animated series on vaccine importance

Mar. 24, 2021 15:16 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bono, Penélope Cruz and David Oyelowo will lend their voices in an animated series to raise awareness about the importance of global vaccine access. The ONE Campaign announced Wednesday the new series called “Pandemica," which will launch Thursday....

New this Week: 'Tina,' 'Runaway Bunny' & 'City on a Hill'

Mar. 22, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — Most of last week's Oscar nominees are already streaming or available...

Critics of Brazil's president being targeted by security law

Mar. 20, 2021 00:34 AM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Police in Brazil are starting to employ a dictatorship-era national security law against critics of President Jair Bolsonaro, while lawyers and activists rally to provide them with legal help and accuse the government of trying to silence dissent. On...

Malala takes her passions to the small screen with Apple

Mar. 08, 2021 09:24 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Malala Yousafzai is a Nobel laureate known around the world for her activism, but she's also a cartoon fan, and is taking her love of television and film to Apple TV+. Yousafzai, 23, who graduated from Oxford last June, announced Monday that she has...

Animated 'Demon Slayer' strikes chord with pandemic Japan

Mar. 04, 2021 13:47 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The demons are everywhere, sometimes spreading like purple slime, lurking, killing. The terrifying plight depicted in the swashbuckling animated film, “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train,” has struck a chord with pandemic-era Japan, and possibly with the...

New this week: 'Coming 2 America,' Camilo and a dragon movie

Mar. 04, 2021 10:03 AM EST

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall are back in Queens as Prince Akeem and Semmi in...

'Tom & Jerry' gives box office some life with $13.7M opening

Feb. 28, 2021 16:24 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A not-so-distant recovery for movie theaters could be glimpsed Sunday, as Warner Bros.' live-action-animation hybrid “Tom & Jerry” debuted with $13.7 million in ticket sales, the best domestic opening of the year. The better-than-expected...