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SDCC 2015 Headline News

WATCH: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Comic-Con 2015 Reel

The three-and-a-half minute reel from San Diego Comic-Con 2015 is a montage of behind-the-scenes footage emphasizing the practical sets and visual effects created for the film.

D23 EXPO 2015 Headline News

8 New Disney Legends to Be Honored at D23 Expo 2015

George Lucas, Danny Elfman, Susan Lucci, Andreas Deja and other remarkable contributors to be celebrated in a special awards ceremony hosted by Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger on Friday, August 14.

Ottawa International Animation Festival Headline News

OIAF Unveils 2015 Competition Selections

Highlights at OIAF 2015 include ‘World of Tomorrow’ by Don Hertzfeldt, ‘Ernie Biscuit’ by Adam Elliot, ‘Sonámbulo’ from Theodore Ushev, ‘Waves ’98’ by Ely Dagher, ‘The Simpsons’ Couch Gag and Stromae’s ‘Carmen’ by Sylvain Chomet, and ‘A Single Life’ by the Dutch trio Job, Joris & Marieke.

Sony Pictures Animation Headline News

Nelvana, Sony Pictures Animation Teaming on ‘Hotel Transylvania’ Animated Series

Nelvana and Sony Pictures Animation partner to bring ‘Hotel Transylvania’ to the small screen; New series will be developed and produced by Nelvana Studio in Toronto and is slated to launch on air in early 2017.

Animal Logic Headline News

Animal Logic’s Recruiting Drive Heads to SIGGRAPH 2015

Annual SIGGRAPH conference offers potential candidates an opportunity to meet with Animal Logic’s recruitment team to work on ‘The LEGO Movie Sequel,’ scheduled to start production at Animal Logic Vancouver in January 2016.

Cartoons Headline News

Classic Cartoons Screen at MoMA Technicolor Exhibit

Major Technicolor exhibition at MoMA, ‘Glorious Technicolor: From George Eastman House and Beyond,’ rolls into its final weeks with a full schedule of 35mm screenings of Disney and other animation classics. 

Aardman Animations Headline News

Aardman Animations Coming to The Academy and SIGGRAPH 2015

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences celebrates the work of Aardman Animations with three programs featuring the studio’s Oscar-winning and nominated ‘Wallace and Gromit’ shorts.

box office Headline News

Box Office Report: ‘Minions’ Sets Records with $115.2M Domestic Debut

Taking first place at the North American box office with a $115.2 million debut, Illumination Entertainment’s ‘Despicable Me’ spinoff scores the second-biggest opening weekend of all time for an animated title.

AMPAS Headline News

The Academy Elects 2015-16 Board of Governors

John Knoll is re-elected to Visual Effects branch of the Academy’s Board of Governors; Bill Kroyer is re-elected to the Short Films and Feature Animation branch.

Aardman Headline News

Aardman’s Peter Lord Honored with Gold Badge from Blue Peter

CBBC’s ‘Blue Peter’ presents Morph co-creator Peter Lord with the show’s highest accolade, the gold Blue Peter badge, in an animation special that aired on Thursday, July 9.

SDCC 2015 Headline News

WATCH: New Trailer for ‘Floyd Norman: An Animated Life’

From filmmakers Michael Fiore and Erik Sharkey, ‘Floyd Norman: An Animated Life’ examines the prolific animator and story artist’s life from growing up in Santa Barbara, CA to his years working as an animator at Disney, Hanna-Barbera, Pixar and beyond.

32TEN Studios Headline News

32TEN Studios Creates Practical Effects for ‘Jurassic World’

Under the supervision of model maker Mark Anderson, 32TEN Studios creates 19-foot “miniature” models of the massive gates that welcomed visitors to the prehistoric theme park Jurassic World.

Festivals Headline News

Fantasia International Film Fest Unveils Full 2015 Lineup

Japanese animated feature ‘Miss Hokusai,’ winner of the Jury Award at Annecy 2015 from director Keiichi Hara and Production I.G., and Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ set to open Fantasia 2015.

FMX 2015 Headline News

WATCH: Illumination Mac Guff’s Kyle Balda Talks ‘Minions’ at FMX 2015

Illumination Mac Guff director Kyle Balda discusses the challenges of bringing Illumination’s CG-animated feature, ‘Minions,’ to the screen.

Animated Features ANIMATIONWorld

A Conversation with Kyle Balda: Bringing ‘Minions’ to the Big Screen

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 1:13pm

The co-director of Illumination Entertainment’s highly anticipated animated spin-off details the challenge of giving the loveable yellow sidekicks of ‘Despicable Me’ and ‘Despicable Me 2’ their own film.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Headline News

Brad Bird’s ‘The Iron Giant’ Returning to Theaters

Director Brad Bird’s classic animated family film ‘The Iron Giant: Signature Edition’ comes back to theaters from Warner Bros. and Fathom Events remastered with new scenes.

Animated Feature Film ANIMATIONWorld

Review: ‘Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet’ Opens Annecy 2015

The new animated feature written and directed by ‘The Lion King’s Roger Allers, which includes work from nine of the biggest names in animation, wows the opening night audience at the 2015 Annecy International Animated Film Festival.

SDCC 2015 Headline News

Warner Bros. TV Announces 2015 Lineup for Comic Con International

See costumes from the upcoming ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ film, two life-sized LEGO Mystery Machines, and an interactive social media sweepstakes photo op with ‘The LEGO Movie’s Wyldstyle.

AMPAS Headline News

Academy Announces Submission Deadlines for 88th Oscars

Submission deadline for Scientific and Technical Awards is Friday, July 10; Animated Short Film submissions must be made by Thursday, October 1; Animated Feature submissions are due Friday, October 30.

Walt Disney Studios Headline News

Christopher Miller and Phil Lord to Helm Han Solo Anthology Film

Next adventure in the Anthology series of ‘Star Wars’ films to focus on how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley.

Animated Features Headline News

Fox Unveils New Trailer for ‘Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Chip’

Based on the characters created by Ross Bagdasarian, ‘Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Chip’ is directed by Walt Becker and arrives in theaters everywhere on December 23, 2015.

Rodeo FX Headline News

Rodeo FX Delivers Escape Sequence for ‘Tomorrowland’

Montreal-based visual effects studio combines practical elements with CG to create a realistic look for Brad Bird’s ‘Tomorrowland,’ including digital matte painting, bluescreen compositing, scene enhancements, CG effects and simulation.