In the case of Celebrity Deathmatch, I knew I had a solid concept – two celebrities with a score to settle face off in a clay animated wrestling ring…and fight to the death! The pitch could not have been any simpler and yet it had all of the components of great entertainment – pop culture, biting satire, cartoony violence and an animation style that was beloved but seldom seen. And yet it would take MTV over a year to greenlight a pilot!
It’s critical that an international team be formed to lead your project right from the beginning. As the story and characters are developed you must have folks who are knowledgeable about what will and what will not work in the West.
I’ve never been very good at math but there is one equation that I do understand: creativity + ambition + timing + a little luck = success.
Disney Animation has released a first look at Paperman, the short film by John Kahrs and Kristina Reed that fuses CG and hand-drawn animation techniques.
Japanese motion picture production company Digital Frontier worked on CG production and compositing for director Mamoru Hosoda’s latest animated film, “Wolf Children.”
Can one predict an animated film’s success in advance? Dr. Toon makes a case for the upcoming DreamWorks feature, Mr. Peabody and Sherman.
Summer blues bring on a softer mood. This week: "Bubble" (Elliot Dear), "TELEPHONEME" (MK12), "Cherry Blossom Elephant in Forest" (Young-jun Kim/Earth Design Works), "Blue Whale" (Sivan Kidron), "Kali le petit Vampire" (Regina Pessoa)
Eric Fogel, creator of MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch, starts blogging on AWN with a little background on a youth spent at his drafting table creating comic books.
Though there was just too much for anyone to see or do, if you can only attend one festival next year I highly recommend that you come to the TrickFilm Animation Festival.
International animation collage film “Driving Inspiration” honors the message of the Paralympics, bringing contributing students' hard work to an international stage.
Imira Entertainment has appointed CLPG as licensing agent for its internationally distributed series “Lucky Fred.”
The Friday Five returns with falls, surreal trips, and strange transformations. This week: "Metamorphosis" (BUCK), "38-39°C" (Kangmin Kim), "The Fox" (WINTR), "Black Sun" (Kagemu), "Junkyard" (Hisko Hulsing)
React Entertainment’s new interactive game, “The Act,” uses stunning 2D animation, fun touch controls, and top-notch storytelling to tell the tale of an everyday guy trying to find love.
Ace & Son Moving Picture Company, led by Richard O’Connor’s animation direction, recently finished a poignant and thoughtful animated documentary short on the horrors of honor killings.
Premiering at The Los Angeles Film Festival last Sunday June 17th, Disney’s "Paperman," directed by John Kahrs and produced by Kristina Reed, is a very sweet short film that embodies Disney’s optimism and romanticism.
Disney’s short film “Paperman” will make its theatrical debut in front of “Wreck-It Ralph,” which hits theaters nationwide on November 2, 2012.
Learning the basics of animation on your own is very doable. This second of a four part series on the tools of the trade looks at inexpensive, small, and fast storyboarding softwares used for animation.
Miniatures of NBA superstars Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard take it to the hoop in a new :30 web spot for Adidas by Pixomondo.
Polish director and writer Alek Wasilewski depicts a dystopian future in the animated short film “Lucky Day Forever.”
Cartoon Network and FremantleMedia Enterprises announce a US distribution deal for “Grojband” animated series.
FremantleMedia Enterprises secures new distribution deals for its epic boy’s action-adventure series “Monsuno.”
“Ultimate Spider-Man,” Disney XD’s #1 animated series, joins the Marvel Universe programming block for its second season.