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'Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse' Leads All Winners at 51st Annie Awards

By Dan Sarto | Saturday, February 17, 2024 at 10:50pm

In what may serve as a prelude to the Oscars, Sony Pictures Animation's hit 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' sequel, directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson, took home 7 awards, including best animated feature; Netflix's 'Blue Eye Samurai' took home six, including best TV/Media - Mature, while Pablo Berger's 'Robot Dreams' snagged best indie feature, and Dave Mullins' 'WAR IS OVER! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko' won for best animated short. 

We Want More Snoopy Presents! ANIMATIONWorld

‘Welcome Home, Franklin’: How the First Black ‘Peanuts’ Character Came to Town

By Dan Sarto | Friday, February 16, 2024 at 1:17pm

Executive producer Craig Schulz, director Raymond S. Persi, and co-writer Robb Armstrong discuss the latest ‘Snoopy Presents’ special in the storied franchise, which tells the backstory of one of the most beloved members of the “gang;” the show debuts February 16 on Apple TV+.

Awards Headline News

15th Dorian Film Awards Nominees Announced

GALECA: The Society of LGBTQ Entertainment Critics nominations in animation include ‘The Boy and the Heron,’ ‘Elemental,’ ‘Nimona,’ ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem’ and ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,’ which also scored a nomination for Visually Striking Film of the Year; winners will be announced February 26.

I’m Back in the Saddle Again! Headline News

Exclusive Clip: ‘The Great North: Risky Beefness Adventure’

By Dan Sarto | Friday, February 16, 2024 at 8:50am

In the all-new episode airing this Sunday on FOX, Beef has a one-night stand after a string of bad dates, Greta Meatweep exposes their sexcapades in the poem column of the local newspaper, Moon becomes Jerry’s Bigfoot little-brother sidekick, and the local clown duo challenges them to a costume battle over the Lone Moose party. 

Honoring Achievement in Animation Headline News

Marcy Page to Receive the Winsor McCay Award

The former NFB producer on animated short films like the Oscar-winning ‘Ryan’ and ‘The Danish Poet’ is being honored for ‘unparalleled achievement and exceptional contributions to animation;’ the ASIFA-Hollywood award will be presented at the 51st Annie Awards on February 17.

Essays from the Master Animation Historian ANIMATIONWorld

Why is the Nature of Animation in Europe So Different from What is Being Created in the U.S.?

By Karl Cohen | Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 5:04pm

The second of three essays written by noted historian, author, and educator Karl Cohen to bring awareness to the present state of indie animated shorts and to stimulate a discussion that might lead to improvements; we continue with a discussion of how and why animation made in the U.S. and Europe evolved in such different directions in the second half of the 20th century.

And the Winner Is… Headline News

PreView Panel Set: ‘Oscar Contenders for Best Animated Feature’

Join the free February 21 online conversation and Q&A with the directors/creatives of ‘Nimona,’ ‘Elemental,’ ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,’ ‘Robot Dreams’ and ‘The Boy and the Heron,’ hosted by the VIEW Conference in partnership with the VFX Festival.

Born of Survivor’s Guilt ANIMATIONWorld

Makoto Shinkai Talks ‘Suzume’: ‘Don’t Give Up on Living’

The ‘Your Name’ and ‘Weathering with You’ director wants his new Annie Award-nominated film, about a young woman who finds herself opening a series of doors to disaster that take her on a mysterious journey, to inspire people impacted by tragedy to not give up hope. 

Really Dad? Headline News

Prime Video Drops ‘Invincible’ Season 2 Part 2 Trailer

More new episodes are coming of the hugely popular animated series that follows the son of the most powerful superhero on the planet; Part 2 of Season 2 debuts March 14.

And the Winner Is… Headline News

PreView Panel Set: ‘Oscar Contenders for Best Animated Short Film’

Join AWN’s own Dan Sarto on February 20 for a free online conversation and Q&A with the directors of the nominated films, ‘Letter to a Pig,’ ‘Ninety-Five Senses,’ ‘Our Uniform,’ ‘Pachyderme,’ and ‘WAR IS OVER! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko,’ hosted by the VIEW Conference in partnership with the VFX Festival.

Gimme More Wolverine! X-Men Headline News

Disney+ Drops ‘X-Men ‘97’ Trailer and Images

By Dan Sarto | Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 7:39am

It's finally here... the all-new animated series that takes us back to the iconic era of the 1990s as The X-Men, a band of mutants who use their uncanny gifts to protect a world that hates and fears them, are challenged like never before, forced to face a dangerous and unexpected new future; streaming starts March 20.

Doing More Houghton Business! Headline News

Disney Branded TV Inks Deal with ‘Big City Greens’ Houghton Brothers

The creators/executive producers enter a multiyear agreement that includes producing new projects for Disney Television Animation and developing adult animation with 20th Television Animation.

The Big Purple Dinosaur is Back! Headline News

‘Barney’ Returns With a ‘Love Day’ Message

Mattel has announced the big purple guy is back and set to share his message with a new generation; all-new animated series ‘Barney’s World’ is coming to Max later this year.

It’s Anime-zing! Headline News

Crunchyroll Drops ‘The Anime Effect’ Podcast Trailer

Hosted by Crunchyroll anime experts Nicholas Friedman, LeAlec Murray, and Leah President, the show promises to delve into the genre’s impact across pop culture; debut set for February 16.

Who Doesn’t Love Alien Love - Or The Wall? ANIMATIONWorld

Mike McMahan and Josh Bycel Talk ‘Solar Opposites’ V-Day Special and Season 5

By Dan Sarto | Wednesday, February 14, 2024 at 9:01am

The show’s EPs talk about their ‘An Earth Shatteringly Romantic Solar Valentine’s Day Opposites Special’ on Hulu, sharing the humor that comes from jumping on the least stakes-heavy thing, like a restaurant menu changing, and wanting to blow-up their least favorite holiday in a crazy way that leads directly to the upcoming season they promised would be their best and funniest yet.

The Best in U.K. Animation Headline News

2024 British Animation Awards Finalists Announced

Aardman and Netflix’s ‘Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget’ and Sky Cinema’s ‘The Amazing Maurice’ among the selections in the Best Feature Film category; winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on March 7.

It’s Risky Beefness ANIMATIONWorld

The Molyneux Sisters Talk Cloud Penises and Dad Dating on ‘The Great North’ Season 4

The show’s creators riff on their new season, including Beef’s expanded search for love, erotic mermen, where ranch dressing comes from, and the difficulty in animating large, puffy white anatomically correct cumuli, as the series returns for its post-NFL post-season run this Sunday, February 18, on FOX. 

Awards Headline News

‘Society of the Snow’ and ‘Robot Dreams’ Top 38th Goya Awards

J. A. Bayona’s harrowing 1972 Andean plane crash tale scored 13 statuettes across multiple categories, including ‘Best Film’ and ‘Best Special Effects;’ ‘Best Animation Film’ went to Pablo Berger’s ‘Robot Dreams.’

Gettin Janky With It ANIMATIONWorld

‘Rock Paper Scissors’: What’s a Dust-up or Three Among Friends?

Kyle Stegina and Josh Lehrman’s new Nickelodeon animated comedy, developed from the first short in Nick’s Intergalactic Shorts Program ever picked up for series, follows best friend and roommate trio Rock, Paper and Scissors, who compete over everything in hilarious and wildly absurd ways; series premieres on Nickelodeon February 12. 

Awards Headline News

28th Annual Art Directors Guild Awards Announced

Award-winning and Oscar nominated films ‘Poor Things’ and ‘Oppenheimer’ win top ADG honors for production design in “Fantasy Feature Film” and “Period Feature Film” respectively; ‘Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse’ honored in ‘Animated Feature’ category.

Really Dad? ANIMATIONWorld

The ‘Invincible: Atom Eve’ Special Episode: Actions Have Consequences

By Dan Sarto | Friday, February 9, 2024 at 4:57pm

Director Haylee Herrick, supervising director/producer Dan Duncan, and supervising producer/art director Shaun O’Neil discuss how their show’s characters cope with the ‘collateral damage’ of their decisions as superheroes, in ‘Invincible’s Season 2 prequel episode, nominated for a Best Special Production Annie Award, now streaming on Prime Video. 

Oscars for Geeks Headline News

'Oppenheimer,' 'Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse' Nab 2024 Lumiere Awards Wins

The two films take home top honors for Best Feature Film, live-action and animated, respectively; annual event recognizes distinguished creative and technical achievement in motion pictures, television, and emerging media.

The Best of French Animation Headline News

2024 Animation First Festival Winners Announced

Celebrating the legacy and innovation of Francophone animation within the U.S., the 2024 festival wrapped up January 28 with 6 films receiving awards in the ‘Francophone Shorts’ and ‘Student Short Film Competition’ categories; winning films are available for online viewing through February 12.

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